Today’s post is a three-parter. Because good things come in threes. Or unpleasant things. You decide.
Who knew WordPress liked lipid-laden burgers? My greasy quadruple-bypass patties didn’t slip through their editorial fingers. At first I was thrilled by the “Congrats, you’ve been Freshly Pressed!” subject line in the e-mail. And then my sphincters tightened. Uh oh, it’s one of my more controversial posts. That could mean ugly comments. Well played, WordPress, well played.
Turns out I needn’t have worried. You see, I’ve learned two things from this second Freshly Pressed go-around. Or more accurately, I’ve had two things reinforced:
A. Public Health Is Not Sexy
My post, I’ll Take Four Burgers And A Heart Attack, Please, was tagged under public health. Believe it or not, this tag does not bring all the bloggers to the yard, unlike my first Freshly Pressed post, Birth of a Social Networking Loner, which involved the intoxicating blend of social media and frightened introverts. In other words, online introverts are the fishnet stockings to public health’s lederhosen.
B. The WordPress Community Is the Best
Lots of comments and not a nasty one in the bunch (well, one was iffy). A few disagreed with my offering, but they did so in a respectful manner. You won’t find this on You Tube comment threads, CNN news threads, or Furries’ lifestyle threads. No siree, Bob.
So I want to thank everyone who showed up to read my non-sexy post, whether you buzzed by, left a ‘like’, treated me to a comment, or rewarded me with a reblog or blog follow. As always, I am humbled and grateful for any and all of it, and I’m trying to work my way through visiting as many of your sites as I can.
The same goes for my wonderful regular followers. Thank you for your ongoing blog support; I take none of it for granted. I only post once a week, but I always look forward to the interaction. Especially since I can hide behind a laptop, where no eye contact is required…
II. Featured Blogs of the Month
Last month, I posted a solution to my ever-growing blogroll problem. If you recall, I decided to feature ten bloggers a month. The time has come to rotate my blogroll selection, and if you check out my homepage, you will see I have done just that (hover over the blog’s name to learn more about it). But instead of ten blogs, I listed twelve. Why? Why not.
III. Giveaway Time
In the same blogroll post, I also announced I would give away a monthly prize as a means of thanking readers for their support. Last month’s prize was chocolate from the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (ironic, given my recent post on gluttony).
March’s prize will be something equally fun (I’ll reveal what it is next week), and I will also throw in two signed paperback copies of The Seneca Scourge, since some newcomers have found their way to my blog—one for the main prize winner and one for the runner-up. If the winners have already read my book, then I will give away an Amazon gift card of equal value.
To enter, just leave a number between 1 and 1,000 in the comments, along with anything else you’d like to tell me. But if you’re short on time, just a number is fine; I don’t judge.
Don’t worry about looking through all the comments to see if your number has been taken. Duplicates aren’t likely, and if they are, then too bad for me, right? I’m just thrilled to have you play along. I’ll reveal the winners in next week’s post (the two people closest to my randomly generated number between 1 and 1,000).
In the meantime, stay away from those heart-attack burgers…
***Update 3/1/2013 1 pm***
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