Krzysztof is a 10+ year YouTube researcher who spends hours researching, analyzing, and uncovering YouTube trends, challenges, and media.
Why Subscribers Are Important
Your followers and subscribers are extremely important to your success as a content creator.
They provide both the positive/negative feedback and the viewership towards your articles or videos. I would never want to offend anyone who takes time out of their day to click on one of my articles, and I'd always be grateful.
My followers will always matter whether I have one follower of a 1,000. I know I'll do my best to reach out to them as a way to thank them for reaching out to me.
The feeling of having someone enjoy your efforts is truly humbling.
Respect Your Followers
Don't ever disrespect the people who follow you.
Well actually this statement is flawed because you shouldn't disrespect anybody and certainly not people who frequently read your articles.
My job is to be as professional as possible and treat every person as a colleague. Remember that writers are only successful if people take time to read their works.
Their success is all about connecting or networking, viewership, an audience, and of course respect. They're not going to go anywhere without showing proficient professionalism.
Would you disrespect your peers working an office job?
No Way! You would be thrashed with complaints by staff members; and perhaps you'll even receive a pink slip given your vindictive attitude in the workplace.
Treat others as you would want to be treated. It's the golden rule and must always be applied in every facet of life.
Don't Always Follow Back
I'm perplexed by this question because I usually follow those who've followed me. I follow them because of two reasons in particular:
- Show appreciation (I'll use that word a lot) for following me
- Establish a positive relationship
But is this okay and should I follow someone just because they've followed me?
I would have to say yes if you're a beginner and lack followers/viewership. I won't pretend I'm only following them because of content alone. I want them to like my articles and my hope is to establish a positive connection with them.
Does this mean I don't enjoy reading their content? Absolutely not! I think everyone on writing platforms like HubPages generates fantastic, high quality content. However I'm drawn to content that interests me, but that doesn't mean I don't care for their articles.
It's a two-way street because I understand people who follow me won't be interested in many of my articles either, which is fine. As long as they like one piece I've written, then I'm happy.
Once your audience begins to grown, then there will a time to stop following everybody. At that point you should only follow those whose content you're really interested in.
This does not mean I'm unappreciative of those I don't follow. It just means I have different preferences and will follow those who share them. I have nothing but the utmost respect and thankfulness for anyone who chooses to follow me even though I may not reciprocate.
How Should You Thank Your Followers?
Besides reciprocating by following back, the easiest thing you can do to say thanks is by responding to comments.
When you respond to comments you're letting them, the viewers, know that you've read what they've said and acknowledged it by replying back.
It's a great feeling to know another writer has taken the time to read my comment and answer, but this starts to get dicey once the comments pile on because it's really difficult to answer hundreds of comments.
If that moment arises then a collective response is sufficient. A general thank you plus a few other phrases shows you care about your contemporaries and acknowledge them.
This applies to any occasion where people leave responses such as blogging or vlogging on YouTube.
A more thorough way to say thank you is by reading one of their works and leaving a comment on it. In this instance not only are you saying thanks but you're repaying the favor by taking time out of your life to read and comment on their article.
Yet again, there are limits. You shouldn't have to do this for everyone who reads and comments on your articles. You should only do it because their article/s interests you but remember one thing:
- Don't Leave a Comment Without Reading Their Articles!
I find commentating without reading to be a bit tacky. It's a false thanks because although you're leaving a response, you're also disregarding their piece. I would rather have someone read my content and not respond (or vote up) then not read it and leave a response.
What Do We Gain?
The better question is what don't we gain?
I really believe this topic means the difference between success and failure. The way you decide to present yourself to others and the way you carry yourself is critical.
I'll draw up a few points on what you'll gain from being thankful.
- Positive response from others
- Strong reputation for kindness and professionalism
- Networking options open up with potential opportunities
- More viewers and followers
- Become a better person
That last part basically sums up everything from your business to personal life. The things you can gain from being thankful to your viewers cannot be measured by numbers alone.
The next few points indicate things you'll lose if you choose not to thank or acknowledge your followers.
- Lose viewership/followers
- Develop negative/unknown reputation from community
- Lack of future growth/opportunities
- Little to no networking
- You won't grow as a person
It's incredible how something like this can have significant implications on your life. I know they'll be naysayers that question how not thanking followers affects your character, but it really does.
It says a lot about who you are and who you want to become. If someone doesn't care for comments/responses then write in a diary or personal blog. Don't put your thoughts out to the public if you don't want to answer feedback.
I can't tell you what to do, I can only offers some advice. Whether you choose to follow it or not is not up to me. I'm sure people have gotten successful without thanking their followers, but that doesn't mean their opinions of you were favorable.
I would rather have fewer followers who like and respect me versus a bunch of followers that don't.
Follow or Be Followed
I don't mind people who try to challenge me and prove me wrong just as long as they can support it.
Am I wrong about everything I've stated?
It's possible, but I highly doubt not thanking your supporters will offer you mass success where you need that community or social media support.
I've already stated that it's your choice on what you choose to do. I am grateful for all of the positive comments and the people who follow me. They give me that extra push to keep writing when I'm feeling unmotivated or stricken with writer's block.
In a way, the feedback you and I receive is addicting because we want to see more. The good news is this is generally considered a healthy kind of addiction.
No matter what happens with my writing prospects, I'll always think about those who pushed me to go further. Their respect, kindness, and appreciation is something everyone and I should remember and never forget.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on August 23, 2017:
Thank you for this excellent comment! Getting a great comment or knowing that I've helped someone is the best part about writing to me, so I'm glad you feel that way.
