I wanted to create a blog about retirement and was going to call it Stumbling into Retirement, as I thought that accurately described my journey.
Then I feared I wouldn’t have enough insightful, incisive things to say about retirement. So I decided to expand the scope of the blog. Then the problem became what to name it.
One of the (many) things that I do too much of is read online articles and I realized that for me (and, I suspect, many others), this is a real problem. There is so much information on the web, so many interesting articles, so many good writers, that it’s easy to waste ones life reading, following links, reading, following links, reading.
I realized that if I started writing a blog I would potentially be contributing to this problem – at least, if anyone read my blog. Hence the name, Contributing to the Problem. Naturally I hoped that enough people would read the blog that I seriously contribute to the problem.
However, I’ve since changed the format of this website to be a static site providing descriptions of cycling and hiking around the world. My actual blog is now called First World Problems and can be reached by clicking here.
Links to Other Web Pages
In general I don’t include links in the main body of a post or a static article. I read in The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains that if an web page includes links, people’s understanding of and memory of the article goes down, even if they don’t click on the links. Just the fact that links exist is distracting and diverts our attention.
Since learning this, I’ve generally tried to isolate links to a section at the bottom of the article or post. I’ve named this section:
Links and other Clicks
Just to be consistent, I’ve included the link to The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains down here in the correct section 😀.