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the Ramblings of a Mad Man

Written by David Harry   
Thursday, 06 December 2007 20:46

Can U see what I see?I had the good fortune to be chatting and playing with the ever lovely Shana last night about a variety of items from Blogging, Qualitative Research Books and Holiday Cheer (see icon) to Hot Chicks, and Ninja’s. It continued an ongoing dialogue in the limited space within my cranium about the world that is Social Media (and blogging) and I have come to understand that I am a bit of an oddity in the blogging world in that I am really just writing because I am (currently) enjoying a space that I have complete editorial control over. This is not a means of branding, at least not in conventional sense, as I tend to be brash at times.

It is not a means of income as I do not sell Ad Space nor participate in affiliate angles and the like. It could be considered a networking lever, but even there, it is a select few that take the chance to do more than a passing drive-by pleasantry. Beyond that, I don’t really write up how-to posts with the nitty gritty of what I do best, as I believe in teaching someone to fish, instead of giving them the fish. One can have the best paints and brushes available; this alone does not ensure joy upon the canvass. I seek to impart knowledge that can be used in many situations over the finite points of doing the leg work for the uninitiated.

So what am I doing?

I think of it many times as I do with teaching martial arts, there is no single solution, only variables that can be adapted to given situation with the best possible chances for success. There is no magic bullet and no written sonnet can play the tune of success. It is the wise person that takes the words and conveys them into situations in their real world in an adaptive mind. Many of us have spent time on the forums and heard many a weary traveller that wanted the simple answers of ‘How To’ and paths to the traffic nirvana dreamed of by start-ups from the beginning of this sorted mess.

So, in the end my fine peeps, I seek to entertain, enlighten and amuse. I am not blogging to be an A-lister or to make a few cobbles of cash. I am merely expressing the things I find of interest and would talk about with a close friend… so you dear reader, are my friends and partners on this ride through the web-o-sphere. I once started writing here because I wanted somewhere to express. Along the journey there were those that actually enjoyed my tormented lament… so now I write for not only myself, but those kind enough to follow along. Let me leave you with a quote I passed along to my fav supporter Shana (now, now Charles, she’s cuter)….

The belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science. Since, however, sense perception only gives information of this external world or of "physical reality" indirectly, we can only grasp the latter by speculative means. It follows from this that our notions of physical reality can never be final. We must always be ready to change these notions - that is to say, the axiomatic basis of physics - in order to do justice to perceived facts in the most perfect way logically. – Einstein

In many ways, all we are is what others perceive us to be; as such I appreciate those that enjoy my little corner of the world and its tribulations. May I never need this space for revenue, it would ruin all the fun :0)

Until next time – play safe.

 

Giving Thanks

Written by David Harry   
Thursday, 22 November 2007 20:27

Hullo peeps… I am Canadian, and fiercely proud of it. The lion’s share of my clients, over the last 10 years, have been Americans. When America has a holiday, in many respects, so do I. In appreciation for my ‘American Cousins', some thanks. I spent last weekend ‘home alone’ with my little darlings all which is all the thanks I need for me life. I decided to sit back and relax for a while.

Let's spread some love!

I have also been knee deep in patents and other research for my recent post and some slated for later this week(end?)…. While I do that I decided to take a few minutes so throw some love around… Ya can’t buy a link around here, but I do throw them out like tasty treats when the occasion presents itself…

The MadHat – well… for being himself.
Bill Slawski – for giving me someone to play mental badminton with
Charles – smartest non-SEO … SEO guy I know.
Jeff – for being Canadian, UPM visions (and the 12 pack he owes me)
Steven - for giving me the reporting bug

FantoMaster – for the term ‘waxing sectarian’
Wolfie – for being a rockstar
Shana (a.k.a theNanny) for all the love
Danny, Jill, Rusty, Rand, Andrew and more… for being themselves, which gave birth to me.

 

Sphinn – for giving me something to play with
Google/Yahoo (and sometimes Live) – without ya’ll, what would I do?
Matt and Aaron – for the edu-tainment
Search Engine Journal, TechCrunch, SlashDot, WebPro and SEW Blog for aknowledging that I exist. Sweet stroking...

 

In the end…. I suppose there are 2 spots closest to my old withered heart.. Site Reference and WebWork Shop… 2 places I could always sneak away to and rant all I please. Thanks for the love and support to all the crowd there….

So there ya have it… a couple egg-nog a-la Rye and some love for all… did I miss U? Ready to kick my ass? Damned sorry… just writing on a whim… email, I shall fix it.. hee heee…

Just giving some Thanks….

