Hello and good morning, all. It’s Thursday again, the traditional day on which I’ve written my formerly-weekly blog for a few years now—I’m not sure precisely how long—and so, obviously, it’s time for my weekly, bog standard blog post. Welcome.
I’m not sure that this will be much different from just the posts I’ve been doing semi-daily. I suspect it will be less grumpy and irritable than the ones I’ve done the last few days, though I still am somewhat ill, and that fact influenced the tone of my previous two posts.
I don’t have any particular topic in mind, which is a bit of a shame. My post about Blowin’ In The Wind has continued to be quite popular (relatively), even though it was rather long. Probably that’s because it had a definite subject, but I can’t be sure what really makes it appealing. There are no comments on the post for me to be able to discern readers’ reactions other than their “likes”.
I understand readers’ reluctance to comment. At least, I have such a reluctance, myself. Whenever I comment on almost anything*, whether it’s a YouTube video or a Facebook post or, more commonly, a post on WEIT, I almost always feel stupid almost immediately, all but certain that I’m just annoying everyone, including the poster of the video or the writer of the website (e.g. PCC(E)). I almost always feel that my comments add absolutely nothing to the discussion and are just stupid, free-association, weird verbal tics that other people are just going to be confused by, at best, or will otherwise sneer about.
Then, if someone else replies to my comment and I see a notification of that fact, I start to feel tense and even nearly panicked. I worry that I’ve landed myself in what’s going to be some drawn-out, stressful, potentially acrimonious discussion, and I can barely even talk comfortably to people I’ve known my whole life anymore, let alone relative strangers. But I don’t want to be rude and not at least look at what’s been written.
So, I don’t take it personally that people don’t comment—except to the extent that I take everything personally. But when I do, I almost always blame myself, so don’t worry about that. It would be nice if I could have interesting and engaging conversations in the comments of my blogs, but I guess the blog itself doesn’t engender such things. There’s not much to do about that except encourage people to comment if they feel like it.
So, by all means, comment if you feel like it.
As for other matters, well, there’s not much going on in my life other than this blog, work, and being ill at the moment. I haven’t written any new fiction, nor played any musical instruments of any kind since the last time I mentioned not having written any fiction or played any music.
I did make a mildly amusing but very niche meme from that new, beautiful photo of the moon that those astrophotographers made. It’s a very nice picture, I must say, perhaps the nicest image of the moon I’ve seen, but being who I am, I was reminded of a character in Stephen King’s The Stand, and so I added my two cents to it. I’ll use that as my picture for this Thursday, so you all can either enjoy it or not, depending on how you react to such things.
It would be fun if the picture “went viral”, but I suspect my tastes are a little too weird for that to be likely regarding anything I find amusing. Anyway, if anyone doesn’t understand it and needs clarification, feel free to let me know—but use the comments here to do that, please, not the comments of Facebook or the reply function on Twitter. I come to WordPress every weekday, usually several times during the day, and obviously I note comments that are made on my blog.
I don’t even like to check my notifications on Facebook unless I’m feeling particularly mellow, because I feel thoroughly stressed out that someone is going to be chastising me for being depressed or something similar, which will only make me feel angry and more depressed, or saying something that I’ll find irritating, or whatever. Facebook seems to bring such things out in people. I don’t know the specifics of why, but the broad explanation is that it monetizes outrage, so of course people will be “rewarded” for acting in such ways, and this will tend to engender that overall attitude on the site. For many people, outrage seems to be pleasant, or at least “ego-syntonic”, but I hate it, and feeling it makes me hate myself ever more with each new occasion.
So, to repeat, if you want to ask me a question or to comment about something I write, please do so here, and don’t bother doing it on Facebook, and probably not on Twitter. Though, one-liner type jokes are decidedly welcome on Twitter!
That’s about all I’ve got—or “all I have”, to be more grammatical. I’m really tired and near the bottom of the tank in general. I really wish I could just go to sleep and stay asleep until I feel rested, or forever, whichever comes first. The world in general feels to me like I’m being rubbed all over by sandpaper soaked in lemon juice that’s squealing with a mosquito-near-your-ear noise and giving off a smell of mildew. Acid-covered sandpaper will tend to wear you down before very long.
I hope all of you, however, are feeling as well as you can. I hope you’re getting at least some enjoyment out of the summer and getting to spend time with your families. Labor Day (in the US) is coming up in less than two weeks, and I hope you’ll have family get-togethers, cookouts, and loud, happy conversations while the younger generation play outside and get dirty. Have some burgers and hot dogs and potato salad for me, would you please? But above all, please be good to those you love and to those who love you.
*Frankly, it’s true whenever I say much of anything at all to anyone, verbally or in writing.