I remind myself of when my followers hit 100. I excitedly texted nearly everyone I knew. I never thought what I wrote would interest 100 strangers! I am thankful anyone enjoys my posts — but those 100 hundred people — that was the place where I began to think I might not be full of shit. Anything after that is a bonus. ;) The stat page — the claps — positive reinforcement is lovely — but once I hit that place — Something just clicked. I would write no matter — because as you said — The stories are in me and they need to come out.