Success is not measured in Likes

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.

Agree? Disagree?

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One writer's quest to rediscover her writing mojo, with a little help from her friends

11 thoughts on “Success is not measured in Likes

  1. I think you raise some great points in your blog and the way that the world seems to see internet success by the number of likes an item, post, page etc… receive rather than often the quality of the content. Thanks for sharing, it has given me some real food for thought.

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    1. Thank you for commenting. The other metric that I find worrying is the “number of followers”. If we can trust the articles written about this, then we also understand that no small number of those are likely fake. Where is the world going?

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    2. If you look at the number of likes or followers that I have, you’ll know that I must have another reason for writing – and you’d be right. My writing is my “brain cleanser.” It also lets me pretend to myself that I have some degree of talent, because it’s for sure I can’t sing.

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  2. The way you put this it definitely made me want to comment, though I will confess to often just leaving likes. Sometimes I do that just to give the bloggers I follow a break from my more often than not lengthy comments. I am also of the “older generation” though I don’t recognize some of the terms you used for platforms that went before FB. Since I might also describe myself as a trailing edge baby boomer I think I will share some of your same views so I look forward to leaning more of them.

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    1. I really appreciate that you took the time to comment on my post. It’s entirely possible to write a lengthy reply to someone’s post, especially if you know that person and they know what to expect. 🙂 At the same time, if you want to reflect at length on your own site on what someone said, pingbacks provide the means to do so if you link to the original post. What that does, or is supposed to do, is display a link back to your own site in the comments section of the original post, provided that both sites are publicly visible. We should really try it out.

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  3. I agree, likes are pretty hollow compared to comments. Comments can also be fairly hollow (if not hard to come by) as well though. I receive very few of both but have received a surprising number of personal emails or messages thanking me for posting. I think that if you love what you are doing, which it seems like you do, you will be surprised in the same way, likes or no likes, comments or no comments. 😉

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    1. Thanks, Nick. Those one- or two-word comments always make we wonder what their author was trying to convey. If they didn’t manage to convey something, they tend to languish in the pending pile. 😉

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  4. I too remember those long-ago times before the ease of “like”. While a “like” on my site gives me a little zing it is not really enough ‘cuz then I want to know more.

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    1. Zing is exactly the right word! That is exactly what Likes do to us. They’re like “TicTacs,” great flavor for the few seconds they last leaving us wanting more. 🙂

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    1. Spot on. If you are willing to have people engage in discussion rather than leave a comment once and then gone, you might want to consider publishing a commenting policy if you haven’t yet.

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