(stop digging your hole and follow the posts I write)
I try not to pay too much attention to numbers on this site, because you’re all people with ideas in your heads and words in your mouths, not padding for a graph showing daily views. But I got a notification yesterday, saying that this blog has hit 1,000 likes. 1,000!
Honestly, I’d like to be cynical about this. I’d like to dismiss this milestone as evidence not of a thousand decent ideas, but of a thousand non-comments, a thousand non-shares, and a desire for pseudo, online interaction in place of verbal engagement with a post or a spreading of that post around, which we all do with posts we really like, right?
Yeah, no. Shut up, early 2013 James, there’s a reason you got no views back then.
Ultimately, this blog is a creative exercise. And the thing about creativity is that it’s complex; these posts are hardly multi-layered like a Shakespearean monologue, but they can be engaged and agreed with in a number of ways – you can like their ideas, their style, their existence that just continues my arbitrary streak of posts, etc., etc.. This vagueness is why I was dismissive of mere likes back when I started this blog, but now I’m embracing the breadth of these thousand ‘You Don’t Suck’ badges instead: this blog is essentially a spewing-up of whatever unholy combination of social commentary, tedious life updates and contrived formats that are little more than shallow attempts at humour, but you have found a thousand things in that mess of words and ideas that aren’t utter shite.
And it’s those thousand things that have made this blog, and me as a wannabe creative person, relevant; this isn’t a diary written by myself, for myself, and stashed away never to see the light of day, but an attempt to talk to and entertain people. And without those people – i.e. you – this blog has no purpose, and I should jack it in and do a law conversion course like all the smart English students are doing.
But I won’t jack it in, and I’ll keep being one of the stupid ones who tries to write their way to having a purpose in life. I don’t know if I’m any good at being a creative person, but I’m giving it a go; and I don’t know if you guys agree with everything I say or how I say it, but you’re certainly supporting a lot of what I’m doing.
So thank you for making me feel relevant, and here’s to another thousand likes of Geographical pickup lines and photos of my arm!