It seems like it was just yesterday that I wrote my Blogging Milestone: 100 Followers! post.  In fact, it was early February, 2019, so well over a year ago, and you’ve grown by 900 since then!  To mark the occasion, I thought I’d take a leaf out of Chuckles’ (at I’ve Bean Travelling) book and look at some facts, figures, and stats.

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Fact: It took me four months of blogging to reach 100 followers (avg: 25/month) and an additional 15 months to gain 900 more (avg: 60/month).  Takeaway?  If you are new to blogging, stick with it.  More readers will come, and they’ll come more quickly over time.

Figures: I’ve met two blog buddies in person, Jeff Bell and liveandletthai, while on my first ever trip to Asia.  Two more meet-ups (with Donna at Running to Travel and Pam at …i choose this…) were in the offing – this time in my neck of the woods – but may have been thwarted by that fearsome travel slayer, coronavirusTakeaway?  You may not have joined the blogosphere to make friends, but if you engage, that’s exactly what will happen.  Also, coronavirus sucks.

Real Stats & “Anecdotal Stats:

Things I didn’t expect when I started this whole travel blogging pastime:

  • That it would take over my life
  • That December would be such a “low views” month.  I mean, it makes sense.  Everyone’s busy – I get it.  But word to the wise: don’t save your best writing for the twelfth month – it won’t get read.
  • That I’d allow myself to be talked into co-hosting a travel-focused podcast with the husband to complement the blog, or that I’d allow him to commandeer my blog for his own temporary mini-pod.
  • That I’d blog about things other than travel (although my second post, back in 2018, was about coffee and donuts, so that should have been a clue)
  • That I’d start training as a copy editor.  Though there were many things in my life that influenced this decision, writing the blog was a big factor; it reminded me just how much I love working with words (and their underappreciated gaggle of personal assistants, punctuation marks).

 

Thank you everyone for your readership.  Without you, this would just be a journal, and as I made plain in my first ever post, I loathe journaling.

 


A note on the header image: I chose an image of sprinkles not only because they are festive and represent a large quantity, but also because I’m English by marriage, and in England they are called not sprinkles, not jimmies, but “hundreds and thousands.”  Get it?  🙂

Special thanks to Bearded Traveling Soul, my 1000th follower.  You should get a prize.  You won’t, but you should. 😉

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  1. Congrats! I think many – probably most – of us had no idea: A) How much time blogging takes, B) How rewarding it is, and C) How many friends we would make throughout the world. Your count now appears to be 1001, so it will probably be just a matter of time until your blog-o-meter turns over to 2000!

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  2. Huge congratulations on such a beautiful milestone! That’s definitely something to celebrate. 🎉🎉🎉 Being part of the blogging community and meeting people along the way are just a few of the rewards. I hope you get to meet Pam, and many more of your followers. 😊

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  3. Wow…seems like you were just clamoring for your 666th follower (lucky me!). Blogging truly is a world of its own. I have been doing it, off and on, through various platforms, for almost 20 years – hard to fathom! I have met at least a dozen bloggers in real life, dated one, and married another. It’s definitely worth the time and effort! Congrats on hitting the 1,000 milestone. Off to read about your warts now!

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    1. Thank you! I think I mentioned this to you earlier, but I’m taking a grammar course right now (for the copy editing certificate) and I think that’s where I got the inspiration for that line. We recently finished the unit on commas, semicolons, and colons. Fun stuff!!

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      1. Hahahaha! I’m afraid I do agree with him. On occasion it does feel right, like many things I feel it perhaps depends on the context and the rest of the sentence. So I am sort of on the fence, but generally the extra pause doesn’t feel right to me. I don’t know why!

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  4. Awesome!!! This is such a fantastic milestone for your blog!! No doubt this number will continue to grow as more-and-more people are introduced to your amazing content and delightful writing style! 😃👍

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    1. Thank you so much!! They say the first million (dollars) is the hardest and then you just start earning faster and faster after that. Well, I think the same is true for followers. The more I get, the more I get! I’m sure you know what I mean.

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