Serial “like”r

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Are you a serial LIKEr?

You’re probably asking, “What does that even mean?”

Urban Dictionary

It’s not a perfect definition though. I think it should be adjusted to mean “people on social media platforms who ‘like’ posts or blogs to generate interest in their own accounts, never actually reading or interacting with the ‘liked’ post or account.”

Does that make more sense?

You have probably noticed it too. People who “like” your blog often but have never left a comment of any sort in the past, nor do they intend to in the future. I am not saying I haven’t been known to leave a like or two without comment, but I try to interact with every blog at some point. It might not be on a regular basis, but leaving a comment now and then (one that actually demonstrates that you read the blog) goes a long way for building loyal readers and followers.

If you just “like” with the hopes that someone visits your blog, well, your “like” is disingenuous and you didn’t really “like” it at all.

Leave a comment. Spark a conversation between you and the blogger, or other readers of the blog. Create some interaction. Then those “likes” at other times might be appropriate and actually considered genuine.

Otherwise you’re just a fake “like”r. Don’t be a fake.

WordPress Reader and stats

LIKE

There is an innate problem with the WordPress Reader. That problem is that people can “Like” a blog post without ever visiting the site or reading the content.

Never mind the numbers. I am “new” and growing this thing the best I can. However, the WordPress Reader doesn’t help with that if they allow others to “Like” a post without, at the very least, requiring them to visit the actual post. An observation that I am sure other, relatively new bloggers have noticed. It is probably less noticeable if you have lots more followers.

What do you other bloggers think? Is this an issue you see or am I just talking to the wall?