Let’s be narcissistic online #AtoZChallenge

I don’t care what you think, unless it is about me. ~ Nirvana , “Drain”

Most of us have this innate need to brag about our achievements online. Be it getting a hot new boyfriend, or eating out at a Michelin star restaurant, we just have to shove our achievements right in front of everyone else’s face.

I do not want to delve into the psychology of why people do this. Instead, I want to use this ‘need’ to help you achieve your blogging goals.

You may be acquainted with the term ‘Blogger milestone’. It’s that special day when you achieve a unique target: get 100 followers, get 1000 likes on a blog post, get 10000 shares on a particular tweet, or get 100000 comments!

You commemorate the achievement of these milestones by a status update or cake. Both fulfill your narcissistic tendencies to some extent. But have you ever thought about this:  achieving one milestone is the key to achieving a new milestone.

 

Here’s the first step to understanding the logic behind the above statement:

If a to-be follower logs on to your blog, and sees that you have 150 followers, he/she will not hesitate to click a button and make the follower count 151. But if you have 5 followers, chances are that he/she will leave your blog, without becoming the sixth follower.

Now, use the above logic to understand the main logic: You could promote a blogging milestone, and earn a new blogging milestone. Say, you share a status update about getting 5000 likes on your Facebook page. That high number will surely convert any sceptic stalker who read your posts earlier and chose not to say anything about it. He/she will now start singing praises about you on social media, after ‘liking’ your Facebook page.

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Here are three tips on how to effectively use your hard-earned blogging milestone as a leverage to get more visibility and stats.

1. Use the original notification image: WordPress users get a notification from the website stating the particular blogging milestone. Add that image to your social media update. It lends credibility to your statement. The image looks familiar to every blogger/follower and you won’t have to prepare a creative edit!
Don’t forget to give a link to your blog ! Plus, this also works for Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / any other social media that came up between the time I scheduled the post and today.

 

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This was back in October 2016! I now have 170+ followers 🙂

 

For Blogger users, you can take a screenshot of the dashboard, where the stats overview displays the total page views. Does it still look like this? This screenshot is from 2015!

5000 pageviews

 

2. Combine it with a giveaway: You could celebrate the achievement of getting 1000 followers by sharing a copy of a book (or your own book) with 5 lucky winners. Or you could even give a gift coupon online. This way, the to-be followers will have an incentive to follow you: they’ll help you reach new targets (2000 followers?) There’s a post coming up on my blog on how to manage a giveaway. Do stay tuned!

3. Write a post about it: There’s nothing better than sharing a blogging milestone on the blog itself! Use tip number 1 and 2 along with this, and you have the perfect party!


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Wassup, happy readers! This post is written for the #AtoZChallenge, and this is the third year I’m participating in this challenge. Do keep cheering me on all through this month, as I’m hell-bent on scoring a hat-trick in 2017, at the age of 18! My theme for this year is : The Encyclopedia of Blogging Memories, Feelings and Lessons.

You can check out my #AtoZChallenge 2015 (Theme: Harry Potter and Hogwarts) and 2016 (Theme: Weird Words) posts, and support my awesomeness!

Here’s a special question for you to answer todayDo you like talking about your online achievements offline, and vice versa?

~The-Blogging-Curator

P.S.: To read more about Facebook psychology, check out this awesome post on the Buffer blog.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. DUUUUDE – another coincidence! This Nirvana song (different one, not Drain You) was blasting through my headphones when I came to this page, and what do I see!!!

    Anyway, moving on from that excitement…

    You know I really need to be a bit more narcissistic about my blogging milestones (I mentioned something similar on one of your other posts). And yes, I’ll look forward to that giveaway post. I’ve been wondering for a while…

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  2. jazzfeathers says:

    It makes sense. I’ve never done it, even I have already achieved a few milestones, but I think next time I’ll try… and see whether it words 😉

    @JazzFeathers
    The Old Shelter – 1940s Film Noir

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  3. sanchwrites says:

    I’ve achieved a lot of milestones but have stopped keeping track! On my personal blog, this is my 10th year blogging and it gets hard to keep up with all the milestones. But the tips you’ve given are certainly worthwhile. i must think about it for my 10th year I suppose

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  4. vinodinii says:

    I used to be excited about my milestones when I started blogging but off late I have become a bit complacent. You’ve inspired me to go and look at my stats now to get back to my previous vigour!

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  5. Lovely tips!!! We had always celebrated milestones but never thought of using it for publicity. We always felt happy in our own little world. Thank you.

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  6. upasna1987 says:

    Hey Mithila, I saw a post on the same lines from one of the Bloggers today but never thought of publicize my own achievements. I think it would help. I will try it next time. thanks for this.

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  7. psharmarao says:

    Milestones strangely stop mattering less, quality of communication more.

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  8. Shailaja V says:

    I like how you turn even narcissism into a positive thing 😉 While I do agree that sharing milestones may help to some extent, sustained quality of content and genuine comments/reading/feedback help a lot more (which you are excellent at, by the way). For my part, the emphasis on milestones has reduced, although it hasn’t vanished, if I am to be honest. I truly enjoy blogging now for the joy it brings me and my readers, by extension. You know what helps me, personally? The reading and sharing of other people’s content 🙂

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  9. I was narcissistic about my blogging milestones initially. But these days I guess I’ve just let go. Which is a very bad thing.

    But what matters now is that I write and some people do read it. I’m happy with that 🙂

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  10. Well, I think any excuse to have some cake is fine by me. 🙂 Maybe some coffee with it too…. (wanders off for cake) 🙂

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  11. My Era says:

    Ah! blogging milestones, they’ve never succeeded in exciting me enough to talk about them or rather to think about them longer than 2 seconds flat. Though I completely agree with all your tips cause I have seen them work for many blogs. Congrats on your booming follower count.
    Keep rocking girl!

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  12. Modern Gypsy says:

    Hmmm…makes a lot of sense to brag, though I’ve never done it. Maybe I should dig up some stats to brag about! 😉

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  13. deepagandhi says:

    Great tips Mithila. Especially sharing the blogging milestones on social media handles is surely helpful. I have never tried a giveaway but will wait for your detailed post to learn more about it.

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