How I got to 1000 followers – the honest story

I’m not going to lie, I have been wanting to write this post ever since I started.
Blogging has been fun, although I did encounter some frustration here and there.

Unlike some of you, I actually do care about likes and followers.
For a large amount of my life nobody has been interested in talking or listening to me and now, suddenly 1000 people are!
That’s not completely true btw. On an average I get 50 likes per post, that’s 5% of the followers. Some hit “like” without reading, I’m sure. And I’d say I only interact with around 10 people regularly.
Impressive, huh?


Anyhow, my initial goal for blogging was to get rich and famous so I don’t have to depend on office jobs which never seem to make me really happy.
And to do that, you have to become an influencer a la Kim K.
Of course in your own style πŸ˜‰

But how?
Let me present you some of the things I did to get to the “oh so magic 1K followers”.

Short-ish post

Sometimes I open a post and I see huge amount of text and no paragraphs, breaks or pictures.
Just one big bulk of text.
In all honesty, I sometimes just hit “like” and leave without reading. I just don’t have the energy for it.
Long, bulky posts can be a discouraging to read.
According to my statics, my average words on posts is 306.
Personally I don’t want to waste too much of people’s time, so I try to keep them short, but thought provoking.

Ask a question

This has proven to be the most successful.
I usually talk about my experiences about a certain topic and then ask my the readers on their insights on that topic.
Sometimes the question is already in the tittle, which will trigger people easier.

Follow for follow

I usually go on the search page and enter topics I am interested in.
Anything from “mental health” to “embarrassing tinder stories” .
The only annoying thing is that the first appearance are those that already have many followers, so they are probably not going to follow little you back.

Sometimes I just hit “follow” on the suggested box. 10 or 20 people in one day, with the hope they will return the favor. I might not be interested in half of the posts, but sometimes I just want to ramp up my followers.
I told you I was going to be honest.Β 

Don’t post too often

Worse than posting too little is if you post 10 times a day.
I makes me feel obligated to read, comment and like each of your post.
I do enjoy people who write about their daily life and write about each day! It’s a nice break from all the heavy stuff πŸ™‚

Write a post like this

People, especially new bloggers, are always searching for tips & tricks on how to gain audience on their posts.
This is the actual reason why I am writing this post πŸ˜‰
So even if you’re new, try a post like this. It could result in a huge boost!

The last thing I want to say now is a huge thank you for all the support.
Blogging hasn’t made me rich or famous but it has been a huge part of self – therapy.
Also, Jasper mentioned a couple of times that he is actually getting to know through my blogs.
This is worth more than a Kim K. status πŸ˜‰

Keep on blogging and I will too!





















76 thoughts on “How I got to 1000 followers – the honest story

  1. Congratulations on followers & Wonderful post !!!
    I really liked it and read it word by word, I feel suggestions there in are apt.
    Wish you good luck πŸ™‚

  2. I have the same dream, to quit office work and to earn with writing. Also i self published my books. It is hard work, but worthy of effort. I enjoy in challenge. I have 870 followers and my number increase day by day. What I appreciate is honesty and i like your blog. I will comment only when I like something, and I will never go on other’s blog with sentence : “Look at my poems, novels etc and comment. ” Blah. I am allergic on this.

  3. What I hate most is liking before reading. A guy recently comments on my post Marriage of Heaven and Hell where I start my saga about the break-up of Yugoslavia by saying: Better single than married. Needless to say he never came back when I asked him if he read the post.
    So, numbers yes but only provided people actually read and interact with you.

  4. Ugh yeah, I agree. There is nothing wrong with a bit self promotion, but not on other’s people post!

    If you ever achieve that dream, you let me know how πŸ˜‰

  5. Still probably not going to get rich….the market is saturated with blogs/vlogs. To make money in this climate must have ability to influence those between 10 and 30. And now, even amongst established, things must go viral (see that Paul kid…think it’s Logan).

  6. Well I’m way behind you but that’s okay. I do exactly what you do! And I agree, if somebody has a lot of followers, they probably won’t follow back. I try but there are some that I just can’t read or I’m really not interested in. Yours I read every single time! πŸ˜€

  7. Like wise! I enjoy reading yours!

    Maybe I started earlier with my blog?
    I also read once it’s about the profile picture. People identify with an actual face more than just a text (although I think yours is really cool)!
    And maybe you could join the WordPress instagram page and tag it every now and then, or use #blogger.

