Blogging— Is liking enough?

When I started to blog and got my very first like on a blog post, can you imagine how thrilled I was!

So after that there were many likes, and then comments too. I started to get to know the blogger I was interacting with and then they became friends.

And new people kept on coming into our world. They would sometimes stop by for a brief chitchat or sometimes for a longer visit. I love all that entails in the interaction between the blogger. Because let’s get this straight, mostly these are bloggers on WordPress who are the ones visiting, liking and commenting on each other’s post. For some reason, it is very hard for a person who in not on WordPress to even like a post. In a way we are all dependent upon the support we give to each other.

And this brings me to the reason of writing this post;

Is liking enough? Or is it just an empty gesture?

I have read views of other bloggers about this phenomenon. And I want to add my own. I think that in ideal situation we should read and comment on a post, like or not. But if I am trying to read 30-40 posts from the blogger I follow, it becomes almost an impossible task. Specially when there are some like me who have more than one post per day. It can be done when you are dealing with the posts as they are published. But say you look at your reader after a gap of 6-7 hours, as you get to your blog in the morning. Now there maybe 60-70 notifications on your app or account. Can you read all of them and comment on them or you skip over them, reading some and just liking others, hoping to have time later to revisit and comment?

So I do that. I like their posts to let them know that I have visited, as a calling card. And if time permits I would go back and read the whole post and comment. And I really don’t mind when people just like my posts. Sometimes liking a whole bunch of them within a minute or two. Why would I not like that someone is liking my posts? Why would I be bothered that they didn’t read all of my twenty posts before liking them! See here is the equation: Would you rather that people just not show an interest in your blog or do so by hitting the like button without reading all of the post!

I would go with the second option because it does show a degree of interest. And if this ploy is meant to make me reciprocate, then I will do so. Because it’s a place where we support each other, or should.

And how do you view this phenomenon?

Do you dislike when people just like your post without leaving a comment?

Please share your thoughts and feedback in your comments.

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#blogging

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147 thoughts on “Blogging— Is liking enough?

  1. Very true! I think comments are the real hallmark for if someone’s read your post in depth and taken something away from it, whereas likes are more a good indication if new readers have enjoyed its surface content at face value.

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  2. Great post Sadje.

    By now you should know my views on this subject – l class the multiple likers as The Likemonly Beast Clan – l have a lot of that at times, and due to the sheer volume of posts l can put out a day, although having said that – l don’t have that many going out Monday to Friday between 8 2 10 or as you will have read, my time sequence as that is the magical 11. I try to publish minimal content of my own now , anyway l digress.

    A lot of people like, and l understand the sentiment of a few likes and no comments from my regulars but l am baffled and annoyed at other times by those who may simply hit like up to 25 times in 2 minutes – that is somewhat frustrating and that is me being polite.

    I can’t get around to everyone of my regulars everyday, l have to set up a sequence for them and that works, and l expect to get to my regulars once every eleven days, there l will stay around 15 minutes, read 15 minutes worth of posts, like and comment. But l would never just like for the sake of it, multiple times and no comments as l think it is somewhat insultive.

    BUT there are huge volumes of posts to get through even for the marginal posters and readers. For me l need a rigid schedule to follow, but many others are simply random readers, likers and commenters – who knows what the secret is to balanced success?

    People perhaps feel obligated to like, l don’t feel obligated to like anything unless l actually like it. I have a lot of regulars and l try to as said attend to them as often as l can, but this is an excellent post Sadje – so well done for voicing your opinion on the subject 🙂

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    1. Thanks a lot Rory for your very detailed comment. It is very difficult to read all the posts from all the bloggers we follow. I use my like to let me know I visited. I save some of the posts to read later like your serialization of your father’s novel. You have got a good system in place for reading. I wish I was that organized!

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  3. 🙂 I am only cool with someone pressing the “Like” button if they genuinely liked my blog post.

    Also, it is okay for someone to press the “Like” button and not leave a comment.

