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Vision of The Environment…

Monday, October 15th, 2007

Today is Blog Action Day. It’s a day where bloggers around the web will unite to post on a single important issue on everyone’s mind – the environment.

You will no doubt see a wide variety of opinions throughout the web on this issue. I expect there to be a lot of finger pointing — it’s the democrats fault or it’s the republicans fault, or it’s the SUVs fault, or it’s because people are having too many kids. Whatever. People will then say that we need to do something, we need to write to congress and the President and demand action.

Of course the environment is a huge topic for the 2008 presidential candidates. Each candidate has their own plan or program to solve the problem. You can read about them here.

But, I believe —

If the world is saved, it will be saved not by old minds with new programs, but by new minds with no programs at all…

Every culture is a collection of individuals, and each individual has in his or her head a complete set of values, concepts, rules, and preferences that, taken together, constitute the building plans for that particular culture. This is known as the cultures Vision.

Vision is to culture what gravity is to matter. When you see a ball roll off a table and fall to the floor, you should think, “Gravity is at work here.” When you see a culture make its appearance and spread outward in all directions until it takes over the entire world, you should think, “Vision is at work here.”

Vision is the flowing river. Programs are sticks set in the riverbed to impede the flow. What I’m saying is that the world will not be saved by people with programs. If the world is saved, it will be saved because the people living in it have a new Vision.”

Every year, without fail, we outlaw more things, catch more people doing them, and put more of them in jail. The outlawed behavior never goes away, because, directly or indirectly, it’s supported by the strong, invisible, unrelenting force called Vision. This explains why police officers are much more likely to take up crime than criminals are to take up law enforcement. It’s called “going with the flow.”

If the world is saved, it will be saved because people begin to think in a different way about the world and humanity’s place in it.

Most of this is from the mind of Daniel Quinn. Author of Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit and The Story of B.

Please take 10 more minutes and continue reading here!

If you want even more reading, try this.

I highly recommend his books. They will change your way of thinking…

5 Things To Do In 5 Minutes

Friday, October 5th, 2007

coffee-avatar If you are a blogger, whether a newbie or a seasoned pro, take five minutes and make sure you have the five items on the list below checked off. The websites below can bring traffic to your blog, they can inform you of who’s linking to your blog and from where, they can show you who visits your blog and they can allow you to share your blog with others.


Community – It’s Everything

Monday, October 1st, 2007

Do you know why you work so hard? No community – it’s the price you pay for being independent.

If someone told you that you are a very independent person you would probably take that as a compliment. It means that you rely upon no one for anything. In today’s culture that is looked upon as a positive quality. But, I believe there is a price to pay for being independent — and we’re all paying it.

You and I work hard because we have to support ourselves entirely. I need my own house, my own car, my own computer, my own microwave, washer, dryer, television, xbox, lawn mower and all the rest. And you need these things too, because after all you want to be independent don’t you? You wouldn’t want to have to ask your neighbor if you could use theirs. Chances are if you are like most people, you probably don’t even know your neighbors well enough to feel comfortable to ask them for something. You don’t need to, everything they have, you also have. You don’t need your neighbors for anything — and they don’t need you.

In order to acquire these things you need to work for them and I need to work for them and so does everyone else. But, if you really thought about it – why do each of us need to own these possessions? I only use my microwave from time-to-time; same with my lawn mower — only on Saturday mornings do I use it. In fact that’s true for just about everything I own. Why couldn’t we share the lawn mower? In reality our entire block could share a lawn mower and just about everything else. But that’s not how independent people work.

In the average neighborhood in America, every household owns the same essential things.

Why is that?

It didn’t use to be this way and in some parts of the world there are people that still don’t live this way. Our textbooks call these people tribal or some even use a more derogatory term — uncivilized. We civilized people don’t need a tribe. We rely upon no one – for anything.

And because we rely upon no one we have no one to rely upon. You need to work hard so that you don’t need to ask for anything from anyone and so do I.

Why do I tell you such things? Well because I’m a big believer in being part of a community and have experienced the benefits that come with it. Being part of a community is more than just for the purpose of sharing things, ultimately it’s about being stronger as a group instead of as individuals.

Now to try and relate this to blogging…


If You Had One Shot, or One Opportunity…

Monday, September 24th, 2007

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted — One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

I can’t believe I’m quoting Eminem either, but the song delivers a powerful message: “What if you only have one shot, or one opportunity to seize the moment?”

Guess what?
That’s usually how it works…

— In a television commercial, we’re told, the sale is made or lost in the first three of four seconds.

— In a print ad, tests have shown that 75 percent of the buying decision is made based on the headline alone.

— In a sales presentation, data has shown that, the sale is made or lost in the first three minutes.

So what about blogging?


Thank You! Well at least 20% of You…

Friday, September 14th, 2007

The 80/20 Rule

The Pareto principle (also known as the 80/20 rule) states that, in many cases, 80% of the effects comes from 20% of the causes. The Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto observed that 80% of the income in Italy was received by 20% of the Italian population. The assumption is that most of the results in any situation are determined by a small number of causes.

