Shawn L. Bird

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poem-ten thousand June 12, 2014

Filed under: Writing — Shawn L. Bird @ 5:43 pm
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“No one

in the publishing industry

takes a blog seriously,”

said the presenter

“until it has at least

ten thousand followers.”

I thought about my three hundred

loyal followers and sighed.

I would never manage that.

For six months I thought

about her words, knowing what

WordPress said to do,

and how I wasn’t doing it.

So one April, two weeks

before I gave a social media workshop,

I tested their theories.

In two weeks, 444 followers

became a thousand.

Hmm. I thought.

If I keep doing this,

I could have ten thousand

in a year or so.

So I visited other blogs,

commented, and liked their work.

Introducing myself, and noticing others.

It’s the old mantra

‘the only way to have a friend

is to be a friend.’

and here we are!

14 months later,

ten thousand people

see my posts, leave their comments,

share my words, welcome me into their world

laugh with me

offer suggestions,

and make every day


I send ten thousand

thank yous to each of you.

I’m grateful you’ve joined my journey

that you share your lives and your time.

Thank you

Thank you

Thank you.



97 Responses to “poem-ten thousand”

  1. deweydecimalsbutler Says:

    I don’t know what I’d do with that many people reading my stuff. Probably get nervous and say something stupid.

  2. Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your work 🙂

  3. JMC813 Says:

    That’s awesome. I admire your work. Glad so many others do now too. Keep Inspiring

  4. mandamoonflower Says:

    I can relate to this so much! Thank you for posting 🙂

  5. Good for you! I’m trying to do the same thing. Blessings to you, Shawn…

  6. malaika Says:

    wow!! i’ve only been blogging a couple months and want to quit, often. this is so inspiring. thank you!😊

    • Every day, connect with a few new internet friends! To be honest, the more followers, the easier it gets, because when there are only a few hundred you have that “well, nobody’s reading anyway, so who cares if I don’t post?” feeling. When you have few thousand people expecting to hear something from you every day, there is a pressure not to let them down, and it’s so interesting when they offer some interesting connection they’ve made, or share a link to something they’ve written in the same vein, etc. It’s all very rewarding.

  7. pearlz Says:

    wow! I know just how you feel, and my number of followers has hit 200 😉

  8. pearlz Says:

    And the real work begins and now its about connecting and reading blogs and learning about amazing people out there, but there is so much more to learn.

  9. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:


  11. pearlz Says:

    It must have been an amazing workshop.

    • It was with Carol Tice. She blogs at or at She earns 4 figures each month with her blog. I earn nothing each month with mine. lol Which is to say, I am definitely not following her money making principles! For me, it’s about connections, not money, though if the provincial government keeps fining the teachers this way, I may have to re-think this principle.

      • pearlz Says:

        thanks for sharing the link – and goodluck to you. I am married to a teacher and have good friends who are teacher know how hard they work the world over. I think for me blogging and writing are about connecting, but how lovely it would be to make a living from it.

      • lol
        Thanks. We are in quite a fight!

  12. Alexandra Absi Says:

    I’ve just started my blog recently and so badly want to be successful. This post really gives me so much hope and I would truly be lost on my journey without it. Thank YOU so much.

  13. johannaknyn Says:

    wow! that’s so awesome. I’ve been blogging a year and still have very few followers. What would u recommend? Daily commenting on other peoples blogs? liking etc.
    Just don’t know where to go from here.

  14. Catherine Johnson Says:

    Congratulations, that’s awesome!

  15. nikibayard Says:

    are you serious? you have that many followers, you send that many thank yous?

  16. Congratulations! And I love your work! 😄

  17. Kelly Neilson Says:

    that’s awesome – congrats!!

  18. Wow, that’s a lot of people, well done! Keep up the great content and many more of us will surely come 🙂

  19. syl65 Says:

    Hopefully the publishing industry is taking you seriously now, if not, we love you here : )

  20. fangtales Says:

    10,000!!! Does this mean that bloggers may be “liking” haphazardly just to add numbers to their own blog???

    • I suppose it could.

