I have a blogging bone to pick. Recently I have had a rash of other bloggers liking my posts without reading them. It’s pretty easy to spot them– I hit “publish” and within minutes I have 3 views and 5 likes– two did not read what I actually wrote, but hit the “Like” button on the reader page. There are only three reasons bloggers do this:
1. They want to increase their readership through their “likes”. It is common courtesy to check out someone’s blog after they “like” it and hopefully find something in their blog that is funny, inspiring, provoking, or strange to “like” back. However, when it’s just rampant liking without reading– that’s just blatant attention-getting self-promotion.
2. Same as #1, but they have their ebook to sell. More self-promotion.
3. They have no life and sit in front of the computer scanning the reader page and liking everything.
Why am I so annoyed? I mean, really, having a bunch of likes on your post is impressive to other bloggers to see when they stop by. It’s also really nice to get a “like”. I am annoyed because it is empty, meaningless praise given for the sake of self-promotion. I am annoyed because I spend a lot of time writing, as I’m sure you do, too, and someone is passing judgement on my work without even knowing, or taking the time to consider, what I wrote. I am annoyed because when I go check out the “liker’s” blog, it is selling something. I am annoyed because it is inauthentic and degrades the sense of community and sharing among bloggers. I prefer an honest empty like space at the bottom of my post over a space full of “empty likes”. If you like it, “like” it, but only then.
Whew! I had to get that off my chest. Those of you who honestly like my work, I know who you are and your support keeps me writing. Thank you.
On the homefront: I had a good first day of school today. My students seem nice, if a bit squirrely. I think I am going to have a good term.