My 15 Minutes

Let the countdown begin.

Let the countdown begin.

They say everyone gets theirs.

Fifteen minutes.

And near as I can tell, this is mine.

Today, WordPress has featured Must Be This Tall To Ride on Just Another WordPress Weblog.

I’m something well-beyond flattered.

But there’s also some anxiety.

What if thousands of people read about me? What if they think I’m a dipshit? What if I get a bunch of new followers? What if I don’t get any?

Maybe I have pantophobia.

THAT'S IT!!!

THAT’S IT!!!

Anyway, if you’re interested, I hope you’ll come be a part of it. I suspect I’ll be playing over there for a few days, digesting whatever feedback might come. That’s assuming I’m not curled up in the fetal position or self-medicating with tequila shots.

You’ll notice by the headline that Krista at WordPress clearly hasn’t been online dating.

You can read the profile here:

Single, Divorced, but Plenty Tall Enough to Ride:

A Blogger Profile

You might not realize it, but you’ve given me something to love when I needed it very much.

You’ll never know the depths of my gratitude.

Thank you.

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219 thoughts on “My 15 Minutes

  1. khushnumab says:

    Got yourself a follower.. one things off your list.

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  2. animalgurl says:

    Thanks to the WordPress piece…I found your blog. Love it! Gave me inspiration to change, rekindle my own after some difficulties last year. Thank you!

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  3. Dawn says:

    I’m pretty sure you’re going to get a ton of new readers. I’m not male, not divorced, no kids, but I found the interviewing intriguing…so here I am. I think you are right. Everyone just wants to be happy. Congratulations on the interview…I hope your blog skyrockets!

    I’m also pretty sure a guy that can write from his soul is not going to be dateless forever. I wish you luck there too!

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    • Matt says:

      Thank you. The response has been overwhelming. You’re the third person I’ve responded to. I’ll probably never get to all the comments.

      Thank you for reading and saying hi.

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  4. Faith Raider says:

    So I just clicked over to say that your feature on WordPress was my favorite one that I’ve read in a very long time. I usually just skim the emails I get from wordpress, rarely make it to the end. This one kept my attention to the very last line. I especially loved the part about all of us nobodies, scared of the same things – brilliant.

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    • Matt says:

      I’ll never pretend to have a bunch of answers, but I’m definitely getting smarter as I age and experience more life.

      One of the most-important lessons to me is how similar we all are under all those surface-level differences.

      Thank you for your kind words.

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  5. Lisa says:

    Happy 15 Minutes of Fame (I think it will be longer, really)! Oddly enough, I met my husband through our WordPress blogs. :)

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    • Matt says:

      Congratulations! :) That’s a nice story.

      Did you both tell the story from different perspectives and publish at the same time? If so, I’d like to read that.

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  6. Katalina4 says:

    Tequila is a good thing.
    And I like your short sentences.
    K

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  7. jessiesgirl says:

    Congrats, Matt! Looks like you have lots of new fans and followers. Face it, you’re kind of a big deal. But I knew that months ago. 😉

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  8. stvrsnbrgr says:

    Looks like someone’s gonna need a bigger ride…

    Matt, I’m one of the 13.7 million WordPressers who saw today’s feature spotlighting your blog. And I’m one of the several hundred folks who have already been moved to click the ‘follow’ button. (I bet that number is headed much farther north.)

    Thank you. You have given me some sorely needed inspiration, through the honesty and humanity in your writing. I only discovered WordPress and the blogosphere a few months ago. As you’ve written, the nicest surprise has been finding so many kindred spirits and fellow travelers ‘out there’. I’m glad the gods conspired to put you in my path. I’ll be looking for every new post, and I’m rooting for you and your son every step of the way. I can already tell you: he is one lucky kid.

    Best, Steve

    P.S. You were two years old when it came out, so you probably missed the film “Tootsie”. If you haven’t see it, track it down. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. And you’ll be glad for your day job!

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  9. Luckygirl says:

    Congratulations, What a great blog and site you have. First, you aren’t short (lol…seriously, I am short and guys that are you height are fine, but then again I’ve dated 5’5″ guys – taller than me). Second, you have a talent for writing and I imagine quite a few men (and women) out there can relate to you and your experiences. What I admire most and what speaks volumes about your talent and character is that you are able to write about your trials, make fun of rejection and bare your soul in such a humorous and compelling way. As another single and divorced person who has made bad decisions, I admire you for writing this and will be following your blog. Thank you for making me realize that I don’t have be ashamed and feel like a complete loser for my failure in the love, dating and marriage department! Thank you also for also inspiring me to get on with my blog (11 mos after registering my domain name lol) and get over my fear of opening myself up publicly.

