I Don’t Care How Many Followers You Have

I can honestly say I don’t care how many “followers” people have. I view bloggers as one and the same on this platform. It was not always so. The first year I blogged I kept a close eye on a single blogger who motivated me to push myself harder. I was in awe at how quickly all his numbers rose, not just the subscriber number. It was because of this blogger that I realized “active networking” and “passive networking” were totally different things.

I don’t care how many subscribers someone has. It doesn’t impress me anymore, doesn’t intimidate me, doesn’t make me stop for a single second. What I am impressed with is active engagement on a website. If I see hundreds of comments on a post that is only half the action to me. The other half is what the blog owner does in turn… do they respond? Do they sit and shine over the glory and never lift a finger to thank their obvious fans? What is their attitude and how do they carry their social influence? That is far more important to me than what a single number represents on another blog. Were you aware that some bloggers consider the comment section on their blogs for “guests only” and that is why they don’t respond or write there?

There is so much about social media that amuses me. How big the egos get and how important it is to people to gain recognition. I am a fan of allowing recognition to find you from the deeds you do daily. We all start from the same number and progress through the same path at different speeds. It is not a competition and I have never viewed blogging as such. All of you out there are not my competitors in our quest to gain readers. That is why I freely share information and give advice. Only assholes hope to keep everyone below them so they alone can reap the reward.

To be clear, my numbers mean everything to me. I work on them, I focus on them, and I work to make them better. I simply don’t care about YOUR numbers and why should I? Blogging is an anybody’s club and you don’t need to wear a mark of popularity to be accepted. At least that isn’t how it should be. I know some bloggers hawk the platforms for certain focus groups and that is great if it works for them. I have one focus group. Bloggers.

-Opinionated Man

Jason C. Cushman

Visit my new homepage at www.aopinionatedman.com

@smokendust

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40 thoughts on “I Don’t Care How Many Followers You Have

  1. I never cease to be delighted a the opportunity to learn and communicate with people from all over the World. I’ve found that to be the most rewarding thing from blogging and it’s been fabulous to develop some ‘regular’ interactions with some bloggers that share my sense of humour and thoughts on life.. I couldn’t agree more – comments for me are so important and without that interaction, I’m sure blogging would lose it’s appeal for me. It’s taken me 9 months to reach a point with the numbers where I’m gaining my ‘blogging confidence’ and you’ve been part of my journey from early on so Thank you! I can’t wait to see you in that ‘pink’ outfit though! x

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  3. Just getting old -keeps me from wondering other stats and competing with them. I am here to make friends who share my love for writing. Seldom am I impressed as we will all one day die -so let’s face life together.
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  4. I couldn’t agree more. I just try to keep my posts at a certain high level of quality. Eventually, if the followers come, they can enjoy what I’ve done. If not, I can package them up in some sort of odd book.

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  5. It’s funny to read this. I’m happy to gain followers but a single comment is golden. Real contact means I made a difference. Realizing I made a friend makes me forgot when thirty followers was big!

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  6. That have always been your attitude. You have helped me with that so much. You taugh me to stay focus on why I blog and not on competing. That have worked for me and it’s what makes it fun too.

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  7. I fully believe that what goes around comes around. You get what you give. I love watching my numbers, but I also love reading, following and commenting. I also try as much as I can to spread the love. Pass it on. Thank you for this post.

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  8. Well put. Good on you for not following the status quo. I am super new to this blogging and social media thing that I am taking it slowly and learning as I go. I have only been blogging for less than 2 months, but I love it! Still have more to learn, but I know what you mean, when you first start out like myself and you don’t as many likes or followers, it can be demotivating. But I think if you blog for the right reasons and you love the topic you blog about, you bounce right back…sooner or later. Good post!

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  9. This is really interesting to me, especially in my third year of blogging. When I first started, I was amazed that people (other than my family and friends) would even subscribe to my posts. Now, I still like to make sure I respond to every comment I get, just to make sure people know that I care about what they want to say.

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