My husband made me start this blog.
I didn’t want to. Not one bit. Why would I want to spend time writing on-line articles and information nobody would read? Plus I can barely navigate Twitter and only recently became Facebook savvy.
Kicking and screaming I did it. Actually, it was pretty easy thanks to WordPress. I even got a few views in those early days (thanks mom).
In October I was one of the first people to publish information about the flooding in the Cinque Terre. I had 691 views that day, and I’m pretty sure only about half a dozen where my parents. I was hooked. I couldn’t stop writing. I had this great platform I could use to educate, inform, entertain and ultimately help people. Amazing. exhilarating.
I have yet to come close to that day. I’m lucky to break 200 views. Not that it’s from lack of trying or obsessing. In fact, I am most likely checking my WordPress site stats as we speak. You know the ones. View Counts, Referrers, Top Posts & Pages. I try to limit myself to just a few peeks a day, but the suspense! It kills me! Maybe just once an hour?? Will today be the day? Will I break 200? More importantly, how many people will like me?
Likes. Comments. Followers. Even more crippling an obsession. Every time I get one of these I celebrate my victory, pumping my fist in the air. YES! On the flip side, a day without any is horrendous. Painful. A day of dark introspection. What went wrong? I haven’t had this tumultuous a relationship since college. I once went a full week without so much as one new follower. I was devastated as this has become my gold standard. The pinnacle of success and the ultimate ego-boost. Nothing is more gratifying than knowing someone enjoyed my writing so much that they don’t want to miss a word ever again.
I’m asking you the reader to make sure that you use caution here and treat this blog gently. What may seem to be nothing more than a click of the mouse, a simple comment or a decision to follow in reality is gasoline thrown onto my obsessive blogging fire.
Better wrap this up, I haven’t checked my stats is 37 minutes.
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