Post goes viral -- can you recommend a topical ointment?
Have you ever gotten so stressed you broke out in hives? That happened to me recently and while I've identified the cause, the symptoms brought on some serious scratch action.
I wrote a post October 2 titled, "It's enough to make you cancel your reservation." It was a silly little piece about traveler complaints found in a survey by Thomas Cook and the Association of British Travel Agents. I originally read about this in the Telegraph, a British newspaper, a few years ago. If it was good enough for the Telegraph, it was good enough for me.
Since then, post views have reached 2,738,709 and still counting.
It seems the post went viral in a big way and struck a chord with a lot of people. Most of them on Twitter and Facebook. Did I say it was a silly little post? By Friday morning, I was getting a little itchy. By Saturday night, I had a full-blown rash. The anxiety of hitting the 2 million mark was getting to me and I had to self-medicate with a bottle of Stoli. The rest of the weekend was a blur.
I felt like I was back in the eighties winning a game of Risk.
On Monday night, I received an email from an editor at Huffington Post asking me if I wanted to let HuffPost publish this post online. I broke out in a sweat and asked myself, "Do I really want to go there?" After a few emails back and forth, apparently I did. And now I'm an official HuffPost Blogger.
19 Idiotic (But Real) Travel Complaints -- On Huffington Post
So there you have it. A post that basically consisted of comments written by other people goes ballistic and captured the interest of so many people I had to close down the comment thread because a) I have a life, and b) contrary to popular opinion, I don't always need to have the last word.
The past few days have been a roll-ah-coaster and I've enjoyed the conversations with other bloggers and had quite the laugh at some of their own stories of holidays gone rogue. While I don't regret closing the comments, I do want to apologize to any bloggers on my blogroll for any jump in viewers recently. It's totally my fault and I hope you'll forgive me.
Why did this post go around the world and back again? It could be for any number of reason. Yes, it was funny but it's been done before. Maybe it's because we all love a good laugh at someone else's silly "in the moment" remarks that, looking back, make you want to retract what you wrote. Personally, I think after a week of a government shutdown, people were looking for something to distract them from the agony of watching their government implode.
Whatever the reason, I've had my moment in the sun. I basked. I applied sunscreen. And I only got a little burnt in the process. Now I'm back to my regular program of blogging about things that amuse me, reading about things that amuse you, and ensuring my daily intake of vodka remains manageable, while googling images of Karl Urban wearing a suit. Or not.
What's your most memorable blogging moment?