You beautiful people,
Yesterday might have been a record day even without your sharing posts on Facebook, but those shares pushed it way past the best numbers we’d previously seen on here. The number of actual visitors was unfathomable for me at this point. The day before yesterday, Wednesday, was had the third most counted visitors–anyone who read through their email browser and didn’t actually click on the site wasn’t counted. That number was 17. Yesterday, we had 55 counted visitors. The previous most counted views–a view is only counted if you click on a post; if you read five while scrolling down, it only counts as one–was 86; yesterday we had 118.
The biggest number of the day, however, was 33, because that’s the number of people who came to the site through Facebook, and I don’t have Facebook. You do, though, and you certainly helped me out with it today. I know that my sister Darla had a big hand in that. She posted “Simon’s Worms,” and it got 20 hits.
So, that’s what I’ll hope you’ll do for me today; rather than sharing the poem I post later, go into the archives as share one of the pieces that you’ve enjoyed. “I Miss Dead People” did well with you; that might be a good one to share. The one about Simon and Andorra with the stolen grapes proved entertaining, so maybe that one (It might be called “Them Little Criminals.”
Am I asking you to do my job for me? You could certainly look at it that way. Is this shameless self-promotion? Sadly, it is. The great thing for you is this: There are billions of other websites you can click on to get away from this lazy bum who’s trying to get you do his job for him.
If that’s how you’re thoughts are running, then I’m certainly not talking to you, I’m not looking to ask anyone to do anything he or she doesn’t want to do; rather, I’m talking to those of you who have bought in. You’ve proven an interest in helping me grow this thing, and this is what we’ve come to next.
Special thanks to Paulie Z and the Lizard. They came by the bar yesterday evening and worked diligently on making this site more visually appealing and user-friendly. We’d love to hear any impressions and comments you might have.
I can’t thank you enough for all you’ve all done, and it’s my hope that you find things here that make your day somehow more livable, that you are not inspired to share these posts because I ask you to but because you think people you know will take something from them as well. We are all collective of people who know this one thing: Even if the world is going to Hell in a hand-basket, we don’t have to let that rule our lives.
I am humbled by your support and interest; it’s such a small number in this world of million unit sales and things going viral, but to think that people read or listened to words I wrote 118 times in one day just astounds me, and it’s not a bad feeling to take to bed.