On Thursday I received the email letting me know that I was being “Freshly Pressed.” At first I thought it was a joke, but since the sender was “wordpress editor” it seemed pretty legit. Then I thought “maybe they accidentally sent it to the wrong person?” [Not because I don’t have faith in my writing, but because my most recent post hadn’t exactly been earth shattering] Nope, this was real. The “wordpress editor” turned out to be a chick named Michelle who not only told me why she chose to feature my post, but told me some of her own irrational fears! After that point, excitement was the only thing to spew from my brain, fingertips, mouth, and other bodily orifices.
Here’s how I celebrated being “Freshly Pressed”:
- Downloaded Aqua’s 1997 “Aquarium” CD and listened to it nonstop (it just felt right)
- Watched this video of the world’s happiest dog a few times
- Ate half of a box of pasta, three handfuls of baking chocolate, and chugged two cans of seltzer water
- Updated my family and friends every few hours about my current blog stats
- Continuously offered to send autographs to said family and friends
- Tore open the scab on my left hand (it itches when I get excited)
- Ferociously vacuumed my room
- Shaved my legs (not ferociously, very gently)
- Took some pills (just Benadryl, nothing fancy)
So there you have it. All of the completely nauseating and slightly embarrassing ways I have spent the last 24 hours due to being “Freshly Pressed.”
On a more serious note, I am insanely flattered, honored, and thrilled. Not because of the sudden traffic increase on my blog (although that’s kinda cool too, I guess), but because of the stories people have been sharing with me regarding their own struggles with anxiety, panic attacks, sleep walking, and life in general. I have really enjoyed hearing everybody’s coping mechanisms, view points, suggestions, and words of encouragement. Like so many other “freshly pressed” bloggers have said, it’s amazing the impact complete strangers can have on you. One of the most fun parts of all this has been reading the blogs of those who have commented on my post! There are some funny, talented, and utterly insane people out there.
So thank you to Michelle for choosing my Irrational Fears post to appear on the home page because you felt it might help others cope with their anxiety. Thank you to all of you who have been commenting, liking, and have started following my blog. I am overwhelmed in the best way possible.
And the coolest part (besides that sweet “freshly pressed” badge on the right-hand side of my blog)? This “Anxiety Girl” doesn’t feel the need to suddenly alter my writing style, change my post topics, or reinvent my blog due to my increase of followers in the past 24 hours. I was worried (shocker) that the sudden traffic increase would change my view of my blog, make it not so much for me anymore. The reality? I am still writing this blog for me, both for therapy and for fun. So just a heads up: I’ll still be writing sappy posts about my family, posting pictures of my adorable nephew, writing out ridiculous conversations with my fiance, sharing my favorite recipes, divulging my latest sleep talking episodes, and occasionally posting something deep and meaningful.
You’ve been warned.