Project 313 – Post No. 021

These posts have now reached the legal drinking age. Not that I would let them partake of the devil water. 

You know how — when you think about doing something — your first thought is “That sounds fun; I mean, how hard could it be?” 

Well, let me tell you, it’s not easy writing these blurbs every day. OK, OK, it’s not every day as I write these ahead of time, but you get the idea.

In a previous blurb, I mentioned I wouldn’t mind being a cartoonist. I said that because I thought it would be fun to draw and come up with funny jokes.  

But, think about it . . . if it’s a job, if you have to produce jokes every day for years and years . . . how much fun would it be? That’s why I respect the work of the writers of my favorite strips. They need to be part psychologists (knowing how the mechanics of jokes and humor interact with the human brain), part sociologist (they have to know the limits of humor within the context of their society), part educators (they teach people to look at common scenes, topics, or objects in new ways), part populists (can’t make the jokes so smart that no one laughs at them), and be funny.

Here’s what makes their job even tougher . . . it’s one thing if someone reads or sees your work at specific intervals. It’s another if someone reads a collection of your work. Or, if someone saves a whole month’s worth of funnies and then reads them all in the span of a few hours. 

The bar moves and it’s usually raised. Meaning, for something to be considered funny amid a larger number of other stuff that’s also funny, it now has to be more so. 

This happens with everything. For instance, I’ve noticed it with my photos and I suspect it’s a major reason why blogs with one or two photos get effusive comments on their offerings even when the photos themselves are not all that great.

Of course, I’m not referring to blogs I read or the blogs of my readers. Oh, no; all of your photos are great and worthy of all that praise that can be piled onto them. 

I, on the other hand, tend to author blogs posts that have anywhere from twenty to a hundred photos. These are typically photos that I’ve already deemed worthy of publication.

Here’s what I noticed . . . if, for instance, I take a photo I’ve published before and showcase it in a new post all by its lonesome, that photo will have more praise heaped on it than it originally received when mixed in with others. In fact, it may seem to many as if it’s a new photo. 

I’m not just saying this out of the blue . . . this has repeatedly happened whenever I recycle photos. 

And now, a photo:

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For instance, the above photo has a greater chance of being remembered because it’s here on its own than if I published it in a post with twenty or more other photos. 

What’s the magic number, you ask? What’s the exact relationship between the number of photos and the appreciation for an individual photo? 

I think that anything more three photos is when the attention begins to waver. By the way, the same is true for words. Anything after a few hundred words and people start “skipping” or scanning the offering. So, for instance, THIS post has what I consider many great photos (to be clear, I like all my photos so I’m likely to think them all great). 

But, two problems . . . one, the photos themselves require a better platform than WordPress offers (hence why I always suggest going to SmugMug) and, two, unless one takes the time to really examine them, they all blend in. 

In fairness to readers, even if the reader finds each photo amazing, there are just too many to mention individually. 

So, where am I going with this? Nowhere; I just felt like writing some words. Words most readers skipped. 

By the way, a peripheral reason for the shorter attention span is one oft-mentioned . . . the sheer amount of media content one is bombarded with.

This is why I often consider “likes” as little white lies. It’s easy, after all, to click “like” even if you don’t particularly like what is presented. Often, it’s easier to just click on “like” than to actually look at photos or read words. 

For the record, I used to hit “like” to indicate I’ve been there and looked at whatever is offered. 

I’ve stopped doing that because it cheapens its value. If I visit and I’m not “taken” with what’s offered, I’ll not leave a “like.” 

It doesn’t mean I hated it. I mean, let’s face it; no one posts crap but just because something is nice it doesn’t mean it impresses me. 

In that regard, I want my “likes” to mean that not only I was there, but found the material of interest. 

Here’s the hierarchy, especially these days when my time reading blogs has become significant:

Visit only: I come to your site and I read something that holds little interest. I might scan the material or glance at the photos but nothing grabs me. Since there’s no “Kilroy was here” button, I just leave. Again, it doesn’t mean it’s crap; I just wasn’t interested in it.

Give a “Like”: I come to your site, read every word, look at the photos and generally enjoy the few moments spent in your world but don’t have anything relevant to say or add.

Leave a Comment: I come to your site and read your post or look at your photo and it makes an impression. Be it something I’d not seen before or a fresh look at something familiar, I find it not just enjoyable, but engaging. I want to participate, either by expressing admiration or sharing my own experience. Depending on my reaction, I might live a one-word comment like “Nice” or go for broke and leave a dissertation that sounds like a cry for attention (but isn’t). 

That’s how I would like my readers to treat my material. I doubt many do. Many “likes” appear perfunctory and tossed out with no forethought, especially when I get “likes” for six or seven of my posts within a 30-seconds timeframe. 

WordPress really needs a button that says “I was here but my mind was elsewhere.”

Anyway, I’ve long passed the point where most readers are still reading, so I’ll wrap this up with the doodle.

