When I hit fifty followers, I didn't post about it, even though I was really happy. I'm superstitious (some would say 'paranoid and insane') and I was sure that if I posted to say 'Yay, fifty followers!' I'd suddenly lose a bunch of followers and everyone would think 'She can't count, poor dear. . .' (I can't).
But as Donna Hosie recently hit 50 and made a post about it, I felt a bit bad about the lack of follower-love around these parts.
I like to follow the blogs I like, because I often surf into a blog, read one entry, really enjoy it and then realise I'm late for something else and have to dash out of the house. So I click 'Follow' to make sure I can find it later, and then I find I have a delightful feed of content onto my Blogger Dashboard every day. I also generally follow people back once they follow my blog (if you think we have something in common, you're probably right). If you follow me, and I don't follow you, it's just because I haven't gotten around to it yet.
I would like to say thanks to everyone who has taken the time to click 'Follow', or to read an entry, post a comment, visit one of my followers - because a huge part of this whole blogging thing is finding people and connecting.
I started my blog because I read so many writing and publishing blogs, and I had thoughts on them, and I wanted to post my thoughts somewhere, rather than just commenting on what other people said. Also, I was coming back to writing after some time away from it, and I wanted to post honestly and openly about the challenges we can face, to offer some sort of comfort in the face of those geniuses who spew out magnificent words all day and drive the rest of us to despair. We are not all like that, I wanted to say. Some of us spend our lives finding new ways to mess stuff up.
I have found, though, that the best thing about blogging isn't having space to vent, or 'platform-building', or even changing the layout five times a day before reverting to the original one. It's the people, who are constantly fun, engaging, interesting and compelling. It's great to post saying 'This disaster happened to my novel!' and have someone post back saying 'Oh, you too? I thought it was just me. . . .!'
All readers are great. Followers are great. That is all. :D