I Totally Missed This

img_4606I never got any kind of notification from WordPress telling me that my blog had reached a significant milestone. I found out by scrolling down my blog’s stat page and discovering that, at some point on Wednesday (I think), I reached 2,000 followers. Woo hoo!

I admit that I was surprised that I didn’t get any notification. The last time I received a notification from WordPress was back in October when I was notified that my blog had reached 1337 followers. Now, almost six months later, I reach 2,000 followers and not a peep.

Maybe it’s because WordPress knows that I don’t actually have 2,007 people who are following my blog. Based upon regular interactions (e.g., likes and comments), I may actually have maybe two or three dozen people who are legitimately following my blog, since I never hear from probably 1,950 of my 2,007 “followers.”

Anyway, regardless of whether you really are a follower of my blog, or if you’re just someone who randomly or accidentally clicked “follow,” thank you.

On a different, yet related topic, didn’t WordPress used to have something it called a “trophy case,” where you could see all of the notifications for things like number of posts, likes, followers, etc. that you achieved? What happened to that? If it’s still around, I can’t figure out how to access it. Do any of you know?

77 thoughts on “I Totally Missed This

  1. myexpressionofthoughtsblog April 12, 2019 / 3:57 am

    Congratulations. Even I was surprised when I didn’t got the notification on reaching the milestone. But yes have the same feeling who actually following as compared to those who click accidentally.
    But a big congratulations on reaching your milestone and yes I enjoy reading your posts and love to participate in the word challenge whenever I am able to.

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  2. Sue Vincent April 12, 2019 / 3:59 am

    You stop getting the notifications after that odd 1337… and you’re right, the trophy case seems to have disappeared at some point. There is plenty of info on the stats pages though, especially if you click into each available heading.

    As to the followers… I gave up counting a long time ago when I realised how many just click follow and never visit or read anything. Not even all those who click ‘like’ bother to read…

    But the ones who keep coming back make all the difference.

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  3. Richmond Road April 12, 2019 / 4:01 am

    I know where you are coming from.
    At least 80% of my followers (that’s 13.75 people as of last Thursday!) make absolutely no contact with me. I choose to assume that they do, nevertheless, hang upon my every word but remain far too intimidated to engage in a one to one exchange.
    And I respect them for that.

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    • Fandango April 12, 2019 / 7:20 am

      I, for one, do hang on your every word. It’s rough on my neck.


  4. blindzanygirl April 12, 2019 / 4:03 am

    Hi Fandango. Congratulations. I think maybe another thing is that some people may read you but not Like or Comment. I do that quite often, as I do with everyone else. Mine is for valid teasons, as you know – blindness. But also I think this can probably happen anyway because I can get for instance over 200 vuews in a day, but maybe only a small number of Likes or Comments. So I know pwlple are feading at least. But wow, over 2000 Followers. That is great anyway.

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    • Fandango April 12, 2019 / 7:22 am

      You’re probably right, but it’s the interactions (likes and comments) that makes blogging so rewarding.


  5. Renard Moreau April 12, 2019 / 4:16 am

    🙂 Fandango, I would like to congratulate you on surpassing two thousand followers.

    In regards to the Trophy Case, I have not seen it since I came back to WordPress.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 12, 2019 / 7:23 am

      I think the WordPress folks must have dropped the trophy case. Oh well. Thanks for being one of my real followers, Renard.

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  6. Christine Bolton April 12, 2019 / 5:11 am

    Fantastic news! Congratulations! I find your blog very entertaining 🙂👍 I always figured about 10% actually ‘follow’ what we write 😑
    I’m not aware of a trophy case but that might have been before my time. Keep on writing!

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  7. Sadje April 12, 2019 / 5:52 am

    Congratulations 🎊🍾🎈🎉I don’t think that any of us have all those who click on follow, actually following us. It’s 50-100 people who read and comment or like the posts. That’s okay for me.

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    • Fandango April 12, 2019 / 7:50 am

      Thanks. It is a big number (at least for me, I know some bloggers have many times that number of “followers” who don’t actually read their posts).

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      • paeansunplugged April 12, 2019 / 8:20 am

        You are welcome. It is a huge number by any standards. Those actually reading blogs are the ones who motivate us to write everyday.

