Unfortunately, the changes referenced refer to this Blog only!
Today, I received a notification from WordPress that the Spam-Blocker feature incorporated into this Blog has captured some 219 spam messages within the past 24 hours. Fortunately, they were caught without passing through to the Comments Box where they seemed to be headed! I must do something to further protect the work, and the readers from this terrible blight upon “Citizen Journalists”–well, at least those who journey here from time to time.
Therefore, I have changed the interactivity of this Blog to registered members only. It is my understanding that you do not need a WordPress account to comment. But you will need to register for this Blog in order to leave comments if you are NOT a WordPress member.
I do apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Perhaps, if you send a “love note” to the “spammer de jour“, this might no longer be necessary. Send me a letter/email if you have trouble getting in, and I will do what I can to help you. Having to re-establish an entire community is just a bit of a chore, but I do believe it to be well worth the effort.
On to other matters:
There has been, for some four years now, a dream formulating itself in my mind. For the greater part, it has (this dream, that is) taken on a substance which would best be likened to a bowl of very stringy Spaghetti. Two nights ago, I was day-dreaming at the computer. I looked over to the wall behind my couch, and suddenly, the picture changed from a bowl of very stringy Spaghetti to a complete organizational structure.
It was in color. It was crystal clear. In that moment, I knew:
♦ It was a complete picture, in full color,
♦ it was not only the dream fulfilled, but a dream that will last beyond anyone who will work to bring it to life (a dream bigger than my capabilities alone),
♦ it was confirmation that my dream was accurate, and it was my permission to proceed with the project, and
♦ all the time spent in research, planning, and design has paid off in a big way!
I have had such moments as this before in my life. Lest you conclude I am but the victim of optical hallucinations, please let me disabuse you of that notion immediately. The years spent doing the legwork only pay off when properly done. (A strong life lesson for all you dreamers out there, by the way!)
Well, I obviously believe all this to the point that I have changed the title of this Blog, now haven’t I!!
There have been strong suggestions that I keep this project “under my hat”, lest someone who would do me ill attempt to hijack this dream. Others have said that the plan should remain unknown, for now. It would be a shame, they say, if someone else brought this project to market before I do.
These are reasonable concerns, and especially in light of recent events in my life. I have listened to the counsel given me, but have concluded that I will NOT keep this project secret. Weighing the alternatives, I am choosing to make the journey to this project not only public, but one that invites your participation.
These are my reasons:
1. I have been accused of having ulterior motives for my work in the recent past.
My belief is that my actions clearly followed then (as they will in the future) those motives, purposes, and intentions which I had clearly stated prior to carrying them out. That will be the case as this project moves forward, as well. Too much depends on it.
My motives, plans, purposes, and methods will be published–here. They will be on view for anyone who cares to check their facts before attempting to destroy my work, my word, or my character. Future attempts will be met with imediate legal action. Once is too much. I will not brook a second attempt–by anyone. I have no problem being held accountable for my work; in fact, the success of this project depends almost entirely upon it.
Just don’t come calling without doing the necessary homework! I’ve done mine; you do yours.
2. This project depends upon open communication between ALL participants, not just “the chosen“.
I unwillingly became a part of what can only be called a conspiracy in my previous work. Friends tried, in vain, to advise me of this. I was not willing to believe it, even when the evidence was directly in front of my face. I knew, coming in, that cliques had been established, loyalties determined, and there were those who were “in“, and those who were not. I tried to overcome this with open communication, honesty, and constant invitations to participate for all parties involved (stakeholders). I was even willing to be the “scapegoat“, for the greater good. Among my many failings was my failure to fully recognize the “structure” in place, and my (or anyone else, for that matter) inability to inculcate a greater purpose than the small thinking permeating the entire activity.
That truth was the failure of the activity’s owner, not mine. This project will NOT suffer a repeat of that truth. The next project will use equality, professionalism, mutual respect, and common purpose to a shared vision, mission, and purpose which will lift us all to a greater reality. Or, it will not exist at all. I believe the very best things come only from the very best intentions. There are enough difficulties in life already. I do not intend (or intend to allow) borrowed trouble even before this project is birthed. If I do live up to this expectation of myself, others will follow my example. That too is a truth of life. One need only look at the product to see the intent of the creator.
3. This project is not “new“.
There are countless competitors available to contend with a successful project. It is not what the project is that makes it unique. It is how we will acomplish the project that will make it (I believe) not only the definition of excellence in the field, but will make it entirely successful as well. I already own the exclusive rights to that methodology, technology, etc. required to make the project a reality, so industrial espionage is not an issue any more with secrecy than with open operation. This reality is, in fact, a pretty fair portion of what I bring to the project. I was willing to share it with others. What I got for that kindness was a very nearly successful, malicious, and purposeful personal destruction of my livelihood! That won’t happen again.
I am older now. The idea of midnight assignations in dark parking-lot corners, with secret codewords no longer holds (yeah, right!) the romance for me that it might once have. The only reason rats infest, or roaches contest, is because of darkness. This project will have none. If you don’t like it, it will be only because you know what it is that you do not like. That’s fair. To bad-mouth someone else’s work simply because it is THEIR work is a skill held dear by others; not by me.
For these, and other reasons, this project will be open to public discussion, debate, ridicule, admonition, and participation, Now that I have seen it in it’s completed state, I now know how to make the first steps towards it being born. With these responses, I have done so. In the next entry, I will give a name to this project, and tell you just a little bit about what it will be. I hope you will choose to come along on what can only be described as a Grand Adventure!
Soli Deo Gloria!