I’m Following 7,000+ on Medium

Am I just a spamming sham?

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Somewhere in the middle

I’ll be blunt. I do want more Medium followers. I do, I do, kill me now! I want to reach more people. I want to share my ideas on a larger scale. I want to increase my chances of providing value to someone.

Your position on the “writing continuum” attributes to the amount of exposure and influence you cast unto others.

To make this happen, I need to make things happen. I need to cause a disruption.


I’m an accountant — well, technically an intern. Nonetheless, I’m in the business of numbers. My brain works in terms of amounts and solves problems in the process. That said, to reach more people on Medium, I’m looking at it from a half-partial perspective.

Gaining followers on Medium is a numbers game.

No, it’s not a perfect solution. It comes with it’s downsides. I’m diminishing the value of my following-power greatly. I’m sure people feel small after seeing my count.

Unforeseen Upsides & Realizations to Following a Shit-Ton of People on Medium

1.) Exposure. I mean this in terms of what I’ve been exposed to. Yes, others are seeing more of me, but I’m also seeing more of what’s out there.

I don’t read the same “productivity” listicle about being successful everyday.

Nope, I’ve gotten a collected dose of ideas and thought bubbles from all corners of Medium. Take this user, nobody, for example. Their name is literally nobody! I like what he or she (or it) is saying and I never would have found them if I didn’t follow 7,000 random people.

It takes years to build a substantial following.

I’ve become completely okay with this. I’ve thrown out all my fantasies and hopes for fast success within a year. It doesn’t happen like that.

Right or Wrong

Do I plan on doing this forever? Am I going to perpetually follow users until I’ve nailed every last one of you? No. That’s not my plan.

I’m not a spamming sham… but for the time being, I am genuinely spamming you.

- AZ

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.