Wednesday, April 08, 2009

A shameless request

I've learned, from the best (yes Charlie, that is you!), that if you don't ask you don't get... So, here I am asking you, dear reader, to join my Followers widget thingy on the side there, please.

I was unpleasantly surprised when I came out from my meditation class... I had to brush snow off my car! I hopedthought we were done with that crap for a few months at least... I tell you, Mother Nature is seriously menopausal, and I kid you not!

I miss some fellow bloggers... Maybe it's because I need to change circle again, but Blogsville almost feels like a ghost town lately... Between me feeling blah, and seeing my readers disappear, it feels like it might be time for me to go back to my journal instead of typing my thoughts here. I do understand the being busy part, but come on, some old mates are now keeping busy with the Twitt!! I’m doing the Bacefook thing, but I refuse to Twitt!

I wish I could say that my work brings me joy… nah, it brings me a pay cheque for one and at times frustrations. Let me explain. You see, I take pride in doing my work well, and the part I hate at being self-employed is having to negotiate my rate. I’m realising a lot of small businesses (most of my clients) don’t want to pay. They want the cheapest they can get. I do understand that, BUT, at the same time, I also know that you get what you pay for. My blood pressure went up when I saw that a person hired to “help” me, made a deposit of a Canadian cheque in a US bank account, not once, but twice. Imagine how good I felt when her boss sent me an email asking me to increase her salary… and he had the … “equipment”… to negotiate my rate? I think not buddy!

Why are we, as a society, so prompt to forgive incompetence? It’s not like there’s not people out there looking for jobs. I really don’t get this. If the person is not capable to do simple tasks, like depositing CDN cheques in a CDN back account, why do we give her that task, why do we even keep her? I wonder at times… is it me or are we simply doomed?? I think we’re f*ck no matter what. What do you think?


Marius said...

I fear that the world is sinking in a swamp of stupid that just keeps sucking us down. As for rewarding the incompetent, it may be the fear of confrontation, the fear of litigation, or even the fact that those that hire and fire are dumber than those that are hired.

And please don't run away. I promise to be a better commenter and blogger.

Attila The Mom said...

I'm with Marius. We're being sucked down.

It seems that almost every time I read a news article on AOL and skip down to read the comments section, the vast majority of them are inane and practically illiterate. Very scary.

I like the look of the blog!

Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah, I agree. We are spending more and more time having to help those reps that just don't get their job and ignoring the ones that are spectacular. I get so tired of listening to a call where the rep gives completely wrong information and then having to phrase it in a nice, non-confrontational way when I really want to say "Oh my GOD, why are you so stupid?" Sigh.

Charlie said...

PLEASE don't go away, J. I said the same thing the other day when I asked, "Where the hell is everybody?" Blogging is down, but selfish me doesn't want to lose you too.

Facebook and Twitter (which I've never figured out its purpose) may be sucking some Bloggers away, but I suspect that's where the real dummies are.

So far, you've got 4 good people commenting who love you.

Traceytreasure said...

Ditto what everyone else said. Especially Marius.
Don't leave us! I quit Twitter to have more time to read blogs and blog.
I need you!!


Stinkypaw said...

Marius: It feels like I'm fighting this attraction to a BIG black hole, it's scary!

ATM: The bar is lowered daily! Thank you for the look, you hadn't been here for a while... ;-)

greenduckies: I'm having a harder time being nicer with stupid people, it's not seldom anymore, it feels more like "constant"... :-(

Charlie: I'm fighting this urge to break away, I must admit, but people like you make it worth my effort, still! :-)

Traceyt: Thanks, you're sweet.

Annake said...

I've done the Twitter thing now and then but unless you have a huge group of friends who follow you (I never did), you mostly end up talking to yourself. I have limited access to the internet now so I only have time during short breaks at work to read blogs. It sucks. But please don't go away, I love reading your blog! You always have the most interesting stories. :-D

3carnations said...

I don't use the follower thing. I prefer to do my following in bloglines, rather than have blog posts listed on my blogger. homepage. I find it confusing.

I do follow you in bloglines, though. :)

janes insane said...

Oh for goodness sakes, Twitter already! ;)
Don't stop blogging though. Plus, I've started blogging again... just couldn't stay away.

Stinkypaw said...

Annake: Thank you, and like you I barely find time to blog so no Twitt for me! ;-)

3C: Thank you for following! :-)

janes: I won't and yay! ;-)