Today has been an interesting one here at the old blog. For some reason, WordPress.com decided that my post from this morning (My Daughter, The Writer) was deserving of their Freshly Pressed designation, which means that my blog has been featured on the front page of WordPress.com all day.
The traffic has been unbelievable – over 1,250 visits to my blog today, and still climbing as of this evening. I’ve had over 45 comments on the featured article (almost as many as I had on the blog total) and people are liking the post left and right. As a frustrated writer (and who among us bloggers isn’t?) it’s been a very gratifying day. I even got a rejection email from an essay I’d submitted a while back and it didn’t phase me because the praise and kudos on the blog have been so wonderful.
Naturally, I had to share my excitement with my family, and in particular with the inspiration for today’s good vibes. I sat Ella down at lunch and told her how I had written a blog about her and that hundreds of people had read it (about 480 at the time I told her). Here’s how the conversation went:
Ella looked at me in her usual way, and then said, “So let me get this right…all of these people are going to give me a dollar?”
“No,” I replied, “it just means that a lot of people have read about you today.”
“Oh,” she said. “Will you give me a dollar?”
“No,” I said. “I just wanted to share with you that people are reading about you on daddy’s blog.”
“Are they in the house? Because I can’t see them.”
“No, they’re connected by the computer.”
She raised an eyebrow and then said, “I don’t understand that stuff anyway.”
And that’s how my daughter responded to her brief international fame – classic Ella. I love my kid, and am glad that I can blog about her and people not only read and laugh, but long to have a daughter just like her. She’s a special kid.
And I’m a lucky dad!