Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Where does the time go, and what is wrong with these pictures?

Wow. It has been more than six months since that first post. I cannot say that it has been a situation of losing or forgetting my presence here. I have had a few incomplete posts for some time, and this one is a edited combination of two of them. No, there is some component of irritation to this post being only the second post here.

Additionally, a while back, I made an interesting and maybe a little disconcerting discovery. The Blogger for iOS application DOES allow for posts to be drafted while completely disconnected from the Internet.

What does this really mean? Oh, that's easy.  There have been a ton of things that I could have started writing on any of my network of blogs (ok, it is only three.  Four, if you count an available journal feature at RedBubble...) truly at any time without consuming mobile wireless bandwidth on my iPad (or, of course, my iPhone, but that is beside the point...). Of course, also, the best example of "truly at any time" is during my bus commutes!

However, that does bring up a pretty important point... Though I had always suspected that the app would, could and should have that capability, I mean, what good would it be if there was NOT some caching mechanism for those more-than-you-would-expect situations where there either isn't an Internet connection or it would be exceedingly expensive, (well, on the other hand, yes it is a free app on a competitor's mobile platform), something inside of me took a small measure of comfort in the thought that the untested possibility that the Blogger app may just not work disconnected allowed me to NOT write a LARGE number of things that it would probably be beneficial to me to make public.

For people who are extremely critical of themselves as I can be sometimes, there can be an ability afforded to let errors made from mistaken perceptions or inexperience take over, but an important key is to not allow this to happen. We know this now, just move on...

So, then, what is wrong with these pictures?

Just what are these pictures you may ask? It is a snapshot of the list of links, with references to how and when I found them, stored in Microsoft OneNote.  (Yes, I am using Microsoft OneNote 2013 Preview on Windows 8.  I love virtual machines. :) )  Most of these links are there because, on first blush, they were thought provoking enough to have given me ideas for potential posts. Some are not. Some are just links for other purposes, such as a couple links I think may be helpful in various aspects of self-improvement, like a couple of sites that explain how to learn to juggle.  The vast majority, however, are links to articles that provoked enough thought to create ideas worthy of sharing. These are just the ones I have been collecting, obviously, since January 4th.  For the record, this is just two of over five pages.  I, also, have several ideas stored in the reminders application on my iPhone.  So, I think you get the idea.  What is wrong with these pictures is that expression of these ideas does not appear here or on one of my other blogs!  Clearly, I don't lack ideas for source material.

Two issues, that I accept are really excuses, are:
  • A perfectionistic streak - I know that when I make spelling, grammatical or syntax errors, it is easy enough to edit, but this is the internet, post it, and even if you edit your discovered (or pointed out) boo-boos later, it is on your permanent record! That metaphor WILL be covered another time.  There is some element, as my favorite tech blogger, Scott Hanselman, posted a few months ago (OMG, that was almost a year ago!!!), of fearing being or exposing myself as a phony. I, also, don't want to appear in Google as a phony.  I may not have always earned As in English class, but I did receive grades indicating some skill with grammar and spelling, and that is an effort I do put forward.  Closer to true for this discussion, is a fear of being perceived as a phony.   Another topic for another time... :)

  • Integration issues - this fits with what I have already said about Blogger for iOS, but is inclusive of some other things like picture and other multimedia integration, which also harkens back to posting the "perfect" post... That will appear on my permanent record, too.
Ah, another novella... I know it just doesn't have to be this way. This has to stop.

I wonder where the time goes? I hope I get better at this, and may be why I am doing this...

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