Saturday, March 6, 2021

Day 28

3:00 A.M.

Okay, here's a new theory:  You can't actually avoid looking at something on the internet.  It's impossible.  It doesn't make sense to say you'll avoid doing something.  I mean, there are some things you can avoid doing, but looking at something on the internet is like having a thought.  You have a thought, you type something into the browser, you look at the page.  Once you're got the thought, it takes virtually no effort to type something into your browser and look at a page.  Saying you'll avoid looking at a page on the internet is like saying you'll avoid thinking about something.  You can't control your own thoughts that way.  So, if we establish that, then how do you actually control your thoughts?  If you want to stop thinking about something, but you know you can't force yourself to stop thinking about it, then how do you create that change?  Well, maybe it's wrong to think about creating that change.  Maybe it's impossible to create that change deliberately.  If I say, 'Hey, I want to stop visiting Wreddit,' I can't make that change deliberately.  I have to figure out other ways, indirect ways, to get that done.  There's something indirect I have to do.  It's not actually about Wreddit.  It's about the indirect thing.  I know I visit Wreddit when I haven't slept for a day-and-a-half and I get really tired.  I sometimes visit Wreddit first thing in the morning as well, so it's not like I only visit Wreddit when I'm tired.  But at times, when I've been focusing really, really hard on not visiting Wreddit, I give up after not sleeping for a day-and-a-half, so there is some sort of connection.  The more tired I am, the more likely I am to visit Wreddit.  So step 1 is to be less tired.  And you become less tired by getting sleep.  And you get sleep by going about your day and not consuming any caffeine.  So it has to start with cutting out the consumption of caffeine, which, incidentally, was the thing I tried to accomplish on Day 1 of this blog.  So I'll have to go back to that goal, because that goal has to come before the goal involving Wreddit.  I'm not going to stop visiting Wreddit unless I stop consuming caffeine first. 

So why do I drink caffeine?  Well, earlier this evening I drank a Bang energy drink because I had been tossing-and-turning all day and I hadn't taken a shit for three days, so it was a gamble to try and get my body back in order.  I was desperate, and willing to try something in the short term to see if it was a solution rather than keep tossing and turning for the next five hours.  It did stop me from tossing and turning, but I haven't fallen asleep yet, either.  I also had to switch rooms yesterday morning, which meant I had to be awake around 9:00 get ready to make the switch, so I couldn't just fall asleep at 6:00 A.M., because then I'd have to set my alarm to go off three hours later, and I find from experience that that can mess up my day.  So, instead, I just stayed up.  Then, after I switched rooms, I was able to toss and turn throughout the day and catch a few pockets of sleep here and there.  Then I watched SmackDown from 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M., and I also drank the Bang energy drink around 8:00 P.M.

So let's reset a little.  I haven't had any caffeine today.  I'll continue to not have any caffeine today.  In the morning, I've got to go down and pay for my room, and it'll be annoying if the clerk calls my room and wakes me up.  So that's a little annoyance I'm trying to avoid.  It'll probably happen anyway.  The hovel hotel doesn't accept credit cards, which means I've got to go to the ATM.  The nearest Bank of America ATM is about 15 minutes away, and, frankly, I'm not in the mood to make that walk.  So I'll probably go to the Spanish bodega and get cash out of the ATM there, and I'll have to incur some fees to do that, but I'm trying to anticipate which is more important:  Saving the extra money from those fees, or lying in bed and not exerting any energy tomorrow morning.  I'm not saying it's a bad idea to take a 30-minute walk; usually that's a good idea!  But I'm trying to get some sleep, and I'm just not in the fucking mood to walk for 30 minutes.  It's calm in my room right now.  I'm typing.  I've been in far worse states when it comes to productivity and relaxation.  Why put myself through that little extra stress?  I'll just eat the $10 in fees or whatever it is.  I'm paying $10 for the freedom to just lie in bed and not do anything when it's morning.  

Also, this is a minor thing, but I've got a fucking pimple on the inside of my leg, right in a spot that will rub against my pants while I'm walking.  I want that pimple to heal.  I don't want it to linger or get worse.

