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Following. You Follow A Person Because ...

  1. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    They're a great writer? Interesting? Their online persona? They're popular with others? Everyone else has, why not? They're reciprocal? Fun/funny? Share your views? You're reciprocal?

    I ask because some days I appear to accrue followers/fans *cringes at the words* and I don't know the reason why.

    They don't appear to interact with me or let me know they've arrived (you know, by saying hello by way of 'fan mail' *cringes again).

    You all know what I mean.

    For the record - I do it because I enjoy a combination of what the hubber writes about and because of their Hubber personality. A rare event and I rarely leave comments these days ... but I still get quietly round. 

    If anyone takes the 'ump with me for any of the above and wants to exit my fan club *shudders* I'm good.

    Curiosity kills the cats. Not frogs tongue

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      kimberlyslyricsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      ditto frog


      For the record - I do it because I enjoy a combination of what the hubber writes about and because of their Hubber personality. A rare event and I rarely leave comments these days ... but I still get quietly round. 


      just like dat!

      smile  cheers


      but if it's a dude , shooks can't believe anything, i mean anything!

      What's a girl to do?

      Oh right go home to spouse

      Frog thanks for bringing me around again

      Are there smoking hot toads?  Just curious, well it could be relevant  lol

      1. mega1 profile image79
        mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        I know you follow ME because you are learning how to be like me.  Why?  because you think I'm funny and cute and inneressing! plus, sometimes when you can't pee . . .

        I can't remember whether I follow you.  I tinkle I do!

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have become a bit neglectful about following lately (I will give the 'sprained ankle' excuse.)
      But as to the above pondering-- I get fans who don't comment when I'm  at the 100 mark. I think a lot of people just go through the hubber list and fan the scores, not necessarily the person or the hub writing.

  2. WryLilt profile image87
    WryLiltposted 6 years ago

    I often wonder this too.

    I personally only follow about 15-20 people:-

    A quarter are referrals
    Half are people who are good for learning SEO/online tricks/HP tricks from
    The other quarter is random - often new hubbers who I think have a good start and need encouragement or someone interesting...

  3. alternate poet profile image78
    alternate poetposted 6 years ago

    I always visit anyone who follows me but do not always follow back - I also note anyone who writs poetry and visit when they write anew hub and follow if they are writing poetry smile

    I occasionally follow frogs and other assorted objectionable things also

    1. frogdropping profile image85
      frogdroppingposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks guys. I was just a-wonderin' smile

      *gulps* neutral

      Edit: dunno why the first quote box appears. It shouldn't as I edited it out. And it doesn't show on the preview either. Sorry for the waste of space. I'm sure alternate poet is too lol

    2. Dorsi profile image90
      Dorsiposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      lol I like that...
      I follow because they are interesting, I like their bio, or their hubs, or all of the above...

  4. rebekahELLE profile image91
    rebekahELLEposted 6 years ago

    I follow people because I like their topics, their writing style, their persona, their passions and subjects they care about and take the time to write about. I follow a few of my referrals. I like people so I follow quite a few. I follow some to support them. It's a big world out there and there are some fascinating people writing on HubPages!

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    DoorMattnomoreposted 6 years ago

    I fan/follow/stalk people becuase I like the person they either are, or I believe they are. I base this on hubs, profile info, forum comments, a vivid imagination, and sometimes.....emails.  smile

    I hope your jaw is healing?

    1. frogdropping profile image85
      frogdroppingposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yes, thankyou. Glad the infection is behind me *nods* smile

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        DoorMattnomoreposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        phew...does not sound fun and I'm glad to see you hopping around again.

  6. saleheensblog profile image59
    saleheensblogposted 6 years ago

    I follow
    ~HP and SEO experts
    ~The hubbers who frequently leaves feedback in my hubs
    ~Newbies who have a great potential
    ~Poets, storytellers and provoking writers
    ~Who follows me and is good enough to be followed

    Whomever I follow I read their hubs for sure and try leave a lot of comments. I don't follow anyone and everyone now what I used to do earlier.

  7. Polly C profile image88
    Polly Cposted 6 years ago

    I follow anyone whose writing I admire, and then also people who I like, or who I think I like.

    I don't follow anyone who follows me, but I do check out their profile and hubs and then I might.

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    AMBASSADOR BUTLERposted 6 years ago

    Please do not follow me.I appreciate it very much. Thank you. Go in peace.

    1. frogdropping profile image85
      frogdroppingposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Ok. I won't. We won't. They won't. Go in fan-lessness smile

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      DoorMattnomoreposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      when you say that, it makes me want to follow you. But I wont, if your so uncomfortabel with it.

