Everyone likes to be recognized. It might not happen often, but when it does, it’s a great feeling. Someone actually noticed my work? And liked it? What the heck? When all I was ever really expecting from publishing my articles on-line was for my family and friends to read them, it came as a shock when strangers starting commenting on my work. Not many, but it was enough to make me realize that literally anybody could be reading my work…potential employers, ex-boyfriends, creepy stalkers, a neighbor, even the neighbor’s dog (okay, maybe not that last one…but only due to the lack of opposable thumbs and the ability to read; nothing else is stopping that dog from reading my work).
Uh…what was I talking about? Oh yeah. My point is that once I realized that fact, it both excited and scared me. Of course I wanted my work to be read by as many people as possible; what writer doesn’t? But I also wanted to be able to block certain people from reading my work, as though I was embarrassed to be writing silly humor articles and thinking they were good enough to put out into the world. The voice of Chris Farley in his famous SNL “Motivational Speaker/Van Down By the River” skit echoed in my head: “Well, la-tee-frickin-dah! We got ourselves a writer here!”
Writing is something I have always enjoyed, even if I didn’t always share it with anyone else. When something pops into my head, I want to write it down. This is partly due to my poor memory; if I don’t write something down, it’s typically gone forever. So I write down a lot of things, but I only find a few of them worthy of sharing with the world. For the most part, I’m a shy introvert. Verbally, I can’t always articulate my feelings or what I’m thinking. But with writing, I have a voice, and I can edit that voice as many times as needed.
As much as I want to share my writing, it also scares me every time I hit “publish.” For the longest time, I actually felt like I was bothering people with notifications when I published. I still don’t want to publish too often, but I have gotten enough feedback that I’m finally starting to believe that people look forward to what I have to say. This is a strange concept to me. Surely they have better things to do with their time, right?
So imagine what a shock it was to receive an e-mail from Charlotte Kuchinsky that said I had won Most Intriguing Yahoo!/AC Humor Writer for 2010 after having been nominated by my peers. This wasn’t an official award given by the site, but every year Charlotte gives out Most Intriguing awards after getting nominations in from other writers on the site. It meant a lot that others liked my work enough to nominate me. There are so many talented humor writers here on Yahoo!/AC I couldn’t believe I had won. I answered some interview questions and she wrote a very nice spotlight piece on me. You can read it HERE .
I want to thank Charlotte for doing this. Charlotte is a big name here, in case you don’t know her yet, and you should check out her work. At the time of this writing, she has an impressive 3,080,547 page views, 2,632 pieces of published content, and 538 fans, which she has accomplished in just four years (man, how does she do it?). While it would be easier for her to just write and ignore others, she takes the time to read and recognize many fellow writers. I have already seen a spike in my page views and have gained some new followers. It has also given me the confidence I need to share more of my work. I hope to publish more often in the future (once all the Yahoo/AC Glitches are fixed, that is).
Thank you to my family, friends and followers for all of your support. Every comment is appreciated. Oh, okay, they’re playing music…time for me to get off the stage! Thanks again Charlotte!
Note: In case you don’t already know, Yahoo! bought Associated Content, so now the site is in the middle of a takeover, which includes many frustrating glitches. Currently, I am not receiving any notifications telling me when people comment, publish or send me messages. I hope it gets fixed soon, but I apologize to my fellow writers if I miss some of your work.
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