0: You are reading Articulated Thinking. You are not sure what to think about it, so you check out the About page. It’s… it’s written in choose-your-own-about-page format. You are not sure what to think about that, either.
> Yes I am: it’s awesome! Go to paragraph 2.
> True. I am suspicious of this turn of events. I thought this was a blog about… thinking or something. Go to paragraph 1.
> No, what? What I’m telling you is that I actually want to read about Us, not that I want you to read me wrong and “fix” my problem by dumping me back into the standard flow. (Hey, everyone else. Sorry if this is confusing.) Go to paragraph 10.
> I felt okay about it before, but after having read that latest option I am pretty concerned. Also, this page is really, worryingly long. Go to paragraph 11.
1: You keep reading the About page, and while it’s titled “About You” you are beginning to suspect it’s actually about Articulated Thinking, the site you’re on. You think that because the page has sentences in it that strongly suggest it. Like “we write about thinking, problems, systems, and insight.” And “we write about making the unexamined and unvoiced explicit.” And most damning, “We also have book reviews.” Also, some of the options give off a general impression of severe self-indulgence. Yeah, if this is all actually about you, you are probably one of the authors of this blog. Which, actually, isn’t all that unlikely. But hey, maybe reading About Articulated Thinking is what you actually want?
> No. It is not. I clicked “About You” because I want to read about me! (Okay then! Geeze.) Go to paragraph 5.
> Yes. I care about the “About” part of the title and the “You” thing is just kind of an irritating joke. Go to our normal “About” page.
> Yes. Reading an “About” page that is a choose your-own-about-page is an unmitigated pleasure. Even if it’s not about me, I want to keep reading. Go to paragraph 2.
> Actually, excuse me, but… the link I clicked on to get here was called “About Us,” not “About You” and I would like to read about Us, not You. (Really? That’s weird. Uh, this is kind of a late addition, but…) Go to paragraph 0 and pretend you clicked on a link called “About You” to get there.
2: You eagerly read on. You skip ahead a bit, even, even though you know you shouldn’t. And even though skipping ahead is likely to be pretty confusing in this environment! Anyway, you see that the author bios are coming up next. Fortunately for you, this means more choices for you to make!
> I want to read Aubrey Alford’s author bio now. Go to paragraph 3
> I want to read Jesse Alford’s author bio now. Go to paragraph 4
5: Okay, now you’re reading about me, like you wanted, okay? I’m one of the authors and frankly I think you are being a little selfish. Why? Because I don’t want to write another thing about me. I already did that in paragraph 4. It’s right up there. Why don’t you just go read that?
> Deep breath. Okay. I want to read about the person reading this. Okay? Go to paragraph 6
> I’m not totally sure you actually wrote paragraph 4 before you wrote paragraph 5, actually. Go to paragraph 7
> Because I wasn’t told to! I’m keen to these games. Trying to confuse me won’t work. I know to only read paragraphs when I’m offered the option to read them! Go to paragraph 8
6: There aren’t actually a lot of things to read about you, here. Well, here are some things:
> I’ve seen that before and I don’t think it’s very clever.
7: You think that there’s no particular reason that these paragraphs would have been written in the order they’re numbered. If you’ve read it, you find the author’s claim in paragraph 5 is likely unfounded. There’s no reason for you to believe that paragraph 4 was even written at the time paragraph 5 was finished.
> Yes, that’s right. Listen, I want to come up with a system for testing this on my own. Okay. Go to Your Own Experiment. That’s not a location. I’m just letting you know it’s time to do some experiments. You can always start over at paragraph 0 if you get bored.
> I find the fact that you’re even entertaining this line of inquiry is evidence it is correct. Go to paragraph 9
8: I’m not trying to trick you, all right? And “why don’t you” is like a… a… a rhetorical suggestion. You’re not supposed to answer it as a real question about why you’re not going to do a thing. Though, you probably already knew that. Look, I’m sorry. I’ve been kind of a jerk. Let’s start over. What would you like to do?
> I would like to read About Us, which is why I clicked on About Us in the first place. Go to paragraph 12.
> I would like to read some really excellent Harry Potter Fan Fiction. Go to www.hpmor.com.
>Oh, uh. This is a little awkward, but I’ve just been reading straight from the top. I haven’t really taken any options. (I guess you’d like to read our archive, now, then? It’s actually meant to be read that way.) Go to The Archives.