Your Numbers Might Change, But the Work Stays the Same

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One fact about blogging that does not change-regardless of follower numbers-is the work.  I am still doing today what I did 2 1/2 years ago.  I’m still using the same basic tactics Jason over at Harsh Reality began teaching me way back when.  I still visit other pages (although not as often as I would prefer), I still respond promptly to comments, I still interact and treat WordPress just as I do the other social media sites.  I still hustle and I still challenge and push myself.  Getting 2,000+ views per day isn’t some magical occurrence that just happens one day.  And it isn’t what I thought it would be.

I recall the first time I received 100 views in a day-I thought it was the most amazing thing.  Then I remember the first time I received 1,000-it was the same feeling.  I also recall the first time I received 5,000 views in a day-same feeling.  Do you see what I’m getting at?  The benchmarks are amazing, but it still left me wanting more.  And stat numbers are great, but the results are relative.  Each benchmark changes which proves how dynamic and fluid blogging really can be.  With all the growth, I am still doing the same basics now that I did when I had 400 followers.

So what’s my point you might ask?

Your numbers might change, but the work stays the same.  Engage, interact, read, LIKE, Follow, be a social media champion, use StumbleUpon, use Flipboard and always be on the look out for new and creative ways to promote yourself. For instance, I have recently begun to dabble it Facebook advertising for my FB blog page. Not sure where it will lead, but it is something I always wanted to do so I’m doing it.  I also recently (December) branched out to YouTube-the future of the internet-to help grow my reach.

I think it is easy to look at other’s and have blog envy and I’ll admit that I did and sometimes still do.  The fallacy that existed in my mind was that when I achieved a certain number of followers, then I would be content; I would have arrived.  The truth is that growth happens so slowly that I realize I’ll never be content-even when I hit 100,000 followers.  I still have to respond to comments.  I still have to read other blogs.  I still LIKE and follow.  I still engage on a real level.  I still give back to the community.

Your number might change, but the work stays the same.  As Jason says “You just gotta keep on grinding man.”

 

23 thoughts on “Your Numbers Might Change, But the Work Stays the Same

  1. I’m still amazed and appreciative whenever I get any number of views and comments. the one thing that bothers me is trying to keep up with everyone that follows me and that I follow. that’s a job in itself but we do the best that we can. nice post.

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    • That’s the struggle for me too, Jim. I do my best to pick two days out of the week to go through my reader after work to read the posts of those I follow. Some days I can get in 20-30; other days aren’t as productive. I want to make sure that I’m commenting, so it takes a little time, but that little bit of time may be the encouragement that someone needs. 🙂 Happy blogging!

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  2. Amen! Great advice! A blogger friend of mine said that my blog “was blowing up,” and I literally laughed out loud. I do see the growth — thanks in part to you and so many generous friends in the blogosphere, but I have not blown up. 🙂 I think of what “blowing up” looks like and realize that we never really achieve that standard in our minds. We always want more. I just enjoy engaging with other and dabbling in different things. Continued success to you, Danny, and keep grinding.

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  3. So very true Danny. I’ve just recently got a new job and I know my blog is going to suffer with less time on my hands but I’ll just have to fit it in the best I can. It and my readers will still be be a big part of my life.

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  4. Yes it can be a bit of a struggle at time, it is having the time and the mental energy to engage with all your followers, though I love it. At the moment I am looking at all my followers a little closer, and reading especially their ‘about me’ information, it’s great and enjoyable, coming up to 500 followers soon and fast I want to know at least most of who I am following. Very enjoyable and sometimes a little hard work. Enjoyed reading your post 🙂

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