“You’re on a 1,058-day streak on bluejayblog! Keep up the good work.” That is the message from WordPress on the drop-down from my bell-icon today. As far as bragging rights go, publishing a blog post for 1,058 days straight with no gap days is pretty good.
I can take this friendly message from WordPress as motivation to continue and as a lovely pat on the back. It is a form of self-promotion to myself that just now became a more public form of self-promotion. What is especially rewarding is that I never set out to create this blog for self-promotional purposes. The self-promotional chores are relegated to Facebook.
Using simple arithmetic, 1058 ÷ 365 = 2.8967056 years. Since I’ve been publishing daily posts on bluejayblog for over seven years, there is a gap that caused the low-ball number of 1058 to appear. I’m guessing that 2.8967056 years ago, perhaps a post was written early and scheduled to be published ahead of time to account for a sick day.
If I really want to use a number to promote this blog, I can use the number of published posts. According to WordPress, I have published 2,802 posts. That means there have been 2,802 times I’ve used WordPress for self-promotion. This number does not count the year and a half that the first version of bluejayblog was published daily on the Yahoo! platform.
The above paragraphs are the most blatant words I’ve written as self-promotion anywhere outside of my broadcasting career. This blatant self-promotion causes me to feel a twinge of discomfort because self-promotion is not the purpose of this blog. It is meant as a way to write something reasonably intelligent each day as an exercise in self-discipline. Blatant self-promotion makes me feel dizzy.
One of the general managers at the last radio station that employed me, extolled the value of self-promotion. He was a master of the practice. One of his trademark expressions was, “Toot your own horn because nobody else will toot it for you.” He certainly followed his own advice by putting his voice on the air in commercials and editorials. He also placed print ads in the local newspaper with his portrait and name prominently displayed.
My own attitude is more like that of writer Michael Foley’s. “Employees hate meetings because they reveal that self-promotion, sycophancy, dissimulation and constantly talking nonsense in a loud confident voice are more impressive than merely being good at the job. And it is depressing to lack these skills but even more depressing to discover one’s self using them.”
So, today’s post for National Self-Promotion Month has come to the end. Tomorrow, bluejayblog resumes its normal, intended function of trying to present something of value or helpfulness to people who come by each day to read my words.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes science fiction writer Robert Silverberg. “My temperament is not inclined toward more self-promotion than is absolutely necessary for my professional well-being.”