This post is inspired by all my fans. I’ve learnt a lot from blogging/translating and today I would like to share some of my discoveries and wisdom with you all. 😉
5 types of fans
- The silent lurkers
These are the type of fans that never make a single comment, click a single like, or say anything in general. Basically, you don’t even know they exist. They’re just silently supporting you.
- The hardcore supporters
These are the type of fans that are extremely passionate about your work. They are relentless, intense, and extremely vocal. They’re the type that will tell everyone about your creation and constantly write encouraging comments to motivate you.
Without hardcore supporters, it is almost impossible for creators to continue.
- The generous givers
These are the type of fans that see enough value in your work and are willing to donate or support you on patreon. These fans are extremely rare but are absolutely essential if you want to make a living out of your creation.
Note: Do not underestimate #1 and #2 as they can also be #3.
- The bandwagon fans
These are the type of fans that become your fans because you became popular all of a sudden. They just want to do what everyone else is doing. Usually, this happens because of a significant event or viral incident. They are probably not very reliable or consistent.
- The everything else
These are the type of fans that are not hardcore, but they will support you as long as your creation is free and does not require too much time or effort. Basically, they think you are ok.
The goal is to get as many fans as possible to increase your chances of getting support. In the end, it doesn’t matter how good your creation is if you have no supporters.
If no one wants to buy/read/watch/use your stuff, you’re screwed.
However, competition is fierce and you really have to ask yourself why people should support you. Ex. What are you offering that others do not have? Do they need your service? Or are you easily replaceable?
Be consistent so they know you’re reliable. If they trust you, they’ll be much more likely to support you.
P.S. I am very grateful to all my readers and supporters. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you. Thank you for accompanying me through my ups and downs.
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18 thoughts on “Five types of fans”
There is another type of fan that you probably may not have experienced, Grace. This is because you mostly publish translations (so when people read your translated text, they’re on your blog because they want to read your stuff genuinely and need it because they require the translation).
For me, however, I’ve experienced these fans because my blog posts are mostly opinion-based. Whenever someone has a different opinion, someone out there may get offended and thus these fans are born.
This other type of “fan” I’m talking about are the haters. These are the people that will lurk and follow you and actively post negative or mean comments. They show a lot of “hate”. But secretly, they may be jealous of the blogger and that’s why they show so much negatively (or again, they were offended by something that the blogger wrote and don’t know how to counteract except to post something negative). However, at the end of the day, haters are still fans because they follow the blogger’s posts consistently. Negative publicity is still publicity. I know this because I have had a few “hater” comments. Although the comments were meant to hurt, I actually know they are some of the biggest “fans” out there because they read all of my posts and reference small details from my posts in the comments every time. If they weren’t such big “fans” of my posts, how would they know so much about me? XD
Hater = ultimate fans. They knows everything about you more then your most hardcore fans.
Haha, good point!
Sorry for the late reply, Karen! Haha. I do have some haters. There are actually two types of haters: the vocal ones or the non-vocal ones. Not everyone likes or agrees with my blog posts either. Some have plainly told me my blog negatively affects them, and as a result, they do not read. lol
It sucks to have haters, but I think you’re correct. Deep down, they’re probably a bit envious of us. I have definitely read some of your hater comments and they can be quite rude. Nonetheless, I’m a huge fan of your life and writing! Keep blogging! I shall catch up on the 30 something posts now..lol ❤
I think it’s a privilege to have haters. It means that you’re actually making a difference and causing people to have a strong reaction towards you. It’s a great thing actually. Like your friend said, they’re the ultimate fans.
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Could you please tell me who wrote this novel who own original this Novel?? because i would like to translate this novel ” your Highness I know my wrongs” in to my language
please send me back as your answer via email
Where are the trolls?
Heh. I used to troll websites, just not the way most people mean. I’m talking trolling like with fishing – going around with a line (in this case my eyes), trying to catch a tasty fish (or story/comic/show/whathaveyou). Years ago, I seriously did not get it when people were talking about trolling a forum; I hadn’t seen any plain old negative posters. Plenty of discussion, some arguments for either side of an issue or possibility, no plain old negativity. I still don’t see so many of them. Apparently we don’t much read the same pages.
I am interesting about this novel so much and need to translate online in to my language (Thai). so i would like to know about the original novel, Who is owner this manuscript? because I would like to ask for permission from him or her who is owner this Novel ” Your Highness I Know My Wrongs” and you as a translator who translate this novel in to English to translate this into my Thai language. Thai reader, they would like to read novel from Chinese so much and when i found your translate i think it made me feel interesting to use this novel to translate in Thai. because i would like to improve my English and translate skill to be better. please contact me as your answer via my email. email@example.com
I emailed you!! And I saw your question a few days ago, I also replied on that chapter. Please check 😊