    Why?

    Because there are shy people out there who only prefer to press the “Like” button.

    By the way, I do have a deep appreciation for those people who read my blog posts in their entirety and left me thoughtful comments in the comments section of my blog.

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    1. Valid point on the ‘shyness’ aspect Renard 🙂 I do happen to know of some of my readers who are exactly just that.

      But the culprits who hit 25 per 120 seconds are hardly shy … they are hoping for a bite back, l call them Fishers – casting the line and spraying click bait 🙂

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    2. I agree that leaving comments take time and effort. It’s the time which restricts our ability to comment on each and every post of the bloggers we follow. I always appreciate the comments and feedback left on my post, even and specially if their views are not in accordance with mine. A debate is always welcome.

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  4. Likes without comments don’t bother me, although if a blogger NEVER comments, I do wonder why not. I’m about half and half. If I actually like or agree with the post and have nothing more to add, I’m not going to comment “yeah” or “nice” usually. I’ll just hit the like button. But if it’s been a while since I’ve commented, I’ll try to think of something to say.

    As Rory says, when someone knocks out 10 likes in 30 seconds, I know they haven’t bothered to read my posts and that makes me sad. I put effort into them, and I’m not going to run over to that blogger’s site and start hitting likes as a repayment.

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    1. Good point. We do take effort to write each and every post. But a like would show that at least they stopped by. I have sometimes a problem with leaving comments on a poem, specially if it is similar to the ones the blogger has posted many times before!

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        1. Not exactly that, something like in praise of nature which is similar. Not that I don’t like them but I try to be creative in my comments and on these I cannot think of new ways to say the same thing!

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  5. I think you are wonderful with leaving so many comments on so many posts. You really are a gem – the amount of support you give to other bloggers.

    I cannot keep up with all the posts in my Reader – it’s too much!!! There are some bloggers who were posting several times a day, and making it hard to see the more rare posts from other bloggers. So I “un-followed” them, and instead I bookmarked their websites. So, now when I go through my WP Reader, I read posts and generally like them (it’s the only way to show I dropped by and appreciate their efforts) and then if I find something very interesting, or moving, or I just want to touch base with the blogger because I have not been in contact for a while. Occasionally I read a post from a blogger I don’t like one bit, and I will choose not to like, but I don’t leave negative comments.

    There are some bloggers who I have grown especially fond of and I love chatting with them. And there are some newer bloggers who I think are writing wonderful posts but seem to have about three followers. So I just keep on trying to encourage them.

    Coming back to those bloggers I un-followed and bookmarked instead – Rory is one of them. I go onto his site once every few days and binge read his posts and like and comment where I have something to say to him. I hope he doesn’t mind that. What is weird…and I totally agree is the rapid-fire likers. There are a couple of bloggers who do that to me regularly. I don’t want to be pedantic, but it is a bit weird.

    Anyway…it’s hard to keep up with everyone. For the most part, the read and like system seems the most reasonable way to keep up with so many posts…but I know how much more meaningful comments make blogging, so when I do have a bit more time, I try to make that effort.

    You, my dear, are exemplary!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Mel for leaving such a detailed feedback. I agree that there is no way we can read all the blogs properly and leave appropriate comments. But liking shows that we were there.

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  6. I’m sure you’ve heard WHY some folks ‘like’ and maybe don’t say anything. They want the blogger to know they’ve read the post, but they may not have time for a full on comment. So they hit ‘like’, I’m guilty of doing just that. I follow so many now that it’s almost impossible to comment on each post I read. I know maybe commenting is the ultimate compliment, but I’m often shocked after writing some wordy post, the number of “likes” far outweighs the comments. I guess it comes down to the blogger and what they want to get out of their blog, are they in it for the socialization (via comments and interaction) or are they in it because they MUST write? I’m the latter. And I enjoy your blog in case you were wondering!

