What happened to Chatter?

Sometimes I receive communications that just incites me to be a better person. It makes me want to go out and help everyone. This morning I received such a message. One of my local readers was kind enough to take the time to drop me a note. It follows:

What happened to Chatter?

Iy appears to me, rather than providing information to us gringos, you’re going commercial and making it difficult to find out information aout Chuiqui.
What gives?

Are you in the website development business now?
Or you showing off your talents in setting up your blog?

You have lost youe original purpose, whatever that was.

My real complaint is navigating your UNUSER FRIENDLY site.
Get back to the basics or GET OFF!

jaygodwin@aol.com

Resident of David, Panama

The only problem I have with such constructive criticism is that it is so deep, that my shallow mind is having a hard time really understanding the intent of the criticism.

What does this reader really expect to find when he comes here? What information is he having a hard time finding. I personally think that commercial websites are well organized and make it easy to find the information they are promoting. How this site could ever be considered a commercial site is beyond my comprehension. If I post about a business it is because I am using it and think there might be a chance others might benefit. If they are not interested then I am sorry I wasted their time.

No, I am not in the website development business. If the purpose of his comment was to convince me to put up a site for him, I don’t do that sort of thing. I do this as a hobby and to have fun. Most of the time it is. Yes sometimes I do write about the technical side of the blog. Theme changes, software upgrades etc. That happened to be what was on my mind that day and I wrote about it. I wish I were smart enough to put a filter switch on the blog so that only the things of interest to each particular reader appeared. Sorry again – I haven’t found that option in the software.

My original purpose was to have fun recording some of the things I run into each day. It is satisfying my needs.

I am sorry that this user and possibly others find the navigation of Chiriquí Chatter difficult. If I had some insight into what was causing the most problems with navigation, I might be able to solve it, but unfortunately this comment didn’t provide it.

Well I guess it is time for me to go have breakfast. That is sort of how I “get back to basics”. So for now I will just “GET OFF”.

29 thoughts on “What happened to Chatter?

  1. To the “Resident of David”

    If you did not know the purpose of the blog and you found it so difficult to navigate and do not like it, then just do not go there.

    Find a blog that you like,sir and that meets your needs. Please GET OFF on to what will satisfy you!

    Constructive criticism is one thing. Your comments quite another in my opinion.

  2. Frankly… I’m rather impressed with your “patiences” with updating your site every day, dealing with pathetically SLOW up loads and poor internet service…I would probably have given up a long time ago!

  3. Don: ever since I was aware of your blog, I’ve enjoyed it so much.
    Everyday, I look forward to see what news, restaurants, updates, poems, comments in general you will present to us. Please, please, do NOT get off.
    I especially enjoy your very harmonious way and optimistic views. While I have lived almost 17 years in David, I always learn about new things and places through your blog. Also, I’ve enjoyed knowing about our new neighbors in David and people from other parts of the world.
    Thanks so much for your writings and patience.
    Lilia

  4. Good morning everyone.

    Yes, I am in total agreement with what everyone has said in these posts.
    Don Ray’s blog would be excellent from any location, and I’m always amazed that he can make it work with the difficulties that Snake Eyes mentioned. Everything is so pleasant and upbeat about this site that I like to tune in at least once a day for an optimism fix.

  5. For what it’s worth, I think your site is beautiful and very easy to navigate, so I have no clue what this person is complaining about.

    Plus it’s your personal site, not a government-sponsored public service, so you can surely do what you want with it!

  6. Dear Don,

    I have only one thing to say: Keep the good job! We enjoy everyday your stories about our beloved Chiriqui.
    Thanks.

    Mirethy
    (Holland)

  7. Chiriqui Chatter is a great resource for information in the David It’s also a great tool for newcomers to the area.
    My wife & I enjoy reading what’s going on in Chiriqui from Orlando. I applaud you for your dealing of asinine comments from some individuals who needs to get off the “Parque Cervantes” park bench & get a life……Oh, forgot :Parque Cervantes is closed – he has no life!

  8. I think your site is just fine! I visit to find out about daily life in your neck of the woods because we’re seriously considering a move. It gives me insights (and enjoyment) every day.

    Perhaps the disgruntled reader thinks that “Chatter” means it’s supposed to be a bulletin board. It’s not– it’s a blog that welcomes people to interact.

    Keep up the good work, Don Ray.

  9. I think jaygodwin maybe drank one too many cups of our fine Chiriqui coffee. I believe Cafe Kotowa or Ruiz has a nice decaf.
    While I am online, how the heck do I set up a cable and wireless email account? Is it pop3 or what? I have their sucky ADSL service.

  10. Don Ray,
    Once again, I applaud your patience and good grace in dealing with the mannerless louts that have recently made their presence known. Your blog has been both entertaining and informative and we thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences – we have gained enormously from both. We hope that the supportive comments received from your friends have wiped out the bitter taste left by “resident of David” and that you continue to enjoy your hobby – as much as we enjoy the results.
    L&S

  11. Don Ray, Ellen and I would be bereft without Chiriqui Chatter. I don’t really know why some people need to leave a little destruction in their wake, but this time it clearly isn’t working. Please accept our great gratitude for what you give us and ignore the bilge that sometimes floats up.

  12. Mr Don Ray

    Your blog is so diversified and detailed it is almost like being there.

    thank you
    Berta.L.W.

  13. Your website is my first stop for news in Chiriqui! Your site is a great source of information and is easy to navigate. The new guy needs to relax a bit more…it’s Panama!

  14. Don Ray;

    Chiriqui Chatter is “What it is”. The desire to overcome operational and intelectual challenges and provide a view…….personal. Is appreciated.
    Does this guy have something to do with the WMD in Irak?

