Brainpickings is almost too good to be true. And it’s free.
Just for today, the story of this amazing photo taken 45 years ago:
First of all, it is easy. At least, it’s easy to start — not so much to keep going, which sometimes feel like hard work. Then, reward is immediate. People like our posts, people comment out posts — our brain tells us those people like us!
So, we want people to notice us, to read us and to love us. That’s why negative comments hurt so much and blogging discussions easily turn into nasty hate sessions.
Since we rarely get negative comments until our blog is read by many people, the beginning is very addictive. And then, when we finally get to the point when lots of people read our blog, negative comments don’t subtract from the addictiveness of it all, since we are being loved by so many people.
Drugs make us forget loneliness. Blogging makes us believe we are not alone. It’s addiction all around.
It happens to be a whole lot of fun. So, of it isn’t impacting your life in a negative way, blog away…
We’ll, tomorrow is Christmas Day but you’ll probably agree with me that today is truly the most important Christmas day. Today people will be crazy buying those last few presents, today people will be excited thinking about tonight. Today people will be sending messages by SMS and Facebook and Twitter, etc., trying to forget no one and being as much cheerful as possible while thinking about the logistics of the dinner and night and all the family together. A few hours from now people will finally sit down at a beautiful table, full of cozy food and drinks and will smile of happiness and relief of having endured it all to end up here, together. Conversation will start. Some will talk about whatever they want, in this small interval in the middle of the rush of the days, others will end up feeling bad for having said that, but most people will be grateful. Presents will be given, embraces will heal some wounds and everyone will go to bed extremely late, because today is Christmas.
Some will be furiously blogging everything, while no one is reading, because this is the night the internet switches off, in fact. Nothing will be open, everything will be closed, except our hearts and minds — and if this is too corny, sorry about it.
Merry Christmas everyone!
One of the reasons is this: you may have a wonderful family, an intelligent, beautiful spouse, loving friends and an interesting job, but you probably don’t know many people who share your specific craze about stamps, books, cats, Ancient Greek, Chinese military strategy, African linguistics, epistemology, science, or anything else you find valuable but those around you don’t.
So, instead of having 50 people around you 0.001% of whom share your interests (which means none shares your interests), you may reach out for millions of people, 0.001% of whom represent thousands of interested companions who can’t think of anything else besides stamps, books, cats, Ancient Greek, Chinese military strategy, African linguistics, epistemology, science…
But, please, don’t lose your common touch… Those 50 people around you (family, friends, coworker…) are much more important than those 0.001% of geeks. Geek away on your spare time, but live your life!