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Its about anything and everything. I, Steven Hancock started this blog for a variety of reasons. I want to start documenting my life and sharing that with others, whether that's family, friends, strangers or my future self. I also want to start sharing my experiences with others in hopes that others can learn from me. Perhaps I can help someone set up an Ubuntu server, write a Django Web Application, or setup a Phonegap Mobile App.

That's it. I'm hear to share. Nothing more, nothing less. I will be covering a wide variety of topics so feel free to browse for the blog entries that interest you most.

More Twitter Followers Please!

March 24, 2015

Who wants more Twitter followers? I do! I know it's just a vanity metric but having lot's of followers will make me feel good. It would great knowing that a couple thousand people are hanging on my every word (hopefully they are real people and not bots). A larger following will give me some validation that what I'm doing on Twitter is being appreciated.

Here's the problem. It can be hard to get people to follow you on Twitter. I've tried various kinds of content. I've tried providing more content. Nothing seems to really work. Sure I may pick up a follower here and there, but they never seem to stick around. So recently I have picked up a new strategy. For everyone who follows me I will reciprocate and follow them. I know I've seen this strategy deployed by a lot of people and companies (hint: they are the ones with equal follower and following counts).

You can see that the number of followers that I have had since September 2014 has been pretty stagnant, courtesy of SumAll. Even when I was Tweeting once a day in December I wasn't gaining any more followers.

Twitter Followers September

Twitter Followers March

So at the end of February I started following everyone who follows me. In just under a month (25 days to be exact), I've gained 10 followers. To put that in perspective, from May 2014 to February 2015 I had added 9 followers.

My theory is that at some point I will hit some sort of critical mass of followers and people will just follow me because they see that lots of other people follow me. That's my hope anyway. I don't want to be following some 10,000 people just to get 10,000 followers myself (although I'm really only look for a few hundred).

Let's see how it goes.