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A day in the life

Written by David Harry   
Sunday, 20 April 2008 12:29

The things I do to get a beer

The other day I had mentioned to a cohort that it had been a while since I added new pics of the family to the personal section of the ol Blog… Now that warm weather has finally arrived here in the Great White North (eh) – yesterday was a great excuse to get out.

For those that don’t know, we left the city life back when our daughter was born some 7 ½ years ago and now live a peaceful small town lifestyle. As you’d expect in Canada, we have a Maple Festival each year that includes street festival activities on the main strip and more on the local maple farm…fun for the whole family!

To give you an idea of the size of our town, there is maybe 20 stores and not a single set of stop lights… a couple of stop signs…and that’s it…. population around 3000...

Take a ride with me

We started off downtown making sure to get our new hats to ensure we aren’t mistaken as tourists… the red neck doesn’t start showing until the mosquitoes get worse… he he…

Thank God I'm a country boy

 

An Early Valentines Offering

Written by David Harry   
Monday, 11 February 2008 07:25

Tuning the heart strings

An offering from YOUR GypsyHow much do I love my wife? Well being the search geek that I am, terabytes could not hold all the adjectives that I could amass to merely begin painting a portrait of my devotion. It is a strange thing how over the years one becomes attached to those they love as they would a part of their own being. While of the utmost importance, we can at times forget they are there. It is only in absentia that we truly appreciate the value within our lives.

So why am I on about this now? Well, for starters Valentines is approaching and my blog is truly a place of expression for me, not for revenues…. So I hope you will indulge me.

Secondly, things have been more than a little trying in my little corner of nirvana of late, which is saying something. My wife and I have been together; work, rest and play for nearly 10 years now. We have also been blessed with two angelic (cough cough) children which have been by our side, for better or for worse, in our home office for the last 7 years. We have struggled through much together, from famine to feast. It is never easy living and working together, season come and seasons gone. It has the capacity for complacency if left unchecked.

Over the last while I have found myself adrift in the sea of single parenting with my precarious packages as my better half had some family situations and heartstrings that needed to be played. As I sit here, exhausted, drained and emotionally spent, I cannot imagine how I would ever be able to travel many of the paths I venture upon without my lady love.

My wish for all this Valentine’s is to remember those you love and imagine a world without them – for that is often where the value lies….

…. And to you my dear, the reason I snuck this post in? I shall always love you and be here to tune those strings should ever the song of love be lost.

Happy Valentines My Love
(Babysitter? Dinner? Whatcha say?)

PS; I am gonna get in soooo much trouble for this arent I? (hee hee)...

 

What is your soul worth?

Written by David Harry   
Monday, 14 January 2008 21:02

They say every person has a price. What’s yours? I ask because from time to time I get emails from people that are interested in having me review some product, service or website here on the ol trail. As long time trail riders know it is more about the therapy and the passion not about the $$$. Now let’s not get crazy though (that’s what the therapy is for right?) I do certainly find cash to be more than just a little handy from time to time. I have just never had to use this blog as a revenue platform… just a place to hang out.

What's YOUR Price...Enter the Soul Reaper

I was approached by a company looking to promote their service and asked how much it would cost for me to review it. I answered that I really had no set price, but if they wanted to tell me some more about the site and let me have a go at it with a demo account, I could then discuss it further. I though that was reasonable – if I like what they are promoting I am happy to give it some pixel time, if not I would politely decline.

The next email I received merely offered $45 and asked for my PayPal addy… erm… weird, I swear I was already starting some kind of dialogue here? Ok, what the f*ck ever, I went on about my business.

Once again today, there was another one-liner email inquiring about my availability to do a review and the PP addy to send my windfall of cash to.  Did these folks even READ my Blog? I can be a bit of a live grenade that lost the pin a long time ago and it seems unlikely they caught that. I shall of course resist the temptation to actually mention said peeps by name, as discretion is said to be the better part of valour.  But it is tempting….

Spare some change?

