It may be declasse to talk about this, but I think my reputation can handle the hit.
Last Friday, after over three years of blogging, my humble little blog was Freshly Pressed. There I was, on the front page of WordPress.com. I was shocked.
I was more shocked at how many people played along. Almost everyone who commented posted a haiku. Really good haikus! It was so fun reading them all. Everyone was so nice, too. I don’t know why, but I was worried about trolls commenting just to be contrary. I was also worried about tons of people commenting just to plug their own blogs. No one asked me to read their blog unless it directly related to zombies or horror movies. Everyone was very nice and polite. One exception.
It was very exciting, but it was also very stressful. Stressful, because I have an obsessive compulsion to reply to each and every comment. I also had to visit all the blogs that linked to my post, read them and comment there as well. I was grateful for all the exposure, but holy hell. That’s a lot of pressure. Heaven forbid I neglect to reply to a comment or thank someone for linking to my blog and they think I’m an asshole. I couldn’t handle that. Literally, it would keep me up at night. Yes, I care if complete strangers think I’m a bitch. Is that endearing or psychotic? Actually, I don’t want to know.
Well, I didn’t have to stress for long.
Yep. There’s the ugly truth. It’s a helluva ride, but it’s a short one. I am grateful, however. I don’t think I’m cut out for fame. Too nerve-wracking. Relative obscurity is more my speed.
I would like to take the opportunity to give a shout out to Doug and his blog: We make it all better. Not only is Doug a super nice guy who took time out of his day to give me words of encouragement, but he also plugged my blog like my mom paid him. Doug is with Copeland Communications (how cute is the bike-riding dog banner?) and his blog is smart and funny and also has zombies. What’s not to like? I have my brief handshake with fame to thank for introducing me to him.
And to everyone else who commented on my zombie haiku post: I promise that I will try to visit your blogs soon. I may have to quit my job and stop showering, but I will try. I will also try to leave a meaningful and complimentary comment. I swear. Please don’t hate me!