Frigid February Following Frenzy!!

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 30th Jan 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/bm5khy51/
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There used to be a song on Sesame Street. The monsters, led by Grover, sang "If you Wubba Me, Then I Will Wubba You." It was a song about friendship -- quite catchy. For this article, though, replace the word "Wubba" with the word "Follow." Then watch your numbers rise -- or so one would hope.

Making Mistakes Means Making Progress

In my first few months at Wikinut, I tried to follow only authors of high quality articles that I agreed with. I did not want to follow anyone blindly, thinking that, as in Twitter and Facebook, people I followed could somehow post to my pages or comment in ways that it might look like I agreed with something when I might not.

In my current opinion however, that was a mistake. Our Wikinut family has loads to teach its members. And we Wikinuts (myself included) have a lot to learn. But we learn nothing if we are here only to expose our own views.

Unlike Facebook and Twitter, at Wikinut, a person can follow anyone and still maintain their own points of view. There is no assumed guilt by association. Comments -- rather than likes -- indicate a person's opinions and thoughts about articles. While there are times that I wish I could "like" or "favorite" an article (or perhaps STAR it!!), once I start typing a comment, I find lack of brevity to be a weakness of mine. More than once, I've gotten so caught up in articles and feedback that I forgot to post what I'd written.

Writers Write... We Must Find the Words

"I'm not qualified to comment"

On Wikinut, it is great to enjoy something an author has written. Since Wikinuts may write columns, critiques, travel guides, prose, poetry, and more, and since some Wikinuts do not feel qualified to critique the writing of others, I could see "liking" or "favoriting" someone's efforts rather than making a comment. However, Wikinuts should all be writers – and how good can writers be who cannot find a few words to acknowledge others?

"But I don't agree with the author. I have a different view."

Sometimes, it's fun to follow people whose views vastly differ from our own. Not long ago, Peter Giblett so wisely stated in this article that disagreements often spur the best conversations. However, there is also the school of thought that says if one can't say anything nice (and by nice, I'll accept "constructive") than say nothing. The monkeys of the "see no evil" persuasion may have it right. However, you can follow someone and then not read his or her article. When you open your messages, you will see "A new article by ______________." When you click there, you will see the article title. If from the title, you know the topic will not interest you, or it is a topic about which you don't feel comfortable speaking your mind, you can opt not to follow the link. For example, I am "done" reading articles about Christian Missions, Scripture Study, and Christian Charity. My opinion is well known on these topics. I am at peace with my views, and know they have been expressed here in great detail already. Frankly, there are times I'm surprised that the writers of these topics continue to follow me – damnedable heathen I must appear to them. Still, when they post craft ideas or stretch themselves to write about other topics -- let's talk about the frigid weather, for example -- then I want to read what they have to write. Continuing to follow them is the best way.

Rising Metrics

There is no visible metric to see how many people each Wikinut follows. Unlike Twitter, clicking on a Wikinut's profile only reveals how many followers that Wikinut has. In Wikinut, one will not feel shame for following lots of people. If they choose to follow back, and chances are good that they will, then your articles will get more exposure. Isn't that what most Wikinut writers want?

So I'm going to try to increase my followers via leading by example. In October, I started following anyone who followed me. In November, I followed anyone who left a comment on one of my pages. Now, each week, I want to find ten new Wiki-friends. I will do this by looking at the comments on my friends' pages and seeing who is there that I am not already connected to. Then, I will branch out by finding other authors who write about the same topics I do – and I'll start with Wikinuts who write about self-publishing and book promotion. Having metrics to know my current page views and being able to see if that number will increase with additional followers will hopefully grow my readership as well as my fields of knowledge.

Join me. Comment on this article to get a jump on the bandwagon. Then follow people like you never have before! Go one step further and share this article – let people know that you are serious about networking and bringing your favorite writers and bloggers together here at Wikinut. Let's start a following frenzy for the frigid month of February!

Credits

The graphic is my own, the other images are courtesy of MorgueFile.
Thanks again to Peter, for featuring me in his article.
Thanks to Wikinut, for allowing me a platform to write!!

You can write for Wikinut, too! Start here.

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Facebook, Followers, Marketing, Opinions, Traffic, Twitter, Wikinut

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
I am "Author, Mother, Dreamer." I am also teacher, friend, Dr. Pepper addict, night-owl. Visit my website -- phylcampbell.com -- or the "Phyl Campbell Author Page" on Facebook.

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author avatar MarilynDavisatTIERS
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Good afternoon, good advice. I also have started following the writer of the day. Another thing I have done since I wrote my article that included follower information was to spend time going by categories of things that interest me. I ended up following about 12 people today simply because they wrote on a topic I was interested in. Thanks as always for giving us your perspective on Wikinut. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Marilyn. Sage advice!!

