I about fell out of my chair. Good thing my tumble was cushioned by a wide swath of bare linoleum, or I might have hurt myself.
Really. Last time I checked my follower stats – which I do about every time Hailey’s Comet appears – I had a couple hundred followers. As in, bigger than a bread box but not by much.
Well, another comet just passed, so I checked the stats and found I’m well into 4 digits. And counting. Hence the chair-falling thing.
What did I do to increase my followers? Did I buy or import any lists? Offer new subscribers some smoke and mirrors, a fancy floor show or round-trip tickets to Hawaii? Did I bribe friends, relatives, Romans or fellow country men to sign up?
Truthfully, I didn’t “do” anything. I just tried to post content that might be interesting, useful, helpful, entertaining, or otherwise brilliant. So no one’s more surprised at the follower “bump” than I am.
My point: If I can do it, so can you. Here a few suggestions for building your blog: