In the spirit of April First’s unofficial, yet globally known holiday, here is my April Fools’ Day post.
I am aware that blogs that have a photo are more likely to be read. Let me just say, I couldn’t care less. The fact is, the majority of readers care more about the photo than they do about the actual article. In fact, it has been proven time and time again, that most people will hit “like” without even reading the damn post or comment without ever reading the damn article. This is actually a huge relief to me, as I can say whatever the hell I want to and no one will be the wiser. I’m totally considering confessing some of my deepest, darkest secrets right now…I mean, hell, why not?
But seriously…HAPPY APRIL FOOLS’ DAY! This is just an example of an April Fools’ Day joke that NPR played three years ago in 2014. Here is an excerpt of their prank by Jeffery Patterson of The Desert News, March 31, 2017
The best April Fools’ Day pranks in history
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2014: Why doesn’t America read anymore?
Proving some troubling points about the way news stories are digested these days, NPR pulled one of the great April Fools’ pranks when it posted a fake article with a headline designed to elicit a response: “Why doesn’t America read anymore?”
For anyone who took the time to click on the headline and see what the article was about, this is what they would have found:
“Congratulations, genuine readers, and happy April Fools’ Day! We sometimes get the sense that some people are commenting on NPR stories that they haven’t actually read. If you are reading this, please like this post and do not comment on it. Then let’s see what people have to say about this story. Best wishes and have an enjoyable day.”
And so, my dear readers, Congratulations and Happy April Fools’ Day from My Life I Swear! If you have read this entire blog post, please “like” but don’t comment.
Consider it an online social experiment.
Best wishes and have an enjoyable day,
Erin Cooper Reed
P.S. – Just for the hell of it, here’s your damn photo!