Consider this a spur of the moment, short post I’m still working on the other stuff I’ve promised, and I will deliver, but I felt like this was a worthy topic that could be useful for some people.
Writers are always liking pages of fellow writers and promoting them to boot. There is nothing wrong with this practice as supporting other writers is a positive thing; bringing together those of the writing community since we are all readers as well. I’ve liked and promoted plenty, and received the same treatment in return, but there’s something else important to remember.
You are not obligated to follow a writer whose views on non-writing matters you may not agree.
Listen, most people will say that you are and you might feel that you are — that’s not the case. Recently I discovered this for myself when a writer whose page I followed expressed some views that were criticizing of people who weren’t religious. While I make it clear often that I’m an atheist, I have absolutely nothing against religion as long as it’s not used to spread/excuse hate. However, this person made it sound as though anyone who isn’t religious lacks any morals; definitely a view that I disagree with for numerous reasons. For awhile I debated the possibility of continuing to follow this person or. . . at least discuss it in a civil manner, but after a couple hours I realized that wasn’t going to work.
In that moment it became clear that I was thinking in terms of “being obligated” so I had to clear my head and remember that I am not in the least. And neither is anyone else! You are not obligated to support someone who has views that you intensely disagree with and cannot see beyond; especially if it’s an opinion that you think your fans might find outrageous or offensive, and that could hurt your growth if they won’t follow you for following that writer.
Just keep that in mind.