Thank you so much for your thoughtful comment, Mary Jo! You also provide a lot of great reminders as to reader dynamics behind the scenes. I didn’t mind that my essay didn’t resonate with many readers (It was certainly a very esoteric concern.), but I think I’d sort of assumed it wouldn’t speak to anyone — until a week later when someone said they’d found it at just the right time. It was at that moment that I learned an important lesson about the value (or irrelevance) of “numbers” on a post… but the situation also reminded me of trying to monetize my old blog, where I received lovely private feedback and lots of private requests for further writing… but hoping for anyone to endorse/share my work more publicly was a no-go.
As for not seeing recent posts, your comment made me think about how much easier it was to catch everything that people in our networks wrote several years ago, when social media feeds were strictly chronological. Now, with algorithms optimized for platforms to earn money, it’s very easy to miss posts. In a funny way, though, that sort of serves to enhance the magic of serendipity; we find what we’re meant to find, and life filters out the rest. :)