2000+

On the right hand side of my blog posts, WordPress adds a widget telling me how many followers I have.

When I logged on this morning, I noticed that the number had exceeded 2000, for the first time.

Five years of blogging, 2004 followers. Very small by some standards, but many more than I ever expected. Do you remember when you got the first follower? I do. And when you had ten followers, then fifty? How exciting were those early days, when you never expected anyone to read your blog, let alone follow every post. Beginning to feel a part of that community; familiar comments, recognising gravatars and usernames, such great fun. And today that number is now 2004.

But those of us with some experience know that this figure does not translate to 2004 views, 2004 comments, or even 2004 likes. In essence, it is meaningless. Many of these followers have never actually read a post. Some of them follow thousands of blogs, in the hope of being followed in return. Many were genuine, at least at the start, but my blog content failed to keep them interested or engaged, so they drifted away. Good luck to them. I hope they found better things to read and enjoy.

At least one third of them were never intending to follow anyway. They were just advertising a service, promoting a crazy scheme, or expounding their religious beliefs. What is the point of an Australian car-scrappage company following my blog? They are never going to read anything, that’s obvious. They just want to scrap my car. And I can’t even use their service, because they are on the other side of the world. That was my latest ‘follower’, by the way.

So, what am I left with? Maybe two hundred or more very loyal followers, from all parts of the world. Fellow bloggers in most cases, also old friends, Twitter and email followers, all greatly valued and cherished by me. Three hundred views, on an average day, and up to fifty comments, on a very popular post. That’s fine by me, and more than enough.

Real followers, and blogging friends, I once again send you my heartfelt thanks.
Best wishes to you all. Pete.

54 thoughts on “2000+

        1. I lived reasonably close to The Globe, but never saw a play there. Christopher Wren’s house is almost next to it. Fascinating to think he sat in that window, re-designing London.
          Going to check your blog now.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, Wilma. They look good, but the point is that they don’t matter. If you have 50 followers who actually engage with your posts, then that is undoubtedly more valuable.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  1. Still one of the most difficult things for me is when I post something I think will get some reaction, thoughts, etc. And it does what any other post does, no more or sometimes less, and I think: “why don’t I get more interest in this one?” – oh well, live by the sword…

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      1. Yes indeed Pete…watching the numbers if a slippery slope for sure! I told you, I post stories on Todd, The Eagles, etc and get tons of real people reposing on Facebook, but they aren’t wordpress so they can’t comment on the site – so I get hundreds of comments on Facebook!

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    1. Thanks, FR. Much the same with me, and the number is just that, a number. But it is some sort of blogging milestone, worth commenting on if only for the fact I can remember when I had five followers, and was just as happy.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. You’re welcome. 😉
    Your blog and mine and length of time are similar. I gain a few new good virtual friends a year and lose that many, too. I cherish your friendship.
    I try not to obsess about my blog and instead think of quality instead of quantity of posts. Deep down, I write posts for my children and grandchildren. At the end of my days, if I have the capacity to do so, I’d like to gather my favorite posts and bound them for them. I don’t know about you, but I realized a few years ago that my virtual friends know more about me and my thoughts and feelings and whatever wisdom I’ve gathered than the “real” people in my life.

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    1. Thanks for that, Cindy. I agree that we do reveal a lot on the blogs posts, at least some of us do. Many of my long term friends, and a lot of family members, have remarked to me that they learned more about my working life and my writing from reading my posts than they were ever aware of before.
      Best wishes as always, and looking forward to continuing our friendship.
      Pete.

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  3. It’s still more about the content you create and the interaction you have with all those who do read and take the time to comment as well as follow that counts! You’ve done a great job with both content and interaction from what I’ve since sincee I began following your blog, Pete. Keep up the good work! Those numbers are bound to increase.

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    1. Thanks, Susan. I posted this to show new bloggers that the numbers mean little, unless there is genuine interaction, and some form of blogging friendship. Having 100 followers is just as good as having 50,000, if that 100 are all interested..
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, Jack. The numbers mean little. When I had 680 followers, most of the people who commented or liked the posts were the same ones as today, when I supposedly have so many more. That was the main point of this post, that the numbers mean nothing, without the accompanying engagement.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. I have less followers than you, but, my point is, who cares? As you say, the ones that matter are your virtual friends, the ones who enjoy what you read, and comment. In any case, we’re not trying to sell anything or make money out of our blogs. It’s the same in life, how many real friends do you have? That’s why I don’t follow advice about gaining followers etc. I let it happen naturally 🌺

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