Would you like to read one of my most popular blog posts here on wordpress? It received seventy five likes in a few hours, at a time when I had only a handful of followers and even less readers. I wrote it in a moment but it seemed to resonate with many. I was new to blogging at the time, but obviously knew enough to put a picture of a cute kitten on it to lure people in. Since then I have had posts which got a much larger number of views or likes, but this was the first and I still enjoy reading it.
Hello, I’ve posted, anyone out there?
I finish typing and re read my post.
“Wow this one is, if I may say it, Good!”.
I press publish.
Dare I hope “freshly pressed material?”.
Its been ten minutes.
Oh dear God I forgot to check,
have I over tagged?
Am I not available on freshly pressed topics?
Oh no. Worse again. I have tagged correctly.
What is the problem?
What time is it?
Maybe everyone is busy.
What time is it in America?
“Feck”, they are not asleep.
Maybe it is a special holiday,
or the day after a holiday?
(Here in Ireland we understand,
what it is like to wake up the day after a holiday!)
Nope not a holiday.
Time is marching on.
No follower ( not even someone promoting their blog!)
Quickly re check stats.
People have read it.
No one “likes” it.
I re read my awesome post.
Somehow it doesn’t seem so clever now.
In fact it is really bad.
What a rubbish post.
What was I thinking?
I close the laptop,
and try to carry on with normal life.
Thoughts such as walking away from blogging,
never writing again,
or quickly posting something better,
spring to mind.
I avoid my blog for another half hour.
Then, unable to resist,
I check in for a hypothetical two minutes.
I don’t even sit down,
in order to prove to myself, I am uninterested,
and not heartbroken by my followers lack of love.
Then I see it.
With a comment, “I liked your post etc”.
My heart lifts.
Somebody “likes” me.
I knew it was a good post all along.
I am a great writer.
I hum to myself,
and bask in the glory of my own genius.
photo credit: miguelavg via photopin cc
photo credit: fazen via photopin cc
****If anyone would like to link their most successful post, or a post they are most proud of please feel free to do so in the comments, I’d love to read them as I’m sure would others.