WordPress is it a numbers game!

Here is something completely different from me, but go on humour the old English woman πŸ˜‰

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How important are numbers to you?

Did you join word pressΒ to gain a following?

Is it important to you that your posts get likes and comments?

Do you constantly check to see what the scores on the doors are?

Do you link to other successful sites to try to increase your own following?

Did you join word press to gain publicity?

Do you take time to read other people’s blogs?

Did you join word press to spread a message?

Did you join to make friends all over the world?

Did you join to learn something?

Do you ever press like without reading the full post 😳

Does word press ever drain the life out of you?

I am interested to your reason for joining word press although I am pretty sure that I will get more likes than reasons for joining!

Elaine x

 

 

 

76 comments

  1. Honestly I joined WordPress to express, though yes likes and comments are important somewhere because it makes me encouraged more. I love reading other people’s blog.
    This blog gave me a new life.
    I got new friends and here I have a sweet family now.
    Never I thought I will have followers, we have so many social media sites for that.
    And I love your blog and pictures ❀️

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  2. This has me thinking. It sounds weird but I started to write on paper and then it felt wrong. I had never blogged, but something told me to go that route. Weird, huh? I have a bit of a love / unlove relationship with it, because I stress about not being able to keep up with comments and others people’s posts. I so want to read, but I have a tough time just figuring out when to write my own stuff. What about you? Why did you start? Does it stress you out, too?

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    1. It stresses me out no end at times for exactly the same reasons as you have said. Sometimes I can’t do what I want for commenting and replying lol. That’s why I step back every now and then to recharge. Please never feel that you have to reply or comment on anything that I post ever again lol

      I started on word press because I had folders of poetry that I had written during my dark times, I wanted to put them somewhere! When I posted them I felt the pain all over again so it was a sort of therapy! I feel other people’s emotions and feel drawn toward following them until they are flying with new followers. I see people gaining in confidence and that makes me happy.

      Incidentally all of the sad posts I wrote at the beginning are now deleted and sent into the ether where they belong !

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      1. And your comment so made me laugh btw. You don’t have to reply or comment on my stuff, either! Just know that I adore you and your blog. I just can’t seem to get my time and email aligned anymore. ❀️

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        1. Okay you guys, enough of the no don’t comment stuff. If you feel strongly one way or another let the person know. No matter what, everyone likes comments, at least I think so. Just my opinion, butting into the conversation. πŸ˜±πŸ™„πŸ˜³

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          1. Lol – she and I are totally teasing each other on this. We were saying how it stresses us out when we feel like we can’t keep up with other people’s comments. Like we are bad blogging buddies. But of course yes we love the comments and we both leave them regularly. It’s just a funny part of blogging etiquette. You want to read everyone else’s blogs and comment on all of them, but it’s tough to keep up with that let alone write your own stuff. But our comments were all in fun. We definitely have the love. ❀️

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              1. As an example, at this moment, I have 1,056 unread blog posts of friends in my email inbox. I genuinely want to read all of them, and then of course I want to comment as well. It’s just not a logistical reality. But again, the love is always there! 😘

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  3. I came to WP to have a place of my own , to make friends , to be part of a community about which I care and love . I like to read their posts and comment when needed , and of course I check my stats to know if I’m worthy reading.

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  4. Of course we don’t always keep up to comment and read each and every post. But we can always try. Reading other’s blogs gives us new ideas plus it gives us emotions and feelings to connect. I go to people’s blogs whom I follow once in a while to see if I missed some of their post.
    This we have is a sweet family here.

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  5. Ok, here goes –
    How important are numbers to you?
    I hate maths but I admit I do like to see the numbers on my blog. It gives me feedback and I must be doing something right if I keep getting new followers

    Did you join word press to gain a following?
    No

    Is it important to you that your posts get likes and comments?
    It isn’t the end all and be all. But it lets me know what people think. I like to have genuine, honest feedback and comments so I can continue to improve and post stuff that people like to read or find valuable

    Do you constantly check to see what the scores on the doors are?
    No. I used to look at the stats more often early on because somewhere I read that it was important to do that. Now, I not so often. But it is good to see trends and get a sense of the types of posts that are more popular.

    Do you link to other successful sites to try to increase your own following?
    No. I follow sites that I find interesting for a whole lot of different reasons

    Did you join word press to gain publicity?
    No

    Do you take time to read other people’s blogs?
    Absolutely

    Did you join word press to spread a message?
    Yes – peace and love

    Did you join to make friends all over the world?
    No, but it has been a delightful bonus

    Did you join to learn something?
    No, but I have!

    Do you ever press like without reading the full post 😳
    shameful hang of head – I skim read sometimes

    Does word press ever drain the life out of you?
    Hell yeah!

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      1. I wouldn’t dare! Especially now that I’m out of the closet πŸ™‚ I also meant to add a bit more about leaving comments and likes. It’s a bit like letting the blog owner know you’ve visited – leaving a calling card, a respectful and courteous thing to do.

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  6. I joined it to practice my writing, to have my voice heard, to reach out and connect with people, and maybe, possibly, to make a small difference in a few people’s lives (whether it be to make someone laugh, or feel inspired, etc.).