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    • Matt says:

      Well, firstly, I would never encourage someone to expose their private lives if that’s something that made them uncomfortable. But if you’ve been through some life experiences and want to tell those stories? I think putting yourself out there as much as possible without hurting others or jeopardizing your relationships is a pretty good way to go.

      And I know I’m not THAT short. It’s half-metaphorical. :)

      Thank you for saying hi.

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  10. terleeb says:

    New follower here, all thanks to your interview….Psssst… Your “human” was showing! Real life is what we live and I appreciate when someone can speak so candidly about it… We are all human, we live, love, laugh, cry… Spew forth vehement rage while trapped in a prison of traffic.. It’s nice to know we are not alone :)
    Thanks for being real!

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    • Matt says:

      I DID NOT want you to see that “human.” Sorry about that…

      No. Thank you. For getting it. We’re all just people. Trying to figure it out. Breaking stuff along the way.

      And the adventure is in the trying. To be better the next time.

      I take a lot of pleasure in telling stories about that very thing.

      Appreciate you saying hi very much.

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      • terleeb says:

        Sooo I was perusing some of your replies .. not to be creepy, but because I’m a baby to this blog world and have clearly learned, in hindsight, that I should not have checked the “notify me of follow-up comments via email” box and since I fell asleep to the lullaby of my phone buzzing with every “atta boy” from a new follower… I felt entitled :)
        My point, you ask? Loved your reply about being serious, but also acting like a 3rd grader… AMEN, Mi Amigo!! I embrace the importance in that… my 10 yr old son is starting to have moments of embarrassed panic where he cringes at the 3rd grader part, but … hey… that’s a sign of successful parenting :)

        yep, it’s just another virtual high five … get used to those

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        • Matt says:

          I can’t figure out what kind of person would EVER want to subscribe to comments on this blog, but there is a much larger number than I would have expected.

          I’ve really been feeling guilty every time I hit the “Reply” button.

          Like right… now…

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  11. Ellen Maybe says:

    It does seem you’re getting lots of new followers. I loved reading your “interview” and congrats on the 15 minutes! My favorite quote was when you said that if you aren’t a little scared when you hit that blue publish button, you probably aren’t trying hard enough. I think that honesty and vulnerability is what makes people want to connect and read your blog. It’s great advice not just for blogging, but for life.

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    • Matt says:

      That’s all James Altucher. If you’ve not heard of him or read him, I couldn’t recommend someone more highly.

      He’s a genius. And he’s the guy who influenced me to write with honesty and vulnerability. Really wonderful.

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

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  12. All the best, Matt. You and I are in the same boat, and it’s always nice to know there are other out there. Just don’t ever feel that you’re not good enough for anything. I lived with the doubts myself, and it’s a difficult habit to break out of. Keep the faith.
    -Mike

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    • Matt says:

      Thank you, Mike. I’m sorry to hear we’re in the same boat. There’s A LOT of us out there–male and female, alike.

      I play the self-depricating card pretty hard sometimes. And sometimes I come off a lot weaker than I mean to.

      I have some redeeming qualities, and I even know what they are.

      Thank you for saying hi. And for your encouragement. Wishing you the best on your journey, sir.

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      • Thanks, Matt, I appreciate that. I do hope you find peace and happiness. Time does help in many ways. For me, I found my kids to by my saving grace. No one needed my love, time, attention, and money more than them, and I’m lucky enough to have them whenever I want. Being a big part of their lives, coaching baseball, things like that have helped. Again, all the best.
        -Mike

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  13. Loved the interview. Have not been reading through my wordpress emails at all but yours caught my eye. When I was going through the first year as a new mom feeling overwhelmed and very much alone (although married at the time) I found blogging. And it did for me the same things you so beautifully described. It’s a wonderful way to connect with others in such a real and honest way. It doesn’t replace face-to-face interactions, but it somehow provides something deeper, a kind of self-reflective inner sharing. I’ve been meaning to get back to blogging…you gave me the inspiration to do it with complete honesty!
    Best to you. Will be checking back.

