Stock Photo Guy has shown up in a couple recent blog posts I’ve seen, so here’s the latest scenarios I’m imagining he’s engaged in based on the content of the posts.
Here I like to think he’s struggling with which of the thousands of productivity tips that are shared each day – many of which contradict each other – to follow in order to make sure he’s getting everything done in a day.
The headline would seem to indicate that here he’s meant to be fixing all the problems caused by people who aren’t as smart or talented as himself. Instead, I’m going to imagine he’s finally arrived at a solution to a problem he himself created that was significantly more obvious than he thought it would be and is extremely frustrated that he wasted a bunch of time on less productive approaches.
The implication of what he’s doing here is pretty clear in the title. Instead I’m going to imagine he’s holding his head in exasperation over how the word “hack” has been appropriated beyond its initial tech meaning and is now applied to any sort of productivity tip.
Here he’s trying to not snap at the infuriating appearance of yet another vague headline that offers zero value proposition to the audience but is instead simply optimized for search.
Here he’s looking at Instagram and thinking the answer to the question posed in the headline is “No, it’s because you ditched all your friends to go become an ‘influencer’ in Palm Beach, Karen!”.
Here he’s considering for the umpteenth time that day how there are never really just three words that can change your whole life or anything like that and the people who claim such are ignoring all the thousands of other little factors that went into any big change.
Here he’s considering how “writer’s block” is really just a simple shorthand for a momentary lack of inspiration that will soon pass so everyone needs to chill out.
Chris Thilk is a freelance writer and content strategist who lives in the Chicago suburbs.