When I set today's challenge up at the end of yesterday's post, I thought to myself: Oh god, that's going to be a hard one! I am not graced with much patience, you know, and especially these days with a baby, a toddler, 2 high-maintenance dogs, a whiny cat and a husband (who again left his coffee cup on the counter), my patience seems to be running a bit low.
So, today was indeed a challenge. But...it paid off! When I logged on to my blog dashboard this morning, I gathered that I had gained 2 followers overnight, yet the number of followers on my dashboard and on my blog were the same as last night: 46. Huh? I tried everything: refreshing the page, emptying out the cache, opening everything in a different browser, restarting the computer, nothing seemed to get the 46 turned into a 48. As I was trying more things and more things didn't work, I felt my patience quickly being reduced from medium to ULTRA-low. And as my patience went down, my blood pressure went up.
Then, I decided to let it go. I'd figure it out later. Or not. But damnit, I really wanted to see that '48', not the '46'. Sigh.... No, I'd move on with my day and figure it out later. Really. REALLY. Later came and later went, but I didn't figure it out. The kids went down for a nap, they woke up, I still hadn't figured it out.
I figured that since it happened miraculously overnight that new followers didn't show up on my page anymore, so maybe the problem would fix itself overnight as well. I mean, a mommy can believe in miracles, can't she?
I had sent out an email to a few fellow mommy bloggers and got some good feedback and tips, but unfortunately nothing helped. Until...at the end of the day there was the 1 tip that did the trick. Thanks Diane!! The 2 followers who didn't show up were following me 'privately', meaning their photo doesn't show up on my followers' list. There was the ahah-moment and the realization that 'patience' had paid off.
That does bring me to a question for the more seasoned bloggers among us:
Why do people choose to follow privately and not publicly?
Well, on that note, here's tomorrow's challenge:
To be co-operative means to have a quiet eye for what is needed and contribute accordingly. To be a support at the right time, in the right place.
Click here for the 'pause - think - act' elements of the challenge.