‘Something Fishy’ :Wordpress Theme of my Life
I like the theme I chose for my blog . It is really spot-on. I don’t know if it was my inanity with technology (accident) or providence but the first one I chose and thankfully quickly discarded, I remember, was quite ascetic. It’s as if something in me knew what was good for me and nudged me to the “something fishy” theme, as if to tell me, you think yourself so serious, not so. I only realized that this was exactly the liberating theme for me, when Nancy Shapiro at http://commonthreadcoaching.wordpress.com/expressed to me its potential in the following terms: “Michal! I love the theme you use…it is playful, light, and also an apt metaphor for coaching itself…fishing into the deep for what truly matters for each person.” My “daemon” and Nancy knew better.
Fishing for ideas
I feel in my element with this theme. Unlike a fish in a tank constrained by too much containment (erudition, for example), I feel free to swim in both calm and troubled waters, for water cannot hurt itself. The Blog-ocean with its ‘bio-diversity’ of sea creatures is an apt metaphor for its infinite reservoir of emotional intelligence and its emotionally intelligent sea creatures like dolphins or like, even, the somewhat dangerous jelly fish (or medusa echoing the fascinating Greek monster) populating it.
I also love the fishing metaphor with its overtones of autonomy and practicality in line (fishing line) with the proverb : “give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”Very coachy.
Still in line with happy heuristics and fishing, the fisherwo/man (me and hopefully my readers) has an idea of what s/he is looking for, what she is seeking even though she only realizes as she discovers it . Does it apply to you?
There is also an element of seduction I hinted in the post with the feather fan dancer, here the bait: the small cheerful worm at the end of the hook. Scroll down,That’s a bit fishy. Scroll up. Its willingness to be impaled baffles me! The little worm(still in search of a name for it) reminds me that optimal posts are best short for our hyperactive times.
Hooked by Gamification
Fishing is also an exercise in patience, a scarce virtue nowadays. Many attempts (essays) are sometimes needed to ‘connect’, for the foremost reward of a ‘writer’ is, of course, to be read, or is it? I am not so sure anymore. I have to admit that I am as hooked as I want to hook you with my posts through wordpress gamification ploys. It really works on my motivation to produce more texts, more than I planned to, really. It’s even very addictive for me. When I get the orange light, contrasting perfectly with the big blue, at the top bar of my blog, what joy! The different symbols indicate that I have a like, a comment, a follow and the milestones of likes, follows, cups, best days for visits. I sometimes feel that I am still chasing the rabbit again, especially when I compulsively keep on checking my stats. Oh I am not complaining, it’s fun. At worst, I am com-playn-ing, I com n’ play with WordPress. For that matter, I have even joined coursera.org free online Gamification class to understand better my behavior. It seems that Gamification now participates in my writing process.