I could write more poetry. Why not? It gets me more views. It gets me more likes. It’s relatively fast to do compared to my other posts. In fact, I could write a poem a day if I wanted to. Surely, my stats would boom then. I know exactly how I need to change my blog in order to get more people to look at it, but I’m not going to do that, hopefully.
I recently came across a blogger selling a rather costly program that they claimed would help any blogger go from zero to thousands of followers in a couple of months. They would provide their customer with personalized tips on how to change their blog, from content to layout to titles, in order to achieve this goal. Since I have many strong opinions and like sharing them, I left a respectful comment about how I believe that blogging should be a personal endeavor, that you should write what you want, not what you think others want, that the main point of blogging is to express your unique view on life, not to keep of reiterating an accepted social standard. Unfortunately, that comment got deleted (which I think shows just how confident this person was about they program they were selling). I just found it a bit disheartening to find the human need to conform permeating into this anonymous area of the internet.
According to scientific consensus, everything we do is a masked attempt to conform: humans are a social species; it’s part of our biological makeup; we need validation from others in order to survive. Think about all the “truths” we are told to believe. Laws are nothing more than opinions that have a large following. The way humans are supposed to behave, the restrictions that we put on ourselves to act “normally,” are nothing more than opinions that have evolved over time. We make our opinions of the world based off opinions we read in books and in the news. Sometimes I think it’s impossible to generate a completely unique opinion on anything. Either way, it’s easier to believe what others believe, and do what others do. We all search for something familiar, and when we can’t find it, we try to mold ourselves into something we are not in order to feel like we belong.
Although I know it is probably not true, I like to say that I don’t try to fit into a mold. This declaration will be put to the test in the next couple of weeks, I think. I post a lot of philosophical posts on this blog, and, while I enjoy writing them a lot, some do take up as much as six hours to write. (I’m not complaining, time is an illusion anyway) But the next couple of weeks will be pretty busy for me, and they will be a test as to whether or not I will succumb to writing poetry just to get more of those validating “likes”. I don’t have anything against poetry. It’s something I engage in every once in a while when a stray bit of inspiration hits me, but it’s not something I want to do regularly. The next few weeks will show how devoted I am to my writing, and how true my claim that I don’t blog for views and likes really is. In short, this rambling is an announcement that I might not be able to write new posts as often as I would like, and if you see me posting some bad poetry as mindless filler, you can let me know.