Is it just me but I tend not to follow too many hubbers because I would never have time to write if I read all the hubs they submit. Perhaps I’m being naive here … but it seems disrespectful to follow them and then not read their work. Do people elect to ‘follow’ a hubber and then really not read their work? If you follow over 1000+ folks how to find the time for a life if you read all their hubs?
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I just loved this answer, chef … this is my dilemma in a nutshell. The rate I’m going my second novel will still be unfinished when I fall off the twig … other people’s work is such a welcome distraction :)
Many thanks for this considered answer, TL … that does happen to me quite often …
Thanks for your input, Goody5.
I tend to be more selective than reciprocal as that is what many people expect you to do and it does look good to have a great many followers but is it honest? I hope the people I follow understand that it was not merely a reciprocal follow.
I don't hope that people I follow see it as more than a reciprocal follow, I visit, read and comment to show that it isn't. I don't expect all of my followers to read every new hub I write. I tend to have a wide variety.
No, I don’t expect them to read everything I write either, internpete … all that worries me is that I do not have the time to do justice to the work of the people that I follow.
Ah, I guess I see it differently. When someone leaves a comment on one of my hubs, and then follows me, it makes me smile, so I try to do that to others who seem to be writing good hubs to help make them smile.
I think we are both saying the same thing here, internpete … I always reply to comments. It is only basic manners … and I am very grateful to have comments. My question has in fact arisen because I respect people and their work ...
I really don’t think this is snobbishness on your part, FFC, more like robust honesty and common sense and I think this is what we should all do. The trouble is many of us don’t and I think that skews the stats ...
I'm glad you agree. I thought I was sounding a little harsh but maybe it needed to be said!! :)
Sometimes blunt honesty can be taken for harshness … but I believe it is always the best answer. Too many people pussyfoot about and that leads to misapprehensions. I can see why your authorscore is 100.
Yes, this seems like the ideal way to deal with this situation … but I try to have a disciplined schedule for actually writing my own work. If I have to read a huge number of hubs every other day it really messes that up and I am foremost a writer.
I tend to follow forum threads on things to which I need answers … such as why our view stats constantly fluctuate …lol.
Or perhaps not, suzette … if you are anything like me it’s case of write or wither away inside :)
My point precisely, wm … I suppose we have to be selective about which hubs to read from the hubbers we follow. It just has to be the ones that really grab you ...
No problem, Liz … I just feel guilty when I cannot read everyone’s work. I guess I was just looking for some words of comforting agreement.
I think there may be a great many ‘fake’ followers out there, Scorpio and that is what worries me. Let’s face it the real readers we want should have come organically from Google searches anyway ...
Thank you Jesse … I could not read things that do not interest me as I would have no life at all. I read books … a great many books and I analyse them to see how they are written. I would not be able to do that if I read hubs all the time.
Not if you are writing a novel, a blog, running a home and garden and feeding a family … lol, Annemari. I must get my priorities in better order :)
Interesting comment, matama … I now tend to scan the email digests that I receive showing the new hubs submitted by the hubbers I follow and, like you, I pick out only the subjects that interest me. On the ones I do read I will leave a comment .
Angie, its good to know that i am not alone in how i do things.I guess to each their own, as long as it works.