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One thousand followers. A regiment of fellow bloggers, all sharing the desire to see what I am trapping on about. More than the legionaries in a Roman cohort, equal to 90.9 soccer teams; more people than I could ever remember having met, at least by name.
I should be celebrating this milestone, jumping for joy, and feeling flushed with success at this moment of recognition. A young man in The Philippines clicked ‘follow’ this evening, and tipped my figures from 999, to the magic number of 1000. I sent him thanks, as I always do.
By some standards, 1,000 followers is insignificant. Many bloggers have tens of thousands, and some Twitter and Facebook users can count their community in the millions. To others, happily blogging with followers still in double figures, or none at all, 1000 must seem like an unattainable number indeed. But after over four years at this game, drilling down into the stats, and carefully examining the source of every follower, I know better than to be over-excited by a number.
The ten people who make the most comments on my blog have stayed the same for well over a year now, with some in those positions from when I first started. They move up and down, a place here or there, but they stay the same, loyal and interested, involved and engaged. They don’t just comment, they reply to my replies, and engage with others on the same posts. In some cases, my followers also follow each other, completing the blogging circle. I know them as my ‘Regulars’.
After them come the ‘Likers’. These respected followers dutifully click ‘Like’ on every post I publish. Some of them have done this for years, for almost every one of the 1,112 posts I have published. They rarely comment though, whatever the subject matter. It is as if breaking their silence would shatter some unwritten rule.
The next category, I think of as the ‘Occasionals’. They pop up now and again, click a ‘Like’, and sometimes comment, if it is something they have an opinion about, or just to say how much they enjoyed a short story, or photo post. They feel a bit like bumping into an old colleague in the street. Nice to see them. It’s been a while. Neither of us has changed that much.
Then come those I call the ‘Revenants’. The ‘back from the dead’ bloggers. Maybe someone who used to comment avidly, then one day just disappeared. You sometimes wonder where they went, what they are doing, whether they are still blogging. Then they reappear, with a ‘Like’ or an unexpected comment, as if nothing has happened, and they were just here yesterday. Their unexpected arrival always raises a wry smile, as I think that they must know something I don’t. But I am not going to ask them what it is.
So these are my four categories of blog followers. They are appreciated and respected, and not least due my thanks, for being around for so long. If I total up the numbers of those making up these categories, it comes to just less than 90 people. A long way from 1,000.
So, you might ask, where are the other 910?
A good question. I am afraid I do not have the answer.
My thanks as usual to all my genuine followers. It would not be the same without you.