The Mighty 100 Celebration

What a weekend this turned out to be. First, I was blessed with two awesome awards from fellow bloggers, then my blog achieved the milestone (for me) of reaching 100 followers. When 2010 began, my goal was to have 100 followers by the end of the year. I achieved that goal by the end of the first month. Talk about setting your sights too low.

It’s not all about the numbers though, is it? No. It’s about reaching out, to other aspiring writers, to accomplished authors who are compelled to share their experience, and to those who simply enjoy the turn of a phrase and an occasional witticism. But it’s also about what we get in return. The feedback, the encouragement, the inspiration, and the support…all invaluable.

As I started approaching the magic number, I found myself wondering what I should discern from reaching my goal? That I read a whole lot of blogs? That is the easiest way to garner readers, just follow their blogs. You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours. Although gratifying, it’s not entirely satisfying. My true goal, one that is only remotely associated with numbers, is the tingle factor. When thinking about your own list of followed blogs, I bet there are a select few that stir excitement in you when that update notification pops up in your reader. So much so that you can hardly wait until there’s a quiet moment to read it. The anticipation is because you know you’ll be treated to something that will either further your personal growth, brighten your day, or touch your emotions. That’s the tingle factor, and that’s what I want to strive for. I believe you can’t really gauge that by just the number of followers, but it’s hinted at in the amount and quality of comments you receive from your postings. Can you write something that would awaken even the lurkers? A perfect grade would be one comment, per follower, per post. A standard that is too high? I don’t think so, not if I am to become the writer I hope to be!

So, you all know what reaching a 100 followers means, right? Yep, a party! One with prizes. I’m not calling it a contest, because it really isn’t. It’s more of a celebration. I’d like to give each and every one of you something as a reward, but Oprah I’m not. What I can do is give to a gift to a lucky two. That’s right, two. The first, a $25 gift certificate to Amazon, will be awarded to one of my original 100. The second, a $15 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble, is open to new and old alike.

Here are the rules and guidelines. You must be a follower to Cruising Altitude and leave a comment to this post to have your name thrown into the pot. If you’re one of the mighty 100, you will automatically receive two points, new follower’s one point. If you post about Cruising Altitude on your own blog (so make sure to tell me about it) you’ll receive another point. If a reader of your blog becomes a follower here as a result of your posting (they have to mention you directly, in their first posting), yet another point to you. Oh yeah…family members are excluded (let the grumbling begin). I’ll announce the lucky winners on Monday, February 8th.

Thank you all…for letting me stand upon your shoulders.

DL

45 comments

  1. Congrats!! What a pleasant surprise to hit that milestone so quickly. :)

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  2. I got part way through your post and then thought I'd like to add myself as a follower; I like the way you write and what you write about reminds me of myself!

    Then I got to the end of the post and thought, 'Man, you're goooood!" - Very smart idea with the celebration. Awesome!

    p.s. I'm going to add you to my blog because I will be back!

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  3. Sounds like a great way to celebrate to me! I am glad I started following your blog a few weeks ago, especially because I have found so many blogs through yours.

    So, old follower I am. +2.

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  4. Congratulations! It took me 3 1/2 months to get my first 100 followers. In the 3 weeks since that time I've added 35. Seems like they start coming faster after you've passed 100. Good luck to you!

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  5. Well, congrats on your 100 followers.I follow all kinds of blogs for all different reasons....I am kind of ADD so I have to spread my interests around! The only problem is trying to get around to them all in a timely manner.

    Anyway...happy to be a part of the lucky 100!

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  6. I'm all atwitter after reading that. Nay, I don't tweet. I'm all atingle. That's the desired outcome, no?

    Congratulations on 100. I can't imagine that many people caring what I have to say, so well done.

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  7. Congratulations!

    I am already a follower.

    And while a lot of followers is cool, I measure the value of my blog in terms of comments. It's the interaction that matters more.

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  8. I think you should start up a Tingle Award. ;)

    I'm glad you reached your goal, and that you've set a new one! (One comment per post per follower? :D ) I've just been so happy to find this community of writers in the same place in their career as me to know that other people are on this journey of hopes and fears and great ideas.

