You’ve been asking: How do I use AJATT? Where do I start? How do I get the most out of it? What should I tell my friends to read? Here’s the what and how to…of…all of that 🙂 .
AJATT.com — that’s this site — has grown quite a bit over the years, from its humble beginnings in 2006 to its arrogant, bombastic, decadent present. Over that time, a lot has been written and said. And more is still being written and said right now. I’m writing and saying this as we speak right in front of your face . 1
Easy now. We’re getting there.
So there you are. You probably came to this site on the enthusiastic recommendation of a pleased AJATTeer 2. S/he probably told you how awesome this site was, how ridiculously handsome I am, how I changed her/his/its life.
But now you’re here and you’re just confused. You’re overwhelmed. By the sheer volume of information and discussion. How are you supposed to get through this? How are you supposed to read this? How are you supposed to take mine and other people’s experiences and distill them into a coherent path of action for yourself?
Short answer: Don’t even try.
I know, you’re thinking: “WTF?”, right?
You know how like when you get a new cellphone or a new smartphone or a new iPhone, right?
…Or even new laptop or a new PC or a new computer…
Or a new iPod or a new MP3 player or a new media device… 3
You don’t look at the manual, do you?
No. You don’t. Sane people don’t look at the manual.
What do you do?
You take the device out of the box, you give it a little looksee. Then you turn it on. And you try to get just one thing done. Just one thing. Maybe you try to play a movie. Or set the wallpaper. Or get online.
So that’s what I want you to do here. At the very least, it’s what I recommend you do. Treat this website like an intricately bloated piece of consumer electronics. Yes, this website is a VCR. Remember those? So, yeah:
- Bookmark this site
- Click around. Read an article or two
- Find something useful — 1 thing will do
- Go away and act on it (the useful tool or idea you found in step # 3)
- Come back
- Return to step (2)
There. Six easy steps. And they’re yours. For free 😛 . Enjoy.
A note about step # 4. I know what you’re thinking: “but this site is so full of new information and insights! What if I misunderstand something you say and go do the wrong thing?”. So what if you do? That’s fine. I expect you will misunderstand me from time to time and do “the” wrong thing. And that is fine. You wanna know why? Because when life and limb are not at risk, wrong action is easier to correct than inaction. There is only one “the” wrong thing, and that is to do nothing. So, go. Do. Act. And then come back to absorb and reflect on more of my profound wisdom 😉 .
- Don’t mind the broken metaphor; this site is full of them 😛 . It’s like hair on the floor of a salon; we just don’t bother any more… ↩
- That’s what we call those who have imbibed the local Kool-Aid ↩
- Just think how redundant it would be of you tell me how redundant these examples are, and then come tell me anyway ↩