Thankyou… 10’000x

This post contains Many Things.

It contains the reasons my website went from having zero to 10’000+ followers in the span of two years.  It contains some of the key lessons that I have learned during the time I have been blogging.  And it contains exciting news.

But, most of all…

This post is the biggest ‘Thankyou’ I could fashion and put out into the world.

Shall we?…

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This blog was born in the faraway distant days of March 2013.

When it started it had a follower count of 5.  All of whom were people I knew.  All of whom were based in the same country.  One of which was my Mom (who still reads every post – Hey Ma!)  This weekend jamesradcliffe.com welcomed it’s 10’000th follower to a community which now spans 170+ countries around the globe.  So what changed in the interim?  Or, said differently: How the fuck did that happen? 😉

Good questions.  Here are the three main reasons I believe this website has grown and spread to the degree it has.

#1  For me: writing articles about things I care about, sharing them, and engaging in dialogue with people that I connect with thru them, is an end in itself. 

When I started the blog ostensibly it’s dual purpose was: to document the process of making my first record, and to find the people who connected with my music.  It was, very definitely, a means to an end.  But gradually, over time, the focus of the whole enterprise subtly shifted until: crafting articles about the things I care about, sharing them, and having the real connection and dialogue with a community became, not the means to something, but the end in itself.

Said differently: I do this for it’s own sake.

#2   I work very hard to make sure that every single thing I post: Adds Value, and is of the Highest Quality Possible.

In terms of writing this means that each post: says something worth saying, and says that Thing as well as I am able to.  If something doesn’t fit both criteria then, altho I may still write it, I wont post it.  I’d rather wait and be quiet until I have something of substance to say.  This focus on quality extends thru to the site as a whole.  I guard its integrity jealously.  I have turned down many, many offers from people who wish to monetize it in some way (mostly advertising) and I pay money from my own pocket to keep it clean and ad-free.

#3 The third and final reason is:  the form fits with my natural inclinations.

I love to write.  I love to make Things.  I love to share those things with people, like gifts.  And I love to connect and exchange.  I naturally spend a great deal of my time, energy and focus doing these things.  Because of this, blogging is a medium which massively plays to my strengths.  And be aware that, if these things aren’t your particular strengths, it’s no big deal.  Simply ask yourself what it is that you naturally do, where you can add most value, then find the existing medium which already best fits your own unique expression and go there.

Because the truth of the matter is, with all due respect to the subject matter of this article, your follower count is never going to be anywhere near as important as the depth and the quality of connection that you share with each person as an individual.

Which brings me, finally, to the real crux of this article.  Because if you are reading this post, if you have listened to or paid for my music, or if you are one of the people who have followed this blog over the last two years, then I want to say something to you, and you alone:

Thankyou.

10’000 times

Thankyou.

– J


My name is James Radcliffe and I am a 100% audience supported independent artist.  If you like what I do (and can afford it) then please consider buying some of my music.  Each purchase really makes a big difference to me and 10% of every sale goes to a charity which: houses, feeds, clothes, and educates orphaned children in Nepal.

Also, every month I send out a newsletter packed with Interesting and Exclusive Things.  If you sign up today you’ll also get 3 FREE tracks of my music as a welcome gift.

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And lastly, if you’d like to find out what I’m up to on a more day-to-day basis then here is my brain on Twitter:

114 Comments

    1. Hey there,
      You are very kind.
      Best advice I can give you is: forget about likes and followers. Simply concentrate on making things that are the best things you can make. If you do that, the rest will follow.
      – J

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  1. Wow! I’m a newbie in blogging and now I’m thinking if I would be able to reach that number of followers. I love expressing myself and what I love to do through writing but my writing skills sucks so sometimes I’m not confident with this writing-hobby.

    I really can relate to “I’d rather wait and be quiet until…” Sometimes, I force myself to write just because I promised myself to post once or twice a week, but then I realize while reviewing my draft that it’s not worth posting. It is very important that you’re really into it.

    This post is very inspiring. I feel that I can learn more from you. You earned a new follower 🙂

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    1. Hey there,
      First, thanks for taking the time to write to me – I appreciate it 😉
      Number of followers can be exciting, but better is when you really connect with someone because of something that you have shared which is really honest and authentic. I think, if you focus on that, then followers will not be a problem. 😉
      Thanks for stopping by, and for following. #NowWeAreLegion 😉
      Have a great day.
      – J

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  2. Congratulations! How refreshing that you say that the follower count doesn’t matter but instead it’s the quality with each follower. Great job!

    I’m new here. I created Real Life Natural Wife almost one week ago. I enjoyed reading your blog. I hope you’ll come by mine and let me know what you think.

    Enjoy the day!

