Do you like your job? That question has a lot of answers. Do you like what you do, where you do it and with whom you do it? Do you like the commute there and back? Do respect those for whom you work? Can you the word whom into one paragraph three times? Answering any of those with a “No” can drain your happiness.

One of the Best Blog Posts I’ve Ever Read!

I came across a blog post yesterday that really spoke to me, 7 Certain Ways to Hate Your Job. I guess I should say that I spoke to it. Since I wrote it. As I promised in I’m My Own Best Critic, though, I am compelled to critique my post.

Allow me first to note that I’m glad I wrote this post back in November. My more recent posts (which will be scheduled for March or later) have proven more difficult to write.

Too Imposter or Not Too Imposter, That is the Question

Do you ever write something and worry about how people will receive it? What if they don’t like it? What if they criticize you?

Well, now I know that I am going to criticize it (because that’s what I set out to do in My Own Best Critic and My Own Worst Friend), and I’m now terrified of what I’m going to say about my writing.

That additional fear is exhilarating. And frightful. If I had known a year ago and two years ago that I’d be returning to criticize my work, I likely would have handled things differently.

First Impressions Are Almost Always First

My first reaction to reading 7 Certain Ways to Hate Your Job was that I should fire me. I mean, seriously, if I’m working that hard to hate my job, then why am I even letting me continue to work here?

And what about me? Why am I staying if I dislike me so much?

Then I read the second paragraph where I noted that it was reverse psychology, like in Mega-Cool Meg’s 10 Cunning Techniques to Divert the Create Muse.

So maybe I won’t fire me just yet.

Bradford, You’re Fired

I just reminded me of a story I heard Charlie “Tremendous” Jones tell. Bradford, Your Fired. I looked it up. Turns out it’s an actual book. The description of the book says

“The next best thing to being fired was when Bradford looked in the mirror and realized he was his own worst enemy.”

That sounds vaguely familiar.

I mean, how did William W. Woodbridge know I was going to do that?

Another important question: Do you think William W. Woodbridge knew then that his initials would soon be used for almost every website on the internet?

How Far Back in the Wayback?

What I like best about Shayne’s post is that he comes right out of the gate with references to

  • The Flinstones
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Simpsons.

That’s some mad deep work, yo.

Imagine the exhaustive hours of research Shayne poured into living vicariously through the hearts and souls of Bob Cratchit, Fred Flinstone and Homer Simpson. He must have poured through volumes and volumes of work by Matt Groening and Hanna-Barbera.

You have to admire my — I mean his devotion to the subject matter.

She Moves in Mysterious Ways

Shayne immediately lists the 7 Ways, a sort of foreshadowing of what is to come. Not so easy, though! He feigns forgetfulness of the 7th Way, indicating that it is, as he puts it, “towards the bottom…”

Now anyone who wants to see the 7th way (and who wouldn’t want to know the 7th way?) has to scroll to the bottom.

See image to the left.

That will increase the reader’s time on page as well as the how far down the post the reader scrolls. Both those will boost his Google rankings.

Well played, Shayne. Well played.

7 Certain Ways

Are there only seven? Surely there are more ways than seven. But odd numbers get more clicks according to Brandon Gaille’s 17 Ways to Create Catchy Blog Titles That Drive Traffic.

And certainly — if I dare use that word — any one of those seven ways would do the trick. There may be more than seven, but one is probably all you need.

Is Certainty Really All That Certain?

And are these way so certain?

My experience says yes. I’ve employed most them. Around seven, if we’re being particular. And I’ve seen most of them used by others. I’d say I’ve seen somewhere in the neighborhood of seven of them used.

They each proved to be proven by the provers who prove things.

Although not indicative of action or emotion, certain is certainly a solid superlative. Alliteration! I think it gives the post title the oomph that will encourage clickers to click and readers to read. Sharers to share and Tweeters to Tweet. Clappers to Clap. Clap on Clap off, The Clapper! Not that I’m hinting or anything.

Seven is the Least loneliest number

I haven’t even talked about the number Seven yet. If you don’t include that seventh section.

Yes, I had to shoehorn in one of the sections to make that first section about seven the seventh section.

Do you think Shayne realized the significance — the magic — of that number when he wrote the post? I think I can tell you with some certainty that he did not.

Seven is used 735 times in the Bible, 54 times just in the book of Revelation.

There are seven Horcruxes in the seven Harry Potter books.

Seven children of the tortured town of Derry, Maine banded and bonded together to fight It in the Stephen King epic.

Seven brides for Seven brothers.

And perhaps the most significant and uncanny reference to this magical number of the skies, the Eagles’ Seven Bridges Road.

“Sometimes there’s a part of me

Has to turn from here and go”

Well-played my horrible friend, Shayne. Well played.

Incidentally, there is a typo in the lyrics of Seven Bridges Road on it’s Google Play page. Also, the Eagles just covered the song. Who wrote it? Brownie points for the first person to respond with the correct answer. No Binging.

Oh, and remember the Magnificant Seven. There were seven of them, too.

Seven Pictures are Worth 7,000 Words

Six images. That’s right up there with the most that I — I mean that Shayne has used in a blog post.

I find it interesting that he didn’t use seven. Why did he stop at six? Maybe he just didn’t realize at the time the significance of seven.

I like the images though. What’s easier and safer than a couch on the beach?

Is there a bigger picture of the earth than from the moon? And is the story of the NASA janitor true or not? You tell me.

I don’t get the golden pig. I can’t tell what he was even thinking when he selected that image. It is kinda cute, though, isn’t it? Cute little golden piggie.Almost as cute as the little froggy in the vibrant blue cage.

I’m just a little frog in a little cage. Don’t mind me.

Is the Post Worth Your Time?

I say, yes. I see room for improvement. Not having a seventh image really bugs me, but that can be fixed easily enough.

I recommend this post. It’s clever and true.

Shayne added two free opt-ins at the bottom of the page. I guess if we counted those, it would be eight images. We’re not going to count them.

Funny. When I decided to critique my own posts, I didn’t actually think I would do it. If you read closely, though, you might laugh and will probably learn a little of what I learned about blogging. I should have put this part at the top.

 

Visit Shayne at IndependentlyHappy.com.

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