Cons of a Growing blog

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Last night, I surpassed 1337 followers. I am happy with the progress of my blog but also I am going through some challenges. Many people have asked me to write about the secret of my blog growth but I’ll start first with the Cons of a Growing Blog-

  • The attitude of the one’s having more followers than you.

Oh yes, you heard it right. Even if you have a couple of thousand followers, you will feel short in front of other’s having more numbers than you. The same happens on Instagram with us. Thank God, I do not own a Facebook page till now.

  • Jealousy of those having fewer followers than you.

I mean it. Many people are going to be jealous of your growth. Here I’d only say what on earth is their problem.

  • Unwanted spam messages in your inbox.

Agh, it’s a serious issue like hacking. Sometimes these entities will try to fool you by sending good comments first and then bad comments third. I mean, come on, from selling Computer to Rubber, they think my blog is a free wall.

  • Hacking attempts.

I am continuously getting an IP address conflict in my laptop. Thank God to The Antivirus software. Still, make Sure your website is secure. Can anybody suggest me How?

  • The dilemma of owning a domain via WordPress or other Hosting Site.

There is a lot of confusion on this point. We all think of buying a domain through WP at first hand but then WP doesn’t allow us to get third-party advertisements. Plus changing or customizing theme is another an issue. Really going to need suggestions on this.

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  1. Bleated congratulations dear big sister! I love following you and reading your posts! Its refreshing and enjoyable experience for me to know such beautiful things with no dilemma! Happy blogging!

  2. Bonsoir TM

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  3. Having lots of followers feels very good, I agree. However, you should really focus on those who regularly comment on, and like your posts. They are the real followers, and their numbers are unimportant, as long as they engage with your blog, and your wider blogging community.
    I have noticed that you have liked many of my comments on other blogs, as well as my own. This is the sort of engagement I refer to, so thanks for doing that. I wish you well with your blogging experience. As you have many more followers that me, you are obviously doing something right! I have followed you on Twitter, as I am unable to keep up with all the posts from followed blogs in the Reader.
    Best wishes from Norfolk. Pete.

    1. Hey there, I am glad you took your precious time out to comment me something really wonderful. I agree with what you said above. We all May have thousands of followers but then the real question arise. How many of them are your real followers? Look at the number of likes or comments on our posts. Really poor in front of our total followers. People just blindly follow each other to increase their number. It’s a trend going on here. But I always feel great to meet people like you. I hope to see you around in future too.

  4. Congratulations!

    I try not to look at numbers, because I don’t want my reason for pouring out my heart to become shadowed by the need to feed the numbers. I also don’t want a lack of numbers to be a discouragement. So, I close my eyes when the stats page pops up while trying to clock to “add” quickly! Haha! 😀

  5. Falak Congratulations and you deserve it. I also look up to the blogs I like to aim higher not because of jealousy. Just to keep reminding myself I need to get there sometime. Am new to this whole world and am really exploring this platform and am not sure of self hosting websites. I wanted a domain name so I did take it via wordpress. Until now I haven’t got any spam messages in my approval list. So think it is good enough. All the best for your future growth. Sky is the limit do reach it. Hugs.
    Meena

      1. I don’t follow all the followers very close but when I come across your posts I try to get back to what I have missed. So if am not prompt at least I will definitely get back. Love your writing dear. 😘😘

  6. Another sort-of downside as followers increase is the challenge of finding the time it takes to keep up with them all – replying to their generous comments, visiting their blogs to read and comment there, etc. (hours daily). It’s a “problem” many would love to have, but it IS worth mentioning and remembering for those who are just starting out, agonizing over small numbers as they hope to increase them.

    I blog on a Mac, a less hacker “friendly” platform, and have been forced to put Askismet on the most rigorous spam-screening setting possible to keep the link-spam off my site. My motto is “better safe than sorry” — because once they get on your site they multiply like maggots. There must have some way to sell their “success” stories. I’m hoping to continue to avoid auto-verification tech. My readership is unlikely to comment at all if I force them to “prove you’re a human” first. I dislike those myself, and am MUCH less likely to comment on sites that use them.

