Since my return to blogging, I have seen a lot of talk about numbers. This first arose during a Twitter chat where we were asked our blogging goals and many replied with how many followers they wanted by the end of the week/month/year. As well as this, while scrolling through various feeds I’ve also seen tweets regarding numbers. This involved someone saying that bloggers insisting it’s not about the numbers are getting boring and that it’s okay to care about numbers too. I wonder if I’ll be bored of the word ‘numbers’ by the end of this post. I think I will.
When I saw the tweet I stopped what I was doing and read it over a few times. I asked myself “Am I just being a part of the ‘cliché’ and do I actually care about numbers?” I tried to summon up feelings of hope, determination or achievement while thinking of my past, present and future blog stats. However, I felt nothing. At this moment in time, I really don’t care about the numbers.
Right now, blogging is my hobby- my one and only hobby. I don’t want to turn my hobby into a follow/unfollow battle. I don’t want to learn about search engine optimisation. I don’t want to leave meaningless comments like ‘great read!’ in the hopes that I’ll get a comment back. Not right now, anyway. In the future, I may take up some other hobbies that will allow me to add in these unenjoyable activities to my current one. In the future, my blog may be monetized and so I may have to focus on numbers in order to pay for my monthly food shop. However, I spend a lot of my time agonising over the future and what it may hold. I try my best to set myself up in the best possible way for unlikely challenges I may face and I don’t want to ruin my blogging experience with that.
Am I saying that no-one should care about numbers? No. Am I suggesting those who do care about numbers are less worthy than those who don’t? No. Am I suggesting those who don’t care about numbers are less worthy than those who do? No.
I’m enjoying reading content from others that I genuinely relate to, have an interest in or learn from. I will continue to only comment on a few posts a week but those comments will be genuine and from the heart. I won’t follow accounts that produce content I have absolutely no interest in for the sake of gaining a follower. I want my feed to be active, engaging, encouraging and inspiring!
We are all people who are doing something we love in a way that suits us in our current circumstances. We may change what we do or how we do it over time but we will, no doubt, still be here.