Take some time this week to see if this holds true for you. In the activities that you do, does the minority (around 20 percent) account for the majority (around 80 percent) of your outputs.

I see this all the time in my life.

I often find myself teaching the Sunday school lesson at our church along with 4 or 5 other guys. Week after week the same group of guys step up to teach the class because out of around 30+ people they are the only ones to volunteer.

I remember as a kid playing soccer one of my coaches said that in a 90 minute soccer game the combined amount of time that you will actually touch the ball is less than 2 minutes… “so don’t screw it up son”.

Even at work, I’m willing to bet that my best work would make up a small chunk of time, say an hour, maybe two. It’s not to say that the other six hours are wasted, but they are spent in less productive ways.

This blog is no exception. This blog, like any other blog I’m sure, receives the majority of its comments from a select few. These precious few take the time to comment on most of the posts that we spend hours creating. And so today we thank them!

Thank you to ALL who have taken the time to comment. It means the world to us. We hope that you will continue to do so.

And an extra special thanks to our top 5 commenters – THANK YOU!

Blogs – The New Tattoo

Friday, September 7th, 2007

KatHave you ever watched the show Miami Ink?

I’m a big fan.

Each week the show takes you into the life of someone who’s come to the Miami shop to get a tattoo. I love watching the tattoo artists work up a tattoo and then apply it to the canvas — the person’s body. But, perhaps even more interesting than the tattoos are the people that receive them. Each person provides a little snapshot of their life and why they’ve come to want the tattoo and what it means to them.

Tattoos are as varied as the people that get them.

Not only is each tattoo different, but the reasons behind each tattoo differ from person to person. A look at “Why people get Tattoos?” from Yahoo Answers reveals:

“People get tattoos for millions of reasons, mostly they mark an occasion, an emotion or a period of life.”

“People often feel the need to decorate their body as a way to keep track of events or state their preference for one activity or another.”

Is it me or does a tattoo sound strangely similar to a blog?

A blog is an expression of who you are. It’s a lasting impression on the web of your thoughts and opinions. And blogs, like tattoos, are as varied as the people behind them.

I know that this blog is a direct reflection of who I am. Start with the design — it’s very symmetrical. I can’t really articulate why I like symmetry as much as I do, but I do. I guess it’s like art — you just like what you like. As for the colors, well they come from a certain Big Ten school of which I am a fan. Then there’s the blog’s topics: web-design, web-development, web-promotion and just about anything else web-related. Most people will tell you that you need to pick a niche and become an authority in that given niche. That’s typically sound advice, but you know what — that’s just not me — I am a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type guy; so I didn’t want to limit myself to a single topic. To thine own self be true has to be more important than picking a niche, right? Lastly, there’s the way in which this blog is run — by a team. I am a big believer in being part of a community. But, I will talk about that in a future post…

What does your blog say about you?

BlogDay 2007

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Today is the 3rd annual BlogDay and Search-This is happy to partake.

What is BlogDay?

BlogDay was created with the belief that bloggers should have one day dedicated to getting to know other bloggers from other countries and areas of interest. On that day Bloggers will recommend other blogs to their blog visitors.

With the goal in mind, on this day every blogger will post a recommendation of 5 new blogs. This way, all blog readers will find themselves leaping around and discovering new, previously unknown blogs.

So without further delay here are the lucky 5 blogs we at Search-This would like to share with you.

  • Think Swedish
    Ever seen a blog done entirely in Flash? Well you have now! Only a company like FI could pull off such a thing. This blog talks about interactive design, Flash, ActionScript, Flex, AIR and just about any other Adobe product. If nothing else, check out their Design Tips.
  • BrainFuel
    BrainFuel is like a tabloid magazine — It’s just fun and easy to read with quick blips of information. It’s refreshing to read and doesn’t take a lot of energy; like if you read Time or National Geographic magazine a lot and then picked up a People magazine. So if after reading Copyblogger and Pro Blogger you find yourself wanting a nice place to veg out, try BrainFuel.
  • Community Spark
    This website is relevant for anyone who runs a community, whether it’s a traditional forum type of community or someone who sees their blog as a community. I discovered this blog about a month ago and immediately subscribed and it is a blog I look forward to reading and I actually SEEK OUT updates. The author has a great writing style!
  • Kirupa’s Blog
    I’ve been a fan of Kirupa’s for several years now. I believe his forum is the best Flash forum on the web. But, if you’re not into Flash, no worries because Kirupa is an accomplished programmer too and he does a great job explaining stuff — just try this article, Intro to OOP in C#: Inheritance and you’ll get a feel of his writing style. I must admit, I do need to spend more time at his blog too.
  • Jayson Knight
    Need your Windows or ASP.Net fix, visit Jayson’s blog. Jayson is an experienced .Net programmer who talks about the latest news in the Microsoft world. He is a Community server MVP so you can regularly see him give info on the great community software as well as show his own code clips. In addition, Jayson occasionally shares some personal stories to show that he is human after all!

Hope you guys like those blogs! And to all the bloggers we chose, great job and keep up the good blogging. Until next year…

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