Freshly Pressed Fun: Part Deux
This is not a repost. This is not deja vu. This is not Groundhog Day. For the second time in six weeks, 101 Books got Freshly Pressed to the WordPress home page. My post called “Jonathan Franzen’s 10 Rules of Writing” was the lucky one.
Not only that, but according to the stats in my WordPress dashboard (available to all WordPress bloggers), 101 Books is currently the fastest growing blog on all of WordPress. Wow. For today, at least. Apparently, the blogging gods, or maybe the WordPress editors, have been smiling on this little blog lately. I’m not sure how these things happen.
Anyway, for those of you who stumbled across this blog yesterday: My first freshly pressed feature came back on February 4. That one totally caught me by surprise, generated a lot of traffic, and brought a lot of new subscribers to 101 Books. I wrote this post about that whole experience.
But yesterday totally shattered the numbers from that first feature. I’ve never talked about traffic on my blog. That’s probably a blogging etiquette no-no. But I will just say this: It’s humbling to see this little idea that I had in my head back in the summer turn into something that, by March, generated 5 digit traffic in one day. I’m a little stunned by the whole thing.
Award show moment: Thanks to all of you guys for stopping by. I’m still trying to get through all the comments and pingbacks. Special thanks to all of the new subscribers. There are a lot of you. Thanks to the WordPress editors for noticing me again. And, of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without Jonathan Franzen and his somewhat controversial 10 Rules of Writing. Thanks Jonathan. I loved The Corrections. Really loved it.
So that’s about it. I’m just a normal 34-year-0ld guy…wait a minute, I turn 35 today…with a beautiful wife and a cute little 9-month-0ld. This whole project started as a way to reignite my passion for reading fiction, something I’d lost since graduating from college a decade (or so) ago.
I’m passionate about this whole project–reading all of Time Magazine‘s 100 Best Novels (plus Ulysses)–so I’d still be plugging along even if I had never sniffed the WordPress home page. But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t nice to know there are people out there who think this blog is worth a daily visit. Thanks for making that happen.
Back to Book #13, Mrs. Dalloway, and our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.