I got off to a rocky start today, suffering from lack of sleep and an aching back. I had to do a quick preparation for an IT training class and my only goal was to make it through with no permanent scarring. And on top of all that, I had to face the daily commute with my hubby driving Earnhardt-style. I did what I always do from the passenger seat to avoid assuming the fetal position…my phone “stuff”.
Now phone “stuff” includes, but is not limited to, the following: checking emails, Facebook notifications, Tweets, a round of Words With Friends, Hanging With Friends, reading important news, such as how Kirstie Alley lost 100 pounds, and a quick glance at the ol’ blog stats.
Nine views. I was content with that for such an early hour. But while my post count was moving, I had no referrals, no clicks, and a general lack of data. I made a mental note to visit the WordPress forum to make an inquiry. Later. I had bigger fish to fry.
So by the time I was able to do my next stat check, you can only imagine the shock. 200+ views by lunchtime. WTH? I was fearful. Fearful that I had made a major blogging faux pas, a horrendous typo resulting in an obscene word in a headline, a video link that links to a porn site or worse yet, some spamming scam. Or had I been hacked? I know…my mind goes crazy places.
Before I could look into this further, views were up to 400+.
“Could it be?” I thought. “Dare I look? ” Well, if you’re here, you may already know the answer.
Yes, I’ve been fresh-pressed! To non-WordPressers, this means my last blog post was highlighted on the WordPress home page. It also means that I get a you-know-what-load of traffic (I’ve learned Freshly Pressed doesn’t like bad words, so I’m being good). And I can skip the forums now, because all my stats are working. Man, are they working! At last check, it showed 3,000 views and referral links through other blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and places I’ve never heard of (maybe a porn site for “Men Who Like Boots”). A little scary, but at least I’m not talking to myself any more.
I don’t know how or why, but I’m there for the moment, and I’m going to bask in the spotlight for just a while and welcome all the new followers that are here. I’ve got lots of new blogs to discover, so I’ll be reading for a while.
Then I will start on my next goal.