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How To Determine Who Your Real Followers Are

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Sooner or later, whether you like it or not, you’re going to find yourself wondering, “Who are my real followers?”

Sometimes I see these blogs where the author has gained a following of 2,000…or 20,000, or even 120,000.  That’s a LOT of followers, and I dream of having that many.  That being said, it’s interesting to note that these blogs only merit about 15-70 Likes per post.  You might think, “What’s wrong with that?  70 Likes is a lot!”  But compare that to the number of followers.   If you have 10,000 followers, and you only get 70 Likes…wouldn’t you be disappointed?  Shouldn’t you be getting…hmm, maybe at least a couple thousand Likes, assuming that other few thousand weren’t online that day?

What’s going on here?

All right, I’ll admit, we could get crazy with the statistics of blogging; maybe it’s not fair for me to say that only 70 people care about your blog when you have 2000 followers, just because you got only 70 Likes.  Maybe those 70 Likes consist of 70 different people each time you publish a post, so from that perspective, you really might have a huge following, depending on how many people are online on different days.

Whatever the case, that’s what this post is about: recognizing that Likes aren’t love, for better or for worse (I just made a political pun and a marriage pun right there!).

Why?

When someone Likes a post of yours, they don’t necessarily need to View it.  You don’t need to go far to see what I’m talking about.  In your Reader, you can see that–without having to click and OPEN a post–you can press the Like button.  And you don’t even have to know what you’re Liking.  You can appear to be a faithful follower, but in reality, you’re just going through the motions.

People can and have done this to me multiple times.

How do I know?  How do YOU know?  Well, go to your Stats page.  Heck, just go to your “Blog Posts” page, where you can see your most recently published articles.  You should be able to see the number of Likes, Comments…and yes, Views!

Does the number of Views outweigh the Likes?  If it does, then great job!

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Now, the people who Liked your post STILL might not have Viewed it.  We can’t tell if the people who Liked also Viewed.  But still, the number of Views is more important, because in order to tally Views…well, someone has to actually open up your post!  Which means it’s more likely that they read it.  Which means it’s more likely that they care.

And bingo.  You’ve found your true followers.

You’re followers are the people who read your posts, not Like them.  Because you can Like without reading.  

Monitor your Views.  If they are lower than your Likes, try to change that.  Work hard to make posts that are attractive and that really draw people in.  Make your writing desirable and View-worthy.  It’s easy to Like something.  It’s harder to View.  Which means Views are worth more.

What do you think?

Elithius 1.1

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Elithius is the fantasy universe I created; it’s also the name of my book series.  Elithius, as a universe, is home to three races: men (who are called Knights), women (who are called Beloved),  and “Evil” (who are called Malam).  It is also home to three worlds, which are connected by portals: The Golden Lands, the Gray Lands, and the Dark Lands.

I created the Golden Lands to be a sort of “Hobbiton” or “Shire”, maybe even a “Tatooine”.  You know, a safe, happy place, where people live in a magical world, but unaffected by any dark sides to that magical-ness.  That being said, the Golden Lands is far from perfect.   It’s SUPPOSED to be a place of “light, happiness, and peace”.  There are virtually no individual nations, no boundaries; wealth and property is meant to be shared.  It is a place of “harmonious anarchy”.

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But then we see how Evil are beginning to infiltrate the Golden Lands.  We see that this world isn’t so perfect after all.  Children are still neglected and abandoned by their parents.  There are still bullies.  There are still lascivious boys and girls.  The Golden Lands aren’t really so great after all.  This is where the story of Elithius begins.

The Gray Lands, as a singular world, is basically like a massive war zone.  It’s where the forces of light and dark collide (thus the name “gray”).  The number of Evil in the Gray Lands challenges the number of humans.  The Gray Lands is steeped in characters with magical/supernatural abilities, which they’ve developed for the purpose of combating the Evil.  It’s in the Gray Lands that the greater part of Elithius takes place, since there’s so much conflict and action abounding in this world.  It’s always cloudy in the Gray Lands, and there’s nothing exciting or serene about the scenery.

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Not much is known about the Dark Lands (also called “Night”).  No smart human ventures there.  This is where the Evil seem to come from, and this is also where the Evil seem to take humans that they capture.  The darkest and most powerful of Evil, the “Ultra Malam”, rarely exit the Dark Lands (fortunately for the people of the Gray Lands!), simply because they hate being in the light.  But when things get bad in the Gray Lands, and the battles get intense…well, you can expect a few Ultra Malam to show up.

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this image is not mine, but it does a good job representing both the feel of the Dark Lands, and the feel of Ultra Malam!

I thought this was a cool set-up for my fantasy world because it enabled me to have everything I wanted.  I could have places of peace, where the peace could be destroyed.  I could have places where the world was war-ridden.  And I could have places where only the darkest of monsters thrived.

Three worlds all in one universe!  Seemed like a good plan 😉

What do you think of the “layout” of Elithius?  All thoughts and opinions are welcome!

Elithius 1.0

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Elithius is the new name of my fantasy series, which was previously called “The Golden Lands”.   “The Golden Lands” sounds too happy and peaceful, when, in reality, the story is a dark, fast-paced tale of vengeance, destiny, and supernatural powers.  Elithius is also the name of the universe in which the Golden Lands reside, and I thought that “Elithius” was a cooler, more epic name for my series.  So it all makes sense 😉

What’s the plot of Elithius?

Here’s my logline:

John Hedekira and his friends must track and rescue Cassie and Luke, John’s little sister and brother, before they can be taken and sacrificed to the God of Death by Nirak, the Red Captain.

Well, that’s the general plot of the first book.  Maybe that sounds too simple of a story, but there are plenty of obstacles in the way of John and his friends.  They have to fight the minions of the God of Death, John is being hunted by a serial killer, and the clock is ticking, hanging over their heads, a constantly reminding them that if they don’t save Cassie and Luke in time…well, then Cassie and Luke will be sacrificed to the God of Death.

I will admit, maybe the plot sounds a little TOO dark.  But the story has too many feel-good and silly moments for the overall FEEL to be dark and disturbing.  The plot is…intense, yes, but that doesn’t mean the story is some horrifying form of fantasy.

There’s still a lot of work to be done before I can present Elithius as a full-fledged novel.  I’m excited to reedit my work and get a new cover; my series is getting a total makeover!  It should be awesome by the time it’s finished 😉

Thoughts?  What do you think of my log-line?