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  14. David says:

    Ok now you’re a real big shot! Congratulations! Your brand of emotionally naked blogging works!

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    • Matt says:

      Let’s not start patting me on the back just yet.

      I mean, what if I did something epically stupid like published a post about my grandmother hypothetically hooking up with Liam Neeson’s movie characters the DAY AFTER earning so many new eyeballs for writing serious, heartfelt stories?

      I may seriously lose 10 percent of the new folk tomorrow. And you’ll have jinxed the whole damn thing with your “big shot” nonsense.

      :)

      Thank you, David. Your support has been really great to have.

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      • David says:

        You’ll lose the truth seekers but gain a different crowd.

        Nope, you get the pat on the back. You earned it. You can beat yourself up on other things (if you need lessons, I’ll offer them). Not this. Kudos to you.

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  15. Is this seat taken? Saw the spotlight and you had me in the first paragraph!

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  16. johnnybsgirl says:

    Matt – like many others today, I was led to the FOLLOW button and look forward to more of your honesty about Life. I remember going through much of what you are now – if THIS pantophobic (me) survived, I’m sure you will too. I’m so glad you found blogging and so glad I was led here! Thank you for sharing all that you do!

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  17. Peachy says:

    Glad to know there’s someone out there who can relate to what I’m going through right now. Looking forward to reading more of your posts :)
    God bless!

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    • Matt says:

      It’s beyond important that we find people who just… understand.

      Sure it’s nice to tell people you hurt when they care.

      But when they can actually feel it too? You don’t wish that pain on others. Ever. But you’re so grateful that they just… know.

      Appreciate you taking time to read any of this stuff. Thank you.

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  18. Told ya I’d find you! Your Word Press interview was a perfect dose of real human grit, just loved it. As a once divorce’ myself (I’m sure I spelled that wrong, but you have to love the pizazz of that title) I can absolutely relate to what you spoke of, espcially of how it has followed you around since childhood trying to make two distant parents happy, and now trying to nabivate the waters of parenthood with the fancy title yourself. Bravo dude, great interview! And for the record, you came off as anything but a dipshit. ~Best

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    • Matt says:

      I’m so glad I didn’t come off as a dipshit in the WordPress piece.

      I’m a little less reserved here. Won’t be long before you think: “Man. What a dipshit.”

      And I’m not kidding when I say it might even be today.

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  19. You’ve got another follower! Thanks for being real…and sharing real life :)

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  20. carsonblue says:

    I’m so happy you were featured on WordPress. You are an excellent writer, and your content is right up my ally, as my dad used to say. I hope you continue to do well here.

    For the record, though, at 6’2″, girls aren’t exactly knocking down my door either.

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    • Matt says:

      This is a really nice thing to say. Thank you.

      Appreciate the reminder that tall guys sometimes have dating issues, too. :)

      I’m grateful that you read this and took time to say hi. Very.

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  21. I started reading the feature on you and then I couldn’t stop. I’m drawn to things that seem transparent and real. After scrolling your post, I think you fit the bill. Take your 15 mins, you deserve it.

    Dee

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  22. natandrea3 says:

    you totally deserve it! (:

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  23. j0wns4 says:

    I’m new to the blog world, but I have to say, yours is one of the most intriguing and inspiring yet. Consider yourself followed, sir. :P I admire your outlook on life and your humor. I look forward to reading more from you and wish you and your son all the best. He sounds like a pretty brilliant kiddo. :)

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    • Matt says:

      Appreciate that. He’s a wonderful little guy. Extraordinarily blessed to have him.

      I’m new to the blog world too. It’s been a quick seven months, but I still haven’t got much figured out.

      I just keep pounding the keyboard and hitting Publish. Not sure what else to do. :)

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  24. Cannime says:

    I am inspired by your realness.. You just got your self a follower. Now I have to play catch up:)

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  25. roselyn mamo says:

    Enjoy your 15 minutes and make them last. You are an inspiring writer

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    • Matt says:

      Thank you so much for nice comment, Roselyn.

      I said it to someone yesterday: I’m not sure I can think of a greater compliment as a writer than “inspiring.”

      I’m very grateful for you saying and thinking so. Hope you have a beautiful day.

