The reason that I enjoy being part of the writing community is the lack of trolling. Sure there are trolls, but statistically, these are few and far between. I may have been lucky in my writing, but I find that I rarely get negative responses from people. Writers seem to have a respect for each other, that stops them acting cruelly. When you put yourself on the internet though, you should expect some criticism. I am not advocating that this is right, but negative criticism is part of the job, you have to learn to work with. Since becoming a blogger I have received one outright troll response to an article. That doesn’t mean I haven’t received any negative comments, because I have.
As professionals we can’t sit and think, I want new readers if we are not prepared to discover new writers. Last week I read a comment on one of my Facebook groups that asked: How do we increase our readership if all the groups are filled with the same people? It is a brilliant question. Within the groups I belong, the same group of names are always there. Not that this is a bad thing as I love the writers I interact with, in these groups. But, how do we get new people to see our work, especially as Medium is not great at pushing articles forward?
The advice to ignore and the advice to follow. I have read all the articles on tips and tricks to increase your followers. None of them has worked. I now ignore them completely. I have already broken one of the golden rules. So how do you improve your writing experience and gain followers? Break the Rules
It is dishonest and gets you nowhere. Why do you follow people on Medium? Is it so they follow you back? Is it because you like their work? Is it because they are your friend. On all social media, I follow for three main reasons. I like the writer’s voice. I enjoy their work and gain insight from reading their views. They have reached out to me and I value them as a friend. Not all, have I met in person, but still, I value their involvement in my life. I’m looking to build a community and interact with like-minded people. This works on other social media. I don’t use it on Medium. I never follow, unfollow.
Write for your followers, not for the instant gratification of claps. I’m sorry to say I haven’t found the magic algorithm to Mediums partner program. No one understands it, which makes it such a thing of mystic and wonder. It’s what makes it so interesting every month. I have had articles with 100 claps earn more … Continue reading Claps Are No Reflection On Your Writing
Having set the challenge to increase my followers by 1000. I have become obsessed with checking my stats. Today I noticed that in two hours I had lost one follower. Just one follower, but to me this one follower became the most important person to my blog. Before you all worry about the level of my sanity I went from 941 to 940 it was very noticeable. If only I could ask that 1 follower why they had unfollowed? What post made them unfollow?