Everyone’s a follower in one way or another. We’re defined in our resistance to and our acceptance of ideas and groups.
Atheists conform. So to do artists and more distinctly, writers, fiction writers, children’s writers, rock and drum n bass musicians. Niches are still groups, larger today than they’ve even been with the worldwide web.
So people that have unique interests and tastes aren’t that weird at all. They fit in, somewhere, but stand out as one of a kind to the common eye.
To be different is really one of the same. Your group is just a smaller tribe.