Seven years of Blogging – How do I end Up with 12,539 Followers!

I didn’t know what a blog is when I actually started blogging in January 2012; after retired for six months.

A friend of mine introduced me to it; saying she has a Chinese blog on WordPress and I just followed suit.

My followers started building up in the second or third year of blogging.

Honestly, I do not know how  come I now have 12,539 Followers.

My readership has increased; but not at the rate that it used to be in the first few years. I suspect part of the reason is that blogging is getting out of fashion.

Paddling with single Leg in Myanmar – this is a photo of a Commercial

In the last three years, I didn’t put much effort into the blog as mom’s care came as the priority ( over everything else). I ended not writing anything but just posted my travel photos.

I am sure that I do not have 12,539 Followers.

Only around 20 people comment on my posts every now and then.

Only around 70 people give me Likes on my posts regularly.

Everyday, there are only 200-350 Views.

Quite a few of my “Followers” are running their own commercial websites. What they want is that someone will click on their sites when they “Like” my posts. I hope, in fact, they are not robots.

I also believe that some of the readers Have Followed my site but no longer currently; nevertheless, they are recorded as Followers.

In fact, I don’t mind how many Followers I am having, I will just go on posting things I like posting until one day I get tired of it or no longer capable of even typing or posting something.

Right now, I just hope everybody reading this to have a Happy and Healthy Year of the Pig!



101 thoughts on “Seven years of Blogging – How do I end Up with 12,539 Followers!

  1. πŸ™‚ Dear Michael,
    first of all CONGRATULATIONS to your 7th blog birthday! What a long time. And having over twelve thousand followers is quite a bit. You were one of my first 3 followers when I started blogging 6 years ago. I still follow your posts, read or look at them regularly. I don’t comment as often as I used to, but I still like your photos.
    Oh, yeah, I remember the ad – it’s an LV ad depicting an Epi Tassili Yellow colored bag called “Cannes” (I wish I had that one in my tiny collection).
    Keep on posting! And a very HAPPY new year to you, too!
    All the best from Vienna,
    Claudia .-)

    • Great to hear from you, Claudia.
      Yes, I remember following you from an early stage. I have always liked your happy face and posts.
      Vienna is one place I still haven’t visited; hope I will have the chance to visit there one day.
      Best wishes and a happy / healthy 2019!

    • 200 is not bad. I am not able to show 3 very good quality photos per day ( 1,000 photos per year?); so usually, it is a mix of good and mediocre ones, hope readers don’t mind πŸ™‚

    • Yes, we are living / travelling to very different parts of the world. My recent posts recently are more about SE Asia – countries which are changing rapidly and I would like to keep them photoed before they are changed πŸ™‚

  2. I am in the same boat, only I write a lot of stuff, and no pics. I do not have any visits except myself. I have had a few comments in the past, but the new “likes” have all be commercial people which I delete. Still, I liked your pics of Tibet because I went there in 2006, and I always view all that you post. Keep on truckin’.

    • Hi Sharron, glad that we meet here. I will start to write when I am in the mood of writing. But unlike you, my writing is far from good, especially if it is in English. Yes, keep on truckin’ Regards, Michael

  3. Thank you for your pictures which I believe have been enjoyed by many viewers at different time. I am one of the non-commercial viewers. I try to view as many as possible those photo blogs with good quality pictures. I like especially those depicting the different people groups and their ordinary lives so vividly presented in your pictures. Of course some scenaries are very beautiful to behold too. Have another fruitful year of photographing, Michael. All the best to you and your family in 2019.

    • Yes I like them very much. I remember the dog living on the water. I miss him. After seeing the pictures I decided to take some of my dog who refuses to sit still.

    • Good, you still remember that dog Dor Dor, I miss him too. It’s fun to photograph animals.
      Now I have a palm size camera with 200mm lens, so I am now a bit emboldened to shoot people without being too noticeable or intimidating . . . .

    • I probably started following during the posting of Dor Dor. It’s been quite awhile ago. Looking forward to seeing more of your new work. I too avoid taking pictures of people and pets unless they give permission especially in a foreign country.

    • Yes, it has been quite a while ago, although on some days, I still have Dor Dor in mind.
      Some people in the market of Myanmar, they like their photos taken. I will show some when I have the time πŸ™‚

  4. Congratulations on your anniversary of your blog. The people commenting here are your real followers…I am one. I love your beautiful photo’s of places that I shall never see. Keep on blogging, Michael!

  5. Congrats on seven years of blogging, Michael. What a milestone. I really enjoy the variety of photos you put up of the places you’ve been and following your journey with calligraphy has been interesting too. Happy Lunar New Year. Here’s wishing you a great year ahead and many wonderful years of blogging ahead πŸ™‚

    • I am glad that you write.
      The places I visit now will probably be a bit rough in ten years time when I get really old.
      Happy lunar New Year to you too. Many thanks for your good wishes πŸ™‚

  6. I enjoy your blog because I like the photos of places I will probably never be able to visit. I also prefer to actually follow blogs that are short. There are a couple that I really like, but they require much more reading time, and I get quite behind in reading them.

    • Hi Marilyn, I have almost stopped writing any long posts, they are too time consuming.
      We are in a fact paced world and people can get impatient very quickly. Also, I can only write when I have the leisure and the mood of doing it. Best, Michael

  7. Well, many of those followers are probably extinct now. WP just does not report followers who closed. But still, you have many. And that is a reflection of th quality and constancy of your blog. Congrats Michael, and a happy new year.

  8. Hi Michael, I just stumbled across your blog. I am enjoying browsing your photos. I also enjoyed reading about the travels with your FIL. However, your writing in this entry was what made me decide to say “Hello” and comment. At my son’s suggestion, I started blogging after retirement 18 months ago. I agree with you, although it is nice to have a following (which I don’t), the number of followers is not the important part of blogging. I simply like to have somewhere to prompt me to reflect, to put my writing and imagery. Of course, if others happen to see and enjoy them all the better. Congratulations on your 7 years of blogging. We all have other demands on our time and have to take a break here and there. I hope you do find time for more writing though. As an Australian retiree who has decided to follow your blog, your writing from Asia would be very interesting to me.

    • Hi Sean,
      I am very happy that you write/ comment and meet with you here.
      When I started blogging, I thought that I would be writing mainly to myself and as you say, this allows one to reflect on one’s own life.
      Your son is right, blogging allows one to combine one’s skill on writing, travelling and photographing etc and thus become more creative.
      In fact, I find this to be the most meaningful thing that I have undertaken in my retirement,
      I have read some of your posts and find them very interesting with galleries of photos. I am sure that your blogs will be liked by many. Incidentally, I noticed you already have 200 followers which is a very good start.
      I am travelling and tried to Like your posts on my iPhone but I find I am unable to do it unfortunately.
      Keep on with your good posts πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ™

  9. I noticed that my followers, while plenty in number, remain a mystery as only about 20 of the 200 are accounted for. I’ve asked about that, receive no reply.

    At any rate, congratulations on your many followers, I too enjoy your work!

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