HAMMOND RIVER, NB (CP) Unidentified sources report that writerwoman61, author of the once award-winning blog, Herding Cats in Hammond River, is not adjusting well to her slide into obscurity. She spends her days staring aimlessly at the computer screen, tabbing between Facebook, Bejewelled Blitz, and her Hotmail account, hoping in vain for a comment (any comment) on her blog. She eats honey-roasted peanuts straight from the jar, without using a napkin! She hasn’t cooked anything more exciting than meatloaf all week, and her garden is sadly neglected. Her dog isn’t even happy to see her when she comes downstairs in the morning! Things weren’t always like this.
Only a week ago, writerwoman61 left the bookstore for a much-needed appointment with her hairdresser…her locks were getting long, stringy and gray, and her eyebrows were harbouring small rodents. Nearly three hours later, she was beautiful presentable again, and arrived home to find that her blog had been featured on the WordPress home page…she had been Freshly Pressed for the second time in four months (despite that unfortunate misunderstanding with WordPress editor, Joy, when writerwoman61 wrongly accused her of spelling a word incorrectly)! An embarrassing ecstatic happy dance ensued, one which sent all four teenagers shrieking in horror from the room.
By the end of the day, there had been 947 hits on writerwoman61’s blog (a 1200% increase over her usual traffic!). The next day, there were 631 visits. Writerwoman61 busied herself responding to the hundreds dozens of comments on her featured blog post, and marvelled at the response to an entry she considered fluffy at best…certainly not her finest work! She hoped that the visitors took the time to check out some of her other posts while they were there! She also found some new bloggers whose coattails she could ride blogs she added to her Blogroll.
When she looked at her Dashboard on the 3rd day FP (Freshly Pressed), writerwoman61 became despondent. It was early July all over again…déjà vu! She hadn’t put up a new post, and only 42 people had dropped by! That night, she sat down at the keyboard and churned out a new post…who could resist a post about pets? The next day, the blog was back at its “normal” traffic level of about 80 hits. Writerwoman61’s spirits perked up a bit.
When Monday morning dawned, writerwoman61 had a bad case of writer’s block…her stats dropped again. She spent the day getting groceries and doing laundry. October 19th was her friend J.T.’s birthday…a post about a guy who’d lived through three bouts with cancer and a heart attack would definitely attract some readers…she was right! There were 84 hits that day, and 83 the next.
As of 3:15 p.m. AST today, there have only been 40 hits on Herding Cats in Hammond River…writerwoman61 is about as popular as ants at a picnic…can a blog called Hoarding Cats in Hammond River be close behind?