So, you start a blog, learn all that WordPress stuff, write a few posts, get some likes (wow!), attract followers (how is that even possible?), get into your stride, and then suddenly after a year of blogging, something completely unexpected happens. You get Freshly Pressed, which means that a WordPress.com editor has selected your blog article to be showcased to the world.
Next thing you know your stats counter explodes and your email inbox goes into meltdown with all those likes, follows, comments and even reblogs.
Here are my stats after my last post got Freshly Pressed:
My blog was only Freshly Pressed for 48 hours, but in that time it picked up 2,500 page views, nearly 300 likes and 150 new followers. 100 people took the time to comment and incredibly it was reblogged, tweeted and shared on Facebook well over 100 times.
And what goes through your mind? Surprise. Disbelief. Joy. Shock. Awe. Gratitude. Humility. Fear. Despair.
Why fear and despair? Because – what now? Suddenly you have hundreds of new followers, all expectantly waiting for you to write another article at least as good as that one. All with different interests, tastes and wants. How can you possibly deliver? Better just to shut up and hope that this will soon blow over. People will get bored waiting and move on.
Or, just carry on as before. But how? It was OK talking to a few people. But hundreds? And just take a look at the people who are following you. Many of them are bloggers themselves. Awesome bloggers. There are just so many brilliant blogs out there. And these people are waiting for you to tell them something new and interesting. How can you possibly live up to expectations?
The thing to do, I think, is carry on as before. I will endeavour to be funny, interesting and inspiring – sometimes all at once. After all, I’m writing this blog for myself. I’m not selling anything or trying to “make money blogging.” So I’ll just collect my thoughts and get back to you all very soon.