All great points, Tamara. I have “polite followed” in the past. And it is hard to keep up when you follow a lot of people. Which is why I currently try not to follow anyone unless I really want to read their writing. It is not personal, it is just trying to keep my feed mostly filled with things I want to read and not having to wade through lots of stuff I don’t want to read. It is becoming more difficult the longer I am on Medium and find more writers I want to follow. It’s a trade-off I guess.
I already struggle to read the stories by the people I follow. So many! Should I write? Read? Write? Read? Argh. LOL!