I have no idea where my would-be benefactors are located, but around here I couldn’t get out of the corner store without dropping $45 which means buying my soul in the form of blind sponsored endorsement is out of the question. Now, if you throw in say, 3 goats and a few chickens, we could be on to something here (hee hee). I know there are many bloggers out there that make a living as such and I have no problems with them, I do think the advertisers might want to do some homework before waving such huge wads of cash in the face of a volatile blogger.  All they really had to do was tell me some more and let me see the goods... WTF is so hard about that?

So tell me…. How much is your editorial integrity worth? We’re at $45, 3 Goats, 2 Chickens – suggestions welcomed.

 

The Adaptive Mind

Written by David Harry   
Saturday, 12 January 2008 05:51

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Aristotle - Greek critic, philosopher, physicist, & zoologist (384 BC - 322 BC)

I was looking at that little adventurous prose tonight and simply had to relate it to the ongoing experience unto paths unknown in my world of search. While I tend to run in circles around my office like a child that has just Think about it...had their favourite candy usurped when I am excited about a given post in the Blog-o-sphere, I do temper it where possible. I know I reside in a world of link bait that often seeks eye balls over personalities and that I can deal with. I understand that what I believe others may not. I realize that I am wrong in many things I believe today as experience has been my greatest teacher… but I always listen.

Myopic; short: lacking foresight or scope; "a short view of the problem"; "shortsighted policies"; "shortsighted critics derided the plan"; "myopic thinking"

One of the secrets to longevity in the business world is the ability to adapt as a caterpillar does to flight. Rarely have I met a business person that began the journey into the unknown from the same perch that they sit upon today. It is most certainly wise to have goals and an over-all plan of action… it is fine to dream as well…. But being open to the ever changing landscape of your personal realities will ultimately lead you to the final hour.

I say to you, those that are uber focussed… in the zone… wear not the blinders of self assurance. Nothing is more valued in the world of business than the ability to adapt. It is you see, the essence of evolution and our fate should we care to address it or not.

I have come to understand the lot in life that is my status as a warhorse after nearly 20 years of self employment and adaptations that took me from a career as a brick and mortar consultant to a yappy, grumpy old online anomaly that is but a twig upon the shoulders of the mighty river called life at this point… where we begin is seldom where we land. Be sure to always keep openness to allowing yourself to grow in directions that you may not have originally intended, allow the river to do some of the work for you.

 

This little ditty was inspired by a young in-house SEO that I was chatting with today… so let me end it with some more words that are wiser than I could ever pen;

It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.
Sir Winston Churchill
- British politician (1874 - 1965)

 

 

SEO and the little voice in my head

Written by David Harry   
Friday, 04 January 2008 03:03

 Something occurred to me today when I was losing my mind and slowly slipping into the reality that may be my ignorance. The most devious and dastardly little voice crept into my mind’s eye and whispered unto my being. Could it be, maybe just a little, somewhere deep in the recess of the game that is my industry, a sense of hypocrisy exists that isn’t immediately self evident? Is Google really alone in leading the sheep?

Bear with me along this trail for a few moments. Nothing bothers me more than misinformation and the often seemingly chaotic appearance that SEO can have. Once upon a time as a forum hound it would bother me too no end; put out one fire and 3 more pop up in its place. Finally I gave up and decided to write more here instead and hopefully pass sensibility when I can.  But there was that voice today that was looking at the entire mess from a more objective view point and it asked;

I am hearing voices...DAMMITIs Google the only one that should stand accused of creating FUD?

 

And I ain’t talking about Rocket Science peeps….so don’t go there…

 

I mean really, look around you folks. There is no lack of people screaming about ‘New Ranking changes’ and the fairness of said illusionary instances. Others are talking about a minus this penalty or minus that penalty (how many have we had now?). I passed by freaking DP looking for a quote and found that the natives are so freaked by all the Paid Link and PageRank fiasco that they can’t even tell the difference between ToolBar PageRank and actual PageRank (not sure they ever did grasp that one). And this list could go on and on.

 

… where in all of this lies our responsibility?

 
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