10,000 Facebook likes

The Conscious Cat passed another milestone today – our Facebook page now has more than 10,000 “likes!”

I spend a lot of time keeping our Facebook page interesting, fun and engaging, and the number of “likes” (what used to be called “fans” in the early days of Facebook pages) is a wonderful affirmation that all of you appreciate the effort. It’s fascinating to me how the term “like” has become such an integral part of the online experience. I often find myself looking for the “like” button on pages that have nothing to do with Facebook.

Do these numbers matter? They do to me. A “like” on Facebook tells me that a reader values my page and its content. It tells me that a photo I posted brought a smile to someone’s face – something that makes me feel especially good when it’s a photo of my girls. It tells me that the information I provided may have helped a cat guardian solve a problem.

The numbers also matter to me as a writer. Facebook has a complicated algorithm that measures the popularity of a page by “engagement.” “Likes” are valued differently than “shares” and “comments,” but they all matter. The more a page is liked, the more comments readers leave, and the more content is shared, the more updates from the page will show in other users’ newsfeeds, and as a result, it will acquire more new “likes.” Publishers and agents pay close attention to these numbers; they show that a writer has a dedicated following, and presumably, those followers will buy my books.

The numbers also help me get more, and hopefully, bigger, sponsors, which in turn allows me to continue to offer you the reviews and giveaways you’ve come to expect from me.

Each “like,” each new reader, each comment, each share, each new e-mail subscriber is a vote for me and my writing, my work, and my passion for improving the lives of your cats and their humans.

Thank you, 10,000 times over, for reading this blog every day, for being a part of our community of cat lovers here and on Facebook, and for sharing what you read with your friends and followers!

18 Comments on 10,000 Facebook “Likes”

  1. Congrats! I’m so glad I found your blog & social network sites. It’s nice to find fellow cat lovers of the same mind frame! Keep up the wonderful work!

  2. Grats on the numerical achievement! Facebook should have more than just a “like” button though. Most times I just LOVE the posts, especially the perspectives of Ruby and Alegra 🙂

  3. Congrats Ingrid! I’m so happy for you! I love reading everything when I get a chance to. Some of it has been a learnning experience for me too.

    I do have a question to anyone who wants to answer. Has anyone noticed that any of their furry kids will use the litterbox as soon as they get home from work or whereever they may have gone for the day? One of mine, Cisco, does it almost every single time. I haven’t figured out if he is just excited after I get home or what it is. Usually shortly after I get home is when I feed them supper so I suppose he is just deciding to go before he eats :-). I just wondered if anyone has noticed that. I have never had a cat do that before.

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