What happens next?

Wednesday February 29th, 6:33 PM.  My heart started racing and I couldn’t stop starring at the screen.  I was frozen for a second, then I started to laugh, walk around the room, talk to myself.  If anyone was filming me, they would think I had gone crazy – really lost my mind.  It had been three hours since I posted my 366th post and I had gone for a walk around Montreal – one of my favourite cities in the world and where I was visiting my boyfriend, who is working there for the month.  I came back with cheap bubbly and rosy cheeks from the cold and thought I’d pour myself a little glass and check my e-mail while I was waiting for my bf to be done work.  But when I turned on my e-mail it was full of messages from WordPress (the blogging site I use, for those who don’t know) saying that I had comments and “likes” from my final post – lots and lots of them.  I check my stats on the blog: 3,411 views in three hours!!!!  And that’s when I went crazy…

As I put up my last post earlier that day, I was a little disappointed I hadn’t reached 1,000 views in one day.  I have a regular group of readers, but never did hit the thousand mark.  Now I was over 3,000!  And it kept going up.  Six thousand views by 8:00. 11,185 by the end of the day.  Over 35,000 two days later.  I am still in shock – although I’ve stopped talking to myself, spontaneously laughing out loud for no apparent reason, and speaking so fast my mouth can’t keep up with my brain!

And the comments just kept coming.  So many encouraging, lovely messages from other writers and bloggers who enjoyed what I did.  I was so proud of myself for accomplishing my goal and getting through the 366 days of ups and downs, documenting it all the way through.  Now there were all these other people who I’d never met proud of me too!  Thank you so much to everyone out there who have inspired me to keep going.  I tried to respond personally to each of you, but it got a little much for a bit there (especially since I was also trying to enjoy my mini-break in Montreal).  I appreciate the comments and support so much.

I never really understood the power of the “Freshly Pressed” section of the WordPress homepage (for the non-bloggers out there, it’s the “best of” blogs from the day) until a few days ago.  It was the fact that my 366th post was featured in the Freshly Pressed section that caused all the other bloggers to see it, the chain reaction and all the views and comments.  For those of you who enjoy reading blogs, it’s a great way to check out some of the best reads of the moment.  (I made a screen shot of my post next to the “Freshly Pressed” sign because I was so excited)

The point of me writing all this (besides because I feel I need to write it and say it out loud to believe it’s real), is to thank you for all your support and to say that I am now going to have to keep blogging.  The momentum is pushing me forward and giving me all sorts of ideas of new projects to do and new adventures to take.  For now, though, I have to write this book…

To all of you:

 

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15 thoughts on “What happens next?

  1. I stumbled upon your blog today thanks to ‘Freshly Pressed”. I hope one day to have mine show up on that page. I was very intrigued by your blog and I look forward to reading the other 365 days worth and hope you continue on beyond. Great work and it i good to know as an aspiring blogger what a boost can come from being featured by WordPress.

    Keep up the good work!!!

    • Ha ha. I’ve mentioned him before a few times, but he’s a very private person, so I try not to bring him into it too much. One day I’ll tell our story… He’ll definitely be in the book. He was one of my dates during date month, but I’ve known him for a couple of years.

  2. So glad I found your blog. VERY inspiring – thanks for being faithful and following through. You’re an inspiration to the rest of us who have all of these words pent up inside that need to be let out. Be blessed!

  3. Love the story! Your Freshly Pressed was incredibly deserved. I have enjoyed going back and reading your adventure!!! Who cares if pop tarts, Thursdays in pajamas and long walks on the beach replace speed dating and extreme couponing!

  4. I came across your blog from the “Freshly Pressed” and am very glad I did. I’m very impressed, too, that you’re turning your experiences into a book. I hope that we out here in ye olde blogosphere can help encourage you.

  5. YOU are absolutely amazing and so brave to share your thoughts, photos, and true self with everyone. It’s inspirational and gives us anonymous bloggers out there, ah-hem, to come out and be ourselves as well…

    Congrats, and may you always be with the best of company:D

    Love Montreal! Eat a poutine for me. :D

  6. I found your blog the other day, but it inspired me so much. Your writing and your experiences captivate your readers, you draw them in. Your courage and dedication to your challenges is amazing. Thank you for sharing your wonderful adventure with all of us :)

  7. You should be proud, i only just started following your blog (im new at this) but its an inspiration. I really enjoyed reading about your dating experiences, some were hilarious lol and some were pretty informative on the whole dating scene. Anyways just wanted to say that you’ve accomplished something really cool and it makes me wanna write even more, honestly.

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