It has always bugged me out that social media and other on-line media use terms like “follow” and “followers”. I get the premise, I do — and maybe it’s because I am an activist, but those words have negative, Cultish, lockstep connotations to me. Not that I think “I” am a Cult or anything like that, it’s just the words themselves bother me.
Do any of us really want someone “following” us? It’s kind of creepy!
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I’ve heard and read that one of the reasons many platforms switched from using the word “subscribe” to “follow” is because “subscribe” apparently brings to mind subscription fees and since blogs and social content is free it was thought more people would share, like and yes, “follow” more people/blogs.
As a writer I want readers like any other writer. Just because you cannot hold my blog in your hands thumbing through its pages doesn’t make it any less of a book. Readers are what make a writer. If no one read what I wrote would I still write? Probably yes, but it wouldn’t be nearly as satisfying and truthfully it wouldn’t be as much fun without you! So, yes, I want readers. Even the term “fan” seems more acceptable than “follower”.
“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” ~ Albert Camus
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For writers, writing is something we have to do. We don’t have a choice. It is our art. Each piece is a piece of who we are. I think that’s why they’re called “pieces”.
Writing a Blog (or two or three or four or five…) is a great way for a writer to get near instant gratification. Sure I write proposals and query letters and have several articles and ideas brewing at once. I do write for other entities as well and of course I am also working diligently on my marketing book, but those things are a process. They take a lot of time. For a writer, it can be years before anyone reads you (or reads you again).