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Likes and followers

So I have reached a little over 750 followers.
Typically, I reach between 35 to 40 likes on a single post.
This means that only 5% actually reads and like what they’re reading.

Even that, doesn’t mean much.
Yesterday I heard my phone buzzing. Once. Twice. And it kept on going.
A certain person has liked 20 of my post in less than a minute (!)

And this is just one examples.
There have been more instances like this.
Sometimes I get likes literally 2 seconds after I post something.

Don’t feel intimidated by bloggers who have a high amount of followers.
Sometimes I read blogs who say “I seriously don’t know how I got this amount of followers”.

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Well hon, allow me to tell you. You schedule the same post a couple of times so that readers simple cannot miss it.
And that’s ok. Just remember, these people are necessarily better writers, they are just better at promoting themselves.

Too often I see bloggers who write consistently and relevant content but have barely 5 followers. They simply might not be familiar with the wordpress and blogging concept.
And certainly I have too. I just don’t really find the time to explore it all.

What does the amount of followers and likes mean to you?

53 thoughts on “Likes and followers

  1. There’s a lot of noise on social media and there’s so many blogs out there I think it’s difficult for anyone who follows more than one blog to read every post. It’s great you get even 5% of followers reading – some businesses don’t even get that.

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    1. I agree. Active blogging and all included could easily make a fulltime job! I am not really into social media. Instagram frustrates me more than anything. Putting in millions of hashtags will make people follow you. But you can be sure, they will unfollow you within a day or two!
      Blogging has been a bit more successful for me 🙂
      I am definitely happy with the support I get on here! And I have never seen a nicer community.

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      1. Absolutely! I work full-time and blog but I don’t have any children I don’t know how other people manage to do it all! I totally agree with you I put pictures on Instagram but I don’t fill it all day every day it’s as and when I have a picture worth sharing! The blogging community are brilliant and so supportive!

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  2. Well said. I think it’s strange how it works but then I realise that I may not be that savvy about when I post my articles. I wonder where my followers are in the world and what’s the best time to post to make sure I capture their attention. Usually when I open up the reader section, I see the latest thing that anyone
    ‘s posted and I’ll have a look at that. That could account for the way you get a like straight after you post – just luck. It doesn’t bother me so much as a lot of my posts I spend a lot of time on and it would be nice to think that they’re reaching a wider audience. I use Facebook groups and Twitter to promote them so I get views that way but I could be a lot better at promoting myself in the actual WordPress community, I guess.
    Richard

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    1. Yeah it is definitely strange. I have noticed that I get the most likes if I post something on a Saturday morning. I live in the Netherlands, but of course it’s not the same time in other countries. Maybe people are more active at a certain time.

      I have deleted previous post which didn’t get many likes. One of those, I have posted again a few weeks after I deleted it. Surprisingly that is the post that has the most likes now!

      You can re-schedule your post.
      Go to you post and click on the settings button.
      Go to status and publish it any time you like.
      The amount of likes you have already got, will not disappear.

      Hope it works for you! Otherwise let me know 🙂

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      1. Ha yeah. I think most people’s stats would show:
        1, USA
        2. India

        Definitely. Surprisingly, I can be active during the night. Sometimes I just can’t fall asleep. I read a lot of blog on the toilet too so that could be any time a day. haha

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    1. To a certain extent I agree. Although I have send my site to a couple of friends. They have read one or two blogs and never again. So apparently the people I call friends, don’t really seem to care about something which has become a large part of my life.

      Some people on here have become important for me too. So I definitely appreciate them (You are including 😉 )

      But my truth to be told, I kinda do care about numbers. I want it to grow.

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      1. Same here, about friends not reading my blog. Some do…
        And you know what I’ve figured? These are the people who don’t read much, unlike people we meet here. With us it’s all about reading and sharing and that’s why the whole blogging experience is magical for me.

