The post Natural Disasters was added to Freshly Pressed yesterday. I was actually in the middle of writing my daily ramblings when I noticed that I had new comments. I seldom have new comments, so the fact that I did stood out. Then, I had even more new comments. I wondered just what the hell was going on. Why would people all of a sudden be commenting on my site? I checked my email and there was a message from WordPress telling me that my post had been promoted to Freshly Pressed. Holy crap.
The busiest day on this blog before all of that happened had just under 200 views. Even that was amazing to me. That is a huge number of people visiting my little corner of the web in a day. In real life, I don’t talk to 200 people in a whole week, let alone in one day. I sometimes forget that when I write things, they are there for people to read. Usually, it seems like my posts go into a little internet closet and collect dust forever. Sometimes, I go back and read them, but I never expect anyone else to do the same. That’s fine with me since I write for me, not for you. Sorry to be so selfish about it.
The fact that anyone would take the time to read the words that I write is incredible to me. It means that maybe these words that flow out of my brain, over which I have little control anyway, might actually be worth a damn. Or maybe not. It doesn’t really matter to me either way since I will continue to write them. I have little choice in the matter since writing every day is what keeps me sane. I have far too much time on my hands and I spend a lot of it writing things down.
My moment of glory is over now. New posts have been put up in its place. My post has been relegated to page two. I can’t say that I’m not a little relieved. Being on the front page of WordPress is a lot of pressure. I must have read that silly Natural Disasters post a hundred times yesterday, fine-tooth combing it to make sure there were no typos.
Originally, I wrote that post as a Plinky answer. It currently has only 13 views there. I jotted it down almost exactly as you see it. Because I didn’t put much thought into it, I don’t really consider it to be one of my better posts. There’s hardly any humor in it and I have posts that I think are much better examples of writing than that one. I suppose it’s a matter of perspective. Just because I didn’t put that much work into it, that doesn’t mean it’s not a decent post. That’s proven to some extent since it was chosen to grace the WordPress homepage.
So, thanks to WordPress for noticing, and thanks to those who read my post and commented. You’ve made my week. Hell, you’ve made my year. I am truly humbled by the attention and encouragement that you’ve given me. I will try to remember to keep you in mind when I write.