Jane Finds God And A Whole Mess Of New Friends

WordPress is where I call bloggy home. Yesterday, my post on the Al and Tipper shocker was featured on their “front page.” A first for me. I was touched, honored, pleased even. When a post is featured it means that your post caught the WordPress editor’s eye because it was well-written, interesting and timely.

My post?

Well-written –  Uhhhhh, are you sure? My kids are on summer vacation. Have been for 2 weeks. And I’m already going batty. That post was written between: 4 bowls of cereal, 14 Shhhhh-es, 2 orange juices, one spilled juice, one xBox control breakdown, 3 pleas to stop yelling at each other, 7 bribes, one load of laundry, one half loaded dishwasher (side-tracked, I forgot to finish), 3 clothing changes (the kids, not me) and one dog barfing the latest Lego casualty. Honest to goodness, I wrote it. Spellchecked it. And clicked publish. I barely read the post myself.

Interesting – Seriously? I like People magazine as much as the next gal but we all put our pants on one leg at a time. Or as my grandma would say, “Everybody poops.” As voyeuristic as I can be, musing the lives of the rich and famous shouldn’t be interesting. Entertaining, maybe. But nothing to dissect, ponder and analyze. Quite honestly, I needed a topic I could whip off in a jiffy. I knew my time was limited and prone to extreme interruption. See above. I was right.

Timely – OK. I’ll give ya’ that.

And the number of hits to my blog? Amazing. Off the charts. Crazy. My dashboard graph looks like I hit one heck of a sugar spike. It was a day long diet of hot fudge sundaes, Twizzlers and Coca-Cola. Nary a vegetable to be seen. I was impressed. Touched. My ego definitely stroked.

And the comments? Also off the charts. I couldn’t keep up. My email box full and a child pulling on each leg, I barely had enough time to read them, let alone respond. Finally, when the kids were in bed, I decided to meet my new fans.

Now, most  of the comments were sincere. All were sincerely written, anyway. But then, we’re all writers here. Some better at fiction than others. I highly suspect I had quite a few fiction writers visiting yesterday.

(My advanced apologies to anyone who might be offended and feel I am speaking directly to you – when, in fact, your comments were sincere and had no ulterior motive.)

1. Some  simply wanted to introduce me to God. (God? Who is this God of which you speak?)

2. Some wanted to sell me a book. (I’m in the middle of four books right now – my limit. But I’ll keep yours in mind.)

3. Some wanted to sell me a wedding dress. (Did you not read the post? I’m already married. Twice.)

4. Some wanted to sell me their services. (Quite a variety, I might add.)

5. Some wanted to promote (or sell) their own blog. (I already have one. But thanks for thinking of me.)

Wait, they all seemed to want to sell me something. So, I’ll need to adjust #1. They were probably selling God, too.

All kidding aside, I have discovered some great new blogs. Your thoughtful comments and even the fact that you decided to check me out have me humbled and speechless. I also want to thank all my faithful, dear, “old” friends who braved the crowds and pushed your way in to hear what I had to say and share your words of wisdom. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m amazed by the people I meet here. I want time enough in every day to read/comment/email you all!

With the new-direct-line-to-God websites I’ve discovered, I just might have the “in” I was looking for!


Filed under All In A Day's Work, Observations

31 responses to “Jane Finds God And A Whole Mess Of New Friends

  1. Congratulations on Freshly Pressed, Jane! I happen to think that you’re always “well-written, interesting and timely” – whether you’re talking about Al & Tipper or your kids. 🙂

  2. You are being humble. Congrats on being on the front page! Woohoo!

  3. Congrats! Now I can say that I knew you when…

  4. …and have you met my friend God? :). I’ve never been on the front page of anything, but then again I haven’t turned up in the Arrested on Morals Charges or Obituaries pages either, so I’m good.

  5. Jen

    I’m glad you were featured on the front page! I’m your new reader because of it! Yay!

