Being the beginning of a new year I am going to try and get some things off my chest so maybe I won’t fret about them all year. This is one of those posts. Take it with an ounce of truth and a pound of jest. :)
Maybe I should erase my “About Me” page here as it probably quickly pushes some people away from my blog site. If I made up a story about being a troubled teenager or maybe a struggling artist I would probably get more readers and especially more “likes”.
I run across so many blogs that are so shallow in content but have a zillion “likes” that it almost makes me vomit sometimes. How can someone who talks about what they had for breakfast have more readership than me? Part of it I guess is that these bloggers have 1,000 “friends”and each feel compelled to make their presence known. That seems to be the most sought after thing to many kids today. The more “friends” the more important you are or so they think. They spend hours a day focused on putting themselves out in front of everyone else in order to gain another friend or two.
I know being an old man I am probably somewhat typical in having less than 100 “friends” on Facebook. I just take the “friend” word more seriously than they do. I also write things here that take a little thought to absorb. Maybe too much thought for many who browse the Internet constantly and can’t spend more than 10 seconds on a post.
I try to keep all my posts limited to 500 words or so because I personally can’t stand the blah, blah, blah of others. If it can’t be read in a couple of minutes I usually do no more than skim it. I suspect that others do the same to me. Maybe I am not that much different from the kids in that regard?
One of my lofty goals with this blog is to try and educate younger generations with stories about my life. I kind of show them, via my life stories, how not to do things. I also want to encourage them to find their passions in life and especially to live outside of themselves. But I suspect many really aren’t interested in that sort of stuff yet. I probably wasn’t at their age.
Closing this post with the original thought it seems the only time old guys are popular on the web is when they are talking to other old guys about retirement and other “old people” things like aches and pains, and living on Social Security. No one wants to take the time to listen to us old people who were born before computers and cell phones. After all what could we have of value to teach them??
Even though I don’t get many “likes” I will continue to chug along here at RJ’sCorner with my daily posts. Like several of my heroes including Teddy Roosevelt, I just have to write even if no one reads the words. It’s just what I do… but I hope there are at least a few out there reading it.