Some small blogging milestones.

A while back, I exceeded 500 posts on Beetleypete.  This one will bring the total to 523. As I expected to be around the 100 mark by this time, it is obvious that I have been a lot busier than I anticipated. Views of the blog have just tipped 20,000, and followers are almost at the magical 500 mark. Not that this figure means a lot, as I probably only have 50 or so ‘real’ followers.

I always like to state from the outset, that this is of no significance, in the wider world of blogging. Even some relatively small blogs can boast over 2,000 followers, and get hundreds of views daily. For me, it is all relative to expectations. I never expected to get more than a handful of followers, and then only from friends, family, and ex-colleagues. I also never expected to have written over 500 posts; on everything from 1960s London, to attempts at fiction. I used to think that if 1,000 people looked at my blog, it would be something of an achievement. To have that twenty times over is something marvellous, at least to me.

I confess that I continue to miss many of my blogging friends; those who have dropped out of blogging, for reasons important to them. Although I never met them, (with one exception) I find myself worrying about them, or wondering what they are up to. Perhaps this is a lesson learned. Get too close to other bloggers, and you can do nothing about it, when they choose to disappear. Blog only for the moment, without thought to the longer term feeling of community. I will still think about them though, so that is one lesson I am disregarding.

I am still occasionally bothered by ‘followers’ who are just trying to make money. This doesn’t irritate me as much as it used to, as I now have some understanding of the pyramid-selling nature of SEO opportunities, lifestyle gurus, and book sellers. Many see the web and the blogging side of it as a way to make money, purely and simply. They want to work from home, typing their ‘follows’ into a laptop from their poolside, as they gaze at their Mercedes parked in the drive. But we all know that this is only happening for a select few. The rest of you have missed that boat, it sailed long ago. There are some good authors using the blog to sell their stuff. Good luck to you, but please don’t pretend to be interested in my writing, just to try to sell me your latest e-book. Others combine intelligent and thoughtful blogging, with a sideline in marketing or sales, reached from separate menus, or even links to different blogs. That’s the way you should be doing it. Moan over.

I am still staggered by just how many blogs exist. Conservative estimates put the figure of bloggers at around the eight million mark, and that is just for those blogging in English. In truth, it is probably much larger than this, though many blog sites have been dormant for much of their existence. As so many new blogs are registered every day, it is almost impossible to find an accurate figure. Let’s just agree that it is huge, almost too huge to comprehend. There is hardly a topic or subject known that is not covered on a blog, somewhere.

I remain delighted to be a part of this, and once again suggest that anyone considering joining us should do so. Now.

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12 thoughts on “Some small blogging milestones.

  1. Pete, you’ll recall that I “discovered” your blog last November when googling “Pope on the Dole,” a book which you purchased and reviewed early this year, much to my delight. I promote the book on my blog, mostly by way of photos, and will promote future books there as well. I also promote music for which I have written the lyrics. But as you know, I primarily use the blog to entertain visitors with original limericks. I have very few followers because I do not write about the many interesting facets of my personal life, or delve into my personal views on life in general–elements that make your blog popular–and, because of this non-personal approach, I do not have much opportunity, as you do, to interact with guests, which is key to building an internet relationship.

    Obviously, I faithfully read your blog for the very same reasons that your other followers read it, and feel you deserve an even larger audience than you currently have, though the numbers you cite are certainly very respectable. I would point out that there are many channels by which an author can give expression to his/her creative mind. In your case, creativity comes in the form of essay writing, and your blog provides the perfect outlet for you to disseminate your thoughts and views. In my case, creativity comes in the form of fiction and verse (lyrics and limericks). Although verse is well suited to a blog due to the brevity of its format, book-length fiction is not. In the case of books, a blog is primarily a hook. Of course, I accept the limitations of an impersonal blog–after all, its nature and purpose are of my own choosing–but I would nevertheless be very pleased if it attracted more followers than it has so far.

    Pete, I congratulate you on a fine blog which has become an essential part of my reading diet. On the one hand, I consume the pages of such literary giants as Gustave Flaubert (I just finished “Trois contes” yesterday); on the other hand, I devour the gems of essayist Pete Johnson, blogger extraordinaire. I urge you to keep up the good work. I am committed to your blog, and will continue to read your essays for as long as I have access to a computer.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words David. You are indeed one of my recent, yet very loyal followers, and it has been a pleasure getting to know you. Your comments are always very much appreciated, as I have told you before.
      As for your own blog, it is certainly very different to mine. It is such diversity that makes blogging so interesting. I hope that some of my readers have been tempted to pop over to look at your limericks and lyrics, and to find out about your books.
      Very best wishes, Pete.

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  2. Pete, you inspire and entertain. As you know, this world is full of followers and I for one am so pleased that you are sharing your world with us.
    please keep it up

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    1. Always good to hear from you Bobby, my old friend. So much water has passed under a lot of bridges since our ‘good old days’. It is a personal pleasure to be able to keep in touch with you through the medium of blogging.
      Take care mate.Pete.

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  3. Oh, I agree with you about those authors whose only reason to follow your blog is to sell their books, they follow you but never comment (not that it’s that important) and never even liked a single post.

    I also don’t much consider the number of followers in one’s blog since some of them have lots of followers but so few visits registered in their stats. I rather have a few readers who are interested in what I write than a thousands of followers who are just there. I learned long ago that some click follow so you would be interested enough and follow them back. It is a bonus though if you have some interactions with your readers and you get to know them a little every day. Blogging is keeping an online diary and some want to know what’s keeping you busy. I get an average views of 150 a day, around 200-300 plus on good days but what I always look forward to are the comments/the genuine “how are you?” and the sincere, “glad you’re feeling okay”. Wishful thinking I guess but when you are at the receiving end, that would surely make you smile.

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    1. I agree Arlene. It is the comments that make it all worthwhile. Whether personal, friendly, constructive, or even argumentative, they are always welcome.
      Best wishes from England, Pete.

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