As I've mentioned recently, more people have been reading this blog than I originally realized. Today, however, because of the absolute thirst a for political/social argument of any kind, my traffic absolutely spikes when I go there. Which reminds me that maybe I should go there more often, while simultaneously adding ads to this website.
Unfortunately, easy traffic comes at a cost. In exchange for the Scrooge McDuck riches that come with putting ads on a mildly (emphasis on mildly) successful blog, I would have to exchange some of my life energy and soul. The precious lifeblood that is wasted being "outraged" is too high a cost for me. I'd rather throw some B.S. up here so that I can feel like I accomplished something and move on. (The only other reason is that I seem to have a chronic allergy to money)
The thing I constantly underestimate is the rabid readers of the internet who scavenge for every scrap of politically-related content they can find, just so they can show their outrage. On the flip side, the amount of rabid readers of the internet who scavenge for every scrap of politically-related content they can find that wholly agrees with everything they believe in. Sure this should be taken with a grain of salt from a guy that sits behind a keyboard and writes all matter of absurd things, but still.
The internet climate today is very strange. I think it's odd to me because I was an avid-interneter back when parents and grandparents didn't have much reason to use it (pre-Facebook). I remember a time where being an internet-addicted, gadget blog surfing nerd wasn't cool, now it's the norm. I remember when me and my high school friends never said a word about politics or who was getting elected because, who cares? Now, politics is life.
Anyway, I don't really have much to say here other than after writing my Mike Pence thing, there was point where I had a few messages and comments that I thought, "Let's shut her down and have this blog sail into the sunset." I can't imagine being a political writer having to live in that hell every day.
Talking about photography and art is a much less risky, lower-stakes game, which comes at almost no cost to me. I don't want to walk on some dark and lonely road if I don't have to.