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  26. Islasisterchick says:

    Saw the WordPress profile and will follow now. Great that you are doing what many would like to, but are still too scared to try-myself included. It’s brave to put your thoughts and feelings out there for all to read. While it’s therapeutic for you, it’s also good for the readers. We realize everyone has fears and we don’t feel so alone. The fact that you step out there bravely makes you plenty tall. Thanks for writing.

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    • Matt says:

      I appreciate the encouragement. I didn’t necessarily set out to do what you just described. But that seems to be how it’s worked out.

      It’s important for people to know they’re not alone. Very important.

      Thank you for reading. :)

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  27. Beth says:

    Hi, I rarely read the WP newsletter featuring bloggers and I’m glad I did today. I’m your new follower! I like how you write.

    I am 5’4″ and my husband is 5’9″ or 5’10” ( I don’t know which because I don’t care about it now). I dated taller guys when I was single but later realized as I mature that women shouldn’t care about the height. But more on things that really matter: love, devoting time to family, intelligence, etc. Those things will still matter when we are older and become an inch shorter.

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  28. I believe you’re getting more than 15 minutes. The self-medicating part with tequila shots are for celebrating. Congratulations on an awesome blog! I look forward to read your posts (no pressure by the way). LOL :)

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  29. Cay says:

    I love this blog!

    I’m not divorced, not a father, and not single…but definitely not tall enough. I began blogging for pretty much the exact same reasons as you…like in…ages ago. But that was on a different languages and a completely different style than my English blog.

    I met some of my very best friends through that blog. People that knew me for what I was writing and that probably had a better understanding of who I was deep inside, compared to a lot of the people I hang out with in RL. They’ve stuck by me through thick and thin ever since, and whenever I pop by my old country to meet and greet, I find that they are the first people I contact and the ones that I’m most eager to see. So yeah, don’t underestimate the importance of blogging and the contact with followers. It can add so much value to your life and provide you with new, completely honest, friendships with people that you otherwise probably would never meet.

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    • Matt says:

      Thank you!

      I don’t take this process for granted. It’s not for everyone. But if your inclination is to write, it’s an extraordinarily gratifying process, I think.

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  30. Tracy Todd says:

    Hi Matt,
    I loved your interview and I’m so glad that WordPress featured your blog. It makes for some delightful reading. Thank you for sharing your life so openly and honestly. I find it far easier to relate to people willing to bare their souls.
    I also became part of the “short” world when a car accident left me paralysed from the neck down. So now I am permanently seated, and probably far shorter than you. My husband then also packed his suitcase and left. But, I have to say there is never a dull moment living life at butt-height.
    I look forward to receiving all your wonderful blog posts in my inbox.
    Stay strong!
    Tracy

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    • Matt says:

      Oh my goodness.

      I’m… speechless.

      You’re, like, the ultimate warrior. *deep breath*

      Thank you for your smile, for your encouragement, for your bravery, for not resenting me whining about things MUCH easier than what you’ve dealt with, and continue to deal with.

      Talk about inspiration.

      I can’t thank you enough for showing people what living courageously looks like.

      I’ll look forward to next time, Tracy.

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  31. mariyaah says:

    Another follower here :)
    You know what I learned from WordPress is that over here one should not be ashamed,confused or embarrassed about how he/she feels. I was never that naive but now I am just trying to express myself. I know I am not a type of person who would speak up for her worries so now I just write them all.
    We all are humans and we all pass through ups and downs. Life is actually the name of these projections and depressions.
    The beauty of blogging lies in the fact that there is no limit to expressing all. :)

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  32. What Roselyn Mano said above ^^ Loving your REAL.

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  33. Litio says:

    I’m 6ft2, handsome and taking the dating scene by storm. I’m in your same situation, 36y/o, divorcing after 11 years, two wonderful and bright kids (8 and 4). Since a year basically most of the time I don’t care about anything. neither going to work, and if I don’t manage to invert this trend I’ll be broke for June. I just come back “on track” during the kids time.

    Please believe me: dating is helping me as much as drinking, it’s just another drag.

    I can’t read your blog now, still too much pain for me.

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    • Matt says:

      Wishing you my very best as you work through this.

      It’s a brutal time.

      Bask in all the hope you can. The personal peace and happiness, I think, waits at the end of the climb. It’s a long and shitty one. But I think it’ll be worth it.

