Well. A little over a month actually.
When I backup and imported my blog end of last year I made a cock up and my subscribers were set back to 0. I set myself a target of 1000 genuine subscribers by the end of January. I created a post a day, every day for the whole month on topics I want to post or write.
Lots of Tippex and Posca images, lots of amusing Tales of the Blue Moon, a bit about motorbikes, lots of dog pictures and a few posts about technology in the mix.
I then set out to find like minded people, people who may be interested in what I do and what I have to say.
I followed a series of tags on WordPress reader.
I also added a few I was interested in for work where I need to deal with bloggers, providing samples and getting bloggers to review our products.
I then set myself some arbitrary limits on what I could do each day for a few reasons. I loath spam and insincerity, and I also wanted something record-able. ‘Do this and x happens’. I also dislike wasting my time and other peoples time. Someone who writes and follows blogs on being a great mother, will most most likely find nothing of interest on my site. So I don’t waste theirs or my time following them.
My limits were :
Only respond to images or posts that I have an interest in myself.
For every 3 Post Likes
I Follow 2 Blogs
Leave 1 Comment
I also said I would spend half an hour to an hour, no more, doing this each day. It turns out, there are spam limits on WordPress reader. I hit it twice. I have no idea what causes you to hit the spam limit, but if you hit it, its probably for a reason. Take that as your que to stop for the day.
The result was from December 28th to January 30th I went from a handful of followers to 1015 followers with some extra email subscribers.
I also met a lot of like minded dog loving, graffiti making, Ubuntu using, motorcycle riding, story telling people who inspire me to make further posts who have some wonderful blogs I am now subscribed too.