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The ‘Like’ Button: Enabler of the inactive participant OR Advocate of the introverted blogger?

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First off, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this discussion that is going on with this, I will respond to each of your comments individually shortly after I make this post but wanted to say THANK YOU for taking the time and sharing your opinion! For those who are reading the post for the first time this is what I had posted in the morning:

“I will weigh in with my comments later and update this post but I wanted to get a reaction from my fellow bloggers on this, without my  influence…Please put your thoughts in the comment section 🙂 Look forward to a lively discussion!”

Second, as promised here is my stance on the issue:

I remember when I first joined wordpress and I got my very first ‘like’ on that first post – I was ELATED! As belsbor says in his comment it is indeed a great boost! Someone out there thought my work was good enough to be liked! …Then, when I received my first comment… I was beyond thrilled.

 

As a business major and professional, I know how difficult it can sometimes be to get responses. Some projects never take off because of not being able to generate enough interest. Of course, this blog was not or  rather is not a business venture, but it is something that I am quite passionate about and thus, generating a strong readership is important to me…Coming back to the issue at hand…as to whether or not the ‘like’ button is an enabler or an advocate, I believe it can be both and  like some of you have said in your comments I too have worn both hats on different days.

 

Since that first initial boost of getting a ‘like’, I have felt that initial ‘elation’ become a ‘pleasantly pleased’ emotion. Although I still love it, I am thrilled to get comments as it allows me to understand exactly how much the reader liked my work or how they connected with it but I appreciate that ‘like’ none the less. I agree, it is not just an advocate for an introvert, although it can become one in many cases.  Sophie L raises an excellent point that I had not thought of with regards to the language barrier and how the ‘like’ button becomes an universal tool of approval. It is like casting a vote, just like nobody puts a comment on that ballot card, it is just enough support for the candidate and in this case the author’s post.  I do not see it as a negative button in any sense, and like many of you I always try to read what I have liked. As Genuine Poetry (Denise) puts it, it is a way of letting the reader know that you were there and you liked their post; however, lately I have been feeling a bit guilty of being an inactive participant due to the lack of time.

 

I understand that as the number of blogs I follow increases along with my readership, it will be harder to keep up with all the posts all the time…but I have caught myself using the ‘like’ button as a crutch… and I did not like it.  Sometimes, I skim longer posts, like it, saying to myself that I would come back and read it thoroughly later but there are days that it doesn’t happen. It made me wonder how many others actually read the post before liking. Ronovan raises a good point about how liking after barely a second of publishing kind of gives away the fact that it never really was read… and though thankfully, I am not guilty of that,  it was just something I needed to reflect on and be more conscious of. I always try my best to comment when I have the time, especially with the blogs I follow regularly and have built a rapport with, but like many of you stated, time becomes a factor on how much I can do.

 

In conclusion, I think the ‘like’ button can be one of the best tools to encourage fellow bloggers. But before pushing that button, ALWAYS read the post you are about to like, if you have the time to comment please do and always be conscious that you do not become one of those ‘inactive participant’ using the like button as an automated response.

 

Thank you to each and everyone of you for taking the time to read my work,

 

Neha 

 

PS: I loved each like on this posts! I also loved the posts I liked! 😉

Author: forgottenmeadows

I am a dreamer and a writer who loves to ponder on the words of the soul.

59 thoughts on “The ‘Like’ Button: Enabler of the inactive participant OR Advocate of the introverted blogger?

  1. Well I think you probably know my views on the ‘like’ button. I use it when I really like something as a sign of encouragement and appreciation for the creator of the piece. I call myself an introvert but you can’t tell it. 😀
    I see it as, yes, an encouragement for that introverted blogger to continue on. I always read what I click like on. You can tell when people don’t if you are in front of your computer when people start liking. They like 10 of your articles in under 4 seconds. So I suppose that would also mean it is the Enabler of the Inactive Participant.
    I’ve actually had an article planned along these lines for some time. It’s a subject that I have thoughts about.

    • Thank you for your thoughts, yes definitely agree about it being a tool of encouragement but yes I myself had been feeling a bit guilty of using it like an inactive participant sometimes and hence this post of reflection 🙂 Thank you again for all your support, I look forward to reading that post when you decide to write it!

  2. Introverted blogger here. I “like” most of the time when I read something I’ve enjoyed. I will make the occasional comment though.

    • I will add that I think there are plenty of people who use “likes” and “follows” as a way to get others to check out and follow their blog.

    • Thank you so much for leaving your thoughts, and that is perfectly alright 🙂 this was just a post of reflection, I appreciate all your likes…and I agree some do use it as a propaganda tool for self promotion.

