It was always in the corner of my eye. Whenever I clicked on “New Post”, checked to see if I had any notifications, or browsed through my posts, I could see it hanging there. 97. It was taunting me, really. I’m going to give you the hope of 100, but let’s stay on 97 for a long time, just to make you anxious, it would say. And then one day, after I had recently published a new post, my notifications button was lit. Smiling, I clicked on it. A new follower. Not only that, but several. I scrolled down.
You are following this blog, along with 100 other amazing people, it said happily.
I might have squealed a little bit. When I had started my blog several months ago, I never expected many people to like it. I was surprised when someone actually took the time to comment. Pretty soon, the followers numbers grew, little by little.
I’m often discouraged when I write something bad, or I think about how unlikely it will be that I’ll become an author, and other small discouragements I feel throughout the day. Sure, I’m a pretty good writer, but I have to be great in order to publish a book or something.
But when I write a post and someone comments on it, telling me what a nice post it is, or when someone clicks on the follow button, or when someone says how well I write for a fourteen year old, it makes me smile and ignore the author statistics and just be happy for having encouraging people in my life.
So thank you, all those strangers out there, who bother to invest a little something into my life. Who knows? Maybe you’ll be investing in a future author! 🙂