My question to all is this: What do you want to see when you go on your blog? A lot of “likes”? A ton of “comments”? Maybe you don’t care as long as you see your “# of followers” number increasing.
This morning I was reading on a blog, and I forget whose it was (I’m sorry, I have tried looking back to find it, but can’t), that simply pressing “like” on someone’s blog is not the “best” way to participate in the blogging experience. I thought I would comment on this and ask others to offer their input.
As often as I can, I go through the blogs on my reader and at first look for the blogs I follow closely or interact with on a regular basis. I look for challenges and prompts and have just begun starting a page in Word, where I list all of the prompts, with the creator and the pingback URL. I list them all then go back and see which I can combine into one post. When I first started writing I would write a different post for each challenge. Now after reading so many blogs, and Sadje, yours comes to mind first!, I realize part of the challenge is combining all of the separate challenges and prompts.
Back to “liking” a post…I agree with the original blog that simply “liking” a post is not necessarily genuine or helpful. I do disagree in the sense that sometimes I read a blog, and although I don’t have an opinion either way, I press “like” to let the blogger know I have read their writing. I don’t know if this is the right thing to do or not. I do admit there are some things that I read that I do not agree with or do not particularly like and I do NOT press like. It isn’t just a reading reflex.
I suppose I want to make blogging an experience and not just a thing to do. I enjoy reading others’ work, learning new things, seeing new places, etc. and I want to make sure I am reaping all of the benefits there are to blogging.