200 Follows!!!

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!

IMG_20141114_194935Granted, 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,ย establishingย more relationships with other writers, and nurturing those friendships Iย already have.

Much love! ๐Ÿ™‚

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20 thoughts on “200 Follows!!!

  1. Congrats on #200. I’m glad to be part of it ๐Ÿ™‚

    There was one sentence that really said it all for me … “Unlike social media, I feel that there is a true sense of camaraderie here on WordPress”. This was the best surprise for me as a new member of the blogging community. I had no idea – or expectation – of the friendships that would develop!

  2. I am very late to the party but CONGRATULATIONS!

    Now let’s talk about this, “Granted, I am of the mindset that I, we, write not for followers but because we love what we do.”

    This used to be my answer to “why do you blog.” I’d say, “I’d still write if people didn’t read.” And it was absolutely true. On my blogger blog, I had built an audience and there was a real sense of community going. And then I posted exactly one time in 2010. I came back in 2011 with renewed purpose and it felt so lonely. 3 people that had been actively following me were still around. I slowly starting building another following.

    It was never the same. I got a few new readers now and then but it was never the same. Part of it was my fault for taking my readers for granted and part of it was that google has let Blogger rot away.

    When a friend left blogger for WP it hit me like a train. She was one of the few followers I still had. Who would I be writing for. Oh, right, me. I realized that wasn’t enough. I do love to write but I write to entertain. That’s a rough road with no one around to entertain.

    “That being said, I DO want to be successful in my writing career” This is what I finally learned and what made me make the move. I used to think admitting that would make arrogant or egotistical but I want people to want to read what I right. I have 2 years of posting to show I’d still write if no one read me but I want readers and admitting that has made me more disciplined and much happier.

    Sorry for the long reply and again, way to go!

    1. Thanks so much! My thoughts on this have changed SO much in the past year I’ve been blogging. We all want readers, anyone who says that is lying. It has to be a balance between being true and authentic to yourself and your voice (writing for “you” whether that is writing as catharsis, to vent, to express some experience creatively, etc.), and (to a certain extent) writing to entertain and engage. For this blog, my audience is those followers. I genuinely want to engage them in conversations and I have found that when I pose questions and get those discussions going, the feedback I get is invaluable.

      1. I’ve considered taking up the questions at the end of a post thing to encourage dialog. As you may have noticed, I enjoy conversation.

        I have a few things I’m going to try after the A-Z challenge, little tricks I’ve seen or heard about but none of them fit my word play theme. Maybe in my random rants between alphabet posts?

      2. I’ve noticed a HUGE difference with discussion when I pose questions. That was something that I’ve tried differently and implemented in this challenge. Highly recommend giving it a go! ๐Ÿ™‚

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