Sunday, June 28, 2009

100 Followers-Do or Die

No, I do not have 100 followers yet. Yes I have beaten this subject like a dead horse. I'm starting to feel like the great aunt who always tells you about her health problems at a family reunion. I know you don't care and don't want to hear about it anymore, but how can you shut me up on this topic? I had a couple options I have been thinking about.

First, I had considered contacting the Make a Wish Foundation to help me but apparently I don't meet their criteria to qualify.

Second, I was going to follow Oral Robert's example and tell you all that I would be taken if I don't get 100 followers by the end of July. I felt guilty with this approach so I decided to use some really good posture instead and make a variation of that approach.

Finally, I decided that I am just going to shut this blog down at the end of July if I don't get 100 followers. This is not a hollow threat. I could hear Apollo Creed yelling "There is no tomorrow!" to me just as he did to Rocky as he was preparing to fight Mr. T. I am literally "burning the boats" with this commitment.

As part of my possible going out of business sale I am running a promotion. Any time you refer someone to my site and they sign up as a follower and they say you referred them, your name will be entered into a drawing. On July 31st (if I'm still here) I will select the lucky winner with the most referrals. I will do a very special post about the winner and will promote the crap out of their blog.

We only have a month to do this or you may never hear from me again. I promise to give you my best until then since it may be the last you hear from me.

32 comments:

Mary said...

Chaka, other than you've made it an important personal goal there's nothing magical about 100 followers. It doesn't significantly improve your chances of monetizing the blog -
that magic number is 1000. if you want to stop blogging that's fine, but it's a wonderful forum in which to hone your writing skills. Just my random thoughts...Mary

Girl Interrupted said...

Well I really like your idea ... except for that last bit about shutting down your blog! :( Nope, don't like the sound of that at all.

Jeanne said...

I'm also looking covetously at the 100 mark. I've calculated that if I could pull in 6 more followers, I'd have 10% of what Vodka Mom has.

I'll think about the referral. The problem is, that whole Oral Roberts deal really pissed me off.... Except, of course, you really mean it (I assume) and God's not making the threat, you are. So maybe it's okay.

Kristina P. said...

Wow, such threats! I will get on it!

Fancy Schmancy said...

As soon as I started reading I was thinking about pimping your blog out on my blog, but now there's a contest with Prizes! Wow. I hope all 56 of my readers can help out!

Kelly said...

Wow! You are really serious... What if I don't want you to promote the crap out of my blog? Is there a 2nd prize?

Kelly said...

Okay Chaka,
This should make you happy. I just gave you 3 more followers. My husband and 2 boys (who have alias names like you) are now signed up. That should give me some points!

Kelly

PS Don't expect them to comment or read though

Fancy Schmancy said...

Okay, it's up http://fancynancypantsinct.blogspot.com/2009/06/i-feel-for-you.html

Now, how about becoming one of my followers?

Gilligan said...

My two cents: Followers are great in a MySpace Facebook kinda way... but the real deal is page impressions and Google Page Rank. The number of Followers is more symbol than substance.

Raine said...

Hi there! I came via Fancy Shmancy - and I agree that it would be a shame for you to close shop because of the number 100. But, then again, it convinced me to read.

Sheri said...

Fancy sent me over via her Blog and I have bookmarked you! Please don't go away now that I have found you!

mo.stoneskin said...

Believe me, follower numbers are a bit odd anyway, you never get as many visitors as you have "followers". But anyway, you just got one more follower...

Shana said...

I came over from FANCY's.

(I only have 26 followers) boohoo to me!!

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Holy shit, this sounds like a ransom note.Have you been abducted??

Please don't hurt the blog, it was so innocent and good and always there for you....

Good luck dude-don't give up.

Massage MAN said...

I have no blog no followers no aspirations to reach for but I do need a good laugh at the end of the day which this commonly provides, even today! don't stop the laughter!

chaos37 said...

Fancy Schmancy sent me! Now don't go leaving your current 61 followers in the lurch, we did nothing to deserve that! You've got styles kid!

Roshni Mitra Chintalapati said...

hey! I'm trying to reach 50 here!!;)

LegalMist said...

Hey, I signed up to follow you. You won't notice my little avatar in your sidebar, 'cause it's the anonymous blogger fuzzy blue I'm-too-lazy-to-get-a-new-one avatar, so you have to scroll to the end of your list of followers to find me. But I'm there, I promise.

I'm enjoying your blog, and am glad Fancy Schmancy sent me your way.

And thanks for dropping by my blog, too.

Eric said...

Just think, if we all just create 100 accounts and follow, you would have like 6000 followers. Sweet.

Lady Jane said...

I came hear via Fancy. I was wondering if you go and comment on other blogs...its a great way for them to come and check out yours. You have to give the love to receive the love:) Good luck!

peewee said...

seriously? You even care? For real? I didn't peg you for the kind of guy that cared.

Or...are you being satirical? (is that a word? are you being all satire-like?)

Am confused. I've been writing for like 5 yrs on my blog and I don't even know how to track "followers" and I prob have 10. maybe 12.

DOn't you want QUALITY followers? Not quantity? People who would CRY if you went MIA?

get a grip chaka!

Mary (MEM) said...

Jared (JJ) has been following you all along, but he didn't realize he was following "anonymously".

He's now following publicly and even added a picture (Kramer) to his profile.

smiles4u said...

I was sent here by Jeanne from The Raisin Chronicles...I became a follower...hope she wins the prize! Hope you reach your goal!

Bee and Rose said...

Whoa nellie! Don't jump ship, Chaka! I will bust a move on my bloggy and give you a shout out! It looks like Kristina P is on it, so you should be rollin' in the followers soon!

Bobby G said...

That Apollo Rocky race was the Gayest ever!

Chaka said...

Bobby G-Especially since it was so obvious that Carl Weathers was running slow but trying hard to make it look like he was sprinting.

Me said...

I just clicked over from Bee and Rose! I don't want to see your blog go out of business! I'm signing up as your follower!

LT said...

Jumping on the band wagon via Bee and Rose too! I look forward to reading!
P.S. I am just anxiously awaiting number 36!

The Rambler said...

Coming over from Chicken Nugget's place.

Your hilarious AND I follow now. :)

Hillbilly Duhn said...

Came way of Chicken Nuggets of Wisdom.

I'll help by following you, can't see any good blog go to waste. However, I don't know what you're complaining about, you have like 80 some odd followers and that's more then what I got!! :)

DiPaola Momma said...

I see some of my Nuggety peeps have been by.. more that didn't BOTHER to give me my props, but hey I'm a mom, I'm used to it.. they never call their motha.. they don't write.. what, I'm chopped liver now or something? I only brought them into this blog after all. No thanks necessary.. Nuf Jewish mom yet?

Judi said...

I made my way to your blog (and your list of followers) via Fancy Schmancy. Another way you may be able to get those last few you need? Offer to follow anyone who follows you! You certainly better be following Fancy Schmancy. (I'm gonna go over to her site and make sure you are!)