    3. Pearldiver profile image87
      Pearldiverposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      And then again.... there are some bugs that Kiwis don't like the taste of hmm roll

    4. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Since you don't have hubs, you wish will probably be granted. If you do write one, try to make sure that it isn't very good.

  9. Pearldiver profile image87
    Pearldiverposted 6 years ago

    I follow members here because some really do Need to have a Kiwi in their fanpile!! smile
    (They keep wood slaters, bugs and frogs at check yikes )
    And if you need to have a Kiwi in your fanpile... you might as well have a really Good Looking One... lol big_smile:

    1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image60
      SomewayOuttaHereposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      ...yep...we all need a kiwi in the pile!

    2. frogdropping profile image85
      frogdroppingposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      PD - frogs can't be checked. Only green. As for good looking? You really oughta know that your current pic is not your best side ...

      Just saying ... smile

  10. MissE profile image79
    MissEposted 6 years ago

    I follow people because they're cool.  If I'm not following you that doesn't mean your not cool, it just means I don't know you're cool.  So if you're cool, follow me so I can follow you. Cool? Hehehehe.......

  11. lrohner profile image84
    lrohnerposted 6 years ago

    I follow people whose writing intrigues me or those that I think can teach me something. You know, this old dog needs a few new tricks every now and then. smile

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      klarawieckposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      And who wouldn't follow you with such cute avatar?! big_smile

  12. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    You are a sock lrohner. Is the a la mode right now? Should I wear one? Over me head? smile

    1. lrohner profile image84
      lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      As if on cue smile meet Sonny the Sock Frog:

      http://i52.tinypic.com/2v00q42.jpg

      1. mega1 profile image79
        mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

        you sock people are really clannish - but cute!

  13. waynet profile image47
    waynetposted 6 years ago

    I follow another hubber if I think they are cool and there are some cool hubbers here....in fact I've followed myself numerous times, I have no shame! smile

  14. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    Thankyou kimberley smile

    How do you follow you yourself Wayne? Is that possible? Or are there many you's?

    1. waynet profile image47
      waynetposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I have multiple personalities!!! smile

  15. paradigmsearch profile image88
    paradigmsearchposted 6 years ago

    http://s1.hubimg.com/u/3345436_f520.jpg

    I used to be a follower, but what with my new ankle bracelet…

  16. Lisa HW profile image82
    Lisa HWposted 6 years ago

    My reply to this thread came out longer than I would have planned (as my replies so often do  hmm  roll ), but I left it uncut because I thought it was a good chance to say what I've often thought people I don't follow (but may go looking for in spite of that) knew (or else wish the people who follow me but I don't follow back knew).

    I follow people who write the kind of stuff I'm most likely to enjoy reading.  Usually, those are people who write a mix of Hubs that include writing done "for the sake of writing".  They're kind of "general-writing" Hubbers.  Once in a while I may see a niche writer and follow because of that.

    Sometimes there's someone who I think I'd probably like as a person, but if they write, say, fiction, I don't follow them because I don't read fiction.  (I need my reading time for non-fiction.)  There may be someone who writes amazingly professional or otherwise impressive Hubs about things like technology or products.  I don't follow them, because if I want information about technology I'll search for it.  Technology isn't my "thing", so there's no sense getting a string of technology Hubs run by me.  I don't follow people who write nothing but product Hubs.  I'm not interested in reading about products I'm not buying, and if I'm buying, I'll search.  Again, no point having a string of Hubs run by me if I'm not looking for a parade of products/services I'm not on the watch for.

    Sometimes when I have a little extra time (or else if I have time when I see that someone has followed me) I'll go to their profile and see if they write the kind of stuff I enjoy reading.  If they do, I'll follow them.  If I get there and discover they write about nothing but hunting and fishing, or refrigeration (or something), I don't follow them.

    There are Hubbers I think I'd like "as people" and Hubbers whose writing I admire tremendously but don't follow - just because, in general, what they write about isn't a subject I usually read about when I have reading time.

    What doesn't show up in "who follows who" is that much of the time I go looking for specific Hubbers just to browse, even though I don't follow them for the above reasons.  I don't need to follow these people, though, because I know where they are and often just click on their name if I'm in the mood to browse.  I suppose I should (maybe?) follow these people to "show support" and give them the extra follower, but I pretty much try to stick with doing things they way I think "we're supposed to be doing things" (according to what I've seen/interpreted when it comes to how HubPages has things set up).  Besides (and I'm not just saying this to skulk out looking "anti-social" by not following people I like or admire), but there are a whole lot of people I think I'd like or whose writing I admire.  I can't follow all of them, based on liking them or admiring their Hubs only.  I'm pretty much all about the writing and the reading on this site.