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    1. Thanks Melanie for this detailed response. I love reading your blog and doing your challenge. I agree with you that we don’t have enough hours in the day to read all the blogs we follow. I would rather keep following the blogs which I don’t have the time to comment on, than to unfollow them. Tough choice.

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  7. Great post, Sadje! I love interacting with other bloggers especially with you. 😍 What I want to ask you is what is your opinion on bloggers who press like only on the comments of others. Not just one but all of the comments on your one post.

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    1. Well since I have disabled the notifications of likes on the comments, I don’t get to know of it. But if someone likes a comment made by another blogger I think it shows they agree with it?

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  8. I do not have time to comment, even a short “great post” type comment on every post I read. I do try to only like posts that I have read, but reading and comprehending aren’t always the same thing 😉 yeah, I sometimes skim a post real quick and like. When I catch myself doing that, I try to slow down and read, but…. So, yeah, some empty likes on occasion, though never a “if I like this, then the blogger will reciprocate”. Comments on my posts are great! But a like is fine with me. Even an “empty” like.

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  9. All good thoughts in your post and in those of the other commenters. I feel the same. I read as many blogs as I can, leaving likes, and comments (when I have something to add). I do enjoy seeing all the likes on mine, as I feel at least someone out there gives my efforts a notice. I like comments, too, and it is fun to get to know someone better through commenting back and forth. I know I post several times a day, so I understand if some are skipped sometimes, but I do like meeting new bloggers, and keeping up with the regular ones I know.
    Oh … keep meaning to tell you – I like the penguins you have up top! 🙂

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  10. I read an awful lot of posts, write my own daily, work full time, seven days a week…and help run an international school. Much as I would like to comment on every post I read, I simply do not have enough hours in a day. I do not ‘like’ where I have not read… and like you, leave a like to say I have read the post, that I appreciate the writer’s work, perspective or craftsmanship… or, when I do not agree with a viewpoint and cannot comment, that I honour their views.

    I would like to think most bloggers use the like’ button in the same way, but know that many are simply clicking without reading and others just clicking in the hope of getting a visitor or twp to their sites.

    The likes matter, as an indication of whether or not a post has ‘worked’… but it always the comments that matter most.

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    1. Absolutely right on all points, Sue. You’re a phenomenal blogger with so many posts daily. Liking to me IS an indication that you have visited the post and it is an encouragement to the writer. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  11. You’re right that it’s impossible to read every post. I don’t mind if someone hits like whether they’ve read the post or not. I understand it’s just a way of saying hello. But the bulk likes are confusing. Without any comments they’re confusing. If it’s a blogger I’ve interacted with before, I take it as a BIG hello, but someone I don’t know? I think, like the others that its fishing.

    My personal way of doing things (I think I wrote about this, or commented about it…dang memory…) is that if I read, I hit like. If I have something to say, I comment. If I don’t leave a like or a comment I hope that the blogger understands my time constraints. They usually do because as you wrote, we have a fantastic supportive community here.

    I like (he he, “like”) that you’ve opened the conversation about this. It helps everyone to understand each blogger’s style.

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  12. I don’t mind the likes, as long as they are reading. I know not everyone is sociable. I try to comment often, but sometimes I just hit like, but I only like the posts I have read. I don’t just rapid fire like. I get that sometimes too, & there’s no way they could be reading all of my posts that quickly. Sometimes I’ll get 15 likes from the same blogger in a matter of seconds! Anyway, thank you for reading, commenting, & sharing your wonderful words!!

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    1. Thanks a lot Kristian for sharing your thoughts. I think we agree that getting just likes is not a bad thing at all. But the serial liking may have a dark purpose behind it. Though I don’t mind that either. I would visit the blogger and read their posts as a return gesture.

