Yes, you! I’m talking to you. Sitting there so smugly staring at your computer screen. I know you can’t see me, but I’m staring right back on my side with a finger pointing accusingly at you. You’re saying, “But Phil,” which is a strange thing to say to yourself unless you’re me, “how could I be narcissistic? Aren’t narcissists self-centered, egotistical, bastards who only care about themselves?” Yes they are, and you’re one of them. So am I. So is everyone who writes a blog. Let’s see a show of hands. How many of you reading this write your blog for altruistic reasons? Hmmm…give me a moment to count. One, two, oh, sorry, I guess you were just scratching. What’s that, you in the glasses were yawning and stretching? Still waiting to see a hand raised. Bueller? Bueller? Here’s a little psychology lesson for you. Narcissists live to get affirmation from others. Isn’t that what we’re all doing here? We write because we want to be read, to be heard, to be recognized by another human being.
When I started my blog I had no idea about the comments or how they worked. I didn’t even know there were comments. I had no idea how people would find my blog. I just imagined that if I wrote a blog, random people surfing the internet would read it and be happy. I was happy with that. That way I imagined that there might be thousands worldwide enjoying my wit and wisdom. Then I discovered comments! Now I’m hooked. Hi, my name is Phil and I’m addicted to comments. Everybody: “Hi Phil!”
Don’t be ashamed. Embrace your inner narcissism. Express your every thought on the world wide web secure in the knowledge that someone somewhere will read it and think you are brilliant. Having a bad day? Need confirmation that your boss or your significant other was wrong to treat you that way? Do you need someone to say they’re the crazy ones, it’s not you? Go ahead and post away. We’re here for you and we love you.