So yesterday was Owning Pink’s two year birthday (WOOT!). And yet, we couldn’t get on the site to plan our big PAR-TEE because the site was crashing all of Tuesday afternoon, then night, then well into our anniversary Wednesday...
You see, it wasn’t until Monday, when I decided to post the 10 most popular Owning Pink posts from the past two years that it truly sunk in how much people on the internet love vaginas. I mean -- yes, I know internet porn is hot. I know the "Pretty Pink Pussy Tour" has been far and away our most popular post -- EVER. That’s why I wrote about the Pretty Pink Pussy Preoccupation.
But Tuesday, when my post "15 Crazy Things About Vaginas" went viral and started getting 5,000 hits/hour, it crashed Owning Pink. Like -- all day. In fact, this post may not even go up because our Editor-In-Pink has been slaving away all day trying to get on our site to post this and our other birthday post, but even with our fancy new server, our site hasn’t been able to handle the traffic that results from a truly viral post. (Editor's note -- true story, this post was supposed to go up Wednesday and I couldn't get online. Fun!)
We had to laugh. Vaginas crashed Owning Pink. Right before our birthday, when we were planning to PAR-TEE!!!!
Why should I be surprised? Not only did I write a book called What’s Up Down There -- Vaginas also make the world go round.
When we reviewed Owning Pink’s most popular posts, I was shocked. I mean, as an artist/life coach/doctor/mother/wife/writer, I write about all kinds of cool shit on this blog -- spirituality, creativity, health, relationships, work, sexuality, the environment.
But clearly, the internet thinks I’m way off base. Basically, ever single post in our top ten list of most trafficked posts includes the word vagina (except the post about swine flu, which was Owning Pink’s very first post on April 27, 2009! Imagine if I had written about swine flu AND vaginas!).
Part of me is bummed. After all, I don’t like getting diminished to a vagina box. But another part just has to smile. Maybe what my fans called me on my What’s Up Down There book tour is true. Maybe I am VaJesus. Maybe this is my calling -- to speak lovingly, openly, intimately, and in a fun way about vaginas. Maybe I should just suck it up and accept that what I know best is where the stars align for me.
Maybe this IS my calling.
Or maybe not. God only knows.
But in case you’re dying to know, here are they are:
Deep breath. It may not be the list I wish it was, but it is what it is. And I’m grateful. After 12 years of medical education and 10 years of practice, I feel blessed to be able to share what I know and love via my website. I’m also so grateful to be able to write about getting out of your own way, how to leave your lover with love, and how to find work that resonates with your heart.
But there you go. There you have it. Owning Pink fans love vaginas. Who knew?
Because women are friggin’ powerful. And vaginas RULE. Not only are they portals of pleasure -- we create life there. Everything begins there. In this place, we heal, connect, and thrive. So why not celebrate it?
I still don’t know whether this post will make it up tomorrow for our two year birthday (Editor's note: yep, didn't happen - Happy Day-After Anniversary!). The site is still down, even after we just upgraded to a super fancy server meant to host Oprah-worthy traffic. So for all I know, we’d be getting a million hits today if it weren’t for our damn server.
But it’s all good. The way I see it, it’s a Sign. The Universe is trying to remind me that I went to school to study vaginas for a reason. And you don’t want to throw out the baby with the bathwater.
So I’ll just smile. And giggle, even. And pray that the site comes back up in time for our birthday party (it didn't). But if not, it’s poetic justice in a way. I get it, Universe. I’m supposed to be a doctor, even if I’ve quit practicing. I hear you, loud and clear. And I will listen. I promise.
What do you think about the fact that vaginas rule Owning Pink? I’m a bit baffled, but as I said, strangely proud. What about you? Please share your thoughts!
Oh -- and happy (belated) birthday Owning Pink!
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PS. If you’re dying to read more about vaginas, please buy my book What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and tell your friends!
Lissa Rankin, MD: Founder of OwningPink.com, Pink Medicine Woman coach, motivational speaker, and author of What’s Up Down There? Questions You’d Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend and Encaustic Art: The Complete Guide To Creating Fine Art With Wax.
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