A Potato Flew Around My Room
This is a blog post. I promise it’s not clickbait. It’s not propaganda either; I promise you can trust me on this one. It’s just a potato flying around my room. I know that sounds like the beginning of some elaborate joke or an oddball fantasy narrative, but it’s actually true! I don’t want to spoil anything so let me just set the stage for you:
Before you ask, yes, this is actually a blog post.
This is a real blog post, and it’s not clickbait. I am not trying to sell you anything or convince you of anything. This is just what happened when we threw a potato around our living room yesterday.
The story starts with my wife, who’d been watching videos of people throwing potatoes around their houses on YouTube and was fascinated by the idea. We had just bought some new potatoes at the farmer’s market (after seeing them in person, she couldn’t resist buying enough for all four of our kids to each have one), so she decided to try it out herself. She put one on top of her head like a hat, then proceeded to run around our living room while holding two empty glass bottles in her hands as makeshift guns—smashing them together and making loud noises when she did so (this seemed like an appropriate sound effect for shooting bullets). As the potato flew off her head, it landed somewhere between me and my son’s toys scattered across the floor (we don’t have carpets because they’re too expensive). The rest is history:
It’s not clickbait.
- It’s not clickbait.
- If you’re a writer, or even just someone who reads the internet regularly, you’ve likely encountered the term “clickbait” before. You may even have seen it used as a synonym for “content.” This isn’t unusual—the word has become so popular that many people use it to describe anything online that attracts attention by being provocative or controversial. But what exactly does this mean?
- The Oxford English Dictionary defines clickbait as: “A type of online content (such as text or an image) designed to attract attention and encourage visitors to follow links to another web page.” In other words: it’s any article or video that tries to get you interested in its subject matter by promising something shocking or interesting if you’ll just take interest in the headline and read on. It’s an increasingly common practice these days because it leads directly into people visiting websites where they can then be bombarded with advertisements, so clickbait gets more clicks than anything else on the Internet!
And it’s not propaganda.
You can’t believe everything you read, hear, see, think or say.
So don’t believe everything on your website either!
It’s just a potato flying around a room.
You’re probably wondering what a potato is doing flying around your room. The answer is simple: it’s just a potato flying around a room.
Now that we have that settled, let’s talk about why this happened.
I’ll be honest–when I first decided to write this post, I didn’t realize that I would have so much difficulty coming up with a catchy title.
You’ve probably heard that a title is one of the most important parts of writing. It’s true! The title is what draws people in, so it needs to be catchy and interesting.
If you don’t have a catchy, interesting title, your reader might think the content isn’t worth their time—or they might just not bother reading at all! So when it comes to writing titles for blogs or articles or anything else, here are some things to keep in mind:
- The title needs to be relevant. If your article is about cats and dogs living together peacefully (and let’s face it—the world would probably be better off if this were actually possible), then having “How To Cook Perfect Rice” as the headline won’t do much good for either party.
It began as “How to Take Cute Pictures of Your Dog” but evolved over the course of several days, as follows:
The first thing to know about the title is that it changed a lot.
I will be honest–when I first decided to write this post, I didn’t realize that I would have so much difficulty coming up with a catchy title. It began as “How to Take Cute Pictures of Your Dog” but evolved over the course of several days, as follows:
- “How to Take Cute Pictures of Your Dog With Your Phone and/or Computer”
- “How to Take Good Pictures of Your Dog With Your Phone and/or Computer” (this one was good until the word “good” got in there; then it felt like too much)
- “How To Take A Picture Of A Dog On A Phone Or Computer (With Or Without Flash) And Then Make It Look Like The Dog Is Flying Through The Air With Its Tail Wagging And Eyes Looking Up At You Because You Just Noticed That You Had Left The Door Open Behind You So That The Wind Could Blow In Which Is Why All Of Those Things Happened.”
a potato flew around my room
In order to begin the process of cleaning the room and getting ready for bed, I pulled the potato out of my pocket.
I sat on the bed, holding it in my hands as I thought about all of the things that had happened to me since that day at work when I first saw a potato fly around my room. As I stared at its orange skin and brown eyes, memories from before this moment came flooding back.
It was dark in my apartment when I woke up one night—the only light came from a small lamp on my nightstand. My body was covered in sweat; my hair was damp with it too. The sheets were tangled around me as if they were trying to keep me from moving away from their softness and comfortability into something else more sinister—something more dangerous than what lay outside these four walls could offer you after everything you’ve been through today (or whatever). Your mind wanders back over all of your worries: “What if someone breaks into our house? What if they find us? What do we do then?” Then suddenly there is silence again as you remember where you are exactly: still alive after another long day working hard every day just trying not think about anything but making money so someday maybe someday maybe someday maybe someday maybe someday maybe someday maybe someday maybe tomorrow…
So, that’s the story of how I got a potato to fly around my room. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did making it!