…and that’s no joke.
I’m willing to bet that many a blogger has pressed the Publish button on a work of literary art, dreaming of the day that a Hollywood talent scout or studio boss will stumble across his or her blog and marvel at the brilliance within. That could happen.
It just didn’t happen to me. You see, yesterday’s announcement was a naughty prank. I even filed it in the Fun & Games category. Even so, the outpouring of kindness I received from my friends and fellow writers was awesome and a thing to behold. You ladies are the best! You cheered me on with your support and enthusiasm and – most touching – your confidence that I absolutely could pull off writing a movie. And you believe in me enough that it wasn’t totally beyond the realm of possibility that I might be discovered through my blog. That was not lost on me, and I appreciate every sentiment because – unlike my post – your words were genuine. And I do solemnly promise that I shall not yank thy chains again in like manner forthwith and without malice, cogito ergo sum, ipse dixit, requiescat in pace. Amen.
Naturally, you’ll all be mad at me. All except those who are secretly glad I didn’t garner any such Hollywood notice, because you’ve been hammering away at blogging a lot longer than I have and it just wouldn’t have been fair. And I understand that perfectly, because that’s exactly how I would feel.
In fact, if I’m being honest (and today’s entry is non-fiction, after all), I must admit that I have been jealous on occasion over the Freshly Pressed issue. There have been a couple of times that I’ve clicked on a Freshly Pressed post to read “OMG, y’all – this is my very first blog post ever and it made it to the front page of WordPress!” Aaargh.
Yeah, that happens. And it bugs me because I’ve been doing this for 9* months now, and how could the WordPress team not yet notice me among the bajillions of bloggers they host? To top it off, there are bloggers who are on the front page repeatedly. How is that even statistically possible?
And then there’s this: when I first signed up, I clicked on a Freshly Pressed post to discover that it contained exactly one sentence and a link to someone else’s blog. I flipped. Really??? One sentence and a link??? That’s just silly.
Here is what I can expect, according to the front page: “The best of 407,418 bloggers, 429,880 new posts, 424,568 comments, & 96,478,347 words posted today on WordPress.com.”
The best? I’m sorry folks, but a single sentence and a link don’t qualify, in my book. And who besides me was tricked into clicking on the ghost post a while back (also Freshly Pressed) that turned out to be nothing more than five sentences and a photograph of cigarette smoke? There’s no way I could match that level of genius. Or is there?
“Photo of the sun shining at night. Do you see it? It’s to the right of the tree.
This photo isn’t doctored. I have the original digital file as proof.”
Awesome. I think I’m ready to be Freshly Pressed. And I know I’m ready to give up jealousy for Lent.
To my friends and fellow writers: thank you again for your kind words. Your enthusiasm for another’s good fortune is proof of the greatness of the people in this community, and that’s a pretty good outcome for April 1st. – Jen
*Nine months includes my business blog, which I began in June 2010.
So how about you? Have you ever experienced a bout of Writer Envy?