In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes. Andy Warhol, 1968
Hey…it’s ME…writerwoman61! Is this thing on?
Last Monday, I was just another one of the 273,000 bloggers whose “words of wisdom” appear on WordPress.com whenever I feel like sharing them…after three months of blogging, I had a small but steady following, garnering about 30 or 40 hits a day. Some of the readers even commented (favourably) on my pieces…
Everything changed on Tuesday…I suddenly noticed comments coming in from people I wasn’t related to, or who weren’t Facebook friends! And my stats on my Dashboard were climbing faster than I could keep track of them!
Something was up…I suspected that my blog might have been featured on the WordPress.com homepage…I navigated my way there…sure enough, there I was: “Freshly Pressed”! Imagine my excitement!
A few hours after discovering my newfound popularity, I got this message in my e-mail:
“Congrats! Your post ( https://writerwoman61.wordpress.com/2010/06/29/music-to-my-ears/ ) has been promoted to Freshly Pressed on WordPress.com. Keep up the good work!
WordPress.com | Automattic
(no offense, Joy, but you’re an EDITOR! Shouldn’t you know how to spell “automatic”?).
I was still in shock, but realized that in the blogosphere, being “Freshly Pressed” is something like winning the lottery! I was honoured to have been “chosen,” (I seriously wondered if my being picked was completely random – perhaps it was) but if I had it to do over again, I would have made sure they featured a more interesting post: truth be told, that one was the result of a “story prompt” that said to write about sounds that I liked. Not one of my better efforts (I hope people read some other posts while they were here besides that one, but I suspect not!). Had I known I was going to be showcased, I also probably wouldn’t have chosen a blurry scanned photo for my blog thumbnail!
I spent the rest of the day (and part of the next one) clicking back to my Dashboard every few minutes, marvelling at my ever-increasing number of hits (“They like me…they really like me!”), and answering comments. I got almost as many comments for that one post as I had on the whole blog for the three months beforehand! For the most part, people were very kind (although one fellow felt the need to point out that my dog really wasn’t happy to see me when I got home – he was just excited because his meal ticket was back!). I checked out the commenters’ blogs, and found a few kindred spirits to add to my growing circle of female blogging buddies (I’ve added their links at the right – they’re all talented writers – please wait until you’ve finished reading mine though before clicking!). I even got a couple of new subscribers out of it.
By Thursday, my popularity was waning, and my slide to oblivion began in earnest…my page on “Freshly Pressed” had been pushed into the background, replaced by new “celebrities.”
At least I still have my looks…