I’ve Finally Achieved My Dream

James Proclaims (4)

Last week I disappeared from the blogosphere for a few days. You may not have noticed. Why would you? I’m not a blogger of any particular consequence. Besides, even though I wasn’t really around, my writing still was, as I made use of the rather helpful ‘scheduling’ feature on WordPress and my posts appeared everyday, almost as if I was posting them myself. They were all written in advance however, as indeed many of my posts are. That’s why they often appear at 5am. I am sometimes awake at 5am, but I’m either comforting a toddler who should really still be asleep, or I’m getting up stupidly early to do exercise. I’m certainly not blogging at 5am.

Since I’ve been back in work in the last fortnight, I’ve tended to exercise in the evenings.

But I still sometimes get up early, because I like to get to work early.

Well, technically that’s not true, I don’t like going to work at all. But if I have to go, then I tend to find it’s quite helpful, from a stress management perspective, if I get there early.

But blogging mostly occurs during holidays and weekends. And, as it turns out, during pandemics. But I didn’t know about that last one until around six months ago.

So, aside from a few intentional daily blogging streaks in the past, which were more about seeing if I could, rather fuelled by any belief that I should, I’ve always tended to post a little haphazardly. But the daily blogging streak that I started this year feels different. It feels like something I can maintain. As long as I don’t let things like ‘quality-control’ get in the way.

But the return of work proper has made me realise that it’s going to be quite difficult and require a lot of advance post-writing. Which is what I did last week.

So if you elected to comment on any of my posts, then I apologise for the late reply. Assuming I did reply. As I write this I haven’t replied to any comments for a few days, but I intend to rectify that momentarily. I also apologise if I haven’t visited your blog in a while. Assuming you have a blog of course. Which you probably do if you’re reading this, because my audience is primarily other bloggers. Well, other bloggers and repetitive algorithms. But I think it’s only the bloggers that actually read my posts. So apologies that I haven’t read your posts of late. I hope to rectify that too, but life appears to be quite busy at the moment.

If nothing else, the return to working at work has made me realise how much I lied to myself about the amount of work I was doing between March and September. I still think I did do quite a lot, but without other people to interact with, I suspect I was more efficient. Which did allow time for blogging. Now though, the government is keen for us all get back to our previous inefficiencies in the name of the economy;

So I will need to find some extra motivation to keep blogging.

And what better motivation could I have than the message I received from WordPress on Friday?

Which was this:

1,000 Follows!
Congratulations on getting 1,000 total follows on James Proclaims!!
Your current tally is 1,001.

Now if you’d told me back in May 2015, when I first started this blog, that by September 2020 I would have over 1000 followers, I would never have believed you.

Because back in May 2015 I assumed it would happen much more quickly than that. And I also believed that it would be 1000 real people who actually read my blog.

Whereas I obviously now know that that is not the case.

At all.

Still, 1000 followers, real or imaginary, is still a badge of honour of sorts. I mean WordPress have literally given me a badge so it must be significant.

Did I start this post by claiming that I’m not a blogger of any particular consequence?

Well clearly that isn’t true any longer.

Look out ‘big time’ – here I come!

  29 comments for “I’ve Finally Achieved My Dream

  1. September 14, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Just so long as you keep paying your subs I suspect WP will send you all the badges you want!

    Liked by 2 people

    • September 14, 2020 at 6:27 am

      You mean it’s not because I’m special?

      Liked by 1 person

      • September 14, 2020 at 8:23 am

        Sure, but would you like to be even more special? Just send a money order to this address….

        Liked by 1 person

  2. September 14, 2020 at 6:07 am

    Congrats on 1k. Yes, life happens, doesn’t it?

    Liked by 1 person

  3. September 14, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Congratulations. I am also the recipient of the 1000 followers badge. Sadly not on the Scribblans blog that I spend most of my time on, posting many times a week, but on another one that it is lucky if I post one photo a month. Must be some obscure inverse square/ratio/algorithm thing. Either that or the fact I don’t tend to actually write many words on the other one.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 14, 2020 at 7:01 pm

      Perhaps that’s where I’ve been going wrong. I could do a photography blog. It would be a bad photography blog but maybe, in a way, that would be more appealing to the bots.


  4. September 14, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Congratulations on achieving 1000 followers. Your next target is to attract 1000 real followers 😉

    As for work, I used to like going in early because I could then justifiably leave early as well. This doesn’t apply at the moment, though, as I’m still working from home.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 14, 2020 at 10:34 am

      I’ve done the maths – I think I need about 10000000000000000 WordPress followers to be able to claim to have 1000 real followers…

      Liked by 2 people

      • September 14, 2020 at 12:09 pm

        That is ten quadrillion, or ten thousand trillions, and if every one of those sent you just one penny then you would need your pocket repaired!

        Liked by 1 person

      • September 14, 2020 at 7:22 pm

        It’s not worth the hassle

        Liked by 1 person

  5. September 14, 2020 at 12:05 pm

    I always schedule my blog posts ahead of time. 5:00am for me as well, and I can guarantee you I’m not up writing at that hour either. Congrats on the official looking badge. I fear I zap too many fake followers and bots on a daily basis to see that number for a while.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 14, 2020 at 12:07 pm

      Your badge will be significantly less fraudulent so possibly worth the wait

      Liked by 1 person

      • September 14, 2020 at 12:08 pm

        Maybe I need to do 30 days worth of posts about Star Trek and pick up some extra followers. You know, for those other readers.

        Liked by 2 people

      • September 14, 2020 at 7:22 pm

        Who in their right mind would do something like that?

        Liked by 1 person

      • September 14, 2020 at 7:59 pm

        You’d be surprised how many loonies there are out there.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. September 14, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Congrats on being back to work. Oh and the blogging. And the 1000 followers.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 14, 2020 at 7:23 pm

      I am truly #humbled


      • September 14, 2020 at 7:25 pm

        Don’t be… I don’t even have half your followed. 391 as of today! 😁 And that makes me humble that you even reply to comments from peasants like me. 😂 (I have been at it since 2012)

        Liked by 1 person

      • September 14, 2020 at 8:04 pm

        You can have half my followers if you like. Just leave me the small percentage that actually read my blog…


      • September 14, 2020 at 8:07 pm

        Tempting, but, Nah… I am not after followers they way I was when I began blogging. ☺

        Liked by 1 person

  7. September 14, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    I can only DREAM of 1000 followers. Well I do, sometimes, but they’re MI5 or something, and I’ve got the microfilm and… oh well, never mind. I stumble into one blog straight off the back of another and can write two or three on a good day (or, more often, one good one every two or three weeks) so scheduling is a must.
    Yours truly, a real follower.
    PS would you like to buy some vitamins?

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 14, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      I need some vitamins to keep up the pace. Those followers aren’t going to invent themselves…

      Liked by 1 person

  8. September 15, 2020 at 2:19 am

    I imagine that I follow your blog.

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 15, 2020 at 6:05 am

      You are one in a thousand. Although if you’re a bot you’re a very convincing facsimile of a person.

      Liked by 1 person

      • September 15, 2020 at 11:57 am

        Thanks. My programmers express satisfaction with my conversational abilities.

        Liked by 1 person

  9. September 16, 2020 at 6:44 am

    Honored to be part of the percentage of your followers that are real, yes I’m not a bot 😄

    Liked by 1 person

    • September 16, 2020 at 7:39 am

      Well then you are very much part of an elite club


  10. September 16, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    Still a congratulations is in order! 1K is quite an accomplishment. Go James!!! 🙇‍♀️


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