100 Readers, Already?

Wow…I can’t recall how long it took me the first time around to grow 100 readers to my blog!

I know when I shuttered my old blog that I was walking away from that seemingly huge number of followers…but, then I realized – how many of those people do I actually interact with?  And, maybe it was time to add some new friends to my posse!

In addition, I find that my number of views, with significantly less followers, is already about than 1/4 of what I had every day at my old blog.    This means that my readers are loyal, and are truly the ones interacting with me. Numbers are one thing, but knowing you actually have loyal followers is beyond amazing!

I was so self-absorbed at the end of last year into the beginning of this year, I could hardly keep up with my favorite bloggers, let alone comment on their posts.  Now I have found the joy in reading again, commenting, and then hoping to open a dialogue with my new and old friends.  I also know that I lost readers last year the further into my misery I descended…which ultimately helped me to realize it was just time to stop writing about it.

(Don’t let me fool you, I’m still miserable!)

Part of me wonders, will I gain a different type of following?  I haven’t started up the sex stories yet and I know that always attracts (or perhaps also detracts) a certain reading personality.  There will be sexy stories to come.  That’s my favorite bit.

How long before my crazy antics kick in and we get more of the Prosecco Chronicles?!

I don’t know.  This time around I have much less of an intentional place to start.  My marriage is almost at and end (oh-thank-fucking-God!), I am not searching for sex every day (though I would like to be having sex every day, don’t get me wrong!) and I am no longer desperate for love (well, maybe a little).  It’s just me and my every day life, as boring as that may be.

It took me almost a month just to write the “about” page.  I wasn’t sure how I wanted to represent myself.  I am still unsure if I like the new header or tag line.  I had my old one for two years and it seemed suitable for such a long time, under varying circumstances….what will get me through the next two years?

I sort of wonder what attracts readers to my blog?  Why me?

I have fully embraced the journaling/blogging process.  For me this is really one of the best platforms to get the jumble of thoughts out of my head and onto paper in a more articulate fashion.  I like to keep myself honest so I rarely edit what comes out of my head for an audience.  I will give you what’s in my head and heart, good and bad, and often times just not-so-pretty.  I love to have your feedback.  It doesn’t matter if we agree or disagree or have differing world views, as long as we are kind to one another to share our beliefs I am all for it.

Maybe this is just the long way around to say “Thanks for being here with me.  I appreciate you.”

I’m so glad you are on this journey with me.

 

 

 

 

Author: Madeline Harper

My journey through divorce and an emotional and sexual reawakening. Love, laughter, friendships, family and heartbreak included. And there is sex, lots of it, so close your eyes and turn the page if that's not for you! While I started this blog as an endeavor to journal my thoughts and feelings in an attempt to better understand myself, it has become an amazing platform from which I have met some of the most interesting and wonderful people in my life. My path is often crooked, but I hope you will share in the journey with me.

50 thoughts on “100 Readers, Already?”

  1. You shoul definitely look into ways to turn this Into money in your pocket. You have a great following so why not find a way to earn money blogging !
    Even if it’s just a place to let your feeling out, extra income never hurt anyone..
    Or maybe extend further by reaching out to newspapers or magazines and writing a column once a month or so. You get so much interaction and feedback I’m positive people would write to you asking for advice or relating. You can market this quality so it benefits you financially too 🙂 jut food for thought !

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    1. I have tossed that around but never really get to a place where I can see monetizing it and then being held to some kind of standard or expectation. I like being able to write what I feel when I feel it, top of mind. I don’t think anyone asks me for advice, but I sure do ask many of you for advice – and luckily I have gotten some fantastic advice these past 2 years!

      Thanks for commenting! stick around!

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  2. This is absolutely the place to “not hold back.”
    I have used more four letter words, innuendos, and down-right filth that I have ever used in my life….and I am a proper Southern girl!
    I love it! I do apologize now and then for my language but it’s the way I feel and in the past, was never able to verbalize.
    I know I’m anxious to read more from you! 🙂

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    1. Yes, I curse often as well – in fact, since my separation I just speak the way I want to instead of worrying what a “proper lady” would say…I find I am much more authentic when I use a more relaxed style of speech!

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  3. Authenticity, keeping it real is always what draws me to a blog. No one lives a life that consists primarily of rainbows and unicorns, so why try to conceal the misery and frustration is part and parcel of everyone’s life? I have always appreciated your honesty and love that you includes the less glam aspects of your ongoing adventures.

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    1. Thanks Janelle – and I always appreciate your wise and kind comments….some days you have helped me get through a real rough spot!

      I think I’m a mess and people are attracted to me like gawkers to a car accident! lol!

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  4. I left blogger not too long ago, where I had dozens of views each time I wrote something. But I moved to WordPress because I really enjoyed the community experience I noticed from following other blogs. I’d much rather have the community than the numbers too. But still – 100! You go girl! I’m enjoying your writing. 🙂

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    1. Exactly! I am very lucky that my most loyal readers followed me from one blog to this blog and that they participate and enjoy the dialogue – I know how much I enjoy it!

      Thanks so much for reading and your lovely comments! 🙂

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  5. As I told you before, I was really scared that you’d stop posting when you said you were done with your old blog. I wasn’t quite sure how I got so “attached” to a blog, but it just kind of makes me feel normal. I love reading posts from every day, and you happen to have a very interesting life in my opinion… I have also found myself to most enjoy my raw and honest blog (this one) the most (as I have quite a few, I do only feel like myself on this one). And maybe when my life is boring or a complete mess, I like to read about others’ life. I’m rambling though, sorry. Just wanted to day it’s good to ‘have you back’.

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    1. Wow – thank you so much and from the bottom of my heart for your words! That just means the world to me!

      I am glad you like to read my words, I feel better when I journal and share…it helps keep me less stuck in my own thoughts in my head, which tend to get me in trouble.

      I’m thrilled to have you here – thanks so much for reading and always commenting!

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  6. I’ve been reading since I started blogging and when you decided to turn a new leaf with this blog, it inspired me to do the same. However, i did not publicize the new blog and if people want it, they know how to find me. I love how you always write so honestly and that’s really what keeps me coming back. I don’t interact as much as I would like to because reasons, but hopefully that’s changing. I’m definitely not going anywhere and I’m looking forward to reading for a long time to come!

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  7. Thank you for letting me tag along through the protected posts and the switch to the new blog. I tried to compliment and give encouragement during the tough times when you were so down. When you switched to the new blog your words were much stronger and with more confidence. I believe you have come to new life here and your followers certainly came along and give you the support to continue with your adventure. Your header is great. It expresses so much emotion in so many forms. The dark picture on the far right give such a strong signal to those outside your sphere of friends. I am glad to follow along with your other supporters and to add my two cents now and then.

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    1. Thanks Forester and you have always been such a kind soul to me in times of my despair…I do feel much stronger these days and maybe, perhaps, a little of my irreverence is coming back with that last photo! 🙂

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