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Rush rush rush….

10 Dec

Dear Readers,

I don’t know about everyone else but I’m good and ready for this year to hurry up and end now.  Well, except for the last 2 weeks of this year, that is.

The past few weeks at my office have been absolutely crazy.  We’ve been getting our last few shipments in and sending them out at a hectic pace and little old me has been in the middle of all of it….hence the resounding silence on my blog.

We’re finally slowing down a bit, but I’m honestly so tired that I can’t get myself to do more than stare at my PC screen.  I’ve also developed a bit of a cold (why now!?!).

So I’ll be in hiding for the foreseeable future.  I’ll try to continue with my 30 Days meme as soon as I’m on holiday.

Meanwhile, bear with my silence as I ride out the last waves of 2010.

A

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A break from regular programming….

18 Nov

….for a quick, but passionate, rant.

There is no such thing as  “it would of been better” or  “I’m been followed”.  It’s  “it would have been better” and “I’m being followed”.  Use proper English or shut up.

That is all.

Dear Government (again)

21 Oct

It makes me very very sad to read the comments on articles like these ones on SowetanLive and these on TimesLive.  Not the comments that agree that its about time that the public speak up, not even the comments that say that the personal insults made by Gareth Cliff in his letter to government were rude and uncalled far.  No, the ones that break my heart are the ones that keep implying that criticizing the ANC led government in any form is racist.

Mr. President, isn’t it time to start teaching the people of our country to look past race?  Isn’t it time to stand on a pedestal and admit that while there are certainly still some issues that stem from the apartheid regime, the majority of issues are happening in the here and now where race should no longer play a part?

I agree with all of the comments that Gareth Cliff made (except perhaps the insults).  All of those areas are in a shambles and need work.  People need education, we need services, we need healthcare; but most importantly, we need a government that we can trust to tell the truth and trust to service our needs.  One that will let us know what’s happening, instead of trying to hide what’s not happening by muzzling the media.  One that will stop living in the past and walk with the people to secure our future.

You, as our leader, set up a presidential hotline a year ago, making us believe that we’d be able to call you and tell you what we’re not happy with.  Sadly, as I can also see from the comments mentioned above, this is yet another place that you have failed us.  People don’t even know if it’s still going.  How are we meant to see that there are results if there is no reporting structure?

I’d like to see a government where transparency rules.  One where corruption and lies are admitted and dealt with, instead of being investigated to death, likely in the hopes that the people will forget about it if you investigate it for long enough.  I’d like to see a government who tells us what the majority of people are complaining about, who tells us what they plan to do about it and when; and one that admits if it can’t make its deadlines.

I’d like to see a government who says sorry.  One that admits failure.  One that tries again after failing.

So, stop chasing power.  Stop chasing riches.  The only people you are enriching are yourselves.  Its not doing anybody else any good.

Personally, I wouldn’t care if you drive the newest Mercedes on the market, as long as you make me believe that you’ve earned it.

Sincerely

Arkwife

 

You’re an expert now?

19 Oct

So I have this friend (a term I use loosely, as I don’t quite consider her a friend anymore) who is selling herself as a social media expert.   She’s literally made that her title **

First off, let’s just make things clear.  I’m not proclaiming to be an expert either,  I lurk around on Twitter, reading what other people say and looking for interesting links to follow.  Occasionally I’ll post a comment, but mostly I’m there to gather info and  I’m sure anyone who has spent any amount of time on Twitter will realise what an amazing source of info it is 🙂

However, it took me a while to figure out who to follow to get the type of info I wanted.   I had to trawl through a lot of profiles to find people who are interesting and news sites that won’t spam my feed but will keep me entertained and intrigued.  I also realised that I could make friends on Twitter, however platonic, and that meant that I could get even more info from their sources.  (Can you tell that I’m a bit of a news-whore)  It also meant that I had a whole new support system.  People who watch the same shows that I do, go to the same places, buy the same things and they all had an opinion to share.  Many times I’ve decided not to buy something because of the advice I’ve received from Twitter.  There is one snag though….to get advice and support, you need to interact.  Give advice as much as you receive it, support the people who support you, share links that you thought are newsworthy.

