I’m Following 7,000+ on Medium

Am I just a spamming sham?

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I’m approaching a milestone: 10,000 followers — wait no, the other thing. I’m almost following 10,000 people.

Why, you ask? (I bet you’re not actually asking)

You already know why I’m following so many users: “You just want more followers. Ego-centric maniac.”

Now, now. Maybe that’s true…

But maybe there’s a silver-lining. We’ll go with silver-lining. I like to think there’s such a thing.

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.

Awful, right?

And yeah, I want you to take care of my interests at the same damn time.

Honestly, I take Medium quite serious; it’s a side-hustle. Money’s on the line here. I’m like actually trying to do the writer thing and I’m doing whatever it might take.

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.

Volume

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.

I’m asking: “Bottom line, what needs to happen to make my impact grow?”

There’s a direct variable that moves this in the direction I want.

You have to follow more people.

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.

:(

It hurts my credibility in one way, I know. But I seek out the upside in everything.

I’m doing this for an abstract purpose.

Look, it’s like an experiment — I’m trying something. There are lessons to learn, positives to discover, and I’m being real with my intentions.

At least let me share those with you.

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.

Did you know social sites use algorithms and formulas to put the best content in front of you? They do! And for my sake, I’ve eliminated the confirmation-bias these codes instill.

Because I press “follow” on a whim, I don’t have to push anyone through a filter; my experience isn’t condensed down to a specific group. Thus, I have no fu*king clue what’s going to land on my feed.

To be honest, it’s kinda fun.

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.

As the saying goes:

You don’t know what you don’t know.

2.) Appreciation. I’ve been following people diligently on Medium for over three months. By that, I mean at least 50 people a day. And I’m only at 7,000.

Yes, on average, 7,000 is a lot. Still, it’s a relatively small number — there are people with 120,000 following them!

Those people can’t even control that number. I have the power to control my following count and I’m just barely scratching the surface on 10,000 after several months.

This is crystal clear…

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.

I’m in it for the long haul.

You should be, too.

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.

But I have a plan. To me, that’s the key.

I’m not just spamming for the hell of it; there’s a purpose behind my aggressive agenda. I follow in hopes of meeting a variety of authentic writers on Medium. I want to connect with everyone and grow.

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

- AZ

[When I wrote this post, I followed approximately 7,700 people on Medium. Obviously, that’s no longer the case. By forces beyond my control, my following count has returned to a reasonable number.]

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

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