This week has been a rediscovery of the many, nuanced, and convoluted layers of ‘deadline.’
As I go to post, I’m exhausted. I want something easy, simple, I can paste on the web and forget about. So I browse for one thing, and don’t like it. I browse for another, and it’s dissatisfying. I even find this really great cartoon, but the print’s just too dang small when I embed it on Paradoxes.
Suddenly it occurs to me to ask myself, ‘Why am I browsing the internet instead of creating unique content?’
Myself asks me again, ‘Has anyone else ever asked that question?’
So I Google it. A meager 272,000 results. And those are just pages that have all those words, not in that order or in that sentiment.
Google’s country cousin MetaCrawler has a lovely little feature called ‘Exact Phrase.’ I jump over there and type in my question. Whap, I run out of space. So I content myself with searching for:
Why am I browsing the internet instead of creating[?]
I click. I search.
Zip, zilch, zero, nada.
There are no websites in the weird webbing world that asks that question. I have found, if you will, a gap in the literature. Maybe it’s thought, but it’s never posted.
Ask the question. Ask it. It’s a question that needs asking. It probably has more layers and nuance of meaning than my tired mind can grasp on a Friday evening.
My answer: ‘I don’t know.’
So I went and created something. It happened to be this.
Whether I’ll win any awards (The Fennimore Cooper Award for Most Boring Blog Post Ever goes to…) is a moot point. What matters is, something was in the world that wasn’t before. Something has been created.
There is no one web page in the weird webbing world containing the phrase, ‘why am I browsing the internet instead of creating?’
Since you’ve been loyal and read down this far, here’s a reward, courtesy of A Light Inside.
As Jenna said in the original post, “want, want, want!’