Monday, September 14, 2009

A better perspective

A couple of days ago, my 12-year-old son was looking at my computer and said, "Mom! You've got 100 followers! You should do something to celebrate."

"Oh, having 100 followers is not that many," I answered. I was thinking, of course, of some of my favorite bloggers, who have followers numbered in the thousands.

"Yes it is a lot," he persisted. "I only have one."


What was I thinking? This sweet boy of mine has started his own blog. His blog is devoted entirely to Lego products. He's writing his heart out, taking lots of photos, spending every dime he can earn on new Legos and then reviewing him for the reading public. Except that he has no readers. And yet he continues, because he's passionate about Legos, and he wants to share that passion with anyone who would care to read what he writes.

He's right. 100 followers is a lot. Who am I to think it's not a lot, just because a number of bloggers have many more? It's still amazing to think that there are 100 people who have read my blog and have liked it enough to sign up as followers. It's very humbling, really.

Just as it's humbling to hear the truth, once again, out of the mouths of babes.

Unwrapped this Tuesday with Emily at Chatting at the Sky

24 comments:

southerninspiration said...

I well remember celebrating when I got 100 followers, thinking to myself, who REALLY wants to regularly read what I have to say???? It IS noteworthy....it's kind of like sitting in the coffee shop and having a large number of friends pass by who stop to chat a minute......compared to sitting by yourself and not having anyone to chat with......not so bad, but sure is nicer to know many just feel it worth their while to come by and see what's going on in your world....that's nice, don't you think???? I sure do...and bless your son's heart; my boys used to LOVE legos! And how cute that he wants to blog about it. I suppose he doesn't want a bunch of mammas following him, though!! LOL...
Take care and have a great day!

Suzanne

pk said...

It's all relative isn't it? I remember when I started just hoping that I would get ONE follower and then I see people who have thousands and think - oooohhhh... It is so nice that those 100 take time out of their day to see what we have to say though, isn't it? Pretty cool. Congratulations! Love your blog.
pk @ room remix

emily said...

A lego blog! I love it. I especially love the way your mama heart described his passion for it. So dear. Thanks for sharing this, Richella. Made me smile :)

Stacie said...

I'd be doing the happy dance at 100 followers-Congratulations! And tell your son to keep it up, and share his blog address, I am intrigued now to know exactly what all you can build with Legos!

Kimba said...

Your son is a wise boy. It IS all relative. I clearly remember reaching 100 followers. It's a big deal.

You know what's funny? I have a fairly large number of followers and there are still days when I look at someone else and think, "WOW! I would love to have that many!"

I guess we all have lessons to learn about contentment. Thanks for sharing

togetherforgood said...

Sounds like you have a very wise boy there. :)

Denise said...

Wow, 100 followers, I'm happy with 30 something, and I get even happier when I see someone else has added me to their favs.
I thought you were going to give your sons blog so we could go read his reviews ;) I have a daughter, but we have some Lego, I'd be interested to learn more about them.

"Blossom" said...

That's wonderful: I'm short two followers. But your son is right.
It's amazing what kids can teach us.

Kelli said...

Children have a unique way of helping us "see" things! My 5yo loves legos and would be a follower of your son if he was old enough!!LOL!

Dawn said...

i think 100 followers is amazing! really amazing! (just think, i have been doing this 1 1/2 yrs and have 28!)

i love that your son was the one to show you another perspective :)

and... i am betting my 12 year old son would love to read about your sons legos!!!

Boy Crazy said...

I"m thinking I have a 6 year old over here who might enjoy checking out a lego blog.... :)

What a sweet story of you and your son being proud of each other and encouraging each other. I'm so glad I discovered your blog so I can get a little glimpse ahead -- my boys are so little and it's lovely to read about your relationship with your son. Thanks for sharing. :)

Kristi said...

I know a few little boys who would be very interested in your son's lego blog. Can you give me his site so I can pass it along to them? If you prefer to email it I am kristidorman at gmail dot com
Thanks.

Terri said...

I love how your son blogs to share his joy rather than get followers. Great lesson there! Congratulations on your 101st follower! (I just have 10... but that's not why I blog!!) Blessings!

GSSSoniaF said...

Count me as one of the hundred, love your blog! and I have an 8 year old Lego Lover. we'll have to find your son's blog, it will be a nice break from having to look at the newest Lego mag or catty again, again and again!
Sonia

Amy {The Red Chair Blog} said...

Congrats on your follower milestone!

Your story about your son made me smile. I'm curious whether you're his one follower, or whether a friend of his signed up? Blogging is such a fascinating medium for reading, writing, photography, and connecting--neat that your son already sees that and also that he is passionate about something. Not everyone has a passion!

Question about your pumpkin bread recipe: ever tried it as muffins, and if so, how to adjust the oven temp and time?

Loving this cooler weather here in Cary (well, in the mornings at least!)

Amy

9405018--Pat said...

congratulation 100 Followers....Pat H

jojo said...

I am a long way off from having 100 followers but I distinctly remember getting #1..;p

Tara Rison said...

The things our children teach us ~ and they don't even know it!

melissa * 320 Sycamore said...

What a sweet boy~ and isn't that the whole picture~blogging about what we're passionate about, regardless of the number of followers? Loved this, Richella!

HeathahLee said...

I would think 100 followers was a LOT! : ) And I also think that your son having a blog is great! Kiddo loves Legos...I might even let him on the computer once in a while to read your son's blog! : )

btw, I have a little something for you at my blog!

Kristi said...

Oh yes! Please do share the Lego blog address. My 10 year old son would love to follow it! And such a blessing to 'know' who the author is. :) Congratulations on the milestone too! I've been blessed, challenged and/or encouraged every time I've 'dropped by.' Please continue for a few hundred thousand more, Lord willing.

Sharone said...

Congratulations on 100+ followers! I love your son's passion for Legos - it's just precious. Maybe precious isn't the word he's going for - if he asks what people think, tell him I said it was just the coolest thing I've ever heard. ;)

Thanks for sharing this story. :)

julie said...

wow! congrats on a 100! i only have 14 but i just started! i too have a boy who loves legos! i know he would love to read your sons blog!

Bonnie said...

I feel your son's pain although honestly? I kind of like only having 1 follower... less pressure to write unless I feel like writing. In all honesty? I'd love to know your son's blog. I have a 9 year old who is head over heels for Legos and would probably really enjoy reading your son's blog.

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