This is a post about posting.
When you sign up for an account or publish a post WordPress (which is free, and has been very kind to me, both things which I can appreciate), it helpfully gives you a screen that looks like this
As you can see, WordPress has so considerately made suggestions of topics on which you can promptly start a new post. Here’s the thing: why would you make an account at WordPress if you didn’t already have ideas on which you want to write? Why would you need to be prompted to write on WordPress? After all, you’re neither a) getting a writing assignment as part of your homework, nor b) getting a writing assignment as part of your job. Isn’t blogging done a) voluntarily, and b) for free? Who is saying to themselves, “jeez, I really want to write a blog post, but the thing that’s keeping me from that is having a topic. Won’t somebody help me?”?
Is WordPress practicing some kind of supply-side economics? Does it think that all of us (or at least most of us) will be better off if there were more blog posts, more blog posts about sitting on buses, more information floating out on the Internet? Or, maybe WordPress is adopting my model of blogging: at least if the blog is crappy, nobody will read it, and so the costs for having created all this extra information is negligible/forgivable.
PS. If anything, I probably adopted WordPress’s idea, rather than the other way around.
PSS. Somehow, I feel very queasy about making the contrapositive of “if the writing is bad, no one will read it”, even though the statements are tautological.
PSS. Hey, another milestone! My first image in a post. OK, maybe it’s not a milestone. A centimeter-stone? mm?