And I’ll tell you one of the biggest reasons why I reckon it’s such a challenge. It’s because I have to be interesting.
Being interesting is really hard work. If you ever get to see me, you’ll understand why. I’m not that tall or short. I’m a bit on the thin side but not excessively so. There’s nothing about my features that particularly stands out. I don’t have a loud voice, or an awful lot of charisma.
In short, I’m not really all that interesting. And that can be a problem.
There are a heap of people out there on the web. Lots of them are better known than I am. Actually, let me rephrase that. Pretty much all of them are better known than I am. And many of them are actually more than a little on the famous side.
When you’re famous, every one wants to follow you. Everyone wants to hang onto your every word. There’s no need for you to go out of your way to be interesting. You’re interesting, merely by virtue of being who you are.
I don’t want to name names but I’ve followed a few of these famous people on twitter and checked out their websites or blogs, and to be honest, I haven’t been particularly inspired by what I’ve seen. What they post is really not that interesting at all. But what does it matter? They’ve still got millions of followers.
For me, it’s different. The only way for me to get even a minuscule amount of attention is to be interesting. It’s hard work, and it really doesn’t seem fair. Part of me feels like saying, “Right, that’s enough. I’ve had enough of being interesting. I don’t want to do it anymore.”
But then I look at my pageview statistics. And I figure that maybe, for just one week, I can have another go at being interesting.
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