That would be my own horn — and Fillyjonk’s and Sweet Machine’s. (They let me toot their horns sometimes if I’m very gentle.)
I started this blog (in its current form) on March 30. 7 and a half months ago. At the time, my Technorati ranking was a goose egg, and like all new bloggers, I checked about 187 times a day to see if it had climbed from 0 to 1, then 4 to 5, then from 10 to 20. Then, could I crack 100? Etc.
Just before I did crack 100, I discovered this post, which sets out a formula for determining who’s A-, B-, C-, and D-List in the blogosphere. And naturally, I became obsessed with those categories, even if they’re no more meaningful than Amazon rankings (which — sorry, authors — are really not very meaningful). So, when I became a “B-list bloglebrity,” I partied a little on my personal journal, but then I had 400 damn points to go before my status would change again.
Well, in the last 24 hours, it did. Shapely Prose finally cracked 500. Now, when you enter “kateharding.net” into the little Technorati widget on that post, you get this:
Sadly, this doesn’t mean I’m going to get better tables in restaurants, or past the velvet rope at beautiful-people clubs. It doesn’t even mean the readership has grown much recently. But it does mean I’ve achieved an arbitrary goal I set for myself several months ago. Woo hoo!
And it also means it’s time to gush about how amazing it is to have this readership that so wasn’t there 7 and a half months ago, to write posts that get hundreds of comments, and to get all kinds of positive feedback every time I open my damn mouth (so to speak). One of the hardest parts of being a writer is not knowing if what you’re doing is worthwhile, if anybody’s ever going to read it or care. Being able to connect with readers immediately has completely changed my image of myself as a writer (even if it does make the never-ending novel that much harder to write, in some ways, because that remains lonely, uncertain work). Specifically, it’s made me feel like I am a writer, not just an “aspiring” one.
And that’s all you guys, right there. Thank you so fucking much for reading — and linking.
Now, if someone would like to pay me to write this blog, that would be even better.