The Charge of the Light Symbols

And . . . that’s it

Some of these posts will likely be longer as the mood hits me, but most will be thus; short, uninteresting, bland, and relentless.

You can read about Project 313 HERE.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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Please, if you are considering bestowing me recognition beyond commenting below, refrain from doing so.  I will decline blogger-to-blogger awards.   I appreciate the intent behind it, but I prefer a comment thanking me for turning you away from a life of crime, religion, or making you a better person in some other way.  That would mean something to me.

If you wish to know more, please read below.

About awards: Blogger Awards
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Note: to those who may click on “like”, or rate the post; if you do not hear from me, know that I am sincerely appreciative, and I thank you for noticing what I do.

. . .  my FP ward  . . . chieken shit.

Finally, if you interpret anything on this blog as me asking or wanting pity, sympathy, or complaining about my life, or asking for help and advice, know you’re  likely missing my subtle mix of irony, sarcasm, and humor.

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Odd guy with odd views living an odd life during odd times.
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14 Responses to Project 313 – Post No. 021

  1. mvschulze says:

    Perceptive mind-dribble. Love it.
    Oh, and no connection to the post, just wondering about the volcanic eruption, which seems to be on your side of the island!!!! M :-)

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks, mvschulze.

      As for the lava, it’s on the other side of the island, about 100 miles away. We didn’t even feel the magnitude five earthquake yesterday. I should do an update on that as I’ve had a few emails asking if it’s affecting us. Thanks for asking.

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  2. 21 already!!!??? Wowza!!!

    Whether you share 1 or 2 photos, or a bunch, I always enjoy looking at them. And I liked when you started putting the photo gallery at the end of your photo posts. I find it very cool to see all of them together.

    Photo: Wow! Soft, feathery, subtle, gentle, pastel-y…so many words come to my mind, and make me feel at peace.
    Cartoon: HA! I would have probably told him the Gov’ner’s on vacation. Tough luck!
    Doodle: !!! (and these !!!’s are bright green and sparkly!)

    Everyone does WP differently and that’s cool. I only “like” if I really liked. If I read, I will leave a comment…even if the post didn’t appeal to me…and in that case I’ll just leave a short comment…”Nice!” “Interesting!” or “How you doing today?” (ha!)
    I have friends who have been reading my blog for over 10 years and they leave short comments and they NEVER “like” any of my posts. I’m not sure what to think of that and I’m afraid to ask.
    Ha! I think WP should, also, have a button that says, “I was here, but you do NOT wanna’ know where my mind was!”
    HUGS!!! :-)

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    • disperser says:

      Yep; 21 . . . it still feels like a long way from 313. Perhaps I should have made it 212 . . .

      I started adding the gallery at the end of long posts specifically for people who only want to look at the photos. But yes; it does add the option to peruse the photos even after reading the post; like a reminder of sorts; a walk down memory lane; a treat for people with no short-term memory.

      The photo above is of grass stalks by the side of the road. They actually look nice even when depicted realistically (and I probably will do so down the line) but I liked the effect.

      As for WP, I try and interact with blogs the way I would like others to interact with me. Then again, unless we employ a universally-agreed-upon behavior that means the same thing to everyone, whatever we decide to individually do won’t matter because everyone will interpret it differently.

      I’ve basically resigned myself to the majority of readers not interacting much. Probably just as well because comments take time to both read and write. That said, it’s nice to “converse”. Thank you.

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      • Yes, I want people to interact on WP the way I do, but I realized long ago that wasn’t going to happen. Ha. So I try to appreciate each individual and the way they “do” blogging. Besides, I know MY blogging is not for everyone.

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      • disperser says:

        I think you have a large and appreciative following. OK, it’s not everyone, but if it was, you’d have to pay for a lot of bandwidth and you’d be doing nothing but responding to comments from the first post.

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  3. renxkyoko says:

    I don’t expect any reader to comment all the time, because I myself don’t. Im a silent reader myself. I mean, what can I say about a haiku ? What annoys me most is when a reader clicks LIKE 2 seconds after publishing my post. Uhm, excuse me ?

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  4. AnnMarie says:

    So, I usually review the post before I comment to note exactly what was of interest to me. With this post I’m not going to do that because I recall that I liked your narrative, your photo, your cartoon and your doodle. So, here’s an authentic LIKE!

    P.S. I clicked Like a few posts ago because I couldn’t think of a thing to comment, but I wanted you to know I did read it, and mulled over what to say, and then took a bit of time to think if I should Like it or not, . . . well, you know how that goes.

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    • disperser says:

      As I mentioned before and in other places, “likes” from people I know are different from “likes” from people I’ve never heard of.

      The former carries more weight and is perfectly acceptable. The latter is a bit suspect because I don’t know the person. It’s even more suspect when it’s from someone selling something or offering a service or other.

      Finally, I don’t pay attention to likes until I see the same person “liking” a few times. Most “likes” from people I don’t know are a one-time affair.

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