After I make a blog post, I always check what other people are posting under the tags and categories I’ve used. My own post appears at or near the top of the feed, except when I use the tag “fantasy”, under which my posts never appear. It’s like there’s a WordPress Fantasy Wizard who’s decided I’m not good enough. I’m good enough for science fiction, book review, mad scientist, beluga whale, and even xenoarchaeology, but I’m not good enough for fantasy.
Perhaps my fellow bloggers have some insight into this situation. I’m only putting one tag and one category on this post, to test whether there’s some relationship between the number of tags/categories you use, and whether you’re allowed to play in the cool kid areas.
In unrelated news:
My first full post in my magazine quest used a number of cultural references, mostly British. I realized that everyone might not be familiar with those references when my wife read the post and looked at me like I’d written gibberish.
The use of the number 42 comes from the work of Douglas Adams, in which he has a supercomputer answer the question of the meaning of life with the number 42. The scene with the knight on the bridge is an homage to Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Even placing the archives on basement level 51 was a nod to Area 51.
In even more unrelated news:
I’ve recently started a new job, which I’m really happy with. I’m shuffling around my non-work activities, trying to find a new equilibrium, and by observing which activities I drop off my schedule when I’m under time pressure, I’ve discovered that my priorities are as follows, with the most important on top:
Wife and dog
Blogging – reading blog posts – reading short stories
Investigating entrepreneurial endeavors
Writing short stories
Playing computer games
If I was still job interviewing, entrepreneurial investigations would be much higher on the list, possibly even all the way up to second place. Writing short stories and playing computer games are in a very competitive race; they may switch positions at any time. I’m a little surprised how low television has fallen; I attribute this fall to the low quality of current offerings. I still occasionally watch with family members, but there is only one show remaining which I intentionally seek out and watch.
Post your own priority list in the comments section.
Do it now!