  6. Grats for going someplace I’ll never see. Somehow I missed that you were features on freshly pressed but I still saw the post. 🙂

  7. That is so cool!

    Now, what can I sell you?

  8. Lucky lucky you! To get new friends AND God all at once. (Too much fun-poking? Okay, I’ll stop.) Glad to see you got some exposure. Now, what are YOU selling? 😉

  9. angelcel

    OK, which planet was I on yesterday that I missed the front page coup?! Congrats to you, it’s well deserved recognition. Yes, I recognise what you say about the ‘sugar spike’ in stats (the down-side for me being that it was kind of sad to see that peak slowly disappearing off to the left of the chart as the days advanced)! I also had the offers, the invitations and the look-at-me-me-me but you know what? No introductions to God. If you’re being offered a hotline to The Big Guy, maybe you should consider it. I hear He has some influence around here. 🙂

  10. Wow!! Congrats to you!!!

  11. Steven Harris

    IF any nuns had written comments they’d have pretty much covered all five of your reservations: they’d be trying to convince you to ‘get’ God, to marry him (in appropriate dress of course), to read his book, to promote their own nunly services if you need help ‘getting’ God, and they’d most likely be promoting the God Blog of Nuns.
    Congratulations, by the way. Well deserved. Now please buy my religion. 😀

  12. I’m not selling anything, I swear. But I did happen to have this bridge out in the desert…..LOL

    Just kidding. It WAS well deserved. You do not give yourself enough credit. I’m sure many of them will see what a great writer (and entertainer) you are and will stick around.

  13. Congratulations. Very exciting! Next stop? CNN!

  14. Woah, that’s pretty damn awesome! How do you even know if your blog is featured, may I ask? I’m just curious ^_^”.

    That’s amazing though. And, well, as you say, we’re all writers. Writers don’t always know that they’ve written something particularly good – it sometimes takes other people to convince us of that!

  15. I think the amount of traffic you received is a clue that your post was more interesting and well-written than you’re giving it credit for.

    People related to the post — not because it was Al and Tipper — but because it was about marital strife. That’s what was interesting.

  16. unabridgedgirl

    Yay! I am glad you were on the Freshly Pressed! You really deserve that, Jane. And this post made me laugh. I’m not selling anything, either, so don’t worry. 🙂

  17. Hooray for you, sweetie! You deserve it!

  18. Congrats! That’s so fantastic. P.S. This post totally had me chuckling. We humans are certainly an interesting race.

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  20. Well if they’re smart, they’re just discovering what your old faithful friends have known all along!! xo

  21. ck

    Congrats on the much-deserved publicity. You are a fantastic write, you know. Especially when you can pull off a kick-ass post in the midst of chaos.

    And also, this cracked me up: “My dashboard graph looks like I hit one heck of a sugar spike. It was a day long diet of hot fudge sundaes, Twizzlers and Coca-Cola.” Is it wrong – I love days like that!

  22. I am very suspicious of those who are speaking to me for God. Excuse me, he created the entire universe and what the ” cat’s got his tongue?” And besides, he created me, he must like me this way…

  23. Totally Belated but . . . . *Squeal* Front page! Yea!!!!
    Now if only I read it from the computer so I could have seen it and then came over and grabbed hands with you and jumped around squealing. Dang.

  24. I didn’t realize you were on Freshly Pressed – wow, that now makes 3 people I know who have been featured (4 if you count Kenzie twice! lol). That’s so great! Congrats!

  25. secretlifeofjane

    I am a new friend and I am sticking around. 🙂

  26. Boy, I leave the blogosphere for a few days and a few extra naps, and look what I miss. Congratulations!!

    Also, I got a great wedding dress I can sell you …

  27. Man oh man, I haven’t been fresh pressed nor have I received those invites to get closer to God. Maybe he really is looking out for me (in the latter instance). Anyway, having written in similar conditions I commend you for putting together stuff that is fun to read and thought provoking. That is a tough thing to do when you are threatning death to the kids because they want to fight when you want to think.
    Keep up the good work!

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