Numbers don’t matter

So the facebook page I run, “Nice things to see as a feminist” (link is in the sidebar), is hovering at a respectable 31 likes. I think it’s one like higher than it was a couple of weeks ago. Since I started it, about four weeks ago, facebook has been bombarding me about post reach, and engagement, and a heap of other stuff. That’s how I know that for every post I make, about four people see it.

For some reason, this doesn’t bug me. I know this page is never but for some small miracle going to get much higher than a hundred likes in the next few years. I started this page so that I could post small ‘wins’ (and big wins!) for people who want to see women have equal rights, responsibilities, and treatment. And that’s what I’m doing.

I don’t publicise much, and I don’t nag people to like this page. All I did when I started it was tag about twenty friends in a facebook status telling them that I started this page because I wanted a break from getting angry all the time, moderated the ensuing shitfight in the comments (although funnily everyone who commented did like the idea!) and started posting.

I don’t post much, but I do post quality stuff that is only about the specific category “nice things to see as a feminist”.

It’s going to be really interesting to see what happens to the numbers on this page if I just keep going without advertising myself. It’s the same thing I do with this blog. I just write, and see what happens. I didn’t tell anyone I’d started this blog until very recently, and I don’t really plan on telling more people.

So many people freak out about getting more page likes asap. In fact, I find the opposite game more intriguing: how far can my page go if I do almost nothing to promote it? How long will it take? Will it happen in bursts or in a steady growth?

Meanwhile, I’m happy being in my own little corner of the internet. If people want to, they can come and join me.

Though I have to admit, I’m eagerly awaiting the day that I get my first comment!