    Maybe HubPages needs a new kind of thing:   "Writing Admirer" (people whose writing we like), "Like" (Hubbers we find likable), "Hubbing Accomplishment Admirer" (people whose earnings success, traffic, or other HubPages accomplishment we admire), and "Reciprocal Follower" (We all know what it is, and that we aren't supposed to do this one; but it's hard to overcome that sense of appreciation or fairness when someone else follows us.  smile  )  Oh, and the "General Support" category (People we just kind of want to give a little Hubbing support to, even though we have no particular reason to follow them.  smile  )


    On the fan mail thing:   I don't send fan mails because - believe it or not - when things were different than they are now, I didn't really see how/where to send fan mail to people.  So, I didn't get in the habit of it.  Now it's more obvious how to send people fan mail, so I suppose I should re-think that not-in-the-habit thing I got into.  (I know I could have learned, or sent someone an e.mail instead of fan mail, before; but when the urge to send a fan mail hit I didn't have the time to figure out how to send it - and then when I wasn't in a fan-man-thinking mode, I'd forget to ask about somewhere.  (I live with a concentration problem (a lot on my mind) that acts up sometimes more than other times, so - really - I can run into some ridiculous stumbling blocks sometimes. )

    1. frogdropping profile image85
      frogdroppingposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      And that's part of what makes you unique Lisa. Never say less when more will do smile I am curious though - are you as wordy in person. Or do you find writing out your thoughts far easier than verbalising them?

      Thankyou for your detailed, well thought out reply.

      @ Wayne ... are you sure? Maybe you're other you's are just echos of the real you. Like ... imaginary friends lol

      @ ralwus - I saw that hmm

      @ lrohner ... gee thankyou. But you didn't answer. Why are you a sock? smile

      @ mega - can't fault you. Honesty is usually the best policy. Excepting when honesty won't do wink

      @ cags - ty. Simple, concise. The way I like instructions smile

      1. lrohner profile image84
        lrohnerposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Long story dating back to a recent forum thread attempting to ferret out HP's sock puppets. And the little fella just grew on me... smile

  17. Aficionada profile image93
    Aficionadaposted 6 years ago

    Wow, Lisa HW - that sounds so much like the way I think.  It feels good to read what you wrote, and I am so glad you wrote it, every word.  big_smile

  18. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    I follow quite a few people, due to written profile - writing and personality.

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    ralwusposted 6 years ago

    I kill frogs, in season. Yum, legs.

    1. Cagsil profile image60
      Cagsilposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      lol lol lol lol

  20. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    I follow people to show off my new avatar with my latest 100 on it!  I am very narcissistic, so the more people who see me the better for my tiny ego.  Also, I like very much to read their hubs and encourage them (I do get kind of smarmy with the hubbers I really like, sticky gooey smarmy)

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      ralwusposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      show-off in red no less! congrats, I am most proud for you. toot-toot

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    zampanoposted 6 years ago

    relax and poetrize

  22. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    You're welcome Frog. smile big_smile (((HUGS))) smile big_smile

  23. wavegirl22 profile image46
    wavegirl22posted 6 years ago

    My fans - followers (and like you I cringe at the words) seems to come in waves. And as of late the waves have been rushing to the shore and I have no clue where or why they are following me!

    Honestly it kinda of bothers me for if they thought enough to *follow* I think they could have left me a little comment along the way letting me know what it was they found worthy of a follow!

    I guess somedays we are all like a frog and just have to *ribbit*

    1. frogdropping profile image85
      frogdroppingposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'm with you WG, my sentiments and all that. BTW - my car reg plate actually says RBT ... ribbit. And it looks like a crouching frog too smile

    2. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      Yes! You have pinned it down! People who follow you without saying a word are a little worrysome. *cringe*

      1. Aficionada profile image93
        Aficionadaposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        Oh dear.  I'm more like the ones who sometimes leave a note and sometimes don't.  I am curious about the ones who follow me without explaining, but I'm happy to have them, so I'm not going to worry about it.

        But now I'll start second guessing whether I should leave a note for the ones I follow.  Will they be like Rochelle and wavegirl and wish for an explanation?  Will they be like Lisa HW and frogdropping(?) and not care whether one is there?  I'll probably take so long trying to figure it out, I'll just change my mind about following altogether.  rof!

        1. Lisa HW profile image82
          Lisa HWposted 6 years ago in reply to this

          I'm happy to have any followers and most comfortable if they don't leave any notes.  I think the main thing with me is that I like simplicity (or at least complexity in direct proportion to the the original thing).  It takes a fraction of a second to click "follow".  It shouldn't involve more time than that to explain why.   lol    I don't know...    but someone must know why regularly adding a note could seem unbalanced (or something).

