The Power of ‘Like’

Power of Like
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Yesterday I wrote about feeling overwhelmed with all the information available today.

But I’m also a blog addict.

Well, saying I’m reading addict would be more accurate, I suppose.

I love to read, and I love to learn new things.

I also love to share what I learn, hence this blog. 😀

But when you are starting out as a new blogger (something I’ve done multiple times), it can be hard to motivate yourself to keep going.

You feel like you are in the middle of a crowded room, talking – but no one is listening.

Part of the appeal of blogging for me is the discussion that my writing (hopefully) generates.

So having someone comment on something I wrote makes my day. (Truly!)

‘Likes’ and ‘shares’ and ‘pingbacks’ are also appreciated.

But how many of us actually do those simple things?

I Blame Facebook

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know how I feel about Facebook.  -.-

However, over and above their shameless selling of our data for their profit, they did introduce the ‘like’ to most people.

We now find ‘like’ buttons everywhere.

‘Like,’ ‘favorite,’ upvote – whatever term a site uses, they’ve got a button for it.

These buttons have become so ubiquitous that most people don’t even notice them (or, apparently, use them) anymore.

Has ‘liking’ something become unfashionable now?

Take Back the ‘Like’

If you read blogs (like this one), do the authors a HUGE favor and every once in a while, press that little ‘like’ or ‘share’ button.

I have a friend who recently started blogging and is, like most bloggers, hoping for some feedback.

Whether it’s a like or comment, all he wants is some feedback.

I’m not sure why people don’t ‘like’ things the way they used to.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you give people ‘pity’ likes.

No one wants that.

But if you genuinely ‘like’ something that someone wrote, let them know.

If you have something to say about something they wrote (or took a picture of, or whatever), let them know – positive or negative.

For example, I have a Flickr account.

I check every day to see what fabulous photos people have taken.

But I very rarely ‘favorite’ any of them.

Why?

Because it’s too much effort to push that button?

Because I don’t want them to get a swelled head from my ‘favorite’?

Or is it because we don’t really know what we ‘like’ anymore?

My Challenge

My challenge – to you and to myself – is to take a few moments this week and push that little button.

Only if it’s something that you truly like, of course.

Surely over the course of a week, you come across at least a few things you like, right?

I’m challenging myself to like and/or comment on blogs.

It’s kind of hypocritical to complain that no one likes/comments on your blog, if you never do it either.

I’m also challenging myself to ‘favorite’ pics on Flickr.

There’s almost always a picture that makes me stop for a moment – so I take that moment to ‘favorite’ it.

I know how great I feel when I get a like, a favorite, a comment – whatever.

So if I can share that feeling by liking others’ work, I do.

I challenge you to do the same. 😀

(P.S. For those of you who have liked/commented/shared anything I’ve written – THANK YOU!!)

Is Anyone Listening?

Black HoleIn previous posts, I’ve asked for information about feeds and readers.

I’ve talked about stats before and how I try not to look at them too often.

However, after reading a post by Nalates Urriah today, I’m wondering how much longer I will be able to view my stats.

Everyone knows that stats are important when it comes to the internet.

As a blogger, you have stats that tell you many things – the number of followers, how many times a post was viewed, how many times someone visited your site, the country of origin for your readers, etc.

If people find your blog via a search engine, there is a place for you to see what search terms brought them to your blog.

Lately, when I look at that stat for my blog, it says ‘unknown search terms.’

WordPress tells you ‘some search engines don’t reveal search terms for privacy reasons.  That’s why we don’t always know which search terms were used by visitors who arrived at your site from a search engine.  When we don’t know the search terms, we show them as “Unknown search terms”.’

Since Google is now encrypting more and more searches, it’s that much harder for WP to tell me how people are finding my blog.

According to Nalates’ post, there is a possibility of finding out more information using Google’s Webmaster tools.

However, using these tools is confusing (at least to me), if you are not a techy person (which I am not).

So I rely on WP to provide my stats (because they employ very techy people).

I also came across another issue that concerns bloggers when it comes to feeds/readers.

I set up a Feedly account so that I could keep up with all the blogs I follow.

In doing research on different readers, I saw a question about views.

It seems that if you view a blog post in a reader, it does not count as a view for that blog – unless you actually click through to that website (to ‘like’ or perhaps post a comment).

That’s frustrating, since views and followers are essential for successful blogging.

Often blogging can feel like you are screaming into a giant black hole.

You wonder if anyone is listening.