How I Decide Who to Follow
I hate to break it to you, but I don"t follow everyone who follows me. On top of that, I do follow a few writers here who don't follow me, and that's okay with me.
Here are some of my criteria for following writers:
1) I read some of their articles. One really bad piece doesn't mean the writer is bad. Everyone has written a few stinkers.
2) If you've read any of my posts, you probably know that I love grammar, punctuation, and good spelling. They're a huge turn-on for me. Inversely, something that is very poorly written (i.e. garbled, run-on sentence) A while back I tried to read an e-book that had an excellent story line but the writing was horrible. It was so bad, in fact, that I emailed the author with an offer to edit the book.
3) Despite criteria 2 , I will follow someone with really good ideas and thoughts, even if the writing isn't great. This holds true for some of the writers here whose native is not English.
In short, capture my interest or imagination and I'll follow you.