I hope you didn’t see the title and believe that this blog has anything remotely unbelievable to say. If you did, then I’ll placate your curiosity with “I love all five of my cats” and “I prefer topping.” If you have read me for long, you’ll know both statements are equally unbelievable. Now you can move on with your day because this post will not get any more unbelievable than that. But I recommend you read on because I have a point to make.
The purpose of the title is to prove a point: click-baiting is fucking annoying and must stop. Whatever happened to drawing an audience based on the merits of its subject? Must you result in beguiling the internet’s casual readers into jumping on your site? And to those that click titles promising “the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen” or “something that will change your life,” then you are only encouraging a horrible trend. Keep it up and this will gradually become adopted by “credible” news sites to increase readership, and I do not want to log on to the Huffington Post to find a headline telling me “What Obama Said About Iraq Will Blow Your Mind!”
If you are having trouble understanding what a click-bait headline looks like, allow me to provide the following examples:
You should have a good understanding of click-baiting now. So please, do us all a favor. Don’t do it. Don’t validate this ignorant trend by clicking on articles that make such empty promises. You will most likely be disappointed.