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Rambling on reaching 4 year blog milestone March 16, 2013

Posted by Edwin Ritter in Grab Bag, Social Media, Trends.
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Coming up this month is a personal milestone for my blog. The milestone is my blog birthday. It has been four years since my initial rambling. Or, what that a rumination? Either way, like most new bloggers, I posted frequently in the beginning. Now I have settled into a consistent rhythm and learned a lot about myself, blogging and visitor feedback.

Happy Birthday

As is typical with this type of milestone, I am a little reflective. I am grateful and very appreciative that WordPress provides this platform. Also, I must give a shout out to my regular followers. Thank You all for subscribing. Reading a few of the early posts, it all seems so simple now. I have enjoyed blogging about a lot of different topics. I will ruminate on those topics again and keep an eye for new topics to ramble about.

In terms of traffic, 2012 has been my best year. In fact, for a while last year, I was getting a boatload of traffic. Much more than ever before. That soon ended about mid-summer and my traffic metrics have returned to the mean, so to speak. From all the posts, I hope to have communicated some insights and learnings that resonate. You can browse the archive as it is listed in the lower right.

Topics of interest that I expect to ruminate further on  include big data and cloud computing. New topics will be found to ramble on about naturellement. I look forward to learning and posting about them in due course. Until then, I will celebrate the milestone.

Thanks for visiting and leave a comment or two.

 

Addendum – Quick update that after I wrote this post, WordPress sent ….

wordpress_4years

 

that makes it official. 😉

You can help me, a few ramblings on how. October 22, 2011

Posted by Edwin Ritter in Trends.
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We are all social animals at heart. Whether it is in the physical world or online, we interact with others constantly. We give and receive help with one another as part of the social fabric. Some people are more helpful than others. It makes us feel good about ourselves helping our fellow man (or, woman). For those less helpful people (you know who you are), I’d like to describe a few scenarios how you can help me.
Helpful ramblings :

  • When driving, use your turn signal *before* you make a turn. If I am behind you, it does not help me when you use your blinker while you are turning. It does help if you signal before making a lane change. Put on your blinker, let it blink 3 times, then change lanes. Also, blink, then brake in general – much safer for all of us.
  • Put your shopping cart on the side of the aisle in the market. While I do not shop much, it is annoying to have to walk around your unattended cart parked in the middle of the aisle. Next time, I may move it to an undisclosed location.
  • When staying at a hotel, please dress for breakfast. I do not want to see you walking through the lobby in your PJs and slippers. This applies to all ages. Not cute and I was surprised that the hotel staff took no action.
  • When your car is covered by snow, clean off the windows and roof. Your visibility is limited when you don’t brush off your car. It is also lazy and unsafe and driving fast is not an effective to ‘clean off’ your car. Spend $3 for a snow brush and use it. For SUV and minvan owners – buy a brush with a longer handle. They have them – I know b/c I have one.
  • When you send me an email, tweet, YouTube vid or LI update, please minimize the hype. What you may think is the neatest, most innovative and life changing announcement, it might be a yawner for me. State the facts and avoid the hyperbole trap where you over promise and under deliver.
  • If you forgot to wear your boots or take your lunch, spare me the tweet about it. Tell me instead how you improvised – that is more interesting. Ditto for coffee and breakfast runs. Unless your getting one for me or asking me to pay, I don’t care.
  • When you sneeze or cough, cover your mouth. Practice the ‘Dracula’ sneeze (crook your arm and sneeze into it).  During a recent bus trip, the Bus Driver had a nice way of stating this: “Don’t be a pig, cover your mouth.”

I could go on but I don’t want to rant. There are other topics for sure, (as in extremes in casual dress) but I expect that by this point you get the idea.

On the flip side, if I can help you better – tell me. We are all in this together, let’s be helpful out there.