A few days ago, I got an email from a WordPress editor congratulating me on my most recent post, 10 Things I Wish Weren’t Replaced By Modern Technology, being chosen for the Freshly Pressed page and telling me that my post would be up in the next couple of days or so. I get email notifications when I get a new Like or comment on my posts, and I literally woke up this morning with over 100 emails. Since I am not normally that popular (but someday hope to be), I realized that the likely explanation was that the post had gone live on Freshly Pressed. My initial reaction was excitement. What a great way to get exposure for my blog. Thank you, WordPress. When the emails kept coming, I became incredibly overwhelmed. The amount of traffic and comments (I love comments) that I continued to receive throughout the day was so much more than I had imagined. At one point, though, I began to feel anxious. With more people following my blog now, I felt like the next post had to be an amazing one. Granted, I don’t think people would unfollow me right away just because of one sub-par post, but what if they thought, “Her featured post was so great! But this post is so blah. What if the last one was just an anomaly?”
So I figured the best “next post” would be a thank you post Thanks for taking the time to share in my thoughts and add some of your own. Thanks for being so encouraging and supportive of my writing, and for congratulating me on being Freshly Pressed. And thanks for joining me in a trip down memory lane. Ironically, I work in the tech industry. Though I do think that some things are better and faster with modern technology, my post was more about things from the past that I would be sad to see go and how we need to remember that we’re humans and not robots. It was awesome to see so many people relating to how I felt. So thank you for helping to create a small community within my one post.
One last thing I wanted to do was add a tip to my post, 11 Tips For Starting A Personal Blog. Tip #12: Write blog posts every once in a while that evoke a sense of nostalgia (as long as it fits with the rest of your blog). From what I’ve seen, writing that makes people think fondly of the past tends to generate a pretty good response.