August 30th, 2006

Bruce, Caroline


Okay, so I think I'm at least a little more coherent today. I slept until almost 8:30 and then decided that it was time to motivate myself. I've been sitting in front of this computer ever since trying to play catch-up. If you're on my friends list for LJ I've caught up on your entries. If your entries are somewhere else, I still need to read them.

Email? That's another story. I started that last night with my personal accounts, but I was just way too tired and they all started sounding the same and my delete finger was getting a little bit too happy. Then this morning, I went into my account for work. I wasn't able to check this while I was gone, partly because it was vacation and therefore shouldn't have been spent reading business emails, but also because I was on dial-up as I mentioned before and there were several attachments that were taking forever to download so I stopped. Over the last week, Freedom Scientific went into private beta for JAWS 8. I've been waiting for this to happen, however I can't currently get the file for some reason, so I can't begin testing, nor can I start reading through the several hundred messages that accumulated relating to the beta because I'll never remember things until I actually have the program installed. I can't, of course, discuss anything relating to new features or anything since I'm under a NDA, so if you ask me what's new I can't tell you. SMILE!

There's a post that I've been meaning to write for a while now, and I think it would be really cool to get some feedback. So, I think I'm going to post this entry and then move on to this completely other non-related topic.
Bruce, Caroline


I'm on a lot of email lists. When I say a lot, I really do mean a lot. This generates sometimes several hundred messages a day. this is my choice, and I'm not complaining. However, getting this many messages often comes at a price. I group my messages by conversation so that if a topic doesn't interest me I can wipe it out all at once. The downside to this is that those who aren't willing to take two seconds to change the subject line start new topics under the old subject line, and if I'm not reading said topic I might miss something new. But when you've got a subject and it's got 50 messages, deleting it once is a lot faster than deleting 50 separate messages.

One other way I read messages is by the sender. If a topic interests me but for whatever reason I don't like the way a particular sender writes or comes across in their messages, I'm not apt to read their messages, again possibly missing valuable information.

Several weeks back on one of these lists, a topic came up that I actually found interesting, and followed it pretty much all the way through. This list had some people who tended to be quite rude to other members, and downright insulting from time to time. It got to the point where some people weren't posting messages because they didn't want to be taken apart by these list members. One individual was removed from the list by the list moderator, and is not able to resubscribe. This person has said many things to people about how they should get a life, grow up and get a job, so on and so forth. Yet, on another list that we are on together this person is usually very helpful and has some good information. It was pointed out after this individual was removed that he's really a very nice guy, but nobody realized it because of the tone of his posts. I've seen this myself in messages that I've posted as well. My intention is to be helpful, and maybe even a little funny, but often times I think what I say is misinterpreted so when I need help with something my messages seem to be overlooked.

Some people, no matter what they write, are able to be very clear, understandable, and get right to the point. Others come across as opinionated, rude, and just plain unfriendly. It's those people who I find the most amazing. I know that sounds odd, but it's true. For example, I've actually had the opportunity to meet some of the people who, for whatever reason, turned me off through email, and they're great people. And, I think it's the same with journaling too. It's hard, in an email message, to really let your personality come out, but when you're just writing to write, people can see a whole different side of you. I think that's maybe one reason I really like to read what everyone else has to say. Many of the people I follow I don't know from anywhere else, accept for maybe through email lists, and it's nice to see them as human. Yes, I know they're all human, but I just think it's really cool to see that everyone has their good and bad days, just like me. SMILE! And in case you're wondering, no, I'm not referring to anyone reading this; My statements are more general and not reflective of any one person.

And then, the opposite can happen. Several months back when I was still using Word Press, someone found my blog accidentally by choosing a link that sent her to my page randomly. From the stats that I could get on my readers, I saw her come at least once a day to read my posts, and she even commented a time or two. One day though, I wrote a post discussing one blindness-related issue or another. From that time on, this person never read my entries again. It was as though what I had to say was fine, as long as I was sighted.

Okay, so does this sound really super corny? I don't think I did a very good job of really explaining my thoughts and the point of this entry, but I'm hoping that you guys will understand what I'm getting at here. This is just one of those random things that's been going through my head so wanted to write it down. Anyone got any thoughts?
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