Why does the writer write? That’s the age old question, isn’t it? Philosopher Eric Hoffer said we never run fastest and farthest than when we run from ourselves, and so for me I suppose the answer mostly has to do with trying to put forth the most honest portrayal of who I am into words for everyone to see — friends, families, coworkers, and those who hate everything I stand for.
Regular readers can argue over whether or not I’ve been honest with my writing (I would say I’ve always put forth a good faith effort to do so), but Google has made it possible for readers to, on some level, put together a stunningly accurate psychological profile without ever relying on prose.
Conduct a Google image search for ‘douglasernstblog’ and you will see page after page after page of the pictures I’ve used over the years to represent the words I worked so hard on. For me, while I can’t always find the perfect image, it’s always been a priority to find the best picture possible that represents the content. And so, scrolling through Google image results can give you the reader a glimpse into my brain. Likewise, the same holds true for any blogger who churns out content on a regular basis. It’s safe to say that the FBI and the CIA should be taking the engineers at Google out to lunch for the favor; the implications are huge.
Below are a few screenshots I’ve taken from a search of my own blog, although it’s only a portion of what’s there. I think that a good profiler could easy tease out what’s important to me, what drives me — what issues weigh on my my mind daily — and the values I hold dear. If someone wanted to predict my behavior for any given scenario, the images below would be a reliable road map of sorts from which to surmise an answer.
Anyway, to those who have been reading from the beginning, below are just some of the ideas I’ve imprinted in your psyche. It’s been a wild ride, and I hope you stick around until the end.