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    ralwusposted 6 years ago

    rbt, did you know frog legs move around in the skillet as they fry?

    1. mega1 profile image79
      mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I dreamed about a very large toad last night.  Also the toad was in a hole.  Also very many bugs and things like scorpions, frogs and butteflys and newts and geckos were scurrying down into the hole and then this humongous grey/green/blue toad came out of the hole and sat there next to a rock blinking at me and then I woke up.  What's that all about? a premonition that frogdropping would be here and everyone would discuss frogs?

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        ralwusposted 6 years ago in reply to this

        non related. it's about sex. big_smile

        1. mega1 profile image79
          mega1posted 6 years ago in reply to this

          oh yes! yes! yes!


          and on a related note - I do actually follow people, usually because they were there first!



          hahahahahahahahahahahah!ha!      ha!

  25. Lisa HW profile image82
    Lisa HWposted 6 years ago

    It never occurred to me to think there should be a note ("fan mail" - another cringer, here) when someone "follows".  (I'm actually kind of uncomfortable (for one reason or another) about "fan mail" - which is maybe why I haven't made more of an effort to send it  hmm ).

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    ralwusposted 6 years ago

    please calm down woman, get a hold of me!

  27. mega1 profile image79
    mega1posted 6 years ago

    yeh baby!  how does that grab ya!

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    ralwusposted 6 years ago

    almost

  29. frogdropping profile image85
    frogdroppingposted 6 years ago

    @ lrohner ... ahhhhh the mystery is solved - ty smile Did the ferrets do their job?

    @ ralwus and mega ... behave. The decorum is fast slipping away hmm

    @ Lisa ... you fan mail *cringe* and the words fan or follower *cringe* have the same effect on me smile

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      ralwusposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      well, you know me froggy. i can't. my but you have wonderful gams.

  30. tritrain profile image74
    tritrainposted 6 years ago

    Follower, stalker...what's the difference really?

  31. pylos26 profile image77
    pylos26posted 6 years ago

    One way to tell if you are “worthy of a new fan” is to check the new fans latest activity…if you are just a link in a chain of new fans…you know you did not earn it.

  32. Aficionada profile image93
    Aficionadaposted 6 years ago

    I am figuring out a way to keep from being immobilized by the question of whether to leave a note, based on what I'm reading here and also on my own reactions to others.

    Let's say I have a new follower.  If I recognize their name (and maybe their avatar) from hubs I have read or from reading their comments in the forums, then I don't really care whether they leave a note - although I definitely enjoy the notes too!

    But if it is someone I've never encountered, I would be more comfortable to know a bit about them.  I do go to their profile page to see who they are and their publishing niche, but there are times when that leaves me even more puzzled.  Those are the times when I would really appreciate a note.  Like - I'm really very glad to have you as a follower, but are you actually interested in my writing? ... (As you wrote so well above, Lisa.)

    I really do have the most wonderful followers in all of HubPages, and I treasure each one of them - plus some who did follow and then changed their minds.  I love them too!

    pylos26, good observation!  I have done that.  But I have also been through spurts of following a number of new people all at the same time.  I do choose them pretty carefully though, and my following would not show up in my hubtivity as being very fast, one on top of another.

    1. Rochelle Frank profile image88
      Rochelle Frankposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I'd say it's highly individual and we shouldn't try to second guess why someone does not. It doesn't really bother me if people do not say anything. I mentally thank them anyway.

  33. Aficionada profile image93
    Aficionadaposted 6 years ago

    Ummmmerrmmmmmm.....

    I have a question related to the topic at hand. I had one follower who left "fan mail" with no message in it.  I don't know what the deal was.  I received a message that I had fan mail to approve, and all that was there was the name of the follower.  Has that happened to anyone else?  If so, did you approve it?

    I've asked a similar question in the past about Hub comments with links that go outside HubPages (hidden in the person's Hubber ID) and I think I have that question resolved to my satisfaction.  This is specifically about fan mail which says nothing - any thoughts?

    1. sofs profile image87
      sofsposted 6 years ago in reply to this

      I just received fan mail yesterday which says apart from other things thanks for following me, I have not and may not.
      I generally read a couple of hubs and see if their topics interest me and then follow. Following is based on common interest.
      I do find it difficult to follow people who don't tell me  why they follow, either through a comment or fan mail.
      I have noticed that when I don't follow someone back some of them unfolllow, that is okay with me.  smile

  34. Sweetsusieg profile image83
    Sweetsusiegposted 6 years ago

    I follow those who I want to read more of and may not have time at the moment.  I do not always follow just because they follow me.  I need to find the Forum where you recommend a fellow Hubber's Hub though...  There is one that I read today that made me cry with laughter!

 
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