  3. The Like button has the power to motivate a blogger. Ask newbies and you will find this true. 🙂

  4. I use it to show I liked a post or comment. I don’t particularly like facebook, but word press likes seem different to me. It’s more a show of community and like mindedness, where facebook is a competition and anything in depth is off limits. Comments are nice of course, but I have carpal tunnel and shoulder problems and typing is a real chore, so my ”likes” are heart felt and honest. Thumbs up means I like what you wrote 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your thoughts, I agree the ‘like’ on wordpress is definitely not the same as it is on facebook and has a lot more depth. I appreciate your like very much especially with your shoulder problems. These things often skip the mind but as this post was one of reflection, thank you for making me aware 🙂

  5. It can be the both but in my case it is more the first one (I am not shy ;-)), I haven’t got many times to answer to all the post I like, and not so much easy for me to speak english or to find not always the same words as wow 😉 to explain my like so it is a great way for me to say that I appreciate the article.
    But I am sad because this last time I had a problem with it 😉
    http://sophielphotos.wordpress.com/2014/05/25/message-a-tous-les-bloggeurs-du-monde-que-je-suis-message-for-all-of-the-bloggers-that-i-follow/

  6. Don’t look a guest like in the mouth!

  7. As with most things, it all depends upon which of my personalities happens to be activated on a given day…

  8. The button has it’s good and bad attributes. To some degree it is a conversation killer. It also offers the opportunity to tell an author or photographer ‘hey i really like your work’ in a simple way without the need to explain in detail. I am glad WP has this feature. Not being a user of FB, that has no bearing on my thoughts on the button.

    • Thank you John. Yes I agree it is a great tool but does have certain not so nice attributes…but none the less, I do appreciate that ‘like’ :). Thank you for leaving your thoughts 🙂

  9. I Like And Comment as often as I can, as I feel the singular Like alone by itself seems somewhat impersonal, yet , in the same breath, when I am busy/rushed I will like and tend to skip the comments. I guess I like to have my cake and eat it too 🙂

    • I agree completely and share the same sentiments myself 🙂 Although, I had been feeling a bit guilty about it late and hence this post of reflection 🙂 Thank you always dear Morgan! love – Neha

  10. Heh, this comment governed by the inital “like” button! For me, I hit “like” in order to show that I have, in fact, liked something. Alot of the time, I simply don’t know what to say… to add a comment feels like I’m trying to add more to a work that is beautiful and doesn’t need my words to tell it so. Other times, I don’t comment partially out of fear, not knowing just how much of myself I want to put out there. Blogging is somewhat anonymous, but not really. It’s many times, real.. but not “really real” enough to feel safe. Does that make sense? In any case, your work is amazing and I have both enjoyed it and grown from it in the short time I have been reading. There. There’s my comment–and a million “like” buttons pushed.

    • haha yes that is true! Thank you very much for leaving your thoughts, I understand sometimes I am at a loss of words myself and do not know how to respond…and the like button is a great tool in those instances…Thank you so much for your kind words on my work, I truly appreciate it! ❤

  11. I will typically like something that I really enjoyed reading and will comment further if I LOVED what I read and it moved me deeply in some way. I find likes and comments on my own blog to be highly motivating, in different ways. When I receive “likes” I feel appreciated and when conversations being through “comments”, I feel like a part of the community.

    I don’t find, personally, that “liking” something is a sign of introversion or shyness. We are on computers so there is no face-to-face contact/conversation to be shy about. I agree with @morgan that when I am rushed, I will like versus commenting and that liking alone seems a tad impersonal. Perhaps this feeling of being impersonal is what is appealing to those introverted bloggers

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I definitely agree with your points…It is not something that can just be associated with introversion as it is indeed a lot more…I too agree with Morgan with the time factor…Thank you again for taking the time to comment 🙂

  12. I think the like button is mostly useless–it tells me exactly nothing–since I don’t care about stats, only about whether my writing touches someone, and in what ways. I’ve had readers who “liked” everything I ever posted, but never wrote a word in the comments–and I wondered why they were wasting their time reading me (not to mention, I quit following them). Yes, I have strong feelings about this. But having revealed my crankiness, I also have to say that on infrequent days when I’m exhausted or have NO time–I “like” my regular bloggers’ posts, so that they know I was there–even if I couldn’t comment properly. When there is an established relationship–which takes time–then, I think the like button can be used more judiciously. I honestly hadn’t considered it was for “introverted” bloggers–because I’m so NOT introverted on the blogs. “Enabling the inactive participant”–that’s probably true–but, why blog if you don’t want to participate with comments? At least short ones??

