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The Freedom of Having a Small Followership

Why I’m choosing to enjoy this moment instead of doing everything for growth.

Most of us look at writers with large followings with envy. We watch our own followership grow with pride. We aim to reach 500 followers by the end of the month. Then 1,000, 10,000, 100,000. We tell ourselves we’ll have “made it” once we have several thousand followers.

We aim to grow and grow and grow. To reach more and more people with our writing.

However, there is some joy and freedom in having a smaller followership.

If you have thousands of followers, you probably don’t know any of them.

When you only have a few hundred followers, you recognize familiar names in your comments, claps, and highlights.

I feel like I am getting to know some of the people who follow my writing and interact with it.

I believe that if I had thousands of followers, each individual person would get lost in the noise and I wouldn’t appreciate them as much as I currently do.

I have been writing here for a few months and I have never had a truly negative comment.

That was what terrified me before starting. I knew that if someone were to say something mean to me, I would struggle with it. It would affect me more than I would want to admit.

But everyone has been so nice and encouraging. That’s pretty unheard of in online communities.

I know that a lot of writers with larger followings get haters and trolls. I’ve seen several writers start getting these kinds of comments as soon as they reached over a thousand followers.

I know that it may happen to me at some point. But for now, I am enjoying the small, troll-free…

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