I'm on the 4th floor right now.  I hope the WiFi is better down on this floor.  God, I hope it is.  It's another minor thing, but I think having the ability to distract your mind can make the difference between whether or not you consume an energy drink.  I consumed that Bang energy drink around 8:00 P.M., and, from experience, I know it can sometimes keep me up for two days straight, which would mean I won't be back to normal until later tonight.  But I don't feel like a zombie right now.  I haven't slept much in the past day or so, but I don't feel like a zombie at the moment.  I'm in a quiet room, and I'm typing.  It's also a clean room, come to think of it.  There aren't any newspaper lying around.

3:10 A.M.

The top post on Wreddit yesterday was basically a shit-post about Baron Corbin.  I was glad to see that post make it to the top.  It was going neck-and-neck with an interview excerpt from on Apollo Crews.  That's the type of thing I don't want to see at the top of the subreddit, because it creates this weird dynamic in people's minds.  The quote in the title was about Apollo Crews figuring out who he was.  He's doing a gimmick on SmackDown now where he's embracing his African roots.  He talks about being a descendant of Nigerian royalty, and tonight he came out with a spear and flanked by two black men in military garb.  So it's going to create this whole dynamic where some people are calling it racist and other people will be like, 'Yo, this is great!  Good for Apollo!'  So instead of having everyone today focusing on Apollo crews, you had people focusing on Baron Corbin.  The current top post is an image of Hikaru Shida.  There was also a Dave Meltzer tweet from earlier today which took the #1 spot from the Baron Corbin post.  The post is currently at #30, and there are a couple Streamable videos of Apollo Crews from tonight's SmackDown in the #16 and #18 spots.

I was surprised to see the Baron Corbin post stay up, because it seemed like something the moderators right remove for being low-effort content, seeing as it consisted of just a screenshot.  I mean, a lot of top posts consist of screenshots, but sometimes you get the feeling that one screenshot will be removed while a different one will stay up.  The Baron Corbin post was titled, "Forget MVP - all credit goes to the champ maker, King Corbin .. mentor of the last two WWE champions!!"

3:20 A.M.

I've been thinking about how to have an influence on Wreddit.  You can be a moderator (which I'm not), or you can make comments, or you can make posts.  Those are the three options.  If you comment early and frequently, you can steer the conversation in the comment threads.  If there's a thread with 200 comments, and you have the top comment, then that's going to steer the conversation.  Sometimes the top comment itself isn't significant, but the reply to that comment is what actually helps steer the tone.  I feel like it's a psychological thing at times.  There's the first wave of comments, and then the next wave will play off of that first wave.  This is obvious.  When people were making anti-Meltzer posts, and sharing audio clips from @MeltzerSaidWhat, you'd see the first wave of comments complaining about how these audio clips are lacking context, which I feel is a stupid deflection.  Then the next wave of comments would just rebut that.  People would say, 'Oh yeah?  Tell us what the missing context is.'  If you didn't have the first wave of people complaining about the missing context, then you wouldn't have the next wave of people rebutting that first wave.

Those are probably rare opportunities, because most of the time I don't know how people will react to the post, and most of the time I don't have any strong feelings about the content of the post.  So, most of the time, there isn't anything to write.  If the OP is making a false assertion, then you can go into the comments and rebut that assertion.  But that opportunity is pretty fucking rare.  There isn't a problem with misinformation or disinformation on Wreddit.  That's not what I'm talking about.  

3:25 A.M.

I'm not a moderator, and there's only so much you can do my making comments.  Or, rather, there's only so much I can do by making comments, because most of the time I don't have strong feelings on the matter.  There was a thread recently about Sarah Logan not wanting to wear a mask in public.  There were a lot of people in the comments with strong feelings about Sarah Logan.  I didn't have any.  That thread has over 1,000 comments, and it would seem like the top comment is capable of steering the conversation.  In this case, the top comment was "Ah she's going for the Randy Marsh defence," but if you go down a few chains, you get more political takes.  My point is my brain wouldn't come up with anything to contribute to that thread, not even a South Park joke.  I know what the "Randy Marsh defence" refers to, but I wouldn't care enough to make that sort of joke, or really any joke.  I wouldn't feel like writing a joke, or writing a political take.  I wouldn't feel like writing anything.  The most-recent thread (three minutes old) is titled, "What’s your all time favorite ECW ppvs?"  It's a discussion thread.  I don't have an all-time favorite ECW pay-per-view, so there's nothing for me to write.  There are plenty of threads where I feel like I can write something in response, but most of the time I don't.  Well, if I'm really splitting hairs, I could probably come up with an answer as to what my all-time favorite ECW pay-per-view is, but I don't feel like forcing myself to do that.

