This week, I’ve been lucky enough to have my blog featured on Freshly Pressed for the second time. Both times, I’ve spent most of the day going “refresh, refresh, refresh!” on my site stats page. I guess seeing the numbers come in makes me feel like I’m not just talking to myself here.
But really, they’re just numbers. I’m sure a lot of people click on my post and go “That’s boring,” or “That’s not what I thought it was,” and click away. Cognitively, I get that. But, sitting here, I feel like Mario collecting coins in one of those bonus levels. The happy music is playing. And whenever I reach 100, I get an extra life.
So I sit here on my couch, watching the numbers roll in. I had plans, things I wanted to accomplish tonight, but those have gone out the window.
I admire writers, especially those that can make something Real. I know that it’s about really connecting with your audience. And that really moving one person is better than getting lukewarm responses from 1,000. But, somehow, I still want the page views, the points, the coins. I want to know if this will make my Klout score go up. Or how many more people will add me on G+ or view my profile on LinkedIn.
I don’t have an endgame for this blog. I don’t make any money off of it or anything like that. So, it’s not like these points and extra lives are going to help me defeat Koopa or anything. But I want them anyway. I want a new high score. I’d like to be able to write my initials in some Blog High Score Hall of Fame. Sadly I don’t think that exists.
So I’ll settle for this. My name is Maggie O’Toole, initials MAO, and today’s my high score.
And tomorrow I’ll try to beat it again.
Question of the day: What are your personal coins? What makes you feel like you’ve gotten an extra life?
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