I wrote my first answer on May 15, 2013. I had 3 followers. By almost the end of August, I had 300 followers.
How did I do it?
A. I had a profile picture. Not a check mark as a photo. But a picture of me.
B. I used my full name. Not initials. We’re not rich and famous enough to pull off a J.P. Morgan here.
C. I poured my heart into my answers. I wrote about my pain, my heartache, my loss.
D. I came across as an expert in certain topics.
E. I found my niche. The niche of being a failure who sucked hard at life. Then branded myself upon that. Find your niche.
F. I answered a lot of questions.
G. I talked to people who interacted with me in comments and made connections.
Then I went from 3 to 300. Do the same and something similar will happen for you.
P.S. Now people mistake me for a success and spread gossip about me. They wonder how I made it this far because it looks like I’m full of it. But the truth is that I got to where I am today by talking about how much I failed in life. They just never took the time to investigate what I had written.
P.P.S. Even if you feel like you’re failing now, you can still succeed in some way later. Just take baby steps. That’s what I did. After everything, I ended up writing this book: The Etiquette of Social Media. If I could do that, just imagine what you could do.
Originally posted on Quora.