Did you know this blog almost didn’t make it past the first week, Modern Philosophers?
I was so frustrated that I couldn’t figure out to write, and even more upset that no one was bothering to read the nonsense I was posting.
I called Rachel and told her I was going to quit.
She implored me to keep at it, and promised me I would find an audience because she believed in me.
As always, she talked me into seeing it her way.
I agreed to keep going, but said I’d quit once I hit a million views. We both laughed because at the rate I was going, it would take centuries to hit that number.
And there was no way I was going to live a few hundred more years.
I considered speeding up the plans for my time machine to buy me some time to write long enough to reach that magic number, but life got in the way.
And by some miracle, the little blog from The House on the Hill found its way.
There was a classic post about Zeus and the God of Social Media that went viral and got the blog Freshly Pressed for the first time.
Who will ever forget the Survivor: Maine post that has gone viral many times over? And Jeff Probst even tweeted about it!
Then there was the post about The Walking Dead shooting a live episode in Maine. That earned over 60,000 views in one day, got me a radio interview, and led to my writing for The Nite Show. Everyone loves Zombies and Maine, right?
Then today, while I was off at work, this happened…
That’s ONE MILLION views, Modern Philosophers!
I know Dr. Evil would be impressed by such a large number.
To be honest, I’m stunned. I had no clue that I had so many silly stories inside my head. Or that anyone would ever want to read them.
Thank you to everyone who has ever visited my blog. Thank you to those who supported me in the early days, and gave me helpful hints for getting my blog out there.
Thank you to my fellow bloggers who have become friends over the years. I am blessed to be a part of such an awesome community.
Special thanks, of course to Rachel, my original muse and inspiration. Without her, the Modern Philosopher would never have made his triumphant return.
Special thanks, as well, to Melissa, The Sweet Irish Girl, who taught me that the blog should not control my life. She was the one who finally convinced me to step away, to stop blogging every day, and to take a break to enjoy the world around me.
By taking that break from the daily grind, I learned to love blogging even more.
Finally, I’d like to thank the voices in my head that shout out these story ideas for me to type, and the Otherworldly Beings, who might visit The House on the Hill on a daily basis, or who might simply be figments of my imagination.
Writing this blog has been an absolute blast. Here’s to the next million views and finally landing a paying writing gig!
Seriously, if you like what you read here, I am available for writing jobs. Not only am I an accomplished blogger, but I also write for a late night TV show, and I’ve had two screenplays produced as feature films. Let’s talk…
and i’m glad that you kept going )
Me, too. 🙂
This is awesome! Way to go Austin wishing you the best on your success. 😃⭐️
I can’t even imagine 1 million views. Wow!
Just close your eyes. You can picture it. Go ahead. Try. 🙂
Thanks, Mary-Anne. Clearly, a million hits is the best way to meet someone… 🙂
congrats on that!
That’s too fun! I keep thinking I should get more serious about my blog, but life always gets in the way…and I’m lazy!! Thank you for not being lazy!! See you at your next million views, baby.
Thanks for the blog love, Glenda. 🙂
Congratulations! I’m glad you stuck around. 🙂
Thanks, Lydia. Folks like you make me want to stay and blog more. 🙂
Congratulations. That’s amazing. When did I start your blog? Jill
I think it was a little over 5 years ago…
That’s awesome! Congrats! It’ll probably never happen, but I hope to join you up there in million views land.
Thanks. You can do it!
Congratulations Austin! The “views” milestone is clearly earned. I don’t read your every post, but I see many of them. I like your prose style; style is something I pay a lot more attention to as I read, looking for hints on how to improve my own.
I’m at the other end of the journey, one year into the journey with twelve to fifteen readers a week. I’m feeling a little envy right now.
Well, I started out that way, too. Just keep writing and your audience will find you.
Thanks for the kind words about my writing style. I’m thinking about writing a novel, and a friend suggested I write it in the same style I use for my blog. Maybe I will give it a shot…
Cheers! Austin awesome !