Did you ever get it backwards?

They say you should never complain, never explain and never threaten to resign. That is one of the Golden Rules of life. On this occasion I am going to break it and explain a mistake in my post earlier this week,  entitled NEVER Be The First To Get Old

clip_image002The content was a poem, intended for another blog called Humour for all Occasions.

That blog hosts jokes that some of my friends share with me on a regular basis. You know, the ones that annoy us when we feel compelled to read them because they were sent by the friend.  For me,  forwarding them to a blog was one way to deal with them. Then at my leisure, I could read and share them without falling for the same trap.

So if you were are looking for a context on the Performance Controller Blog. I could say “Get a life. Because business it is not all about working”.  Hmm, I  may even try to make this  mistake again.

But as mistakes happen, it is interesting that in this medium, everyone sees it immediately. Subscriber and RSS feed services and in my case also,  automatic updating on social media sites like Twitter, FaceBook, LinkedIn and DIGG,  all grab the message before I can even say, OOPS.

So with a potential for several thousand following weekly it is a powerful way to get out a message for our niche and to express our irrational passion. Equally if we get it wrong it can be embarrassing or even  worse as we disappear into oblivion. In cases with the huge followings like Seth Godin has with his blog,  the embarrassment could be in the millions.

So with all the hidden microphones and echoes ongoing, we know we get overheard over and over again. So I do know we have to get better at saying it better as the stakes get higher. And when we don’, t even the edit and delete options cannot make it unsaid. Never the less the delightful poem sent to me by a friend in Newfoundland Canada, if indeed it was a mistake, is one I am happy to repeat.

If you missed it the first time enjoy the poem again here as I did. 

The computer swallowed grandma.
Yes, honestly its true!
She pressed ‘control and ‘enter’
And disappeared from view.
It devoured her completely,
The thought just makes me squirm. 
She must have caught a virus
Or been eaten by a worm.
I’ve searched through the recycle bin 
And files of every kind;
I’ve even used the Internet,
But nothing did I find.
In desperation, I asked Jeeves    
My searches to refine.

The reply from him was negative, 
Not a thing was found ‘online.’    
So, if inside your ‘Inbox,’
My Grandma you should see,
Please ‘Copy, Scan’ and ‘Paste’ her
And send her back to me.

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This is a tribute to all the Grandmas and Grandpas who have been fearless and Learned to use the Computer….
They are the greatest!!!

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We do not stop playing because we grow old; 
We grow old because we stop playing ..
NEVER Be The First To Get Old!!

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