More Followers? Nah I Want More STEEM Leaders!

in engagement •  3 months ago


It's no secret I love to read but with all the travelling I did in August and the STEEM Creators conference in September...My reading lately has come to a crawl...

Tonight though, I continued diving into 'The Excellence Dividend' by Tom Peters...A book I started reading in like the middle of August....

urrrrrgggggh.....!

And I got to a quote in the book that made me stop and think...

"I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to create more leaders...Not more followers.."

Followers!

It's kinda the currency on STEEM after the crypto and powering up. When someone has tens of thousands of followers we seem to stop and pay close attention.

Rightfully so...This is a social media platform and the more people that are paying attention to you, following you and engaging with you...The better!

But this quote made me think...

Do we wanna see our follower numbers sky rocket while we get minimal engagement? Or are we looking to attract the movers and shakers of today AND tomorrow?

I think...I'll go with option 2!

I believe STEEM is still in it's infancy and we're building big personal brands here. So what we should be doing for the foreseeable future is attracting good people and serious content creators to our content!

After we do that...Engage, engage and while we're at it...Engage some more!

Hey, I know that's easier said than done...But if you think it's hard now, imagine what it'll be like in a year or two from now?

So when you are creating content and putting things out on STEEM, do your best to attract the future leaders and current leaders of this blockchain (and social media network!)

These are the influencers of the future here and when the eye balls start coming (and they WILL be coming) you will be glad you spent the time now...To develop your network of STEEM leaders!





Posted from my blog with SteemPress : http://plus1daily.com/more-followers-nah-i-want-more-steem-leaders/

Authors get paid when people like you upvote their post.
If you enjoyed what you read here, create your account today and start earning FREE STEEM!
Sort Order:  

keep sifting through the dreck and keep supporting the people who contribute more than spam to the platform. The platform will emerge better for it.

·

completely agree. engagement is the key to tackle that stuff too.

Posted using Partiko iOS

Just spent the past half an hour scrolling through the New Feed and have found absolutely nothing posted in the past hour that is worth my effort to comment let alone upvote. Your's is the first one I've come across that is not from a spam account, not writing rubbish to milk rewards, does not include a bad quality photo, not about crypto price update (not my cup of tea), written in English (my bad, thats my first language) and reflects the author wants to develop his account on Steemit.

I honestly can't understand why it's so difficult to find new accounts to interact with nowadays. Is it me being picky or is it the state of things now?

·

Appreciate that a ton. You have no idea how awesome your comment was. And I hear ya...What you shared is exactly what inspired my post.

I wanna find the people that engage with me and are serious about building their STEEM account / brand.

All those rewards and hoopla, that'll come...When we first focus on the people and try to grow with them...Oh believe me, there are fantastic people out there fire dup and serious about this blockchain....Just spent all last week with them at the STEEM creators conference :)

Thanks again for the comments....Made my night!

·
·

Hopefully we will be able to find more like minded people around. Sometimes it feel like looking for a needle in the haystack.

·

Hi @livinguktaiwan,

I feel the same way most of the time. There are only a few writers who pumping out high quality content i feel is worth engaging with. I think of it as a an opportunity. Create the content you want to see! One other account I follow which is excellent recently is @taskmaster4450.

Hope that helps,
Torrey

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·

Thanks for the recommendation @torrey.blog, his posts definitely looks interested, will check it out in detail tomorrow.

To listen to the audio version of this article click on the play image.

Brought to you by @tts. If you find it useful please consider upvoting this reply.

A few more points I’d like to add, @jongolson.

Leaders naturally grow themselves and grow other leaders.

Leadership is not only about authority, it’s also about service. Leaders serve the community first.

Posted using Partiko iOS

·

Absolutely....Agree 1000000%

·
·

@jongolson, I’m thinking about writing posts on the Leadership topic to expand on these ideas. Do you think there is a lot of interest in Steemit?

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·
·

absolutely! huge market for it and i think it would do really well

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·
·
·

Awesome! I am loving the high quality discussion here in the comments feed of your post. I’ll let you know when I publish some posts.

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·
·
·
·

for sure. looking forward to it

Posted using Partiko iOS

"Leaders attract other leaders over time." Followers will also work harder to keep up with a leader they know and trust.

·

Absolutely. If you serve others, that will attract more people...But you must be genuine. People can smell the snake oil salesmen a mile away.

·

A good word for this would be “magnetism” or “gravity”. Keeping up is like ... “elasticity”. If you fall too far behind, the band snaps.

Posted using Partiko iOS

I like that perspective, Jon! Breed leaders not followers. But some people are not great leaders, keep in mind haha.

Posted using Partiko Android

·

Oh I'm horrible at it LOL But I'm trying to learn as much as I can and keep growing. Every day :)

·

There are 2 camps of thought on this. Can leadership be learned or must you be born with leadership qualities? I’m in the learning camp. Anyone can be a leader, can learn to be a better leader. In fact, most people are leaders right now and don’t even know it. Holding a door open for a stranger is an act of leadership.

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·

agree completely. i’m a huge fan of john c maxwell and he talks about this all the time. takes time to develop but anyone can lead.

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·
·

Hah! I had a feeling ... your posts sounded oddly familiar to ‘21 Laws of Leadership’. I have studied Maxwell myself. He shares so much more wisdom in those books we could share with Steemit.

