Well, my goodness. This whole blogging thing can certainly lead a person to delusions of grandeur.
A while ago I posted a piece about how I wanted to come back in my next life as a duck, so that everything would just roll off my back. I thought it was a mildly amusing little thing, but mostly I wrote it that night because I was feeling a little down. It was therapy! Since I have been trying to jazz things up a bit here on Postdepartum, I looked for some images to insert. I picked a nice, generic, not-trademarked picture of a mallard, and I put it into the post. Clicked on ‘publish’ and that was that.
A week or so after that, I pulled together a few of what I think are my better posts about the empty nest, and I sent them with a query letter to a few literary agents. I know, I know, delusions of grandeur for sure! But I did it after being urged to try it out, to see if I could get published. A couple of friends suggested it, and my blogging friend, Embattled Farmers, gave me a nudge. So I sent out the queries.
Please tell me that you guys check your stats, too. I try not to check them too often (is every five minutes too often?) Usually, I just look, see that I have 20 hits for the day, and call it done. But about five or six days ago, I noticed that I was getting closer to 80 hits a day.
Yay, me!!! They like me, they really like me!!! After I stopped skipping around the living room, I checked to see what posts they liked so much. Huh. 70 out of 80 hits were on “I want to be a duck”. I wondered why?
Over the next couple of days, the hits kept climbing, over 80! Over 90! 120! 150! Oh, my goodness! Could it be that, perhaps, one or two of those literary agents were impressed with my wit and wisdom, and were out there reading my blog?! I could practically see that Pulitzer Prize!!!!
Funny thing, though; it seemed like almost every hit was on that duck post. When I checked the search terms, I saw “duck”, “duck photo”, “duck image” and “mallard”. Odd…… I figured that I would have to use a duck image as the cover of my book when it came out.
And, hey! Look at that! People are reading my blog all around the world! France! Germany! Saudi Arabia! Malawi….? Really?
Finally, I got suspicious. Or, as my fifth grade teacher used to say, “Light dawned on marble head.”
I finally googled “duck image”.
Holy Cow. I mean, holy duck! Off to the right, where the featured image is kept, I saw my mallard image, and it was titled, momshieb.wordpress.com
Gulp! All those people were out there in Thailand and Uganda just trying to find a nice duck photo, and they were stumbling on my blog! No agent, no book, no instant fame and fortune.
Just a huge belly laugh at myself, and a golden opportunity to hop on here and tell all (5) of you about my swelled head!
Kindly note: there is no image in this post!!
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!