100 Followers – Not Just a Number

Picture the scene.

I log on to my computer on an average Monday afternoon, hoping to reply to some blog comments and check my emails.

I read my mail first. I see I have three new followers, and 50+ posts to catch up from the last few hours. I ignore the latter.

Curious, I head over to WordPress and check my stats page, just to see where I’m at. I must be in high nineties by now, surely?

It reads one hundred.

One hundred followers. Of my blog.

Cue a total loss of words.

And then a scream.

Of joy, of course.

OH MY GOSH – I’VE HIT ONE HUNDRED FOLLOWERS. WOOOOOOO!!!!

I’m still reacting that way, four days later!

What I want to say is thank you. But I don’t think I could say it enough times to make it mean something. So I’ll say this:

Every little action you take on my blog (commenting, liking, etc.) has an impact on me. Every moment you spend here fills my heart with happiness. Every word you say is precious to me. That’s why I’m still around.

Because without viewers, what is blogging?

…I’m not sure.

I know that for the first few months, I was getting maybe two or three likes on each post. And at the time, I was really pleased with that.

But now, over six months on from when I first started this particular blog, if I was still getting just a couple of views per day, or even week, I would have lost motivation and quit already. Or at least have been inactive for a few weeks.

Yet I’m still around, still posting twice a week. Still working away at my blog, still taking pictures, still replying to comments. Still present in the blogosphere.

Why?

Because I don’t want to let anyone down.

I came here with a purpose, not a wish. I knew I wanted to pour my heart and soul into this blog, to share everything I knew in the hope it would inspire someone. I wanted to reach someone. Just one person – and then my job would be done.

I get comments and emails all the time, about all sorts of things: which camera I have, how I schedule posts, where I get inspiration from, who my favourite authors are, what I had for lunch last Tuesday… (that last one was a lie XD)

But when I get a message that tells me how I’ve motivated someone, or touched their heart, or inspired them to do better? That makes me feel like I’ve achieved something. Because I know they’ve achieved something too.

I’m still working out what my purpose here on this planet is. But I know I do have one. I know I want to help other people, and make them stronger on the inside: because we all face failure. We all face rejection, depression, sadness, loss, and many other things. But if we can get through that? That makes us pretty special. Because not everyone can.

These are the kind of things I know I’m going to have to deal with. Some, I’ve already experienced. Others, not yet. But I want to be one of the ones who comes out on top of it. Who can continue life, who can accept the change, and who can (hopefully) get others through it too.

I want that to be me. And I know it’s going to have to start small. So what better way than reaching out to a few people online, with two weekly doses of my ramblings?

Like I said, I don’t want to let anyone down. Especially not myself.

So my posts are going to continue, and I’m going to try my best to change this planet in my own way. For the better.

I’m going to teach myself how to be better, and then share those experiences with others. Maybe they’ll take something from it. Maybe you’ll take something from this.

I hope so. Because, like I said, if you do, my job here is done.


Hey guys πŸ™‚

I felt the need to write this extra bit, because… well, there’s a little more I’d like to add to the above statement. But it didn’t quite fit with the theme of the message, so I decided to write a little “side addition”.

Firstly, THANK YOU. I know I said I wouldn’t be able to say it enough times or in the right way to show you how much it means, but it means a lot. From the bottom of my heart – thank you so much ❀

And now…

*shuffles papers nervously*

I just wanted to mention the fact that to me, one hundred followers is not a number. It’s not a scale on a chart, or a statistic. To me, one hundred followers is a symbol. It means something.

It’s a symbol of positivity, gratitude, and love. It’s a group of people who have taken time out of their day to come and read my posts, and then leave a friendly comment that will make me smile.

That’s a pretty special thing to do.

I know I’ve showed how happy I am for 100, but note that’s it not just about the number – and it’s not about any bragging rights. The happiness I feel is purely based on the readers of my blog, and how they’ve helped me grow my blog to this level. Together, I’d love to grow it even further.

Thank you again to all the supporters of Incomplete Thinking, for everything you’ve done so far ❀

I will see you all next week!

Incomplete Thinker xx

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17 thoughts on “100 Followers – Not Just a Number

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  1. I didn’t take this as bragging at all. It is a wonderful accomplishment, and you deserve each reader you have. I love that your purpose it to help other people and make them stronger. If we can all be like this our world would be a better place. God bless you πŸ™‚

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  2. Congrats!!!! I am so thrilled for you!!!!! It truly is an amazing feeling to hit 100 followers, but as you said… We started with a purpose, and that purpose should follow through. It’s not just a number, but a respect towards one another by commenting, reblogging, and encouragement.
    Congratulations again!!!

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  3. Thank you so much!! πŸ™‚
    It is a great feeling, but that’s right, the purpose should always stay, no matter what.
    Well said – it’s a respect towards each other, and we all want each other to do better.
    Thanks so much once again!!! ❀ Have a great day xxx

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  4. Congratulations on 100 followers! I know that is such an amazing feeling when you see that notification that you’ve hit 100 ☺ And this was such a well written post, great work.

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  5. Congratulations! I remember reading your first posts and when you had the same number of followers as me, your blog has grown so much! You should be really proud of yourself, 100 followers is no easy feat!

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