I was not going to write anything today. I am constantly underestimated and if I wrote something it would again be underestimated by the Pulitzer and Nobel prize comittees, indeed ignored. I have been battling for recognition since I began to blog and that is so long ago, I cannot remember when it all started. It must be at least 10 years, but I was not always here. The first two blogging sites decided I was too much for them and they collapsed, one even became bankrupt. I have had a bad conscience since. They do not want me, do not like me, catastrophes and destruction follow me all over the cyberworld. On the other hand, perhaps I am too good for them, but I do not want to overestimate myself as it might spoil my chances of becoming estimated as what I am: a genius, the best blogger of all time, the answer to all blogging theories. I came to blog, I saw the blog and I conquered the blog (in the words of Julius Ceaser, they just translated it wrongly).
But today I proved them all wrong, I was even on the verge of underestimating myself. I felt as a failure and was on the verge of a blogging exit. On the other hand, I would disappoint my disciples and fans who are searching for the meaning of blogging life daily on my pages of wisdom and I cannot do that. I am a human being deep down, if you wipe away the layers of blog, grids, challenges and hope of being something and achieving a pinnacle in the scope of our possibities to blog, reaching out with our keyboards into the unknown and eventually finding the meaning of blogging life.
“What did you say Mr. Swiss? I am overdoing it. Oh, there are always those that are perhaps jealous of our talents, who spend their time on the computer organising their music sessions somewhere in a far off place called iTunes. I say everyone to his own. Today I had a breakthrough, I achieved something. I could open the curtain of failure, of underestimation, I shouted Eureka and Mr. Swis found I might annoy the neighbours, but this is mybreakthrough.
This is my alternative keyboard on my iPad, but let me begin at the beginning.
A blogging colleague informed of a site called Duolingo. It costs nothing, is free and is the key to learning other languages. As I know most other languages, I skipped over the European choice, and settled for a Russian refresher course, as I learned the language for 12 years. I have got out of practice in the meanwhile as Switzerland is not populated by a ethnic majority of Russians, You only meet them in St.Moritz or Gstaad when they stay in the 5 star hotels or their expensive chalets. There might be a chance encounter on the Zürich Bahnofstrasse when they are checking on their numbered bank accounts. Suffice it to be said its is mainly the rich and famous that can affod to live in Switzerland.
Undaunted I had a look at this Russian language revival for me and foud that 5 minutes of my percious underestimated blogging time could be managed to revive my Russian knowledge. I began the exercises which were written in english letters and then I arrived at the part where you should write the tranlsation yourself in cyrillic letters. My iPad did not have cyrillic letters and I have never changed its language, worrying that it might not find the return journey. I did not want to remain in a cyrillic alphabet for the remainder of my iPad days. I discovered a programme to download, which was full of warnngs about the secrecy of what you write. Your secrets would be disclosed to the KGB probably. The solution was quite easy. Just a twitch on that gear wheel icon on your iPad and choose your keyboard style. Her is a photo of my Russian keyboard, with one of my translatios written on the top left. If you press “check” it confirms that I wrote the right answer. There is even a mysterious voice reading the words for the correct pronouciation.
Switching keyboards is so easy that even an underestimated genius like myself can do it. You can see the two arrows over the keyboard. The third from left sign is not an arrow, but a sort of double square with a black line at the top. Just press on it and your keyboard is back to the good old alphabet that we all know. You can also dowload Arabic, although I decided that would be a little tooc omplicated. I learnt the language for a year once and decided it was not my thing.
I have a revived hobby. I will now spare 5-10 minutes of my day in the iPad world of Russian. You really have to love this computer stuff, every day a new obstacle. I now have to find the five minutes. An hour blogging, and hour or two dealing with photographs and now a Russian study, not to forget my longing to read a book now and again and perhaps a conversation with Mr. Swiss if I find the time.
My underestimations are slowly becoming overestimations. What we do for a Pulitzer/Nobel prize. There is also something called a Man Booker prize I believe. Must see what the qualifications are, but probably I am overqualified.
Daily Prompt: Underestimate