    I post a spam warning near the top of my right sidebar (right under the Akismet counter), because I don’t have the time to dig through the spam-trash before deleting wholesale. A single “live” link to a related post will get through for me to approve, but comments with several will be auto-spammed.

    The few times I have taken a scroll through the MULTIPLE pages of the now over a million spammer comments that have been whisked out of my way, I have rarely seen any that I would over-ride with an approval. The comments from my legitimate blogging-buds have been universally supportive, however, and the links they have left have been well-worth visiting.

    I, too, have thought of migrating to a self-hosted platform, having a bit of a love/hate relationship with WordPress.com (more because of ongoing glitches than the lack of monetizing ability through ads, however – don’t support sites that interrupt my viewing pleasure to sell me something totally unrelated or force me to subscribe to something before I can continue). So far, like Tony Burgess “I am happy to let someone else do the heavy lifting.”
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
    – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    1. I appreciate you took time out to answer my queries in such a meaningful way. I will look after few points you suggested here.. Moreover I am glad to meet you and it will be wonderful to have you around always. As I’ll have many questions in future too.. Please be in touch.

  7. A big congrats to you…about the haters, they must just talk.

    Keep doing your thing, if you were not a prospective successful entity then they won’t be trying to force you into a quicksand.

    Happy for you bae

  8. Hello, congratulations on the success. I agree to all the cons you have listed. If someone is a true blogger and a writer, the count of followers and likes wouldn’t matter. 🙂 That’s my belief. Just writing the heart matters. 😀

    1. Well said.. I don’t get happy by seeing my number of followers but by watching the number of times my posts have been read.. And when the views are less than likes I get sad.. vice versa.. Thank you for your comment.

  9. Congratulations Fatma 👍

    Let’s keep inspiring

    Sharing our views and thoughts

    By way of comments and writing

    Feeling happy to know that you reached a mark of 1337 followers

    Keep on shinning more and more

    So that the light within you enlightens other too

    Let the ink of your pen flow for others

    Giving them happiness and joy

    Share your grief , sorrow and pain only with the ones you trust

  10. Congratulations on your growth. But to answer question about the WordPress.com or org and how to make money from ads. From my own experience and the research I’ve done having a WordPress.com site is easier to run and maintain but they limited your control on your site. On the other hand org gives you all control but is harder to maintain if you don’t know a lot about coding and plugins. So I would suggest just choose the one you are more comfortable with and if you change your mind you can always switch over later. When it comes to monetizing your site with WordPress.com you automatically get WordAds when you upgrade to a premium plan. Also there is a difference between Google AdSense and WordAds. Google AdSense relys on millions of impressions and clicks to be profitable. They also can be diffcult to configure. While WordsAd is easy to put on your site and impressions are measured by how often an ad has been displayed to a visitor on your site. I hope this helps & happy blogging!

    1. Yes it helped a lot.. Finally getting my mind fixed on few things.. Thank you very much for taking your time out to read it and to reply me.. I am pleased.. Can you please enlighten me about one more fact which I forgot to add in this article.. Can I change my theme easily ? I am afraid of losing my all likes and comments, which I obviously cannot afford at this stage. So, if you have any idea about this thing please share.

      1. If your changing your site to a self-hosted you have control over everything. So you can change your theme to anything you want to. Also if you do change your site to self-hosted you won’t have access to WordPress.com themes anymore. However there are thousands of themes you can find on the internet for free or low costs. But if you are upgrading your account to a premium plan you can change theme pretty easy without loosing any likes or comments. Also I would add if you’re trying to monetize your blog with the upgrading your blog then their are certain themes that are made for ads to look as good as possible.

  11. Congratulations! Good information on the third party advertising. I haven’t switched to a domain name yet because I’m not sure of the downside. I’m loving my free WordPress right now!

