300 WordPress Followers!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

Normal Happenings just hit an important milestone: 300 WordPress followers! I am so happy!

Three-hundred followers, in my mind, was always the point on the map in which I’d allow myself to think I’m on my way. It’s the statistical realization that I am capable of building a community around the concepts in which I adore writing about, and I can through consistency and passion truly get an audience involved in a journey of appreciating everyday life.

I just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly. The first post, entitled Normal Happenings: A Reintroduction, went live on February 28, 2018. It’s surreal to think that was only just north of six months ago.

Granted this wasn’t my first foray into blogging — I had been doing so with little success since 2012 — but it was definitely the only meaningful one. Shout-outs to those who stuck with me even when I hadn’t quite found my writing voice — Super Jan and lifelessons, among others.

Creating Normal Happenings came with it the discovery that writing my own sincere thoughts is the only way to truly find passion through script. And judging by the fact that you, an actual, wonderful human being, are sitting here reading this, some of that passion must leak through the relentless filter of language. You’re an awesome person, and I’d totally tell you that in real life if I could!

So I wanted to go back and wrangle some stats, briefly taking a look at our six month journey getting from there to here.

Top Five Posts (by views):

  1. Hyrule: See the Sights! Hear the Sounds!
    Big thanks to all involved in making that possible.
  2. We Need Your Talent! Collaboration #2
    Big thanks to all currently making this possible.
  3. My First Video Game Was a Masterpiece | A Kirbyโ€™s Adventure Retrospective
    It was so great replaying this beautiful game.
  4. Facing Yourself: Escaping the Black Hole of Depression
    Nikki did amazing on that post!
  5. Five Cute Moments When You Adopt a Kitten
    Kittens are my secret weapon.

Bottom Five Posts (by views):

  1. Star Trek V: The Final Frontier and the Secret Pain Disillusionment
    A dreadful film deserving of its dreadful view count.
  2. Falling for Jars of Clayโ€™s โ€œThe Long Fall Back to Earthโ€
    I knew while writing it would be a post for me alone.
  3. Behind the Scenes: Designing the Opening Sequence for A Geeky Galโ€™s New YouTube Channel
    Come on, give A Geeky Gal‘s intro more love!
  4. TV Shows, Video Games, and Movies, Oh My! Real Life Follows Culture
    Understandable.
  5. Rom-Com Week! โ€œWhat Ifโ€ and Bantering Towards a Proper Love Story
    This film deserves more love… from somebody other than me.

Top Commenters:

  1. A Geeky Gal
  2. Pix1001
  3. Super Jan
  4. TWOTALL4UFOOL
  5. Hungrygoriya

Total posts:
85 posts

Average word count:
1,093 words per post

Total word count:
92,872 total words

Most popular date and time:
Fridays at 10:00 A.M. — Nice Job Badges, of course!

Total likes:
1,302 likes — whew, getting close to the super-specific milestone of 1,337!

Total WordPress followers:
310 amazing people!

You all are seriously the best, and I can’t wait for what’s in store for the future of normal Happenings!


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Matthew // Normal Happenings

Matthew Estes. STL-based Blogger. Graphic Designer. Happily Married. One day I'll actually complete a book I'm happy with. I love pizza, video games, and using way too many ellipses...

19 thoughts on “300 WordPress Followers!! ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

  1. The reason this has happened is because – and I infer this from your output – you weren’t in this for the views. The best of us aren’t, none of our other blogging friends are. I recall seeing a Nintendo fanboy on YouTube explaining that he was closing his channel because, after less than a year of making videos, he had less than a hundred subscribers, when he really wanted as many as the official Nintendo channel (millions). Needless to say, people who want instant success or gratification are unable to care about what it is that they’re actually outputting, which is why it’s also inevitable that they give up so soon. But we know better, and just thinking about how many of us are getting to know each other and overlapping into our lives… well, I think we’ve saved each other from that alternative.

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    1. What an amazing comment Alex! Thank you, and I appreciate your support. Sad story about that YouTuber though.
      You are so so right. Long before Normal Happenings, I used to be obsessed with stats — you can ask Nikki. But over the years I changes, and now I only periodically glance at them. Do I want to write for a living one day? Sure, but it has no consequence on me just writing my heart.

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  2. Congratulations Matt & Nikki! With the amount of time and effort you put into this it doesnโ€™t surprise me at all how fast Normal Happenings has grown! Looking forward to seeing whatโ€™s next for the blog!

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