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Five Reasons TO FOLLOW A Writer

Updated on March 2, 2018

"Oh no," you scream to yourself. "Who stopped following me and why?"

So, you think you can write. You start your HubPages account or blog and you find that you are a pretty good writer.

After a few Hubs or blogs, you notice that a string of people have started to follow you and give you some decent advice, so you follow them back.

Before long you have a list of about 50 people tagging along when you write, but you notice that you don't have 50 reads on your new articles each.

You start to think, "Hum, where did I go wrong?"

A few more months go by and you notice that you have three fewer followers today. "Oh no," you scream to yourself. "Who stopped following me and why?"

Friends, I am here to be of service. We all go through the growing pains of writing and the politics of hubbing and blogging. We learn what to say and how to correspond.

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Lesson of the Cult

We learn to be effective communicators and even greater writers. What we must learn before we can become greatest is the lesson of the cult.

No, I am not talking about religious cultism, but it is similar.

The lesson of the cult centers around knowing that your first followers are excited to see someone new with talent and are like seeds scattered on stony ground.

When the sun comes out, many will be scorched by the heat and die off. You lose a few--or a lot in my case.

It takes time for people to know your style. Your style, or brand is what constitutes the sun in this-here article of mine.

Later in your writing career, you will have a core group of people who follow you. You will notice that you are all quite similar and you build on each other's work while still having a unique brand. You have won yourself a cult of followers!

These people follow your writings, not necessarily because they believe in them or agree with them even--'cause heaven knows I don't agree with some of the hubbers I follow!

You entertain these people and give them something to laugh about and ideas to write about. It's a mutually beneficial relationship if you do it right; and it can grow your follower-ship, your fan(atics) to unbelievable numbers!

I, Rodric Anthony Johnson, was born in the bustling city of Rochester, New York in the wintry month of November.  Being migrant by nature, my family uprooted and moved to the Southeast.  I am a psychology undergraduate and...
I, Rodric Anthony Johnson, was born in the bustling city of Rochester, New York in the wintry month of November. Being migrant by nature, my family uprooted and moved to the Southeast. I am a psychology undergraduate and... | Source
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For the remainder of this article, I will provide Five reasons I follow a Hubber or Blogger, or why I should follow a Writer at least! Do not judge me too harshly. If you see what I write about and the number of followers I have compared to some others here, you will take what I provide with salt, a roll and a side salad--with lime juice!

Reason Number ONE: You genuinely liked the writings.

Now, before I marry that statement, I want to file for a prenuptial!

Sometimes the first article is a fluke, so you want to read a few.

What I have gleaned from other experienced writers is to read three articles before you give them the FAN(atic) thumbs-up! You may change your mind about them later.

I seriously suggest following a writer after reading quite a few of their works. You want to make sure that the person is a quality writer and that the points they make look good and the articles look professionally put together.

I know, I know that is not the only reason to follow someone, which is why I have five! I can already hear the rattling brains from the shaking heads of the land of No!

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Reason Number TWO: The Writer has Interesting Titles

Nothing can pull you into a Fan(atics)-ship than a good title.

Of course, it has the opposite effect too. I went to one article that screamed happiness and joy to me as I read it's title only for me to find it to be a lump of fused shavings of dry wood, rotted and reconstituted again!

I, of course, could not read anymore for a while after being deflated and wadded up emotionally like that.

I found a writer who I could not reconcile his abrasive approach with my leanings, but I fell in love with his approach and took him on as my example and mentor, feenix.

He shocked me into following him and becoming a fan(atic) of his. I may not agree with all of his political leanings, but I read when he posts because of his titles first.

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Reason Number THREE: You like the subject matter.

Look, we like to read about what we like to read about.

If you like to read about sports, you don't find a Hubber who writes about knitting and follow!

I mean, yeah, you can, but really?

I am guilty of following people that I have no intention on reading ever again.

It is a rookie move and perfectly fine for a rookie to do. It is how you get noticed in the beginning. I read one or two articles and then I am in the wind for eternity.

Once you realize that you will not follow a person, cut them free. Also, do not worry if someone cuts you free.

If you do not like their subject-matter and you will not comment on their writings you are not helping them improve. We don't have to follow everyone.

I know that I have some followers who only comment when I write about political things or religious things. Some do not comment at all but read what I have written. It is fine to do. I am confident it is better to follow someone you would read for fun. I follow many people that I only read for fun.

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Reason Number FOUR: They make you comment because of their opinion!

I have followed and look for people who ruffle my feathers.

Why? because they keep me on my toes and keep my writing fresh. It is all about the give and take when writing.

You gain skill by commenting on things that bring out your passion so that you can learn how to debate rather than argue and name-call.

You do not have to be ugly about disagreeing, just passionate. I know one passionate person that I follow, and she is a humdinger when you get her going, passingtheword.

