The 100 Folks Who Like Reading What I Write

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So, I’ve officially reached 100 followers.

WOW!

Thanks guys!

So far, I’ve found such a community of amazing people with such varied and vivid stories to tell. And I have loved every minute of it.

The WordPress Community has been so supportive, kind, and loving to me.

Again, thank you.

Hope ya’ll have a good week!

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24 thoughts on “The 100 Folks Who Like Reading What I Write

  1. Congratulations it’s good to celebrate milestones. πŸ™‚

    If you keep up the interesting writing no doubt that figure will increase. (if you just follow everyone who likes a post that number will increase too πŸ™‚ )

    Seems to me looking at most people if you can get 5-10% of your followers actively liking your posts then you are doing something right. Must be sad for those people with 1000 followers and only 10 likes every day πŸ™‚

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    • I honestly don’t know how folks with 1000’s of followers can respond to all of their comments and replies. lol. I feel bad if I don’t give a thank you or reply. Sounds exhausting lol. But hey, it’s folks like yourself and the other awesome people on here that make this an awesome place. I appreciate it.

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      • I’ve actually done some maths on what I’ve seen from some I follow and massive followers doesn’t always relate to a high number of likes and definitely doesn’t relate to any number of comments.

        Many of the people I see with 500 followers still only get 10% of them liking. Sure 50 likes looks better than my 9, but it’s still only 10% so maths proves I’m still on a level playing field πŸ™‚

        Write for yourself and not for others and it really doesn’t matter how many people ‘like’ it. At the end of the day it’s just a number πŸ™‚

        You often touch on some very good topics, topics many people don’t understand, or don’t want to understand because it’s too hard. Writing about those topics is more important to you than it is to the WP world.

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        • Well thank you! Sometimes, especially dealing with my workplace related hard times, I feel bad writing about it so much… like I’m bitching just to bitch. I was really hesitant to write The Cry for Help, but it actually helped me to mitigate the panic attack, put my thoughts in order, stop crying in the damned bath tub, and pull something productive out of it. And I had to remember, at the end of the day, this is my therapy. Writing it out helps so much and this community has been so completely supportive. I mean, so far I’ve seen a lot of pandering — product placement, “growing” tips, etc… and I don’t have any intention of monitizing this blog and what I’ve noticed, because I can start to tell the difference, is the quality of posts from bloggers who aren’t in it for the money and those who are. I mean, a lot of things are just reposted and recycled things from other blogs. I mean, I rarely repost, and if I do, I always add my own thoughts to it. I dunno… I’m rambling now. Well, actually procrastinating lol. Not to say I haven’t gotten work done, because I’ve been very productive today. Pulling a 10 hour day to make up time from my not-so-mental-health day last week.

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          • I was discouraged from writing at school so I never took it serious, then 20 years ago when I was unemployed and bored I decided to write a story, it was a novel but it was about a woman I knew. I never took it that seriously until I penned the second novel, again about something close.
            But it wasn’t until I started writing down what was in my head that I started to realise what was in there.
            Unfortunately for me it was too late the damage had been done I’d locked myself in a world only my brain wanted to be in. Some of what I write is fiction, some based on fact, but I never name names and don’t distinguish openly which is fact and which is fiction because my writing is about me and not others.
            My writing does help me at times and I wish others who don’t want to understand what I was going through would read it, but nothing can be forced so I write everything for me alone.
            I don’t care about followers and likes (although I am thankful for them) and I do prefer a good banter via comments or email over likes and follows.
            I’ve met a few people on WP who while we have similar ideas and thoughts we write differently and we chat. We don’t try to solve each others issues but we don’t shy away from offering assistance. Those people mean more to me than followers as well.
            And you thought you were rambling πŸ™‚

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          • lol. No worries. I started out my undergrad college career as a creative writing/journalism major — and managed to end up with a degree in criminology… go figure. I found journalistic writing much easier because I’m very technical with my writing. Same with research/technical writing. When pursuing creative writing projects, I’m much more critical of myself. I’ve been told my writing is pretty dry. I’m very straight and to the point — Hemmingway-esque. I had a friend critique one of my stories (I was trying my hand at writing a very bad sex scene because I’d never written one) and I had been hesitant ever since to show my fiction to anyone. That’s why I’m much more open with my technical writing and journalistic writing. I do have a really good idea for a three part space opera. I pick it up and put it down. I can’t seem to get my dialogue and descriptions to work. I can see these wondrous alien places in my head, but I cant get it on paper. And when I try, it seems like some over the top Anne Rice scenery porn (I adore Anne Rice, but sometimes I have to skim ahead).

