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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Feeding the Problem

I tried to add an RSS feed of Sonlight's latest News and Announcements to this blog today, but something wasn't working. In fact, it still isn't working.

So I poked around online. Nothing. I searched the Blogger help forum. Still nothing. I even posted a plea for help. Yep--nothing.

I've been stymied by a system over which I have no control, and I have no idea what goes on in the background that could be causing the problem.

And it's really frustrating when that happens.

Granted, learning to let go of control is an important life lesson. Learning to adapt when something refuses to work is another vital skill. But in cases like these, that's not really what's at stake. In this instance, the danger is that I may just give up. There's nothing I can do, and so I must wait for someone else to do something. And that is a very dangerous lesson to learn; it promotes apathy and discourages creative problem solving.

...almost like the bureaucracy of educational systems. There are many aspects of public education--not to mention most other government-driven aspects of life--over which we have very little control. Buying into these systems promotes the idea that we must wait for the government--or other entity of authority--to come save us if something goes wrong. It stifles personal responsibility. In many cases, we end up with no control over what is happening, and have no way of truly finding the source of the problem.

Homeschooling, while potentially messier--like me piecing together code for an RSS widget--offers control and a hands-on approach to any issues that may arise.

May you find ways to overcome the obstacles you encounter today, even if you have to get your hands dirty. And if you're like me, and waiting on "the powers that be," may the red tape be cut, and the issue resolved satisfactorily. Remember: If you are not satisfied with the results, there are other options.

...but you may have to start doing something yourself.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Expectant Father

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Luke said...

Cherish,

People have tried to convince me of the goodness of Wordpress. I am still less than convinced. I happen to like Google--but I do shudder at the thought of them ever "going evil." If that happens, we're all toast <laughing>. And, yes, laughter is the only thing to do in the face of such a thing....

If I were on Wordpress, I would be just as stuck in this instance... only I wouldn't have made it as far as I did <smile>.

Thanks for your concern though, and I will keep Wordpress as a backup option.

~Luke

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Luke said...

Cherish, it was I who was unclear <laughing>. I know Wordpress has both options. The problem for me, in this case, is that the widget wasn't working and I'm not proficient enough with php/whatever to figure out the problem.

I have helped set up a Wordpress blog on a server for someone, and Wordpress looks really cool... but I'm very happy with Blogger for the time being.

~Luke


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