the journey from 0 to 1000 blog subscribers

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Hi friends, how are you? Today is very special to me because it’s the day that I reached 1000 blog subscribers! I’m so happy and grateful for you all and for reaching this milestone in less than a few short months. December 4th will forever be remembered as the day I reached my first 1000 subscribers! But you will probably be reading this on Monday the 10th because I can’t get myself to stray away from my regular posting routine. With that being said I just want to say;

Thank you!

Thank you very much for reading my blog posts. Thank you so much for liking, reblogging and commenting on my posts. In all honesty I feel really nervous each time before I hit publish because I don’t know how you will receive my words or if you will value what I have to say. The entire time I’m writing I don’t have a care in the world except that I am happy and glad to be sharing something from my heart. It’s in the moments before “share with the public” that a rush of anxiety sweeps over me and I feel so overwhelmed that I don’t even monitor how ‘good’ or ‘bad’ my post is performing till hours later. Despite all the fear and anxiety I still go ahead and share my words with you and you have the kindness to take time out of your day to read my posts, for that I am very grateful. Thank you so much for your support, you make my creative journey so much more with it!

Things I’ve learned along the way.

So I thought it would be valuable to also share what I’ve learned throughout my journey because that’s the fun part about all of this. Getting to experience new things, writing about them and informing others so that they can learn from your life as well. That’s another thing I like to consider when I write, to be able to share things from my own life so that people can learn from my experiences. So here it goes, some things I’ve learned on my creative journey:

1. Never give up. This is not my first blog. I had five more before Words by Wildflower (formerly known as Living Simple and Natural; but that’s a story for another day) and over a period of four years (2014 – 2017) I’ve switched  between WordPress.com, WordPress.org, Blogger.com, Squarespace.com, Weebly.com, Wix.com, now i’m back here at WordPress. Yes, that is a lot. I feel like I never should have left this platform in the first place but I needed to in order to make mistakes, learn, grow and know what was truly best for me. It’s stressful but things always work out in the best way even if we don’t see how it will happen.

2. Ask and it shall be given. Knowing exactly the kind of rollercoaster blogging can be and after making all my mistakes there was only one source that I decided to look to for help when I decided to start writing again this year. I felt like I needed solid guidance on how to create something I was going to be truly happy about. The reason I drifted so much in my journey was because I was never truly happy about my creations. I never felt content about my theme, layout, my content, the topics I wrote about, nothing. That and there are just some things you can’t learn or find on google that will effectively help you realize your dreams. So in my first blog post I put up a bible verse that explains everything, I will quote it here;

“But anyone who needs wisdom should ask God, whose very nature is to give everyone without a second thought, without keeping score. Wisdom will certainly be given to those who ask.” James 1:5 (Common English Bible)

3. Support and encourage other people. WordPress.com isn’t like other blogging platforms because here you can connect with people who share the same interests as you, it’s basically a community of readers, writers and creatives (which is what I love so much about it). In the past if someone liked, commented or subscribed to my blog I wouldn’t acknowledge it that much I was just happy that my numbers (which weren’t that many) were going up. But now I genuinely enjoy interacting with other people, encouraging them and being thankful to them because we all have something to learn from each other and besides, where is the fun in only being concerned about one’s own creative journey?

4. Be very grateful. Gratitude is a very important aspect of my life. I am still learning to practice and incorporate it more and more into my daily routine and one thing I can say is that I always say thank you at the end of each post. “Thank you so much for reading” to be exact and I will continue to do so, for as long as God permits me to keep writing and sharing with you. Learn to incorporate gratitude as much as possible in your creative journey by always saying the magic words ‘thank you.’

5. Surround yourself with supportive and encouraging people. At the moment there are only four people in my personal life who know about my creative writing and my blog. They are the only ones who know because I find they support and encourage me the most and seem genuinely happy for me when I tell them something concerning my dreams. I’m very grateful for these people and their encouragement. I believe that a good support system is important when your trying to grow and create something meaningful. The last thing you want is to be around people who will give you all the reasons in the world why you shouldn’t/can’t pursue something, that you’re not good enough/worthy or you don’t deserve something. Do yourself a favor and start cherry picking who you tell your dreams to.

