The first thing that came to my mind when I considered today’s prompt was “extraneous.” Then, adjectives and phrases along the lines of “basic,” “unhelpful,” “pointless,” and “verbose” followed. Ironically, I tried to think of a lighter (read: fluffier) concept to quickly address. But “marshmallows” and “clouds” would be inauthentic for me. I could put up a pic of either one and keep it moving. However, I think that should be reserved for times when I don’t have as much of a reaction as I did. When I think of fluff, warm and fuzzy isn’t what comes to mind.
Extraneous information came to mind. It leads to wasted time and, oftentimes, confusion. It’s inefficient. I am not a fan. I do engage in fluffing, but I try to be conscious of it and limit it.
For example, I will often choose to type something along the lines of “I hope that you are faring well” over “How are you” because I don’t want to pry, and the welfare of the recipient will not affect the content of that email/message. Although I am truly interested in the answer, it feels inefficient and inappropriate. I reserve “How are you” for people that I know will not interpret that question as being nosey and people that I trust know that they needn’t worry about offending me by answering — or not — in their own time.
I understand that that may seem odd, but it’s also authentic, efficient, and polite.
In this age of click-bait, advertisements, hoax articles, and the like, I just hate to contribute to more verbal “fluff” and wastes of time. (Yes, irony. I see you, again.)
The post that would have been:
Below is a picture of the stuffed Bilby that I won from Corroboree West at the Tourism Western Australia booth. It’s full of the warm, fuzzy kind of fluff!