GAMES GAMES GAMES
I Guess I Am Just Disgusted With People
I just quit writing for another pub because the owner of it is yet another person telling writers to clap, highlight, comment so that others will return the favor. He also advises follow for follow, saying that people who don’t are not “supporting” their fellow writers. He “follows” 60,000 people!
Can’t anyone be genuine anymore? Does it have to be follow for follow, clap for clap, highlight for highlight, and useless comment for useless comment?
I’m so sick of all this game-playing. I’m sick of the Facebook, Slack, and Discord groups who sing the same song.
If I ever quit Medium, it will be because of this. Not because of Medium itself, but because of gaming.
There are a small number of people here who I enjoy reading. I follow those people by subscribing to email delivery of their stories. There are more people I would like to subscribe to, but there are only so many hours in the day.
Note that the people I read regularly don’t necessarily read me. There’s no reason to assume they will find me worth reading just because I enjoy their writing.
I don’t read everything I get in my mail because sometimes I cannot keep up with the volume. I don’t clap for everything I read, and if you are reading this, I don’t expect you to clap unless you truly feel you have reason to.
This is not like tipping a good waiter who was given a bad meal to serve you. I’m not a waiter bringing you a story. I wrote this! If you liked it, clap. Once, twice, fifty times. If not, don’t. Be honest with me and yourself.
Highlight and comment if you have something you want to say, something you would raise your hand to say if I were reading this to you in an auditorium.
Subscribe to me by email only if you want to read more of what I write. Don’t expect me to “return the favor”. I might, but it’s hard for me to squeeze in new people without cutting out someone else. It happens, but it’s rare.
This is honesty. The person following 60,000 people isn’t being honest. The person leaving vapid comments isn’t honest. Automatic clapping isn’t being polite — I am not standing in front of you waiting for your opinion.