She is fresh, fresh. Exciting…
~ Kool & the Gang
I was asleep when WordPress got the party started. By the time I woke up, my guests were already numbering in the hundreds.
Who are these people and what are they doing here?
One of them said, we’re here because you’re on Freshly Pressed!
I’m … what?! REALLY?!!!
I rushed to the Mr. and squealed, I‘m on Freshly Pressed!. He hugged me and went, WOW! But the look on his face clearly said, What in the world is Freshly Pressed? So I explained:
Imagine a newspaper that millions of people read and that contains half a million articles. Most people find it difficult to browse through all the pages so they only read the Front Page. WordPress just placed my blog on the Front Page!!!
Suddenly the Mr. stared at me like I was also featured in the centerfold.
So what’s it like having a post on Freshly Pressed? In a word, exhilarating. You get such a high from knowing that strangers are reading your blog and liking it. And if you’re like me who transferred this blog to WordPress just this year, it feels as if you bought the last Bingo card but won the yellow bike anyway.
The high sustained me as I acknowledged comment after comment for hours. (The least I could do for those who took the time to show me some looove.) At one point, comments were coming in at the rate of five per minute — my inbox was flashing with the words Please moderate, liked, subscribed. I tried to keep up, buoyed by the encouraging and positive feedback.
I got comments from college students, moms, a stepdad, people who sell water fountains, filing cabinets and firecrackers. Several run their own farms and businesses, one is a doctor, a couple are photographers, two others previously made it to FP. Fellow Filipinos told me they were proud of me. Mabuhay po kayo, a young man wrote, and I almost teared up. A whole lot of them are kids who weren’t even born when I was in high school and Robby Rosa of Menudo meant the world to me.
(Oh my god, did I just say that out loud?)
Meanwhile my Sparkline was no longer a Flatline: There’s 1,500 page views, I turn away to cough and it’s up by 50, I call my sister and there’s 2,000. This is when the ego starts to wonder: Anderson Cooper might be reading my post right now! Maybe #3thingsicantdo is trending on Twitter! Right up there with #replacemovietitleswithbacon!
Oh, it felt so good.
Some bloggers, and I am one of them, are OK with having only a few readers. But the act of writing/blogging can be quite lonely that to receive any feedback is a relief. And I’ve realized this: knowing for certain that a stranger just read and actually liked something you wrote is one of the most gratifying things in the world. Now multiply that feeling at least 150 times. Ahhh….
Then on Saturday afternoon, the party started winding down. I found I could actually catch up on replying to comments. It was time for my guests to leave because several parties were already starting in other places like Mexico and Korea.
Most of them did not come back.
5,000 or so views on Friday became 1,300 on Saturday. As I write this, it’s down to 300. It will probably be back to pre-FP levels within the week, with 100 views being the highlight of a blogging month, haha, except now I have more than one subscriber! Yes!
So now that my 15 minutes of itty-bitty super-mini cyber semi-fame is up, what will I do?
What I’ve always tried to do: write (not just type), try to take good pictures (not just click and upload), edit, check for typos and grammar lapses, make sure anything I put out there will not be as embarrassingly cliché-ridden as the stuff I wrote in high school (oh gaaad!). I’ll keep telling stories the way I would tell them to family and friends. I’ll make sure I don’t get eyestrain when I read my own posts, haha. I’ll drool and quote and look for interesting blogs out there (one ‘perk’ of being on FP is you are not only found by readers, you also discover other bloggers when they connect with you). Above all, I’m pretty sure I’ll continue enjoying this.
Have you read this far? Good, because this is the part where I say THANK YOU!!! to everyone who read my post/s, clicked Like, commented, reblogged, linked back and subscribed. The blogosphere is a lot less intimidating because of you.
Oh, and WordPress? As my nephew Adam would say it, you rock.