    • hehe Thank you for that passionate response, one of the best things I like about your comments is the fact that they are so genuine, just like yourself! It touches my heart…I was feeling a bit guilty about not being able to comment as much as I would have liked due to time restraints and hence the post of reflection…I too appreciate comments a lot but I also have to say I do appreciate the likes perhaps at a slightly less level :)…Thank you so much as always for leaving your thoughts, they are always appreciated! 🙂

      • Guess you’ll know better than to invite my rant–er opinion–in future, huh?! Please know that I fully understand bloggers have lives beyond the blog–we can’t always read/like/comment. People blog with different goals, and some don’t care about interacting with readers at all…(so why do they have a like button and comment box?). And I certainly can’t reciprocate with all the followers I have–but I cherish the few “relationships” I’ve established, and am fairly conscientious about giving my best attention to their posts. Jabber-Jabber!

  13. I personally LOVE the like button! It’s my way of acknowledging that I’ve read, agreed with, enjoyed, related to or loved your post. 🙂

    I’m well aware that there are the trigger happy serial ‘likers’. But they matter not, as I don’t blog for the like but for the love! 🙂

    – Jen x

  14. “Likes”, “followers”, “comments” — I love them all. As far as I’m concerned they are all interaction and show me there are people out there reading my work. I also use all three. Many times I really like a post but don’t comment because “me too” and “great post” get old.

    I love comments, but personally would rather have “likes” than strangers leaving comments just to promote a book or chew me out for something I didn’t say. Fortunately, that doesn’t happen very often. I have great followers and I love to see their “likes” and their comments as well.

    • Thank you so much for leaving your thoughts…your last bit made me laugh as it has happened to me as well with some random comments on my post that are completely unrelated…but yes they are few and far in between, and I too appreciate all of it…I was just having a reflective moment 🙂

  15. My one way to say hello.

  16. My way of saying I was here, I read your post and I like them!

  17. My first Like felt like the first book I sold. However, sadly, it is much easier to receive Likes than readers for my book. Hopefully the Likes will lead to more followers and readers.

  18. I ‘like’ Cindy’s simple comment and thought! We should be glad when people stop by, not worry about reading every word we say, sometimes it is just the gift of knowing someone looked and cared enough to say they liked it. I love comments, am amazed at some who have hundreds! I am not here to be ‘popular’ but I do have some favorites, including yours! I write more than I read, since I am at a library and have limited time. I do my reading posts on weekends, but life is busy, we mostly all have other jobs! Smiles, Robin

    • Thank you Robin, I too agree with Cindy it is a gift 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time to write such a thoughtful message and agree that we do have other jobs and often can’t keep up with everything enough to comment…:) It was a post of reflection and I really liked the engagement I received from the community on it…Hope you had a great time with your mom on the weekend! your post on your mom’s advise and clothes was cute 🙂

  19. When I was new, Likes were more exciting to me. I’m still grateful for every like, even when it seems people haven’t read the post, simply clicked the box. And I really appreciate and value my readers who take the time to make comments, so we can engage, learn and share. Fun topic. Thanks Neha.

  20. Definitely agree with you! The like button (sorry, skimmed the comments – read the post!) is also great on mobile devices where commenting can be trickier.

    I know some people abuse it, but for what it’s worth I keep it there and just try to use it properly when I encounter it on other people’s blogs. I do appreciate having the facility. I’ve recently added a like button for comments on my own blog, as I feel a bit silly saying “What s/he said!” when somebody else has put it so perfectly, but it’s great to be able to chime in with your view by endorsing their comment.

    • Thank you so much for leaving your thoughts…and you are right! It is difficult to always comment on mobile devices and that button is definitely convenient in that regard :)…I agree with your other points too! Thanks for dropping 🙂

  21. I’m a newbie blogger and sometimes have a reluctance to chime in. Whilst I am in no way timid, I feel my blogging reputation doesn’t carry the weight it does in the ‘real world’!
    I presently really like a like, as you can imagine. It’s a lovely little boost, as pointed out. However; I do feel that true engagement comes with a comment and that’s where the real fun begins.

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  23. I like to do both 😉 I always read the posts I like! Heart to heart Robyn

  24. Time is an issue, but I read very quickly if I like something I’ll slow it down and read with more purpose and use the like button. i think it’s a good way to tell the blogger how much i appreciated what they took the time to write. I don’t see every post of those who i follow as I try to only go to WP twice a week.

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