Three Embarrassing Personal Confessions

Photo Credit: Bene16

As a busy software developer and martial art hobbyist, I rarely have enough time to entertain the proposals, projects and invitations I receive from fellow bloggers.

Of the time I can spare, I have dedicated a good percentage to outspoken criticism of martial arts excesses, leading some traditionalists to ask why I bother at all.

Today, I shall kill two birds with one stone: I am starting a meme dedicated to taking myself down a notch. Continue reading Three Embarrassing Personal Confessions

Personal Development Out The Wazoo

A few weeks ago, Priscilla Palmer graciously included me on her list of top personal development bloggers, and invited me to contribute a few more entries.  In her words, “This list should include any blog you feel can benefit us in our growth process.”

I’ll take this opportunity to mention some of the articles I’ve read and enjoyed over the past few months:

With respect to all the other members, the complete personal development list is far too long to repost here; if you read all that stuff, you won’t have any time left to practice martial arts!  Here is the subset that most clearly relates to topics we discuss here at Martial Development: Continue reading Personal Development Out The Wazoo

Click Here to Fix This Ugly Blog

I stopped tweaking my Ninja Scroll theme for WordPress a few months back, after deciding it was good enough. I just remembered that I am publishing a personal development website, and good enough is never good enough!

Virtual blog dissection

Wild Bill, the Passionate Blogger, is giving away free blog makeovers to five lucky bloggers. If you’d like to see a new and improved look for Martial Development, please take 30 seconds to stop by his blog and vote for me us.

Update: Voting has ended. Thank you for voting Martial Development into the top 5!

Raving Lunatics of the Twenty-First Century

Based Upon a True Story
Imagine yourself walking through a busy outdoor mall, surrounded by hundreds of shoppers and tourists. Casually perusing the fresh produce and handicrafts, you are suddenly confronted with a disturbing spectacle.

(Photo Credit: Gina Fish)

An unkempt, fifty-something man stands alone in the middle of the boardwalk, carrying on a loud and emotional conversation with nobody in particular. Interspersing pointless vignettes on politics, culture and yesterday’s supper with violent and unpredictable gestures, he manages to draw the attention of a small crowd. They watch and listen from a safe distance. Continue reading Raving Lunatics of the Twenty-First Century

Do You Have a Question About Martial Arts?

Over the past few months, I have written dozens of articles on the connections between martial arts, self-improvement and personal growth. Thus far, I’ve barely scratched the surface of this rich and fascinating subject.

What would you like to learn about martial arts? What issues should be explored in greater detail on this blog? I would like every reader (especially you RSS subscribers) to submit one question, which may become the topic of a future article. No question is too basic, too stupid or too strange. Anonymous submissions are OK, as are multiple questions.

Please send your question(s) via the contact form.  (I will be unable to reply directly to every message.)  Thank you for your participation.

Read More, Write Less: The Key to Blogging Growth

Though you might infer otherwise from the proliferation of high-priced self-improvement seminars, personal growth is basically a simple equation. If you eat more than you excrete, then you grow. Eat less, and you shrink.

Not all growth is positive, of course. If you can’t metabolize what you eat, then you will grow bloated and sick, not strong and healthy. So the desired equation is slightly more complicated: personal growth requires both digestion, and nutritious food to digest.

This rule applies to the physical body, and equally so to the work of a blogger. Continue reading Read More, Write Less: The Key to Blogging Growth

My Experiment with Intention-Manifestation Theory

I was delighted to stumble across the Intention-Manifestation Theory of reality a few months ago. As I understood this theory, the key to achieving success in the spheres of business, dating and health is to intend it.

Fortune smiled upon me that day. Intention-Manifestation Theory seemed the greatest labor-saving discovery since the cotton gin, and I was sorely in need of its utility. Since starting my website last year, I had been overwhelmed by article ideas, but never had enough time to fully develop, transcribe and publish them.

I decided to employ the theory straight away. Continue reading My Experiment with Intention-Manifestation Theory

Block 99% of Blog Comment Spam with the reCAPTCHA Plugin

The Akismet filtering service has done a wonderful job of keeping spammy link lists off the pages of my blog. Unfortunately, it flags a false positive every few days, throwing one of my readers’ legitimate comments into the trash bin.

As Martial Development continues to grow in popularity, the task of sorting delicious ham from rotten spam becomes ever more loathsome. I don’t have time to read the hundreds of Viagra/porn/refinance advertisements that spam-bots post here every day.

My solution is to block the comment spam on the front end, instead of filtering it on the back end. Continue reading Block 99% of Blog Comment Spam with the reCAPTCHA Plugin

Could Lao Tzu Make Money With AdSense?

Lao Tzu is perhaps the world’s most popular author. In the 2600 years since its initial publishing, Lao Tzu’s masterpiece, Tao Te Ching, has been translated into more than 200 languages, and reprinted more often than nearly any book in human history.

Lao Tzu was a great teacher, and a master of brevity. Though the Tao Te Ching is merely five thousand characters (less than fifty pages of English text), it conveys profound wisdom. His writing was potent, concise, and meaningful: all qualities which would prevent Lao Tzu from succeeding as an AdSense publisher.

No, Lao Tzu could never support himself on income from AdSense, or other contextual advertising systems. He probably couldn’t even earn enough to feed his water buffalo. Why? Continue reading Could Lao Tzu Make Money With AdSense?