The blogs stand with their mouths hanging open. Awestruck. Not knowing how to act. What to do.
It’s been an incredible thirty six hours. Make that an incredible four days.
The blogs are flabbergasted.
Let’s back up to early in January. A reporter from seven daily newspapers in lower Michigan calls up the blog writer. Her name is Kim Schneider and she writes for the Grand Rapids Press and six other Michigan newspapers. She wants to write a column highlighting the 365-day outdoor commitment (Opening the door, Walking Outside).
Was the blog writer interested?
Yes, yes! The blog writer had never been interviewed before, unless it was about financial questions. Could she stammer out an interview without screwing up? The blogs impatiently advised her to “just do it!” She agreed.
The blog writer babbled on for quite a while to the reporter, barely knowing what words she used to describe the outdoor commitment. She liked Kim very much. They said goodbye with possible plans to meet someday.
Then the blog writer waited. Waited. Waited about a month. The blogs kept pulling on her sleeve asking, “When? When?” but she refused to play their game. “Just be patient,” she advised them. “And if nothing ever happens, at least we now experienced an Actual Interview.”
Finally, last Sunday, the blog traffic increased dramatically. Doubled its regular hits. Ah-ha! Something was up! But what? A kind commenter provided a clue when he mentioned reading about the blog in the Grand Rapids Press. Double Ah-ha! The column must have appeared!
However, it did not appear on-line anywhere. The blog writer waited. Waited some more. Wanted to share the news with all of you! But didn’t dare before some Actual Proof existed. The blogs were so impatient; you can not imagine dealing with these unruly children.
Yesterday morning, Cindy Lou, an avid blog reader and friend, reported that her mother read the story in the Bay City newspaper on Sunday. Suddenly the blogs felt desperate to see something in print. Should we all drive downstate? A 500 mile trip to obtain a newspaper?
Finally, yesterday afternoon, the article appeared on-line! If anyone wants to read, please visit: http://www.mlive.com/travel/index.ssf/2010/02/blog_writer_heralds_joys_of_th.html
Isn’t this fun? The blogs jumped all over the house yesterday. And not just because of this article…
No indeed. Because Tuesday night something happened after the blog writer went to bed. The blog The Edge of the Known World fell off the edge of its seat. It fell off the edge of its previous charts. It was featured on the wordpress.com home page.
It truly happened. Last year’s blog experienced this privilege twice; now this baby blog (Lake Superior Spirit) received its day in the spotlight. The first evening it received 452 hits, followed by yesterday’s 1,330 hits and this morning the stats count says 258. (Yep, it’s still on the home page at 7:45 a.m.!)
This blog writer is feeling amazingly grateful. The blogs are thankful, too. What a ride! Thank you all for your support and accompaniment. Without you it wouldn’t be half as much fun! (Now, blogs, we’re going to have a relaxing day today. Not spend the whole day staring at the computer. We’re going outside. You got that, you blogs?) 🙂