The Importance of Thanking Your Followers & YouTube Subscribers
Why Subscribers Are Important
Your followers and subscribers are extremely important to your success as a content creator.
They provide both the positive/negative feedback and the viewership towards your articles or videos. I would never want to offend anyone who takes time out of their day to click on one of my articles, and I'd always be grateful.
My followers will always matter whether I have one follower of a 1,000. I know I'll do my best to reach out to them as a way to thank them for reaching out to me.
The feeling of having someone enjoy your efforts is truly humbling.
Respect Your Followers
Don't ever disrespect the people who follow you.
Well actually this statement is flawed because you shouldn't disrespect anybody and certainly not people who frequently read your articles.
My job is to be as professional as possible and treat every person as a colleague. Remember that writers are only successful if people take time to read their works.
Their success is all about connecting or networking, viewership, an audience, and of course respect. They're not going to go anywhere without showing proficient professionalism.
Would you disrespect your peers working an office job?
No Way! You would be thrashed with complaints by staff members; and perhaps you'll even receive a pink slip given your vindictive attitude in the workplace.
Treat others as you would want to be treated. It's the golden rule and must always be applied in every facet of life.
Don't Always Follow Back
I'm perplexed by this question because I usually follow those who've followed me. I follow them because of two reasons in particular:
- Show appreciation (I'll use that word a lot) for following me
- Establish a positive relationship
But is this okay and should I follow someone just because they've followed me?
I would have to say yes if you're a beginner and lack followers/viewership. I won't pretend I'm only following them because of content alone. I want them to like my articles and my hope is to establish a positive connection with them.
Does this mean I don't enjoy reading their content? Absolutely not! I think everyone on writing platforms like HubPages generates fantastic, high quality content. However I'm drawn to content that interests me, but that doesn't mean I don't care for their articles.
It's a two-way street because I understand people who follow me won't be interested in many of my articles either, which is fine. As long as they like one piece I've written, then I'm happy.
Once your audience begins to grown, then there will a time to stop following everybody. At that point you should only follow those whose content you're really interested in.
This does not mean I'm unappreciative of those I don't follow. It just means I have different preferences and will follow those who share them. I have nothing but the utmost respect and thankfulness for anyone who chooses to follow me even though I may not reciprocate.
How Should You Thank Your Followers?
Besides reciprocating by following back, the easiest thing you can do to say thanks is by responding to comments.
When you respond to comments you're letting them, the viewers, know that you've read what they've said and acknowledged it by replying back.
It's a great feeling to know another writer has taken the time to read my comment and answer, but this starts to get dicey once the comments pile on because it's really difficult to answer hundreds of comments.
If that moment arises then a collective response is sufficient. A general thank you plus a few other phrases shows you care about your contemporaries and acknowledge them.
This applies to any occasion where people leave responses such as blogging or vlogging on YouTube.
A more thorough way to say thank you is by reading one of their works and leaving a comment on it. In this instance not only are you saying thanks but you're repaying the favor by taking time out of your life to read and comment on their article.
Yet again, there are limits. You shouldn't have to do this for everyone who reads and comments on your articles. You should only do it because their article/s interests you but remember one thing:
- Don't Leave a Comment Without Reading Their Articles!
I find commentating without reading to be a bit tacky. It's a false thanks because although you're leaving a response, you're also disregarding their piece. I would rather have someone read my content and not respond (or vote up) then not read it and leave a response.
What Do We Gain?
The better question is what don't we gain?
I really believe this topic means the difference between success and failure. The way you decide to present yourself to others and the way you carry yourself is critical.
I'll draw up a few points on what you'll gain from being thankful.
- Positive response from others
- Strong reputation for kindness and professionalism
- Networking options open up with potential opportunities
- More viewers and followers
- Become a better person
That last part basically sums up everything from your business to personal life. The things you can gain from being thankful to your viewers cannot be measured by numbers alone.
The next few points indicate things you'll lose if you choose not to thank or acknowledge your followers.
- Lose viewership/followers
- Develop negative/unknown reputation from community
- Lack of future growth/opportunities
- Little to no networking
- You won't grow as a person
It's incredible how something like this can have significant implications on your life. I know they'll be naysayers that question how not thanking followers affects your character, but it really does.
It says a lot about who you are and who you want to become. If someone doesn't care for comments/responses then write in a diary or personal blog. Don't put your thoughts out to the public if you don't want to answer feedback.
I can't tell you what to do, I can only offers some advice. Whether you choose to follow it or not is not up to me. I'm sure people have gotten successful without thanking their followers, but that doesn't mean their opinions of you were favorable.
I would rather have fewer followers who like and respect me versus a bunch of followers that don't.
Follow or Be Followed
I don't mind people who try to challenge me and prove me wrong just as long as they can support it.
Am I wrong about everything I've stated?
It's possible, but I highly doubt not thanking your supporters will offer you mass success where you need that community or social media support.
I've already stated that it's your choice on what you choose to do. I am grateful for all of the positive comments and the people who follow me. They give me that extra push to keep writing when I'm feeling unmotivated or stricken with writer's block.
In a way, the feedback you and I receive is addicting because we want to see more. The good news is this is generally considered a healthy kind of addiction.
No matter what happens with my writing prospects, I'll always think about those who pushed me to go further. Their respect, kindness, and appreciation is something everyone and I should remember and never forget.