Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Scylla and Charybdis

Dilemmas come and go: some invited, others not, and some self inflicted. Dilemmas are choices on steroids. By their very nature, dilemmas can be excruciatingly stressful. Whether they are actually life or death conundrums, or they merely feel like they are, we must all confront, at some point in our lives, difficult decisions. If you have never been on the horns of a dilemma, (or even more painfully, a trilemma- yes there is such a thing), then you surely will. This is another of life's certainties.

Roughly, four or five weeks ago, I started a new blog called I Don't Cook. As a reflection of my reality-living alone in Darwin- it is accurate. As a means of amusing myself with all the time I have on my hands, it is effective. I understand myself: specifically that I enjoy attention. Apparently this desire for and love of the limelight is a characteristic of Leos, of which I am one. In any case, I not only blog for personal satisfaction, but I am also continually seeking attention. (Not always-to be fair to myself, but frequently.)

I Don't Cook has been moderately successful, (670 page views in November including 120 views from Russia and 111 from Poland. ???), although Square Pegs, my main blog, my seven year old baby, received 1619 page views in the same period. I would like these numbers to be higher-much higher, but they are what they are.

Which brings me to my dilemma. I am facing a very difficult decision related to my blog. Agonizing over this matter is prematurely ageing me, depriving me of  sleep, and robbing me of joy. You see, I Don't Cook is not just a blog, it is a mission statement. So here is my question. Perhaps you can help me. Perchance you can carefully dislodge me from the horns of this awful dilemma.

If I cook eggs in the microwave, will I be breaking my rule, and will I then plummet headlong into the murky waters of the sea of No Integrity?


  1. It's the same as heating up a TV dinner, so you're off the hook. However, stirring it halfway through constitutes "cooking" so you can't do that.

  2. Hmmm. I'm not sure how crucial that mid process stir is to the successful outcome. I still don't know what to do...woe is me. Thanks for visiting Square Pegs and for taking the time to comment.

  3. Blog titles don't need to be literal. It's your blog; do what you want with it. If you "cook" something like egg or instant oatmeal, so be it. The blog police won't arrest you. If you want more page hits you can either use SEO titles or just join a blog hop or two. My biggest hits come from the very few SEO titles I use (usually by accident, like my recent mention of "Formatting" that covered only 2 lines in the post, but got me 2000 views rather than the usual 200), and also when I have something special and plug the post on FB and Twitter.

  4. Good on you Lexa. I was being purposefully melodramatic, as I do. From "SEO titles" onwards you lost me, but thanks for the advice. If I was serious, I would do some research on search engine optimization (that's what SEO stands for, right?) and figure out how to make it work for me.