Oh, irony, how I love thee. But maybe not so much when you happen to me. (Yes, I know it rhymes.)
I’ve talked here before, as most of you know, about my break from blogging and my previous obsession with the numbers and how I came back and got away from it. I made that decision and found peace in it.
And then … this happened. Despite my resolve to not get caught up in the numbers, seeing 1,588 hits in one day was sort of exhilarating. It was fun fielding all of those comments and being seen by so many people. But I knew it was temporary. Some would stay and read daily. Some would come back here and there, but eventually move on. And some would never stop by again. And that was OK. In fact, my numbers seemed to drop drastically after that day. I was getting about 250-300 hits a day without much effort leading up to that day. And then I was getting around 150.
And then … this happened. I’ll double check to see if that link gets you to where I want you to go before this posts, since it may change. But, it should take you to the WordPress.com Freshly Pressed page. This is where the site that hosts this blog chooses to highlight eleven blogs a day. Last Thursday, WordPress.com chose me.
And here is where the real irony happened. WordPress chose this post to highlight. WordPress chose the post about how I blog for myself, to improve and increase my writing and about how I don’t care how much traffic I get because if people like me, they like me. And if they don’t, I no longer care. And that, my friends, is the second time in two weeks that I broke the 1,000 hit mark. My total for the day was 2,786 visits. And in the days following, my hits went up significantly. I am not getting near the visits I got the day WordPress featured me. But I got 402 hits on Sunday. I never before got more than maybe 150 on a Sunday, and I didn’t even post anything this week.
I want to get back to everyone who’s taken the time to comment. I’ve visited a few new blogs, but there were just so many and there are only twenty-four hours in a day, so I don’t know if I’ll get to everyone — at least in a timely manner. But I’m working on it. The quality of the comments makes me think that those are probably some very good blogs and I want to read them. So, please be patient.
Having my “SITS day” was fun, but the way that site works, it basically came down to the fact that it was just “my turn.” See, you join the site, comment each day on the Secret is in the Sauce site and the daily featured blogger and let the women who run it know you want to be featured. Then, your name goes into a queue and when it’s your turn, you get featured. Fun, but not exactly surprising or even all that special, when it comes right down to it. It’s just another way to actively drive traffic to a blog.
The Freshly Pressed honor is just that: an honor. Because I didn’t do anything to get it except write a blog post that caught the eye of The Powers that Be at WordPress and they liked it. They really liked it. So, I thank the WordPress Powers and all the people who clicked over here and liked what they saw — and even those who didn’t like what they saw. If nothing else, having that happen gives me a fresh resolve to continue writing and do all I can to make sure my content is the best I have to offer at least 95 percent of the time. I’d shoot for 100 percent, but even Superman had kryptonite!
And that, my friends, is irony at its finest.