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      1. That’s not my WordPress reader number though! My number here is a couple hundred I think. I actually found out that huge follow number came from linking my account to twitter, which I’ve had way longer than the blog. So it’s not really an accurate representation. Looks impressive though 😆

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  3. I enjoy seeing LIKES, but followers mean nothing to me. I feel best when I get comments, as that makes it more personal. I have had the same thing happen several times where a reader LIKES 10 or more of my posts in a short period of time and I know that they could not have read any of those posts. I think that they do this to see their name on the bottom of everyone’s posts.

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    1. If people don’t follow you, it’s hard to be noticed you and might affect your likes.
      Comments are always the best. However I find it hard sometimes to keep up with them.

      But still, I would feel very discouraged if I wouldn’t see my blog grow. And I would have given up a long time ago.

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  4. I’m not too bothered by likes or follows these days as I have made a group of WP friends who I adore and always comment and that means more to me.
    That said. For the first six months I had only two or three followers. What has boosted it massively when I returned after a gap was getting out there and visiting other blogs, leaving comments, doing guest posts on more highly followed blogs etc rather than ait for people to find me

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    1. Haha. So many people claim they don’t care about the number. Since I “know” you, I really do believe that you happy with those consistently visit your site. 😉
      You and a couple of others are the true genuine people,

      The reason I want to reach a larger audience, is because I write quite some personal stories. Apparently many people are dealing with the same. I am not a role model by far, but I do believe it might help some people.

      And other social media I want to use for selling my “art”. 😉

      But I am extremely grateful with the followers I have now. You guys make me so happy 😀

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  5. Loved this post, and thanks for rescheduling tip 🙂 though I wonder if it’s worthwhile. I have doubts about followers too, very few like my posts and even fewer leave comments. A valid indicator of whether people are really reading, in my opinion is when they comment. This theory however fails in instances when one likes a post but has nothing more to add.
    Btw I m a follower of your post, don’t mind when I like and not comment 😛

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    1. I am not even following you! I will fix that 😉

      I don’t do rescheduling myself. I just experimented a couple of times to see what it would do. But I actually noticed with someone else. They would have 60 likes in 3 minutes and then I recognized the post. So their strategy became clear to me.

      I find it a bit nasty that person says “I don’t know how I get so many followers and likes”. They simply don’t want to share their secrets.

      A lot of people are interested in poetry, so you should be doing good. Do you use “categories”?

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      1. Haha you are not obligated to follow since I follow your blog, I find your posts sensible and interesting. You may not feel the same about mine.
        As for poetry, I write because it comes easily to me though I aspire to write prose fiction, hopefully soon. I m not doing well in readership, there are a few good poets who read and indulge me.

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      2. In all honest, I am not into poetry a whole lot.
        I think you have to be more emotional and romantic for that.
        I am more rational and skeptical.
        But it doesn’t mean I shouldn’t give it a chance! Let me give it a try 😀

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    1. Yeah it’s probably the best to think that way. If don’t set targets, it’s going to grow anyhow. Would you have thought you would have this many followers when you started?
      Neither have I since I struggle a lot with social media. But because this is actually fun to do, it goes so easily 🙂

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  6. I usually have 100 – 150 views a day which means only about 5% of who follows me may actually view. the rest are just followers because I think they’re going for follower numbers. I think it’s natural for a certain level of ego to kick in for all of us but I’m not going to wrap my view of WP on the number of followers and likes that I have. I’d rather have interaction with people. 🙂

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  7. Hahah it happens with me too. I mean I myself am an fast reader but gosh I can’t read long posts in one second. Why oh why they do that? We aren’t stupid. I don’t like any work if I don’t read it. And if I read I most probably would like to give my feedback. That’s how it should be done. I don’t feel no. Or follows should be given much importance. I haven’t ever repost my old posts and trust me they have 20 to 30 likes only.
    Blogging is something to ease ones mind that’s what I feel, and if here also we will be on the track of follows, hell geez go to FB.
    Blogosphere is actually good.
    And I genuinely read you. 😁😁
    Love ❤️

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  8. This is very interesting! I choose to read posts I find interesting but I am guessing I only come a cross a hand full of all the brilliant blogs that are out there.

