An Introduction to Boosting By Steve Roggenbuck
The tweet said ‘Long Awaited’. What an understatement. Alt lit has been waiting for this ultimate piece about boosting for literally blog years. Boosting is one of those phenomena people can’t wrap their heads around. Explanations go out the door, snake around the block, waiting to get into the tower of relevancy, of importance, of the House of Waffles.
Boosting is like a hug: I know it when I feel it. Anytime someone ‘likes’ something on Facebook, favorites something or re-tweets something on twitter, that’s a boost. Since so many internet dwellers rarely meet face to face it is important to have s system of affection in place. For the internet life can be a lonely one. Somebody can write in a blog for years without any attention. I lived that life. That was harsh. I want to avoid that ever happening again. And I want to help others avoid the fate of obscurity particularly when they have so much to offer the world.
Steve quotes Buddhism. Yes suffering will always be with us. That’s why there’s affection. Balance is part of life. Without the bad, we cannot fully appreciate the good. Look at Steve’s life, of his boosting tour across America. Thanks to the tour many people have become friends, oftentimes within the same city. Multiple people I would have never even heard of I met thanks to Steve. And by golly I’m not alone. Across this great nation, of America/Canada people are coming together, hugging, holding hands and hooking up. Hooking up is part of alt lit culture so this shouldn’t be too shocking.
How does Steve implement this boost-plex? Is boosting just one more part of the Steve Roggenbuck MEMEPLEX? Everyone should embrace this ability to help others through the bad days, through the sad days, and through the glad days. I like talking to people when they have different emotions than me. If somebody is having a bad day and I’m having a good one, we can help each other out. The same goes for when I’m having a bad day and someone else is having a good one. We can average out our lives and smooth out the rough edges that are inevitable.
Random friends have been recipients of Steve’s boosting. Having a bad day? Not anymore because Steve liked all your Facebook pictures for some reason. Steve asks if you want to talk about it. Is Steve Roggenbuck the Dr. Phil of social media? I say no, Steve Roggenbuck is way better than that upper lip caterpillar wearing miscreant. Screw Dr. Phil, this is reality, this is the internet. Who lives IRL anymore? Who goes on shows to solve their problems when there’s this whole internet thing to enjoy?
Support each other. You’ll appreciate it. They’ll appreciate it. Keep boosting simple for life can be so complicated.