Just two thousand and seventy words to go and I will have hit the fifty-thousand-word goal … that’s pretty amazing. And methinks I will end it today if I can. We’ll have to see if my intention is backed up by sufficient access to hit the mark or if I will have one final ‘get me over the top’ post to make tomorrow.
I’m not trying to self-sabotage, just being aware that I can run out of steam and words pretty quickly … often without warning. I’ll type the period at the end of a sentence and that’s it. I’m sitting there with a blank mind that is trying to distract itself back into old habits (facebook, etc) and it takes significant effort to steer my thoughts back. Which is why I have so many posts that go off in random directions without warning.
It would be a lot easier if I wasn’t adhering to a strict minimum of number of words per post, for regular blog posts, a short one is not a bad thing. Few folks online have the patience to read through multiple paragraphs as a matter of routine, unless it is something that is either instructional or really important to them personally.
The net really seems to encourage the sort of simplification of mind that began with Sesame Street … I have nothing against that show having watched a lot of it as a child myself and watching my sons growing up with it as well. But it has a set pattern of short segments that just about encouraged a short attention span. There are actual studies that have been done on the subject which show that it becomes increasingly difficult for a child to learn to focus for long periods of time the more they are exposed to the short segments of that and similar shows (which patterned themselves after SS’s successful model).
It has all fed into the dumbing down of the proletariat that has created the current state of social crisis. Keep them under-educated and easily amused and they are easily controlled.