    Personally I write my blog for me. It sooths me, inspires me and empowers me. It is fun that a lot of other people also like and follow it but my main purpose with my blog is to write for me. My thoughts, ideas, dreams and desires. 🌹💖

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  9. I must admit I love seeing likes and follows on my blog. In fact I’m thrilled that since starting in late September 2017 I have 18 people following. Thank you to my followers …you make me smile xxx

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  10. I have a love-hate relationship with the numbers.
    It seems to be affirming to have 4- or 50 views on a post. And to see readers from all over the world.
    Then again it also hurts to see that a blog I put everything into gets 2 views. (heck if I get one or 2 likes a month… it is amazing. )

    I simply blog my sermons, and what used to be my devotional journal someone suggested I do, so I do. Even so I get caught up in the numbers way too often.

    What really helps are the comments…. not just – he this was good, (or you should write a book) but how and why a post hit home.

    Even so, I would be writing, even if I didn’t blog, and if one out of 1000 actually helps someone else… that’s cool

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    1. You’re the first who is being really honest! It would hurt anyone to spend time of a blog or say what’s on your mind and get very little reward for that.

      With your post, I’ll be honest, I like reading them because they make me think. But I hardly ever agree. And sometimes I want to write a comment. And I feel like you might be open minded enough to accept it, but I don’t others to think I am rude. Religion is a touchy subject but I never mean to insult. I am skeptical yes, but usually for a (good) reason. 😉

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      1. I love a good discussion! if anything, it helps me know whether I am communicating effectively, and possibly reveal me to be off in my thoughts. ( I have a few people, including a Catholic priest and a seminary president who will comment privately at times)

        As to others thinking its rude or disrespectful, they aren’t familiar with who I am, and perhaps lean to the legalistic side. I would say what I would tell them, but it might offend others! 🙂

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  11. It depends on why you are writing doesn’t it? I write like I am talking to a friend, or myself. Its just an outlet for all the stuff that goes on in my brain. I treat it almost like a diary of thoughts and feelings. I think I would do the same if I had 1 follower or 1000.

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    1. Well, there are many bloggers who write about make up or any other products. They obviously want to colaborate with brands and have other intentions than us, personal story tellers.
      It’s good that you’d have motivation even if the number doesn’t grow!
      Personally i try to reach as many followers as possible with my stories because they might help. And I think that’s ok too 🙂

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      1. I do post about makeup and other products not because i wish to collab with brands or intend to make money. I like to share what I’ve tried and hear about what other people have tried… I also like to tell personal stories on my blog.

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  12. I don’t like. Umbers but I sure like the likes and the comment but most of all I like write and sharing …..like you.
    And yes there are people very very good to sell themselves out there In every field but who recognise quality won’t get tricked.I personally like your blog very much 😀

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  13. I think actually meaningful engagement means more than just random likes and follows from people who never interact. The problem is, most bloggers are themselves trying to promote and be seen so they will often like and follow with the intention of having you visit them or like back. It’s kinda pointless. I actually enjoy seeing other people’s perspectives but I can’t keep up with all the blogs I have in my reader now unfortunately!

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  14. Ooooh I try not to look at stats but when I keep seeing “Wow! I got 5000 followers!” It does rather rub salt in the wounds!! Ok so I’ve been doing this now for 6 weeks, I have 170 ish followers and am now getting about 35 on average likes per post and a few comments. It’s crept up in the past week or so …. Is this about right..?? I read one girl had only been doing it for a month and she had about 1000 followers!! Crikey! I have to say though, what has happened is that I’ve found that I absolutely LOVE writing … and when I look back at my early posts they do look rather drab now, so I might update them a bit … Thanks for the post – I love reading what you say! 🌼🌼🌼

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    1. Ok do first of all, you got a follower extra ! 🙂
      1000 in month? I doubt that they are all wordpress readers 🧐 these people just know how to market themselves and probably have more time for it. No worries, we will get there too 🙂
      Please do re-upload your older content! Use more tags! And people wo interested in the topics you write about, will follow you !!

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