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  13. There seems to be some consensus regarding likes. Nobody likes rapid fire likes. Some bloggers post multiple posts in a day. It is not possible to read all, like all and comment on all. So one does the best one can…read a few, like and maybe comment on a couple. With some bloggers one develops a rapport and since one has come to like that person, one does not only like but also comment. Then of course when a post is fantastic one cannot but help leave a comment, even if it is a blogger one has never interacted with.
    What boggles my mind is when people like my comments regularly on other people’s blogs but never leave any likes on my posts! 🙄
    I like genuine likes and I love comments. ❤️
    Thanks for starting the discussion, Sadje.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your feedback! Winnie also said something like this and it’s a new phenomenon for me. I will keep my eyes open for this. You’re right about developing rapport with a few bloggers and I think of them as friends. So I would definitely stop by to read the entire post and leave a comment!

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  14. As much as I would like to read ALL of the posts in my news feed, there simply is not enough time. I work pretty much every day and, as you know, have been in the process of moving so time has been very limited. I have tried to drop by but time constraints. Enough said. Liking posts, even when I read the whole thing but haven’t the time to comment, is often the best I can do.

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  15. As much as I would like to read ALL of the posts in my news feed, there simply is not enough time. I work pretty much every day and, as you know, have been in the process of moving so time has been very limited. I have tried to drop by but time constraints. Enough said. Liking posts, even when I read the whole thing but haven’t the time to comment, is often the best I can do.

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  16. My like means I read your post. I don’t always have the gusto to comment. That is a reflection of me, not the post. Personally, I appreciate the likes with or without comment. Thanks for starting this discussion.

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  17. I read A LOT of blogs (subscribed to about 300!). I do try to read them all every week (Monday’s is generally my reading day) but don’t necessarily always have time to comment on each and every piece which I feel is praiseworthy. If I like it, it’s good!

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  18. I think we all love comments. I find I get to know the person behind the blog and the more I know, the easier it is to converse. Sometimes I just like because I start repeating myself in comments, especially if I read multiple posts from them at once. Unlike the Reader, I mostly read from email so when I go to the reader sometimes my replies don’t show up. That’s when I go into the actual blog and reply in a row or like in a row. For instance, I read Rory in email and can only reply because if I hit like, it won’t recognize me, so I return an email. If I see his post in the Reader, I can like and comment. It just depends on the blog. Some photography should have comments, but I also find I run out of adjectives, and I don’t know if it is offensive to the person posting them. If you see my icon, I’ve read your post.

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  19. Take this comment I just wrote above. I tried to send it but it says I’m not following you, which I am. When pushing follow again, WP tells me I can’t do that subscription. It happens a lot, I have no idea why.

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  20. If I’ve had a busy day, I’m late getting to my blog and playing catch up as I am now. I follow a fair number of people, many who only post weekly, but an equal amount post several items a day, as I do. I try to read everything that comes into my reader, but there are some subjects that don’t interest me, but I know the blogger writes other stuff, so I can pick and choose. I love the challenges, but don’t do them all.
    If someone comments on one of my posts, I always respond as I appreciate they’ve taken the time to not only read but pass on their thoughts. Some posts I read don’t have a like button and posting a comment can be difficult because of the ‘I am not a robot’ scenarios
    or the site isn’t on WP.
    It all comes down to time though and as we approach 11.30pm I am not even close to finishing what’s in my reader!

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  21. I don’t mind people hitting the like button, but as others have said, it’s when they hit 10 to 30 likes in so many seconds, that I know they have not read my posts. It happens sometimes, but not as it once did.
    I really do appreciate when readers comment though. As you say, it helps to get to know the readers, especially if you are doing the same and commenting on their blog too.

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  22. i totally understand what you are saying, i am ok with any sort of interaction, a like is much appreciated! those not on wordpress can read and i think can comment if they have a google account and are signed in.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I think they can but the process is time consuming. Sometimes when I am signed in my WordPress account, I cannot like or comment on some of the blogs.

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      1. a pleasure Sadje, and you bring up salient points about blogging. as for me i write because i like to write, the likes and comments are appreciated but i don’t ever monitor or are affected by it. i am touched and humbled when someone sends a comment and it inspires me to write better in future. i love your perspectives and find your writing very refreshing.

