Monday Missions: Creating On The Internet 101

Hello netizens. After last week’s gang-busting, block-rocking, tea-cart-upsetting centenary of a post, I was wanting to follow up with something just as mighty, a bit of a one-two combo, like the boxers of old used to unleash.

I almost called it a “centaury of a post”, and then got distracted by ideas of half-man, half-horse bloggers, typing their posts whilst at a full gallop around a coffee shop. For some reason, in my head, centaurs are also hipsters, so these bloggers were also sporting big beards, short hair cuts and ironic non-prescription glasses. Given the terrifying reputations the centaur folk used to have in real mythology, I think I’m drastically ruining their image.

So I intentionally left today’s slate clean, a blank post with no pre-preparation, mostly because I previously called on you, the omnipotent denizens of the internez, to instruct me on a rational way to celebrate this milestone. Okay, I didn’t quite use those words…rational WAS NOT used. But it should have been. Pedantic request structure aside, I have the misfortune to announce the following:

No one replied.

I had no feedback, be it encouraging and bursting with ideas, or denigrating and harsh as vinegar on a split-lip. So I dedicate today, what should have been a celebration of sorts, to a harsh lesson of the internet: The internet simply does not care.

This is not being written as a guilt-trip, no sir! It is an informative piece. Like a BBC documentary, information without emotion. The sad truth is that everything on the internet takes time and effort to create, and yet we, the consumers of such content, are so voracious and so accustomed to it, that we devour and move on rapid-like. I know that when I sit down at my computer, I open multiple browser windows for various sites and services, and I scan them with methodical, quick behaviour. I will occasionally double-click for an article or link I want to follow, but for the most part I simply scan and close the window. Click. Gone.

That article may have taken a while to write – if it required research, that compounds the time involves. Was there a video? Even a short, 60 second presentation? That production, from writing, to recording, to editing, took hours. Heaven forbid there’s also any other kinds of media involved, like a gallery of photos (that would have taken hours and potential culling from a much larger collection).

The internet, and all creative works, take a lot of time and effort to produce. And we eat them up so fast.  Go back and read some older articles. Don’t Van Gogh me. Don’t Lovecraft me. Let me know, whilst I live, if you like my stuff.

 

Chew your food slowly.

Thank you, internet.

 

Today’s Music: THERE IS NO MUSIC. I left my headphones at home…

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~ by nick on July 21, 2014.

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