That time I was published on The Huffington Post
Hello readers, welcome back and happy Monday!
I hope everyone had a fun, relaxing holiday weekend. I sure did. Katelyn and I watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (from home this year), ate some delicious food, spent time with friends, bought our Christmas tree and began decorating our apartment for the holidays.
We also finished Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, about which my thoughts are forthcoming. The Internet is abuzz with articles and reactions galore to revival, especially about those famous final four words.
But for now, I want to share a little something else I've been celebrating: seeing my Gilmore Girls recap article get published in the Huffington Post. I sent that article on a whim to a Huffpost editor and a general email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) on Friday, Nov. 18. When I hadn't heard anything by Monday, I decided to try this follow-up rule from Writers in Charge. Within minutes on Monday morning, I received an email asking me to create a login to the Huffington Post's contributor platform! I couldn't believe it.
The HuffPo contributor platform is sort of like having your own personal blog on their servers. You can publish and promote whatever you want, and it has the potential to be promoted by their editors and seen by millions of people. They don't pay, but it's a great step towards building a following and name recognition.
At first I just shared my post with family and friends, happy to take the step and just see my name on a HuffPost byline. But when I checked out my post a day later, I was floored to see that it had been shared over 3,000 times and garnered over 600 comments! Since it was timely, the editors must have deemed it worthy to be promoted and pushed it to their entertainment pages. Best of all, most of the comments were people sharing the article with others, deciding that they were going to watch the seven episodes I suggested before the revival on Friday. People actually taking my advice - that's something.
I'm really looking forward to writing more articles for them, and will definitely let you know when I do!