When I hit 10K on Twitter last week, I didn’t know how to respond; celebrate, cry or a bit of both.
I’ve never been a numbers focused person, as how can you put a statistic on your personal journey? A personal journey to me is more about the impact you have behind the scenes. The behind the scenes actions you’re unable to see, unless someone tells you of your impact.
Receiving messages from others wanting advice on how to start volunteering and where to look for a role is the kind of impact I want. The same goes for the blogging world. I want others to come to me for advice on how to expand their content, share their first personal post and how to develop more of a community on social media.
Receiving a message is a sign of the behind the scenes impact.
Impact can come in many forms, and considering I’ve put myself out there, sometimes a tad too much, I see many wanting to focus on likes, retweets, page views, hitting milestones, working with brands, and that’s OK. You’re OK to have a preference. It’s not my preference though.
My preference is knowing my personal story is having an impact offline and knowing my story is shared via word of mouth. Word of mouth is a significant unknown when understanding your impact, and it’s the way I like it. I don’t want to know about the stats behind the impact, as I’m happy with any kind of impact.
It doesn’t matter to me if I have 1000, 10,000 or 100,000 followers, as in some way, your personal story could be reaching millions…you just don’t know it!
I don’t want to know about the stats, as I wouldn’t be the person I am today. I don’t want to be the ‘stats minded’ individual, focusing on projects that’ll boost their numbers, as you could have 10K followers, but have no impact.
We as a community focus our attentions on the things we can see, not the things we can’t see.
If I went and volunteered today, I know my impact would be the people I would have helped, but the ‘real’ impact is what happens after. Are they still talking about the time I gave? Are they talking about my actions?
The same goes with blogging. How are you leaving an impact where the things we see don’t matter? Are people reading your content, coming back, and talking about it to others?
Creating a buzz is what I want. I want to know my journey is helping others, without necessarily knowing about it. It’s a bit odd I know, but when I think back to my 4 years of volunteering, I didn’t necessarily know about the impact my hours were giving, but the opportunities were there. The opportunities were there to work with more charities, to find out more about myself through self-innovative projects and a road ahead based on more impact.
I want my impact to be the unknown, so I’m constantly testing it. I no longer feel like I’m ever out of my comfort zone, as that’s the journey I’m on. The journey I’m on is to act like a superhuman with no barriers, and I don’t want statistics to appear as a potential brick wall, because I will break it down.
10K is great for knowing people want to follow my journey, but the real journey is the journey’s starting because of my story. I want to impact others in unthinkable ways and to keep doing what I love.
What I love is knowing my story is helping others and my love isn’t going to be a statistic.