Today, my Twitter feed was filled with articles about Twitter followers. There were articles about how to get more followers. There were articles about why Twitter followers are the most “important” followers to have. One article even told me that an author’s success was gauged by their Twitter and Facebook following.
This author said that they had almost 8,000 followers on twitter and were not considered successful because of the low number.
Full disclosure, I very recently reached (and believe I may be hovering at) 100 followers on Twitter. Go Me!
I would rather have only one genuine follower. Someone who truly enjoys my content, who sees me in their news feed and smiles, who clicks on my articles and reads them in their entirety because they truly are interested in what I have to say.
And I would take that one follower over thousands who scroll right past my posts, rarely bothering to read them, most of them not even sure how they ended up following me in the first place.
But, maybe that’s just me.
I’m not saying that I don’t want followers. Of course I want followers. Who doesn’t want followers?
I do my best to ensure that those who like my content and wish to follow me have many options to do so. You can find those links somewhere on these pages. You can also find them listed in the post, follow me.
The newest addition to the follow me family is my LinkedIn page. Being honest, I really don’t understand how LinkedIn works from an author’s standpoint, but it is recommended, so I’ll have one. We’ll see what happens.
I do not (and will not) have a Facebook page. I did. It is difficult to get in front of people without spending loads of money. It kept posting to my author page as my personal profile. My personal Facebook is just that, personal. I share photographs and stories about my family there.
It was a scary experience to have a fan show up at our doorstep, looking for an autograph. I now try to be far more careful about keeping private and professional separated. I do apologize for the inconvenience.