The past week or so it has been hard to come up with things to write about for my blog. As a result, some of the topics I have come up with are quite dull. Well, to be more precise duller than usual.
As I was thinking of what I could do to get out of such a rut, I was reminded of one of my first blog posts, from March, 2015. It was titled: Get Out of That Rut. The post was a tribute to a series of newspaper ads that harry Gray, then CEO of United Technologies, placed in the Wall Street Journal on a periodic basis. The ads were one of the highlights of reading the Wall Street Journal in the late 1970s and early 1980s. By the time he was finished, Gray had written 75 such ads. I liked the ads so much, that I decided to share one ad per week, along with my comments, and 75 weeks later I was finished. You can click here to the post where I include links to all 75 articles. Over the years, I have received many personal emails from people who were grateful for the memories that reading the ads brought back.
Anyway, getting back to my rut. I thought I would go back to the Get Out of That Rut post to see if there were any suggestions as to what to do to escape from the mundane. After I shared Harry’s ideas, I created a list of my own suggestions, a more modern update if you will of how to get out of a rut.
I’ve done a few of those items on my list (started a blog, took an online class, opened a Twitter account, created and shared a YouTube video). However, one item I had not done was to try Duck Duck Go as my default search engine.
If you are not familiar with Duck Duck Go, here is a brief description from Wikipedia:
DuckDuckGo (also abbreviated as DDG) is an internet search engine that emphasizes protecting searchers’ privacy and avoiding the filter bubble of personalized search results. DuckDuckGo distinguishes itself from other search engines by not profiling its users and by showing all users the same search results for a given search term. The company is based in Paoli, Pennsylvania, in Greater Philadelphia and has 129 employees as of June 2021.
So I thought, let me give it a try. So I added the Duck Duck Go to my Chrome browser, and started using it as my search engine.
The first thing I decided to try was to see how a search for the phrase Borden blog went.
Borden’s Blather was the first result, ahead of a blog by Bill Borden at Microsoft and a blog by D S Borden, an award-winning artist and writer. For comparison purposes, my blog also came out on the top of the results when using Google as my search engine.
So I don’t know what that says about my vanity that searching for my own blog would be the first thing I try, but at this point, I am happy with the results.
But the coolest thing is that they are located in Paoli, PA, which is only about 20 minutes from where I live. I never knew they were so close by.
So I’ll keep trying Duck Duck Go for about a week to see if I note any difference between it and Google search.
In the meantime, I’ll continue to look for other ways to get out of my rut…