Is this what it’s like to be popular?

So, lovely Di-hards, how do you like the new look? Isn’t it pretty??

I’d like to declare a huge thank you to my big brother, Uncle Ben, a.k.a. Eupharos, for taking a nice theme by NodeThirtyThree and customizing the whole thing according to my inexperienced ideas. He’s got skillz. And he’s even going to help with different versions of it for different seasons, so we don’t get bored. Yay! Merci!

(Incidentally, we are still working out a few kinks of the changeover… like you might notice the comments suddenly aren’t threading, for some unknown reason… but we will figure it out, I’m sure.)

I also want to express my thanks to everyone who read – and everyone who shared – my last post about teachers. I never expected that the aforementioned facelift would coincide with a much larger event.

It has been humbling and wonderful and more than a little freaky to watch my traffic spike over the last week… and when I say “spike”, I’m actually understating it a bit. Through last Monday, I got nice, regular, very modest traffic (100-200 page views per day) where I knew most of my actual readers personally, and the rest of the traffic bounced across my blog looking for movie reviews, Kate Winslet naked, Salma Hayek’s cleavage, or Reese Witherspoon’s legs.

On Tuesday, I suddenly had the most one-day page views of my li’l blog’s history, including more than 500 just for my teacher post. I was all like, “Woohoo! How exciting!” Then, the next day, views for the post jumped, such that Tuesday’s numbers became tiny. By yesterday, the post had been shared so many times on Facebook (over 1K) that my widget stopped counting.

I know these numbers are not huge by internet standards in general, but to me, they were nothing short of shocking. By yesterday evening, I was feeling a bit more “Um, holy crap,” than “woohoo”, because what the heck do I know about getting this much attention?? As of this writing, Those Greedy, Lazy Teachers has been viewed 14,000 times and counting. (Please don’t think I’m boasting here – it’s more like boggling.)

Again, thank you. I am honoured that you found my words to be worth passing along, that you chose them to help represent teachers’ situation. And a special thanks to all you supportive non-teachers – you make such a huge difference at times like these.

I’m figuring that this will be simmering down pretty soon. I think it is most likely a one-post flash in the pan for this blog, indicative of teachers’ level of frustration – not to mention need for understanding – in the current climate.

As such, dear teachers, I hope that reading this helped, for a moment at least. You have proven what a tight-knit, solid community we are. I hope your first week back with the kids was stellar.

And I hope that at least a couple people who needed that clarification have gotten it, and understand a bit better. It’s hard to tell about that.

You see, along with all the page views, I’ve also had an unprecedented number of comments, and… my very first trolls! (It’s funny that I vowed in my post not to read any comments on online forums… I didn’t realize I was going to create one.) And I was very nervous about those trolls before they showed up yesterday, knowing it must be only a matter of time before they stepped up to the plate… but then I got a comment from “Fred”, and honestly, I was grinning. Silly though it sounds, it made me feel that I’d “arrived” somehow – to be spread far enough to get me some haters.

Anyway, after congratulating Fred on being my first troll, I was amazed and relieved to realize it wasn’t just me against him: other readers were stepping up to enter the discussion. (If you co-defenders are reading – again, thank you.) It got rather interesting. And THEN, there was Thomas, who made Fred look like a relatively good-natured mischief-maker.

All this served to remind me of something I think I already knew: if a mind is tightly closed, you can’t just go and open it.

I think, to get into a mind like that, you would have to come at it sideways, far from the protective anonymity of the Birdhouse. You’d have to meet that person, in person, in an entirely different context… see each other as humans first, do something unexpected that peels back a layer of baggage. Like in this story from Momastery – I love how Glennon wrestles (philosophically) with herself and the jerk beside her on the plane, and they both learn stuff.

And hey, just for fun, since I’m all wicked-popular now (get it? I’m sooo funny), here’s a song that I hope might give me guidance on what on earth to do next.

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17 thoughts on “Is this what it’s like to be popular?

  1. emerge says:

    YOU KNOW ABOUT POPULAR. now. 🙂

    Seriously, 14,000? That is more than double what it was yesterday, right? That’s practically EXPONENTIAL viewage. And I just have to say that 14,000 is the number of Likes that were reached by The Passage page shortly after I started following it on facebook, and Justin Cronin was excited enough to post about it. So basically, you and JC are like, equally famous now.

  2. a few things!

    1. blog is looking sassy and sweet- really like the colours and clean lines. very fresh!

    2. 14,000 WHAT?!?!?!?! that is so amazing, mama! i know i shared it on fb and then i watched as several of my friends shared it and then, well i guess, it snowballed! congrats! you deserve that kind of attention, your writing is always so wonderful, but that piece came at just the right time and was written so eloquently.

    keep at it mama! thanks for linking me on your link list! xo
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    • diblog says:

      Lola, I’m so glad you like the new theme, since you have an artist’s eye! 🙂 And thanks for the kind words – it’s kinda funny and ironic how suddenly having all these people reading has brought out my insecurities… (I mean, I’m proud but also totally freaked out.) So thanks for the vote of confidence!

  3. Skye says:

    I don’t know if this would make you feel more popular, or not, but I can write some mean comments for you every post (just let me know!). It was hard to read some of the comments from the last post, but I think you responded very nicely (not that that is surprising to me). I definitely felt like saying/typing some mean things! Maybe I/we are just lucky to have many teachers in our social circle so that we don’t have to deal with that attitude often.

    • diblog says:

      Aw, Skye, you would do that for me?? I’M SO TOUCHED. I’m there with you about wanting to say mean things… you must be right about our circle of friends and their attitude – but then, I think our non-teacher friends are just way nicer people than these trolls too.

  4. Krista says:

    Love the new look, can’t stand the trolls, but I guess that’s the price of popularity. Thought you handled them very well.

  5. Di, i just wanted to go back to the Teachers post to read the comments, so i clicked on the link which is its title and ended up on “My Laminated List, Part II”. something wrong there, i guess – just a head’s up for one more thing to fix. but ah doo like the new look – go Ben!

  6. Mark says:

    You’ve won me over as a subscriber, Di… although I subscribed using a different email address than I am currently signed in here with…hope that’s OK.

    Congrats on your recent “popularity”. It is certainly well earned, as you spoke (wrote) eloquently on a topic that was both controversial and timely, as well as representing the thoughts that are close to the hearts of all educators with class, style and respect.

    Well done!

    • diblog says:

      Hi, Mark,

      I’ve realized there was a problem with my subscription system since I switched blog themes, but it has now been corrected. Unfortunately your subscription didn’t come through – would you be willing to re-subscribe?

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