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  23. An interesting discussion. I’m a like pusher if I read, but time is short, work waits, and if I commented on every blog I read, I’d never get any work done. I use the reader as a ‘rest time’ between work, so mark the place where I got up to and have a little nip over for a press and play with the others in the pond.
    Comments only come if I have time, but it’s one of the things in short supply.
    And for the people who do the scam-skim – I make sure they don’t follow me. I prefer a community to a passer-by. The people I follow are people whose voices I enjoy, and I click like when I see their words in my world.

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    1. Thanks for sharing your feedback and thoughts Cage. Absolutely spot on! Time is the deciding factor. But people who have more time can’t comment on every post. Personally I am good with likes anyway. But an occasional comment can boost the morale.

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  24. Interaction is great and it’s what brings new people into the WP community. On both this account and in my previous life, I have found WP to be a battleground between reader and writer over interaction, likes, follows, and more. Yes, it’s nice for posts to be enjoyed but once a “reader” reaches a certain point, there is just not enough time in the day to read everything, nor should they be expected to. As someone else noted, not all posts will interest the reader. On the flip side, there is just so much time in the day for the “writer” as well. Some bloggers post short pieces and others post long, well-edited posts. Leaving likes tells the writer, “Hey, I was here.” Comments should be reserved, in my opinion, for the times when the reader really appreciated the post (or when messages between reader and writer need to be shared).

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I think when we put a lot of effort into writing a post, a few comments sort of validate that. But as almost everyone has admitted to a shortage of time in the way, liking a post should be okay.

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  25. I have to admit that there is only so much time in a day that I can view different posts and I have been careful top not comment on political posts. they tend to just drag on and on and ionvite a war with other people. No, I’m more interested in how your day went and how you got thru it.

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  26. I love the interaction and getting to know other bloggers, but I do understand the time thing, so I appreciate the “likes” as well. It is just not possible to comment every time and I do like to be able to say something original besides just “good post”, so that takes time sometimes. 🙂

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  27. As many have already said, if you follow a lot of bloggers (I’m currently following 189, many of whom post multiple times a day), it’s impossible to read every post everyone posts every day. So I don’t. But I also don’t “like” a post if I haven’t even read it. As to comments, I try to comment, but I often don’t get around to reading a lot of posts until late in the day or at night. I’ll read the comments others have made, and someone else has already posted a comment that I might have made, I won’t regurgitate the comments of others. It’s already been said, so I’ll just like the post and not repeat what others have said. Does that make sense. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll take likes and comments over silence any day. What I don’t quite understand is why I always have way more visitors than likes. Today, for example, I’ve had 272 visitors and 155 likes. Does that mean that 117 people who visited my blog today read and DIDN’T like my posts? Those bastards!

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    1. I agree that if it’s already been said, there is no fun in saying it again. This phenomenon of more visitors than likes is a baffling one but I see it too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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  28. That was an interesting debate. I enjoy the interaction. If not for that, why am I posting my stories? Sadly there are too many posts out there for me to read and comment. I never ‘like’ what I haven’t read. I feel that’s wrong; like signing a document without reading it. What might I have agreed with? If it’s just about the ‘numbers’, maybe I should consider dropping those folk with whom I have no meaningful interaction?

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    1. Dropping people because one doesn’t have time to read their post occurred to me but I do get to visit them once in a while. So I still follow them. But I have seen this phenomenon in place that if I don’t visit a blog they would not visit mine! A tit for tat!

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  29. I only like posts I have read if I like them. If I have the time and was moved by the post I try to add at least a small comment. I only follow those that upon visiting their site I see a majority of posts I like. I know there are those that like a post only to get a like back, but I don’t have time to go back and forth with each like to see if I do enjoy their posts or not. The stats are nice, but bottom line is I am here to write and not try to win a popularity contest. I am humbled by the amount of people who “follow” me, but am pretty convinced not all of them really follow my blog as my likes and comments are no where near the number of followers.