6. Don’t be realistic. Yes you read that correctly. I’m one person who likes to believe that there is no such thing as a predetermined list of people who are supposed to win in life and those who aren’t. There are multiple bloggers and creatives (all ages, shapes, colors, and sizes) who have hundreds of thousands of subscribers/readers who genuinely love what they have to share. Those same people were once where you and I currently are and if they could do it (in short periods of time even) what makes you believe that you can’t do it too? I don’t think I would have reached 1000 subscribers in less than four months if I had only set ‘realistic goals’ for myself.

7. Your writing should help, inspire or teach others in some way. I think it goes without saying that people are drawn to what they find most interesting and beneficial to them. This post could have been all about reaching my goal and how thankful I am, but apart from sharing this moment with me, there wouldn’t have been anything else for my readers to benefit from unless I included something helpful or inspiring. It is for that reason that I also included what I have learned along the way because some might be able to learn from my experiences (as I mentioned in the third paragraph). This is why I write. I write because I genuinely enjoy it and because I also want to help, teach and inspire others through my own experiences. It has taken me four long years to learn how to incorporate writing for myself and also write for others without feeling like I’m being forced or pressured into a certain writing style or aesthetic.

Final thoughts.

I didn’t want this post to be all about my milestone. I wanted it to have meaning and be relatable to someone who might possibly be in the same situation or inspire someone who thinks that reaching 1000 subscribers in a few months is not possible for them or it seems unrealistic. It’s very much possible and if I can do it so can you. But before I end this post I have a few questions to ask you? Have you recently reached any milestones in your creative journey? Do you mind sharing them? Do you have any goals you would like to achieve for your blog or social media in the coming year? Do you mind sharing them? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments, your always welcome here. Thank you so much for reading and see you in my next post.

 

 

90 thoughts on “the journey from 0 to 1000 blog subscribers

  1. Congratulations on your milestone. My goal was to start another blog that focused on Poems and Short Stories which I finally did earlier this year. Everything is a process. Thank you for stopping my Poems blog. I appreciate it.

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  2. Congratulations! I switched my blog to a podcast… but I’m learning a lot of people don’t really understand what a podcast is, so I’m thinking of maybe just doing both. Your blog is inspiring. Glad I found it! I will continue on my journey understand it takes time. Thanks again! 👍🏻✌🏻

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    1. Thank you so much and your welcome too. I’m happy that you started a Podcast, I listen to some and they’re really great 🥰 I wish you well on your journey and hope you continue blogging…thanks so much for sharing ❤️

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  3. Hi. Thank you for seeing something of value in which interested you to follow my blog. I look forward to reading the much that you have to impart in your words. 🙂

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  4. Congrats on reaching a major milestone.
    P.S. I enjoyed reading your post “Posting Everyday vs Posting Oncea Week”. The comments were closed on that post but I enjoyed reading about how you settled on a posting schedule that works for you. I tend to post at least once a week, unless a blogging challenge has me posting everyday.
    Congrats again!

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    1. Aww thank you very much, I’m glad you enjoyed reading it! After 7 seven days the comments close on older posts and commenting is only open for the main post of the week which is on my home page. I’m so happy you have a schedule that works for you, I’m all for posting just once a week. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts ❤️☺️

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  5. Congratulations for getting 1000 for your blog….
    Well, I’m a person who is totally dependent on his blog for his whole life, but struggling with anxiety at the moment. I don’t know………but somewhere or somehow I’m losing my art of writing at the time when I need it desperately…Ad companies say that they need traffic of thousands of thousands people per month, but I only receive 20 likes hardly on posts….and now these numbers are gradually decreasing….
    Comments have totally stopped…No interaction at all…..
    I don’t know where it takes me, because I got nothing else to do in my life……..