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·
·

Hah! I had a feeling ... your posts sounded oddly familiar to ‘21 Laws of Leadership’. I have studied Maxwell myself. He shares so much more wisdom in those books we could share with Steemit.

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·
·
·

LOL Looks like Partiko is having a few issues....Posted my reply to you twice as well.

·
·
·
·
·

Yep, seems Partiko is having an issue right now. Sorry for the spam.

·
·
·
·
·
·

lol all good man. no spam at all.

The eyeballs are coming! Good thoughts man. Build up more leaders! I agree!

Posted using Partiko iOS

·

Yeah man, they are coming! Fancy I had the big EYE comment on this post ;) Hope you guys got home safe or are in the process of doing so!

Welcome home Jon! Back to your posts of intent... it is where you intentionally are engaging with people you know like and trust... where the future of the blockchain is going. We have yet to see all of the whale's enter this realm. At the same time we still will see those that are simply fry's. Where our truth growth will occur is helping those future whales learn and grow. Reaching out and assisting them along the way. Simply blasting a lecture will not work... in short, do you give a man a fish or teach him how to fish! Engaging with them and showing how to fish is the obvious answer... something you do on a consistent basis!

·

thank you sir. couldn’t have said it better myself. can’t wait to put all the things into practice i learned at the conference

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·

My pleasure... I bet... I am sure you are pumped as well... I know that probably the biggest thing about a conference... it sets your level of engagement higher!

Yes interacting with people on steemit is a very important part of growing yourself on steemit.The more you intract the more your circle grows on steemit, and helps you in making good connections with Orca and whales.

·

Yeah thats true...But I'm thinking even...Attracting the FUTURE orcas and whales! That's what will be so important down the road.

·

There are some cool groups to help encourage these behaviors. For example, “The Engagement League”s and “Curation League”s run by @paulag and @abh12345. It’s quite amazing how much time and effort folks put into interacting with other Steemians. It’s estimated that top engagers spend 50+ hours per week doing this.

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·

Last week I clocked my time. 35 hours, and only made it to the top 5 in the engagement league. And that does not include discord and posting.

I agree most with you. To have tons followers is not all. I now have about 190 followers (that's a small amount), but only 3 or 4 of them engage with me. And as @livinguktaiwan said, when scrolling the feeds there are none or only 2-3 I would engage with. This begs me the question, what am I writing to make STEEM Leaders aware of me.

·

it’s all a numbers game. i have 1300 plus followers and engage with a dozen or so regularly. i can’t concern about who doesn’t engage. all i’m after is the people that do :)

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·

You are right. It's a numbers game. But then, why do they follow? :)

Posted using Partiko Android

·
·
·

i think people start following when they see active accounts. not only posting but also comments. but then again there is a lot of dead accounts too. just the nature of the beast i think no matter what social media account.

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·
·

Nowadays, any new account will have at least 200+ followers as soon as they join. In fact if you all look at your followers, you will probably see a000 or aaaa etch there. Absolute waste of resources

·

What has worked well for me so far is “raising my hand”. Get involved in sub-communities you can identify with. Leaders are the first to raise their hand, stick their neck out, take a social risk, say the uncomfortable thing that needs to be said.

Posted using Partiko iOS

·
·

Thank's for the hint.

Posted using Partiko Android

Hey ya Jon.

You know I see the world a little differently than most. From the start here at Steemit I have not given followers a second thought. I just don't care, with one exception. From that list comes the list that I care about: The people I follow.

The people I follow are the ones I engage with the most. These are the people that support my work as much as I support theirs. Those are my homies.

Followers is just a number. I know it has some validity but I don't care. Leave me a comment and I'll turn myself inside out to return the favor.

·

agreed! yeah man. it’s people right. that’s the key. just working to build relationships will do wonders for anyone’s time here.

Posted using Partiko iOS

Hey How is it going? I believe in quality as well and I agree with that's hard to find. I have found one or five. You just have to keep looking. They are out there.

Posted using Partiko Android

·

oh they are for sure. that’s a guarantee

Posted using Partiko iOS

so very well said, engage, engage and engage again. its so important and its an essential clog of steem. If no one engages the authors will leave. Engage and the follower will come.

·

it’s the metric of choice. and what i’m after :)

Posted using Partiko iOS

One of the things that I like about you is how you engage your commenters @jongolson 😊👌

I don't have enough Steem Power to give people cents each time I upvote their comments, but if I get there, I want to engage commenters in a similar way.

Thank you ✌

·

We literally...All started with 25 SP...That's why I'm so pumped up for everyone that joins this because I know what CAN be done if you keep at it....I'm literally...No one special...Just a dude that loves conversation and believes in this blockchain.

Set the goals and you will reach them. I guarantee it!

·
·

Thank you @jongolson I love conversation and I believe in this blockchain too. Much success for you in 2018 and beyond 😊😀😁

·
·
·

You too! Keep engaging with everyone here...It works!

Hi @jongolson!

Your post was upvoted by @steem-ua, new Steem dApp, using UserAuthority for algorithmic post curation!
Your UA account score is currently 3.343 which ranks you at #7299 across all Steem accounts.
Your rank has improved 46 places in the last three days (old rank 7345).

In our last Algorithmic Curation Round, consisting of 487 contributions, your post is ranked at #46.

Evaluation of your UA score:
  • You're on the right track, try to gather more followers.
  • The readers like your work!
  • Good user engagement!

Feel free to join our @steem-ua Discord server