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Why People Un-follow you

Updated on January 7, 2019
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Moronke Oluwatoyin is a certified teacher. Teaching is my calling. So, I offer knowledge of excellence and writing crafts to meet needs,


You, a poor careless writer!

When people un-follow, you feel like the audience isn't engaged and, it reflects you as a poor careless writer. Good news! The problem isn't you. The number of followers does not reflect the views or traffic or comments on your articles

There are many reasons why people decide to stop following. People follow and un-follow for the same reason they do on social networks, it's popularity contest to them.

People follow at first because they got interested in your article. Then, after couple of days, weeks, and so on they are waiting for more than ... interesting articles. People like to read new things. If you fail to write and update what they are looking for, they can un-follow you.

A lot of times, a follower can delete their account. When it happens, it leads to loss of followers. Remember the 1978 singles by Genesis, 'Follow-You-Follow-Me.' A person goes on a following spree, expecting to get followed back and when they don't, they un-follow. Also, people decide to un-follow because of a bad comment or something stupid.

Losing interest, not enough time, inadequate engagement, health reasons are other reasons. The article niche can make people to un-follow you. Niches like poetry and creative writing looks boring.

People join a site to follow a bunch of folks and then lose interest in the topics they followed the person in the beginning for. They could be hoping this will draw others to their articles when they follow someone.

If you are following people but the article’s theme isn't interesting, maybe it is difficult to comment on it or even read. It doesn't mean they are a bad writer, or even boring for that matter. For example, if dislike sports, you might not read any article on sports because your eyes will gaze over.

Gain followers

Who's a good follower?

A real follower most likely will have read one of your articles and posted a comment or answered one of the questions or loved the way you answered one of their questions. A true follower is exposed to your work in some way. Never pay attention to the number of followers.

Ask yourself this; if a writer has 1000 followers and another writer has only 10, does that make the writer with the 1000 followers a better than ... writer?

There are people that I follow but I do not see the need to un-follow them. There may come a point that they will write something of interest for me to read. You follow because you are subscribing to that person's activity and it shows up on your feed. If you want follow for follow, Twitter is right around the corner.

The best answer is to have a good strategy for following people. For example, following people only because they follow you is a bad strategy. It will attract too many low-quality accounts, many of will follow and then un-follow.

For quality, it’s better to find or attract followers, rather than putting too much attention on people finding you randomly. You don’t have to follow back and thank people who follow you.

Try these strategies and do not ignore people! But if all they do is follow and make no other kind of connection, make dealing with them a lower than priority.

As stated earlier, people un-follow when you are no longer writing what they want to read or they might be attempting to clean up their followers.

Personally, I don't pay attention to the number of followers. I know people have lives too. And so what if they do lose interest? That is their choice. They can do whatever they like. For me, following is never a competition or race but about practicing my writing, getting better every day, engaging ideas and sharing knowledge, experience, and putting my words out there.

All in all, do not focus on followers count but on creativity and writing style, keep producing interesting articles, and you will build a base of die-hard followers.


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