When I was growing up, my Mom commonly used an expression designed to keep me from getting too full of myself – “Don’t break your arm patting yourself on the back.”
Well, I have to confess to you, my dear reader, this particular post is the kind of thing that would have elicited that phrase from her. If a few moments of self-congratulatory rhetoric are bothersome for you, this would be a good post to skip. I don’t want to get carried away, but I really would like to bask in the glow of a serendipitous occurrence. Early yesterday evening, around supper time, I noticed a sudden increase on traffic to the site.
To be very honest, if twenty people showed up to here in an hour, it would have been a jump in viewership. Michael Samadhi’s Joy of Kink isn’t much more than a week old, and I really haven’t been doing much to publicize the site. So, the few friends that have stop by to read didn’t actually account for a lot of traffic. Then suddenly I had 620 unique visitors in a single hour . . .
Anne Rice sends readers
The reason for the sudden increase in viewership? Bestselling author Anne Rice posted a link to MichaelSamadhi.com yesterday from her account on Facebook. Suddenly, instead of 60 total viewers for the day, I had 1500! My post was about an announcement Ms Rice made just after the dawn of the new year, that she was working on a 4th installment of the Claiming of Sleeping Beauty series of BDSM erotica.
And, my oh my, was the link from Ms Rice appreciated! Not only is Anne Rice part of a very select handful of authors writing BDSM erotica that I truly admire (Laura Antoniou being the other big name) she also seems to have appreciated my essay. In linking to my essay, here’s what she said:
Here’s an interesting discussion of my decision to write a fourth Roquelaure novel. My Roquelaure novels (The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy) are pure erotica. They don’t claim to be anything else. Comments welcome. (If you weigh in on the blog, please do be polite and respectful. I found this to be a very respectful article.)
~ Anne Rice 1/11/2014
I don’t want to sound too much like what the media these days are calling an “overzealous fan”1 but I did write a fairly “gushing” type response over on Rice’s page at Facebook
Thanks for the link to my writing. And thank you for all the wonderful writing you’ve contributed, erotica included! I’ve read your work for a long time, and I applaud your courage in returning to write another installment in the Sleeping Beauty Series!
The truth be told, every author desires readers. My writing is a very personal process, but it’s also my way of sharing my journey and passing along some of the wisdom I’ve accrued. But, I don’t write for myself, I write for an audience. I write simply in order for my voice to better be heard. So, readers sent my way are always a blessing.
Ever gracious, Anne Rice even responded to my gushing note:
Thanks, Michael. I liked what you wrote very very much.
Now, from the perspective of a journalist, I do have to guard against letting Anne’s kind attitude affect me. With the re-release of the entire series last year, it seems to be a good time to get the series out and read them again myself, and I don’t want to be biased in favor of the series anymore than I already am. The phrase “fair and balanced” is an excellent goal to aspire for, despite it being tainted by cynical television networks.
Anne I really am looking forward to revisiting your writing, and I very much look forward to the nest installment.
- overzealous apparently being the new media’s best synonym for “deranged”. Personally I prefer the term “batshit crazy”, however I’m miles away from political correctness. ↩