Learning the Fundamentals – Day Five

Today’s assignment is to take a look at different themes. Given my nature, I could spend hours doing this. I’ve already spent a bunch of time looking at different themes. Most are reasonable.

The ones I don’t like are the ones that show different posts in tiles. Too Windows 8-10-ish for me.

I kinda liked twentysixteen but it didn’t show the pages menu. So, for now, I’m going with twentyfourteen. Let’s see how I like it…

Learning the Fundamentals – Day Four

Well. Today’s assignment: “Identify Your Audience.” Interesting. I hadn’t thought about doing this for a specific audience. Thought provoking.

I guess I would have to be included in my ideal audience. One of the reasons I write blog posts are as kind of notes to myself or notes to my future self.

I have to admit that I like the fact that I sometimes get comments on my posts. But I guess my thought is that people will serendipitously stumble upon my posts rather than for me to “target” a particular type of person.

I’ll have to think about this some more. In the meantime, today’s assignment also wants me to embed some content, so here’s something random from Facebook:

Learning the fundamentals – Day Three

Today was an easy one – getting to know the Reader (which I had never used before) and using it to search on different tags. In the small amount of time that I played with it I didn’t come to any epiphanies (although in searching on “Microsoft” I came across a post that said Nokia is coming back to smartphones using Android for its operating system which I found interesting) but I do have a new tool that I can use to find WordPress blog posts on things I’m looking for.

Learning the fundamentals – Day Two

Today’s assignment was a simple one – update my blog’s title & tagline. I have, up until now, just left it as the default suggested when I created the wordpress site. (“rpihlgrenblog”, no tag line). Now I have a title and tagline set by me. It was pretty simple.

The tagline I chose was “building the mental model for over 60 years…” Thinking about it, that’s basically what I do in life – take in inputs, reflect, make hypotheses, test them out, and based on the results of those tests I update my mental model of this world and my living in it. The mental model that I currently have is the result of (consciously or unconsciously) doing this process my whole life…

And some of that process is what I’ll document here on my blog.

Blogging Fundamentals

So, even though I’ve been blogging for a while I decided (in response to some WordPress e-mail spam) to go through the Blogging Fundamentals┬ácourse to see if I can pick up some ideas, pointers, etc.

Today is day 1 for me. Some questions posed by the first day assignment are:

  • Why are you blogging publicly instead of keeping a diary?

Good question. Actually, I’m doing both but in my diary it’s just quick snippets and some daily health measurements. I also experimented with a private blog to document my music practising. I guess having a public one gives me an opportunity to share the odd post with someone without them having to go to the trouble of creating a WordPress account.

  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?

Primarily my thoughts on various things that come up in my life. Nothing more profound than that at this point.

  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?

No one, really.

  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what do you hope to accomplish?

More writing practice. Creating something I can look back on from the future that reminds me of what I was doing and thinking during this year.

Now, to add some recommended tags and publish this post…


From the past…

Going through boxes of stuff I haven’t looked at in years, I came upon 4 pieces of paper where I painstakingly printed out the following quote from Swami Vivekananda:

“The greatest men in the world have passed away unknown. The Buddhas and the Christs that we know are but second-rate heroes in comparison with the greatest men of whom the world knows nothing. Hundreds of these unknown heroes have lived in every country working silently. Silently they live and silently they pass away; and in time their thoughts find expression in Buddhas and Christs; and it is these latter that become known to us. The highest men do not seek to get any name of fame from their knowledge. They leave their ideas to the world; they put forth no claims for themselves and establish no schools or systems in their name. Their whole nature shrinks from such a thing. They are the pure Sattvikas, who can never make any stir but only melt down in love…

“In the life of Guatama Buddha we notice him constantly saying that his is the twenty-fifth Buddha. the twenty-four before him are unknown to history, although the Buddha known to history must have built upon foundations laid by them. The highest men are calm, silent, and unknown. They are the men who really know the power of thought; they are sure that even if they go into a cave and close the door and simply think five true thoughts and then pass away, these five thoughts of theirs will live throughout eternity. Indeed such thoughts of theirs will penetrate through the mountains, cross the oceans and travel through the world. They will enter deep into human hearts and brains and raise up men and women who will give them practical expression in the workings of human life…

“The Buddhas and the Christs will go from place to place preaching these truths…

“These Sattvika men are too near the Lord to be active and to fight, to be working, struggling, preaching and doing good, as they say, here on earth to humanity…”



Finding these pieces of paper brought me back to a place I haven’t been in many years.