Ahhh! I cannot even begin to express how happy I was when I received this “trophy.” When I started my blog in March (well, re-started as I had established it a year prior, but only published one measly little blog post) with the A-Z Challenge, I had an initial goal of hitting 100 followers by the end of the year. I reached that number over the summer and upped my end-of-year target to 200. I am floored that I achieved this personal goal of mine and so unbelievably grateful for all your support!
Granted, I am of the mindset that I, we, write not for followers but because we love what we do. Writing, blogging is cathartic and allows me an opportunity to express myself through a vast variety of mediums, whether that be a poem depicting a stunning landscape I soaked in, a random rant on some topic that stirred an emotion in me, a recipe that made my mouth water, or a blurb on a writing-related topic. That being said, I DO want to be successful in my writing career (novel writing, blogging, poetry, etc.) and setting these small, personal goals helps me achieve that.
One of the best things that has come out of this amazing year of blogging is the fantastic group of writers whom I have built relationships with. Unlike social media, I feel that there is a true sense of camaraderie here on WordPress. There are other like-minded writers, poets, bloggers who comment on my posts, who care about starting conversations about said topic, and who I get inspired and motivated by.
So thank you to all of you followers who have helped make this goal a reality, and thank you for participating in building those relationships with me! These friendships are truly invaluable. I look forward to many more years of successful writing and blogging, establishing more relationships with other writers, and nurturing those friendships I already have.
Much love! 🙂