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    1. Aww I’m very sorry about that. I know when I was feeling not so enthusiastic about writing I decided to take a break so that I could clear my mind of all the distractions that were keeping me from focusing on my writing. I also read ‘The Secret’ “The Magic’ and ‘The Power’ by Rhonda Byrne and they were a huge help too. I would also recommend you read them too. You might just find the help you need in them, thank you so much for sharing ❤️

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  6. I really like the way that you crafted this post and how you talked about your journey. There are plenty of bloggers that are more than willing to see you programs that will somehow magically grow your blog. I am convinced that there is no secret and I love the advice that you gave when you told your readers not to be realistic. I did an almost literal double take when I read that the first time. I think you have to be a bit of a dreamer and an idealist to pursue blogging. Blogging for me is primarily a creative outlet, a place where I can share myself in words and in photos in ways that I don’t do very often in my daily life. Congratulations on your newest milestone. I’ve found, though, that many of my “followers” don’t follow me very closely.I much prefer the small number of folks, a kind of inner circle, who have encouraged me and supported me over more than six years. For what it is worth, I think your closing line for your postings is great–it reminds us never to take our audience for granted.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment. I too believe there is no one essential secret to grow your blog but I do think that having a positive outlook on it all is very important. I’m so happy you have some dedicated readers who encourage and support you through your journey. That is one of the things that makes this journey more interesting and worthwhile. Thank you again for sharing your thoughts, I wish you well on your journey ☺️❤️

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  7. First, Congratulations!! This is fantastic as it’s also my first post that I’ve read of yours as I explore my WordPress space and meet other wonderful bloggers and writers. I have been on the same back and forth journey for 4 years. I’ve landed on WordPress now and not moving again. You give me hope and have inspired me to continue on my new career move and to continue in my love of writing. I can’t wait to read your future posts and visit with your past posts. I needed to read this today. THANK YOU 💕💕💕💕💕

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    1. Awww thank you so much Gabrielle. You are too sweet and I’m so happy you’ve found a permanent home here at WordPress. I am so glad that you felt inspired by my post and that’s what also inspires me to keep writing so thank you very much! I’m sending you the best wishes on your new career move and I hope you continue to write. Thank you for sharing ❤️☺️

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  8. I absolutely loved this post!!! I too have gone from one blog platform to another and found myself right back here again. The community is amazing, and like no other! Thank you for following. I’m looking forward to reading your beautiful writings! ❤️

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  9. I too went from wordpress to wix now back to wordpress. I am so glad to be back. I love the community feeling here! I had a photography business before but through all the website learning and helping people for that I slowly switched to blogging. I haves many drafts of articles that are more “from the heart” and I get so nervous to share them! I tend to stick to more factual. I hope my voice finds its way out soon! I love that shared this post and hope I can make the same milestone! Xo

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    1. Yes, the community feeling really is the best here. I’m glad your back using WordPress and I hope you also find the courage to share posts that are from your heart. Thank you so much for sharing ❤️☺️

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  10. I’m currently feeling like blogging is a waste of time because I put so much effort into it and making sure the pictures look good etc, but get only a few likes. So to read this particular blog and see how successful you’ve been makes me realise that we should never give up!! I LOVE this post so thankyou very much for sharing it 😁xx

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    1. Aww your very welcome Grace, and trust me it will get better as you keep going on. I used to be in the exact same situation as you but with time I’ve finally found what works for me and I’m sure you will too. Just don’t quit. It’s okay to take a break if you feel demoralized but quitting never! Thank you so much for sharing ❤️☺️

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  11. Congratulations on hitting this milestone! I’m just starting out myself on my very first blog and reading this gives me hope that someone will eventually read what I’m writing. I like how you always make sure to show gratitude. Keep up the inspiring work.

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  12. Thanks so much for sharing. It’s a truly inspiring blog. As a new blogger, I’m currently going through the same emotions and rollercoaster as you’ve just described. I’m glad you shared your experiences, at least now I know, it’s not just me, and not to give up. Thanks for the tips.

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