Two things happened to me this morning, both of which happen a lot.
I Googled for a Solution.
Looking at my homepage, my attention was caught once again when I looked at where I list my recent posts. By using the Genesis featured post widget, I can only get the “read more” button if I display and the first X number of characters in the post, which I have never been fond of. I wanted to be able to display the excerpts along with the buttons.
So I Googled it. It took me maybe 10 minutes to go through the results, but I did get my answer here. I was surprised to find it from my friends over at WisdomLabs. Googling the exact question as I have it my head always gives me the best results.
Aside from testing it out first on my staging site and having a least a minimal level of coding skills, it turned out to be a fairly simple solution. But as I said, I Googled it. Maybe we don’t always get lucky, but I can tell you more times than not, it has worked out for me.
Then I Popped into Facebook.
As I do once or twice a day, depending on my mood, I dropped into Facebook and to catch up a bit. Often, I will also check into some groups I belong to.
And as usual, the first several posts start with something like:
I am having this problem, issue….
People are just freaking lazy.
This may sound judgmental, but hear me out. Sure, there are times when you spend hours googling your brains out and you never find what you need. You are desperate. You succumb to asking for help on a Facebook group, or two, or a dozen. I get that.
But realistically, most questions I see people ask could have been easily solved by Googling. People have become too lazy. We expect things now and we don’t want to have to work for them. And besides, isn’t the WordPress community so giving? Heck, I’m sure they wouldn’t mind giving even more.
I know this is a bit of a rant, and you might think I’ve oversimplified things. But trust me, having been on both ends, it could make life easier if you worked a bit at it yourself when appropriate.
So give those who give so graciously a break, and find more answers from those who give graciously through their blogs. I know that is why my traffic is primarily organic and comes via searches.
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