The last 48 hours have been fairly instructive for me as a blogger. Since WordPress linked to my post about DIY home renovation angst on their “Freshly Pressed” featured blogs page, I’ve received more web traffic in two days than I’ll probably ever get on this blog again. The number of comments I got on that post — 46 so far — is about half the total number I’d ever received before WordPress so generously started funneling pageviews into this, my lowly purchase on the blogosphere.
It’s cool to get a taste of what life would be like if I were a real blogger — someone who posted regularly on topics interesting enough to draw thousands of pageviews per day. As it is, I update this blog about four times a year, and my visitors are usually limited to friends, family and a handful of people I know through social media. I generally try to keep things pretty innocuous here, which doesn’t always make for interesting reading. But I’ve learned the hard way that drawing too much attention to oneself can be perilous, especially when one works in a career field that can be politically sensitive.
To those who have visited in the last couple of days — even just to spam my comment thread — I thank you for stopping by. I was trying to think of a way to parlay this temporary flood of attention into something useful, but so far I’ve got nothing. I’m sure I’ll think of something right after WordPress takes down the link.