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      1. Thank you ❀ πŸ™‚
        It’s funny though how the number of followers doesn’t necessarily reflect the number of people who actually read my blog. I’d say there are a handful of loyal readers, and then a bunch more people who just stop by from time to time to check in.

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  7. I joined because I wanted to write more, and become better, and I knew that this format would force me to write. I love reading blogs! I am thrilled that I have developed relationships with amazing people all over the world….I have made some amazing connections and it’s always nice to meet people that share my sensibilities. I worry more about posting 5 days a week, but yeah….I look at the stats. They’re right in front of you….I can’t ignore that. But I love the comments! I love when I can engage in dialogue with someone! That’s where I learn and grow! Great post!,

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  8. How important are numbers to you?
    I like to know if it’s generally going in the right direction, but I have little time lately to actually see who is viewing or liking. It’s all about comments!

    Did you join word press to gain a following?
    Yes and No. I had free time and wanted to connect with people, but I also knew I would eventually publish my novel and wanted to have some level of interest from others.

    Is it important to you that your posts get likes and comments?
    Sometimes, depending on the topic. Book Reviews, no. I use Goodreads for that. 365, yes, I want to know I’m connecting.

    Do you constantly check to see what the scores on the doors are?
    I’m not sure what that means!

    Do you link to other successful sites to try to increase your own following?
    Yes, everywhere!

    Did you join word press to gain publicity?
    No, I’m super shy and prefer behind the walls!

    Do you take time to read other people’s blogs?
    Yes, every day. Sometimes I skim if the topic isn’t of interest as I have too many that I am trying to keep on top of.

    Did you join word press to spread a message?
    No. Just to be me.

    Did you join to make friends all over the world?
    No, but I am so glad I did. Amazing opportunities have come my way from all over the world.

    Did you join to learn something?
    Not really

    Do you ever press like without reading the full post 😳
    Yes. I tend to like everything so someone knows I care. On ones that I am interested in, I provide comments. I try to schedule a couple of hours every week specifically to read and comment on the folks I chat with more often.

    Does word press ever drain the life out of you?
    Yes, I can’t keep up anymore.

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  9. How important are numbers to you? not at all important.

    Did you join word press to gain a following? Nope. I joined because my computer geekette said the editor would suit my purposes better than Blogger.

    Is it important to you that your posts get likes and comments? Not really..but then again…..maybe?

    Do you constantly check to see what the scores on the doors are? there are scores somewhere? doors? what doors?

    Do you link to other successful sites to try to increase your own following? oh heck no. I was added to one site, was nice to get some extra exposure, but not necessary for my purposes and I refuse to pay anything so no one is gonna add me again! lol

    Did you join word press to gain publicity? nope…strictly for the editor

    Do you take time to read other people’s blogs? oh heck yes. I LOVE reading what other people are thinking. I love to see new artwork. I wish I had a clue how they manage to paint things or draw things online.

    Did you join word press to spread a message? nope. Suze has no focus therefor no real message

    Did you join to make friends all over the world? Nope. That was a lovely surprise that I am grateful for and value

    Did you join to learn something? Nope. I have learned a lot, but it wasn’t ever a force behind joining.

    Do you ever press like without reading the full post 😳 I have to admit I have done so before. I try NOT to though as someone told me it skews up the blogs numbers, and though I don’t care, other people do care. I wish I could remember which ones I did that to so I could go back and read and comment, but then that would skew their results a second time. sigh.

    Does word press ever drain the life out of you? nope. Because my focus is NOT about having others read this stuff…it is about keeping my thoughts, dreams, disappointments, grief, love, etc in a format available to my children. Once a year I download every post and have it printed for my kids. A sort of history of mom.

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  10. I joined WordPress to give myself a voice – I love to have ‘likes’ and comments because I really appreciate the interaction but I don’t obsess numerically over the stats. I do try to read other blogs but right now I’m following too many to keep up so may have to reduce my numbers, and yes I do try to read each post before hitting ‘like’ – but I don’t automatically ‘like’ everything I read, either. I basically dabble in blogging as a hobby, purely for my own enjoyment, and the minute it feels like it’s becoming too much like hard work instead of fun I’ll give it up! πŸ™‚

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  11. 1-6 No. 7-10 Yes. 11 No. 12 Yes. But that’s a good thing in a way. We need to be drained every once in a while to start anew. I loved this post, Elaine, see? You’re branching out, starting anew, with your painting and words!

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  12. I joined WP to write about autism. I will follow a blog that follows mine, although I do not read every blog in my feed. Every day I read around 20 blogs of the people I feel I have developed a WP relationship with and enjoy. If I see a new autism blogger out there, I read their blog to hopefully connect. I do know that I get some likes from people that do not read my blog – I will go to my email one day and there will be 10 new messages of a person who liked 10 of my posts, all within a minute of each other. I may return the like to be a good sport, but I still make sure I am not liking some psycho post. Nice post, Elaine! Lends to a good WP discussion!

