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Sunday, December 04, 2016

With what regard

Our modern attention reality is extremely precise as so much information is more readily available because the web eases distribution than has ever been the case for the human species. Right now if I notice someone interesting who is a public figure, I can in the space of about five minutes find out vast amounts of information on that person, both good and not so good, as always exists.

The totality of a human being is what is being presented more and more where your entire history as a human is now increasingly part of your story, if online and public.

And if you refuse to put it out there? Then that tells a story too! The power of the web is inescapable in our times.

So yes you can develop over years a close network of people who know and trust you, and watch as others also have a web presence and can do things you could not imagine a human being could get done, with a single tweet.

While the pickiness of the human species is not less as a result, as it is far greater. People don't have to guess at what's possible as often they can look at any number of examples.

Exemplars are defining more and more what is possible for human beings which is great as many are pushing the limits beyond what most thought was.

We can see just how far human beings can go with so many things and be inspired.

In our times attention is a thing. It's neither good nor bad in and of itself.

And like it or not, you will communicate to your fellow human beings. The web will force that one at least.

On it you will communicate by your entire web presence, and if not on it, you will tell so much more than you realize and those people aren't even reading this information if really off the web.

Which is fascinating to me, as I know these words will impact their lives, regardless.


James Harris

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Functional reality of interest flow

The web allows a relentlessness of attention which is neither good nor bad in and of itself but to me is ALWAYS testing. The web probes. Those probes from the web check every aspect of something which means I take it for granted that every angle of something I put up public WILL get noted, in someway by someone.

So I like to talk of web as a singular abstraction but reality is human interest, and with public items that interest can flow 24 hours a day, every single day. Those endless checks fascinate me. I can watch the impact, and they help me find errors will note, no matter how small, like even minor grammar ones.

For me that functional reality is needed as for instance I will put up something with light editing and then edit over time. And part of the point is I'll get feedback by various means, which by now is hard to explain. One way is to note that at times posts will bubble up I like to say, as people seize upon something in them, and then I'll see that and study the post until see what drew the attention.

That can go back years. And at times it's like, why now? I don't know but can guess, and as years go by and experience this reality am recognizing I see things differently.

That constant flow of attention naturally seeks out error, so I can take that for granted. And I think it will be interesting over time to see how the web polishes certain areas.

My blogs contain the work product of constant attention from around the globe over more than a decade. With three blogs getting most of my focus during that time, while my latest less than two years old benefits from lessons learned.

The web polishes, as the attention flows, and finds every single little thing, no matter how small. If I notice then can fix! So I work at reading the signals.

It has dawned on me that my standards are now at a level I must be cautious when considering others who have less scrutiny.

To draw global attention for over a decade there is a standard.

And the web enforces it.

If I fall beneath the standard, the attention goes, away.

Though for me is a gentle thing now, where attention flows are a constant, ever present. So it's like sitting by an ocean watching the waves of attention, come in and go out.

That is a functional reality based on experience. I find that comforting.

It's not what I imagined would be.

It's what has been the experienced reality.


James Harris

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Best kind of support to me

Steady support is the best and am massively thankful for the support from lots of places that has helped me in life. And here really glad for that constant where more and more work to provide the same as is so grand.

Doing more assessing than endlessly creativity which was where things went for YEARS as I've pondered quite a few interesting things, looking for simple answers and had the comfort of knowing there were people all over the world curious enough too.

And not something massive that might have rattled me will now admit. Just a calm remarkable, when I would check, and wonder maybe here and there why suddenly this dozen countries, or hey here is this country where a sudden big interest.

Now with 4 blogs, where each has its own purpose, and at least 3 of them with a history now of visits from at least 50 countries on an annual basis, feel like web is that place where comfort of interest has been a support for me as a reality I should cheer.

Still don't understand it completely. Do feel like I have LOTS of work to do in reaching out more for engagement versus just me sending out, like with this post, but am appreciative of what it has meant for me.

To those of you who have been reading, thank you.

And that has been going on for more than a decade now. This blog has been around since 2005. Maybe it actually has been the steadiest as well in terms of the interest I can see from web analytics.

Yeah it has! For me Beyond Mundane expresses a wish as much as a promise.

There are answers which can be understood, should be shared, and those answers can provide a thrill that is out of this world. Oh goody that really sounds not like what I'd usually put here to me.

Is what have felt though, and wanted. To me is the thrill that is the point. When learning is excitement because I want to know. And there is only so much time to learn. And if you think you've learned something grand, why not share?

Sharing is SO much of the fun.


James Harris