Yesterday WordPress let me know I now have 500 followers. Hooray?
Honestly, it’s humbling that so many people are interested in my blog and are following it, but that number is really misleading.
1. The Lily Cafe first ran from 2013-2015 and gained just under 190 followers. Returning 3 years later, that number hasn’t changed. What has changed is the bloggers. The vast majority of them seem to have left the blogging world, or, at least, WordPress. Yet they are still listed as followers. But most of those 190 followers will likely never see one of my posts from this year. Though, if you do read this, I’d love to know it. Hello again!
Taking out those 190 followers, there’s somewhere around 310 or so new followers. That’s still a nice number for a busy mom of 2 who just started up again in January. But still almost 200 short of the 500 WordPress is congratulating me on.
2. That number (310) is nice, but it’s still not an accurate reflection of the Cafe’s followers. See, many of them are very large blogs who likely follow thousands. So they’re unlikely to actually read a word I write.
3. If there really are 310 followers, then shouldn’t I see a ton of views on my stats? I’m not greedy; I have very nice stats (for me), but I don’t watch them like a hawk. But if I really have a following of over 300, then shouldn’t I see hundreds of views a day? Like I said, I like my stats, but it’s not that high. And that’s okay.
4. Bloggers leave. That’s a fact. Life gets busy. Blogging loses its appeal. Once avid bloggers just…vanish. They’re still listed as followers, but they are no longer active.
My point is that 500 is a nice number. But it’s not an accurate reflection of this blog and it’s followers. It took hard work to get to that number, but it’s not real, and I really don’t care.
I care about the content I post and whether or not I can reach one person. I care about the other blogs I follow and what they have to say. 500 is nice, but please don’t pay attention to the numbers.
They’ll just drive you crazy!