Update: Since I first drafted this in the morning, an overwhelming 26,000+ people have visited my little blog with over 42,000 page views today!! Though my blog-writing has never been motivated by numbers (as evidenced by my often sporadic posts!), I can’t help but be incredibly appreciative. When I first set out to tell my cancer story, I thought it would be seen by a handful of readers, at best. To say that I am humbled by the number of visitors and the number of amazing comments that have come through today would be an understatement.
I think the realities of breast cancer are often trivialized and “pinkified” so I am sincerely grateful to everyone who has taken the time to visit/read/comment. I am sorry to say that my story is just one of many. I’m hoping to pull together a list of these amazing blogs/bloggers soon.
Thank you all for reading — and, of course, thank you to the special people who are always there to “like” or comment on my posts, even when they are few and far between. I am grateful to you all.
Imagine my surprise when I logged into my WordPress account last night and saw that over 2,800 visitors stopped into my little blog yesterday. Now, for someone who’s daily page view number peak was something like 622, this was a bit of a shocker. I figured it was a mistake.
But this morning, I saw that it wasn’t. Naturally, I decided to investigate. It seems that it is Facebook that is bringing the lion’s share of these visitors to my blog. And the post that’s bringing them here is one that’s pretty fitting given what time of year it is.
As you’ve probably surmised from the pink ribbons that have popped up in the aisles of your grocery store, it Pinktober a.k.a. Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
I think by now most of you know how I (and a growing number of us) feel about October and the pink displays and endcaps that have appeared in stores across the country. But I think it’s worth mentioning again. I won’t rehash my thoughts here, but I encourage you to visit the post that is circulating around Facebook and the Internet. I wrote it around this time last year on one of two National No Bra Days (there’s a fake one and a real one!) — NATIONAL NO BRA DAY & Breast Cancer Awareness Month (OR Put That Pink Can of Soup Down & Put Your Bra Back On) and then reposted in July (for the ACTUAL no bra day).
Though I don’t think it is that great a post, I AM thrilled that it is being read and I hope it generates thought, discussion, whatever. Even if it creates a paradigm shift for one person who woke up this morning planning to post a National No Bra Day comment on their Facebook page, or if it makes one person with or without breast cancer feel as though they aren’t alone with their thoughts about how big businesses are profiting from and glorifying this deadly cancer, then I will be thrilled.