In case you missed it, yesterday was kind of a big day for me. One of my posts was featured on The Consumerist, which is one of my FAVE websites. And my traffic exploded – I’m talking over 3000 pageviews in 12 hours. It normally takes almost a week to get that many people interested in what I have to say!
Money for Nothing (and your chicks for free)
I would be embarrassed to tell you how many times I refreshed my stats yesterday. (Hint: A bunch. Difficulty: I did leave the computer a few times to pee and/or get food.) I’ll admit I was totally obsessed with my magic instant popularity – I even called my mom, who doesn’t even know the name of this blog, to fill her in on the progress.
Me: My site was mentioned on The Consumerist and now all these people are looking at it!
Mom: Oh, that online writing thing you do? And it was mentioned where?
Me: OMG Mom, my traffic just jumped by 150 views in the last three minutes!
Mom: I still don’t understand. What’s jumping? Is this that dancing baby video from Ally McBeal?
Me: Why don’t you understand? I’m finally becoming awesome!
Mom: Well, I’m cleaning out closets. I bet it would be pretty AWESOME if you did the same, especially if your closets look like they did when you still lived at home.
Me: *mimes stabbing self in head* I am so done with this conversation.
To make things even more awesome, I got a #FF mention from @GRSblog on Twitter! AND someone submitted one of my posts to Reddit! I’ve never had so many cool things happen at the same time. I’m surprised my site didn’t crash or something.
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
By about 9 last night, I was feeling pretty good about life. I was reaffirmed in my decision to lay out my personal and financial life for the world to see. I didn’t receive any hate mail or “worst blog in the world” comments.
Then I did the dumbest thing EVER.
I was working on a post for tomorrow, something hilarious that came to me while I was eating too much pizza. I had to type out a bunch of senseless drivel before I forgot the point I was trying to make.
I hit the button to save my draft because I was too tired to make any sense. Plus I had to
check my stats again do a few more things before bed.
Except I didn’t hit Save Draft. I hit Publish. And didn’t realize it for like five minutes.
So if you’re one of the 136, 179, or 211 people subscribed to my RSS feed (depending on Feedburner’s current mood and whether Jupiter is in the fifth house), you likely saw a crazy ass post in its infant form. I thought I managed to get rid of it, but RSS readers don’t like to give posts back no matter how nicely you ask.
Don’t Bring Me Down
I don’t even know if I can describe how embarrassing it is that people saw my random thoughts before I had a chance to string them together. It’s kind of like when someone walks in on you sitting on the toilet. Part of you wants to be all nonchalant, like “Hey, what’s up?” and another part wants to jump up midstream and cover your nether regions before you die of humiliation.
First, I thought I would finish my partial post, but I don’t know if I can – now that people have seen it in raw form, it seems stupid to post it. So instead I decided to tell you about it (at the risk of drawing MORE attention to it) in an attempt to move on.
I did install a plugin that will prevent me from posting a draft ever again. So there’s that.
But I still feel like a total noob for making such a dumb mistake.
The Heart of Rock n Roll is Still Beatin’
No matter how cool it is that some extra visitors stopped by, those of you who read regularly know that I’m just an average person who is trying to correct some HUGE mistakes in my life.
I’d love to be a blogging rock star. I can just imagine a world where I have 3000+ pageviews EVERY day, not just on what must have been a slow news day at The Consumerist. It would be amazing to have large numbers of people willing to read all the crap I talk about.
But I’m just me. And like my finances, my blog is subject to screwups every now and then. So I’ll sit around feeling like an idiot for awhile, then I’ll think about how awesome this whole blogging thing has been (even before I became super popular for a day). I have some of the greatest blogger friends in the world, who will undoubtedly tell me not to worry about the draft posting thing (after they’ve finished laughing hysterically) and will distract me on Twitter and chat.
I just hope they don’t mind reading posts from a one-hit wonder.