If you become popular

If you become popular, be prepared to lose me.

Now, that might not be a worry. No, let me rephrase that. That most definitely will NOT be a worry. Only hubris (of which I have bucket-fulls) could figure into that first assumption. And only humility (of which I have gobs and gobs, oodles of, in fact) would qualify for the second assumption. (Sorry for the digression. Bottom line — why would you care what I or anyone thinks? Enough, moving on. However…)

If you become popular, garnering hundreds, if not thousands of likes, a gushing stream of comments, a fire hose of adulations, I will not join said throngs. I might cruise by, see what you’re up to, taste your wares and your offerings; mmm, good humus, the canapes are a little dry, and I think the caviar has gone off…

But don’t expect me to like, or comment any longer. Why? Why bother? The cacophony of admirers would drown the loudest shout from the stone paved road below your balcony. I’ll privately wish you well, salute you in passing, but I’ll be moving on to where the din is softer, the lights low, the need for acknowledgement — greater.

And that’s OK. People change. The needs of people change. Your needs will have shifted to how to manage a social “presence”. How to handle notoriety. And such needs must not be begrudged. Nothing strived for and earned must be begrudged. But don’t expect me to dally along. I watched you struggle and grow and yearn and excel. And succeed. Bravo! Truly. Bravo!


When you watch or read any media which has a “score” or “rank” and those numbers are in the thousands, the millions, do you join them and add your meager, practically ineffectual vote to the fray?

I don’t. I won’t. More than 1000 likes? That’s plenty. 10,000? 1,000,000? No bloody way will I add my support to that cause, no matter what the underlying reason for that creative expose’. You’ve gotten plenty of support. Anymore and you’ll just become a boor.

Do you click the Thumbs Up or Like button on massively liked media?




7 thoughts on “If you become popular

  1. I said elsewhere on this blog, I apparently do what I do for the few, if not myself. I have a great story about a guy who tells someone “There’s only one thing you can do by yourself, even if you do it well, that you can’t brag about.” My numbers are never “bragadocious” so I expect to see you around bitching about my (lack of ) scene setting for a long while.

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  2. I suppose, to answer your question: it depends.

    That’s probably a straight-up cop-out, eh?

    But, honestly, if you, the one and only Anony Mole, were to garner a thousand likes, I would certainly keep dropping in and adding my voice of approval and truest thoughts to your throng. At least, I’d like to think so.

    But as I write that I question my own veracity. Many times I’ve seen great big twitter threads, in which I had a great many things to say, and have passed, assuming (with so many responses), that it has all been said. Knowing that, I suddenly think I’ve robbed a great many of my voice or, worse yet, robbed me of it.

    You’ve given me something to think about, Anony. I think my voice could grow with yours, or the others with whom I’ve found around here. I think I will leave it at that, and thank the stars I’ll never be big enough to lose the likes of you. 😉

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    1. I’ve voiced this sentiment elsewhere on the web, and one of the arguments came back as, “I don’t join the crowds thinking my voice will be heard, I join simply to participate, for my own sake.”
      Such thoughts, I had to say, made complete sense. I just don’t find myself in that frame of mind.
      If the numbers of likes or “AddCents” were destined to a cause or in support of someone I felt deserved my continued support — I’d probably participate. But as it is, yelling into a hurricane of accolades seems silly to me.
      Thanks a again for your cordial comments.

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    1. Newspapers as intimate conversations? I think I can picture the concept, One holding close the newsprint, closeted by the tent of paper, cloistered off from the world, just you and the reporter. Or am I misinterpreting your statement? Do elaborate…


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