Ok so four people so far are "following" me and I would like to know what exactly that means. Are they just keeping track if I write new hubs or is it something more? I'm not sure why they are following me either, I just logged in one day and saw them there.
Bummer. I thought my followers were automatically notified of my new hubs. I have published several in the last few days. Is it too late to "share" that fact with my followers? Sorry to be asking dumb questions it seems that everyone else knows!
I should probably be embarrassed to ask this (because unlike some others here, I'm not the least bit new), but is there one "share" button or another (or do any "share" buttons work)? I usually hit "share" but then select - like - one of my blogs to "share" with. Should I have been "sharing" with someone/something else too? All this time, I've been thinking any time someone a person follows publishes something new, it shows up in the row of profile images that are there when you first get to your profile/account (wherever those latest followees show up).
(Oh, brother. I just went and looked, and saw the answer to this. Never mind. What a dummy I am! )
Everyone else doesn't know (or at least I don't - and I've been here for quite awhile).
Now I'm pretty much confused:
I know if people choose to be notified by e.mail they will get updates if someone they follow writes a new Hub. I had that for a long time, but it got so I couldn't keep up with the numbers that were showing up in my e.mail; so I disabled it.
Now I get a row of "followees" who have new Hubs when I get to HubPages (my profile or account - or something associated with my name, rather than "general" HubPages). That's what I rely on for updates of followees.
Here's my question: If people elect to be notified by e.mail when someone they follow publishes a Hub, there will be all those people (like me) who find being notified about too many Hubs written by too many other Hubber (through e.mail) isn't practical; there's that. So, we can assume those Hubbers don't want to be notified.
I just discovered the "share with followers" button now. When and why would someone use that? The followers who want to be notified are going to be notified automatically, right? The ones who don't really want to be notified that "diligently" won't get an e.mail (which is what they want).
So what does that "share with followers" button do? Send e.mails? Make the profile picture show up in the "row"? And, why use it if people have already opted not to receive e.mails, and e.mails are sent automatically when someone publishes a new Hub?
I am fairly new, but I found that people who commented on my hubs were the ones I followed first. Their comments were good. Then they followed me. Then I started reading more hubs, and commented and if I liked what they said, I would follow them. It had nothing to do with popularity but appreciating others, the niches they wrote about, and genuinely wanting to have a follower relationship. The followers often read each others hubs and then you get to know more about them. If you write about a sensitive topic, they often show compassion in their comments, It is wonderful, and you meet many nice people.
Yes, the idea is that people follow you because they like your writing or thats what I always thought. I guess some people also add because they want to network, but I don't see the point in flicking through pages just adding people to try and get attention, it is better to accumulate real 'fans' because they are more likely to read your stuff!
"Fans" was changed to followers because the same term is used if you watch a particular topic. The example given was that it used to say things like "Camlo is a fan of brain cancer" if you chose to follow that topic.
The whole "follower" thing seems kind of like a popularity contest to me. If you are good at networking and/or you write about popular/fluff topics, you can cultivate a significant following. On the other hand, if you don't network or write about obscure/specialized/technical topics, no matter how good your writing, you won't develop the same following. Doesn't seem like a good measure of anything to me.
Well, my whole thing is, do you want good writers who write about a variety of topics and focus on the quality of their work, or do you want people who write average quality hubs on limited but "popular" topics and focus on networking. I would think HubPages would prefer the former, but I think I am wrong.
I am not talking in general, but based upon my personal experience and hard work. My followers seem to appreciate my writings, philosophy, values, and contributions to this site. Maybe you wouldn't understand...
You seem to suggest that having many followers is synonymous with a form of populism. While this may be true in some cases ("spammy followers" and the like), you may eventually come to appreciate that some of the best writers and most interesting Hubbers actually happen to have the greatest amount of followers. This regardless of whether they write creatively or on narrow topics.
Take most of the prolific Hubbers, who are also amongst the best writers on the site. Everyone will tell you that having followers doesn't matter. But then see how many followers they have. See how many comments and how much feedback they receive. I don't believe any of that to be a coincidence; it is the product of talent and hard work.
I never said that everyone here is aiming for popularity or that popularity is necessarily bad. My point, if there is one, is that HubPages should emphasize quality of writing above all else, and I don't think that is always the case.
Yes, there are a lot of great writers here who are popular because of their writing, no matter the topic. However, there are also plenty of people chasing the popularity angle and many new hubbers are advised to do so.
I am a new hubber [i still think] and I was never said to chase for followers.
Quality is a very relative word. How can HP emphasis on quality more? What will be the standard?
~There are people who don't have a good writing style but provides with very good information. ~There are people who has less command in English but knows a lot and write good hubs in bad English. [My English is bad and I am not a good writer but I have seen few Asian writer who writes informative hub in bad English] ~There are people who write only thought provoking contents like stories and poems.
I was wondering if that was why I lost a follower - I'm new, so it is easy to see. I'm like your saleheensblog, I certainly do check out their profile and work, and love to add those I have an interest in, but won't add someone if I have no intention of reading their work.
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