The Rush of "Freshly Pressed"

Wow – what a ride!  I feel like a junkie coming off a high and looking for my next fix.  Each weekday WordPress, the platform that I use for blogging, features ten posts from the 277,000+ blogs they host in their “Freshly Pressed” department.  I have no idea how my post got selected last week, but it did, and suddenly I saw my “hit counter” going through the roof, with over 1,500 visits in about 36 hours.

I know that to be true to the art of writing, I really shouldn’t care if anybody is reading what I put out there.  But with millions of blogs now in existence, you just start to wonder if anybody besides your mother is reading your posts.  I now have to admit, it feels really good when people read your stuff.

So I’ll try to keep it interesting to keep you coming back.  I’ve updated my blog’s look, added a story about an ill-fated road trip around Lake Victoria that started with a bribe and ended with me under arrest for smuggling, and also added a photo gallery.

If you want a regular dose of Wild Thoughts from Uganda, you can sign up to receive it by e-mail in the sidebar to the right.  If there is something you want me to look into and write about, let me know!  If there is somebody else you think would enjoy reading this blog, please send the link to them.

Thanks for reading!

Mark D. Jordahl – Kampala

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12 Responses to The Rush of "Freshly Pressed"

  1. Ben says:

    I’m not you’d mom. Congrats!

  2. We don’t write to talk to the wall but to communicate with others. So, it’s nice to hear that, in addition to your Mother, many people are now reading your blog. I already subscribed when I visited last week because it’s interesting to hear what’s happening in your neck of the woods.

  3. Wolfgang says:

    and well deserved that is …

  4. Dave Jordahl says:

    Hey, your dad is reading it too! Way to go, big guy!

  5. Karen Salsbury says:

    Heck, yes, I’m reading.

    Hey, I may be almost old enough to be your mom, and I may sometimes treat you as though I am your mom, so I’ll come out with some motherly words: I’m so proud of you, Mark.

    Anyone who can write with grit and integrity, while shining light in all the corners, deserves to be read. Keep it coming.


  6. Cheryl F says:

    As your mother, I think you may have taken the fact that I read your blog a bit too much for granted! :()

    I keep reading it because it’s interesting, let’s me see into a different world, and It makes me think. Also, it makes me proud to see such intelligence, thoughtfulness, and humor, at times, coming from my son! (Yes, that was a subtle rejoinder.)

    Love and hugs, mom

  7. Cheryl F says:

    Oops, my emoticon got screwed up. That was supposed to be a big smile, not a frown. Put it down to the older generation’s ineptitude in the techno-world! 🙂 Love, mom

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