2,000 – Thank You!

Several months ago, ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’ reached 1,000 subscribers, and today I am moved to share with you today that we’re now at over 2,000, even as this blog is nearing its 1st birthday.

Clearly, WordPress encourages its bloggers to actively engage with and accrue new subscribers, notifying us of likes, follows, consecutive days of postings, etc.; and, to my mind, there’s no metric easier for us to highlight than our subscriber counts. Having said that, while I want to mark the growth of this blog, I am not especially interested in my subscriber count, per se.

In this first year of mine on WordPress, I’ve come across blogs with many, many more subscribers than I have. Some blogs have tens of thousands of subscribers; some blogs have even more. It would seem that gaining subscribers is an industry for some, and there are some experienced bloggers out there who accept payment for guidance on how to follow in their footsteps.

Nevertheless, I have noticed something peculiar that many such bloggers with large followings have in common: They boast of high subscriber counts, but their blog posts generate almost no meaningful human interactions. And this is common, even among those who promote themselves as advisors for hire.

As for me, what I have come to most look forward to are the comments that you, my friends, post in response to my poetry and reflections. This is what most drives me. While I am certainly very proud of having reached 2,000 subscribers on ‘The Skeptic’s Kaddish’, my motivation to create content would drop precipitously and perhaps disappear altogether, if not for all of our lively discussion threads… and it only takes a handful of regular correspondents to leave me feeling fulfilled… feeling as though something significant is transpiring here.

So, to all of you, and especially to those of you who take the time out of your lives to challenge and encourage me, I want to humbly say, “Thank you so much, Friends.”

💝
David


Some thoughts on blogging

Based upon my limited (one year) experience

For those who would like to read on, I am going to share several thoughts about blogging actively and nurturing meaningful human interactions on our blogs:

  • While I don’t prioritize my subscriber count, it does, by virtue of probability, remain very significant. In other words, if increasing numbers of people are exposed to my ideas, it would follow that increasing numbers will be moved to respond with their own ideas;
    • Increasing the visibility of one’s blog is essential for this purpose; and writing compelling content is not enough;
    • One must take the time to interact with other bloggers on their blogs (likes, comments). Really, this is no different than ‘in person’ friendships; why should others be motivated to pay attention to you if you express no interest in them?
    • Also, it requires a great deal of time investment. Is this important enough for you to devote yourself to nurturing such relationships?
  • Having said that, I’ve noticed that the more subscribers a blogger has, the faster his/her subscriber count tends to increase. Likely, this is because having a high subscriber count is a clear signal to others that one’s blog is worth following;
    • I’ve heard it said that people who are in committed romantic relationships are especially attractive to others because their existing relationships are proof of their desirability. Blogging relationships are like that too;
  • Reaching out to and connecting with bloggers who have fewer subscribers than you is a very good idea. First of all, this builds a sense of community for all of us. Second of all, your support for smaller blogs is all the more meaningful to those writers precisely because not many others provide it; and they may very likely be moved to engage with you in substantive discussions;
  • Don’t stretch yourself too thin in reading other blogs and interacting with other bloggers. We are all finite beings, and we must seek reasonable balance. Better to have a few close blogger-friends than many superficial relationships;
  • While interacting with others on their blogs will draw them to yours, only your content will draw them back again. In other words, you must have compelling content. You must have something meaningful to say, and you must be able to convey that well to others. What is your your reason for blogging? What makes your blog uniquely interesting?

219 thoughts on “2,000 – Thank You!”

  1. Congratulations,
    I am always ready to encourage all the new bloggers.
    Be happy and stay healthy.
    Golden dAys comes very soon.

  2. I enjoyed reading this! Congratulations on your growth and also I am sure you also gained so much personally from blogging. It’s a great time to thank people who keep reading 🙂

  3. Huge Congratulations to you David! 👏👏🎉🎉 That’s a testimony to your regular posts; insightful poetry and incredible work ethic no doubt! 😁😁👍👍 Keep it up!

  4. Congratulations!!! Thank you for the advice. I’m very new to the blogging world and your words have resonated with me.

  5. Well done! If you don’t mind my asking, how much time per week do you spend on blogging – including the creation of content and posts, responding to comments, reading and commenting on your followers’ posts, etc.? I imagine it takes a considerable time investment on your part to build your following!

    1. Yeah, it does. It’s hard to say, honestly, but I would definitely say that I spend several hours every day and put off going to sleep sometimes in order to write poems or respond to comments.

      But I’m not doing any of that for the subscribership – I’m doing it because I love it. It’s an amazing creative outlet for me, and the human connections are very special to me too. I’m very glad to have met you, for example 😀


      David

      1. Likewise! I know that you value the creativity and human connection. Your authenticity comes through in every interaction!
        I asked because I am trying to find better ways to manage the addictive nature of spending time on WordPress writing, reading, interacting, etc. (She says while writing this comment in the middle of the work day…)

        1. Well, set aside time for it in your schedule, perhaps? Like – when you’re done with work for the day, or before? For me, this is one reason why it’s challenging when our daughter is home during lockdowns and holidays – it’s hard for me to focus on writing and responding with a playful girl galloping around 😀

  6. Thank you David for your worthy suggestions. I’ll take care of it from today. My best wishes to you.

    What about your community?

      1. Oh…I was talking about your family. It seems like d’verse is s great place for poets.

          1. Why don’t start providing an opportunity to new poets to come and represent themselves on your blog, on the weekly basis? I think it’ll be a good initiative.

          2. I’ve actually thought about that, but, at least for now, I like keeping my blog for myself – I want my daughter to have a record of my thoughts and poems in the future.

  7. 🎈🎈Congratulations David on 2000 followers. Feeling proud to be your follower. Your aims and intentions are beneficial for your readers to increase their knowledge and learning. Keep growing. My best wishes to you.🤗❤💐💐

      1. What do you think about per post more reader engagement? How can we increase the value of an individual post?

        For me, It comes with empowering my expression and communicating with more people.(maybe effective communication)

        1. Lokesh,

          I think there are several elements to a post:

          1) The title, which can be used to attract viewers;
          2) A featured image, which should also attract viewers;
          3) The content of the post itself, which should make viewers want to engage with you and return to read your blog again;
          4) The interactions in the comments, which you should be committed to so that your blog posts are forums for real human interactions;
          5) The timing of your blog posts – both in terms of A) The time of day you post; and B) How often you post – you don’t want to post too often because then you dilute the impact of each post, but you don’t want to post too rarely because then people won’t see your blog come up in their feeds.


          David

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