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Fan Mail Secrets

Updated on November 7, 2013

This has always been a changing world that we all have been living in, and today is no different. A matter of fact things are constantly changing all over the world in these interesting times. It could be weather patterns and temperature changes. It may be certain governments and entire countries that are changing. It might be the mentality of the way people are thinking in their lives that are causing these changes. Corporate greed is certainly changing the way big business is being run in these modern times, and management is more worried about how big their bonuses will be than the worker's welfare.

The Hub pages are no different, and there has been many changes here as well over the years since they have existed on the world wide web. Some of these changes we have liked and prospered from, and others we have had to figure out ways to make them work for us. Some hubbers disliked the changes so much that they packed their bags and went to another corner of the Internet. I wanted to pause, and share a little something here with you all. I'm not sure if everyone out there knows this, but the word Internet is suppose to be spelled with a capital I. This was just a fun fact that I wanted to share with you all.

There are those of us who still like the Hub Pages, and prefer to stay right here, and not go anywhere else right now. So we have to find ways to make these changes that the Hub Pages have incorporated work for all of us who are left behind. I decided to write this hub here to simply tell you all something that I've learned about for just one of these recent changes that the Hub Pages has so nicely decided to bestow upon us all here.

The change in which I'm talking about here is the decision that the Hub Pages made a while back to remove the information from your activity page concerning new hubbers who have just started to follow you. It's still indicated on your activity page when you have started to follow someone new, but you have no idea that another person has just recently decided to follow you. This can sometimes cause others to have hard feelings that you have no followed them back, when in reality you are totally unaware that they are a new devoted follower of yours.

The unknown follower
The unknown follower

So I would like to propose a brand new tip that whenever a person decides to follow someone new here on the Hub Pages, that they should just stop for a second and take a moment to write and leave some fan mail behind for the person. There has always been fan mail here at the Hub Pages, and in the past some people have elected not to leave fan mail behind. However in these changing times it's important to leave a simple message on fan mail like, "I'm happy to be one of your followers on the Hub Pages", so that another hubber knows that you are following them. This way when they check their fan mail, they will see that you are a new follower of theirs and they will have the option of following you back in return. Otherwise there's a very good chance that they will never know that you are following them.

Followers have always been a very important integral part of the Hub Pages, and I just wanted to share this technique of letting another hubber know that you are now following them through fan mail.

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    • kidscrafts profile image

      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Very interesting, PossumLover! But I think that hubpages probably pushes that further; sometimes they notice you that you have a new follower and sometimes no. I could see that I had new followers but didn't know who but yesterday, I received a notice that someone new was following me. So maybe it's random?

      Thanks for writing about this subject! Have a great day!

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      kjforce 3 years ago

      PossumLover...I was so overwhelmed with other commitments that I went on " hiatus " for 4 months..WHAT A MISTAKE ! Now I am back and feel like a " tree " and want to " leaf "..HP has made so many changes I don't know where to begin..most of my hubs were all zippo/zilch/ I revamped everyone of I am getting " not good enough" e-mails..can't find my followers/following..pretty much have to start over from scratch...I have always felt my friends here were VIP so I always leave comments..hey it's a lot of work putting your heart/sweat out there, so why not give credit where credit is due..I'm trying to get back, but it's not like this is a not sure of future yet...thanks for the share..I thought I had done something wrong..have a great Monday...great article by the way, very informative...

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      You bring up some great points and tips. I always leave fan mail, if someone takes the time to start following me, i take the time to leave fan mail. I am one who went away for awhile, but there is no place like HP. I feel at home here, but i do miss all the great writers who have left...

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I do like to leave fan mail to new followers after reading a post. It is one way to help them attract new readers.

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      Donna Caprio Quinlan 3 years ago from Newburyport, MA

      I'm new here and did not understand what fan mail was. I will start to leave it when I decide to follow someone. Thanks for the information!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      good idea. i will start from today onwards

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      monia ben saad 2 years ago from In my Dream

      very good idea and intersting hub thank you

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      Mel Carriere 21 months ago from San Diego California

      Glad to follow you, I appreciate your direct and honest approach. Apart from fan mail, I know hubbers who claim to have read everything I have written but if they dont comment how will I know so I can reciprocate? It seems like simple self interest but apparently it's not that simple. Pleased to make your acquaintance.

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      Matthew A Easterbrook 21 months ago from Oregon

      Thank You for following me on HP and I look forward to following you as well Possom Lover. I always enjoy reading new hubs. Good luck on your Guiness Book of World Record Hub as well.


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      FlourishAnyway 21 months ago from USA

      Especially if you can tell that the new follower has truly read your work, fan mail is encouraging.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 21 months ago

      Great write up here. :-)) Thank you for the follow...sorry you didn't have time to leave 'fan mail'...(laughing). You made really good points.

      I always try to leave fan mail. If the person is that good to read,

      I think it is important to tell them so. :-) cheers!

      Up & shared.

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      Laurel Johnson 21 months ago from Washington KS

      I still haven't figured out all the nuances of hub pages. I enjoy reading hubs and leaving comments. How do we know if anyone sent us fan mail? I don't get any that I know of and rarely ever get visits and comments to my hubs. Will keep trying to fit in. Loved your hub!!

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      possum lover 21 months ago from the backwoods just to the North of South Carolina

      lollyj lm , I'm going to explain the easy way to know if anyone has sent you some fan mail. Go to your profile page, and look towards the right side. You will see some rectangular white boxes, and the very bottom box will read "Fan Mail". Click on that box, and it will bring up, if you have any, all of your fan mail. At this point you can either deny or approve your fan mail. If there is some undesirable fan mail then click on the deny bottom, and puff it's gone. (That's rather rare.) When you approve your fan mail it both let's the writer know that you liked it, and it also allows all of your visitors the opportunity to read your fan mail. Let me know if you have any problems accessing your fan mail, and if everything works out okay.

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      Niecey Docherty 19 months ago from Firth, Nebraska

      You're good. You really know how to make the most of the system. Impressive.

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      June Parker 16 months ago from New York

      God advice for proper fan mail etiquette. I have always thought it was good manners to respond to someone who has left fan mail for you.

      I wish there was a way to be notified through email when someone leaves a comment. I feel awful when I find out 2 months after the fact that I have a comment sitting there that I haven't responded to.

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      Kenneth Avery 10 days ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, possumlover,

      Just want to tell you about my personal thank you email that I have been waiting to email you, but life sometimes gets in the way.

      Loved your hub about this topic. And I love fan mail to and from all of my sweet followers.

      Now for my thank you note, but your Fan Mail app on your profile page is NOT working or showing.

      Best talk to

      Dear possumlover,

      "Thank you," for becoming one of my valued-followers. This was a very humble gesture that I will never forget.

      I offer my sincere, heart-felt apologies to you for taking so long in sending this note, but I had to have a heart cath in November 2015, due to me having Congestive Heart Failure and I was near death the doctors said. But thank God, I am here now, going slow in recovery, and very much alive.

      Actually, and truthfully, my followers are THE reason that I do my best to provide hubs that are not just interesting, but a little on the comical side to take the readers' minds off of their troubles only if for a moment.

      Thank you once again and anytime you want to write me with hub ideas, comments, or suggestions on how I can produce a better hub, just send me an email.


      Kenneth Avery

      Your Friend for Life

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