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Heroes And Admiration

October 25, 2014 4 comments

Every person has at least one hero whose work they admire. If you’ve glanced at my “about” page, you may have correctly assumed that one of my heroes is writer/speaker Scott Berkun. I’ve followed Scott and read all of his books since he made the scary leap long ago from a safe job at Microsoft into the unforgiving jungle of self-sufficiency.

I like Scott’s work so much because I think he’s genuine, transparent, sincere, and down-to-earth. In short, his ideas and insights are helpful to his readers. That’s why I got a kick out of this twitter exchange:

berkun twitter exchange

Scott’s brand new, kickstarter-funded, book is titled “The Ghost Of My Father“. It’s a radical departure from his other books in that it’s a deeply personal treatise on growing up with an absentee father. Go out and buy it, pronto!

ghost

If I ever get my lazy ass out of “blog only” mode and hunker down to write some kind of unsellable book for my own personal satisfaction, Scott will have been a huge influence on the transition.

It’s All About Me

January 2, 2014 Leave a comment

According to the wordpress.com stats helper monkeys, these metrics summarize my 2013 blogging output:

WP 2013 Numbers

Since conjuring up dorky, childish, clipart pictures seems to be my “strength“, it’s not surprising that I uploaded over twice as many pretentious pictures as blog posts.

The WP monkeys didn’t stop there. Those animals also tallied up my most-viewed posts of 2013:

WP 2013

Even though I don’t post on the topic as much as I do on other “stuff“, every single one of my top five “best sellers” explores some aspect of programming in C++ that piqued my interest. But that’s not surprising. Members of two sites with large C++ programmer followings, reddit.com and isocpp.com, decided to share links to my top five on those sites.

In addition to being a blathering blogger, I was fairly active on Twitter in 2013. The talented programmers at vizify.com gratuitously compiled a nice little video of my 2013 Twitter activity (you can see it here) and tallied up my most impactful tweets:

Top 10 Tweets 2013

If wordpress.com and vizify.com can create synopses like these, just imagine what the NSA can do.

Energized, But Goal-less

December 16, 2013 2 comments

If you’ve read more than a couple of posts on this gawd-forsaken blawg, then you might have correctly arrived at the conclusion that Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams is one of my all time favorite people. In his latest, laughingly good read, “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life“, Scott shares his sole reason for blogging:

The main reason I blog is because it energizes me. I could rationalize my blogging by telling you it increases traffic on Dilbert.com by 10 percent or that it keeps my mind sharp or that I think the world is a better place when there are more ideas in it. But the main truth is that blogging charges me up. It gets me going. I don’t need another reason.

Ding! That’s Ed Zachary why I blog too. I blog for the energy boost. I’m not actively hoping to achieve anything specific when I blog. I just do it… to do it. Every time I click the “Add New Post” button on my WordPress dashboard and I’m presented with an inviting, blank, white canvas, I have no freakin’ idea what goo will get splotched onto it and subsequently launched into the ether.

energy boost

But wait! Scotty also pens this:

Throughout my career I’ve had my antennae up, looking for examples of people who use systems as opposed to goals. In most cases, as far as I can tell, the people who use systems do better. The systems-driven people have found a way to look at the familiar in new and more useful ways. To put it bluntly, goals are for losers. That’s literally true most of the time. For example, if your goal is to lose ten pounds, you will spend every moment until you reach the goal—if you reach it at all—feeling as if you were short of your goal. In other words, goal-oriented people exist in a state of nearly continuous failure that they hope will be temporary.

W00t! I’m not a “goal-oriented” person either. I never have been and, up until now, I’ve often felt weird as “A Man Without A Country, uh, I mean, Goal“. After all, it’s difficult not to feel weird when you’re surrounded 8 hours a day by lots of goal-oriented people, most of whom auto-expect everybody else to be goal-driven too.

dumbass

Scott Adams is a rare bird. To me, he’s a dirty rich dude who deserves to be dirty rich. Unlike many dirty rich people, he’s a a creator with a sense of humility. A real gem.

124 To 858

March 29, 2013 Leave a comment

When a friend recently pointed me toward hupso.com, here’s what I discovered:

Hupso

As you can see, the Hupso.com and the WordPress.com stats aren’t even in the same ballpark. Since I believe my wordpress stats are more accurate, the bulldozer.com “franchise” is potentially worth $431 per year; or $36 per month (LOL!).

Oh well, I guess I can’t quit my day job. But that’s OK. Despite the anti-corpo rants I hoist on this blawg, I like my day job and I like the people I work with and I like the people I work for.

In any situation one finds themself in, it could always be better or it could always be worse. But when one only thinks in terms of  “it could always be better and can never be worse“, then there’s likely to be trouble on the horizon.

Never Woulda Thunk It

March 9, 2013 7 comments
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The Search For Accountability

May 23, 2012 3 comments

As I’ve said several times before, WordPress.com is a sweet blogging platform. One of the many metrics that the customer-and-product obsessed WordPress team provides to its users  is the list of terms that people have searched to land on your blog:

As you can see, the search term “accountability” dominates all others. WTF is up wit dat? It also looks like people want to learn more about “CSCIs, CSCs, and CSUs“. The funny ones are “lighten up francis“, “firing squad“,  and “disco dancer“. I’m humbled by the fact that some people searched for BD00 directly with “site:bulldozer00.com” and “bulldozer00“. lol.

So, when are you gonna expose yourself to the world and start blogging your thoughts, feelings, and opinions? One of the tag lines of the best boss I ever had was “don’t keep it a secret“. BD00 has internalized it with the addition of “no matter how much it hurtz“.

Sticks and stones may break my bones. But chains and whips excite me. – Rihanna

 

World Reknowned

March 21, 2012 2 comments

WordPress.com is such a sweet blogging platform. The team keeps innovating and adding useful, customer-friendly features to the site. Here’s a recent addition to the stats page that enumerates page hits by country:

It’s thrilling to see people outside of the USA stopping by and taking a peek at bulldozer00.com. I anxiously await the arrival of viewers from North Korea, Cuba, Iran, the glorious nation of Kazakhstan, and the mud lands of Elbonia.

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