StumbleUpon having problems

I read an article that stated that StumbleUpon was having problems. They lose staff, having technical issues with the service, and lots of other issues. I wonder if this is the beginning of the end for them?

As long-time readers have noticed I have often used StumbleUpon to learn many new things. I find it more interesting than randomly surfing Wikipedia. Wikipedia always seems to have a bias in the articles I read. It’s disappointing for something that is supposed to be neutral. It is also a question of readership. Why waste my time on something that most people don’t find helpful? I have noticed that my highest rated content are things I originally write. So give the people what they want right?

It seems to me that StumbleUpon’s issues are typical of many companies that don’t have a clear profit strategy. I always wondered how they paid they bills, even though they offer paid stumbling content. It wasn’t clear that people would see the value of an audience that had to spend time to find their message. I think as well that in my use of SU it has become clogged with tons of garbage. There is always garbage in life, but it makes it demotivating to use the system.

For example, I have probably viewed over 100,000 pages and liked about 4,000 of them. For me, I am starting to question if liking something 4% is a good use of my time. It is easy to use and I have found some great gems, but on the whole I don’t think SU is in my future. Perhaps others also feel the same. I have looked for a SU alternative but haven’t found a good option. If you have one, please email me in the About me and let me know and I’ll write a post about it.

Growing up middle class everything feels like an upgrade

Growing up middle class everything feels like an upgrade. Even if you have only a modest job like I do, with the passage of time you feel like a King in the richness of life. I’ll give you some examples.

  • Growing up my parents had domestic cars. Now I have a foreign Toyota that is wonderful. It doesn’t break down, and it has comfort and features that my parents would never have bought.
  • Growing up I had conventionally produced food. Now I have organic food which tastes to me, more sweet and delicious. It doesn’t have the harmful chemicals conventionally produced food has and its better for the environment.
  • Growing up I had synthetic clothes with all kinds of weird chemicals. Now I wear organic clothes like bamboo socks and use bamboo toilet paper that actually removes carbon from the atmosphere. In addition I find wonderful new clothes in Goodwill and have expensive things that I could never have afforded if I was forced to buy retail.
  • Growing up I sat on mass manufactured furniture that had weird chemicals. Now I have found natural furniture in Goodwill and other places in which I can be healthy and comfortable.
  • Growing up I had to consume mass manufactured information. Peer sources were not easily available in the small town I grew up in. Now with the Internet I can learn from peers, and bypass the traditional gatekeepers of information and culture. Rather than be influenced by mass media, I can determine who I am influenced by and even debate them.
  • Growing up I had to live with small minded people with small minded ideas. Now I live in a metropolitan area where you can associate with anyone. I can be whomever I want without the needless negative feedback you get in small minded areas.
  • Growing up I had limited job opportunities and growth. Now I can choose my future, and it looks very bright indeed.

I am sharing this not to brag about my life, but that we can change our life if we have courage and the willingness to do so. It also because I am thankful everyday of the opportunities that I have. We are not given the freedom to do everything in life, but often we are given enough freedom to improve our life no matter how difficult it my currently be.