Sometimes life really beats you down, to the point you almost give up hope. Then there are other times when you can’t believe the luck you have. Last week was one of those better weeks.
My story hit #1 on CNN, as previously mentioned, but the big news is that it wound up staying at #1 for the entire work day! This helped the story become the #1 Most Popular story on mentalfloss.com for the week. I think that’s a first for me…
Then I had another mental_floss story hit the web last Friday – Give Me A Sign: The Stories Behind 5 Hand Gestures – and it became a pretty big hit on the site as well. It didn’t go anywhere on digg.com (and I doubt it’ll be on CNN), but considering it was posted on a Friday and didn’t have the benefit of a few days to breathe, it was successful enough to become the #5 Most Popular story on the site for the week. So I had two stories in the Top 5 this week, which is definitely a first for me.
It was an exciting week, one that has helped me re-energize and get re-engaged in my writing. I’m working on a few story ideas right now that I’m hoping will be hits. I can’t expect another week like the last one, but, hey, a guy can try.