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          • My second novel had quite a bit of sex related stuff in it, I deliberately didn’t get too graphic because I didn’t think I could do the scenes justice and the book wasn’t about sex, the sex was more about helping the character to be disliked. Building characters like that is something I’ve been told I do well, but it’s something I was never taught or studied.

            My writing online (the stories) is different, it’s shorter and punchier even if I have plans to make it multiple posts. I understand the technique and structure even without training and I do get positive comments but I’m not always happy with the outcome.

            When it comes to poems and such about real world topics I have heaps that I refuse to post because they are a little close to home, but I also treat those differently. I do try to write a story so that it’s readable by others, a poem or short piece I write for me and if others can’t understand it or miss the point I don’t make an effort to change that

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          • Agreed. My poems, when I did write poems, I considered deeply personal. Very real world things. In a way, I always look a poems kind of like a code using metaphor and imagery. I had a hard time writing poetry in undergrad. Short stories, I do better with. Building characters, I have a hard time with. And what’s ironic, is I despise books that just blurt out who the character is and their motives and such. I like it to be built up. For instance, I recently saw John Wick 1 & 2, in the theater. I like how they build John’s character, from the grieving husband trying to heal from his wife’s passing, to the retired assassin, to the great avenger. It was unexpected. Stylistically the films are superb, as well. Definitely recommend.

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          • Up until a few months ago I’d never written a poem, I actually thought they were too hard and I couldn’t make them work. Then one night my wife said ‘give it a go’. I was hesitant but she obviously believed I could do it so I tried (she might regret it now given some of the more romantic poems I’ve written πŸ™‚ ). I don’t consider myself an expert but I can rhyme words πŸ™‚

            I saw JW1 a week or two back and I agree the way they built the character was great. In my novels I try to do that and in my latest one I actually had my editor suggest a Prologue to more deeply explain the character was needed. I’ve read a lot of people think prologues turn publishers away but in reading the novel with the prologue I realise how important those 2000 words from long before the story itself starts are. I like building characters but always wonder if I go too far and over explain too many things. πŸ™‚

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          • I feel like I do that too. Like I have all these ideas for a character and I want to get them out of my head so I just kind of word vomit the character on the page. I do better with situations. I had a piece of writing a friend made me use as an audition/interview piece for a TV show writer position/ghost writer (didn’t get picked) and I was just told to write a short story — no direction or anything. And I was told it was very good. But then again, I think everything fiction I write is crap and will spend hours going over it and rewriting. I might post that short story, just to spite them lol. I’ll have to find it. It’s probably in the bowels of my laptop somewhere.

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          • I didn’t participate in that November writing competition because I didn’t like the rules but I did start a novel on Nov5 and decided I would see how many words I could get in the month. What that experience taught me was that when writing a novel the key thing is to write whatever comes out, fill the page with words, fill the page with details and then edit it later. You can edit a page of words after it’s written but it’s a lot harder to add words especially if there is a period between writing and re-reading.

            I kind of use the same idea for my short stories, but only ever edit those once.

            But at the end of the day I do spend a lot of time just typing words and worrying about how they will read when I get to the end of the page, chapter, paragraph etc.

            I still don’t like some of what I write but there are some stories people keep asking me to continue πŸ™‚

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    • For some reason it won’t let me reply directly to your comment about Cry For Help. Thank you for your concern. It means a lot. It was definitely a lonely night. And even as an introvert, sometimes it’s not best to be alone with your thoughts while having a panic attack. I mean, I’m glad I wrote it because for some reason I always feel a bit ashamed asking for help or admitting I need help, in general. I don’t know why… maybe some underlying thing in my psyche that I haven’t explored. But it helped me open up. Even telling my doctor about my anxiety and asking to be on an SSRI took a lot out of me. And still, every time I go in she always asks how I’m doing emotionally, and I just appreciate it so much. Though, I’m worried my tolerance for dealing with bullshit has been reduced because I removed myself from a lot of it going on around me and kind of insulated myself; it’s been a while since I’ve been in the fire. I’m worried I may need to have my SSRI dosage upped after that. Also, I asked my doctor about a break out anxiety drug (xanax, klonopin, etc) and she flatly refused. Not because I’m a druggie, but because other folks have the propensity to become addicted or sell it. But that was definitely a night where I wished the Xanax fairy would have shown up at my door — just to stop my spiraling brain.

      But yeah… I so very appreciate the outpouring of love I got from my WP family. It really helped me pull through.

      Thank you so much!

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