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Silent Thoughts – Contentment and Happiness

21 Mar 2008 | Wisdom |  19 comments
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Silent Thoughts

English Translation
Only by being content
will life be rich
with happiness and peace

Original Mandarin Version
知足生活才会富乐安稳

Deimos Analyzes
This one is a bit tricky if analyzed from a Blogger’s point of view, then again, it very much depends on one’s definition of contentment.

Are you satisfied with your blog’s progress?
For example, say for myself, am I satisfied with the progress of my blog so far? Am I contented with the daily 800+ (according to Project Wonderful’s stats) visits, page views and 30k-50k-ish daily Alexa traffic Ranking?

Deimos is somewhat satisfied …
I can say that I am satisfied with the results to date, however I must say that I am not satisfied with the fact that I have kinda ran into a brick wall. They say that it is not hard to breach into top 100k Alexa Ranking (really easy if you utilize EntreCard properly, provided that you have quality content that is appealing to many visitors and or readers) but not quite easy to break into top 10k Alexa Ranking. Then again, Alexa is just another E-Peen though it is quite a popular one and it does has it uses.

Does contentment mean stagnant?
Back in my diploma pursuing days in my colleague, I would say “知足常乐” to my mates which kinda means “Contentment brings happiness” when they are not satisfied with their exam results, at least they studied well for it and did their best, right? Mister Lim Jee Yat, one of my favorite lecturers would retort back saying “If like that, then no need to earn big money loh, everyone is poor and penniless.” I disagree.

One can be contented and still strive to be better
To put it simply, being contented does not necessarily mean that you stop attempting to become better, to excel and ultimately to rise to the top. I believe this is a misunderstanding that most people have regarding the concept of contentment.

Deimos’s Daily Reads
No reads until I get back to Kuala Lumpur. Let me know if you have an article that you would like me to take a read and if I might feature it in this section.

Deimos’s Thoughts
So am I happy with my blog’s progress so far? Yes and no. Yes, because I achieved one of my year 2008 Blogging resolution – to hit top 100k before end of March 2008. No, because I seemed to have hit a brick wall as the daily visits, page views and Alexa traffic ranking does not seem to be getting any higher.

Content is King, Marketing is Queen
Content wise, I guess I do have some content that is somewhat appealing, or else there would not be any commentators on my blog, right? Marketing wise, perhaps I am not doing enough of this? Is RSS feed count really that important? Perhaps I should jump into the RSS bandwagon after all.

Do you check your email everyday?
Well, I know I do. In fact, I think I check my email way too often. Regarding RSS subscription, I believe that RSS subscribed via email could be more powerful than those who subscribed via RSS Readers? Perhaps this itself ought to be another topic for another day, enough rambling from me for now.

Deimos Asks
Are you satisfied with your blog’s progress? What would you like to achieve? What are your blogging goals? What do you think about the Alexa Traffic Ranking?


19 Comments

  1. 21st March 2008 
    8:01 pm         

    BaseGuardian
    said the following:

    What can I say to my 4 months old blog? 🙄 I think it’s satisfied me, they ‘re a few “geeks” like me, but not many action figures “geeks” like me in the blogosphere, 😈 maybe I just did not met their blogs yet 🙄 But overall I satisfied with my blog;s perfomance :mrgreen:

  2. 21st March 2008 
    8:17 pm         

    Deimos Tel`Arin
    said the following:

    @BaseGuardian:
    You do good toy reviews, keep ’em coming. 😉

  3. 21st March 2008 
    9:36 pm         

    BaseGuardian
    said the following:

    @Deimos, really ah?? 😆 Thanks for the support 😉

  4. 21st March 2008 
    11:31 pm         

    Josh
    said the following:

    I agree that having goals and pursuing what makes you happy is one of the greatest treasures of life.

  5. 21st March 2008 
    11:56 pm         

    kljs
    said the following:

    Totally agree with this. To be content is to be happy. 🙂

  6. 24th March 2008 
    10:41 pm         

    lankapo
    said the following:

    😉
    deimos,
    where can I get more of that sexy bride hehehe

  7. 27th March 2008 
    5:38 am         

    Xacur
    said the following:

    Well, I don’t know well.
    I started blogging in May last year, on November I was making money with my blog and had 1000+ visits a day, by december I joined Entrecard, then my blog was rejected 🙁 because It was in spanish.
    I created the subdomain just to enter Entrecard and I thought it would be better to blog in english and to be in entrecard, but mow it’s march 2008 and I don’t earn any money with this. Money is not the only reason I blog for, but I really don’t know where are going my blog to, I have changed the main content of my blog as many times as I have changed the template.
    So nop, I’m not happy with my english blog, at all.
    I don’t even know what Alexa rank mean but I think it don’t mean anything at all, because calabozodelandroide.com is 29,407 right now, and it seems to be much, but well, I don’t know.

  8. 29th March 2008 
    7:47 am         

    Michael
    said the following:

    I noticed your Alexa Ranking only now… wow, I’m envious!

    Why don’t you put AdSense on here?

  9. 30th April 2008 
    4:06 pm         

    Deimos Tel`Arin
    said the following:

    @BaseGuardian:
    You are welcome. 🙂

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    @Josh:
    True. However, sometimes folks get upset when they cannot achive their goals. 😯

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    @kljs:
    Right. But there are some folks just can’t get contended though. 😕

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    @lankapo:
    In my hard disk, you want more of them? 😛

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    @Xacur:
    Well, if you do photobooks posts, I will download them. 😳

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    @Michael:
    After the Alexa Traffic Ranking algorithm update, your site is better ranked now. 😮
    Did not put Adsense earlier as I don’t think it is making much income. 😎
    After reading your comment, I put it back on, there is some daily earnings. 🙂
    Took out Adsense Ads again because some fool is giving me invalid clicks. 😡

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  10. 24th May 2010 
    12:49 pm         

    Lillian King
    said the following:

    Happiness is a state of mind that really depends how we see the situations in our lives each day. you can have all the riches in the world but still see it as a lonely place.,”*

  11. 9th September 2010 
    1:53 am         

    Nathan Rodriguez
    said the following:

    everyone wants to be happy in one way or another`”‘

  12. 12th October 2010 
    8:16 am         

    Corner Cabinet `
    said the following:

    Happiness is the goal of every human being in this planet , everyone wants to be happy,;,

  13. 16th December 2010 
    12:37 pm         

    Lighting Fixture
    said the following:

    true happiness can be difficult to achieve, you can be rich but still not be truly happy `,”

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    5:13 pm         

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  15. 13th March 2011 
    7:24 pm         

    reputation managemment
    said the following:

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