From an interview, “Climbing Mount Everest is work for Supermen”, The New York Times (18 March 1923); on being asked why he wanted to climb Mount Everest:
“Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?” This question was asked of George Leigh Mallory, who was with both expeditions toward the summit of the world’s highest mountain, in 1921 and 1922, and who is now in New York. He plans to go again in 1924, and he gave as the reason for persisting in these repeated attempts to reach the top, “Because it’s there.”
Motivation has begun to concern me of late. Everybody has an angle, the entire world is hustling something, often for unspecified, nefarious ends. Whether it is your follower count on Instagram or the desire to become Internet Famous, a worrying percentage of content served up and manufactured for current consumption isn’t created for any other reason than to attract attention. I’m as guilty as the next person of this on occasion, but it does stop and make me wonder.
What happened to doing stuff just because you can?
This obsession the World has with BEST has a lot to do with it: who’s the best football team in the World, who wrote the best Bond theme (Monty Norman, let’s be honest) or who you’d rank as a more likeable 1980’s music icon. I do a weekly Lists feature FFS (or I will do after this is written) so the concession to favourites is at least acknowledged as a sure-fire means by which you can tell people about yourself without being forced to justify every single action that’s made every day.
Except, some days I don’t want to play the game. There’s still this awkward discomfort at filling pages with stream of consciousness rambling because I’ll end up sounding like the fake webpages IP stealers and webcam scammers use to try and create an illusion of normality. They are the random people who like my posts from time to time, whom I follow to sites populated with utter bobbins clearly placed there as a front. They’re only doing this to pretend they’re here.
Somewhere in between is the sweet spot.
It will get easier as this whole project is more comfortable to wear, which has happened in the last couple of weeks. Surprisingly, it has been the introduction of a weekly ‘feature’ that has made the transition possible. It makes me think that you probably require a balance of organisation and chaos to make any such endeavour work correctly. I also think I’ve found a way to link audio or video to the site using this as a foundation. That will need more thought over the break.
The point remains however, that sometimes you just do stuff for the hell of it, because it’s enjoyment for you before everybody else in the hierarchy is considered. These will be some who’ll argue that all content should be like this but ultimately, there is always concession. How you handle soul-selling is as subjective as the best way to eat breakfast (brought to you in bed, made by someone else) or your favourite colour (Pantone 2143C) and for me…? This is about more than just doing what I want, in the end.
It is fun however to occasionally throw away the script.