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Does it Really Need to Be That Complicated?

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Linda’s prompt for this Saturday’s Stream of Consciousness post was: “moot.” I thought I knew what it meant: meaningless, worthless, not worth bothering with. But I’m glad I looked it up, because I was wrong!  Google’s first definition for moot was:

“subject to debate, dispute, or uncertainty, and typically not admitting of a final decision.”

Maybe I was subconsciously thinking of the word, mute. Did anyone else think moot meant meaningless? Anyway, it’s good to get that cleared up. Thanks, Linda.

Moot is a good word to describe my relationship with a certain email marketing system. I spent a lot of time setting this up to send out my monthly newsletter. I like the creative aspects of this kind of work, and I’m not as low-tech as I used to be, but this particular system, the only one I’ve used so far, almost drove me crazy yesterday. Last month I spent more than a couple  hours figuring out about content boxes and where everything was to paste my newsletter parts into the template I’d created. Yesterday, I spent two hours figuring it out, but when I looked at the preview, there was stuff from November in the current template which was a separate template….Anyway, sorry to bore you with this.

I don’t want to deal with it anymore. It shouldn’t be this complicated. Reminds me of the rebound relationships I had after my divorce. Yes, they were good at fixing things around my house, and they seemed confident on the surface, but they were too complicated in ways that were too much work. Fixer uppers. I finally decided it just wasn’t worth the cost to my serenity. I didn’t need that much stress in my life. I could deal with it if I had to, but I didn’t have to.

That’s how I feel right now about the email marketing platform. Too much monkey business for me. So I’m sending out my December newsletter the old-fashioned way, as an attachment from my personal email. Maybe it’s a good thing my list isn’t that long right now. Someday, maybe I’ll try that monkey thing again, or another company. I don’t know. But right now, it’s moot.

Oh, I almost forgot. I believe I removed those pop ups asking if people wanted to sign up for my newsletter. I never really liked pop ups anyway. If you like them, that’s fine. But I felt uncomfortable with them being here. So if you see any pop ups here, please let me know. And if you want to get my monthly newsletter the old-fashioned way, just email me at the address on my contact page.

Thanks for letting me vent.

The Stream of Consciousness can be therapeutic! If you want to read more about “moot,” visit Linda’s blog:

https://lindaghill.com/2016/12/16/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-dec-1716

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Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” “Begin with the word ‘The’,” or simply a single word to get your started.

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top. NOTE: Pingbacks only work from WordPress sites. If you’re self-hosted or are participating from another host, such as Blogger, please leave a link to your post in the comments below.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. As a suggestion, tag your post “SoCS” and/or “#SoCS” for more exposure and more views.

8. Have fun!

 

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Christian, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again, available at amazon.com.

27 thoughts on “Does it Really Need to Be That Complicated?

  1. I prefer the historical ‘moot’ – an Anglo-Saxon meeting place – a kind of early Parliament. Or is that over-complicating things? Good post

  2. I also thought it meant that the point didn’t matter. So we both learned something, lol. Anyway, I love how you compared things to your post-divorce relationships. ” Yes, they were good at fixing things around my house, and they seemed confident on the surface, but they were too complicated in ways that were too much work. Fixer uppers.” YES YES. Exactly. You made me laugh for sure. Great post!

  3. We both took the tech-moot route today 🙂
    I don’t mind pop-ups when they’re one to a page. Beyond that, and I’ll just leave. Gah.

  4. Ah yes, email. It’s time to divorce Yahoo.

  5. The definition is weird. It’s almost as though it means it’s irrelevant and relevant at the same time. Moot court is where law students argue cases that have already been decided. The year I was in debate, we argued whether or not the US should have an EPA, despite the fact that Nixon had already created it. We were arguing what was a moot issue: whether the for or against won didn’t matter. I know, clear as mud, right? 😄

    • It sounds like it was quite a learning experience, John. I imagine you learned about stuff like logic and not interrupting – skills I wish everybody had, though I forget them sometimes. 🙂 This prompt has taught me a lot. Multiple definitions make life interesting, I guess.

  6. Moot is a very rarely used word, atleast from what I’ve read, learned, and I mean consciously and subconsciously…Hey I learned a new word for the day, so cool there, but I never would have guessed it meant a dispute without any agreement made

    • I don’t hear it very often. It’s a funny sounding word for such a serious definition.

      • I never heard that word until your post, it’s definitely different/and I’m going to find a way to use that word somehow in my blog discussions…Since I speak of spiritual healing, relationship coaching, and guidance in life, I should be able to find a way to use that word…lol moot

  7. Moot …a word I don’t believe I’ve ever heard and if so I don’t recall hearing it, definitely would never have guessed it meant a dispute without a final decision

  8. Learn something new everyday, guess my Christmas Eve started with a word

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