To me it says we’re all lost.
We shouldn’t be talking about what really matters, as bloggers. As writers. As gardeners, managers, executives, joggers, eaters. It should not ever, ever, be a question as to quantity and quality. It should never be a discussion about whether we are all in a room looking to score the most points, or whether we’re looking to help one another be better versions of ourselves.
This is relevant to those of you who read my blog and aren’t bloggers. Maybe you aren’t all that concerned about what’s being tossed about in the digital conversation. You’re looking for something personal or narrative or useful when you read what I write.
I don’t care who’s reading this.
We’re all here to try and leave things a little better than they were handed over to us.
We’re all here to find something that motivates us, and when we do, we’re supposed to run down that corridor until it splits into another decision. If that’s agriculture, so be it. If that’s research, carry on. If that’s writing, kudos.
Hobby or profession, public or anonymous, we either show up and we try to further the experience or we don’t.
We could all spend our time planning out our route to money, promotions, fame, comments, traffic, or attention and we could all meet back here in a year or two or ten and take a tally. That’s completely possible. Does it matter? Not one bit.
What we could also do is, when we get that rare chance, add something to the overall experience. It could be a random act of kindness. A particularly impressive brief or project analysis. A killer blog post. A project that transcends work and play.
A stunt. An idea. An experiment.
That only difference might be that all your comments and traffic, dollars and cents could amount to a lot of people who tell you that you’re great, or you might have ability to buy couches (or send your kids to school, in certain cases).
Or it might just turn out that…
…your truly unique, exciting value will be measured on your meaningful contribution to the overall effort, and amount to the way people remember you.
Pick your priority.
Photo by Hamed Saber.