Numbers in the blogging world has become increasingly relevant to me in recent weeks, it seems to be popping up everywhere within tweets and in blogger chat discussions and it got me thinking. It actually got me thinking in the bath, but that’s not relevant, other than wanting to add in that i think of most of my blog post ideas submerged in water.
Recently i started to see multiple tweets bashing or poking fun at people for celebrating numerical achievements; be it reaching a certain number of followers or a new blog post getting a higher number of views than normal. All of the tweets implied or stated that the people who were writing about these achievements only cared about numbers, and i just don’t think that’s the case.
It made me think about my own achievements, times when i have noticed a blog post doing particularly well and have tweeted thanking people for positive feedback. Or when i reach a new follower number and i tweet a stupid gif expressing my disbelief that x amount of people now follow me. Does this mean i, and the other people who do it only care about numbers? Far from it.
It means we’re proud of our achievements, it means a post i spent two days writing and photographing, created purely through a love of blogging has gotten recognition and a positive response from readers. If i tweet about a post of mine doing well within it’s first day of being published, that doesn’t mean i wrote it with the intention of getting page views or that I’m bragging, it means i wrote it because i bloody wrote it and it also happens to be getting a good response.
Writing a blog post and then celebrating it’s achievements, is not the same thing as only having a blog to get followers, freebies or for a sense of achievement.
When ever i see someone tweet that they’ve just hit 100, 1000 or 10 million followers (you get my drift) I always congratulate them, i think anyone who does otherwise or believes they shouldn’t be celebrating their achievements are jealous. After all there’s a reason someone left a nice comment on your blog post or that you’ve just hit a new milestone; you should be proud that something you spent time on has been enjoyed by someone else, whether that be 3 people or 3,000.
On the flip side of things, i don’t want people to think that I’m ignorant to the fact that there are people out there who do blog for the wrong reasons. I’m well aware that there are people buying followers and doing giveaways left right and centre to increase their following. I’ve covered buying followers and Instagram tactics in the past so i won’t go into that now, because if i did we all know i’d be here forever, but with this post i want to stress the importance of building each other up instead of tearing each other down. When we do have people within the blogging community buying followers and engagement, shouldn’t we be encouraging people to be proud of their efforts when those efforts are actually genuine?
Of course it would be wrong for someone to celebrate hitting a milestone if they paid to get there, or if they do it in a way where they’re insinuating it somehow makes them better than others. I think we all need a kick up the backside and a reminder that the latter aren’t the majority. The next time you see someone celebrating an achievement, whether they’ve reached 100 views or 10,000, congratulate them. Other bloggers aren’t your competition, when they genuinely work hard on their blog they’re just like you, no matter how many Instagram followers they have.
– Maria x