  8. Congrats Andrea! I was hoping that at 999 followers, I could “unfollow” you so I could turn around and be your 1,000th follower….but somehow the math didn’t work out! Or my computer is broken! πŸ˜‰

  9. I’m not sure about that kid, but I once heard a young Dutch did a video of her talking gibberish Portuguese and the next she was a big hit in Brasil and got to be host in all these TV shows.

    Like seriously, how hard can it be to become “famous”.

  10. Are you talking rich or famous? And then define rich. Then famous or infamous. And that was video. You’re writing a blog. How many bloggers do you know that are rich or famous for blogging alone?

  11. 1. CongratZ! That’s a big milestone.
    2. Thanks for sharing your tips. And even more, thanks for sharing your honest story.
    3. I think I do all of that, but the follow for follow one. I just… can’t… at least, yet.
    4. I just liked most of the comments left on this post, which makes me look like a spammer, or someone who is begging for reciprocation, but I truly agree with them. So now, I have to go check out a few new blogs. Thanks for the introductions.

  12. Congrats!! Thanks for your fun and honest blog. I appreciate the honesty, even with the follow back thing haha

  13. Thank you!

    BTW, I am very happy you posted again! I started worrying whether I had un-followed you (Yes I do that too sometimes πŸ˜‰ ).

  14. Oops! Lol I always write long posts. My average word count is prob way over 1,000 haha. I mighy post way too often & I never ever hit like without reading someone else’s post… never would I follow a page that I wasn’t interested in! Lol. Thanks for your honesty though, Andrea!!! β™‘ I love answering your questions at the bottom of each of your posts & I enjoy reading your content, too. πŸ˜€ Maybe you got 1,000 followers because you deserve it! Congrats! β™‘

  15. Why would liking someone else’s comment seem like you were begging for reciprocation? I thought liking a comment just meant you agree with it. People are so suspicious lol what the hell…

  16. You are probably the most creative with pictures! I never even noticed the length of your posts!
    Your content is always relateable and honest. That’s why I am always looking forward for your uploads!

    There are a lot more honest bloggers than me.
    I have seen how you comment, not just on my post, but also on others. And I completely convinced that you are speaking the truth.

    Others have claimed the same but I seen them commenting “good post” on a lot of post.
    They are sooooo lying about honestly reading on all post.

    Anyhow, thank you! Aren’t very close the big 1K either? πŸ˜€

  17. That’s so sweet of you.

    I wrote a post before I left that I was going to be gone most of March. And then, I came back, but somehow (blame it on jet lag, etc.) I forgot to post on schedule, so …

    I’m determined to return to my regular (twice a week + hashtag weeks + awards posts) posting now.

  18. I just speak from experience. There was at least one person who liked every single comment of every single person on every single post they could get their hands on. And yes, they ended up admitting to fishing for reciprocity as most people are curious who liked their stuff.

  19. Aww!! Thank you so much, Andrea!!! β™₯ It means so much that you think the photos I choose are creative, that you don’t think my posts aren’t too lengthy, and especially that you look forward to my posts. β™₯
    I think I am getting pretty close to 1K, too!! πŸ˜‰

  20. A great post and very helpful. I started my last post with a question and it got a lot of visits. Thank you.

  21. i appreciate what you relate here. It would be nice, very nice to develop a larger group of people interested and interactive in the things I share on my blog, Keeping the post short I try also to share something I am passionate about. I learn from you and the community of bloggers, if my own writing grabs my attention it may also be interesting for others. But you’re correct in that I see bloggers with thousands of “follows” but perhaps 50 who comment and interact with the blogger. I am humbled by your success and consistent effort! -eric

  22. That truly was helpful. Loved your honesty. It is hard work to even go and look at 20 pages and read it all. I have tried it but it can get a little more than adventurous. I don’t make any money for my posts but I do get a sense of satisfaction when all the research is done and I finally have the finished written work. Thank you for sharing, very good tips.

  23. Love your honest and funny writing! I definitely agree with you on not becoming famous and rich but getting sense of satisfaction! Great job

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