Welcome - I’m Back
I guess it is time I come out of hiding and say hello to my loyal readers. I’m feeling encouraged. After a year of not blogging I’m still gaining new readers every day. Wow. I have the most loyal readers on the planet. I am blessed. Thank you.
What happened to me this past year? Well for starters my daughter left home. She is everything to me and it was not expected. Then a friend died and online partners stabbed me in the back.
I was already disheartened by marketers stealing my articles without attribution. Hordes of marauding phonies invaded my blog niche and authority.
My battle with Google ended with it killing my rank and filtering me out of their search engine results after years of hard work and sacrifice.
It was a disaster.
All things considered, it put me over the edge. It got so bad that I could not even stand the sight of my blog any more. My blog that was my baby and obsession for more than a decade. A technology that I had pioneered.
It took the wind out of my sails. More like ripping the guts right out of me.
So for this past year I have had time to think. I had to decide if I wanted to pack up and leave forever, start fresh again or continue this blog. Because I don’t want to go back the way things were. Being frustrated by ripoff plagiarizers. No thanks. Been there and done that.
I even stopped reading my 2000 plus RSS feeds. A recent perusal of my blog tips niche has confirmed what I have always said. There are NO new blog tips out there. Everything continues to be recycled in the name of content “curation”.
Just another bullshit word for intellectual theft by marketers who take advantage of the ignorance of noobs having the misfortune of coming across their path.
I was blogging long before there was a Huffington Post or Mashable et al. I mention this because I was just reading these blogs and I have to say I am shocked with the articles that I read. Many are written by kids barely out of school trying real hard to pose as experts. Obviously they are hoping to achieve authority status by writing for these blogs.
But a more seasoned chap like myself who as been around the block knows this stuff is just wrong. Unfortunately for them I am a well-read person having worked in law, journalism, politics, the computer industry, business and a student of history. I can tell that a lot of the content has been copied .. or “curated” as they like to call it. Apparently these blogs are so desperate to throw content out there they will let anybody write for them.
I remember hearing ‘experts’ saying that we should encourage our kids to speak up and express themselves. Have an opinion. I recall thinking at the time this is a mistake. Kids need to learn and think first before they know what they are talking about. Otherwise we are spawning a generation of mimics. Not great thinkers.
A teacher of mine once said it’s good to be able to regurgitate information we have heard or read. But knowing how to think is more important. He was right.
Intellectual honesty is equally important. If we were caught plagiarizing someone else’s work we got an automatic F. This curation thing has gotten out of control. I get tons of offers to guest write on my blog but most don’t make the grade. Nope, not on my blog.
So if I am going blog again it must be a fresh start. A brand new beginning and direction. I’m not going backwards. But what should I write about? That is the question.
As I see it (generally speaking) many personal bloggers have quit to use social media such as Facebook. That still leaves business users, marketers, tech enthusiasts, hobbyists, etc. If you have any ideas who else I should write for please let me know. It will be appreciated.
Lastly, please let me thank you again … my loyal readers for hanging in there. I will try not to disappoint.