Blog Challenge Argumentative

What seems free may have strings attached.

I wrote the first version of this post within the last year.  As part of a semi-weekly exercise in curating the blog posts I’ve written which I continue to think could have some potential (!), I have returned to this post with an interest in making it more accurate.

 This month in the United States the FCC will vote whether to repeal the legislation protecting net neutrality, and the Internet will likely become controlled in that nation by ISPs including Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T.  This means that some websites will function better (swifter) than others.  That isn’t good for the free speech of the Internet.

 What I wrote on St. Patrick’s Day of 2016 that remains true is this:  Some are in the dark about what could result from the lack of Internet controls generally enjoyed in the present.  I went on to say:  What seems free may have strings attached.

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The literal price tag of any given service often includes only the bare essentials as they are understood. To thrive, a few dollars here and there (on apps, plug-ins, hardware, etc.) may be required, and the economic definition of scarcity surely applies here. For the desired recognition, I venture to guess that once more as in other similar situations money talks.

 This sounds like I am in favor of the repeal the FCC is likely doing, but I was actually only being facetious.  However, this does resemble in some fashion the reality what is going to happen in many Internet markets (most notably in the US).  To be competitive, without legislation to protect the free Internet, there are going to be requirements to “pay” (i.e., to spend for services) where presently it is a level playing field.

 

I mistakenly believed it was a right to privacy that would be contested, and while there has been such a battle, which is ongoing, but a clearer picture of how it is the Internet remains usable is not unlike what I wrote on that St. Patrick’s Day:  If you are subpar, you will be told as much as an army of folk waiting to raise their spears are as much the wolves at the door as Mom and Dad were in the old days. You need to excel or, plain and simple, you will be failing hard and failing fast.

 

Nothing ventured, nothing gained, but it is crucial that you learn from your mistakes as they happen to you. Own them and learn, and put them to rest with a dash more of hope for having conquered something, at least.  I always think that trying and failing is better than not to have tried an effort at all.

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You need to bring to bear content, which is the substance of media as it’s understood on the Internet with an eye to generating traffic for your particular je ne sais quoi. You need to be real and you need to think smart, and the end result has to be a brand that is somehow recognizable on the Internet if you want to earn turf in cyberspace.

 I have put it in fancy language because I think it is a fancy thing, I wrote.  The need to argue for net neutrality is serious.  More than a few think the devil be damned and enjoy the occasional spotlight as it illuminates the crowd, I said.

 

You should accept that the decision to repeal the FCC legislation protecting net neutrality is a problem for those who count on their voices behind heard on the Internet and that the future will begin to be controlled by corporations, not individuals.  That is often the prize for the amateur designer, the potential and the possibility.

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Giving Tuesday

What I Did for Giving Tuesday in 2017

For the last six years, Black Friday has been followed the next week by a day encouraging people to be charitable–Giving Tuesday, the Tuesday of the week following the notorious Black Friday, and also Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.

 

I had already been aware of it, but this year I took more of an interest in it, as my dad is spending his retirement years operating a little cemetery, seeing how he was involved for years with a municipal cemetery.  I am his partner operating it.  I am the more junior of the two of us, clearly, but I do play a role, and I have access to the cemetery we have as we present ourselves on Facebook, which serves as a utility for visitors (offline and online) to reach out to us when there are observations and requests.

 

What I resolved on, in the end, was to present a token donation to the website Wikipedia, which felt right because I try Wikipedia at those times when I need a quick answer, or otherwise a fast piece of research.  Wikipedia wasn’t asking for much (which is good because I don’t have a lot) and I retweeted an appeal of theirs on Twitter asking for donations and I was even delighted with a swift reply from them on Twitter, to which I immediately responded by clicking “like” and smiling broadly, because it’s what I think of as “cool” (to each his own).

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I may give Giving Tuesday another go next year, as it was a lot of fun crafting tweets that encapsulated what I was going for with my Giving Tuesday campaign (my Twitter handle is @findingenvirons).  I also posted to Facebook plentifully throughout November, leading up to Giving Tuesday (the cemetery page is www.facebook.com/LouthUnited).

 

If you’ve never been aware of Giving Tuesday each November, perhaps you will be aware of it in 2018 and you will feel like you are joining in the day to be charitable with your time and with your money.  This blog has been active, generally speaking, over the last three years, and I want to continue to pursue it with diligence in mind in a manner that is pursuant to being part of a modest not-for-profit.

Mind the Gap

Why not count yourself a brand?

If you want to take social media seriously, don’t count it as wasting time. It can be invigorating. But don’t waste the days and the hours being the investigator, focused on where it’s going and never getting enough of it.

