chalkywhite - 2:30 pm on Jun 27, 2013 (gmt 0)
This is similar to what ive been wondering. As google wants brands a site IMO should use rel=publisher and point it to the google+page of the brand.
The rel=author is pointed to the page of the author, however I write all pages on the site. I dont care if people follow me I want them to follow the brand.
So your point is good, will a low follow count on the rel=author harm the page even if rel=publisher is well followed.