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author avatar Williamsji
30th Jan 2014 (#)

This is a timely write and thought provoking, Regards WILLIAMSJI MAVELI

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
31st Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Williamsji!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
30th Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks for the mention. You are right that we do need to be challenged - we can think of an idea and NEVER test it the challenge is exactly that, a way to test ideas and something we should not be afraid of.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
31st Jan 2014 (#)

I'm glad you think so. Now to test the theory...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
31st Jan 2014 (#)

I am going to jump on the follow frenzy as well. Great advice, Phyl.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
31st Jan 2014 (#)

Yay! -- Connie - did you see my other note? An article is forthcoming, but -- the house I've had on the market since July is now under contract! I shall be moving to town! ;)

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
31st Jan 2014 (#)

Nice post!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
31st Jan 2014 (#)

Thanks, Fern! Hope you can follow some good people -- and add followers also -- as part of this frenzy!! ;)

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Jan 2014 (#)

you have much wisdom dear Phyl and you definitely write from your heart...this is a very interesting writ and read..and as always you say it As It Is and I love that...

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jan 2014 (#)

Frank share Phyl, as is your wont, I follow almost all as a way to welcome them to our fraternity. Some follow me without a post of their own, and I do the same. However, I give priority on comments for those who extend the same courtesy to me - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Absolutely, Siva! Agreed!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thank you, Carolina! Best to you!

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author avatar n.c.radomes
1st Feb 2014 (#)

I see you have a goal to achieve; include me then in the bandwagon. Good post. Laurels for sharing.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks, nc, and welcome! Plenty of room on the bandwagon! ;-)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st Feb 2014 (#)

Phyl-:0)- you say what you feel and feel what you say...honestly, openly ...I admire that- your frank style and candor .. they have a bit of the sandpaper effect sometimes much more needed then a hug... we might soon forget the hug but remember the och of the rub.....LOL ...great article, they always are Phyl...:0)

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st Feb 2014 (#)

oh no...meant ouch

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

Och = ouch with a Scottish accent -- but I know what you mean. My fingers put a comma after Groundhog in my other reply to you and I KNOW my brain did not mean for that comma to be there! I wish we could see the entire box of our post (like we see it once we hit "add your comment." I miss a lot of things in the box (like how long-winded I am...).

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author avatar Carol
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

Nice post Phyl, I also follow anyone who follows me or leaves a comment on my pages. I try to read all my folllowers posts, but don't always find the time to post on everyone's articles.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

I know what you mean! I try to comment on every article that I would read. I used to comment on EVERYTHING, but I spent a lot of time with little to show for it. And there are so many Wikinuts I still haven't found yet! I'm finding a lot of 2011 writers, but they may not be current. And following someone who no longer posts is probably not the best!

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

On of the best ways to follow people is to look a the featured pages and coincidentally these will often be the better quality contributions and the better writers.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Feb 2014 (#)

True. But most of those I'm already following!! ;)

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

I know what you mean, but I do find on or two per day. The other place to look are the Page Categories"

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

Yes. TY.

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author avatar Ptrikha
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

Disagreements and criticisms are better at times than getting no response at all. And this is what we feel better on Wikinut also.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
3rd Feb 2014 (#)

Thanks, Ptrikha. Agreed. I might like to disagree with you to bring home the point, but I just can't. Sorry to disappoint! (LOL)

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author avatar Kingwell
4th Feb 2014 (#)

I think you have the right idea.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
5th Feb 2014 (#)

We are definitely going to find out! I have been checking out the profiles of Wikinuts who are more experienced and wiser. They have hundreds of pages and followers. One day, I will get there, too! I am 1/2way to a first pay out after 7 months. If my plan works, it won't take me another 7 months or longer to achieve the other half. Certainly a work in progress, and an instance where it's good to have goals to measure.
Thanks for your comment, Kingwell.

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author avatar Nadine May
18th Feb 2014 (#)

Ha Ha Ha very good advice! I will join you all

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author avatar Nadine May
18th Feb 2014 (#)

Ha Ha Ha very good advice! I will join you all

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
18th Feb 2014 (#)

YAY!!

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2014 (#)

I wish we had a 'like' or Favourite button on Wikinut too Phyl, so great idea. I try to pick up on new writers to to our site to help encourage them. This place can seem large and lonely when you first sign up. I may not get around to all your pages at times, but I am still following you..\0/x

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Mar 2014 (#)

I do appreciate that, Songbird. Thanks!

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