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Hubpage Contributor Overload
I'm wondering if any of my other fellow hubbers are experiencing this problem. As you begin to get established in the community, you start to get more followers, and this is great. But, if you are like me, you feel an obligation to at least visit the new follower's own Hub profile and read a couple of his/her articles.
Often, I find that the follower is also a good writer with interesting stuff to read and follow, so I decide to follow them as well.
At some point this practice starts to become an overload. It's possible to keep up with the activities of ... I don't know ... 25-40 contributors, but after that there is simply too much material to absorb -- even if you have the entire day to devote to the community.
So, what is the answer? I don't know. Is it cool to allow your own group of followers to build without ever returning the favor -- even if you like what the material the writer is contributing?
HP is growing exponentially, so what is the courteous way of reacting to new followers? Do you drop some that don't write very often or do you preen the writers who are good but don't knock off your socks?
For my own edification, I like to read the news -- mostly via the Net (for better or worse). Just reading the main articles of the day can start to take hours. If you like to leave comments on news articles, this takes additional thought and time. If you belong to any forums that are of individual interest to you, your email box can get swamped.
Now, as we write additional articles, this will only increase the likelihood of attracting new followers, so the problem becomes compounded.
What is the cut-off point?
For some time now, our worlds have started to become burdened with information overload. I wish I could read faster, digest material at the speed of light, but I can't. I tend to prefer reflecting a bit on what I've read and letting it digest a bit. Yet, there seems to be less and less time to take in all the information and let it "work" on me.
In the motion picture "The Matrix" information could simply be downloaded directly into the brain. Until we get to that point, what's the next best solution?