The UX of Post 1000

By | July 22, 2009

Why do we care when we hit milestones?

Life is too monotonous. Time flies by if you aren’t careful.  The last 10 years for me has been a blur.  It seems the older I get, the quicker time goes by.  We need markers to keep our minds punctuated.  We can’t just have a long giant flow of time.  We need spots where we can segment and organize our thoughts.

Why do we care when the odometer goes from 99,999 to 100,000 miles?  Why is the 50th wedding anniversary more significant than the 52nd?  What is it about simple numbers like 10, 50, 100, 1000?  Are they easier to remember?  Easier to think about.

We are all driven by hard-wired emotional responses.  There is no such thing as “irrational behavior”.  Given our points of view, we act and decide based on what we know and believe.  Each person believes they are acting rationally all the time, even when we do irrational things, like make a big deal about the 1000th post.

And they all rejoiced.  yaaaaay.

Ok, well, the obligatory nostalgic review:  Commadot.com has always made me happy.  It’s an easy outlet for my imagination and need to write down what I think.  I really hope I have written things here that help people create better software or lead better lives or just laugh or take a moment to think.  Something other than letting time fly by.

This blog is for a lot of reasons.  I’m not trying to become a professional blogger.  I hope I continue to enjoy it for the next 1000.  I hope you enjoy at least a few of the next 1000 too.

2 thoughts on “The UX of Post 1000

  1. Ben Nadel

    Milestones are nice because they are markers of progress. Even to those that realized that it is generally the journey that makes us happy and not the destination, I think milestones are just another way to “feel” the journey.

    Look at fitness of instance. I love working out and hope to do it for the rest of my life. It is truly something that is fun as a journey without a destination. But, I think there can be many milestones along the way that help us to see that the journey is moving (not that it’s getting close to a destination, but just that it’s progressing).

    For example, I’d love to be able to bench press 275 lbs. I’m not there yet. And when I get there it will be nice because there will be a sense of accomplishment; but, right after than, I pick a new milestone on the continuous journey.

    Not sure that this concept related to blogging… but more of a general application.

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