Which brings me back to my “expert friend”.  She’s been on Twitter for all of 9 months now, and that is in her capacity as “Online Community Manager” for the radio station that she works for.  She’s been on Twitter in her personal capacity since May, sometimes only posting once every few months or so.

All of this wouldn’t bother me at all, if she didn’t have the audacity to sell herself as an expert in the field.   Dictionary.com defines an expert as the following:

ex·pert

–adjective

3. possessing special skill or knowledge; trained by practice; skillful or skilled (often fol. by in  or at ): an expert driver; to be expert at driving a car.
4. pertaining to, coming from, or characteristic of an expert: expert work; expert advice.

I specifically want to draw the attention to the highlighted bit: “trained by practice”, because this is the bit that annoys me the most.  How can you claim to be an expert when you’ve barely scraped the surface of your field of “expertise”??  Is there a crash course I’m unaware of, or do people learn by osmosis now?

Do me a favour, before you claim to be an expert in anything, show me the results of your expertise.  Show me what makes you so knowledgeable.  Show me you’ve actually sat down and studied the ins and outs of your chosen field and how you’ve applied them.  Show me people who believe in you.

If you can’t do that, your nothing more than a wannabe chancer to me, and you’ve succeeded only in losing my respect.

**I may be annoyed, but I’m not an asshole.  Name and details omitted to give her a chance to prove herself.

I forfeit….

14 Oct

….readers. That is, I do if you don’t like what I’m about to say.

I’ve decided it’s time that I stop caring what other people think of what I write.  This is my space, so if you don’t like what I have to say, kindly fuck-off and read someone else’s inoffensive drivel.

I hide a lot of my opinions because I care too much what others think of me.  I’ve spent years learning to think before I speak, teaching myself to be someone I’m not.  I’ve let people walk all over me, because I’ve been too polite to give them the piece of my mind that I so badly want to give.

There have been times where I’ve literally wanted to scream at people and tell them that they’re being complete idiots.  I’ve allowed things around me to be less than they could be, because I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings and have them think less of me.  I’ve confused being honest with being tactless.

I value honesty above all else.  I’d rather give my honest opinion than lie to anyone just to preserve their egos.  However, I expect the same honesty in return.  I have no problem apologising for something, but I can’t apologise if people don’t tell me that they disagree.

So this is it.  In future, I’ll post whatever I want.  If you don’t like it, tell me and we can talk about it. If you don’t want to tell me, well that’s your problem then.  I’m not going to let it bother me anymore.

 

Today I want….

17 Jun

…to run away.

I don’t even have the energy to explain why.  I’m sorry I’ve been so negative lately but I seriously don’t even know how to look on the bright side anymore.  I’m actually starting to doubt the existence of this fabled “bright side”.

Here’s a question: How do you not let work rule your life and emotions when you spend the majority of your day at work and are dependent on your salary to survive?

Fuck, this is just making me want to cry.

In hiding

31 May

Not that I’ve ever been the most regular of bloggers, but I’ve been even more in hiding for the past year or so. Mostly because I’m too depressed to blog and I don’t want to come here and complain all the time.

The whole online journal thingy kinda gets obscured that way.  It’s meant to be a place where I can vent and write my private thoughts (seeing as writing them in an actual book is never gonna happen) but there are so many people that read this that I don’t know if I feel comfortable posting just anything.  And let’s be honest, there are few things as annoying as one protected post after the other.

However, this blog still belongs to me and as such, I’m going to write what I want to. If you don’t like it, you’re welcome to go to my Links page and follow one of those people instead. A lot of them are infinitely more happy than I am at the moment and they’re very nice people too. But if you can handle the moaning until it becomes happiness again, then please feel free to keep reading. 😉

*actual post in which I start complaining to follow later*

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