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29 January 2017

Why the long post?

It appears to be futile – writing a long post on a subject. After all, most blog posts, even those with a clear demonstration behind them, can be turned into something smaller.

Well, it helps. It helps you become better in the process of writing. Going through the path of writing a message makes you a better person. You work for it.

Some of my blog posts tend to look rather stupid. Simple ideas, repeated, at times, obsessively. Well, I like them, nevertheless, and I learn from writing them, despite of this.

Case study – sometimes, when I go to an event, I photograph weird things – the entrance, some objects in the room, a logo. Most people would focus a lot on the speaker, less on the organizers, and very few times on the participants.

My focus tends to differ. I don’t go around in the room photographing objects. But I do photograph lots of things, and this helps me make a photo story which tends to be not necessarily easier to follow, but easier to remember.

The photo at the entrance helps you connect with the room. The various photos in the room help you connect with the audience. And so on.

Another case study – yesterday I resized a partition. I thought the process would last for a few seconds, but it lasted for about 15 hours. I couldn’t cancel the operation, once started, so I had to wait to finish. The whole day I checked on the status, to see how much it would last. It brought some frustration. The next time I’ll need to resize a partition, surely, I’ll know more about the process than I know right now.

Writing about things makes you remember those things better. When you are the teacher, you learn some things yourself.

Ce plugin de SEO pentru WordPress să folosești?

Eu folosesc WordPress SEO (de la Yoast) din simplul motiv că nu prea ai ce să ceri de la un plugin WordPress, altceva decât să te ajute un pic cu titlurile și descrierile (și Yoast face asta foarte bine, atât prin chestii manuale – editare per articol, cât și la automatizări – făcut reguli generale), și să îți facă sitemap.xml. Pentru Google Authorship fac eu manual, integrare cu GWT, BW și Alexa – îmi fac singur, că știu să editez niște fișiere. La fel, partea de Facebook și restul. (vezi detalii, dar și un Facebook hack)

Pluginul mai face bine sitemap.xml, dar pe WP mă descurc suficient de bine și fără el, nu aduce enorm pe partea asta. Dar e OK, face sitemap-urile cum se cade, mai bine decât un plugin vechi pe tema asta. (la ora la care scriu articolul)

Nu îmi place ce face cu RSS feed-urile (adaugă un cod), e setarea pe care o elimin automat de fiecare dată.

Rand Fishkin recomanda în trecut tot acest plugin (nu știu care e recomandarea lui curentă).

Eric Martin – WordPress Pumpkin, https://flic.kr/p/5xSZvG

Preston Ni: “One effective way to de-personalize is to put yourself in the other person’s shoes, even for just a moment” (Psychology Today)

Preston-NiBeing mindful about the nature of aggressive, intimidating, and controlling people can help us de-personalize the situation, and turn from being reactive to proactive.

One effective way to de-personalize is to put yourself in the other person’s shoes, even for just a moment. For example, consider the offender you’re dealing with, and complete the sentence: “It must not be easy…”

“My friend is so aggressive. It must not be easy to come from an environment where everyone was forced to compete…”

“My manager is really overbearing. It must not be easy to have such high expectations placed on her performance by senior executives…”

“My partner is so controlling. It must not be easy to have grown up in a family where he was told how to think and act in every way…” (How to Successfully Handle Aggressive and Controlling People | Psychology Today)

pumpkincat210 – super macro pearls and eyeshadow, https://flic.kr/p/6Mz4tz