Funny how things change and you do not notice.
There is an old fable that says that if you drop a frog in a pan of boiling water, he will immediately jump out of the pan. But take the same frog and drop him in cold water, then apply heat to the pan very slowly and he will stay in there until he eventually dies.
His world changed “a little at a time” and he did not notice.
Used to be you would post a link for someone on your site and they of course would come looking to see what was going on (ping-backs) and then they would drop a nice “thanks for linking me or hey, I appreciated that, thanks a lot.” These days you run a link for someone, give them the notice that they so richly deserve, possibly giving them a boost in blog traffic and they don’t say a dog-gone thing. This week for the first time, I ran across a site that specifically asked people NOT to re-blog their stuff unless they acquired permission. This is a new one on me, I am not all that sure I agree with that philosophy.
I suppose change has come upon me again, and I just did not notice.
Not long ago we were in a Mall in the Dallas area and I noted that there were few white people in the mall at the time. Most were Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern, Asian, Black, Mexican. White folks seemed to be missing from the mix almost entirely and that struck me as odd. The country has changed, it kind of did it when I was not looking and I was somewhat shocked to say the least. It is not often you wake up and find yourself a stranger in your own country, but it happened to me, it can happen to you.
This past week has been tough, and at times, it has pained my spirit so much it was to the point of being almost unbearable. But we always seem to make it through the mess of life, some of it is easy and some of it is hard. One thing that has helped me is Steve McCurry’s wordpress blog. I go over there and I look at the pictures this guy has put up, and it reminds me how lucky I truly am in life, that I have a life worth living and that there are far more people in the world less fortunate than myself.
If you missed it, here is the link … It is well worth the trip believe me.
Today a new person showed up and hit the like button, and all that was there was the gravatar. Often that will drive me crazy, someone interesting clicks the like button on one of my posts, and it doesn’t say where that person might be this day, where is the link to their site, why I cannot visit their world and see what they are up to. Almost not fair in some respects, it happened today, and again, I am wondering, sitting here with my feet planed firmly on the ground … and one eye on heaven … but I don’t quite know where to stick a pin in the map.
So that is it. Things change and you have to change with them I suppose.
Makes you wonder if posting a link is worth it? Some folks even think that re-blogging a post is not right and is the lazy man’s way to write a blog (and for good reason, I am sure there are some people who do just that) but I am not all that convinced it is a bad thing. For the most part, I am kind of stuck between the two.
Leaves me kind of wondering or at a loss as to why people are so busy they do not have time to just say “thanks” for the link. Too busy to leave a comment and tell someone else, what a minute of their day. All I know for sure, here in my little world is this: “It is a good day to be above ground and I am going to relish it, savor the moment and try my best to make it count for something.” You can re-blog that all day long, I won’t mind it a bit.
Thank You For Stoppin By.