Television, the Drug of the Nation

I don’t listen to a lot of hip hop, but I heard this song from the early 90s the other day and was reminded of the power of what hip hop can do (when it’s not talking about gangstas and hoes).

I guess television has been replaced by social networks. We’ve just swapped one drug for another.

In these days of trouble

If today I am very kindly treated by the mass of the people of this country, it is certainly not because I have followed public opinion in recent years. There is only one duty, only one safe course, and that is to try to be right and not to fear to do or say what you believe to be right. That is the only way to deserve and to win the confidence of our great people in these days of trouble.

I long for the day when we see politicians like Churchill again, who are more concerned with doing what’s right than being popular.

I also hope I live out the spirit of those words here and in my life.

Why I’ve turned analytics off

  • It’s a distraction; I spend too much time looking at it.
  • I read too much into the data.
  • I don’t want it to influence what I write, or be a gauge of success.
  • I want to focus on writing and sharing things that matter to me, and responding to personal interactions (comments and emails) when they happen.

(There’s nothing like a good bullet list to clarify things.)

Note: The plugin I removed was Slimstat Analytics. I still have Simple Feed Stats installed, but that only really tells me how many people are subscribed to my RSS feed. Mailchimp, which I use for sending out my Sunday post wrap-ups, also collects some data, but that’s on another site, so I don’t look at it often. The main distraction, I’ve removed.