The purpose of this blog has been a bit of an issue from day 1.
In truth I only really started this to show I could do the same as star of Celebrity Masterchef & Mega Vlogger Marcus Butler to my 12-year-old daughter. As you may remember my daughter had been starstruck by meeting him on board Harmony of the Seas.
I am not really sure how setting up this blog would prove I could do the same as Marcus Butler. Perhaps I hoped that by directing my first blog straight to him he would reply and I would soon be in the same celebrity circles rubbing shoulders with the other stars of Celebrity Masterchef such as Comedy Legend Tommy Cannon and former star of I’m a Celebrity Sid Owen.
Sadly though Marcus did not reply and it seems this is the norm on twitter. Twitter and the rest of Social Media has made access to our celebrities too easy so they generally choose to ignore their followers/fans. Perhaps in the olden days of fan clubs received through mail it was much easier to interact with the occasional hardcore fan who chose to write?
Take Vlogger sensation Zoella who last week increased her YouTube subscribes by over 1 million in the course of 24 hours. She now has a rather sensational 11 million YouTube followers. It is clearly impossible for her to interact with all her followers and like Marcus to date she has chosen to ignore my tweets.
However with a click of a button I became her follower and I guess the is some difference between follower and fan. Having watched one of her videos I can clearly state that although I might be a follower I am not a fan.
1 million more subscribers though is an unbelievable achievement but this is where social media is not always as it seems. Now I would not for 1 minute suggest that all of Zoella’s new followers were not genuine fans but in the world of social media often they are not. According to the website fakers.statuspeople many people have fake twitter followers e.g. 3% of Taylor Swift’s 80 million followers are fake which is around normal. Even Barack Obama has 5% fake followers.
However; Bruno Mars has an astonishing 86% of his 26 million followers being fake….It seems Bruno is not as popular as we might think.
The reasoning for the existence of these fake followers is multiple and does include the seedy world of cyber criminals. However the is evidence that many people do buy their popularity on Social Media. A quick look on Google with show multiple companies offering YouTube views, Facebook likes, Twitter followers etc. Being able to buy 10000 Twitter followers at just £40 would clearly be appealing to many to increase their perceived popularity.
However; having looked around the are other ways to increase your popularity without spending a cent. Which now creates a purpose for this little project.
I am going for 1 million…….I want 1 million Twitter Followers & 1 million views of just 1 of my videos on Youtube. I aim to do this without buying a single follower/view and will write about how I go about doing this as part of this blog.
So a challenge has been set. Follow me as I start my #Goingfor1Million challenge…….Plus if you are friends with Marcus can you please ask him to follow.