Someone once observed that life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes. As the truth of this realization becomes more real, it forces you to scrutinize how you “spend” your time in the face of a diminishing treasury of moments. Regardless of financial price, there is a time cost with everything we do. We blissfully ignore the toll of moments during our youth, but as we begin to attend more funerals than weddings, we grow more cognizant that none of the wealth we have accumulated is going to buy us more time, so we better grow wise in how we allocate this precious resource.
I’ve stopped filling out or answering surveys, despite the increasing number of requests from companies and governmental agencies. I’ve severely limited the time I spend with the television, especially the “news” channels, as I find little value in their offerings. I’ve managed to avoid social media, as I don’t really care what people are eating for lunch, or what the latest viral trend is. I do, however, have a blog, to which I contribute at least twice a week. I write primarily as a way of sorting out my own thoughts and feelings about life, the world, and how I perceive my role in the human comedy. The blog also serves as a communication tool with family and friends, many of whom are scattered around the world. Finally, the blog serves as a place for those who know me, or have an interest in my life, to discover where I came from, how I got here, and what it is that I find meaningful or significant in this journey in our tiny corner of the Universe. Through the comments I’ve received and the “likes” that have been sprinkled, I’ve found others who blog, and the opportunity to see the world from their perspective. Unfortunately, many, if not most of the “likes” appear to be generated without any regard to my posts, but only as an obvious attempt to get “liked” back in return. Many come from commercial sites whose only interest is to get eyeballs on the products they sell. Others come from bloggers who are using their sites not with the primary attempt to communicate something of value, but rather to help them develop a large enough number of “followers” to create an income stream from ads. Being human, I admit my vanity was stroked as my follower numbers began to increase into the multiple hundreds. However, I also found myself clicking on websites in response to a “like” that held little or no interest for me. Life is way too short for this time sink, and I rather have a readership that cares about what I say and has something to teach or inspire me than a growing number of “followers”. Corwyk, one of the writers of interest I’ve met since being on WordPress, shared his similar experience with being a “like” lemming, and how he freed himself.
If you are an occasional or frequent reader of Medico Musings, I’m grateful for your interest, and encourage you to leave a comment so I can respond, and see what you are doing on your site. If you are only spreading “like” to build your readership numbers, you won’t see this, as you never read what’s posted, and you’re wasting your time and mine.