900 followers and counting.. Thank you:D

So..

I made it to my goal of 900 followers (technically yesterday) but, I am in such a good mood over this! Not because it means I have more followers, but it means I met 100 more people this month, I talked to a possible 100 more people, read 100 more blogs, possibly maybe even learned 100 more things from all of you. Having followers is like every bloggers dream, but having followers who later on become friends, become your coffee and conversation partner, or people you can rely on to make your day – that my good sir is hard to come by. It occur to me today that someone had a made a comment on my YouTube channel telling me how they not only like my videos but they like the fact I respond to everyone’s comments – that is their favorite thing about me. Reading that, really made me smile, because I am not sure if you know this, but I make it my mission to ALWAYS respond to people on any of my social media mediums (this is why I am on so many).

You see, I don’t think some of you realize that a response to someone is a million times better than following someone (in my opinion) because when you respond, you are showing you read it, you understood it, and you are interested in speaking with that particular person. When people follow me, I hope they follow me because they enjoy my engagement, I hope they follow me because they are eager to know more and I hope they follow me because they feel comfortable on my page or whatever medium they follow me on. I don’t want someone to follow me and then never talk to me, I want to talk to each of you, and it doesn’t have to be about fitness/health, it can be about your day, your hobbies, your family.. those conversations are meaningful to me.

I strive to make good content, yes. BUT I also strive to make good conversation, to show my interest in your blog or videos, to show interest in your life because I want to engage, I want to know your opinions or thoughts. You’re not just a follower or subscriber, when you talk to me, you have begun a deeper journey, a journey that I hope never ends. xo

Thank you for being there for me, and supporting me! Cheers.

New goal: 1000 followers.

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

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Hello! I have just recently graduated with my exercise science degree May 2016, yay! I am more than happy; and decided that since my passion is for fitness/health, I would write about it and share my journey with others because in my opinion health is everything (both mental and physical). I am 24 years old, and reside in the states. I enjoy being active anyway possible and want to get my cert in personal trainer and also be a wellness coach. I love to eat and don't believe in eliminating, but rather moderation. I hope that my blog post will inspire, motivate and encourage you all to want to be the healthiest person you can be! It all begins with "I can" and "I will" :) -Shay-lon P.S feel free to follow me on social media and or email me, l don't mind answering questions or simply networking. Would love to hear from you all.

58 thoughts on “900 followers and counting.. Thank you:D”

    1. Elizabeth,
      Thank you! It is true for me, not everyone feels the same way. Some really aim for the stats, and that is fine but I prefer to not to, I don’t want the stress or to lose out of the adventure πŸ˜€

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  1. Wow congratulations! I’m sure you’re going to hit 1000 in no time! I really liked how you said the most important thing to you is that you get to meet 100 new people which is really nice. I feel like some bloggers want followers or likes just for the sake of it but you’re definitely one of the most social bloggers and I mean it just shows how you’re always conversing with everyone on your comments section or checking up on their blog and that’s why you have one of the most conversational blogs. And I’m sure you’re followers really appreciate how much of an interest you take in others πŸ™‚

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    1. Well PoojaG once I hit 1000 followers, I plan on exploding your blog page with falling pickles! Possibly even falling squidwards! lol

      It is true, I like meeting 100 new people each time I get a follower, I feel like I have made a possible new friend or acquaintance – some whom I end I up speaking with for days and months at a time and some who end up stop blogging after a week, either way the experience is usually pleasurable.
      I realize followers is what helps us get more exposure and helps us raise our stats, but if I was to focus only on followers, I would get stressed out after awhile. I want to grow my blog, but I don’t want to sacrifice the conversation/engagement I have with my followers in order to do so. I have found, so many people want to know how to get more followers, that isn’t an easy answer if you aren’t putting in the right kind of effort.
      Not to mention, when my real life social life doesn’t exist, I have all of you! hahaha

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      1. Hahaha I look forward to the day you can makes my blog explode with pickles/squidwards because you’ll have joined the 1000 followers club (it’s very elite and I do my best to be as snobby as possible 😝😝)
        Yeah I get what you mean. Some people you just end up instantly connecting with and becoming good friends whereas some people you converse with once in a while and others don’t blog much after a bit but it’s still fun to know them.
        Yeah followers helps especially if you’re blogging as a job and get paid for depending on your stats but I feel like blogging was made to get your work out there and for you to get to read other peoples work too and to socialise with people you otherwise probably would have never even known existed. And sacrificing that for stats is just really unfair not just to your audience but to yourself too. Like I have met so many foreigners that I would never have otherwise ever been able to talk to and I have learnt so much from each of them!
        Hahah yes it helps when you don’t have much a social life in real life 😝

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      2. LOL! #snobbster! ugh >.< Have you thought about making your blog a paid profession instead of recreation?
        I started talking to another person from Kenya too! it was like wow! hey! lol. It seems they had a lot to talk about, like the animals.. their love for the animals.

