When I started my blog in January of 2013, my 12-year-old son threw out a challenge:
“Mom – I think you should try to get 100 followers by the end of the year.”
I immediately started adding in my head: I knew I could count on my mom and dad, my husband, my sister and some close friends- but 100?! That seemed like a very tall order. But I agreed to the challenge and set about writing my posts as honestly as I could – about my plant-based diet, my family, my own personal struggles and successes and my thoughts on everything from dog food to dance makeup.
As the numbers slowly started to grow (20, 50, 60) I liked to imagine inviting everyone over to my house for a cocktail party. “How did you find me?” I’d ask – and “Here – have a glass of wine and a vegan appetizer!” I fantasized about how cool it would be to bring everyone together to learn from each other and to share our common interests.
Much to my surprise the numbers just kept increasing. After many months of learning, I dipped my toes into the worlds of Facebook and Twitter and the numbers jumped again. Sometimes I’d write something that I thought was totally brilliant and all I’d get back in return was a handful of hits and the sound of crickets chirping in the background. Other times, I’d reluctantly hit publish on a particularly sensitive topic and you would respond with a flood of support, insightful commentary and “likes”.
I know 1000 doesn’t sound like a lot when compared with the millions of followers garnered by celebrities and blogging superstars but it really feels like something special to me. A milestone of sorts. I was scared to death to start my blog but it was worth every misstep and falter just for the opportunity to express my creativity and to share a bit of myself with all of you.
Truth be told, I still don’t really know what the heck I’m doing. I’ve got the bare bones hosting software, a free platform from Word Press and very basic tech skills on a good day (and frankly I don’t know a hashtag from a hashbrown). But I’ve learned all of that matters less than just sitting my butt down at my computer and writing straight from my heart. This in turn has resulted in a connection with 1000 followers from around the world and for that I am deeply grateful.
Thank you so much to everyone on Word Press, on Twitter and on Facebook for reading, commenting, liking and following me on this journey. Your support means the world to me! There is really only 1 big problem – where do I find a venue big enough for all 1000 of us to get together for that cocktail party : )
13 thoughts on “Gratitude for 1000”
Very exciting, Lori. On to the second 1000:)
Sent from my iPhone
Congratulations on joining the mile high club.
David Taylor (ex CTV tech)
Wow David! So nice of you to follow along and send in a comment! How are you? Where did you land after CTV? I hope you are well and enjoying life to the fullest!
Wow have I ever been out of touch. Lori Lee iI can’t tell you how much I appreciate you contacting me. Given the length of time it’s taken me to respond it’s obvious I’m technically illiterate, which was made very clear to me while I was at CTV. Regardless, I hope you get this message and we’re able to continue send a text or three. I’m on Facebook if that helps. Apart from that I don’t know how I just found you. Facebook obviously has my name on it as well as Bad Company, which is appropriate. Best wishes.
Your pool might fit a thousand…..congrats:)!! Krista
It would be tight but I could try! Thanks for your support Krista.
Thanks! : )
Well done Lori – I enjoy your blog and am always thankful for your research & thought provoking posts. Cheers Connie
Thank you Connie. I always appreciate your thoughtful comments!
Way to go Lori! 1000 is definitely something to celebrate. I love reading your posts and am not surprised at all that so many others do too!
Thanks Mel! It’s nice to know that you are following along : )
Congrats Lori! I have been enjoying your posts 🙂