Two Thousand? It Can’t Be.

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!


Satis 2013

2 thoughts on “Two Thousand? It Can’t Be.

  1. You should be happy, your a great writer. I wish I could develop that kind of following, but alas I guess I’m not as good at it! LOL.

    • Thank you for the encouragement! I honestly don’t quite know how or why I suddenly started getting so many follows; all I’ve done is write what I feel like, with no particular agenda. Don’t put yourself down – your writing is fine. One of the problems is that a lot of people are afraid to read heartache; it’s hard to have to admit the world isn’t always a rosy, glowing place. It sounds like you’re managing to move forward, though, which is wonderful.

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