During the week I got a comment.
It was from NobblySan at Madhatters.
He was saying that he believes,
the level of interaction on wordpress,
from blog to blog has decreased ever since wordpress,
introduced the “like” button.
Actually he said the “bloody like button!”.
Up to that comment I had enjoyed the “like” button.
It gave me some feedback on who read my post,
and also a measure of what worked.
I know it is also dependent on time and day posted,
and how many serial “likers” were online.
But I did enjoy seeing that little star.
However thanks to NobblySan my bubble burst.
I began to look at other blogs with new eyes.
I have read some posts which really worked for me.
I could see maybe twenty “likes” after their post,
These posts had definitely had a share of readers,
but there were only a handful of comments.
Some of these posts had cried out for a comment,
either because of the class of writing,
the topic, or the emotion expressed.
My eyes were opened.
I began to examine my own blogging pattern.
Was I a lazy “liker”?
In the past week I have tried to comment more often,
however it is a lot more time consuming,
and I do not get as many posts read.
But it is more satisfying,
and has led to more discussion online.
I have read how some bloggers are very shy,
and do not like to comment.
I personally love to comment on blogs.
It has introduced me to a whole new world of people.
Some who have got right under my skin,
in the nicest possible way.
If they miss a post I register it’s missing,
If they have a personal issue,
I hope for them.
In a way I have an online friendship of sorts with them.
I care what they think,
and I really enjoy our interactions.
My blog commenting buddies include men and women.
Some are single, some have families.
Some have large busy blogs,
some it would seem have only myself and a few others following.
Some have anonymous blogs,
others have friends and family commenting.
Some have very different beliefs and opinions to myself,
but the common factor is we all blog, and comment.
NobblySan said he did a mock post,
to prove there were serial “likers” out there.
However he ended up getting a load of comments!
I laughed out loud when I read it.
Then just to upset him I “liked” it.
But as the week has gone on,
I have begun to wonder,
what would my experience of wordpress have been,
if there was no “like” button?
In those early months,
the “like” button was a huge ego boost.
I really did think,
that everyone who pressed it,
did in fact “like” what I wrote.
I know differently now,
but to this day I still like to be “liked”.
However my favourite part of blogging,
apart from the daily challenge of writing,
is the comments.
Maybe just maybe the “like” button,
is the lazy way out,
and in time to come,
a comment may become a rare treat on your blog.
I sincerely hope not.
With that in mind,
I will continue to make the effort,
to comment as much as possible,
and so ensure that blogging remains,
the wonderful interactive experience,
I have come to enjoy.
What about you?