Saturday, September 27, 2014

The strangest result of the weirdest article

Here's my story on how I as a tennis writer got my material on Middle Earth Times

Earlier this week I wrote the weirdest article of my life. I likened a scene from Lord of the Rings to what is going on with the ATP World Tour right now. It was a short post that wasn't close to my best work as a writer. I'm not even a fan of the Lord of the Rings trilogy - I just watched the movies when I was 11 or 12 years old.

As I do with all of my posts on this blog, I shared even this crummy post on twitter.
After tweeting that, I was surprised to see that I had a few new followers. Their handles were: @The_Hobbit, @Aragorn_II_E, and @lotr_quots.

They were horribly mistaken. That was the first and hopefully last time I will ever tweet about Lord of the Rings, but they all thought I was a big fan somehow. Laughing at their mistake, I shared this tweet:

Maybe you spotted the typo in that last tweet. I accidentally tagged the Sydney Morning Herald, which resulted in me getting followed by @funkdafied (some kind of music entertainment business based in Sydney) and @wakeup_aus (a non-profit organization for young people also based in Sydney)

The fun is just beginning though. Today, I found this tweet in my mentions:

Somehow Kathryn got a hold of my post and put it in the sports section of her website called Middle Earth Times. Of all the websites my articles have been posted on, this one tops them all for most memorable. The real question right now isn't why Middle Earth Times would think my article is worth posting on their website. Instead, the real question is why does Middle Earth Times have a sports section?

Out of all this, I have gained some decent exposure for my blog, which gave me some ideas for future articles. Maybe I could use a Star Wars reference to describe how Darth Federer beat Grigor Skywalker and Darth Federer then said "Grigor, Grigor, I am your father." Then I'll read all the Harry Potter and Twilight books to find a way to reference those in future tennis posts.

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