I have read posts lately that I wanted to Like but couldn’t find a Like button. Instead, I engaged my brain to find a few words I could comment to show my appreciation.
Often, with a full inbox, it’s tempting to Like without commenting
– this is often possible from an email without even opening the post. But I don’t see how that benefits anyone: either the writer, who’s getting spurious feedback, or the reader, who hasn’t read the post.
Unless (heaven forbid) the ‘reader’ who Likes the post they haven’t read is merely hoping the blogger will reciprocate by visiting their own blog. (This is particularly obvious if they’re selling something.)
Now, I try to find a few pertinent words to comment. After all, if I can’t identify why I like a post, how can I identify what will interest others in my own posts? And how will the writer know what has sparked this reader’s interest?
So – although I’m a relatively new blogger, and every Like is an award
– I’ve turned off the Like button on my WordPress blogs.
You’ll know if it all goes pear-shaped when my Like button reappears.
Experienced bloggers please
enlighten me. What am I depriving myself of – other than a confidence boost – by eliminating Likes to my posts?
Stop Press: As of September 2019 the Like button is back, since I discovered the Reblog button disappeared with it. (Not that I get reblogged, but I can dream, can’t I?)