In the world of the influencer; the YouTube video beast or Tick Tokers thumbs up and subscriptions are the lifeblood of their 21st century industry. I have to say I am not driven by such urges. Should anyone come across this little blog and should they give me a thumbs up I am of course very pleased but anyone who has glanced at my stats would quickly see that this is not why I do it. I believe my subscribers are now around 500 – clearly I am not destined to be an influencer of the size of say Dominic Cummings. Instead I am a voice in the wilderness – someone who has been calling out into the ether in one form or another almost since the World Wide Web became a thing. Have I got anything for my troubles? No not really other than many years ago one of my photos was nicked for some eco protest leaflet (Perhaps others have I don’t know). Hardly the crime of the century, actually it was the last century I believe – not sure about that but what I am sure it was stolen from FlickR.
I find as I get older life is too short to worry about such things. People either like my work or they don’t. The occasional political blog I post is far less popular (?) than my photography so I suspect very few people read those but I enjoy creating them and they help to clarify my thoughts on a matter so that is probably the most I’ll get of those and I am fine with that as well.
The older you get the more you realise that none of it really matters. To quote the great intergalactic philosopher Slartibartfast
‘…Perhaps I’m old and tired, but I think that the chances of finding out what’s actually going on are so absurdly remote that the only thing to do is to say, “Hang the sense of it,” and keep yourself busy. I’d much rather be happy than right any day….’
There appears to be more and more people out there who are more and more sure that they are right and many other people are wrong and they insist on telling everyone just how wrong they are! If those crazy people won’t listen they’ll tell them again only this time in CAPITAL LETTERS and possibly pass disparaging comments about their views or how they look or their lifestyle or a combination of all three. It is not at all clear why unless of course they are chasing those illusive…Comments; Likes, and Subscriptions.
Arthur : All my life I’ve had this strange feeling that there’s something big and sinister going on in the world.
Slartibartfast : No, that’s perfectly normal paranoia. Everyone in the universe gets that.