 

the Tiger and the Strawberry

Written by David Harry   
Monday, 08 October 2007 02:24

Ladies and gentlemen, I digress.

It seems Marty over at AimClear, whom I have only recently ran into here and there, was diagnosed with Lymphoma (3B) and survived for over 2 years … I wanted to say something of support in his Blog comments of a recent post, but felt limited. Since I have the platform I do here, I simply have to use it to express.

This is for Marty and anyone else that is listening… it is based upon an old Asian Buddhist/Zen tale. It seeks to put value in life where it is often not obvious.

The Tiger and the Strawberry

A man was walking across a field when he heard a rustling in the tall grass beside him, and turned to see the hungry eyes of a large tiger staring at him. The man began to run, fear giving him greater speed and stamina than he knew he possessed.

But always, just behind him, he could hear the easy breathing of the hungry tiger. Finally, the man stopped, not because his strength had failed but because he had come to the edge of a high cliff and could go no further. "I can let the tiger eat me, or take my life in my own hands and jump." The man turned and saw the tiger slowly walking toward him, licking its mouth in anticipation. Resolved to take his own life, the man stepped to the edge of the cliff and bent his legs to jump, when he suddenly noticed a thick vine growing out of the side of the cliff, several feet from the top.

Carefully, he let himself drop down the cliff face, catching hold of the vine as he slid past, and thanked God when it was strong enough to support his weight. Hanging now, the man looked up and saw the tiger's eyes peering over the edge of the cliff. It roared down at him, then began to pace back and forth along the top of the cliff. For the first time, the man looked at the vine that had saved his life. It was thick enough for him to wrap his legs around, resting his arms, and long enough that he might be able to let himself far enough down to jump safely to the ground below.

And the moment he had this thought was the same moment that he saw the second tiger, pacing back and forth at the foot of the cliff, licking its mouth, and looking hungrily up at him. Well, thought the man, if my strength and the strength of the vine are great enough, perhaps I can outwait the tigers. Surely, they'll go someplace else to eat when they're hungry enough. And the man prepared to settle in for a long wait.

His preparations halted quickly, however, when he heard a scurrying, scratching sound close to his own face. Glancing upwards, he saw two mice, one white and one black, emerge from a small hole in the cliff. They made their way swiftly to the base of the vine, and began to gnaw through it with their small sharp teeth. There was nothing else he could do, a tiger above, a tiger below, and the vine that kept him from their jaws about to break.

The man was closing his eyes to begin his prayers, when he noticed, a little to his right, a tiny patch of red color on the face of the cliff. He reached toward it precariously, pulled, and brought his hand back beneath his eyes. There, in his palm, was a luscious, red strawberry. The man swiftly pressed the strawberry between his lips, onto his tongue, and hanging between those still visible tigers, he enjoyed the finest , juiciest, sweetest meal of his life. 

adaptation from; Story Lovers

 

All about the passion baby

Written by David Harry   
Tuesday, 25 September 2007 20:13

Who am I – WHO - am - I ??

Interesting. I was thinking about this today – but from a professional standpoint. I know who I am as a person, that’s not always who I am here, on the ol Blog, or out and about the SEO world. Many of us in this business have such personas and I always keep that in mind. I had to learn to fight very early on in life for one simple reason – my passion condemns me to conflict.

rant.jpgI don’t really go out looking to be a hero, but am often taken as being arrogant. We are all on our own journey here people. We all have fallibilities and frailties that can take us from the top of the mountain to the pits of despair in a heartbeat. I have had great highs and horrid lows in business and personal life as well. That’s why I have respect. I simply have too much passion.

What’s this got to do with anything?

Well, I am passionate about SEO and that’s a fact. If you want to fight about it. Whooppiee. Fine by me.
I personally think there is too much bickering amongst folks that are equally passionate about it. It could be a lack of standardized knowledgebase’s, too much ‘guess work’ outside of the TOS or simply a young industry still having growing pains. In the end there is often not a definitive answer. I dare say that is what makes search interesting at times.

 

The Art of SEO

Written by David Harry   
Tuesday, 20 February 2007 04:04

I have a good friend that has a site selling Hawaiian Shirts – and related stuff. We aren’t old chums from high school, not buds from the bar. We’ve never formally met actually (my 21st century reality). We met at a forum discussing – what else – but SEO. Generally speaking my forum and community activities within the SEO industry are part of my everyday business activities. Not an endeavor to win a popularity contest. So how did this one slip through and become a ‘friend’?

It’s about the passion

 
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