#2017bestnine vs #2017worstnine
As a not particularly popular person who also doesn't run in circles of heavy social media users (probably a good thing for my mental health... also I don't run in that many circles to begin with, both literally and figuratively), it was a weirdly exciting thrill getting over 100 likes on something for the first time, not to mention the thrill of it repeating 7 more times (didn't quite reach 9 total, but hey, 8 is a lucky number for me, anyway). Not to worry, though - my humility was hastily helped along with plenty more pictures that were not deemed huge successes by social media standards. I'm still the same old humble pie as ever.
No, I don't base my value on how many internet points I amass, but I'd be lying if I said it had zero effect on me. Again, as a not particularly popular person, it's kinda exciting to at least have a representation of me gain some semblance of popularity or recognition, no matter how unimportant or small or fleeting in the grand scheme of things.
I hope you don't read me repeating my lack of popularity as a cry for help or attention... I'm just stating it as a fact that provides context to what I'm saying - in fact, I consider myself pretty secure in my self-worth. Being secure in your self-worth also means being comfortable with reality. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Anyway, here's to another year of selfies and good hair days and bad life days (because reality) and underappreciated puns.