The Universe, we are told, is a very big place and we are a very insignificant part of it.
That’s fine by me. I love all those TV documentaries about the origins and unimaginable scale of the Universe, quantum physics and the nature of reality. Although this serenity is probably just a consequence of my inability to grasp the concepts.
Nonetheless, I reckon I could have given Zaphod Beeblebrox a run for his money in the sang-froid stakes if I’d ever encountered the Total Perspective Vortex:
“The Total Perspective Vortex is allegedly the most horrible torture device to which a sentient being can be subjected.
When you are put into the Vortex you are given just one momentary glimpse of the entire unimaginable infinity of creation, and somewhere in it there’s a tiny little speck, a microscopic dot on a microscopic dot, which says, “You are here.”
Only Zaphod Beeblebrox is reported to have survived the Vortex unscathed (and then to have eaten the small piece of fairy cake).”
– source: Wikipedia (and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
On a smaller scale, I’m equally relaxed about the miniscule part of the blogosphere that I happen to occupy.
For those of my readers who are not themselves bloggers, I should explain that at the beginning of January WordPress provides each of us with an ‘annual report’, telling us how many visitors, views, comments, likes and so on we have had over the past year, Interesting stuff, although personally I don’t think it’s so fascinating as to justify publishing a post about it.
However, what I did find worthy of comment was the overall WordPress annual review, which can be found here. It seems that in 2014, an average of 50,000 new blogs were created every day. That’s over 18 million in the year as a whole, a 12.5% increase, which I take to mean that the total is now around 160 million. And counting.
Which can only mean there are a hell of a lot of blogs out there that we don’t, and never will, know anything about. And equally that the chances of anyone stumbling across our own virtual speck of dust in the blogging cosmos are pretty remote. The annual review also reveals that WordPress generated over 555 million posts last year, which themselves encouraged about 670 million comments. So look on the bright side: if you do happen to get two comments, you’re way above average
Am I depressed? Not at all.
It’s just a bit of fun.