Echoes of past blogposts

If you have been blogging for a few years, you likely witness some of your older blogposts resurfacing with more interest. In my case, it is not uncommon for some older posts to be more widely read than at the time they were written.

Now, I am not referring to those blogposts that have consistently drawn attention. The ones that pop-up in your most-viewed list after being long absent are to what I am referring. Here are a few late-blossomers that are getting more attention:

“Don’t laugh at me” written in September, 2013 – This one resurfacing is less a surprise as I think people are alarmed by the divisiveness in America and western democracies. The Peter, Paul and Mary songs resonates saying quietly and pleafully “we are all the same.” It’s message is place yourself in the shoes of the person who is being ridiculed. At some point, each of us has been ostracized. Here is a link.

“Who is Paul O’Neill and why should his opinions matter?” written in March, 2013 – This one is more of a surprise, given the relative anonymity of Paul O’Neill. Yet, I think people are craving leadership with the dearth of such in the two largest English speaking democracies. O’Neill is a quiet, studious and effective leader who deserves notoriety for his ability to observe what is wrong and how to arrive at solutions. Plus, it shows great leaders facilitate communications up and down organizations as the best ideas often come from those closest to the action. Here is a link.

If you do not remember these posts or were not following my blog back in 2013, please check them out. I am delighted they are getting a little more interest given their subject matter. Also, please share a link to similar posts of yours. I would love to revisit them or read them for the first time.

9 thoughts on “Echoes of past blogposts

  1. I don’t quite understand how old blog posts all of a sudden get noticed again, but every once in a while some of mine do too. Thanks for these links, Keith. I must not have been a follower of yours back in 2013. Both messages are just as relevant today.

  2. Note to Readers: Looking at the Paul O’Neill post, one of the commenters was Barnesday, whose real name was Larry Paquette. Larry passed away about four years ago. He was a well-read blogger who offered up thoughtful opinions. He also had a hobby of making elaborate carving boards. He is missed.

  3. One does wonder why those older (some very old) posts suddenly appear to have interested someone. It’s a fun part of blogging. I do not wonder that yours appear again and again. You write well and have important things to say. Carry on!

    • Hugh, you are too kind. It seems the less political posts have more resilience. These two have a theme of the Golden Rule and good leadership, eg.

      Scrolling through your book of posts, the ones that seem to endure are when you pluck a philosophical point from an older treatise and note why it is important today.

      Thanks again for the kind words. Keith

  4. Note to Readers: Leadership is often misplaced. Those with false bravado get painted with it far more than they deserve. Those who are more studious get painted less with leadership. Yet, there is a trend toward more introverted CEOs, primarily due to the complexities of multiple lines of business. Paul O’Neill would fit this bill.

  5. Being a nonblogger, I find Blogdom to be an unfathomable world of mystery. Therefore, I have no idea of the “whys” one would search out a long ago largely unnoticed post on any particular blog. More so, I must question the “hows” that one does that in the absence of a visible archive of past posts. These are not questions for you, merely my musings on the complex subject of bloggers and blogging. Be that as may be…as I was not a follower back in 2013 when these posts originally appeared, I am delighted that you have made them available. I have been a fan of Peter, Paul and Mary since their earliest days. “Don’t Laugh at Me” was part of their wonderful last studio album, “In These Times”, released in Feb. of 2003. This song holds a special place in the heart of this retired nurse with a decades long career caring for differently-abled children. Inclusion and acceptance are things that every person desires and needs. I am old enough to remember Paul O’Neill and his rather ignominious firing by then President George W. Bush. That proved to be a grievous mistake by Bush and Cheney. Thank-you!

    • Ellen, your comment is very thoughtful, as per usual. Thanks for sharing your memories of the history. I remember seeing “Don’t laugh at me” on one of the PBS specials. The room was rapt with attention. The fact Dick Cheney fired Paul O’Neill is ironic, since the latter recommended Cheney for a job Bush’s father wanted O’Neill to do. Keith

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