Friday, June 09, 2017

My blogging reality

One of my favorite posts is from 2016, when I decided to give MY advice on how to use Twitter without getting many followers, which to me could also highlight how contrary I can be. And if curious here is a link to that post.

For those who'd like a synopsis upfront gist of it is: don't be entertaining.

If YOU think I'm entertaining then that is another subject and will not explain why I think that is in this post. But if you think about it long enough, you should be able to figure out why.

At that time I had 144 followers on Twitter which I noted and somehow, despite my efforts I currently have 196, where will admit have been pushing myself to allow it to go higher which may be why it is that high.

To me such information should be useful. Like I have 4 blogs now and have been blogging for over a decade and suspect I have some skills developed. These skills involve me doing what I like to do, which is write a lot. And I even have a post I conveniently noticed for this post where I talk about liking to write.

Yet I feel I should emphasize that yeah, am serious. I DO like to write. And I do like keeping my social media accounts in comfortable zones for me. And if you like things that way, maybe you can do things like I do, and watch in amazement as you succeed at keeping things low.

If you want millions of followers though I wouldn't do things way I do. Because that would be moving in the opposite direction. Duh.

Will admit though have been doing much more discussion with myself with shifting a little bit, where convinced myself can do that and mostly not really shift things much at all.

Which to me? Makes a lot of sense.

James Harris

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Comfort in ideas

The web has let people disconnect from points in space for relevance to words or other content, so you can be anywhere in the world with web access, and share ideas.

That is such a big change it can be disconcerting. But it can also be comforting.

For me for years found my curiosity driving me to figure things out. And felt like had some success, as well as frustrations but has been a great adventure. Where more and more appreciate how you can think about things or as I like to say, muse and come up with some ideas, and put them out here on the web, and see what happens. And nothing may happen. But that's ok.

The ideas can be products of imagination, or creativity in problem solving, or kind of mysterious as where do ideas come from really?

Once in our world they can be endlessly reproduced, shared widely, and in our times that can be done with zero costs to the producer. So for instance I can take a picture and it can move all over the world without me being aware.

Yet value remains or the Mona Lisa in her home in France would no longer be the most valuable painting in the world, though her image is probably the most shared in the world. Should I even link there? It's not necessary. The fame and celebrity of the painting make that irrelevant.

So how is that possible? How can an image be shared endlessly but the source remain valuable?

Do people lose as their ideas flow around the globe if they cannot control that use?

Open source software says no. And without open source we would not have the web world that we do.

Yet how do you find values in ideas in the modern world? If you produce an idea, or as I prefer, discover it, how do you retain value? Can you?

Most of those who come up with ideas--yes those are ideas too--saying no, say is because humans are thieves who would prefer to steal than pay. That view of humanity is cold, dark, ruthless and can fuel certain types of business practices.

My view is there are basic rules, which simply need to be learned. And when people see value, most will return the favor given to them. But don't try to make people bend to your will.

The revolution in information distribution that is the web reality is just beginning to transform our world, as it is in its infancy. For instance, information still flows rather slowly in many ways in my opinion. Connections are still being formed through vast networks slowly connecting our world at speed. We have social media in its infancy, despite its clear power, especially political power and growing influence over commerce.

We have the Wikipedia but need more. We have vast amounts of human knowledge coming online, but need it all.

We are just beginning to see the possible.

Yet so much is just some musing. Some words typed by me as I think about such things. Ideas that can be easily shared, and if some others see value? Great! If not, am not diminished in the sharing. Started typing a few minutes ago. And fifteen minutes or probably a half hour after editing is not so much for me.

Ideas are there. Sharing is becoming a natural way. And the ideas? They can duplicate and flow as much as needed without diminishing. Ideas are harder than diamonds when correct. Flow better than water. And change, without losing anything.

Ideas are the catalysts which drive our future. And ideas are the comfort of tomorrow.

Ok, now to edit some. I'm tiring of typing.

And I think am done editing for the most part, but who knows. May still fiddle with this post here and there, indefinitely.

It fascinates me though, how easily it can all be. To go with the feel and flow, write some words, and put them up.

More fun than to not do it, for sure.

James Harris

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Facing reality is better

Recent posts have been LOTS about facing some things squarely which also settled some things, and is about problem solving. My three main blogs really are focused on solving various problems, like Some Math is focused on math, and Lost in Commentary is on politics, while this one the sky is the limit. And I had Beyond Mundane working on figuring out how to proceed with my new blog which is actually commercially focused, so I called it Seriously Commercial.

And the blog worked through questions raised in other areas, which pushed back to the other blogs to settle certain things where had not been clear. Will not go over again as the recent posts cover.

Bit of promotion here, as a recent post on my new blog covers three areas of attention: Public, Personal and maybe Press.

This blog is getting ready I think to going back to the usual, and yes I talk about my blogs as if they have personality as it's more fun! Also helps me keep things straight.

In the past the three main blogs worked together ALL the time, as I thought that was the way things should work, and routinely promoted each other. Now they just don't.

Turns out there's lots of theory as to why. But that theory is given across them, as I talk a lot about promotion and followers and social media, oh, mainly on this one. So I guess that theory is here.

Am more into focusing on labels, instead of giving links. Also like to suggest search!

Is SO cool when you have that option to just suggest people use web search and that can work with your content.

For instance you can search: Beyond Mundane promotion

And of course just did it after typing and looks like worked ok, for me.

Web search can be so individual though, and LOTS of posts did remember to label. The label is below this post. Can just click on it.

James Harris