Sad reality check “relatives and friends may not always support what you do, patronize your business or even share your posts, but strangers and your followers will always do.”
However, friends and relatives may support you but judge and discourage you at first, or take advantage of you at some point.
When raising our kids, we always tell them “don’t talk to strangers!” I’m sure your parents told you this, too, when you were growing up. But in reality (when the right time comes), most of the time, when badly in need, or when you just want to make a living, these “strangers” will turn out to be your genuine and loyal supporters.
When I get random messages from this page, I make sure to give time and respond to them except when I get really busy that I tend to forget about them. I also sometimes get inquiries on the products I supported in the past and entreps I collaborated with, and when I do, I make sure I give referrals and their contact details.
I may not have more than a 100k of followers like how other Bloggers/Influencers do but I try my best to engage and have special connection with those who communicate with me, and show their untiring support and love every-single-day.
I do not just engage with them for the sake of increasing my audience but I also value them with all my heart. I connect sincerely.
Definitely, (at least) 2 out of these 10 strangers will somehow and eventually turn out to be your real friends. Just keep hoping that when that happens, they will still continue to support you just like the old times.
So to my loyal and active followers, thank you from the bottom of my heart!