I’m not worrying too much about followers for the time being. I belong to a few FB groups where I’m following everybody I can find, and I look through new followers to see if they write anything interesting.
I’m starting to get a feel for what sort of stories I like. And what I don’t. Some are fascinating, and some are fluff.
I guess the main criterion, apart from whether I’m entertained or charmed by a writer, is whether they can spark ideas for my nascent Zettelkasten system. I’ve got 28 more days before I have to stump up the cash, and I’m hoping that I can:
A. work out how the hell it works, and
B. Get some practical benefit out of it.
If all goes as planned, I should be rattling out fabulous stories by the dozen, and I won’t care about attracting followers; I’ll be beating them off with a stick.
There’s one model I’m seeing a lot of, and that’s the “take in each other’s laundry” circle. I write some rubbish, all my followers read it, I read their rubbish in turn, and we clean up.
That sort of thing don’t scale, but. After a while I’m spending all my time reading rubbish so that others will read mine, and while it might pull in a few dollars, is that really how I want to spend my life?