The Human Machine

This weekend was busy. It was so busy that I had to take an extra day just to get it all done. Between Easter, a 12-year old’s birthday, and preparations for both, I was left with almost no time for writing or website stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I have a story almost ready to be published, but the feverish pace of the weekend pushed me off schedule.

I’ve heard, time and time again, that the key to success on the internet is consistency. Keep a regular schedule. Post on the same day every week, at the same time, and if you post every day, or at least on multiple days, always post at the same time. I wouldn’t say its the key to success, but it definitely helps loosen the lock.

The problem I had this weekend is that following that schedule would require me to work like a machine, and I’m not a machine. I’m a human, and that makes me unreliable. In fact, I’d say that even machines are, often, unreliable, mainly because they’re designed and built by humans, and we all know how reliable those are. These days, machines fail almost as often as humans do, and that’s an improvement. Machines are getting better, us humans still suck.

And this weekend I sucked at ‘posting on my website and publishing stories’. Sorry. I’m working on it, but the real world keeps getting in the way, and no one likes the real world. I’ll have a story next week, and I’ll post one story a week for a little while longer to get back on schedule, but this week, stuff got in the way. I’m going to forgive myself, and if you’re in the same situation, you should, too.

Real life gets in the way. We do what we have to do to survive, and some days require more than usual. We adapt, we improvise, and we overcome. As they also say, no plan survives first contact with the enemy, so when our plan falls apart, we do the best we can and we move on.

Most of the time, the best success we can have is to not let a speedbump stop us.

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