I had checked my e-mail earlier tonight, as a matter of habit. I know I’ll probably have about 15-20 e-mails waiting, the majority of which are from retailers whom I’m too lazy to unsubscribe from their mass e-mailings.
I nearly shit a brick when I saw over 125 unread e-mail messages. What the…? I assumed the worst: that I’d been spam attacked again. But Hotmail has been very good about preventing that sort of thing from happening, and even though it’s a free e-mail service, it’s my personal e-mail, and I’m very choosy about what kind of e-mails I get. In other words, no e-mail solicitations from wealthy Nigerians wishing to bestow me their fortune, or offers for natural penis enhancement drugs.
What I saw was 125 unread messages from WordPress. This blogger likes your post. That blogger is now following you. Please moderate new commenter’s comment. Why all the attention to my blog, all of a sudden. At first, I thought it was some new traffic coming from Michelle Jayne reposting the interview she and I did together. But I noticed then all the views were in relation to a blog I posted earlier this week, “Should a Debut Novel ‘Play it Safe’?“
Then I wondered…had this blog been Freshly Pressed?
I won’t lie. I’m enjoying this attention. I’m watching my Stats, watching my Views and Visitors numbers skyrocket. I’ve earned 25 new readers today alone! And it’s not like I set out to write a Freshly Pressed blog. In fact, that blog featured on Freshly Pressed took me six days (!!!) to write! So maybe I did set out to write…no, I didn’t. I kid. My blog is simply a reflection of the things I’m working on in becoming a published writer, and the steps I’m taking in becoming a better person.
At any rate, it’s been a pleasure knowing that a think piece I wrote has gotten this much attention, and has earned me some new readership. Thank you WordPress for featuring my little think piece in your Freshly Pressed section. And thank you to the many new readers who are now subscribers of Out Where the Buses Don’t Run. I’m glad you’re here, and please don’t be shy; fire away with your comments, and I’ll likely follow your blogs in return.
Soon enough, there will be more blogs featuring me gnashing my teeth over the writing process, and bitching about more bad books I’ve read, peppered with an extremely liberal dose of profanity. It’s how I roll here.