3:55 A.M.

Since I'm not a moderator, and since I don't care much about making comments, the main way I can influence the subreddit is by making submissions.  There are two submission categories:  Links and Text posts.  I don't make a lot of text posts, but about 50% of the posts you see are text posts.  Hold on, let me take a survey of the last day....

There were 254 posts in the last 24 hours.  107 of those were text posts, or 42%.  If you look at the last 300 posts, 131 of those were text posts, or 43.6%.  So not quite half.  

Um...I'm getting kind of tired, so I'll take a break and then continue my train of thought later.

12:00 P.M.

I slept for about four hours.  And it's tempting right now to grab a can of Coke Zero, because my brain is kind of foggy, but it's foggy in a way where you think some caffeine might help.  I've still got to go to the ATM.  I'm going to have to take Dulcolax at some point, but I want to get a full night's sleep before I do that.  I don't want to be in a foggy haze and then have to rush to the toilet.  And if I drink a Coke Zero now, it'll lift the foggy haze for a few hours, but then the haze will come back later in the day.  So it's just a matter of enduring the foggy haze right now.  There's nothing else to do but just sit in a haze for a while.

Sitting in a foggy haze is like having slow WiFi, where you're just waiting for a page to fucking load, and it doesn't load.  Slow WiFi is the greatest health risk in this country--both in terms of physical health and mental health.

12:05 P.M.

The top Wreddit posts right now is an image of Suzuki slapping Honma.  That's a good thing.  It's not a random nostalgia post, and it's not a fucking interview excerpt.  It's just something new and recent, which people can react to.  And the next post after that is a screencap of Okada with some subtitles, which is also recent.

6:25 P.M.

I took a nap for a few hours, meaning I've slept about 6 hours today, which is okay.  But immediately my first thought upon waking up is, 'Damn, I could really go for a Coke Zero.'  What if this is one of those instances where caffeine will actually get my body back in order?  I can't just go cold turkey!  My body might reject that!  And then I'll get a headache.  But if I don't drink caffeine, it means my body will naturally fall asleep at some point.  Okay, so I can't drink caffeine ever again, because it will mess with my body's ability to fall asleep.  Starting over on Day 28.  

The ability to take a 2-hour nap is more important than being able to think clearly for two hours.

The ability to take a 2-hour nap is more important than not having a headache.

6:30 P.M.

The top post on Wreddit right now is a tweet from Big E, followed by a nostalgia clip (only a few years old) of Brock Lesnar, followed by another tweet which is basically a shit-post followed by the image of Honma and Suzuki.

6:35 P.M.

I just took three Dulcolax pills.  The box says relief in 6-12 hours, so we'll see.

7:35 P.M.

What type of content is there on Wreddit?  There:
Discussion threads (over 40% of all threads)
Original content
Content curation (posting clips and videos or screenshots from wrestling shows)
Nostalgic content curation
News items from news sites (incuding scoops)
Press releases from news sites (including opinion pieces)
Interview excerpts from news sites
Actual excerpts from interviews or newsletters
Social media:  Tweets, Instagram posts, Facebook posts, YouTube videos, Tik Tok samples

There's a recent thread linking to a story titled "Joey Mercury Files Lawsuit Against ROH Over Independent Contractor Status & Forced Resignation."  So that's an example of a news item.

I could start five discussion threads each day, but I don't know how to make discussion threads that would have an impact on the overall tone of Wreddit.  I feel like any thread I start would just be this passive-aggressive thing in response to something another poster had written.  

You could come up with a creative discussion thread.  There really isn't much quality control on the discussion threads.  The moderators will remove trolling posts, but any genuine post which doesn't come across as blatant trolling will stay up.  Something like "What's your favorite ECW pay-per-view" will stay up.  And you get over 100 of them per day.  There was a guy yesterday asking people to rank wrestlers' spears, and he just listed 10 wrestlers.  That type of discussion stays up.

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