Archive for September, 2011

One Day of Fame

I suppose I should blog about this before it becomes ancient history!  On Aug. 22, my blog was featured on WordPress’s Freshly Pressed.  It was a total surprise.  I confess that I didn’t even know what Freshly Pressed was.

I woke up to all these random comments filling my inbox.  At first, I thought my blog was being spammed.  Then I saw the note from the WordPress administrator that my blog post The Name Game had been selected for Freshly Pressed.  Within a 24 hour period, my blog got over 5000 views.  Wow.  On a day I post a new entry, I typically get maybe 60 or 70 views.

It’s a strange feeling to have so many complete strangers read my writing.  The 80+ comments I received were overwhelmingly positive and encouraging.  And even for those few comments that were lukewarm or even critical, I was still honored people cared enough to comment.  Part of me wishes I could have a conversation with everyone who commented.  I especially appreciated people sharing their stories.  Stories are always a gift.

I wish I could pinpoint exactly why my post was chosen for FP, but I really have no idea.  Blake thinks Milo’s photo helped.  It probably did.  Writing is such a lonely endeavor and I often feel like I’m sending my words out into a black hole.  For one day, it felt a little less lonely.



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Post-Irene Update

We got lucky.  The storm knocked out power to many of our neighbors, but left us alone.  There was plenty of wind and limbs tossed about the yard, but other than that, we got off scott free.  Milo’s weather report for the day: “Big blowing.”

Irene left us a messy driveway. No complaints here!

Getting updates from friends around New England who were not as lucky.  Many still without power.  Vermont was especially hard hit.  Many roads and bridges washed out, leaving communities isolated.  We got very lucky.  If the storm had come through a little more east, we would have been walloped.

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