Try to stop short of simply reading and looking at what’s on social media. Bring yourself to bear with the simple possibility that you are a brand.

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There will be times when you don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden the clock jumped and you don’t know where the time went. Never mind the additional possibility that your personal brand is a little too improperly swilled among all the social media platforms available.

You should evaluate what you need to do to seem savvy and interesting. It is the best way to handle social media. You will want to keep up with the next guy, and you need to do it as well or better in order to seem like a flexible, valuable individual.

It’s really not all that intuitive. This where your research skills pay off. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information crafting your social media strategy, and you can take away a few tips that will help you focus your social media output into a brand that proves quality and expertise.

The tip of the iceberg is your getting started, and research will quickly bring you up to speed with some guidelines about how best to proceed. It isn’t too difficult, but research will certainly help, and that is where your jumping off point is when you are expanding your personal brand on social.

This post was inspired by Ben Huberman’s Discover challenge Mind the Gap. If you like this, free to “like” and/or “follow,” and/or leave me a comment. Thank so much for reading!

Whether Sincere or Can We Challenge Ourselves

I wrote this post two years ago and decided today to curate it for the present.  Admittedly, it went unnoticed when I published it in November of 2016.

 

If we should evaluate ourselves, we find the opportunity and the option to transform our “essence,” the makeup of what is we, into entities on the web, mostly owing to the avenue of social media.  Turning our attention to this, we have a choice to do what we think of best, having the desire to appear “good” across it, accurately and clearly, for the consumption of the other and without the overt blurring of the truth

 

One excellent thing we can do for our peace of mind is to be sincere.  When we have a connection between the self and the other, the most enduring way to nurture that bond is to be sincere.

 

When we brand ourselves on social when we engage across it, the biggest challenge we have is to be sincere.  In the era of the Internet, when we are branding ourselves with our social media profiles and in our interactions with other Internet users, the most challenging thing we can do for ourselves is to practice sincerity on the world wide web.

 

The nature of the beast is to compete with all the other.   It goes beyond keeping in touch with others and is more about being part of the race between humans to do things in the best way possible at the time.

 

Nothing mundane is thought of as particularly “share-worthy” on social.  Instead, highlights of life are rendered on display and for consumption by the other, who is living a rival experience, part of the crowd, on social.  The biggest challenge, both inside social and offline, is to muster sincerity.

 

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It is most important when there are prevailing ties between you and the other, to permit authenticity, by consistently being sincere with those to who you are bound.  Being human becomes its own reward when you project sincerity to those to who you devote time and to those to who you proffer care.  The other, your friend, the stranger in the street, receives your sincerity graciously and this is a kindness.

 

You experience human relationships and interaction which are all nourishing in their own right.  You have made the choice to be sincere with those you care about.

 

Social media is a specific example of having the opportunity to be insincere, with the aim of looking better than how the truth actually is.  You want to chat up that girl at the bar so you tell her you’re an airline pilot.  I am, however, personally making an effort to speak truly, so that if you are happening to read this, you can with better readiness, trust me a bit that I have your interests at heart.

 

We are most likely strangers, but I put it to you that I am God-fearing, humble and sincere.  Social media is a ready alternative to living life for its own sake, and what you might term “social sincerity” is challenging to maintain but manageable.  You have the opportunity to put yourself across the Internet with both sincerity and artful intent.

 

Today again I found I wanted very much a personal level to assert that I am sincere.  I am grateful for the opportunity.

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If you liked this post, you can go ahead and click “like” if you please, or click the “follow” button.  You are also welcome to leave me a comment, sincere or otherwise.  Good luck to you!

Be That You Would Rather Risk Temporary Shelf Life

WordPressBen Huberman, who contributes essays to the WordPress photo challenges, wrote that bloggers interested yet should focus on the idea of Temporary, how it is things can be seen in the image that will no longer be there, as with autumn leaves in October.

 

What does it take to start a blog?  Three years ago I thought to learn a little more about writing a poem from Ben and others.

 

The free verse you might write could go in a blog, on the Internet.  I never changed my mind https://findingenvirons1.wordpress.com/2015/02/25/drawer

 

Letting it out of the bag was a busy time.  I looked back at a photo I took Wednesday, October 15, 2014, when I was purer as a blogger, meaning not seen as many (there are a lot of good ones).

 

It’s the trees shielding the cemetery and you can see the lane running behind Louth United Church.  Ben seems to be an understated champion of photography and also of blogging, with WordPress.

 

It is always nice to see what he has written when there is a photo challenge to join, on a Wednesday of the week.  There is a week to do it but people get started right away, I’m sure.  I would argue, if necessary, that the video capture look of the sky overhead reflects the idea of temporary all the more because everything that was in the sky has passed on, not content to be captured.

