A Brief Ego Blip

Fame is fleeting, but what a rush!

Last month I wrote a post about the Little Free Library that we built for our front yard, and my blog got 670 views that day. Clearly the subject resonated with people. I was really, really proud, because I’m currently averaging 107 views a day.

Throughout the day, I kept visiting my statistics page to watch the numbers go up and up and up, and it was such a rush. I didn’t want the feeling to ever end. But I knew it would, because this isn’t the first time this has happened on this blog.

One time I wrote a post that got 762 views in one day at a time when I was averaging 45 views a day. Ironically, it was called “Holy Screamin’ Cats! I’m Trending!!!” and it was about yet another viewing blip of 376 views. So the post about the trend exceeded the post itself. It will be awfully hard to break that record. Fame, however, is fleeting, as you can see by my statistics below.

I think that how someone deals with that says a great deal about that person. I could have mourned the loss of all that attention. I could have gotten bitter about the return to the status quo. I could have suffered ego withdrawal. But instead I’m choosing to look back at it and smile.

I’ve learned over the years that it’s impossible to foresee which of my posts are going to be popular. And in a way, that makes it fun. Roller coasters that are predictable are not nearly as exciting.

Thanks to all of you who have been along for the ride!


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Author: The View from a Drawbridge

I have been a bridgetender since 2001, and gives me plenty of time to think and observe the world.

4 thoughts on “A Brief Ego Blip”

  1. Synchronicity strikes again. Never mention how often it appears in relation to your posts and my commenting on them but it’s frequent. Read this post and was mulling over how to articulate my thoughts about it when this Ted Talk popped up in my in box.

    There’s also a play list on Ted that covers the profit end of it: The race for your attention

  2. Hope you know that you shine when you write from the heart and gut with an authentic passion that doesn’t worry about views or negative reviews. You seem happiest when writing with that type of freedom because it’s the way you try to live your life in spite of past negative baggage. Why is the attention and praise of those closest to us not enough that we are so easily manipulated by likes and dislikes from absolute strangers? They only see a fraction of who we really are and we don’t know them, so why put so much value on their opinions? We let our insecurities about our self worth fill the pockets of the greedy. Your blog is the only social media interaction I’ve ever done because, at times, you fearlessly cross the lines and don’t feed us what you think will grab our attention but say what’s genuinely in your heart and on your mind. Stay true.

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