I remember my first week of blogging with WordPress I spotted a post, a girl raving about her 100 followers. I was saddened, I had been blogging for years via Xanga, MySpace, LiveJournal, and Blogger, and had never reached more than a handful of followers on any platform (aside from Myspace). That wasn’t the type of blog I was ever destined for. I just thought, if I could just find a retail employee or two that could gain something from my insight, that’s the most I can really hope for.
100 followers though came at me like a storm, only 2 or 3 months into this blogging gig. For that reason WordPress is an amazing tool. It connects us, puts us out there in a community that happens to be seeking your contribution and your company. For new bloggers I will suggest that the biggest thing I did to push that initial growth was following the Liebster Award circuit. I visited and commented up each and every Liebster nominated blogger or nominator that came across my reader because (more often than not) those are the blogs that are putting themselves out there paying it forward and staying involved in the WordPress community.
When I hit 200 followers that next month I decided to host my first blog party...which flopped on it’s big fat face. About that same time I had my second daughter and life just got a bit messy all around, so I left shopgirl for nearly a year
When I cam back, I came back reinvigorated, with a full 360 view from retrospect and learning. I was excited and I shared my excitement and big game plans with you. This post plus a couple of others fast tracked me to 500 followers. How the 500 happened is explained here.
After that whirlwind I decided I wanted a more organic growth and I wanted to branch out on social media, so my focus was no longer solely on the blog but on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook…well Facebook is a joke, but that’s beside the point. Anyway I was having trouble breaking out of my WordPress tunnel vision. This is about when the Skipah threw me a lifeline. He had reached out once before when I first started blogging and offered advice, but I was too green to know what to ask; so when he offered again on a rant post against Bloglovin’, I jumped on it! Poor guy hasn’t been able to shake me off since. 😉 He is my bloggy mentor, we don’t always see eye to eye…the whole generational gap things he likes to point out, but we do learn so much from one another.
For the sake of shifting my focus to building my social media it took me nearly four to five months to gain my final 500 followers, a slower track than intended, but well worth the adventure! I’m not done yet, I still have to captivate you my readers and keep my posts rolling your feed.
If you are interested in brushing up your social media presence, or are an expert and would love to help other’s brush up theirs, please check out my Twitter Chat every Monday Morning here on the Blog!
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Shopgirl Wants to Know:
- What are your blogging goals?
- How long have you been blogging?
- Do you have a favorite Shopgirl post?
Obligatory 1,000 WordPress followers post complete! 😉
TGIF Fan boys and girls —->
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