It’s Plank Pullin’ time! The one day a week that we strongly resolve to ignore the multitude of specks and sawdust around us and pull one bona fide plank from our own eye. Matthew 7:3-5, style.
This week my plank is in the form of some pretty serious envy. My awesome online christian unschooling friend Jennifer’s site exploded when she wrote a post about why she doesn’t cry (or yell) over spilled milk. And I do mean exploded. The post went viral on facebook, being viewed thousands of times, and her followers tripled on all fronts. It was crazy!
And I was so. jealous.
I think every blogger would like to write something so encouraging and inspiring that it affects people on a grand scale. And she did it. She didn’t even mean to do it. It wasn’t even a very long post, or unlike a lot of her other posts. But darn that little facebook “like” button can get. around. town.
Here’s the part where some of you say that you don’t care if anyone reads your blog, and you write it for your own satisfaction, and you actually wouldn’t like a massive jump in followers.
Well, that’s not me. I’m pursuing this blogging / writing thing as a hopeful profession, if such a thing is possible. And a viral hit is a bloggers dream.
So I have spent the better part of the week being a little bitter about her success. Partly, because we are so similar. Seriously. If there were a pod half way between Georgia and Phoenix, her and I would be the two peas in it. Our faith, educational philosophy, writing styles, and senses of humor pretty much mirror each other.
But I had to have a talk with myself (and God) (and her) and ask forgiveness for my plankyness. Because, honestly – she deserves the recognition. Her spilled milk post is inspiring, and though we do have many similarities – I could not have written it.
Because, you know what? I cry (and yell) over spilled milk all. the. time.
I don’t want to. And I could write posts about how I realize I shouldn’t, how I’m striving and praying not to. But, at this point, I still do. I still live in a state of reactive parenting often.
And to make my envy even more unwarranted, my Easter Fail post has actually given me my own addition of new followers and has been viewed and shared a record number of times – for my site. Nothing like spilled milk, but a respectable following none the less. And although I have been happy and appreciative about that, I’ve also let comparing myself to someone else’s even larger success, taint my own genuine “achievement”.
So, sorry Jennifer and blog world for being so green – eyed! I am officially pulling my jealous plank from my naturally green eye. And as penance, I’m drawing even more attention to her well deserved success!
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