Twitter is really new to me; I only joined in April 2016. I was totally terrified a little apprehensive about using it at first but I persevered and started to find my rhythm. I was enjoying it…until roughly three minutes ago!
Three minutes ago, my twitter world fell apart!
Ignorance Is Bliss
I’ve just used one of those apps that shows your following vs. your followers for the first time.
I’m not going to lie, I’m distraught!
I expected a few of the companies to have followed and then unfollowed me. I was prepared for that. But what has shocked me is the number of people that I regularly tweet, favourite, retweet, etc, who aren’t following me.
I see now that I have been ridiculously foolish naïve.
Is This How Twitter Works?
I had been getting really excited about almost reaching 1000 followers (985 at time of writing) and I dared to think that people actually cared about what I had to say. Now my confidence has taken a big blow.
I guess deep down, I feel betrayed.
How can they be happy to chat about their summer holidays with me without following me back?! I’d feel terrible if I was talking with someone that I didn’t even follow!
Is this normal? Is this how Twitter works? Does common decency not apply in the internet world?
I’m really upset (can you tell?! Haha).
Am I not interesting enough for people to follow?
I know I’m only a new blogger. I know I don’t have as many followers as you do. But everyone’s got to start somewhere, haven’t they? Just because I’m new doesn’t mean that I don’t write fantastic content. Just because I don’t have thousands of followers doesn’t mean you don’t have to play fair.
Calm Down, Lucy!
Now Lucy, you cannot let this setback get to you. You have worked hard to build up your social media following. You have worked hard to increase your blog subscriptions.
Those (almost) 1000 people who follow you, still follow you. They care what you have to say, regardless of how other twitter acquaintances have behaved.
And when it comes down to it, you enjoy the interaction on Twitter, don’t you!
- You like hearing what people are up to
- You like empathising with the other mums who’ve just discovered a beautifully crayoned picture of Mr Tumble on their bedroom wall!
- You like to be pointed to new blogs and interesting reads.
None of those ‘non-followers’ can take that away from you.
Keep going, girl! Lucy At Home is only in its infancy. These things take time.
You are enthusiastic and dedicated. You are enjoying this experience. This is a hobby. It does not define who you are as a person. It does not define your worth.
Being a Mummy is far more important and precious than having a million twitter followers. Being a wife is more far more fulfilling and special than being the top blogger in the world.
Keep going! You’ve nearly made it to 1000!