Better to Be Modest Than A Pretentious Jerk

Immediately, thoughts of Eric Clapton’s soothing hit “Change The World” come to mind. I never realized the song was by him until I looked it up on YouTube. In fact, I was listening to it briefly as I wrote this, hoping to find an inspirational message to guide me, to invoke thoughts of realizing I could make a difference.

If I could reach the stars, I’d pull one down for you
Shine it on my heart, so you could see the truth
That this love I have inside, is everything it seems
But for now I find, it’s only in my dreams

The World Through My Eyes is all about finding myself, channeling my thoughts, trying to find ideal happiness through writing. After various names that I have gone through on this blog, from using my pen name “macbofisbil”, to using “this is my journey”, to using all caps on “MACBOFISBIL”, I finally decided on a name I had come up with a while back, putting it on the top header image and now introducing it in the New Year. It is all about how I perceive the world and all about my current state in it. Through photographs and pieces of writing, whether it be poetry or trials and tribulations of fictional writing, I am getting closer to finding the real me with this blog, honing my skills, moving towards blogging zen or the Holy Grail if you may call it.

What change, big or small, would you like your blog to make in the world?

My blog was never about changing anything in the world when I first started it and now that I going on my second year of blogging, I would find it incredibly surprising if any of my writing pieces of inferior quality could even have an impact. At best, I still call myself a novice writer, still trying to find that thing that everybody loves, still trying to find my niche audience, hoping to please them every time. But that’s difficult to do, because everyone’s tastes are radically different. Some of my writing pieces (sounds more professional than ‘posts’) were good in bloggers opinions while others didn’t do as well as I hoped, didn’t strike gold, didn’t hit all the right notes to invoke a flurry of comments (not that that has ever happened, yet). Yeah, I am being modest, choosing to think of my work on an unassuming level. I like to say my writing is inspirational because I do put time and effort into it, do try to form a connection with my potential readers, some of them gradually becoming loyal followers. I have always drawn inspiration from my own life, talking about my successes and failures, my dreams, my hopes, things that interest me. I would love to have my blog make people realize their dreams can come true if you put some work and effort into making them happen. There have been failures in my life that have caused episodes of depression, replaying them in my mind over and over again, unable to shake them off, wanting to vanquish their laughter, turn them around, but I have begun to realize these failures can help make me better.

I would love to have my blog make people happy but at the same time give them something to think about, make them want to change something in their life. There has always been a dream way in the back of my mind to have my blog tell a story of the never ending struggle to find one’s inner peace, to figure out their true personality inside, to fight off the demons that constantly bombard us, trying to pull us away from our path to happiness. The unexpected intent of this blog was to paint beautiful pictures in the minds of whoever was interested in reading it.

But let’s get real here, me and this little blog of 182 followers (as of now) has as much chance of changing the world as gay marriage being accepted by the entire planet (though it is getting on the right track). I have never had expectations that high, preferring to think reasonably about myself, knowing my limitations, not wanting to sound too pretentious. Changing the world is a big way to think, unlike anything I have ever dreamed of. I’m not doing this little blogging experiment to set the human race on an entirely different way of thinking or doing. That’s absurd. Totally egotistic as well. I love to blog because it is enjoyable and a learning experience for myself. I love to use this great tool as a way to improve my writing skills and to make new fiends friends and discover people who are like me in interesting ways. Sure, I would love to think my little corner of the internet has the power to cause significant events in this world to happen, can have a ripple effect, but in all honesty, I don’t think that will happen anytime soon. I’m comfortable right now just being modest about my writing in general, not putting it too high on a pedestal, because that only results in me crashing a long way back down to earth when I can’t replicate my mere success, resulting in a feeling of failure and the onset depression that comes afterward. I hate that.

So, for now, I’m not thinking about changing the world. There are much more powerful and deserving writers and bloggers out there for that job. I feel no pressure to have my work serve as a testament to all of mankind, to make any sort of impact on the way we live and breath. It would be crazy to think a little man from a small Midwestern town, with very little money and connections, could possibly Change the World. But, as countless proverbs and inspirational pictures have said, it’s the little actions from small groups of people that can make a difference. So maybe I am doing something but I just don’t know it yet – maybe by participating in this incredible blogging experience has opened up the doors to potentially making some good in our society today. I’m sure the small group of creators behind Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, and other technologies didn’t immediately think they could change the world, but look where they are now.

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Less is More is Less

Who strive – you don’t know how the others strive
To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,-
Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter) – so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia.

Andrea del Sarto, 1855, by Robert Browning

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This excerpt from Robert Browning’s famous poem introduced the less is more view to the world, that to take the minimalists way of thinking is to deliver a far better impact on the audience.

This is definitely true because trying to get a clear and concise message across to the target with only a few words or pictures easily captures their attention and interest and gives the work more meaning.

More does not always make something better; it might actually make it less special and too complex. I feel like we are in an age now where the less is more philosophy is being heavily worshipped. Multiple businesses have gone or have started to go this way. Microsoft recently simplified their whole line of products and services to fit one universal theme: the Metro look of simplicity and elegance. Every icon representing their products and services uses a simple color pattern and a minimalist logo that speaks volumes when targeted to a large audience. The major social networking sites use no more than two colors in their main logos, creating something that can be easily identified and significant. I have even used this approach in my own logo on my blog. MACBOFISBIL ismacbofisbil the “brand” I am trying to sell and having a catchy, easy on the eyes logo (black outlined circle with a stylized ‘M’ over it) helps it become significant and easily recognizable by any readers going to and from my site. I also like the lowercase font approach as well, as in the way ‘macbofisbil’ is stylized on my page. I don’t know, there is just something about it that makes it less intimidating, less formal, and hinting towards a fun and engaging experience.

Let’s say you had a portfolio full of many different images and other works of art. They are all significant and exceptionally made but there are only three that really catch your eye and provide a deeper meaning. The others could be taken away and you would still be satisfied because these three works are special to you. You could even hang them on the wall in frames and admire them all at once; having all of the works framed and walled would take away this simple admiration because some of them would outshine others. This is the less is more philosophy at work. Having less of something proves to be more beneficial.

An article I hit up on the Internet about the less is more approach brought home the concept fantastically for me. It stated the fact that posting a lot of fresh content on a website does not always lead to more page views and likes, contrary to popular wisdom, simply because the quantity factor is ruling over the quality factor. Having less posts that are made with better quality gives the readers a chance to connect with the content more through comments. These well-crafted posts or articles can be appreciated more and sort of be like trophies on a shelf that shine and become timeless. Don’t hastily post something on your website just to have something on there. Or if the cupboard is bare put up something that serves as your ‘centerpiece’ or starting point and build other posts around it that complement and provide structure. Make sure your posts are well-crafted, easily readable, and keep the reader interested. The article also pointed out the notion that we are more organized and thoughtful when we focus on doing less and making it exceptional, instead of doing more and assuming that it will all go to show and people will appreciate it more because there is more.

This is one of the approaches I have taken while blogging for over a year now. Publishing fewer, but more thought out and carefully executed posts goes a much longer way than publishing many but more hastily and half-assed posts that do not have much significance and in the end garner the least attention.

So, take the less is more approach.

You’ll be more happy and satisfied in the end with what is in front of you and how you eventually reach the top of the success ladder (after a couple of falls back to the bottom rung).


Daily Prompt: No Excess