She does not agree with me religiously and is not afraid to say it. I read her words and her blog so that I can know where she comes from and find a common bond, which I have found. We both passionately write about our beliefs.

I do not troll her works to comment on them negatively, but I do read from time to time and will comment when I cannot stand to do otherwise.

Reason Number FIVE: You are supporting an agenda.

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That sounds sort of sinister I suppose. I do have an agenda. I want to inform people about my faith from my perspective. My agenda is simply to write introductions to people of my faith. All the other writings I do are a fringe benefits--good fun.

I would love all people to know the truth about my faith and consider adopting it. I am a Christian.

I follow and support other Christians who promote my faith, whether they attend my church or not. I am more likely to read something about religion regardless of its brand, but I have a brand that I support.

I follow people of all faiths, even those of the dark arts. I think it is important to support a group or several. I love literature and psychology, so I follow and support people who write about it. I follow race and society, so I follow people who tend to write about it.

Have an agenda to support.

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Who to Follow

I follow the people I like and it might be that I like to hate what they write!

Take these suggestions and see if they will not be of help to you. As I mentioned before, you might have to season it with salt--change it up for your own style that is.

You might have to choke it down with a bun or even skip it and just munch on the side salad.

The fact that you are reading means you hate what I do and will point out the reasons, or you like it!

It could mean you were bored too. It could also mean you felt sorry for me when you saw the number of articles I wrote and the lack of followers to match it!

Someone could be forcing you to read it--holding your eyes open! Or still, someone could be reading it to you!

© 2012 Rodric Anthony Johnson

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    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      4 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Thanks for commenting Bill. I have gotten bad about commenting. I know it used to be about community here. I miss that.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm still surprise by the number of HP writers who do not comment. I'm not sure the point in following if not to build community and make contacts...but maybe I'm missing something.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      mpropp, following or un-following someone has nothing to do with your hub score.

      You technically do not have to follow anyone and still have a great hub score. What matters is the commenting you do and the quality of comments you provide.

      Your hub score is based on the amount you participate in the hubbing community. You may follow whom you wish or not follow anyone! It is fine to un-follow people.

      I have done it and still do it. I do follow new hubbers sometimes just because I want to see where they will go next. I may follow a person for a few months and decide not to do it anymore.

      Or I may follow someone on a topic I am not interested in just because of how well that person writes. It is up to you. Many people will follow you if you follow them. It is not a bad practice, but the notifications of new hubs and comments may get to you unless you opt out. I don't opt out. I want to know what the people I follow do. I find new people to follow because of that.

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      Melissa Propp 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      I like how you aren't sugar coating any of the reasons for following others. It's a very honest and fresh approach. I do have a question in regards to "unfollowing" someone that you previously followed....If you realize that you aren't really interested in following someone anymore (for whatever reason--they never returned the favor, they wrote a hub you are morally against, you just don't have anything in common, or another 100 possible reasons), will it affect your hubber score negatively? I was just curious if it affected that...Thanks!

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Irc7815, thanks for commenting. I was afraid when I first started writing it. I did not want to offend my readers. I thought if I made it lighthearted that it would not have a negative impact. Most of my writings are serious in tone. I need to change it up occasionally.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Greetings Theresa, I know right! You should still do a How to Hub like this. Now that you see where I failed you can make it better and maybe even do 10 things! I saw that no one had done anything like this, and I mean, I search for one. I jumped on the opportunity and spit this one out A.S.A.P. It was supposed to be humorous, but it is rough around the edges. I will improve the read so that it can be of a higher quality. Thank for the support.

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Thank you Rodric, ahem, me for commenting on my article. I think you did a great job commenting. Try to read and comment on other people's articles though. You are wasting time!

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      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago

      This is a good article about why to follow people. You like how I made a comment on my own article? Of course I think it is good. I did notice some spelling errors and grammatical errors. I really need to edit more when I write. In fact, I think from now on I will be pointing out every person's issues to help them out. I have been avoiding that unless it is really monstrous. I will no longer avoid!

      Is it wrong to comment on your own article like this?

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Hi Rodric29. I think you have summarized the hubber effect quite well and stripped away all the fluff to unveil the reality. Nice job.

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      Theresa Ast 

      5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good Evening Rodric. This is a great hub and I am pretty irritated that you thought of it before I did! :) Lot of hubs about following and followers and so forth, but I have have never read one from this particular angle. Subconsciously, I have some of the same rules in my hard, but I am not sure I ever articulated them so clearly. Great stuff! Sharing. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving. ~~Theresa

    • Rodric29 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodric Anthony Johnson 

      5 years ago from Peoria, Arizona

      Thanks for reading Pamela and leaving a comment. I appreciate your remark about it being different, I hope in a good way. Smiles.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 years ago from United States

      This is an interesting hub and I have never read one that discusses why we follow a hubber. There are sure plenty of hub of how to attract followers to make more money, but yours had a different slant. Interesting.

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