Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I'd like to thank the Academy MckMama...

**UPDATED

...for my 30 seconds of fame.


So about the phenomenon that IS MckMama... I'm not kidding when I say, that she has reached celebrity status and just for a day, I would like to think that I felt a fraction of what she feels on a daily basis. It was crazy! Granted, people were reading my blog because of MckMama, which I'm totally OK with, and they read hers because, well, she's super cool, talented, funny, takes great pictures, all while being very informative, encouraging, sharing her faith, and has an amazing story of God working a Miracle, also know as Stellan, or as we like to call him, MckMuffin. My Charming Kids is a daily read for me and I've been participating in Not Me! Mondays for awhile, as my regular, faithful readers know. But who would have thought that by simply linking up to her post FIRST yesterday, this would have happened...

No, your eyes do not deceive you. I had over 1,100 people visit my blog in a 24 hour period. (insert funny comparison to Jack Bauer or "24" here, if I actually watched the show...) Notice the count from the day before - 14. I don't know, what do you think? Not much different, right? Hello?! My total visits ever, almost doubled! And that, my friends, is the phenomenon also known as MckMama. Not Cathy. That certainly wouldn't have happened otherwise... (**Just to clarify, I didn't say that as a poor-me "I would never have that many" pity party:) I was just in awe over the drastic jump in visitors, which happened to come via MckMama's blog!) Which explains why today I'm back down to 60 visits so far for the day. But my time in the spotlight was fun AND because I was #1, I won a super cool photo book kit!

Truth be told, I was very excited but a little nervous too. What if these bloggers come back to read me again on an ordinary day and realize that I have no business trying to blog? What if the platform of Not Me! Monday is the only legs I have to stand on?

Well, then, so be it. My purpose for starting my little, tucked-away blog was not for the fame or fortune. Although a little fortune would be nice. It was my way of preserving memories and moments from our lives. A cyber-scrapbook, if you will. (Since, apparently, that big box of scraping supplies that I've been meaning to get out and that contains honeymoon themed things (yeah, we're talkin' 10 years) will simply, forever remain just that - a big box of scraping materials and possibly a future garage sale item, when I've realized I've been in denial all these years.) It was my way to share with family and friends what fills our days, what keeps us going, what we're learning, how we're growing, Who we're following, a way for ME to remember all those things and all the other stuff in between. And that's what it still is. And I've also considered it an extra bonus to learn from all of you fellow bloggers, to be encouraged, to be encouraging, and to meet some new "friends" (hopefully IRL someday too) along the way.

So, while my claim to fame is gone, most likely never to return, I'm content. Content to quietly go about my life. Content with my 10-20 faithful readers, because you're th' beeeest (said with Nacho Libre inflection) and I love you. Content and excited to welcome any new readers/friends that may come along. And content to just be me. (Well, a work in progress really. It is always changing, hopefully, to be molded into more of what God wants me to be.)



Now on to my real acceptance speech...

Yeah! I'm so glad I won!!! whoo hoo!


OK, not funny.
And, I know, self praise stinks.
Just pretend I didn't say that.



8 comments:

Jenny said...

CATH! You rock!

Mighty M said...

Wow - that is quite the increase in hits! Now I know it pays to keep trying to get #1. For at least a day!! Congrats!! ;-)

Family of 5 said...

I will still read yours whenever you update ...because I think your blog is so fun to read and you are so transparant and a "normal" mom just like the rest of us! But you are famous too for now! It's ok to be proud of yourself! ;) You have every right to be!

And I hear ya about the scrapbooking stuff...mine is collecting dust too...

Amanda P said...

Wowee! How did it feel to have so many peepers? Yikes, I think I'd be re-reading my post all day...did I write dumb or clever or just boring? Lucky you, you're clever and the chicken thing kind of stands out....

Love you and way to go!

Phoebe said...

You rock! Funny--I got link #1 on MPM..which never happens. I seen a skyrocket in my stats, too. Guess it really does pay to be #1.

Yeah...I've got that same box of scrapbooking supplies collecting dust. Maybe one day...

Congrats on your win! ;)

Carpoolqueen said...

That happened to me on a smaller scale a few weeks back, and it was a terrifying feeling. Oh, the pressure of being linked to.

BUT SO MUCH FUN!!!

MckMama said...

Oh, what a fun post:) I am glad you got so many visitors and that you even photographed the proof:)

And, truly, you are wonderful..because you were modest enough to not even brag that MckMama considers you a friend and that you and her (er, me) communicate on a regular basis.

So I'll share it for you, because I think you're great!

(But don't pass on our little secret to your new readers...then I'll be held to a higher standard!!)

Your friend,

MckMama;)

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I'm so happy for you! That is a TON of visitors...did it freak you out??? It would have freaked me out!

You're so faithful to do the NOT ME MOndays. I always want to but never remember. Oh, and I'll be back...I'm a faithful reader, but forgive me for getting SO behind!