  12. Congratulations!! A question – how much time did it take to reach till here .. asking just out of curiosity 😀 and keep changing your passwords every 2 months or you can contact wordpress admin team and report about the spammers or hackers… I don’t know exactly if it will work for you but it’s just a suggestion… all the very best 🙂

    1. Hey Sara.. thanks for your suggestion.. I have tried WordPress forum before but really never got any response.. And now fulfilling your curiosity, I started my blog in July this year.. Rest you can calculate.. Happy blogging.. be in touch

  13. happy dance for ya and some festive noise 🙂 i never have grown that large and shudder at it some… i can hardly keep up withfive percent of that. however isn’t it fun the variety of people and experiences from them shared? I never had any luck with click through referal linkage to monetize things or more direct offers I do hope you find help if you choose to be a bit more savvy monetizings- yes, oh jealousy i get paid to blog sure would make for some green eyes! heheh but think about this a moment -s hould you ever want to – wouldn’t that be fun to get paid doing something enjoyable? so if you wish to empire out of me hahaha, i like cooking and odd non perishable products of a frugal nature which frugal doesn’t mean necessaily cheap but as i’m not rich either, cheap helps. I hear occassionally with a large enough traffic base you may parlay a limited paycheck which means you could concievably parley that to a bigger paycheck elsewhere writing. i thank you for being big yet saying hello, such is nice of YOU. best of luck annoying others as you grow if such is your aim to.

    1. Thank you almond for you longggg comment.. It’s been long that I haven’t heard from you.. Guess what I was happy.. haa.. I think I am more happy now . . Well no, I can’t lie but yes for an almond and coffee I can. . Anyways thanks for your wishes. . Sending you the same. . Holla…

      1. Lyin’ for the coffee? jwhy not brew up a pot of coffee, not lies and almond it with some almond syrup? I got the syrup and thus the name visiting a local jerusalem market intening to poppyseed muffin with it and never did…so i made a coffee 🙂 and stay happy too 🙂

  14. I could see your struggles. I would imagine the hardest thing for a growing blog (in my opinion) would be keeping up with everyone. I hate it when I can’t do that. I could only imagine how hard that must be for you lol.

    At any rate, I wanted to say congrats on the growth. I hope you continue to get more! ^_^

      1. Yeah, I want to be able to keep things as personal as possible. I do WP and Twitter, and I’ve found it can be tricky balancing things. I’m not even that big and I’m finding it hard to do.

        I feel it must be another level for you. Xp

        Cheers to doing your best! 🙂

  15. These are really great topics. I started this blog at the behest of my publishers for book promotion purposes, but I have been blessed with getting to know so many wonderful and diverse people from around the world. To me, that is enriching in itself. When it comes to SEO and all that I am totally ignorant, I need to take a class but I don’t have time as it is. It seems that Google, WP, Amazon, Goodreads and so many others are all in cahoots together, oh and Linkedin as well. Don’t get me started on that platform . . . Anyway, my following was nearly static for about four months until (Jay Colby) did a shout out to lots of folks to help promote there site. He promised to read and share all participating bloggers and he kept his word! Within days I went from two followers to twenty-two with over three hundred likes. That was exponential growth. But my site is still woefully unprepared for visitors:( I need some serious help:( Thanks for letting me vent. Take care all and God bless!

    1. Hey,
      I went through your website and I liked your theme. It was good to know about you. Let me tell you first that in WP, SEO is not a big issue because they do it. All you need to do is to tag your posts. And I’ll be glad to help you more.

  16. Congratulations, Wow that is impressive yet I have to say, as a newby to this blogging, it scares me a bit! However, I sure appreciate the heads up!
    Cheers to many more successful blogging posts!

      1. Oh, just make it so you get an SMS signal to your phone before you can sign in to your WordPress account. That way if someone hacks your password they still cannot get into your account because they do not have your phone. People do get their accounts hijacked.

  17. First CONGRATULATIONS.
    Regarding the safety of your blog, activate “Two step authentication”.
    Your blog is growing tremendously. It feels great.
    Good luck.

  18. Hey wow it is amazing to see your growth rate.all the best for more to come 🙂 I understand the jealousy part and I am on the path of deleting emotions that arnt healthy. It’s natural thou. I try to convert feelings of that nature by genuinely feeling happy for the ones better than me 🙂 too much said but I am truly happy for u. Keep it up

  19. Congrats! I never expected my blog to grow either, it was originally just an outlet for me. I’m happy when other bloggers succeed – it inspires me to keep writing. I’m enjoying your posts 🙂

  20. 🎉 yay!! I hope you took the time to jump around waving your hands in the air. Blogs don’t build themselves and stuff like this is here to be celebrated. What I love about you is that you still take the time to visit us ‘little ones’ and that means more than I can say.

