It appeared in a comment:
Who doesn't fucking LOVE Picnik?
(I'm protecting this person's identity because s/he is insane).
Setting myself up for failure.
Question #1. By what measures are we determining "success" and "failure"?
- number of pageviews?
- number of comments?
- personal enjoyment on the part of author/reader?
- number of times I can unforcedly stick the word "fuck" into a post?
- how fast I run?
- will I be able to sustain the intensity my audience has come to expect after ONLY FOUR FUCKING POSTS?
- if I ever finally get some FREE SHIT?
Question #2. Do I really give a shit about "failure"?
I'm going to answer my own questions in the hopes that I somehow manage to appease the questioner.
Part #1. Since it's MY blog, I'm going to say that as long as I am having fun it is a "success." I will deem it a "failure" when it isn't fun for ME anymore. Of course, it is more fun to have engagement (comments and emails) from one's readers. And what blogger doesn't LOVE attention – which can be further measured in pageviews and followers (and free shit). This means if you want to keep reading this
good great stuff, ENGAGE, people. Feed the animal. And remember – if I wind up with any free shit, I will absolutely share it.
Part #2. When I started this work, I had no real plan. I have been approaching it much like a 5K – go balls out from the onset and hang on for as long as I can. The marathon is not my forté. Why pace if you don't have to? There is no failure in trying. If you've given it your all from start to finish, the outcome cannot be called "failure."
That's the answer. NO, I'm not setting myself up for failure by making my posts so funny. I don't "make" them funny. They just are. That's just me. I'm not doing anything I don't normally do in real life. Yes, it is fucking exhausting.
*Update: I forgot to say that when I think of the word "failure" I think of bridges collapsing or important ropes and cables snapping. Buildings buckling. Then I remembered that it really doesn't matter. People don't want to hear that or pithy shit like what I wrote in response to the original question. People want to hear this:
Just ignore the rest of this post because that sums it up it in two tidy words.