So you've created a collage of your nine best Instagram photos from last year. (The 'best' according to 2017bestnine.com are those that got the most likes from other users.)
You smiled to see familiar faces well represented, and remembered a few fun things you did over the past year. You breathed a sigh of relief that certain photos made the cut, and raised an amused eyebrow at a couple of quirky ones that sneaked in. But hopefully, overall, the pictures were happy, they were familiar, they were you.
Were you inspired to make the collage after seeing someone else's on Instagram? Think back. Whose was it?
Now, here's a little thought experiment you can try. Did you look at each of their nine photos with the same scrutiny you applied to yours? How many can you actually remember? Five? That would be more than half... Four? Two?
Think about some other people whose #bestnines you came across. How carefully did you consider their collages before you clicked 'like' and moved on?
I suspect that, out of all the people who looked at your photos, you were the one who paid them the most attention.
This isn't a rant about narcissism. We all have to take an interest in ourselves or we'd never get anything done. All I'm saying is: don't spend ages thinking about how many likes you've got. Don't put yourself under more pressure to post more stuff to get more likes. Most people barely look before they like.
Have a great 2018, both online and off.