No! This isn’t about the UK benefits system. Here I consider the benefits of my posting on Scottish independence issues.
My stats show that very very few people read my blog and even fewer comment. Other than 2 regulars there is no-one.
Now imagine standing in a remote part of Scotland, no-one else around. What would be the point of standing with a ‘Vote Yes’ banner? There’s no-one to see it, no-one to be convinced but I’m doing more than standing with a banner, I’m taking time to read, think and write and still there’s no-one (virtually) to read it.
Why continue? I don’t need to be convinced of the independence case? My blog won’t suddenly be inundated with readers – never has been – and so I’m left standing with my banner, no-one around. Some time even I will recognise the pointlessness of my lonely vigil.
This isn’t a plea for readers. It’s a straightforward process of thinking through why I do this and to what purpose. I do it to convince but there’s no-one around to be convinced.
Can there be a better definition of pointlessness?