Bragging Rights…

I know, I know, I’m sorry, but I can’t resist.  I swear in the morning I’ll go back to trying really hard to stay humble.  But tonight, two things:

First of all, BBC News blog Magazine Monitor has posted about Matt’s article this evening.  I found out when I checked my site analytics and suddenly there was a rush of people referred from the BBC website.  They’ve linked to my latest posting, “Bittersweet”.  Awwwww. *blushes*  I headed over there and found the blurb:

Needless to say, my reaction went something like this:


Matt LOVES the BBC.  In fact, much of his visit here was spent lamenting that American news stations don’t cover as much international news and topics as the BBC.  I think a little part of him died every time he saw a major news channel run something along the vein of Twiggy the Water-Skiing Squirrel when he was thirsting for more information on Iran, North Korea, Pakistan, etc.  So I just know he’ll get a huge kick out of this.  I’m frantically trying to text him awake and tell him, but I suspect his phone is off.  Still, it’s almost 8:30 a.m. in Scotland, so I imagine he’ll be up soon enough, and will get my messages.  Graaaaah, wake uuuuuuuup, Matt!!!!!  :)

Secondly… I just found out that I am the #3 search result on Google for the search term “homelessness”.  I freaked right out, let me tell you.  I’m right after the Wikipedia entry and the HUD (U.S. government department of housing).  I also discovered this indirectly through my analytics.

…When the hell did this happen?!  Oh my god.  Ohmigodohmigodohmigod.

OK, I’m done patting myself on the back for now.  Sorry.  Just got super excited.  Now if Matt will just wake up already so I can tell him!


  1. It’s a great love story and you deserve some happiness …
    Enjoy it honey ………

  2. Good for you on all accounts. Its great that you’re speaking up about homelessness in a way that breaks down stereotypes. Also, its awesome you’ve managed to find LURVE as a result of blogging and tweeting :)

  3. Rachel G says:

    You go girly girl…told you only up comes from down :)

  4. Coolio, I just love stories like this. Promise me you will get around to publishing the book. It’s so awesome to see a great attitude in the face of adversity – more proof that sometimes we just need a listening ear… well you have plenty my friend and I hope that this little blog will lead to a better life for the homeless. I live in such a violent and uncaring society, this is a ray of sunshine!

    Greets from South Africa.

    Hope you don’t mind me linking to you…

  5. There’s a bit more for to brag about…
    I noticed that someone from Newsweek left a comment to your post from yesterday…


  6. I LOVE IT! I’m so happy for both of you! :D

  7. I think it’s cool that you went all out – this is creating awareness like nothing else before IMO…
    Loved to see your interview here:

  8. Oh, and stay encouraged gurl, things can change as quickly as they did to put you in this situation. This world needs a wake up call… I live in a society where a survey recently found that 1 in 4 men have raped… around 19 children are raped a day… and the lines between homelessness and general poverty are so fine that you can’t always tell the difference… 72% of the people in the province I live in are living in poverty – and we have one of the highest concentrations of millionaires in the country right here too… talk about extremes.

  9. Matt has GREAT taste :)

  10. Hey Bri,

    Congrats on all accounts. You’re helping to bring awareness to homelessness and helping us all get closer to breaking the stereotypes of what it means to be homeless!

    As for SEO ranking, there is even more that can be done in this arena. We can talk “off-blog” about that:)

  11. Vicki, Svasti, Rachel G, and Caitlin – Thank you all so much! It’s so much easier to get through the day, when I read a supportive comment like yours.

    Michael – yep! I’ve spoken to her over the phone. She seems completely awesome, and she wants to know about other great homeless/formerly homeless bloggers. I sent her a list of my favorites, and you’re right up there at the top!

    Hey Jason, thanks for the info! It’s true, a lot of people don’t realize just how scary things have gotten, or are quick to mis-attribute the root causes.

    Hi, “Me”! I have no idea who you are, but I cannot deny that you speak the truth ;) Haha, just kidding, I actually tend to think that I got the better end of the bargain when I scored Matt, but thank you so much for the compliment. It made my day :)

    Hey Adam! Yes, SEO is actually Matt’s business – cool, huh? If you have any additional ideas though, I would love to hear them, so go ahead and PM me, yes?


  12. P.S. Hey Jason, for some reason your comment got caught in the spam filter; I just found it and approved it.

    Haha one person did contact me about the possibility of writing a book – the main problem with that is that I am no good at writing :) Yes, I know I write a blog – but my writing style tends to be very rambling, stream-of-consciousness, etc. However, if anyone wants to buy the rights and make a film, I’m certainly not opposed – as long as I can have Maria Thayer or Alyson Hannigan play me, hehe ;)

    It’s unconscionable what is going on right now in South Africa (as well as Iran, etc.) I read about the violence in Johannesburg last year. It’s so sad that here in the U.S., the main news stations show very little actual world news, unless Angelina Jolie or Madonna adopts a new baby from another country. While there are exceptions, most of my news about the rest of the world is found on the internet, because it’s referenced much less on TV here than in, say, Europe.

    Thanks again for the encouragement, and the link! I see that some people responded to your thread with the “she’s not homeless, she lives in a trailer!” bit. Haha, I get that one a lot. I think if you don’t have any facilities or utilities, it definitely counts as homeless. Individuals living out of their car, as well as individuals in shelters, are also considered homeless.

    Having some form of cover over your head when you sleep does not automatically disqualify you from meeting the definition of “homelessness”. I may have some extra assets to my name that others don’t, and for that I’m grateful, and I realize that I have it better off than many. However, I am still homeless.


  13. Congratulations! With all of this exposure, you may want to take advantage of the visitors and maybe help you make a bit of money. Google’s got AdWords. I’m sure you’ve already seen it. To your success!

  14. Hi MelanieAt :)

    Thanks for the suggestion! I had been thinking about AdSense/AdWords or Bidvertiser or something.

    Although, I’m terrible with figuring out the best strategies for that, setting prices for ads, etc. My brain doesn’t wrap around mathematical concepts the best, haha. So I’m actually thinking of letting Matt install and explain it to me better when he gets back from Scotland, which should be in about a week and a half (yay!)

    Thanks so much again! Hope all is well with you :)

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