It starts as a typical day off work.
Crawl out of bed. Perform usual morning tasks which include looking out the window to find a dreary, rainy and chilly day greeting you.
Gather up laundry. Eat breakfast enjoying that first hot, soothing cup of tea.
Tell husband about the crazy dreams you had. Laugh out loud at his reaction.
Throw first load of laundry in the washing machine. Think about what household chores need to be accomplished. Decide they can wait and power up the laptop. Log into Facebook. Read updates on your friends and relatives near and far.
Decide to check blog and perhaps write a short post for today. Click on WordPress. Stare at WordPress home page. Blink. Stare again at home page. Blink… blink… blink.
Gasp out loud. Mind begins rapid-fire monologue. What?!?! Is that real? Do you honestly see what you think you see? Could it be?
On the Freshly Pressed home page for www.wordpress.com there sits a picture that looks exactly like the one you used in yesterday’s post. Blink again.
The upper-right corner of the page boasts the freshly pressed post entitled, “When nature shows no mercy” by Mama’s Empty Nest. That’s you!! Sit back in your chair and let the shock sink in.
Blink again and again. Stare intently at your computer screen to make sure your eyes are not playing tricks on you. Nope, still there. You’ve just been freshly pressed for all WordPress bloggers to see!
Yell at husband to come look as you incredulously explain, “I think I’ve been freshly pressed.” He grins at you and says, “Wow! That’s great!” You grin back and stare again at the screen with him. Shock. Total shock.
Hubby grabs your cell phone and texts your three adult children: “Your Mom has made the big time on WordPress! Her blog from yesterday was posted on freshly pressed on the front page. This made her day. You should take a look and congratulate her. Love, Dad.”
You finally come out of your shock stupor to actually log into your blog. And there you see proof that it’s true. Your site stats have soared to heights never seen before. Fellow bloggers are leaving comments for you. In the blogging world, it’s an exciting day.
Friends write congratulations on your Facebook wall. Your children respond with messages and phone calls. They’re proud of their mama. They tell you again what an awesome writer you are. (Of course they believe that, they’re your offspring!)
Oldest daughter tells you “Mom, you’re going to be a famous blogger!”
And your reply is “Ha! Only for one day!”
And that’s the truth. When the fervor dies down, the site stats will return to the normal range. Your 15 minutes of fame will be over.
For what it’s worth, you’re relishing the ride on these last few pages in Chapter 4 of your book called Opportunity. But more than that, you hope and pray lives were touched by what you write, which always comes from God placing thoughts in both your heart and mind.
Thank you WordPress and all you fellow bloggers and readers out there. Thanks to you, it’s been a thrilling roller coaster of a ride!