Congratulations on getting 500 total follows on The Planet According to Dom!
Your current tally is 502.
500 Followers? Holey-Moley! These blogging centuries really are like buses; you wait for ages for the first one to arrive, then the others arrive in quick succession. I’m sitting here dumbfounded, scratching my head wondering “How on Earth did that happen?”
It seems like light years ago since I started my blog, but it was in fact the 24th October 2017. Being a good pupil (ie someone not having a clue what they’re doing), I followed the courses set out by our friends at the Blogging University. Hanging onto their every word and missive, I set myself some goals, one being to reach 100 followers by January. I was purposefully vague in not setting a specific date as I didn’t dare dream that I’d get anywhere near as many people interested in my blog, plus I’m a huge advocate of moving the goalposts whenever the need should arise.
And here we are, 18 weeks later at the magic number of 500 lovely followers. For those interested in the stats, here’s the timeline leading up to today’s dance-worthy, Prosecco-popping news:
- 24th Oct: Blog started
- 6th Jan: 100 Followers
- 18th Jan: 200 Followers
- 31st Jan: 300 Followers
- 10th Feb: 400 Followers
- 23rd Feb: 500 Followers
Believe me, it was a slow and painful process to get anyone’s attention to begin with, but I’m nothing if not determined (aka stubborn) and I continued to plug diligently away. What I hadn’t bargained for was December. I know this sounds absurd, after all, I’ve seen more than my fair share of them. The trouble with December is, everyone has more important things to do than check out yet another new kid on the blog, so I took my foot of the gas. I didn’t interact with any new bloggers and as a result my stats remained stagnant. That’s a lesson learned the hard way. The question asked most frequently on the WordPress forums is how can new bloggers attract new people to their site, and I always reply with Interaction, Interaction, Interaction.
I’ve been making up for lost time since then, and the difference is evident for all to see. No one is as surprised as I am, especially as the number of Likes I’ve received has more than doubled from 500 on 16th Jan to 1,377 on 17th Feb. That’s a lot of likes.
Why I Started My Blog
For 12 years my partner and I ran a social-adventure group called Spice. We had the best of times experiencing things we never imagined in our wildest dreams; Jungle Trekking in Sumatra; Travelling throughout Mongolia; White Water Rafting down the Grand Canyon; Wing-Walking; Sky-Diving, the list is endless. We had thousands of adventures and met some amazing people. It was always my dream to turn these memories into a book or blog, but I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the task. I decided to write about our personal adventures and the humorous aspects of my partner’s dyslexia as a gentle introduction to writing and I’m flabbergasted at how successful it’s been. The very idea that over 500 people have purchased their tickets and hitched up for the ride to Planet Dom fills me with awe and a certain amount of incredulity.
I’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has offered words of encouragement to someone just starting out and who is still learning ‘on the job’. The blogging community is incredibly supportive and friendly and I’m happy to have found ‘my tribe’.
For anyone just starting out on their journey, my advice to you is simple: stick with it! It does get easier and a bit of grit and determination will see your blog growing in stature and you’ll meet some amazing people along the way.
So friends and fellow Planeteers, thank you for visiting Planet Dom. There’s lots more exploring to do and I hope you can stick around for the rest of the journey.