I love to fish. I would be fishing now if I wanted to be cold. Most of the lakes and rivers are still somewhat frozen here in Utah. I am getting that spring bug though.
I was at Walmart the other day looking over the sporting good section like I usually do and it got me thinking. How much of this is what my grandpa used to call “bait for fishermen” and not worth the money to buy? Answer, most of it. There is so much of every type of plug, popper, spinner, spoon, crankbait, or gimmick that it is oerwhelming to look at.
Of course I have a bunch of gear but it is gear that I chose to buy for one reason or another, based onhow it my catch fish. I don’t have anything that looks like a beer can or a pile of junk. I have good colors and shapes that willhelp me catch fish. Period.
One of the best things that ever happened to me was when we moved. I lost all of my fishing gear except for my poles. as near as I can figure, my tackle boxes were lifted while I was loading up the truck. I have not noticed anything else missing. the only things I was not happy about losing were 2 of my good reels but, I guess someone else needed them worse than me. I hope they got into fishing because of it.
I have replaced everything that I wanted to and now have a kit that I am really happy with. I can’t wait to use it this summer.
I thought about all of this and how it applies to the internet. There is a lot of flash and bait on the net. I have it on my site in affiliate programs and I will have in the future for product offers. You can google anything and get millions of hits. The secret is guessing at the good stuff and leaving the garbage. There is plenty of both around the internet.
Sometimes it is beneficial to clean out the old stuff and start over. I have dumped my bookmarks in the past and started over. I am thinking about cleaning out my twitter. I am considering purging chaff from my RSS reader as well.
The only real advice I am going to give is this. Decide to do something and do it. Decide on a post idea, write it (time permitting). Decide to comment, do it. Decide to purge, do it. I am finally sick of myself putting things off and talking about doing things that never quite get around to happening. Now, I am doing it.
So, Go Do Something. NOW! Get out of here!