As some of you are aware, I was recently away for a couple of weeks visiting family across the country. During that time I decided to have a complete social media blackout: no Facebook, no Twitter, no WordPress (sorry!) – nothing. It’s a surprisingly liberating experience, and I’ll talk about it a little bit more when I share my travels with you all later this week.
What I really wanted to say is that upon returning, I realized that I’m fast-approaching 2,000 followers here on WordPress.
Read that again.
That’s a lot of people. That’s like, a village. Or more. Or something. I used to live in an entire, self-sufficient community in Switzerland with less than 2,000 people. It’s more people than coffees I drink in a year. And I drink a lot of coffee.
What’s astonishing is to think that I only started blogging in October 2011. That’s 1,000 people a year. That’s 80 people a month. That’s, on average, 2 new followers a day, every day, for two years.
The actual truth is a lot more astonishing when I consider that I hit 1,000 followers back in May of this year. That means I’ve gained a further 1,000 people who actually think I have something interesting to say in 110 days. That’s 9 people a day. Every two hours, someone else chooses to follow me.
And that’s really what’s amazing to me: that – I still don’t know why – you’ve all made the conscious decision to hit “Follow” in your WordPress browsers and inundate your inboxes with my inanity. I’m honestly overwhelmed.
I feel like I need to celebrate, somehow; to show a token of my gratitude for the support that has made the last two years of my life – the two years in which I’ve struggled to bring a 104,000-word novel to life – possible. And I can think of no better way than this:
My 2,000th follower will find their way into the book.
That’s right – whoever you are, with your permission, your name will end up as a character in The Redemption of Erâth: Exile. I have a major character coming up that hasn’t yet been introduced, and he’s dying for a name!
So please, keep reading, keep liking, keep telling your friends about me; it’s been an incredible journey so far, and I can’t wait to see what comes next!