I feel like the internet has an obsession with escapism. Go to a travel blog and it’s all about going somewhere “better”. Search for information to keep you up to date on business (or blogging) and it has to be “escape your 9-5”. I’m a bit over it.
The Escapism Obsession
What is so wrong if you don’t want to escape your life? What if I like where I live? Don’t want to blog full time? (Sure I’d like to sell more books but that’ll always be the case!) Why is a smoothie breakfast next to your laptop more instagrammable overseas than in your backyard? I’m so sorry that I like my job.
Maybe some people are just unoriginal. I think that’s often the case. I mean, I like instagram but fuuuuck people can be generic perfectionist shits on it.
Naturally though, people sucking in a boring way isn’t really the answer. It’s my least favourite topic. Marketing. Because you have to have a “pain point” to sell to people. It’s unacceptable, unclear and wishy washy to say “Hey like your job but have other interest too? I can help you” or “Can’t afford to travel far? These are awesome things that probably exist in your metaphorical backyard”.
Aspirational and pain point content comes across to me as absurdly irrelevant.
The Sub-Obsession: Full Time
Weirdly for bloody escapism, there seems to be an entire segment of the internet who are only interested in you and will only consider you a success if you are doing YOUR THING full time. You’re not dedicated if it’s a side hustle. We’ll only let you speak at a conference if you’re a full timer, because part timers are clearly not serious. Uh-oh, did you accidentally fulfil yourself over more than one activity? Tut-tut. You unworthy human being.
Anyway… I don’t have a conclusion. This is just a rant. Let me know how you feel about this stuff in the comments.