When was the last time you found and followed a good coder that isn’t well-known? Popularity isn’t everything, but I know for myself that a lot of my confidence to keep coding and waiting on a featured was because of likes and follows by “popular” users while I was still developing. For instance, when @KVJ liked two of my projects that I had tried putting effort in, it showed me that if I kept trying, I would achieve greater things. Like I said, popularity isn’t everything, but it is a good feeling to know that you just made a person who gets no attention feel like a champion.
A very few users achieve what they would call “famous,” so the majority of the rest loses motivation and either leaves or remixes constantly. We all had that time when five likes per project was the average, and ten likes on a project was an achievement. We all had, and some still are in, that time without a rising, trending, or featured. Of course, that’ll just because someone has two followers doesn’t always mean that they are a bad coder. We have so many users with great potential that haven’t taken advantage of their talents because of no motivation.
Popularity doesn’t affect talent, but we can put a smile on someone’s face today and give them momentum to become “popular” and pursue great things. How do we do this and why? I don’t do it as much as I want to, but occasionally, I look around for talented users that receives maybe five likes per project. I flip through their account and make sure they don’t have way too many remixes, and if they don’t, I follow them. Rising is also a great place to check out on a semi-regular basis. As to why, the joy of making someone else happy should be enough, but it could possibly impact our economy. The next Steve Jobs could be waiting. Also, those of you concerned about too many remixes and not enough coded projects should support this because this is pretty much rewarding people for coding. Now, go and find an unnoticed user and share their username or one of their projects on this topic.