When I started writing “They Told Me To Find a Rich Husband,” I had all intentions of remaining an anonymous authoress. It seemed that writing about loves won and lost, not offending anyone (that didn’t deserve it), and attaching my name were mutually exclusive requests. Convinced I could make my way in the blogosphere as another Nameless Sage, my first few “Rich Husband” entries went up sans byline and sans self-promotion. Neither a “by Kathleen” nor facebook/gchat status with a “please read my blog!” were seen. And how do you think my little blog fared?
I got 5 hits in as many weeks.
Obscurity, thy name is Anonymous.
Now I’m a shameless self-promoter. Screw anonymity. Virginia Woolf said, “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman,” and I’m a woman proud to have a blog of my own. I have a byline and my blog has a facebook page and a twitter account. I’m branding. Former flings, be warned: you’re fair fodder… and names will be changed to protect only the innocent.
A year after I first shared my opinions on and my experiences in the realm of the single 20-something, educated females, “They Told Me to Find a Rich Husband” has been lucky enough to land two spots on WordPress’s Freshly Pressed. Each placement was accompanied
by a giddy victory dance and a warm feeling of satisfaction. It became my day’s occupation to watch the number of hits climb and the comments reel in (they like me! they really like me!). I was buzzing. I was on a high. It was like I’d finally been discovered.
And then there was the day after…
I never intended They Told Me to Find a Rich Husband (or my flagship blog, “Meet Me in the Drawing Room”) to be a daily diary, so I never felt pressed to produce content more often than inspiration deemed necessary. But now, thanks to Freshly Pressed, I have readers! woot woot! And you claim you want to read more! Hurrah!….. or is it eeeeeek! You have expectations, and what’s worse, a bar to measure me against.
So yes, earning a spot on Freshly Pressed is every blogger’s dream, and I’m honored. But with earning the publicity comes the pressure to produce and produce with quality.
I promise, dear readers, now that you’ve found me, I won’t let you down.
3 thoughts on “Woes of a Freshly Pressed Post: The Morning After”
I’ll enjoy reading whatever you have to say when you have the time to say it. I finally gave up on the idea of total internet anonymity with my current blog, but I am ok with that.
Keep up the posting – you’ll get your book deal soon!
Ah, the effects of success! I’m sure you’ll rise to the occasion(s). Good luck!
Great post! I just started at the end of June with my blog and I was Freshly Pressed after only 10 days. I was SPINNING! But now I am coming down as my numbers have dropped daily. I did pick up readers and subscribers and more commenters… but somehow I feel like I should have been able to capitalize on being FP’ed more. I feel like I failed a bit b/c maybe I didn’t get the most out of the experience. Who knows, but I enjoyed reading your post and will definitely be checking back in. ANd speaking of shameless self-promotion, please check mine out… Woman In Thrisis. Also, my last post was about the whole FP experience, perhaps you’ll enjoy??