See each bar? My daily score.
Hi all, happy 5th of November! I want to write about something today which only occurred to me recently, when I realized I kept pausing my PlayStation to check up on my blogs. The Blogosphere has turned into an addictive, constantly updated game, with a flash of orange alerting me to fellow players, blue stat bars raise as my view count goes up, and the amount of followers I gain inform me whether or not my blog is ‘winning’. Here are some examples.
Reason One: Achievement Hunting.
How many of us are complete trophy/achievement whores? How many of us replay levels at staggering difficulty settings, or gather useless pages in open world games just to hear that familiar jingle, just to gain virtual points? That feeling of having done something, that sense of accomplishment, inspires us to do things that we wouldn’t usually do. In the Blogosphere it acts as a motivator to post when you’d rather sleep/watch T.V/ flick your fingers.
Most of us say we blog for various reasons – love to write, want to voice opinions, was bored – but at the end of the day for me at least, I blog for that little square up at the top right of my screen. When it flashes orange I get my online rush; someone liked my post, thought it was worthy enough to comment on it. Sometimes it gives me a milestone, and I can honestly say the feeling of elation far surpasses the one I receive when I platinum a game.
Reason Two: High scores
Who doesn’t love high scores? Beating previous records allows us to compete against others and even ourselves as we push the limits of what we’re capable of. We test our skill, timing and ability to what to use and when to use it. This applies perfectly to blogging as well. You’ve got your ‘Most Follows in One Day’, ‘Most Likes in One Day’ and the blue bar battle for ‘Views on your Busiest Day’. Beating these gives you this look:
Also like with video games high scores, no- one but you and fellow bloggers really care. You can tell your friends ‘guys, guys! My blog has 100 followers!’ They’ll smile at you, bemused, wanting you to be happy, wanting to understand, but ultimately not getting what all the fuss is about. Thankfully, we don’t care 🙂
Reason Three: Obsession.
I think I lasted three days before I became utterly hooked on the stats page. Even during my October hiatus I’d frequently check the stats page, obsessed with how many views I’d had. I’ve never played MMO’s seriously, so this is the closest I’ve ever been to being sucked into the internet. And to be perfectly honest, I love it.
Writing articles is the same. I’ll think about it all through the day and deep at night when I should be sleeping. I scribble ideas in school while listening to Macbeth and while learning about the Irish Home Rule Party. Blogging is more than a hobby at this stage, it’s a passion. One I’m so happy to have discovered.