Saturday, March 23, 2019

Quora post bests blog traffic 3:1; fight against evil inspires poetry in readers

Talk about a blood bath in the ratings...from hellraiser to bar-raiser...and all that...

In just one week and one answer to a man's question on Quora, I garnered over 1,250,000 eyeballs on my definition of what constitutes right thinking and right action when witnessing heinous acts. That's nearly three times more eyeballs on just one Quora post than over 1,000 posts in my seven years of blogging:

My answer was circulated to over a million Quora users, which garnered 71,000 views in about a week
That's only the first of three surprises, though. Next, was the difference between the expected level of interest in one topic relative to the other was just as great. My answer pertained to a man who rescued a dog from apparent cruelty, and this blog is about the source of the world's most pressing problems (old and dusty as it may be).

A 'Most Viewed Writer in Demons' on Quora......distributed to over......1,220,000 readers, world-wide.

There's the life I wanted (and still very much want for myself)......and, then......there's the life God very much wanted for Himself.


Then, there's the not-so-surprising but ever-so-pedantic appearance by demon-allied people, who posted comments in mass shortly after my post became popular, all pretending to think I was the questioner (the man who saved the dog), and pretending that I offended them by saving the dog from the alleged abuser. The surprise, though, is what happened after I shared my post with fellow students at the university I attend:

An overwhelming flood of support followed the casual mention of my Quora post in a class discussion on the topic of online harassment (I am a full-time, straight-A student at GCU, eight weeks in...)
Unlike all the similar times before, comments showing support and encouragement buried the negative ones. It was a clear and public statement of an active stance against the acts of demon people. The response was the first sign that a large number of people recognized what was—before—unacknowledged if not unknown. Although that implied acknowledgement was not necessarily direct, it wasn't likely intended to be. Rather, it appeared to be a dollars-for-donuts tactic, which sent a pretty clear message that demon people are not welcome, and not the only ones who know how to play ball, as the demons say.

Now, before you say I'm reading too much into it, let me ask you this: How many people who read your blog think of you whenever they read famous poetry:

I cannot think of a more apt poem than this one, as it sometimes applies to my situation; it is downright scary to think the number of complete strangers with an intimate knowledge of some of its most egregious aspects—although it shouldn't be. God, after all, has made it part of his routine to acknowledge the same degree of intimacy. I guess finding it in a human is what surprises me. This man is golden in my mind.