Ya gotta love that 100K bump in the rankings though, eh? A couple more weeks like this one and you'll have arrivedWell, yes... it's nice to get some positive feedback. Upon reflection I'm learning quite a bit about what it takes... the core value is to switch from passively listening to what everyone else says, to actually saying something, and doing it regularly.
Now going from #368,207 to #250,642 in the space of a week certainly seems like a good jump in status, though I'm still sore nobody picked up on my ranting about capabilities yet. ;-)
It's easy being a "small blogger"... you read a lot, and riff on what the A-list people say... you follow the crowd... if you randomly throw out something, and it gets picked up, you feel good about the attention, and life goes on. Things are different when you decide to actively try to find your voice, become a hyperlinked individual, and to make a difference in the world. (I want to make computers more secure, thus saving the internet, and helping society as a whole)
I'm learning that I need to focus more attention on those subjects, and less on the doom and gloom that is going to happen if I want it to or not, if I want to get results. (Not just ranking, but actual, substantive change)
It's hard breaking old habits, but this is a good time to start, as is any time. I'm going to read more, watch my feedback more, and surf less. It'll be a whole new set of lessons for me.
Thanks for YOUR time and attention.