There are times when words simply don’t have enough power to convey how strongly I feel about something. I could use every synonym in Roget’s for gratitude and it wouldn’t be enough to express how I feel over what has happened here today.
I had no doubts that we’d reach our goal. I had no idea we’d blow it away like this. All of you did this. I know it may seem like you didn’t do much of anything. You clicked a web link, something you do dozens of times a day. Maybe you posted on your blog or mentioned it to some friends. If you’re reading this and you are thinking, “What did I do? It was no big deal.” let me put a stop to that right now. You’ve given me back a safe place. You’ve given me back a measure of control on how and when I think about one of the absolute worst days of my life. Now, I will always have a reminder of the day that the internet came to my rescue and gave me some peace.
When the post to kick it all off went live last night, I sat and watched the page hits start, slowly for the first couple of minutes, then jumping by 5’s and 10’s with every refresh. By the time I called it a night and went to bed, the counter was leaping by close to a hundred page views every 30 minutes or so. As I checked it throughout today, sometimes we jumped 600 an hour.
So, please, give yourselves a huge round of applause. If I could, I’d thank each and every one of you personally. You didn’t do something trivial today. You made a huge difference and I am eternally grateful.
Our Own Creation
The goal was 2,350.
The final count? An astounding 8,582!
The goal was 1,786.
The final count? A whopping 4,600!!
I’d also like to share a bit of news. This afternoon, I decided to go ahead and email WordPress and just let them know how their word choice affected a segment of their clientele. I gave them the very short version of my story and pointed out that a blogger who has never posted about a personal tragedy doesn’t really care how you refer to the day they got the most page views, but someone who has had to go through the most hellish day of their life and who wrote about it doesn’t want to spend every single day seeing it referred to as their “Best Day Ever.” A few hours later, I got a reply from Andy at WordPress. That statistic on the Blog Stats Dashboard now reads “Busiest Day.” I hope that helps, even a little bit. I’d like to offer my thanks to WordPress for jumping on that. I’ve run customer service for a major online service and I know that requests like mine usually have to first be approved by a committee (HAH!) then they get put on some programmer’s or web designer’s To Do list which is already miles long and months behind and never seem to make it to the top as more important fires need to be put out. And I know when they first designed that page, it never occurred to them that there might be an emotional connotation to that particular phrasing. Page views are gold on the web. Back when stock options were something you hoped an employer offered you as part of your salary package at a dot com, page views were what you showed investors so they would give you lots of money. A day was either good or bad based on how high that number was. So, I know that was the thinking when they designed that page. It wasn’t malicious or stupid. It was internet-think. It says a lot about them that they made that change immediately. I know Mel was preparing to set up a regular Project New Day to help other bloggers change that stat. I imagine if you still wanted to make sure you didn’t have a constant reminder of your worst day on your stats page, we could still round up a few people to help you reset that one statistic. 😉 I know I’m good for a few page views.