But honestly, I do have to wonder how you know that you've reached the big time on the internets. I mean, there are some things that are pretty obvious like hundreds of comments on every post and analytics that tell you that X thousand people are visiting your site each day, but to really, TRULY hit the big time, I think there are things that are far more important than the number of visitors and comments.
- People can't wait to be first to comment on your posts. In fact, people will comment with nothing more to say than, "First comment!"
- You're important enough to receive an open letter. Jonathan Acuff received an open letter. Clearly that is a massive indicator of his popularity as a blogger. And really the angrier, the better. However, if it becomes a full-on manifesto, you might want to hire a bodyguard. People who write those can be a little nutso.
- They have such a following that they overflow their Facebook limit of 5000 friends and move to a like page (I liked it better when they were fan pages, but I'm not important enough for my opinion to matter).
- People seem to think that it's important for you to know that they're going to unfollow you on Twitter. I love seeing popular bloggers retweet some of the unfollow messages that people send out. I've had people unfollow me, but I still don't matter enough for them to tell others that they're unfollowing. But I can dream, right?
- They don't have to resort to posts about zombies or robots. Their work tends to stand on its own.
- They can band together with other amazing bloggers and start a revolution. Only, not the bad kind, but rather the kind that gives 800,000,000,000 glasses of water to people who don't have something safe to drink.
So what did I miss here? What are other signs that indicate that you're blog is now in the big time?