Ripping Off The Scab Of Ego.
Followers and views. Some of us are chasing those big numbers of followers and views. Been there, done that and hated myself for it. There is a part of me that is over the moon I’m sharing this. Look at me, i’ve got some big numbers. I must be important. The real me hates that ego side and wished it never happened. Google+ built me up as a Suggested User, ego and then imposter syndrome tore me down.
How many people do you want to know? I heard somewhere the maximum we can truly know is about 150 people. I don’t need lists, circles, groups to manage this. Now I’m only talking about myself here, so your mileage may vary. I see Cake like this, you walk into a party full of people, you know that there are a few faces you know are here but can’t see them yet. As you walk through you bump into some interesting people, you chat for a while and move on. Still hoping to see a familiar face. Once again you have another riveting conversation with a fellow stranger who happens to share the same interests as you. This guy has a PHD in Maths and your a truck driver yet your common love for photography bonds you that any other social circle couldn’t. One of my favourite ideas i’ve heard is that when we talk to strangers we shouldn’t ask what do you do for a living but what are you passionate about that makes life worth living. That’s true magic my friends. Then you end up chatting to everyone but your close friends and that’s ok. They are not going anywhere. You know eventually you’ll catch up.
When it comes to stranges I’m an introvert and i’m a bit of a recluse. Photography and the internet are my saving grace, other than my soulmate whom I married. Oh and my sense of humour.
You know, it’s kind of weird that when It comes down to the numbers. We want millions of followers if we run a country, hundreds of thousands if you’re a celebrity, tens of thousands if your performing at a concert, a thousand people at a theater, a hundred at a local band gig, a handful of true friends and one soulmate.
So what numbers do you really care for?
I’m casting my vote for no follower option, just interests.