When I first started this blog just over a year ago, I would see people that had a THOUSAND followers or more and wonder how the hell that happened. Especially if I questioned the level of interest of their writing (that’s a nice way of me saying that I couldn’t believe that 10 people, let alone 1000 would show up to see a picture of a mug of beer with the caption “Happy Friday everyone!” on a regular basis.
But what do I know? LOL-cats is a thing. A huge fucking thing.
But now I know how the 1000 happens, and let me just say THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART to all you Marketing people who think that somehow by following my blog, I’m going to come and follow yours and buy…. whatever it is you’re selling.
(WHAT ARE these people selling anyway?)
So, for any new bloggers reading this, thinking that I’m big shit for having 1000 followers, and are questioning, as I did for the longest time “What am I doing wrong? What is she doing that I’m not doing?” — my sage advice to you my friend — don’t sweat it. Build friendships on here — build a group of readers that actually enjoy what you write, and interact with you. Consider yourself a success when you have a half dozen people who comment on a regular basis — because those are the people that will make you feel good about your writing.
A Thousand is just a ONE with three ZEROS after it. I’d say that probably 900 of those people in my “Followers” list have never read a word I’ve written. So why should I let let that number rule my life?
So this isn’t a celebratory post. I know people do celebrate, and if it makes you happy, then more power to you. But for me, knowing what that 1000 means to me — how it taunted me and eluded me until I was lucky enough to get Freshly Pressed (but again, this isn’t always the case with some people) and then how my numbers just exploded — it’s an empty prize. I feel more rewarded by the new readers that the recognition of being Freshly Pressed got me. I can think of about a half-dozen new people that I now interact with on a regular basis, some on an almost daily basis (you know who you are) and to YOU ALL I say thank you. Thank you thank you thank you.
But A THOUSAND? A THOUSAND can go fuck itself. It’s just number.
Please no CONGRATULATIONS in the comments. If you want to chat, let’s chat.