Of Awards, Followers and Like(s)

Last week two bloggers nominated me for the Field of Flowers and The Very Inspiring Blogger Awards. At the same time I was writing that I wasn’t a big fan of Valentine’s Day.

So these acknowledgments were nice and a little embarrassing, too.

However, I was also planning a post about the way my first followers and first “Like(s)” affected me and eventually changed my blogging journey. So these nominations arrived also at the right time.

All bloggers start with one first post and one first click on the Publish button.

Yet in the same way good marketers plan their campaign ahead of time when they want to launch successfully a new product, I imagine that bloggers with savoir-faire plan their strategy before posting for the first time. Many must have dedicated a significant amount of time browsing the blogosphere to establish their online presence.

My personal blogging experience is probably slightly different from most bloggers’.

I wanted to share my dual identity but moreover record my journey as a writer who had made the promise in her early days in the States to write in English. As a non-native speaker my goal was to prove to myself I could do it and not to reach an audience.

I didn’t think in terms of followers and “Like.” I focused on establishing a personal writing discipline, which I hoped would produce better writing.

This is why I remember of my first followers and “Like(s).”

So today I want to thank Gisela and Ubecute for their nominations but furthermore for allowing me to acknowledge the importance of the moment when I realized that someone had found me and liked what I had written.

Until then the blogosphere appeared to me like a gigantic library where books wouldn’t be catalogued. Exploring the countless blogs was daunting. I was concerned that the time I would spend discovering other blogs would be detrimental to my writing goal.

Now I was curious.

Who was behind the small Gravatar? What did I write that triggered a positive response?

Most were poets and fiction writers. Some seemed interested by my dual identity. A few had studied French. Others were travelers and photographers.

It appeared to me evident that the diverse background of these early readers reflected the variety of my posts.

The majority had already built a significant audience of followers, only due to the constant quality of their posts and their reaching out.

Over the last months I’ve dedicated more time to my blog – a little bit to the detriment of my other writing projects. But this effort has produced two results.

The first one was my initial objective: Regular posting improves the quality of the content.

The second wasn’t what I had originally focused on: A regular group of people who come back for more.

To thank the two bloggers who nominated me, I would say than more than awards the visits of other bloggers mean a lot when you start.

In my case they gave me confidence and pushed me to polish my writing.

So instead of accepting these two awards, I prefer reaching out to recent bloggers.

Because I still remember of the impact of the first followers and Like(s).

Do you?

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Comments

  1. Uncle Spike says:

    My very first follower is still one of my most regular contacts… 🙂

  2. We absolutely love your work. Keep on doing the good work 🙂

  3. I very much enjoy reading your blog, You thoughts are fun and very much intrigue me 🙂

    To answer your question, my first like really surprised me, I didn’t put tags or anything and was writing up whatever was on my mind, so it was really exciting for me and motivating. WordPress is awesome like that, everyone is very supportive and fun 🙂

  4. I have a slightly different experience. I had already been writing a technical blog for a long time before attempting a personal blog. I got a lot of early followers who knew me from the technical space. I really appreciated that because I felt like they were interested in what I have to say as a person in addition to what I have to say regarding the technology we have in common. Still, I felt different when I got liked and followed by someone I didn’t know and presumably didn’t have anything in common with (except maybe our perspective). I’m not sure which I appreciate more, but I take a look at every follower and I still follow (and try to read stuff written by) all the new followers and likers (you don’t want to learn English from me). It gets harder as those numbers grow, but there’s always room for more reading (I think).

  5. I’ve heard of similar experiences. Going from a professional blog to a personal one.
    I like yours because I read about topics I wouldn’t write about. The note of humor is a big plus. I think that people find your blog because of the quality of your posts. Your attitude towards new followers and likers is positive too. And I’ll remember to take my English classes somewhere else!!!

  6. Great post, and yes I do remember and still have contact with my very first follower/poster.

  7. How nice to hear from you, Mary. And so inspiring to know that you are still in touch with your early followers. See you on your blog.

  8. Great post Evelyne but also ironic as I have just nominated you for Seven Awards in one! Don’t worry about accepting them, I know it is a lot of work, but I did want you to know that I was thinking of you and I really appreciate you following my blog. Like you, I am amazed that anyone at all manages to find my blog and never take for granted a single like or comment. I still can’t get over the fact that somebody actually likes something I’ve written or a photo I’ve taken and then takes the time to comment! I’ve been blogging for over a year now and a few of my original followers still follow me which means a great deal. Blogging is time consuming and my other writing has suffered but I am trying to get the balance right now. Still I am so very grateful for the community that I have found here. Anyway, here is the link if you would like to take a look! http://sherrimatthewsblog.com/2014/02/19/awards-part-three-the-shauny-award-for-blogging-excellence-and-seven-awards-in-one/
    Congratulations to you 🙂

  9. Oh, this is so kind of you, Sherri. Reading what writers write, admiring the photos and artwork that artists post is something I am looking forward to and I am grateful when someone likes or feels a connection with one of my post. That’s my reward. But I will have a look at the link, though.

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