Occasionally I wonder if I should post something of absolutely zero value, in order to demonstrate that it’s okay to do something totally rubbish and with zero effort from time-to-time.
(I think a cynical part of me genuinely sees a possible niche for myself: providing a helpfully low bar for everybody else to clear.)
The moral of this Deliberately Bad Post would be “sometimes it’s okay to just show up” or “even a bad post is better than no post”, or something like that.
But then I think about it, and realise this idea might accidentally have the opposite effect than intended. By definition, my deliberately lazy bad post would be – and this is important to recognise – bad.
And it seems unlikely that anybody is going to look at an awful post and think “wow, that sucks… now I feel inspired!”
I can see how that would be possible in theory, but the truth is that it takes a lot of effort to make a good bad post. It’s like a good-bad film… most bad films are just terrible, while creating something so-bad-its-good requires years of work.
And so I haven’t yet attempted to write a post that’s deliberately* low effort and bad.
This one is just bad because I’m tired.
* this is an important distinction
The Moral(s) of this Post
Choose your own:
- Sometimes it’s okay to just show up
- Even a bad post is better than no post
- Pointing out that a post is lazy doesn’t make it not lazy
- Laziness is fine…
- … sometimes
- But it doesn’t matter much anyway
- We should all relax a bit and take the pressure off ourselves
- Still, though, I COULD have tried harder