My assignment for Blogging for Beginners this week is to consider what I think of as success for this blog. First and foremost is returning to writing more frequently and in a more natural voice. To accomplish this I’m also, heaven help me, taking a separate self-paced online writing course. From time to time you may see my assignments on this blog. My second goal for this blog is to set up a weekly or bi-weekly feature; still pondering what would best suit the nature of my blog. My last goal, although it might be the most important one, is to connect with other course participants in a more meaningful way through commenting on posts that resonate with me.
Being an old-school kind of gal, I’ve watched the internet grow from a place of email list discussions (anyone here remember list-serv, or flame wars?), to online groups (yahoo groups long before the FB was even an idea), to blogging, to instantaneous feedback through Likes and, well, their like. Personally, I’ve never really counted “Likes” as a means of showing appreciation for a post. Oh, all the big internet and app companies might have already convinced you otherwise, but how much thought or effort does it take on the part of someone to click a button to “Like” a blog post, a tweet, a FB post? To me, “Likes” are a “veni, vidi, vici!” without that last bit. How can we even know if that person took the time to read our post or left their “Like” behind just because it might entice you or others to click through to their site?
If I visit your post and leave a “Like” I’ll also leave a comment because that has far greater meaning to me as well as to you. Comments don’t have to be, nor should they be, an entire blog post (but, you can do that through pingbacks!) nor should they be a one- or two-word response such as “Nice site.” Yes, that means taking more of that most precious commodity we all have so little of, time, and yes, it also means fewer interactions with other bloggers.
To quote a friend of mine,
While “Likes” are nice, comments are the spice of life.