One of the questions that I get asked most frequently as a blogger is "How do you drive traffic to your site?"
Up until last week, I did not have an answer. Now I do.
Who knew that infectious disease= free ticket to popularity?!
If I had only gotten the memo in high school; I might have made the drill team.
Last week, I wrote a silly little post about how my kids "infected" themselves and their toys with Chicken Pox (aka a pink marker). Since then, I've received a disturbing number of emails requesting face-to-face contact:
Do your kids really have chicken pox or was that really marker marks? Please respond ASAP.
Hi! I found your blog while doing an Internet search for how to get chicken pox but I'm a little confused. Do you or don't you have the pox at your house? I live in Philly and I was hoping to expose my girls.
I was searching for Chicken Pox and found your site. Where did you get C.P. and how can we get it at our house? I am so jealous. I've been trying to infect my kids for three years now. Wish I lived closer to you. I'm in Nebraska :(
I'm in Pittsburgh but will drive [five hours] to expose my kids to the virus. Can we come over for a playdate? Here's the link to my Facebook page and blog so you can see that I'm not crazy.
I was actually looking for chicken pox for my kids to "catch" and stumbled upon your site.(I sent you another email, but not sure if it went through). I'm hoping my children (7 and 9 yrs) will actually catch chicken pox and not need the vaccine. Any chance someone you know is still contagious and willing to "share" something "germy?"
Hello! I hear you have the Chicken Pox at your house! I'm a mom of four too and live Chester County. My kids aren't vaccinated and I was wondering if you would be willing to share some Chicken Pox germs with us? We will come to you!
Hi! Your kids have the chicken pox? Are you willing to share? I see that you are in Pennsylvania. Sadly, I'm in Washington State. Could you send a t-shirt in the mail? Not sure if it spreads the virus or not but willing to take a chance.
Due to our impending move, I haven't been checking and responding to emails as quickly or often as usual. The delay in response prompted a couple anxious women to try to hunt me down using alternative means. Last night, I got this email from Silvina, our exceptionally talented Philadelphia photographer:
I just got the strangest voice mail...someone who said how they enjoy my blog, and she's wondering if my kids really got the chicken pox because she would really love to expose hers daughters to it...?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? Obviously she thought she was leaving that voice mail on your phone.
I have to admit that I'm quite enjoying my new social status. Who wouldn't get excited over an invitation to rub shoulders (literally) with unvaccinated strangers?
Finally, I feel as though I have "arrived."