For Those Who Like Posts But Don’t Read Them…

For those who like posts but don’t read them, this is for you.

In my recent days of my blogging, I have discovered that it is simple to like a post. You click a star in your reader, and it says you’ve liked it. At this point, you don’t even need to read the post.

However, I personally find issue with that. So I am personally expressing my thoughts on this.

I understand that blogging is for a community. You discover people who share your same interest, build an online relationship between them, and read their posts. Blogging is essential to connecting the larger part of the world together online, when we cannot meet in person, and has been going on since the late 1990s. It has a deeply rooted history in community and shared thoughts.

Bloggers write to get their thoughts heard. They write to find like-minded people who are willing to support their thoughts. They do not write to get likes. (At least I hope they don’t because it is one of the worst motivators for writing.)

So why like a post when you have not read it?

The stats say you haven’t read it, you know you haven’t read it, and yet you still click the star because… Why? Perhaps you read the title and were interested, but in that case, please continue ahead and read. Or maybe you are reading on a different browser and WordPress is acting funky. (If it is, I apologize for this post.)

Even still, we write to be heard. We do not write to get likes. If you are trying to grow your blogging community by pressing the star without taking time to read the post, you really are not doing anything to grow your blogging community.

With that, I leave you here. And I really do hope the next time you think about liking a post without reading it, you think twice.

Lots of love,

Jess

4 thoughts on “For Those Who Like Posts But Don’t Read Them…

  1. I think most of us have those who like our post without reading it. Maybe it’s just me but I am rather put off with this practice because it tells me that my post is not worth your time to read.

    I have noticed that these “seed” likes, though, do encourage others to actually read my post.

    I measure the success of my post (good or bad) on the number of views instead of likes.

    Thank you for posting on this issue!

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  2. I totally agree with this, and it’s only something I noticed recently! We definitely do write to be read, not liked. If people are interested in reading a post later, instead of liking it why not bookmark it? That’s what I do! x

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