I’ve always been an introvert. If you meet me at a social gathering, I’m the girl who quietly observes the crowd, occupying the room’s silent corners, and tries to avoid eye contact at all costs.
Small talks have never been my forte. I don’t drink or smoke, and drugs are not my thing either. I guess you could say, there isn’t much going for me really.
However, you encounter me one-on-one, and you’ll see a completely different side to me. Here, I’ll shower you with all my undivided attention. Tell you how well you’re doing, applaud your resilience, and encourage you to keep going.
And sometimes this encouragement from complete strangers has the potential to transform one’s life.
I was almost a year into blogging before I reached ten subscribers.
My first blog, ‘The Abundant Heart’, I dedicated to spiritual content. I wrote about yoga, meditation, manifestation — you name it.
One day, I received a private email. A young lady showed her admiration for my blog’s design. To my surprise, all she wanted to know was how I set up my website and made it look so pretty.
At first, I was disheartened. Why do I even bother? But then, I thought to myself, I mustn’t be so rude, and at least I should acknowledge her kindness.
Long story short, we exchanged a couple of emails. After helping the enthusiastic young lady set up her first website, she told me I should share this sort of content.
At first, I was reluctant to give up on my calling of ‘making the world a better place’. But then a thought hit me. What’s the point of churning out all this content that no one is reading?
Upon reflection, I discovered I had great fun helping the young girl with all the nerdy stuff — setting up a blog, connecting this and that, giving her design tips, and all that good stuff.
One day, not long before I said my final goodbye to the ‘Abundant Heart’, I published my first ‘how to’ tutorial on my spiritual website. Within 24 hours my page exceeded 5,000 views and my blog post was flooded with comments.
This was a very special moment. No one has ever commented on my articles before. My page views were around a couple of thousand a month. Nowhere near the 5000, it received in less than 24 hours.
The most important lesson my first subscriber taught me?
You might have heard the saying, “Build it and they will come”. I’m not too sure that’s always the way forward.
I believe in a slightly different approach nowadays.
“Ask them what they want. Build it. Watch them come.”
Some might disagree, but research is at the heart of every good content.
My three hundred spiritual posts didn’t do well on my website, but after doing some research, I found them a new home and now they are receiving the views they deserve.
I used to think that I had to be an expert before I could show someone how to do something. It’s a big fat lie.
If I had to sum up the two biggest lessons this one subscriber taught me, it would be these:
What are your thoughts? Have your subscribers taught you any lessons?
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