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  8. Cyranny April 12, 2019 / 6:23 am

    Congratulations for reaching the milestone, good Sir 🙂 I think we all are aware that not everyone who hits the ”follow” button eagerly reads everything we post, but still, this is a big step anyway! And I am glad to be one of these 2007 😉

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  9. Dorinda Duclos April 12, 2019 / 6:26 am

    Congratulations! I hit a significant milestone and WP never notified me either. I don’t know why. As for the trophy case, I’ve been here for 5 1/2 years and never heard of it!! LOL

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    • Fandango April 12, 2019 / 7:53 am

      Before I shut down my old WordPress blog three years ago, there was such a thing, but maybe they canned it because few people knew about it. Like you! 😉

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  10. Paula Light April 12, 2019 / 6:34 am

    Wow, that’s awesome! 🎉

    I have to go onto my laptop to really check out stats and stuff. I find the app and even the phone browser just doesn’t give me a full picture. But since I don’t care so much, I may do this once a month, if that. I like to see where people are referred from and any funny keywords that they use to find me.

    Regarding followers, yep same. The core readers like and comment with a few new ones joining in. The vast majority do nothing. I often don’t follow them back because their blogs are too impersonal and commercialized.

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    • Fandango April 12, 2019 / 7:58 am

      Thanks. I will go look at the sites for new followers, but I already follow around 170 other bloggers, so unless I’m really impressed by a new follower’s blog, it’s unlikely that I’ll follow it.

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  11. pensitivity101 April 12, 2019 / 7:55 am

    Congrats Fandango. I didn’t get a notification either. Maybe the WP counter stops at 1337.

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  12. Sight11 April 12, 2019 / 10:33 am

    So congrats Sensei, just logged in to read your post. As one of your followers I have to admit, your fan Base has got bigger and better.. Keep spreading that unique humour of yours…

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    • Fandango April 12, 2019 / 12:32 pm

      Hey Sight. How the hell are you? I was wondering if you might be coming back to blogging. Or are you just passing through?

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sight11 April 14, 2019 / 6:28 am

        Well I’m at work. It’s getting more and more busy for me. I want to blog, but not for just the sake to it, if you understand what I mean. P. S. I occasionally read your posts, and Jim’s and Allison too.. So you ate the lentils and flat bread yet?

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  13. rugby843 April 12, 2019 / 10:49 am

    I don’t check those things, so have no idea. I just put a third ad blocker on my phone to keep ads away on wp. We’ll see if it works. My wp engineers just repeat, pay or stay with ads. So I don’t check on their concepts anymore. Congrats on the followers and I agree, the regular ones that respond are the ones that count.

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    • Fandango April 12, 2019 / 12:40 pm

      Thank you for being one of the “regular ones.”


  14. Marilyn Armstrong April 12, 2019 / 12:14 pm

    I didn’t get a notice from them when I reached 10,000 followers and now it’s holding steady at 14,000. I also didn’t get a notice from them when I hit 100,000 views or 500,000 views and probably won’t hear anything at a million, either.

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    • Fandango April 12, 2019 / 12:44 pm

      Wow. 14,000 followers. That’s amazing. And I’m sure every one of them reads every single one of your posts every time. You should hit a million views any day now! 😉


  15. Marilyn Armstrong April 12, 2019 / 12:18 pm

    The Trophy Case vanished along with Freshly Pressed and the Daily Post and the Weekly Photo Challenge … am I missing anything? Probably. They only pay attention to you when you are new and they think they can get more money from you. After a while, meh.

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  16. The Haunted Wordsmith April 12, 2019 / 2:10 pm


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  17. The Haunted Wordsmith April 12, 2019 / 2:15 pm

    WP discontinued the trophy case in 2015

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  18. crushedcaramel April 12, 2019 / 5:54 pm

    That’s great! Well done Fandango 🙂
    I asked the WP engineers a couple of weeks ago a question and in response they told me I was marked as a spammer. They said they have changed that and since I have noticed more of my posts (past posts that I have published) have had views and likes. Other than that…I find it hard to look at my stats.

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  19. Laura April 12, 2019 / 6:53 pm

    I feel like I’ve dropped off the radar, too, when it comes to stats and such. They used to send me more alerts or something but whatever, I guess it just means I have to pay better attention. For what it’s worth I KNOW all of my “followers” aren’t visiting. Guess that’s the deal with blogging.

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  20. leigha66 April 12, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    2,000… that is great Fandango! I am feeling pretty proud with just recently crossing the 600 point, myself. Keep it up!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango April 12, 2019 / 11:32 pm

      Thanks. It is rewarding. I just wish more were “real” followers.

      Liked by 1 person

      • leigha66 April 13, 2019 / 9:05 am

        You’re welcome. If only there was a way to tell the difference.

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