Simmering Goodness – nothing to do with cooking

Shortly after I registered the domain, a soliciting email arrived, persuading me to use his “reusable codes” to promote my “cooking website”.

Having worked in technology (with a MSc) since 1992, that was HILARIOUS. I know what he means by “reusable codes” – which is nothing in this case, considering I’ve worked on more advanced technology.  More amusing still, is the presumption that a blog named Simmering Goodness must be  a cooking-related endeavour!

I am all for small businesses. I’ve hire and supported many. Heck, I am a small biz too! However, my advice for those in SEO/push marketing is that, please, at least do your homework. It’s literally a 5-mins task!

What is alarming is that this kind of thinking is becoming a norm, targeting the innocent consumers with an offer that’s nothing but BS.  In the past 10 years, I had encountered an equal amount of solid, professional services and “yahoos” who are out there to capitalize on fads such as “wordpress website” or “social media”.

Anyhow, Simmering Goodness is not supposed to be a demonstration of advanced technology or fancy design (the latter would have been nice of course!). The goal has always been connecting with like-minded people, who resonate with my musings and can in return help me with refining what this blog is about.


Too much

Advice, please?

Too much happened and is happening. To share all means reporting on recent events which, honestly, don’t make sense unless I also share full background info.

That would be a big, big task. Too much, too much.

There is a term on Facebook called Vaguebooking. Brief posts that allude to interesting news with zero details. A teaser. A subtle prologue. It leaves readers with that itch that must be scratched; the enlightened ones may send private message hoping to learn of more details.

Right now, right here, that’s how I feel. Is Vagueblogging a thing? I am bursting with updates, ideas, and questions.  Yet, nothing can or should be shared out of context.

Plus, my intention is to engage, exchange and learn – not to broadcast.

What would you do? Just write? Include an “About” page to provide background info? Post a series to tell my story, in separate posts? What’s your experience regarding long tell-it-all posts vs. shorter ones?


Naming a Site or a Blog

I am in the midst of setting up a new platform that represents an integrated vision of my personal and professional identities.

It should be simple, authentic, and easy to remember. It will be the hub for people to understand the big picture and navigate to different parts of me.

While it all plays out nicely in my head, the execution of the vision is not easy. I am already stuck on the first step i.e. naming the site/blog!

Any advice? Please?




It’s not writer’s block.

I need an outlet and have, for years, blogged extremely infrequently to get my thoughts out there. Just out there, preferably with accidental readers, but okay too if none.

I attributed my failure to establish the blogging habit to  (1) lack of discipline (2) writer’s block. But now I have a third explanation that may help me to move the needle.

On (1). It was a nonsense thought, now I see. There just hasn’t been a solid reason or meaningful incentive for me to blog. Except to get musings out there and over the years Facebook has become my go-to channel.

On (2). My “writer’s block” is very situational. In particular, it only happens when I am actually on WordPress (i.e. the “official” blog place). On Facebook, Twitter, Email, etc., struggles are rare, be it for professional or personal purposes.

Stepping back, I wonder if my self-inflicted pressure of “proper blogging” has been holding me back. Blogging sounds so much more serious than merely posting. Blogging ought to be relatively strategic, with a clear goal and audience. Blogging must be more than a few words; ideally a well-constructed piece with a beginning, a middle, and an end.

My Aha moment?

So here’s to a new mindset, where right here on WordPress, I will write just to tell you something. It may be a sentence, it may be a long tale, it may be a link or a picture. Something du jour.

Afterall, blogging actually comes from the word “Web Logging”. So here I am, just logging along!