It is a pretty awesome feeling. And while I would like to tell you it is all rainbows and unicorns, it is not. There is some bad that comes with the good.
Here is what to expect with a viral post:
Lots of love
Chances are, people are sharing your post because something resonates with them. So there will be lots of positive comments, words of encouragement, and love. Those make you smile and feel good which helps to counterbalance the…
Oh, there will be hate. Hate emails, hate Facebook comments, hate tweets. For just as many people that agree or like what you are saying, there will be someone that thinks you are an idiot. Because they will tell you that and call you that. Going viral will thicken your skin. Take all of it with a grain of salt, most of it will be just noise. But do not write all of it off, if there is a lesson in there, learn it. You can learn a lot from haters.
Emails from strangers asking for off-topic advice
My viral post was about marriage and the random emails I got from people, mostly men, wanting marriage advice caught me off guard. But what caught me more off guard was the non-marriage related questions. Like about kids or money. People are weird and if you did not know this before, a viral post will show you that.
A website crash or two
I talked about this in my So You Want to Go Viral post, but it bears repeating. I cannot tell you how many hours my site was down because of traffic. I got emails and Facebook messages from people asking if I could send them my post because they just had to read it and my site was not available. There was a week where my site went down at least once a day for hours. So know who your hosting company is and have safeguards in place so that you do not lose all that valuable traffic. My post was viewed a lot, but I wonder how big it would have been if it was available every time someone tried to access it.
Those haters from above? They will make you question yourself. Make sure you have people around you that you can be honest with. Share your concerns, talk about them, and then let them go. Stick to your truth, whatever that is.
Nothing gets your name out there more than a good viral post. I would say this is the best thing that came from My Husband is Not My Soul Mate. But be careful who you say yes to. Know what your goals are as a blogger and writer before you ever hit it big, so when opportunities knock, you know which doors to answer and which ones to say no thank you to.
It is like winning the lottery only without all the money. Okay, so not like winning the lottery at all, but people you have not spoken to in a really long time will come out of the woodwork. Some of them are just saying congrats and others want something from you. It is a bummer, but true.
I met some really great, authentic people from my viral post. People that were not looking for anything, just people that emailed or commented and relationships blossomed from it. That was a surprising part for me. But I am really grateful for them.
Eventually things will calm down, I promise
There came a point when I wanted all of it to be done. I wanted to stop getting emails and comments, I wanted the shares and pins to disappear. I did not want to talk about my post at parties or with friends. I felt like we were beating a dead horse. I will admit my attitude was not always the best. But now, months later, I can tell you that it will not always be so chaotic and to be okay with the craziness for a minute. It will eventually end, and you will not miss it, but you will be glad it all happened.