Like you said it's good manners and karma to respond accordingly and not ignore those taking time to read your articles. I hate having to deny or delete comments because they may affect Google's ranking, but at the same time I want to reach as many people as I can by ranking higher. It's not a win-win solution because I do read each and every comment and appreciate it even if it's negative. If there was a way that no comments would affect the article, then I'd be 100 % supportive of that.
Thanks again for your insightful comment.
Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on August 23, 2017:
I think I can agree with all that you've written here Chris (or should it be Krzysztof?) Receiving nice supportive comments has always been the most enjoyable experience here on HubPages. It is the best measure of the worth of your article when it comes from strangers, and it generates a healthy, supportive atmosphere when it comes from followers, whilst it gives to new members the confidence to keep on writing.
I can also agree about the value of reciprocating a 'follow', particularly again for new writers, who are looking to build up a core base of readers.
As for the value of replying to comments posted, well, that is simple good manners. There have been suggestions made on HubPages that we should be ruthless about comments received, deleting those simple supportive posts which do not contribute anything constructive to the article. The theory I think is that Google doesn't approve of trite or irrelevant comments, and that such posts can damage the standing of an article in Google searches. But I disagree totally with that approach. It is wrong to delete the comments of people who are just being nice, and it is polite to respond to them.
Hopefully, the Internet generally, and HubPages specifically, will never degenerate to the stage where pursuit of advertising revenue and high rankings in Google takes precedence over simple common decency.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on March 15, 2015:
I'll always try to get back to them as soon as I can. I would never want anyone to feel slighted. Exactly they drive us to keep writing and allow us to feel pride in our work.
temptor94 on March 14, 2015:
Well said. Followers and even non-following readers are the ones who give us traffic and all the satisfaction that our articles were interesting enough to be commented on. I have seen lot of people not even bother to reply to comments on their own articles, leave alone return the favour. Thank you for stopping by and reading mine.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on March 05, 2015:
I get behind sometimes too although I'm still very new on here. It's no problem at all I enjoyed your hubs. Thank you.
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on March 05, 2015:
Great hub, Chris. I'm a bit behind on thanking my followers and for commenting, especially since I've started HP last fall. I'm surely and slowly catching up on this. Thanks for this hub and commenting on mine. Voted up!
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on February 18, 2015:
Thank you for taking the time to read my hub. It's a fantastic community and I'm glad to be a part of it. I would never want to be rude either because I'm always grateful.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 18, 2015:
I'm with you 100% on this topic. I love this community of writers, many of whom have become friends of mine. I can't imagine not thanking them, or ignoring their comments....if they take the time to comment then I need to take the time to respond and show my gratitude. Anything less than that seems rude to me.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on February 11, 2015:
Thank you I've always found it be far more respectful to actually read through an article rather than just skimming and clicking through without purpose. Agreed it's all about what you share with others and how that factors into your writing. I wish you the best as well.
இڿڰۣ-- кιмвєяℓєу from Niagara Region, Canada on February 11, 2015:
You have touched on a wonderful point - respect. I agree with you that people shouldn't comment if they never read or showed interest in others articles. Isn't that the point to the site? Meet people who have the same interest as you with writing and hope to garner some feedback on your work. You're right, of course. A writer needs people to read their work. Thank you for sharing your opinion and best wishes, Kim.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on February 10, 2015:
Me too it means a lot and thank you.
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 10, 2015:
When people follow me, I feel really encouraged. I'm happy you wrote about this.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on February 07, 2015:
Thanks and yes it is. Beginnings are tough because you have to prove yourself before others start taking you seriously.
Nicu from Oradea, Romania on February 07, 2015:
Followers are very important when you're a beginner on Hubpages, and you need feedback. Very good article!
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on February 06, 2015:
That's fantastic thank you. It's very nice what you're doing and that your coming back here. I'll be sure to check out your content as well over the next couple days.
Marilyn L Davis from Georgia on February 06, 2015:
Good evening, Chris; excellent presentation and informative. I have two hash tags for followers on Twitter: ThankYouTuesday, where I thank those that have retweeted or chosen a tweet as a favorite and then FavoriteFriday for just the favorites. It is a simple thing, but seems to mean something to my followers.
I leave comments and follow here, but just coming back to Hub, I'm way behind on reading all of the quality articles I want to read. Hope to catch up some this weekend. Again, good job. Voted up and Tweeted.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on February 06, 2015:
I appreciate that. I have a lot to learn myself from others on here. There's a lot of growth and development that I see on here and it'd be a shame not to take advantage of it.
Joy56 on February 06, 2015:
I think I could learn a lot from your written word and how it is presented.
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on February 04, 2015:
It is important to show some effort towards others on here. There's a lot of encouragement on here, which is really nice to see. No not everyone will always agree with you but everyone has an opinion. I appreciate that you both agree and/or like this topic because for me it's sort of a guide into how other's perceive you especially as a writer.
John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 04, 2015:
Very important advice and this should be recommended reading for every hubber. I personally reply to every comment I receive and I have over 400 followers. There are a few writers here who never reply to comments. I will comment on two of their hubs if I enjoy the content but if they don't acknowledge I will stop commenting and then following. It is just the polite thing to do. You definitely need to thank your followers and show them how much they are appreciated. Well written hub, voted up and shared.
Kiss andTales on February 03, 2015:
Thank you Chriswillman I totally agree with your Hub of this subject. I have some encouraging followers , and that builds me up to to continue writing ,even when there are different opinions that find a negative point, it is just another view that could be seen as another way to self exam, it would not be realistic if everyone agrees with you all the time , something would not be right! Because we all are imperfect. And have different outlooks .
Krzysztof Willman (author) from Parlin, New Jersey on February 03, 2015:
Thank you very much.
Prabhjot from Delhi, India on February 03, 2015:
I agree with everything that you have mentioned in your article. It is very interesting. Good work!