15 Minutes of Fame

space-shuttle-launch

Monday:

It’s early afternoon. There are ripples. The wind picks up during the day. There are 9,000 blog views by bed time, 8,500 views for a single post, more than 10x my Total average daily views. (Not that I’m counting.) 

I ferret out the source of traffic: Facebook. I’m unsuccessful at locating the fire starter.

Monday EOD Count: 11,000 views

Tuesday:

I wake to find my blog with 18,000 new views.  18,000 views overnight!  No caffeine required.

I sneak peaks during the day to find post views are climbing at more than 5,000 per hour. Heart? Pumping.

The site traffic is picked up by two media sources who send an email requesting my permission to share the post on their site. They ask for my photo.  Oh No. No. No. No.  I reply with thanks, but no thanks.

I go to bed, and sneak a peak at the view count. 101,000. And counting.

Tuesday EOD Count: 125,000

Wednesday (Today):

I wake to find the Facebook traffic is now rolling over to Twitter and WordPress. The pot is boiling. Traffic count at 3:30am: 25,000 additional views. I’m checking in hourly. It’s a tidal wave.

Anxiety level: High.  Anonymity Desire: High and surging with each click of traffic count.

(The post, this one here, is a story, a wonderful story by a famed poet, songwriter and novelist. It was published in 2009 and featured in another book by a different author printed in 2014. It’s going VIRAL. My role? Cut, paste and hit PUBLISH.)

8:42 pm count: 211,181.  211,181 new views for the day. And still climbing.

Epilogue? It’s coming. Stay tuned.

Meanwhile, it’s bedtime. And yes, I’ll be sleeping with my eyes wide open.


Photograph Source: nasahistory

 

Comments

  1. Your role: remember you blog about them! and you never forget to give credit due. Goodnight.

    Liked by 3 people

  2. strap in. it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I’m new and I’m here because of your story of Naomi Shihab Nye at the airport.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. I said it before and I’ll say it again…I want to be like you when I grow up.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. Congratulations. Isn’t it amazing how something will grow from the most anonymous of sources. The story was moving in and of itself, and your blog just put it’s warm message in front of hundreds of thousands, (including me) and counting, new sets of eyes. We never know where we will make a difference, and when we do, it is a moving experience. Congratulations and well done.

    Liked by 4 people

  6. Wow, job well done. I can’t imagine that many readers in a day, but when a story is good……..

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Wow I’ll have what your having!!? … Amazing.
    Karen

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Simply awesome. Enjoy!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Amazing…and I have many of Naomi Shihab Nye’s poems on my blog, but nothing like that has EVER happened to me. I’m pretty anonymous and insignificant and that’s a good thing for me. But you both, you and Naomi, deserve such fame. 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

  10. OMG I’m one thrilled with this piece – thrilled to hear the Arabic language, thrilled to know the elder is cared for and met with grace, thrilled to know the creative and poetic lives on disguised as ordinary, thrilled over apple juice and little girls and hand holding, this all the best I have read in a while AND I just had 3 days of depth at the Global Summit in San Francisco so , …. I’ve already been having a delicious multi cultural soul ride , thank you for keeping it going – Whewww – LOVE is where the real power still resides, money and prestige only the means to spread it around ! ❤ keep going with the beauty and truth and sweetness – I believe we'll make it like this!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. louisadeasey says:

    Just shows what humanity needed to hear today…. 🙂 I found you from a Facebook share and loved the story. Thank you for sharing.

    Like

  12. Can I have your autograph! Think oh how many lives you are enriching…

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Oh David, don’t undersell yourself. “My role? Cut, paste and hit PUBLISH” is known as curating. It’s a new profession, and has been behind the news media changes.
    So, bask in the glory. For now, anyway. When you do this the second time, you’ll be on your way to being another Huffington and can have the honor of disproving Warhol.
    Vincent

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Who knows where this could lead, David? Are you ready to let it take you somewhere new?

    Liked by 1 person

  15. WMS (and this is for Mimi and Michael). SO excited for you, pal, and I can say “I knew him when…” You do a phenomenal job on this blog and I know I’m not alone in saying that it’s an essential part of

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Damn–hit the wrong button. 😒 …essential part of my morning ritual, right beside my oatmeal and Bootcamp. 😄 enjoy the ride, DK, you deserve the approbation!

    Liked by 2 people

  17. Haha, love it… and I was salivating about 250k views in a little over a year, lol. Go Dave 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  18. I’m not surprised it was that story. In a world where all we seem to hear about is intolerance and hate towards others and each other, we gravitate towards, we CRAVE stories of love and togetherness. Because that is where we want to be, where, in our nature, we are supposed to be. And you, my friend, are taking us there. So, in addition to saying, Congratulations!, I can say, I knew you when…….😀

    Liked by 1 person

  19. Holy Fan Club, Batman! Right piece, right time, right exposure, right man.

    Liked by 3 people

  20. It was Naomi, here too. We must have needed this story.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. So did you do anything different from your other blogs? What do you attribute the success to?

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Yep, “Born at the right time.” Enjoy the ride David!

    Liked by 1 person

  23. I’m in the autograph line too, David, so people believe me when I say I knew you back then and always enjoyed reading your blog. Well deserved fame for both of you, enjoy the ride! It can last much longer than you thought. Btw,can I take your picture?

    Liked by 1 person

  24. I read this the other day, late, and then didn’t make it back to chime in, but I just love that this happened and that it was you and that it was this story!! What a wild and amazing ride for all the best reasons! So so cool!

    Liked by 1 person

Trackbacks

  1. […] of Kindness Foundation  “This is the world I want to live in.” There you go, David,15 minutes of fame, LIFT […]

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: