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Being Ridiculous

Made my first run to the grocery store since this whole virus issue got out of hand and guess what I found…

A whole lot of nothing. Seriously. What is the point of this behavior. Yes, I understand we are all to be staying home and that means we are consuming household items at an accelerated pace but good grief people this is absurd.

Panic buying like this (and this is nothing new, I’m in Pennsylvania, just let it threaten snow then try to buy eggs, bread, and milk) creates more problems than it solves and shows the lack of concern for other so prevalent today.

This doesn’t have anything to do with productivity aside from a rant so let’s put the proper spin on it. When working on a project you take time to estimate the resources needed for the time and scope to minimize the cost and maximize the utilitization. This is highly applicable here. Knowing how much you would normally consume and buying that rather than acting as if there will never be any more means there is more left for others and we all wind up in a better place.

Acting with thought rather than emotion, control over panic, and an awareness of the limited pool of resources from which we all draw can make all the difference, whether it’s on a project or buying toilet paper.

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Everything old is new again

So the experiment is over and I’m back to Blogger.  I gave Squarespace the old college try but it’s just not going to work out.  I can see it working well for certain types of sites and traffic, but for what I do and how I write, it just wasn’t helping me out enough to stick with it.

So why back to Blogger?  For one all my old content is still there. Second, I’m comfortable with how the platform works. Third, you really can’t beat something so directly tied into the Google search engine. Here’s to focusing on the writing and not the tool, something I highly advocate but until recently haven’t been doing myself

Looking more carefully at this I see that it does fit with the one of the core ideas of The Idea Pump…solving problems efficiently and effectively by using what you have.  Squarespace is an excellent site building tool and platform but for my needs right now, it requires more work than is productive for The Idea Pump.  Perhaps some day I’ll take the site back there, but in the mean time we’re back to our little commuter car, zipping around and getting things done.

Posted in Uncategorized

Everything old is new again

So the experiment is over and I’m back to Blogger.  I gave Squarespace the old college try but it’s just not going to work out.  I can see it working well for certain types of sites and traffic, but for what I do and how I write, it just wasn’t helping me out enough to stick with it.

So why back to Blogger?  For one all my old content is still there. Second, I’m comfortable with how the platform works. Third, you really can’t beat something so directly tied into the Google search engine. Here’s to focusing on the writing and not the tool, something I highly advocate but until recently haven’t been doing myself

Looking more carefully at this I see that it does fit with the one of the core ideas of The Idea Pump…solving problems efficiently and effectively by using what you have.  Squarespace is an excellent site building tool and platform but for my needs right now, it requires more work than is productive for The Idea Pump.  Perhaps some day I’ll take the site back there, but in the mean time we’re back to our little commuter car, zipping around and getting things done.

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Love and struggle with SquareSpace

So I’m loving the SquareSpace publishing platform for the site.  The WYSIWYG interface is a dream for getting things done quickly and with a professional polish when you’re not a career web designer. It’s not perfect (updating categories and tags is a pain) but it’s an order of magnitude better than what we had before.
Keep checking back frequently over the coming weeks because years worth of back articles are being tagged and moved for easier access.  You can also find articles by clicking on Search in the menu and entering what you need.
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Getting things organized around here

Part of the struggle of moving to a new home is finding a place for everything and putting everything in it’s place.  I’m going through that effort right now in moving over all the articles from the old blog (there’s a lot more than I remembered) and getting them properly tagged for easy reference.  Coming soon (very soon) will be a tag index page to make it easy to find articles around topics that interest you as well as a cleaner structure to be able to see everything that’s published here (if you’re an avid reader…yay!)
I’m always looking for suggestions on how to make the site better and what kinds of content you would like to see, so please let me know by contacting us. You can also find us on Facebook at theideapump and on Twitter at…wait for it…theideapump.
Step by step things get better every day…