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.