May The May Be With You

James Proclaims (4)

Long time readers will know that last May I spent the entire month blogging about nothing but Star Wars on the flimsy premise that people often regard the fourth of May as ‘Star Wars Day’ (because you can say ‘May the Fourth be with you’ on that day and only a few people will think you are weird). I extended that concept to the whole month, partly for a bit of a laugh and partly because I was, like so many people, struggling to adjust to a world in which a pandemic was an actual thing, as opposed to the stuff of history and dystopian fiction. The title of this post is little nod to my Star Wars themed folly, but I won’t be doing it again this year.

Although I might do a little retrospective of my Star Wars retrospective on May the Fourth. Every year. Forever more.

Content is content after all.

But today is my first proper post since I completed my A-Z of noughties music, which dominated April, and thus today I must determine the immediate future direction of the outpourings on these pages. I’m still in the midst of a self-imposed haiku ban, having overused that particular strategy to complete a year of consecutive daily blogging, an earth-shattering feat, which I achieved in March of this year.

Without haikus and other similar syllable-based poetry to fall back on, it seems unlikely that I will continue to blog daily and so I must commit to blogging a little less often. But if we allow other forms of bad poetry, then I think I can probably still achieve multiple posts a week. Which is important because the algorithms that follow my blog mainly favour quantity over quality and I do want to cater for my key demographic. For the small number of regular readers that are actual people, I will try and achieve a little quality from time to time. I can’t make any promises about the success of those endeavours but you can rest assured that at least 50% of my posts will not be ‘intentionally bad’.

I also have a couple of blogging milestones coming up, which I will celebrate ironically on these pages with the kind of world-weary cynicism, which I like to think people associate with my writing. But because I am a hypocrite, I will also be secretly quite pleased with myself for hitting those milestones even as I’m pretending not to care.

Anyway, the point, if indeed there is a point, is that the blog will go on.

Which should delight the bots, if no-one else.

But now I must return to the enjoyment of a bank holiday weekend, which even during corona-times is nothing to be sneezed at.

Well not in public anyway.

  16 comments for “May The May Be With You

  1. May 1, 2021 at 4:26 pm

    I’d give my eye teeth for a bank holiday weekend right about now. Enjoy!

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  2. May 1, 2021 at 4:40 pm

    I’ve received no fewer than nine follows in the last ten days from suspiciously named blogs which all share the same profile picture of a rather blank looking young blonde woman. The bots have discovered me, and I proclaim success.

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    • May 1, 2021 at 6:19 pm

      This very post has been ‘liked’ no less than three times by seemingly the same young lady. It is a true sign of success when the bots embrace your writing though.

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  3. May 1, 2021 at 6:40 pm

    thw more trivial your blog, the more readable it is. As with our OM, the sillier yiu are, the higher your ratings!

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  4. May 2, 2021 at 3:37 am

    World-weary cynicism? Oh, James, your brilliance is far greater than that and I find your blog delightful and cheery.

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    • May 4, 2021 at 8:39 am

      I do try to balance the cynicism with a little optimism so thanks for noticing! I find your comments delightful and cheery.

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  5. May 3, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Someday The Bots will find me and I will have made it but untill then I must look to innane greats like you James to keep me going on the path of idiocy that even the bots don’t understand and avoid. Thanks for your inspirational cynicism.
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    Laugh because… Why not??

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    • May 4, 2021 at 8:41 am

      The trick to winning over the bots is to occasionally pretend to write about the things they think they care about. Healthy eating is a good one. You don’t actually have to write about the topic but a few well chosen tags should bring them in their droves.

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