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  34. garden2day says:

    Great interview. Don’t lose that wittiness-it’s your ace in the hole. Thanks for making my day! :D

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  35. Suse says:

    Hang on to your hat – your ride is going to last a lot longer than 15 minutes! I’m excited to read about your journey..

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  36. Cheers to another follower. I like the name of your blog and your honesty.

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  37. Another crying dude here, but not anymore.
    Oh, you got yourself a follower.
    Cheers! *ting*

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  38. amichellemabelle says:

    Wow, happy fifteen minutes of fame! Hope it goes on on longer :)

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  39. mollytopia says:

    Yay you! Glad I found your blog : ) I’m divorced, have a child, and make bad decisions too – nice to meet you!

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  40. Congratulations! As you can see there are hundreds of us that saw the Word Press interview and fell in love with it and you at the same time. I literally said out loud, “I love this guy”. I think we are drawn to the “flawed souls” out there, because we all feel that way more often than not. Interesting then, that when we look for mates we demand perfection in them that we don’t see in ourselves. Anyway, great job Matt, I’ve joined your new fan club. Enjoy your 15 minutes but I think it might last longer than that!

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    • Matt says:

      So many nice things here. Thank you for liking it. Thank you for wanting to read more. It’s a really wonderful feeling to see so many people say so many nice things. Incredibly challenging coming up with different ways to say thank you. :)

      I appreciate this note very much.

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  41. Congrats, friend. You’re amazing! Hugs hugs hugs!

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  42. ht says:

    Matt – I’m another reader who found your blog through the WordPress article. I’m just in awe of how you can breathe in daily trials of fear, pain, suffering, and sadness, and then exhale out courage, wellness, joy, and happiness through your writing and stories. You have a very special gift, a powerful gift. Your writing has developed a “voice” – strong, loud, clear, with a twist of humor, all taken from real life – Quite a healing tool for all that have trials in their lives. Not to mention, a journal your son will one day be very proud of and will be able to see “just how tall his dad grew” through the years. Keep posting!

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  43. Brilliant interview Matt! I haven’t read any of your blog yet but from now on I’ll be following. It is totally wonderful that blogging has given you so much in such a short time, and I hope soon you find someone the perfect height! (If I didn’t already have a boyfriend….lol!)

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  44. Anne Lene says:

    Well we all deserve our 15 minutes of fame at some time, and you definitely do :-) Great post about you today. Made me jump right over here to check it out.. so regarding beeing afraid of getting or not getting followers.. I say… be afraid, be really afraid.. because I suspect you will get tons of new followers today ;-) Me among them. So here is good luck to you.. oh yes.. and remember… you are not a nobody ;-) as a father you will always be somebody to somebody :-)

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    • Matt says:

      Thank you, Anne. You’re right. That’s a special boy I have. And I don’t mean to disrespect myself.

      Just enjoy self-deprecating humor very much.

      Appreciate your kindness. :)

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  45. mel says:

    WHOA! Did you really get 500 new followers overnight? This is incredible Matt. I’m so, so, so, so happy for you. Wow. I love coming back the next day to read all the comments… not today sir. But know how thrilled I am. <3

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  46. […] Well the topic of today was influenced by this blog. […]

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  47. singleworkingmomswm says:

    You’re soaring! Congrats on a fabulous response, and here’s to YOU! What more I could say has already been said…as I suspected it would be. Well deserved. Looks like you can latch on to the success of your blog as a new metaphor (instead of a messy house, lol) for your new life! Success! XOXO-Kasey

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  48. Don’t know if you’re still in that drunken stupor… If so hopefully it was a happy one full of celebration! Congratulations, you so deserve the recognition!

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  49. Ramona says:

    I am following you too! I thought I was the only one feeling a bit lost in this divorce thing… Started a blog to work on my stuff too… Thanks for letting me peek into your not so perfect life, and hey, you are plenty tall enough…

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    • Matt says:

      This is hard business… divorce. Really hard.

      Don’t feel alone. Please. This really does help. This connecting with others who get it.

      Be hopeful. Because there’s joy at the end of all of this.

      I know it.

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  50. andiamo345 says:

    I am also single, divorced, a father (full time) and trying to find the humor in life. Thanks for sharing and glad you were featured! – A

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    • Matt says:

      Many thanks, sir.

      I admire that so much. Thank you for being a good father to your child(ren) and setting the example for other men out there.

      Appreciate you being here very much.

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