Frigid February Following Frenzy Follow Up

Phyl CampbellStarred Page By Phyl Campbell, 9th Mar 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/a5-gz4y8/
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Last month, I wrote an article about gaining followers via a Frigid February Following Frenzy. Today, it's time to follow up on the progress (if any) the frenzy created.

New Followers

I had about 100 followers at my six month mark. Now I have 116. True, I did not submit any articles the last week of February because I was packing and moving, but I added over 50 people to my Wikinut list since I started my experiment. So, if nothing else, the Frigid February Following Frenzy successfully proved that following people does not guarantee being followed. Some people just aren't interested in being part of the community they've joined.

Page Views

Gaining new followers did not increase my page views for the month of February. Was this because winter storms caused people to lost power? Possibly.

More likely is that Wikinut has gained a lot of new writers that aren't up to par with the quality I expect to find here. I have found several newbies posting questionably acceptable pieces revived from other content farm sites, and these new people may not be interested in joining a community, but only in getting a few hits here and there or driving traffic to their sites. I'm sure I haven't made any friends pointing that out. But though I'll give anyone a number of chances, I will not sacrifice quality for quantity.

I think I've found that my solid Wikinut community remains. The writers I can count on to produce quality work are continuing to do so. My inbox is stuffed full of messages that I will be getting around to -- soon-ish. And I have lots of stories from this past month to share as well.

Conclusion

What would have happened if I had kept my little experiment to myself? Did people feel that I was trying too hard -- trolling for traffic? I won't deny it. At least I'm honest (and original) in my attempts. I did find a few new gems along the way, and I'm happy to include them in my community.

So my experiment may have been a complete failure -- I'd have found the new community members based on my reading their star articles anyway -- but I did make the effort and I learned a lot. That I may not like what I learned and that I did not substantially increase my following or attract more attention to my pages -- well, no one wins them all. Hey -- didn't I recently write a book review to that effect?

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Following, Wikinut, Wikinut Community, Wikinut Experience, Wikinut Friends, Wikinut Getting Views, Wikinut Writers

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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
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Good evening, Phyl. Glad you are back from the move. I look forward to an article about it. About this article, we have tried various experiments to either welcome, include or join in the larger circle of writers. I made the commitment to follow every Writer of the Day and have since I wrote about it on December 18. That ends March 18, unless the writer is worth following.

I know that sounds harsh, however, I have said it before and will restate, the Writer of the Day should be someone like yourself (know you were one) who has at least been here for 3 months, written more than 10 articles and has some Star articles, or has written at least one article in the last 3 months. Furthermore, if they have not written an article in six months, why feature them? I hope the home office is listening or reading.

I will stop ranting; welcome back, friend. ~Marilyn

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author avatar Connie McKinney
9th Mar 2014 (#)

I join Marilyn in welcoming you back, Phyl. Great to see you back.
I wish that Wikinut would require all new writers to read the articles in the help section before they submit anything. Of course, this would not help people recycling work from content farms or copying and pasting from elsewhere.
Also, I agree with Marilyn's ideas on the Writer of the Day. The good news is they have begun featuring people who are regular writers such as yourself.

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author avatar Randhir Bechoo
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Interesting read

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author avatar Songbird B
9th Mar 2014 (#)

If I had all the ones who follow me actually leaving posts, I would be a happy bunny indeed Phyl! lol.. I know that I was away for a while on another project so have only recently returned and started publishing again, but I tend to try and leave a post on a writers page if they have left one on mine at the moment. It was a really interesting experiment you conducted though. This is my third post on yours because I also checked out two of your other articles through links. Glad that I am back in the loop though..\0/x

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
9th Mar 2014 (#)

Phyl, you cannot keep following to yourself, you may not make a noise about it, but in following others you are engaging in a public act. I look out for and follow 3 to 4 new people a day, sometimes more, sometimes less.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
9th Mar 2014 (#)

so very glad you are back and up and running..followers are nice to have for sure but I also think the great pleasure of writing is important and I know you and I and the ones above are good friends and followers and quality counts more than quantity...blessings...

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks everyone for your comments.
Maybe it's fatigue, but I don't understand PBG's comment that I can't keep following to myself. Clearly I'm not trying to. I'm not certain what you/he's getting at.
Songbird -- "ones who follow me actually leaving posts" -- exactly! As Marilyn said, it sounds harsh, but yes. If someone doesn't comment on mine, I will stop commenting on his/hers. I don't have time for people who self-promote without engaging in the community.

Carolina, Marilyn, Connie -- we've talked this out ad nauseum. But thanks for welcoming me back from the move. Shy one covered trailer, everything is in one location -- and thankfully, not the one I just sold!

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Excellence in every word and NIce post!

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Fern!

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl for being frank as is your wont. I give priority to those who leave comments on my posts and encourage others whenever I have more time. Regarding quality, I take care to put in my best effort all the time - siva

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
10th Mar 2014 (#)

Yes, Siva. You absolutely do. It is a joy to read your posts.

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Mar 2014 (#)

There will always be those who come here for a little while and leave. Most don't leave comments even if you comment on their posts. I'm just happy that a number of people comment on my articles here.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
11th Mar 2014 (#)

As they should, Kingwell. I will admit, you've posted so much recently, I still have a backlog of yours to see. I want to give them the time they deserve, and will, though it will take me a little longer than usual.

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author avatar Grant Peterson
12th Mar 2014 (#)

Following others is a good way to get your ideas out.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
13th Mar 2014 (#)

Thanks, Grant. If the others play along, that is true. If they don't, then one spins one's wheels uselessly, however.

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