    Looking forward to the next 100 Follows. ...I think that makes sense :D

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  9. Yay! Congrats! I can't wait to reach 100 so i too can throw a party/contest.
    I will write a blog post about your party this afternoon.
    Fun to be had by all!

    PS - my WV is "Prose". Fitting, eh?

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  10. I really enjoy your blog, and have been reading for awhile now! I understand what you mean by getting excited about certain blogs having new posts, as I feel that way about yours! I just love the way you write, and the humor is awesome! Do you have any advice for new bloggers? I started a blog a few months ago and have had trouble.....writer's block, maybe? Congratulations on 100 followers!!!

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  11. Wow, that was quick, and well deserved. I'm still striving to get into double digits, haha!

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  12. Yay! Congrats on the 100+! I'm definitely an old follower :) Smart idea for the contest to simply have a gift card, it appeals to everyone. Darn, I should have thought of that :)

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  13. Hey, I just stopped by to let you know I tagged you on my blog, and look! A contest! Thanks! And congrats on the 100... I wonder if I'll break 20!

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  14. I'll follow you regardless.
    Congrats on your awards! You deserve them.

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  15. Congratulations good sir! I'm glad to be a part of your writing blog. Keep the posts coming!

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  16. Congrats for hitting triple digits! You certainly have far more to say than I do, that's for sure. I'm just excited that I have a handful of people outside my immediate circle of contacts who are following my SF reviews now.

    I have to say I look forward to your cheerfulness, because it brightens my day when I'm not feeling good.

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  17. Congrats on your awesome 100 Followers milestone! I'm happy to add myself to the list working its way to 200 :)) Thanks so much for following my blog, as well. I look forward to reading much more from you!

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  18. Shelli ~ How appropriate is it that my first follower from the blogging community is also my first commentor? Your congrats is special!

    Karen ~ Thank you...and sure was.

    Erin ~ I appreciate it. I'll check out your blog tonight. Something to look forward to.

    Jonathon ~ Happy to be a conduit. Points noted. Good luck.

    Lee ~ Let's hope I can keep them all interested.

    Holly ~ I enjoy your blog a lot. Thank you.

    Matt ~ It won't take them long. Y

    Diane ~ I agree...interaction is what its all about.

    Jess ~ That's an idea. Goals are important, but measuring ourselves against them shouldn't be a pass/fail.

    Falen ~ I'm looking forward to the party already!!

    MB ~ I love it when long time followers de-lurk! Blogging advice...hmmmmmmmmm. My best advice is to not set some goal where you feel you have to blog something everyday. Write something when the urge compels you. There will be days when you'll have ideas for five or six posts, go ahead and write them but spread out the post. It does get easier with practice...just like writing.

    Elena ~ "If you write it...they will come."

    Tiana ~ Use it for your 200th. It won't be too long. :)

    Krista ~ THANK YOU! I have no doubt you'll reach your goal.

    G~ That is sweet.

    VW ~ Thank you sir!

    Jaleh ~ There are plenty of people who spout a lot of words, but don't have anything to say. I hope I'm not one of those. :)

    Nicole ~ Welcome on-board and I look forward to sharing idea's.

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  19. Hi, I am now following your blog via the google thingy; however, I've been getting it in my feeder for longer.

    Congrats on your 100 followers! How long have you had your blog?

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  20. That is so exciting! Congratulations, again...:) Thank you for following my blog. Your posts are great, just so you know. Good luck with your writing journey.

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  21. I just started following you last week. (That sounds creepy...I promise I don't have shifty eyes.) When your next post popped up, at first I thought, "Who's that?" Then I thought, "Oh, yeah! Yay!" And I got that tingle. I'm seriously not just sayin' that. Congrats on the followers. It means you're doing a great job. Keep it up!

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  22. Happy to have found you! You can thank Falen for the lovely mention ;) Congrats on your 100+ followers!

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  23. 'The tingle factor'. I love that. It's so true! Congrats on your 100.

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  24. How cool is THIS?!?!? Very, very fun.

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  25. Congrats, DL! I know exactly how you feel. I didn't really start writing in my blog until October 2009, and less than three months later, I also hit the 100 followers milestone. But among all of the blogs I follow, there are a select few that hold the tingle factor and I can only hope that my blog holds the same for others.

