I rarely enjoy it when things flap. Things should be up or they should be down. Ya know, I’d even settle for “in between” if they would stay that way. The transition from one state to another solicits some form or response from me and constantly changing states is just a bother. I’m talking about my VPS, and more generally people.
Lately my VPS has been stalling out for unknown reasons. Well, I should say known reasons to me. If I were to guess, I’m hosting on an oversold box and one or two of the other users are a) morons b) running high traffic/load sites c) have been hacked. I tend to stick with answer B or C because most people don’t pay a monthly bill to be a moron. I’m considering switching hosts, but its always such a big deal to package everything up.. move it over… make sure things are working… etc. I like the “set it and forget it” concept.
If you were wondering why I hadn’t blogged in a while its pretty simple, a lot of people died. No, no one I was particularly close to passed away but its all over the news and that frustrates me. I remember when President Reagan and President Ford died, and I don’t recall Larry King talking about them for over 2 weeks! I understand finding worthwhile news is challenging, and yes… some people do great things that deserve recognition… but I’ve always been a fan of the “hey you’re alive I’m going to tell you that you’ve done a great job” strategy. The whole “on no you died, but I thought you were cool now that I am paying attention to you” plan doesn’t make much sense to me. That is why I send people short emails to say thanks or try to express my appreciation for their work while they are still alive. And I’ve just been really busy, the main reason why I haven’t been blogging.
I think that most people flap too much, and could use some consistency. I strive to be as consistent as possible, and if that means repeating the same thing over and over again I will. Its not that I’m opposed to change, but I’m opposed to changing and later having to revert back and then wanting to change again. If I’m going to change something, reverse a behavior, change up the pants I wear on a Wednesday, I need to know that I can firmly hold that change and consistently apply it.
The consistency I practice also helps to make me immune to some “hot trends” which is both good and bad. Its good because I don’t go out an buy the latest cool thing every month… but it can hurt me because people find me outdated, old fashioned, and boring. I can be hard communicate the old fashioned ways to people caught up in the latest and greatest trends, which troubles me regularly. I understand what I understand and it works. We could consider reinventing the wheel, but the current system seems pretty darn stable as it is; at least that’s how I see it.