If you follow me on Twitter, you may have noticed that I’ve recently been celebrating hitting certain numbers on the blog and social media. While I see other bloggers doing the same thing, I still find myself spending a good amount of time deciding whether or not it’s “appropriate” to be publicly broadcasting things that I view as achievements.
Before I get into this, this post isn’t calling out any bloggers who do this. Likewise, it isn’t calling out any bloggers who choose not to; I just find it interesting to view the two different sides!
When I first started using Twitter alongside the blog, it seemed like there were SO many other bloggers on there who had high numbers – not just in followers, but in interactions. When I first joined Twitter back in 2009, it was pretty easy to grow on there. After a matter of months, I’d hit my first 1,000, and soon I was pushing 3,000 just by tweeting about my day. I was ridiculously proud of my little pool of famous followers… until I got suspended in 2016 after it was found out that I started said account when I was a few weeks away from 13 (oops). Starting again on the platform has proven to me that all of a sudden, it’s a lot more difficult to grow.
Likewise, when it comes to the blog, I’m proud of my little army of 300 followers. It took a lot of switching around and copying over photos and cringe-worthy posts from 2016 to get my blog to look a way I was happy with, and I’m insanely happy that people choose to subscribe to receive me in their inbox.
But when does it start getting too much? Is there a cut-off point for telling everyone how happy you are to reach a certain amount of followers or views? Is it something that should be viewed as detrimental to others who feel that they aren’t growing at their desired rate?
For me, the entire concept of following and subscribing isn’t about determining who is “successful” and who isn’t. I’ve seen so many bloggers with much higher numbers than others, who make multiple grammatical errors that annoy me to the point where I stop wanting to read their posts. On the other hand, I also see much people with a much smaller following creating engaging content. And sometimes it’s the other way around – there isn’t an overall relationship between numbers and quality.
I think this is where a lot of people get caught up. Obviously it can be difficult to attract readers to your website if you don’t really have much attention on you, but that doesn’t reflect on your work. Personally, I feel that when it comes to celebrating numbers, it’s about genuinely thanking those who’ve taken the time to follow, subscribe, comment and even just view. We should be happy for those who have a milestone to acknowledge, because it shows that our community is still full of engagement and support.
I’m really interested in what others think on the subject – do you celebrate your numbers on social media or your website? How do you feel when you see others doing it? Let me know!