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      3. Hahaha yeah once you get big you have to act like you’re better then everyone else… that’s just how it isπŸ˜œπŸ™„πŸ˜‚
        Yeah I have thought about blogging as a profession and it would really be awesome if that would work but some of the problems I felt like I would face is if I wrote sponsored articles I would have to write about what they told me to and I feel like that’s just not me. I like to write about stuff I’m passionate about not things that I would be paid for so that would probably not be an option at least for now. And with having ads on my blog I wouldn’t mind that but I don’t think my blog is big enough for me to actually make a decent amount of money through ads because most of them pay you per view.
        Have you thought about blogging as a paid profession??
        Ooh that is so awesome! What’s their blog called? Maybe I’ll know them. Yeah I feel like a lot of people in Kenya especially the younger generations are very concerned about the wildlife but the truth is the government is doing almost nothing to save our wildlife from poachers or to save our environment from being ruined. It’s very sad because it’s a beautiful country but it’s not going to stay that way for long if things don’t start changing.
        I actually found out there are quite a few Kenyan bloggers and I’ve talked to some bloggers from neighboring countries too which is really cool πŸ™‚

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      4. The Kenyan I am speaking with is: bennettsammy. very nice person, enlightens me about the country and seems very curious about the states. Have you spoken with this particular blogger?

        Also, that does make a good point PoojaG, very good point indeed. You have a lot of traffic on your blog page, your ads are probably doing something, right? or do you need more following? How do you know when your blog is “big” enough? what is considered a big blog?

        I have thought about it, I don’t mind writing for others about topics as long as it is a topic that correlates with something I know or enjoy – or something that isn’t too far in left field. I would rather have my blog be the money earner though. I have two blogs, one is using ads and this one isn’t yet, but once I get my domain, I will be hopefully.
        I was telling a blogger that our country sometimes ships exotic wildlife from other countries in illegally which could be another downfall for your country and others, and ours too.

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      5. No I don’t think I know him but I’ll check out his blog and probably leave a comment too.
        Well I did check out some people who were willing to pay for ads and when I looked through their page I felt like I didn’t get as much traffic as other blogs who used them. I think maybe if I get a little more traffic I might be able to.
        I wouldn’t mind writing posts that have something to do with my blog or are similar to what I write about. And honestly I would love to monetize my blog someday but at the moment once I’m in university I don’t know if I’ll have as much time to blog and if I was sponsored I would kind of be forced to write. Plus, living in Kenya it’s hard to get sponsors because most of them want you to be from their country (usually America) because it’s hard to transfer money and it would just be better and easier for them if I lived in America. Maybe I can try it out once I’m in Canada. What company do you use for ads?
        Yeah I’ve heard of that and it does I think cause quite a problem because those animals are like you said illegally taken and it’s okay if you’re doing it for conservational purposes but a lot of Americans just want exotic pets even though they have no idea how to take care of them and they end up dying in a few days/weeks. There needs to be much stricter laws even in the US because I expect it in Kenya because we are after all a third world country but the US isn’t and they should try harder.

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      6. I use google ad sense for my other blog, and it has earned money, but I don’t think it gets as much traffic as my wordpress blog, otherwise, I am sure it would do better. Yes, you have made a valid point, I didn’t take into consideration how difficult it would be for you being in a third world country & I also agree with you on the exotic animals. I have known people to let loose their exotic animals (mostly reptiles) when they can’t take care of them any longer because of expenses or because they can no longer handle them without compromising their safety.

