I’ve read a number of posts about peoples’ opinions on liking posts, or following blogs, and bloggers being disgruntled that someone has ‘liked’ the post without adding visitor numbers to their stats.

It suggests that people are using the Reader; you can use it to read a post, often without having to visit the site. Isn’t that the point? A quick way to read the posts about topics you’re interested in, or to read updates from blogs you follw. The Reader is great, but I wonder if it does make people click ‘Like’ without having actually read the post.

What I’m really doing here is just clarifying my point of view. I use the ‘Like’ button more as a bookmark to come back to later. If I see a post that looks interesting, I will Like it if I don’t have time to read it. If I haven’t read the post yet, I will read it in the near future. I will also make a point of looking through the rest of the blog to see if I should follow that blog too.

Similarly, if someone Likes one of my posts, I will make a point of visiting their blog and looking for anything I can Like or follow.

However: I don’t do this to try and gain likes or follows. If I like what I see, I’ll follow you, I won’t expect it to be reciprocal in any way.

2 thoughts on “My views on Likes and Follows

  1. I like this point of view. I do that too, use the like as a bookmark if I don’t have time to read it all. I also use my own bookmarks on my browser for really important stuff. It is kind of weird if you pay too much attention to the stats. I am not promoting anything yet, so I am not too worried about views and all that yet. Though the ultimate goal of it all is to develop the skills, knowledge, and experience to make a living writing online. There are so many blogs out there, it definitely makes me notice someone’s space if they give me a nod. It just seems like an instinctive reaction. Plus being territorial doesn’t really help you much. Wow, I should have expanded that and made it into a separate post oh well too late

    cheers!

  2. Since I’ve discovered the Reader, especially in the iPhone app, I can read whole posts without making an impression on that blog’s stats, so I’ve now realised that actually the stats aren’t the be-all and end-all of how the site is being used. I once gained 3 new followers to my blog on a day where I had zero visits.

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