Thinking about upgrading

This blog has ads on it sometimes, doesn’t it?

I don’t notice them very much from my end, but recently I was talking with a friend and wanted to show them a post on my blog. When I opened the post on my iPhone, it had 3 huge ugly ads about Bitcoin. It was atrocious, embarassing.

I usually don’t mind if free services are tastefully monetized, but it was gross. Why on earth would WordPress think anyone would benefit from the same ugly ad 3 times? Whoever paid for the ad is wasting their money.

I’m thinking about spending some of my money to upgrade this blog to ad free. If anyone has comments or suggestions on this idea, I’d appreciate hearing from you.



As Ideas Go

I had what I thought was a pretty good idea for a blog post about decluttering the mind and life. It was based on a quote of David Allen, author of Getting Things Done:

“Don’t use your mind to accumulate stuff and avoid it. …Don’t use your mind to get stuff off your mind.”

My idea was sort of like The Power of Now meets an episode of Hoarders.

As ideas go, it’s a pretty good one, because I often encounter people who are unhappily trying to use their brains like warehouses, instead of like pianos. I think you get my point.

So I was googling around, trying to confirm the exact quote and its source, when I stepped in something disappointing:

The top few Google search results for this quote are … me.

Dang it, I already wrote the blog post I wanted to write, about a year and a half ago.

Hey, I’ve posted on this blog over 3000 times. Who can keep track of all the effluvium?

The good news is, the post I wrote in 2013 was probably better than what I was going to write tonight.

Has that ever happened to you? Do you ever have an idea for something to write, only to discover that you’ve already written it?

” It’s more like trading the two birds
who might be hiding in that bush
for the one you are not holding in your hand.”

– Billy Collins

2013 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Big thanks to all of you who read, commented, “liked,” and shared Metaphor’s content this year.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,200 times in 2013. If it were a cable car, it would take about 53 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.


Looks like I’m coming up on a milestone here, folks. The old odometer is about to roll over.

 2997 posts

I had an old blog years ago on Blogger that had a few thousand on it, too. So I’ve posted a lot of stuff, is my point.

What should I do to celebrate 3000?

Thanks For Subscribing

I made a mental note, I think, to post some acknowledgment when Metaphor’s subscriptions reached 1000. But that’s the thing about mental notes, you know? The meat is doing the thinking.


There were 800 of you subscribed to Metaphor on August 1. Now on September 20, there are 1,115. That’s awesome. The blog has been active on WordPress for about a year and a half. My old address on Blogspot was active for about a decade and had 5 subscribers.

Thank you all for subscribing. And thanks for commenting, liking, and sharing my posts.

You are appreciated and I hope you have a peaceful day.