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Initial Choices (05/01/2012)

I’ve finished a complete month of getting less stupid every day now. I have to admit, I get a feeling of self satisfaction when I look at my archive and see it full like that, especially with consecutive posts like that. Probably a bit of minor OCD coming out there.

I have to admit, though, I’m beginning to wonder if Tumblr was quite the right choice of tool to use for a project like this. As I’ve said before, I find it so difficult to believe that the search doesn’t work. Added to that, I actually lost a post one day! I’ve actually had to raise three support tickets to Tumblr since I started using it. I don’t think I’ve ever raised a support ticket for a free online service before. Obviously, I raise them at work all the time, but I never raise them with gmail, or twitter or youtube or anything like that. My WordPress backup site, on the other hand is just tootling along without a single problem. The search works, and there’s a tag cloud by default!

Now, I don’t want to have a go at Tumblr, because it is great at what it does. Reblogging is so easy, and posting up pictures, quotes etc is quick and simple. I also love how you can customize your own page with your own html and css. But for what I’m doing, I’m beginning to wonder if it’s the right tool.

Now, of course, a big part of my “project” here – to get “less stupid every day” is to learn from my mistakes. I’m happy to embrace mistakes as long as I fix them and learn something from them. And part of me is wondering if I should switch to a different platform (maybe WordPress) and use Tumblr as the backup. 

However, I’ve decided not to – and partly because I’m forgetting what the core purpose of this site is. A place to quickly jot down something new that I’ve learnt so I remember it. A lot of my posts have got much more ambitious than necessary (especially around Christmas when I sometimes spent all morning doing them). It’s been flattering to get followers and likes and stuff, but that was never the point of this site, and I need to remember that.

I think today’s lesson is that it’s easy to lose site of the long term goals, and occasionally you need to force yourself to recalibrate. Maybe with this I need a once a month review. Maybe at work I need to do that. Maybe even in my personal life as well. If you don’t do that, you start getting off course – like my thinking was about this project. 

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