Wednesday, 29 May 2013
What's On Your Workdesk, Wednesday 208
Welcome one and all, to the 208th time that we've posted pics of our workdesks for each other's entertainment, information, shock value. THAT'S FOUR YEARS. 4. Count them people - one, two, three, four. You should be incredibly proud of your staying power. Every Wednesday you surprise me by turning up. The biggest and most thrilling thing to come out of this, without the need for any scientific survey, is the friendship. It's there, all the time, new or old, regular or dipping in and out; Deskers are nice people.
I don't think WOYWW has evolved much over 4 years..the basic 'ethos' is the same, to encourage visitors to have a look at your space and what you're working on. Now and then there are those that think it's just another advertising medium and forget that they need to tune in to the idea that it's reciprocal and as far as possible, understand that over linking of their products is a huge turn off for those of us genuine deskers.
What has evolved over 4 years is the difficulty in commenting. Despite having the number higher even than #1 on the list every week, I don't get as many comments as there are links. This is not a complaint, it's an observation. Commenting is a time consuming job. The list is long and no-one expects 147 plus visitors; we're all very realistic about the amount of time us busy Deskers really have. The evolution of the tablet and Lord knows how many platforms for writing online have contributed to a massive amount of confusion and difficulty in commenting too. Disqus and Wordpress insist that you sign up, log in and tell them the colour of your knickers before you can comment. Google insist on a GMail account for the slightest thing. Using the iPad is a nightmare for using embedded comments boxes...no ability to correct typos etc.. and then of course...there's Word Verification. I understand why it's in use, and am in no position to tell anyone what to do about using it or not using it. Make no mistake though, it makes commenting harder. If you aren't getting many comments, perhaps you are one of the Deskers that fall into these 'categories' - constant advertiser, difficult platform or WV user.
So please, carry on as you were. And today, if you're taking part in the Anniversary ATC swap, when you add your name to the lInky widget, add a * after your name. Then look for the next name on the list with a *. Last person on the list with * sends to the first person on the list with * - somehow that whole circle thing is perfect for this friendly thing. Leave a comment for the that lovely * person, and a way to contact you - you need their address, for it is they who will benefit from receiving that ATC which was made on your WORKDESK. Oh my - is that synergy?
Nikki made the Anniversary badges splashed liberally down the page..for sharing. Please have one if you so desire. I simply did the old right click and 'save image as' so they are in my photo folders. Enjoy. Nikki will get a thrill out of seeing them dotted about the www. Actually, so will I. It' s lovely to be four.