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    1. Have you come across this site

      Autism Psychology Spirituality
      A mother’s love filled journey through autism and psychology while coming into her spiritual awareness
      autismpsychologyspirituality.com She is lovely a great blog to follow too.

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  13. Numbers aren’t very important to me as much as I do appreciate the likes, follows and traffic my blog gets! I joined WordPress because I want to be a writer and I am not done with my book yet and till then I wanted to write no matter what as a way of practice I guess which is why I started writing on WordPress. I didn’t think I would get any followers to be honest. I don’t care if I get likes or comments as long as I love what I’ve written and I’m writing my truth. I rarely have time to check how many likes I get because I’m busy with University now! I usually have guest posts as a way to help new bloggers and sometimes I work with other bloggers but because I like their work not because I want to gain followers. I joined WordPress to write and meet people with similar interests. Yeah I always try to read other peoples blogs although it does get hard sometimes because I follow a lot of people and can’t always keep up. No there was no particular message I wanted to spread. Yes I wanted to make new friends on WordPress from different places! Yes I wanted to learn to be a better writer. I think it’s rude to press like without reading! WordPress takes more time and effort than people think and it can drain you if you don’t have a good schedule so it doesn’t take over your life. I felt like it was draining me when I first started but I don’t anymore since I’ve kind of got a routine going.

    Hope those answers help!

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  14. I originally joined WP to vent out thoughts and ideas. After a year I began to better understand the community that exists here and how WP is much more like social media than I realized. As my following grew I decided I wanted to help build a sense of community so I began to reblog others and try my best to help connect people. I look at my page as more of a conduit of sorts, connecting one page to another new page. πŸ™‚
    Danny

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  15. My answers to the above questions in order are: Not important, At first but then I just enjoyed creating the post, Not really, I have never checked, No, No, I try and read some posts every day but find that I only read my favourites completely, No – what message?, No the pleasant realisation only occurred to me a few months down the line, No, Often, Frequently. Kim

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  16. Man, I wrote an entire comment on my phone hoping it would appear… Nope, it did not. Oh well. Here goes. For me, I need to express myself. I need to get my feelings out even if it seems there is little trace of me in a poem about a flower. I am there and whatever thoughts were in my head retraced themselves across my heart and onto the page. It is like medicine and I find it is a gift, not only to write but to share. Along those same lines. I enjoy the company immensely. I have learned so many things about different places, different views, and different gifts that others hold. Sometimes, it makes me appreciate the world around me a little more. Other times it opens my heart and my mind. Yet other times, it gives me the bravery I need to try something new or unexpected. I could easily save all of my work in a notebook or in a computer file and be done with it. However, I enjoy the friendships I have made. I enjoy seeing people that I know – even in passing. I wonder how they are doing and what new things they have discovered. I think, for me it is a gift to be online. The likes and all that are not really important at all and many who visit my blog are incredibly silent. However, those that say hello, will always receive a friendly reply. It is for them that I continue to refuse to be silent.

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  17. I tried writing a blog, just wanted to express my views on some “unproved elements”of our world. Have just made one post till now, don’t know whether i am really good at it, consedering i have hardly got any likes.
    But still am gonna continue making new post hope they are good enough. πŸ˜…

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  18. My WordPress blog started when I got sick of re-posting tech articles and posts I thought were interesting on Tumblr. After a while I wanted to talk about what was on my mind or some tech interest I have. I wanted to have my own voice, so I started my blog.

    I don’t post often, so it’s not the type of blog that’s going to get a lot of followers. I’m fine with that.

    I do read other blogs, some of which have nothing to with tech it publishing.

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  19. I started an online diary on blogger..then they started charging so I switched to suziland.net from google…and found a wp editor I could use and a cheap for me server service…then google wanted HUGE money for me to keep my blog so I came fully into WP..the blog has morphed from a diary of sorts to a place where I can rant, rave, babble and share…..the heck with the numbers! I want flags! Like Cyranny of the cove, I think it is neat to see where my followers are living. Saudi Arabia! New Zealand! Bosnia/hersiwhatits…….they all sound so neat! and exotic……..i keep blogging because i am unwilling to lose touch with people on here that i think I “know”. Once a day (almost without fail) I will read every single blog post in my “feed” of people I follow, and usually will wander off into new blogs wen I read an interesting answer on someone’s post. I have to admit there have been days when I have clicked the like thingy before reading the entire post..I stopped doing that when i didn’t like the entire post after I “liked” the first sentence in the feed. I felt so guilty when I clicked the like to make it go away i refuse to do it again. Do I get a prize for finishing the questions? I think I finished them…probably not though.

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    1. Great answers Suze, I had forgotten that I had written this post. Unfortunately the competition closed months ago and all the prizes were given out. You snooze, you lose πŸ˜‰ πŸ€£πŸ˜‚πŸ€£

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  20. To be honest I never knew one can make friends and good relationships on WP, I started it for the wrong reasons but I have now learned that those who flourish on here are those who use WP as a diary of some sort, to express themselves and tell their stories.

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    1. I think it groups together like minded souls, if they want to be grouped that is. It also brings out emotions and recognises previous life experiences through others! If that makes sense. We are all one really 🌹

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