So, a guy followed me yesterday, and as I sometimes do when that happens, I checked out his profile. He’d posted three articles in his month on Medium. Nothing interesting. Self-helpy, life-coachy pablum. Be all you can be. Blah blah blah. Almost no applause. I

Then I noticed he had 1,000 followers. I was like, WTF? Is there something to his content I’m missing? So I clicked on a couple stories to dig deeper. Nope, they were tepid piles of warmed over aphorisms.

So I examined a little more closely. He was following almost 5,000 people. So, essentially, almost 1 out 5 people he’d followed had followed him back, even with his almost total lack of actual writing.

I guess that’s nice for bragging rights. But who cares? There’s still nobody reading his stuff.

WTF, indeed.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot.

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