This significant milestone just happened: 500 Followers (it’s actually zoomed up to 525 already 😃). It feels great, of course, as well as humbling, and thrilling. Thank you all!
What delights me the most, by far, are the comments; I can’t believe how engaged, generous, funny, observant, and honest everyone is; thank you again. I love that we all share our experiences and stories here; it feels like a genuine community or tribe. Bless you.
As I wandered round in a happy glow, with the screenshot of my official ‘500 Followers’ notification on my phone, I remembered the old days of having only 50 or so readers, back in 2015, before I decided to take this whole blogging thing more seriously in February 2016.
What tips could I have given myself? What could I have read, and put into immediate practice?
Here they are:
- Take the time to be genuine; to really ‘be yourself’. This means articulating your opinion, in both posts, and your replies to comments.
- Actually answer comments! I have un-followed nearly a dozen blogs here after commenting at least 4 or 5 times on each, and receiving no answer. Not even a Like (which is a pretty poor effort- it’s OK once in a while, but hey, I’m really trying to ‘talk’ with you on here).
- Be consistent with posting, even if it’s once a month. Following blogs for me feels like checking in or catching up with friends- some of you I see every day, others only every fortnight or month- but I do like to know you’re still coming around to visit me in my Reader.
- Enjoy exploring. Discover and be curious; comment freely, and follow blogs that excite you; you never know what you’re going to find.
- There’s not really any one ‘top tip’. It’s just about putting in the time, and being truly engaged. Of course, you can learn how to tag correctly, and use pretty images, but essentially, it’s about writing as well as you can, with as much heartfelt enthusiasm as you genuinely feel-whether it’s for living minimally, dating to the maximum, decorating your nails every Sunday, or living with PTSD (a sample of the blogs I follow).
Having access to the internet, and the safety and time with which to write, are incredible gifts to be grateful for; don’t worry about your ‘numbers’; just express yourself, be kind to others around you, and try to leave this world a brighter place.
That’s actually my top tip for living, not just blogging.
In gratitude for all my Followers, G xO