  21. I bought a domain through WP but I have no intention on monetizing my blog because it’s not the purpose of why I blog. WP.com has a lot of great features and opportunities to network with other bloggers. I have tried the self hosting thing and I am happy to let someone else do the heavy lifting.

  22. Congratulations ‘genuinely’ and definitely ‘no malice’.. Well done that’s an amazing achievement! I’m debating myself whether to try and transfer to a ‘self hosted’ site.. if you find anything out I’d love to hear what your thoughts are.. xx

  23. Many Congratulations..
    And I think antivirus can only protect your PC, as it wont allow any malware to get into your PC..But here, everything is online, your site is at WordPress’s database and who knows how is the security at WordPress..Now what you can do is, only access WordPress from your personal PC and personal internet..Never use public WiFi..Try to use Incognito mode in browser..Have a different Email id for people to contact other than one with you log in here..

    1. I am taking a lot of precautions on internet these days.. There’s one particular blogging site, they asked me to write on their website, but whenever I open that I get the IP address conflict pop up.. Also I am planning to get my laptop checked by a professional.

      1. Yes that happens..But then you should first google about that site..If its legit then you will find lot of info from the first link..In such cases a good antivirus comes in action, coz even if u click on the link, your antivirus will get it and block it.. And another solution, if you get such email, copy that link and open that site in other pc or browser where you haven’t logged in for your site..And about technician they asr just going to format your pc, install a good antivirus and charge you like they have done some ridiculously great work…

  24. Congratulations and many more ahead!
    Blogging provides a very valuable platform to express creative thoughts. I guess I have been lucky that the green monster never knocked on my door and neither have I myself felt thus. Everyone is kind and soft spoken to me here.
    Have you considered the option of shifting your site to WP. org? I think it might cost you less than upgrading with more freedom.

      1. It is another co-hosting by WordPress but you have to buy your domain name and hosting (bluehost offers discount for wp users). Then just export everything from your current site to your new site and a $12/ year redirect error on your current site to send people there. Your followers will be transferred with you but not the likes.

      2. The working and management is almost same as now, just more freedom. I think you can use Google ads there who pay by impression not clicks. This is what I have read on the net, there is no personal experience. So you should probably confirm everything before you move ahead. But I thought it seemed better than buying costly upgradations.

  25. Congrats and keep us posted. That seems to be really a big problem. I suggest you create your own website and link your posts and page to that website. It’s easier said than done though.

      1. I don’t have any idea at all. But as I browse some of the blogs in here in WP, there were some bloggers who managed to posts their blogs here on WP and then once you clicked the post, you will be directed to their personnal website.

  26. Congratulations! I started my blog not to get followers but simply putting out the things I’ve written. Having followers is a bonus. I’ve always believed that us writers don’t ask for much but an audience that read our works. 🙂

  27. Congratulations 🙂 It’s a great feeling! I don’t know about the attitude issue, I have been fortunate, I guess, that everyone is so friendly. As far as the domain goes, I can offer some advice. (I had the same dilemma) Try upgrading to a premium site. You can’t use Google Ads unless you have a VIP site (which costs a fortune), but on the premium site, you can apply for Ad Words , WP’s own version of google ads, and they will approve you once you reach certain stats. Enjoy! And on to 1500! 🙂

      1. No problem, happy to help – karma for those that have taken the time to help me 😉 As for the stats – I really don’t have any idea. They’ve got some sort of algorithm. But its worth applying. Ads are ads. They are only fruitful when people click on them. But its the same with Google Ads or Ad words. So going with Ad words instead of google because you’re on WP won’t affect you for the better or the worse, it just does what it does. I wouldn’t count on it as a reliable stream of income though.

      2. BTW-You don’t have to have ads. Blogs without them are more pleasant to read. You mentioned 3rd party advertising, so I thought I would share my limited knowledge on the topic 😉

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