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  30. dang..hard to get a comment IN HERE as there were so blasted many! Grats! I don’t care……particularly since after coming all the way down here (it took a good twelve second!!!) I forgot the question.

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  31. The way I see this is just this… There is an awful lot of what an individual blogger puts into their posts, pieces, etc… Just like myself and you. Out of respect and plain enjoying interaction with my fellow bloggers, I always (for the majority) leave a comment.
    Like or dislike, I’d prefer reading comments. It’s not a matter of needing my readers to place me on a pedestal, it’s more of… I really want to know what you liked about what I wrote. Or, even constructive criticism is welcomed. How am I to improve my writing skills without a friendly gesture?
    I truly enjoy comments, because I feel closer to the reader, and the friendships are so important to me. 💗

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  32. For me, a like is saying ‘I paid you a visit and liked what you said or the way you said it’, a sign of appreciation. I comment if I have something I know I can add or if I have the time to think of something constructive. A lot of times I read a post, think I’ll comment later when I have more time than forget to do it! I appreciate both likes and comments and would comment more myself if I had more time. 🙂

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  33. Interesting thoughts..at the moment I write a blog that is a 2 minute read (and hopefully amuses, entertains and informs) and I do these 3 days a week. I have an ever growing list of readers but generally all on WordPress and much as people will subscribe it’s very rarely that it gets shared on social media..not sure how I crack that one…any ideas?

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    1. It’s in the post settings. Link your Facebook, Twitter and other accounts to your WordPress account and turn on the sharing. Thanks for sharing your thoughts

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  34. A bit late to the conversation but as I was having a similar chat with friends yesterday I thought I’d leave a comment. Not to mention the intellectual ambiguity of just “liking” this particular post 😉

    I think we might be expecting a little too much from a boolean button. If I like a post, I’m going to hit the “like” that’s easy. If I really like it I’ll leave a comment. Seems to be the general rule of thumb and everyone is generally happy.

    The problem is, I’ve read many posts which I didn’t like either because of content or style, but where it’s clear someone is going out on a limb and sharing something important to them or trying something new, or simply doing something well in a style I don’t like, well, of course, I’m going to hit the “like” button. That is, use the “like” button to show support, not because I actually like it but I “like” or acknowledge the skill/effort/honesty/risk etc

    Why not have two buttons “like” & “support”? You can probably see where there is going and I’m pretty sure I don’t have a thick enough skin for all those “support” presses. You might as well call it the “nice try but nope” button. What about a rating system (1-5 stars)? Well, it doesn’t solve the previous problem and worst everyone uses the scale differently so it’s literally just a formula for sleepless nights.

    Very long story short, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that in a complex and imperfect world a “like” is fine. That way I can at least sleep at night safe in my delusion that people actually like me … sorry like it. Now, those people who view and don’t like, well clearly they just have bad taste 😉

    On a slight aside, I do wish there was a tick box on the comment box to keep messages private to the owner, specifically for pointing out typos or issues in a post. I never report in them in public as I consider it rude and I’m far too lazy to go hunting for a private form. But god knows it would have saved me from some faux pas on my own posts.

    For the avoidance of any doubt on at least this one post, I liked it 😉

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    1. Thanks a lot Chris! I appreciate your detailed feedback. If we had those buttons, life here would be pretty interesting, at least initially. Maybe with time we would use them the same way as we use the like button. The star! Thanks again. 🌟🌟🌟

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  35. I agree… It’s kind of impossible to read every one of your friend’s content on here. I will admit that I do like occasionally without reading all of a post, and rarely without reading any of it 😛

    Between trying to keep up with others posts and writing good quality content of my own, there’s just not a lot of time left over.

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  36. Hi! I’m new here!
    I agree that liking a post without commenting is totally okay. Sometimes I’ll read the article, and see some of the comments and feel that I have nothing new or meaningful to add, so I simply “like” the post, as you say, to leave a calling card of sorts.

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