Followers and following
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bernardtwindwilGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
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Please read this You don't have to like. Comment if you disagree.

Followers and following

by bernardtwindwil

I have seen many of you commafullers with far more followers

Than you are following

I know this because I visit every profile of whom I follow.

Maybe I am wrong please tell me if I am.

I think that is egotistical and selfish

Does it mean you are only interested in what you write?

Doe it mean you don't care about what others write?

One does not "have" followers one is followed.

2150 writers, poets, and wonderful people follow me.

I follow 2800 writer, philosophers, and good people.

These statistics do not prove I am correct.

I do, however, beg you to consider what I have to say.

Because I care about every one of you.

I feel humble in the presence of this magnificent generation

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bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
4 months agoReply
@LostInMyDreams Precisely, you just said it better than I ever could. I have the rest of my life, no job, no classes, no scheduled tanning sessions. I keep track of who has posted and how often. If some one isn't sounding good, I will PM them. Every couple of weeks, I go down my list of followers and followees. I realize that some will never post. They are just to shy or intimidated by the talent here. I don't know. I like for everyone to know that Granddad really and truly cares. You are the future of mankind. I am a logophile, a pedant, and sarcastic plick. I love what you are doing with the language. You are pushing it out beyond Churchillian English to the, limits of AI. Until I came on this site, I was really worried about the tongues of our forefathers. You have to do thing in your ways not mine. I want some awareness that other people (I won't call you kids) are just barely hanging on. There are people at the edge of darkness between the night and the campfire's light and warmth. Wattpad, twitter, Facebook, and on and on have made a religions of being followed. You also get paid for pushing commercials on your followers. That disgusts me as I am sure it disgusts you. I am pleased that we have had this dialogue. I think that there is a rare purity in the commaful community. You just proved it.

LostInMyDreamsCommabassadorDelving deeper into the unknown
4 months agoReply
I am guilty of having more followers than people I am following. However it's not by that much. My reason for that is simply because I see who decided to follow me and I look at their page. If they have nothing written, I don't follow back. If they don't write to my taste, I don't follow. I am probably following about 60-75% of my followers. One thing I I noticed is that it doesn't matter what you are on, Facebook, Twitter, Wordpress, whatever, people are obsessed with having a large following. I like to keep my numbers low, because it allows me to be more personal. There is no way I can read everyone's stories following 400 something people. I can't imagine doubling or tripling that number. I really want to give attention to the people I choose to follow. I have 300 something followers, and I appreciate the people who follow me. I won't follow back simply because you follow me. I have to actually like your work to do so. This is how I operate on all forms of social media. I'm about quality not quantity. I understand why you wrote this post. I've noticed some people not following anyone at all. I felt exactly how you described in this post. You have a massive following and you follow no one. Even celebrities and famous authors follow someone! Maybe some people are here simply to have their work seen with no concern for networking, connecting, or reading. 🤷🏽‍♀️

necromancerBronze CommaALIEN. Vote ME for king of the penguins.
4 months agoReply
@bernardtwindwil Live life to the fullest, right?

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
4 months agoReply
@issycoconut I think it helps to live a life that is always on the cutting edge. For years, I was to busy staying alive to write very much. Now I have a lifetime of adventures. Live large.

necromancerBronze CommaALIEN. Vote ME for king of the penguins.
4 months agoReply
@bernardtwindwil I agree with you on that "Bad Boy" stuff... to me, it's pointless to write about that. If you want something to happen, do it yourself! Stories and it's events should be based on a least a truth from the author's life, whether they are the feelings or thoughts of a character... Also, thank you for your compliment! You're definitely cooler than most grandparents!

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
4 months agoReply
@issycoconut A 'like" is just a little bitty old thing that is easy as pie and it makes people feel better. As far as writing for reactions. That to me is like writing romantic gratuitous soft porn. Like all that "Bad Boy" drivel. O.K. I know I am a cranky "Old Fart". I do definitely see your point. You are a talented writer. Rip something painful from your life and write about until it doesn't hurt anymore.

necromancerBronze CommaALIEN. Vote ME for king of the penguins.
4 months agoReply
I LOVE your perspective on things... but I kind of have something to add. If you disagree with me it's fine. I'm one of those people who have more 'followers' than who I'm following. The way I see things is that even though I do not follow many, I still respect a lot of the writers... those who follow me are probably the same. Of every person that follows me, I ensure that I read their books, and I enjoy every single one of them. Why have I got more followers than who I follow? Because I believe that followers have no impact on your stories. No matter if you're new to writing. Or if you are an amazing writer who is famous. The only thing that matters is that you believe in yourself and what you do. Also... I LOVE YOUR BOOKSSSSSS.

bernardtwindwilGold CommaGranddad & story teller, tomthepo8.com
4 months agoReply
@onlyadreamer @FilterlessMe I think there are a dearth of comments. But the main thing is we have all learned bad habits on wattpad. There are tutorials on how to run up your readership through subterfuge. Wattpad is not in the literature business. They are in the business of selling advertising based on readership. The unbelievable popularity of some of the drivel is mind boggling. "The Bad Boy Stole My Bra" 53 million readers? I think not, I think they are voting bots. Those are the books that go to the top and draw commercial interest. If you don't cheat you are screwed. This is a different type of site. It is a site where people actually care about each other. We care about what is written. There are no hate stories on this site. Their are no gratuitous porn stories. And yet there is no censoring. Mutual support is easy and I encourage it. All my love to you both.

onlyadreamerGrace - She/her, INFP, dreaming
4 months agoReply
Holy moly. I never really thought about that. I definitely need to work on that. Thank you for bringing this issue to the table.

FilterlessMeShameless,Emo,Opinionated.
4 months agoReply
I also want to add that I too am here to read others stories and perspective but it does make me sad most people are only concerned with racking up followers. They only want people to read what they wrote without reading other wonderful things other people took the time to share