Truthful Tuesday: December 7th, 2021

Frank aka PCGuyIV is our host for Truthful Tuesday. You can join in here
His question this week is exactly how important are likes to you on your blog, and how do you determine if you are going to click like on other bloggers’ posts?

Everyone likes to be liked, or wants to be liked, but the ‘LIKE’ button on blog posts doesn’t necessarily mean readers like you the person, just that they liked the post they read, if indeed they actually read it.

The stats things on WP is OK, but IMO comparing likes to views for instance is very misleading.
Today I’ve had 240 views with 120 likes, so does that mean only 50% of my readers actually like what I’ve written? My blog has, apparently, over 3460 followers, but that suggests sadly that not many people are reading me, so maybe they don’t like me and don’t bother.

In truth, I do not think I have anywhere near that number of followers, but of my regulars, I am always glad to see them and interact through the comments.
Comments are more personal, conversation starters, supportive, kind, enlightening, funny and sometimes sad, but we go back and forth developing a kinship within blogland, interacting with real people, not a computer generated click in cyber space to enhance someone else’s standing purely because they’ve ‘signed on’ (which probably accounts for over 95% of my ‘followers’ LOL).
So in answer to the first part of Frank’s question, likes may be all very nice, but not the be-all and end-all of blogging for me.

On the other hand, I follow a fair few people whose posts come into my reader.  Those who don’t post very often are always worth a read, and I do miss them on a regular basis. I try to read them all, but sometimes the content may not be my cup of tea, so I pass.
If I like a post, I will hit the like button and maybe add a comment. There have been a couple of instances recently when I have more than liked something and reblogged it.
Sometimes though, a post is full of such sadness, it seems horrible to hit ‘like’, so a comment will replace that.
As I said above, I like to interact with real people, and the comments do that for me.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Truthful Tuesday: December 7th, 2021

  1. Paula Light says:

    I almost always click like on the posts of bloggers I follow, but if the post is about something sad, I feel compelled to also leave a comment. Other times, I comment at random. I’m following around 180 people so the feed can get busy!

  2. I agree that it sometimes feels wrong or somehow off to like a sad post! I hit like on one if I can relate to the post though. Sometimes I’ve had a similar experience, but it’s too personal to share in the comments. So the like is me saying you’re not alone and offering support.

  3. Sadje says:

    I use my like to indicate that I visited and read the post

  4. murisopsis says:

    Likes are nice but it is the comments that are important to me to build community and develop connections!

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