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      7. Oh I had a Google blog a long time ago but in all honesty I didn’t enjoy using it very much. I found it kind of confusing and annoying compared to WordPress. I think it’s easier to get Ads on Google Blogs though so I guess that’s an upside.
        Yeah it’s harder because most companies mostly sponsor people living in first world countries because I guess to be fair it’s probably easier for them.
        Yeah I’ve heard that a lot of people either just set them free (which would probably kill them since they are exotic animals and need constant care) or they just stop caring for them and they die anyway. It’s such an irresponsible thing to do and it’s very sad because a lot of these animals are endangered or close to being endangered and they really need to be looked after by specialists.

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      8. I didn’t know you had a google blog – mine gets views and sometimes about the same as my wordpress views but no engagement, I never get any comments on my google blogger, and that is one thing that bothers me. I think it is a bit more confusing, I was going to take a look at other blogs from google and see if others are getting engagement on theirs.

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      9. Yeah the first time I decided I wanted to start blogging I got a Google blog but I didn’t like using it so I don’t use it anymore and I started using WordPress instead. Yeah I feel like Google is so much less social and it just doesn’t have the same feel to it as WordPress. I think a lot of Google blogs don’t get comments because one of my friends had a Google blog for quite a while but never got any comments on it. You should definitely check out other Google blogs and see if they get comments.

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  2. Great job! I think I have 11 followers so far, so I hope I reach your goal also! And I think it is great that you engage, people do want some recognition from you because they did take the time to comment in the first place, so I totally agree. Congrats!!!

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    1. Hello! Hey! 11 is good, that is solid, and allows you to thoroughly read through their blogs. It isn’t to keep up with everyone once you hit a certain number, but I try to anyways, because I enjoy it.
      Thank you!

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  3. Kicking AAAASSSSSSSSSSSSS! You’ll have 1000 in no time. And way to go on the sponsorship. You are absolutely right about being able to interact with people and it’s more than having a high number counter and mindless “Like” clicks.

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    1. No cussing allowed on this blog, lol I restricted it to only words of pure holiness! lmao
      P.S thank you πŸ˜€ I think the whole interacting with people makes blogging seem more like a community rather than a race to see who gets more likes or follows.

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      1. Cussing? I was referring to a donkey that kicks…ya…that’s it.
        I find the biggest hurdle is getting over the followers=success mindset. Who cares if you have 1000 followers but only 10 actually read what you write? In my humble opinion anyway.

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      2. In the beginning it is hard to not focus on followers, because you visit other blogs and want to reach their success and have people leave comments and like your post. It is almost an obsession sometimes because you want to so badly get more people to look at your blog and the problem is, many will end up creating more content but it won’t be quality stuff or they start to lose their touch and the audience isn’t a fan any longer. Being a blogger/writer isn’t easy (as you should know) we have people who like our page for whatever reason and when something changes, it could lead to good or bad consequences. I now try not to think about followers, I want to be a professional blogger (so I have to worry about stats a small bit if I want to be successful at this) but I don’t like comparing my blog to others anymore, I just write and hope for the best and try to communicate with many people.

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    1. Sadia,
      Thank you so much! I appreciate that! The way I write, I talk for the most part depending on the situation. I found that if I write more like I talk to everyday people, it might be more likable than having to write in ways I don’t normally speak.

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      1. Yes, subjects are not easy at times. I get writers block quite a lot, but one way that I found that helps me a lot is having to write down all the topics I would be interested in talking about (right now I have over 80 written down) and everyday choosing a topic from that list πŸ™‚ It might help you, who knows, but figured I would throw in an idea πŸ™‚

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      2. Great! It will take time to make a huge list but hey, once you write about those, then you keep creating more πŸ˜€ I am a very big planner kind of person, so I like to know what I am going to write about ahead of time if possible. I appreciate your kind words! really makes me smile! πŸ˜€

        Shay-lon

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  4. There was something that cought my attention from your post “You see, I don’t think some of you realize that a response to someone is a million times better than following someone” and it stands out because is what i feel when I post on my social media pages (because I’m just starting a blog – mamafitjournal-). Is that feeling what makes it so worthit

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    1. Yes,
      I meant it when I said that, I would much rather get a response by someone, feedback, etc than to have someone follow me just to follow me. I think it says something when someone wants to respond to what you have to say and maybe not everyone has something to say – I do understand that because I know I don’t always have something to say, but I feel like having a following is ONE thing but to have an active comment section is a whole other. Thank you for pointing that out, also congrats and welcome to the blog world πŸ™‚

      Shay-lon

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