 

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We care for Maple Lawn Cemetery once a week and we’re active on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LouthUnited  Yesterday Twitter began to include tweets with a character length of two hundred and eighty rather than plain a hundred and forty.  I don’t know what that says about the future… or the past, either.

#GivingTuesday Ambassadors for Maple Lawn Cemetery

As a kid, I got to trick-or-treat.  It’s what a kid thinks of as being cool.  I have my mother’s skill–at times she lent assistance to costumes that helped me fit in for the walkabout going door-to-door.

 

I think it always seemed to feel shorter than it was.  The other disappointment was reaching adolescence.  It was no longer very advisable to try trick-or-treating if you were too big for your breeches.  You’d see those porch lights go dark.

 

Four years ago my father decided that in his retirement years he would take on the responsibility of operating a little cemetery on the outskirts of town (doesn’t that sound like it’s from a horror script or something of that kind?) and we are partners in the cemetery’s operation, although generally speaking, he is the boss.  Is it ghoulish?

 

Well, it kind of is.  Not everybody could handle it.  For me, it is nice to be part of an operation of that kind, and I feel I’m inclined to do it.

 

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November 28 is known among not-for-profits as Giving Tuesday, and it is like a holiday for charities, when they ask for gifts.  There’s only a couple of things that are pressing on us.

 

For example, when the car lost control and drove into the tree out by the church, it tapped the sign for the church and one of the legs of the sign was cracked nearly in two.  Getting a new sign would be nice, although our budget is strictly limited to operations.  It does require replacement, however.

 

We don’t make much doing what we do.  It isn’t entirely true that we scrape by, but we’re not getting rich.

 

We’re comfortable and we’re honest, given that we deal with funeral practices on a regular basis and we understand that discretion is required, as is respect and common decency.  We’re Christian people.

 

It isn’t necessary to help, but if you have any interest in the ghoulish, and you would like to help by becoming a fan of our Facebook page, retweeting my tweets about November 28, or reblogging this post, you are welcome to leave a comment expressing that you would like to be a Maple Lawn Cemetery ambassador.  We’re on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LouthUnited and my twitter handle is @findingenvirons  We also have a website that you can click through to see with http://maplelawncemeteryorg.ipage.com/oldchurchcemetery/

 

Although Giving Tuesday is six years running, this is the first year I’ve decided to try my hand at participating in it.  It’s not a race, it’s just that with the damaged sign, and even the wear and tear on the John Deere that I employ to assist with the operation of the cemetery, any help at all would be appreciated.  If you are a freelance creative, and you work for cheap, you are welcome to inquire if you think your talent would fit in with what my father and I are doing on the Internet.

 

Naturally, even if your thoughts for the season are all about Hallmark, I understand completely, and you are more than welcome to like this post or even to follow the blog.

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Have an amazing Halloween in 2017, and maybe we’ll even see you back in 2018.  I wish you good tidings.

Being Artificial on Social Media

Forging a representation of yourself for the Internet is rampantly common and has been for a long time.  On social media, you craft Internet content that reflects who you are as an individual.  When you post to Facebook, or to Twitter, or to YouTube, or to any other platform, you have an opportunity to render artificial something that is real in your life.

 

This is kind of an evaluation of your everyday life experience, and in the process of translating it for the Internet, it is like aiming a throw against the palisade of the other.

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Photographer: Igor Ovsyannykov

When thinking of creative methods by which you translate your life onto social media, you have an ability and a freedom to craft content that is representative of you, while being artificial in format.  Your life is real, as real as you experience it, and with social, you are tapping into a real-world experience for the purpose of consumption by the other.

 

There is nothing completely real about posting on social, yet it is viewed as an offshoot of real life because you are inherently human.  Therefore the urge to render your life on social has the weight that you’re growing content out of the experience you have offline.  It wouldn’t be artificial if it were really happening.

 

What’s more, however, the urge to render your life on social media means that you grow your content out of experiences you have in real life.  You are translating your experience offline into content that the other can digest and reflect upon, to view how you are instead of he or she, between human beings.  There is no algorithm that can match this ability.

 

Social media forms content grown from life, but rendered artificial inasmuch as it is only one representation of what has happened to you in your life, the impetus of real life.  Feel free to “like” this post or to comment, and/or to “follow” the blog if you found this post thoughtful.  I hope for you that your own social goes well for you and that the best moments in your life are conferred as though they were vitally important, which they are.

 

You are an individual and you have an opportunity to celebrate the best of what happens to you.