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  26. Kellie ~ Thanks for coming in from the cold. LOL You never do know how many followers you have that get the feed in a different way. Hmmmmmm...have to consider that.

    Chasing the Moon ~ Thank you very much. And ditto to you.

    Kristie ~ I took a closer look at your profile pic. Those eyes look shifty to me. :) Thanks also for giving a great big Cheshire cat grin too.

    Carolina ~ Hi and welcome. That Falen is special.

    Eva ~ Isn't it though. Thank you.

    Tess ~ I know...very cool!

    Julie ~ Your blog is one of the ones that make me tingle.

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  27. Congrats on your 100 followers (lucky you!)! And I love the celebration idea. So, by the end of the year you'll have like, oh I don't know, a 1000 followers right??? ; )

    Wouldn't that be nice!

    congrats!

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  28. Happy to have found you! Congratulations on hitting 100. I love meeting new people too!

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  29. Kimberly ~ I don't see how bloggers with that many followers stay connected with them. It's gotta be a Double-edged sword.

    Anissa ~ I agree totally! Nice to meet you. And thanks.

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  30. Congrats on reaching 100 friends on here! I can't wait to get to my 100...it does feel cool. And oh, I always look forward to your comments! They really do encourage me, and always at a time I need encouragement!

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  31. What a great day to find your blog.
    Congratulations!! Looking forward to what's next up for you. Goals are good. As are not always following them, for always setting a new path.
    Enjoy yours!

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  32. Hi there, again! I linked you in my blog! :) I only have one follower, thank you, but I do have family and friends that keep me book marked! Thanks again for awesome reading material! :)

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  33. FUN!

    I'm part of the mighty 100! +2
    Giving your contest a shout on my blog today! +1
    kristinrae023@gmail.com

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  34. Way to go! 100 followers in a month is CRAZY! Congrats.

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  35. Kelly ~ Thank you. It IS totally cool! And I do take commenting on other blogs serious...not like a drive by shooting. That is part of what you sign up for when you commit to be part of this blogging community.

    JD ~ So nice to meet you as well!

    Mary Beth ~ Thanks bunches! Every list starts with one.

    Kristin ~ You ROCK!!

    Natalie ~ You're right, totally NUTS!

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  36. 100 peeps, I'm so close. Congrats on the milestone.

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  37. BTW...I'm now following and I blogged about your contest...and like a whole bunch others too. ;)

    http://asquirrelamongstlions.blogspot.com/2010/02/blog-lovin-all-around.html

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  38. congrats and yeay I was one of the 100! woot! Great contest!

    Sincerely,
    Emma Michaels
    SincerelyEmmaM@yahoo.com

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  39. Woo Hoo! 100 - congrats! What a great post - I think we all aspire to the tingle... Enjoying your blog!

    Way to go :o)

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  40. One-eyed Girl ~ That's awesome...and convenient! More free lovin for you.

    Emma ~ Yes you were, and I'm honored you chose me.

    Erica ~ Aspire to the Tingle. I like that! Thank you.

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  41. Congrats on all the followers. And it really is about making new friends and reaching out, isn't it? That's why I love blogging so much.

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  42. You know what? I think this was my favorite post by you so far. It most definitely gave me the *tingle* factor and had you watched me as I read you would have seen my head nodding in agreement the entire time. Good stuff.

    I actually came to say thanks for the great comment you left on my post today. I'm sure you could tell I needed it and instead of just replying and wondering if people read it I thought it would be nice to tell you myself! So thank you for the quality words of encouragement and shared frustration! Like you, if I dread going it's more because of the people and never the criticism..the criticism I love...it makes me grow stronger. I just need a better group to give it. So yeah..I'm quitting and looking around.

    BUT now that I'm here and there happens to be a contest...WEEEE! Enter me, enter me!

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  43. Congrats on reaching 100! I'd love to be entered.
    Warmest,
    Cami

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  44. Congrats on reaching 100! I was thrilled with my first 3, lol... and now the numbers are beginning to climb. It's fun to have a network of people with the same passion, isn't it?

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