Please hold your applause until the end.
(This is tongue-in-cheek. I'm probably the most humble person on earth.)
I finally earned enough points to make me #1 in the great State of Wyoming. I mean, I always was #1 but this is the first time it's been public knowledge.
Honestly, this would ordinarily be a major achievement, but we're talking about Wyoming. My state has 259 ActiveRain users. Most of you have that many within a 1-mile radius of your home. In my state, you only need 4,500 points to be in the top 50 and the top three users hadn't blogged in 6 - 12 months.
I felt like Pac-Man...chasing ghosts.
Every journey starts with a poorly written blog that nobody reads.
I wanted to upgrade my account and start blogging. After all, it doesn't make sense to share my superior real estate wisdom if nobody can hear me. I upgraded my account in December and started searching for motivation. ActiveRain blogging doesn't result in six-pack abs or shipments of fluffy puppies, so I needed something more. That's when I learned about earning points and a discounted - or even free - account.
You mean I can spend an hour a day blogging and
earn a $10 discount?!? Count me in!!!
I had been logging on and reading for a while, so I already had around 50,000 points. This must be part of that "white privilege" I hear so much about. I only needed 230,001 points to become #1 in my state and finally bring peace to the Middle East.
It seemed reasonable to earn 30,000 points a month (particularly with my skill set) and reach the top by the end of May. It was December in Cody, so I rolled up the sleeves of my Buffalo hide parka and started writing like a fast writer determined to write even faster.
It was easy at first because I picked off the "low-hanging fruit" users with 60 - 80,000 points. I secretly thumbed my nose at them as I launched what was sure to be a new career in journalism and ghost-writing for the rich and powerful. However, the top six were spread apart with some significant points so my progress slowed. I also had to maintain my secret identity as the father of three children and the owner of a busy Property Management company in Cody Wyoming. I took four days longer than anticipated. I posted a blog on Sunday, June 4th, and earned the 250 points needed to propel me to the top.
The world will never be the same.
Your results may vary.
For many of you, the dream of becoming the #1 ActiveRain blogger in Wyoming is just that: a dream. There is very little chance of you achieving what I have, but isn't it worth trying? Don't you want to look your grandchildren in the eyes and tell them, "I couldn't possibly match the heroic, selfless actions of Nathan. Nobody could. But I had to try!"
Let's get serious.
Points help measure my activity. It's fun to "compete" against others and measure my progress up the leader board but what really matters is that I've learned to enjoy blogging and met some fantastic professionals around the country. And some Canadians. I even enjoy the folks that seem to be frowning as they type.
Thanks to everyone that has helped me learn to enjoy signing in the 'Rain.
I'll try not to let it change me.