A blogger I read recently hit 1100 posts. Another blogger is almost at 800. And another blogger just asked if we think about numbers when we blog. Do we worry about how many comments we get? How many people are following our blog? How many “likes” we get?
I thought about that. And decided that I blog for my pleasure (and that of families or friends – for example in the case of our recent trip blog Lemons to Limoncello) and that I’m not really worried about numbers. Which is true to an extent, in that I don’t try to build my following through other social media platforms. I don’t slavishly count comments or followers or likes. I’m confused by followers, in fact, as I suspect many who “like” and then “follow” are doing so purely so we can return and check out their blog and follow them. So the numbers who follow me seem irrelevant, given that most never comment, and as far as I know never even revisit.
But saying I don’t care about numbers is not entirely true either, in that I blog for connection, for understanding, in a search for enlightenment, and for the wonderful community (however tiny) I might have reading my blog. I blog for the interaction between their blogs and mine, and I can’t do that if I have no numbers. But ultimately, the numbers aren’t important. It’s the people who count most. I have a small core of top commenters, and I love them dearly for that.