After a year of signing up to Flickr I finally managed to get one of my photographs into their “interestingness” category. While not particularly very important to anyone outside the Flickr community I feel really pleased with myself that I produced something others quite like. People who regularly get into those lists turn out to be semi-celebrities, I have a long way to go before I get there. The warm fuzzy feeling I got from this experience made me realise something; part of why I blog is for “virtual pat on the head”.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am not an attention seeker as such. Well, not to that extreme. I do think though one of the reasons I like to blog is for the comments. In the past I have thought I just like to share my thoughts on things but the buzz I got from this Flickr validation makes me think there is more to it. I am an intellectual narcissist!
Is there anything wrong with this? Initially I thought, oh my God next thing I will be signing up for “big brother” but I think I have enough of a grip on sanity for that to not happen. For a blogger it could actually be a good thing right? I mean, what it basically amounts to is wanting to be liked because of your thoughts and ideas? It’s kind of like being a performer but through a different medium.
The problem of course is providing I get enough validation I will not put as much effort into monetisation or promotion. I have actually seen this happen where things have been going well (in my mind) so I haven’t felt like I need to work quite as hard. Thank goodness for the Performancing BlogRank, Metrics, Alexa and other such measures. There is always another mountain to climb.
Am I alone in this or are you looking for a pat on the head too? Come on, give me some comments, I need the attention! Heh
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