I'm not so sure that it's reaching the goal that I'm so excited about. More than that it's that I can pat myself on the back and say that I have participated in the give and take that got me there. Each day, I try to look at photos from my friends, fresh photos, and upcoming photos. I always vote, fave, and comment on at least three or four. Then, I begin getting votes and comments from those whose photos I recognized in one way or another. I can't stop there. Then I have to thank everyone for their nice comments, votes, and faves. Well, of course, that starts the process all over again. At times, I get so far behind on thanking people that I don't know if I'll ever catch up. But i always do. There's a tiny bit of pressure in all this, but I see it as good pressure. The one thing I try to do, and I hope others do as well, is to be honest in our likes and dislikes. I never vote, fave or comment on a picture I dislike. I also don't press the dislike button because i don't think it helps a thing. I just wish I had time to recognize every single picture that I like.
I will still do exactly what I have outlined above, but from now on, I'm not setting a goal for my affaction rating. I've learned over time that if you are honest in your assessment of a photo, diligent in looking each day, and respond to those who recognize you, your rating will increase.
And that's why I love 500px