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  3. Inspirational post man, I’m just getting started blogging and don’t have many followers just yet but to hear an amazing blogging success story/experience story like this one is very refreshing. I’m just starting to get a taste of feeling how blogging just for the sake of interaction and getting thoughts across to people can be cathartic and its own reward absent everything else. It’s something special really, hoping that feeling can continue to grow. And congratulations on your 10,000+ followers! Definitely digging the flow of this blog, keep at it! Here’s another follow 🙂

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    1. Hey there,
      Thanks a lot, I am really glad that you took something from it.
      In my experience, that feeling of putting stuff out into the world, and then connecting with people that resonate with it, just keeps getting better and better, so more power to you. 😉
      Hope the day is treating you kindly,
      Be well,
      – J

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    2. Hey James, thanks for looking at my site and in checking you out, I want to say I totally agree with this comment too. I’m very new at this and your encouragement and advice is definitely inspiring for me. Thank you and from what I can tell in your blogs and your followers that you so deserve all success and as a stranger I wish you only the best and all of the success and recognition your work deserves. So ThAnK YoU! 🙂

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  4. I am very happy for you, James, it´s been a pleasure following your blog and getting to know you by and by, you are a great guy – it´s always fun and very inspiring chatting with you. I wish life wasn´t as busy as it is presently so there´d be more time for the chatting.
    Keep enjoying what you do and your tribe will be there and growing even further, no matter what 😉
    Have a great weekend and celebrate your achievement

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    1. Beautiful Cris,
      Thankyou very much, I am very happy for both: your comments, and to hear your voice 😉
      You are one of the Hardcore tho 😉 You have been there from the very beginning. You are a rock star.
      Anytime you fancy chatting, you know where I am.
      Big love,
      – J

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  5. I have no idea when I’ll attain that huge number of followers (100 years?), but man, I really appreciated the depth your feeling and I feel well and truly thanked 🙂 Like you, I really like writing, sharing and connecting, and you’re doing a fabulous job of it. Best wishes on your musical journey!

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    1. Hey there,
      First, thanks a lot for your kind words, they mean a lot to me. Just keep at it, keep being as honest as you can and let the other stuff take care of itself.
      Best wishes to you too, I appreciate you taking the time to reach out and connect. 😉
      More power to you,
      – J

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  6. Well done mate, and well said. I think your work, both written and musical, carries authenticity which I must say is rare these days in the world of Facebook, Twitter etc. That shines through, and people instinctively recognise value in that. Small wonder your numbers have skyrocketed. Keep onward and upward, (sorry for the cliche but it is apt). Tony

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    1. Thanks so much Tony, you are very kind and I really appreciate it.
      You are, of course one of the super-hardcore who were there at the beginning.
      I will not forget. 😉
      Big love to you Sir, Hope your day and life is going superbly,
      – J

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  7. You’re welcome! And thank you for sharing your immense gifts and wisdom. In this thank-you, I especially like the standard you keep: “…each post: says something worth saying, and says that Thing as well as I am able to.” Just that. Perfect. Glad to be one of your followers!

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    1. I am very humbled by this. Thankyou so much.
      Yours, and other comments like yours are just blowing my mind.
      Thanks for taking the time to write this, you have made me smile. 😉
      Have a great day,
      – J

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  8. Although I’ve only recently discovered your blog, it has already brought great joy to me. I look forward to your posts (and to your musical compositions), like a sleeping bird awaiting the first light of dawn. You bring such light into the world. The fact that you do so is the reason for your following. Higher consciousness is a powerful magnet, as is love in a world that is currently so filled with pain. Like that bird awaiting the dawn, when your writing emerges, I once again hear my own song. Thank YOU, James, for being here.

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  9. Whenever someone attempts to add value, is concerned about the quality of the work they put out and enjoys the process, people notice and will follow. Congratulations on 10K…..here’s to ten times that amount. Good luck.

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  10. Reblogged this and commented:
    My first Reblog … I’d really encourage people to have a listen to James’s music and read his blogs. His music (like his writing) has a lot of depth, a lot of emotion – hauntingly beautiful sounds.

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      1. My pleasure! I STILL have to go and get more of your music. I’ve been blogging, painting, writing, doing submissions for awards and opening a B & B (I know I remember your blog awhile back discussing FOCUS but things should be “whittled” down soon!). Enjoy this special achievement.

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          1. Hi again James …. couple of lessons learned from my first reblog … 1) Use tags as per normal personal blog 2) Use an image. Wasn’t quite sure how the whole thing worked initially. In any case I hope I’ve done your milestone and attitude more justice! Kind wishes, Deborah

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  11. Doesn’t matter what the subject is … your blogs always leave me with an enormous lump in my throat. To succinctly summarize the above I’d say two words to describe your appeal – “authentic” and “passionate”. Well done and blog on!

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