1,000 Spikey’s !! — The First & Last


Thursday 27 February, 2014 by Uncle Spike

This blog now has over 1,000 followers; a fact I’m slowly getting used to. However, like all bloggers, it takes a while to sink in that what we do is favoured by folk other than our spouse/partner, mum, neighbour and the pet dog, and maybe even the postman or your aunt’s electrician.

Personally I have found my followers to be a constant source of support, challenge and friendship. When I started out on this journey, to be honest I hadn’t anticipated the level of interaction – it’s been a pleasant surprise though, and pretty much an important part of why, 8 months on, I still enjoy each and every blogging day.

Followers come, followers go… but they (you) all count.




I spent an evening recently browsing back through the pages and pages of followers. At one point I wondered about ‘awards’, but there again, how can one judge; all of you are different and unique. So I decided to look back and simply see who, from the very start, is ‘still around’. And to balance that, have a look at the newest too.


Spikey No. 1



My very first follower was none other than the motorcycling rural pastor from South Africa, known to many as The Rider. This chap posts regular quality stuff all about life in SA, his work with his widespread congregation, as well as his love of motorbikes and travel. It’s an interesting blog and has attracted some 1,451 followers over the past 12 months; so you can be assured it’s a quality read.


Spikey No. 1,000

And to balance that, my latest follower is a self-confessed  “nerd, a gamer, a writer, a troll and a maniac all in a neat little 5’4 package of British awesomeness”…. Haha, time to meet the Old School Harlequin, or Jack, from World of Harley. How fitting for the 1,000th Spikey to be a fellow Brit who, like me, is ever so slightly bonkers it would seem. And the longer-standing Spikey’s will no doubt be proclaiming right now; “How fitting indeed”. Welcome aboard Jack.


And so to The Rider, Jack and all the rest of you 998 Spikey’s out there, I just want to say thanks. Thanks for the support, thanks for reading, commenting and the ‘likes’ of my work… but most of all, thanks for the inspiration.

Now enough of all this… my chainsaw is calling me back to work… 



47 thoughts on “1,000 Spikey’s !! — The First & Last

  1. Crickey, that’s some achievement. I’m still very new at this here blogging; still very tentative and unsure, but it does feel good to have someone say something kind and know that there’s actually someone reading what we write. Well done you 🙂


  2. Good Evening: congratulations on hitting the big 1,000! But don’t worry, you don’t look a day over 999… Vonn Scott Bair


  3. Ha ha ha love the minion clip, congrats and well done 😉 Charlotte

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  4. liontamar says:

    congratulations….such a great milestone xxxx


  5. Ed says:

    Congrats, did you by chance see the Aurora Borealis in your part of the country?


  6. newbloggycat says:

    Way to go, Uncle Spike! My 2-year old can’t stop laughing at the cute minions 😉


  7. Mei-Mei says:

    Congrats! I’m happy to be among your followers. I think you’ve inspired me to try doing some of the Weekly Photo Challenges with posting my own travel photos. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Uncle Spike says:

      I never ever thought of myself as a photographer (still dont tbh), but it was these challenges that added a new angle for me too. All too often now I dive inside the house to grab my camera… how weird is that?

      So glad you are on board 🙂


  8. sueslaght says:

    Congrats on your success!

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Becky says:

    Wow! This is great! You have quite a knack for this “blogging” thing – good job! Like you, I too have found some amazing encouragement and support through the people I have met through blogging. It has been amazing!
    On to the next 1000 Uncle Spike!

    Liked by 1 person

  10. stevendavisuk says:

    Congratulations. That’s great to see you doing so well. I am looking to reach that milestone myself over the next month. Steve 🙂


  11. Congratulations….1000 followers is quite a feat…. glad to be amongst the crowd…


  12. Congratulations 🙂

    So how many people do you follow, Spikey, or is that your secret?

    It’s quite a hard balancing act, I find, as following too many people means I always end up neglecting someone. I started out following a manageable handful of people but now, if I was to read all of everyone’s posts, I’d not have time to post stuff myself, or do any work.

    It’s a dilemma, indeed.


    • Uncle Spike says:

      It varies Sarah… I think I have about 200 on my list, but of those, only say 50 are relatively active.

      My view: as much as I would love to follow everyone out there in terms of reciprocity (as Uncle Spike), in truth I am just a guy looking to be entertained too, so I have to limit myself or,as you say, you’ll never keep up.

      I also have a change around sometimes. If I find I am not entertained by say 5 or 10 successive posts from a blog, then I’ll go elsewhere – that’s only natural I think. Equally, I lose 1 or 2 followers most weeks too as nobody can please all the people all the time.


  13. Dragnfli says:

    Awww, you’re welcome! Minions are cute and I’m happy to be one of them. ^_^


  14. Congrats Uncle spike and happy to be one among the 1000+ 🙂


  15. Osharlequin says:

    SLIGHTLY bonkers? I resent such a statement sir!

    Haha, thank you very for your shout out and congratulations on reaching the “big 1000”. Here’s hoping your blog continues to thrive.

    The Oldschool Harlequin


  16. KG says:

    Congratulations Uncle Spike 🙂

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