  15. I love Chiriqui Chatter. It’s upbeat, informative and I find it very user friendly. Maybe jaygodwin is one of those 159 people banned from using Boquete.org and he now needs somewhere to vent! How sad. Keep up the good work, Don Ray. Thanks.

  16. Your site is great and quite informative. Please keep up the good work!
    Jack

    PS You are quite a gifted poet.

  17. Thanks to all the that have taken the time to comment. I enjoy doing what I do with Chiriqui Chatter. I realize it is not a literary work of art, but it is not intended to be.

    I also understand that navigation on blogs is not always straight forward. Some things I have no control over. Others I do. For instance, I chose the posting categories. This controls the ability to read all posts in that category. That is one thing I may look at when I have time.

    I am open to any constructive criticism that will improve the readability of this blog. I doubt that I would ever change the content, because the content is me. It is what is on my mind at the time. If I have to think about what I post and who if might help and who it might offend then it could turn this into work and it would not be fun. That is also one reason that I have refused advertisers. I would have to be careful not to offend them.

    I know you can please all people some of the time. You can please some people all of the time, and I am aware that you cannot please all people all the time.

    I knew that when I started and that was why I told myself I would do this as long as it was fun for me.

    I have said in the past that I don’t mind requests or ideas of things people want to see. It doesn’t mean that I will or can accommodate all requests. However, if I haven’t been someplace and I know that it is of interest, I can easily get put on my “to do list”. Some requests give me ideas of fun things for me to do.

    I should say that I do not need all positive comments. I do not expect everyone to agree with my thinking or how I do things. We are all different. But if I get a negative criticism, I would appreciate it if it were specific enough for me to understand if I am capable of altering the situation or not. If it requires me to change my personality, it is not likely that the comment need to be left.

  18. Can’t find a thing to complain about. Check your blog everyday and it’s part of the reason the wife and I have decided on the Chiriqui area to retire in! Keep up the good work!!!

  19. TO GRUMPY IN CHUIQUI : PLEASE OUTLINE SOME SUGGESTIONS TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY AS TO WHAT YOU’D LIKE TO READ ABOUT IN THE CHIRIQUI CHATTER. IT WOULD BE INTERESTING TO KNOW, AFTER ALL, THERE COULD BE INFO OUT THERE THAT DR COULD MAKE AVAILABLE TO HIS READERS.. I, FOR ONE, WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AREAS FISHING AND FOR MY SON, SURFING. FINALLY , WHAT’S WRONG WITH MAKING A BUCK ON THE PART OF DON? HELL, THE PREACHER ‘ROUND THE CORNER READS FROM A VERY COMPLICATED TEXT CALLED ” THE GOOD BOOK’, AND BEFORE YOU CAN YAWN. THE COLLECTION PLATE IS SOMEWHERE BETWEEN YOU SHOULDERS AND CHIN. SO BUDDY DON’T LET YOUR SAILS DOWN. AND DON YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB. WE ENJOY YOUR SITE AND LINKS. ..

  20. Yeah, right. Are there trout in the rivers around Boquete? I’ve read that the US military planted trout by air, but I suspect that the fish may have all been caught by now. I understand that there is really good peacock bass fishing in the lakes. So, Don Ray, you have any secret spots?

    By the way, I meant to mention that if grumpy in David can’t navigate this site, it is a wonder that he can use a computer at all.

  21. Another ‘yes’ vote Don. We’ve lived here for five years and Chiriqui Chatter helps keep me up to date on new places to eat and the ‘what’s happening in David’ news, such as new projects going in and the latest on the revamping of the park. Many thanks for all your work. Keep it up, please! Sad that there always has to be one grump in the crowd.

  22. Thanks for the comment Mary.

    Jamie – I have no plans to ever make any money off this hobby. That would make it have the appearance of “work” to ma and once this becomes work, it will no longer be fun. Sorry for not having info related to surfing and Tom, I don’t have info for you or Jamie related to fishing. I have to admit that over time I have received a lot of emails related to fishing, so I guess I need to get some info. Maybe I need to just do an inquire post and let those that know comment.

  23. Dear Mr. D. R Williams:

    Congratulations for the support of so many readers. My advice for those who need particular info on Chiriqui ( or whatever) is to develop search strategies by narrowing the topic. Reasoning is a good exercise for our memory, so the order: fishing + Chiriqui + Panama, should lead one to many sites… If it doesn´t, simply change the order. It is exciting!

    Best regards,

    Hilda

  24. If you are familiar with Miguel de Cervantes you will recall his words, “Los perros ladran, eso significa que cavalgamos”. (Tranlation: “The dogs are barking, that means that we are moving”.)

    Mr. Don Ray has been a magnificent ambassador for the Province of Chiriqui for many years. He is the eyes and ears of the province for those living within Panama and abroad. Through his photographs we take a peek at what is going on in the Province. His texts are thought provoking, specially his personal-touching poems.

    I was born in Bugaba and feel very proud reading Don’s posts about my province. If we were to select an Ambassador, Mr. Ray would top the list.

    Keep on writing Mr. Ambassador; in my book you are the best!

    Best Regards,

    Omar.-

  25. Well, Don, since you have failed so miserably, I think you should give Mr. Godwin his money back. ;-0

    I noticed that he is a resident of David. I think I would have told him that if he doesn’t like what I write then he should start his own blog and write about whatever he wants to write about — but then I’m not as nice a person as you.

    Some people just don’t get what a blog is. It’s not a democracy!

  26. La Gringa – I took you suggestion and refunded his payment plus interest. Thanks for dropping in. I will be back to your site soon. I have been away.

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