At 10 pm last night, I noticed that I had 7,001 followers, according to WordPress stats. The total is made up like this.
WordPress Blog Followers. 6605
Email only followers. 45
Twitter Followers. 351
Whenever I exceed another 1,000 followers, it is my habit to celebrate that with a blog post announcing my good fortune. I last did this when I reached 6,000 followers.
Somehow, I feel this is the right thing to do. Not only marking off the significant moments in my blog, but also thanking the followers.
But of course, as we all know, this is only ever a number, and does not relate to the popularity of my blog in the real world.
Around 35% of those followers have never read a post, or left a like or comment. They have only followed me in the hope of selling me something, leaving a link to their own site, or hoping to be followed back.
On a good day, this blog might get 600 views. Most days, it now gets between 400-500 views, as long as I have posted some content.
Even the most popular blog posts will rarely get more than 50 likes, and perhaps 45 comments. The majority of those comments come from people who have followed my blog for more than five years, and are in regular contact on a daily basis.
My reckoning is that I actually have around 700 real followers, or 10% of the stated figure. I’m not complaining about that, as they are 700 of the best followers any blogger could ever hope for. And I suspect that if I ever reach the figure of 8,000 followers of higher, it will be those same loyal stalwarts who are still around, liking and commenting.
And for that, I thank you all. And of course send you my best wishes.