      It’s kind of like working a room at a cocktail party. Do you meet everyone? Do you take an interest in what they’re doing making small talk? When someone has shown interest in you, do you show interest back? Would you call that haphazard? It may be shallow, but do you feel encouraged? Do you come across some people that you want to know better because you’ve made an effort to talk to everyone, even the quiet ones, hiding in the corners, who are too shy to get out and talk to anyone themselves? Of course, you do.

  21. veihalis Says:

    Sound advice for a beginner such as myself….i look forward to more words of wisdom and whimsy(really, i do)….

  22. Rich Proctor Says:

    Thank you for this insightful post. Perfect words for what I am wrestling with.

  23. redgladiola Says:

    Congratulations! And this is very inspirational as I’m in the 300-odd follower mark despite blogging for a year. Will try to put your good advice to practice. =)

  24. Evan White Says:

    That’s so awesome that you have achieved such a success. I am so thankful that you would follow my blog, yourself and I love your writing.

  25. teasingnotions Says:

    Very intriguing … I do notice you are very active with your work here, and people are responding to you. Thanks for the direction and always delightful work. And thanks for being one of the early followers of my blogs.

    • You’re welcome, Thommy. I am definitely active here, both in posting and interacting with those who are gracious enough comment on my posts. It’s quite wonderful. 🙂

  26. Congratulations. I guess I’m too much a sluggardly…. 😦

  27. hakeem Says:

    Congratulations on reaching your milestone. You inspire me.

  28. macjam47 Says:

    Congratulations! That is a fantastic accomplishment.

  29. Joanne Corey Says:

    I’m so glad you have been able to build up your blog as you wished to. I may start a conscious effort to build my blog numbers in a few months, when I expect a major shift in my schedule. Meanwhle, I am getting used to posting so I have some confidence in my ability to give readers something to interact with.

  30. Reblogged this on Bring Back the Poetry and commented:
    Bird just set the bar! Here goes!

  31. You are such a great example, Shawn! Thank you for working so hard!

  32. mezzyadamz Says:

    The world is vast
    with hate as past
    only friends cast
    our shadow so fast.

  33. jennannsd Says:

    I clicked “like” in response to this post… but continued to think about what you wrote for a good part of last night. Not only are you a talented writer, but you are taking the time to educate and guide your peers and I think that is just wonderful. You have 10,000 followers for a reason. Thank you!

  34. wow…amazing…! congrats…ty for d tips 🙂 keep reading & posting good wishes

  35. I was wondering how others got so much attention…mazal bueno on your success.

  36. louisec93 Says:

    I was once at a conference which stated that 92% of blogs are only seen by one person: the blogger.

    I’ve been blogging for a year and I’ve ended up with almost 100 followers and over 4,000 views from around 50 counties.

    I find it so endearing to know people like what you have to offer.

    • I love that map that shows where visitors come from. One Russian and one Canadian fills half the world! It looks very impressive! lol Still waiting for someone from Greenland.

      I think the phenomenon you mention is why 10,000 is a number to aim for. Apparently (from what I see here) it takes about 10,000 followers in order to see approximately 100 likes per post, with several hundred blog views each day.

  37. Traque Lyfe Says:

    Hi Shawn..thank you for visiting my page. I can only hope to have 100 people one day. I have browsed through your blog and I can see why you have followers by the masses…great work!

  38. Thank you for noticing my work, I know I am a fresh new blogger but I am pumped up that one day I will publish my work and can proudly say, It all started with one like! thank you so much for supporting me through the start of my new journey 🙂

  39. P Moorman Says:

    I am honored you take the time to read and like my poetry blog. I admire your work and your energy. Thanks for sharing yourself.

  40. Elouise Says:

    You are truly amazing! Your post plus your responses to comments above are priceless. I can see you have a huge work/play ethic. You also have a huge heart. If I had to go back to school–which I absolutely DO NOT need to do again!–I’d love to have you as my teacher. Thanks for this encouragement, realistic challenge, and hope-filled cheer! I’m going right back to my Reader right now to find three more strangers who’d like to be encouraged.

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