I am going to start with a caveat – I am not on Facebook. By personal preference, I have fundamental issues with the security of your data among many other things. I know that FB does have a LIKE button and I can hazard a guess that getting lots of LIKES is your own personal prize for posting something deemed worthy.
But this isn’t FB. It isn’t me posting a photo of my cat sleeping in a funny pose that I took with my smartphone in bad lighting. Or of my friends partying in a dodgy club or an endless series of baby photos. Whatever.
This is a blog about photography, specifially my personal journey and experiences. I share them in the hope they entertain some and educate others, and hopefully even both at once! Yet within *minutes* of posting at ungodly hours of the morning (even around the world) I get LIKE notifications. Usually I get a lot of LIKEs, and sometimes a comment, and sometimes a subscription.
What I wonder is, are the people pressing the LIKE button even reading my posts? Is it more like a popularity contest, the more LIKEs you give, the more you get back? Am I missing the point somehow, should I be pleased that I get these responses when I am not really sure that the content is being rewarded for anything more than exisiting?
Imagine I spend a lot of time and effort cooking a meal for someone, and they come up and tell me it looks and smells amazing, and therefore must be, but ……… they don’t actually eat it. So how could they know? That is what it feels like when I get a lot of likes on a post immediately after I post it.
Maybe you are all brilliant and really fast readers, I don’t know. Maybe I am stingy and I only press the LIKE button when I find a post I think worthy of actually liking. I do only LIKE posts I thought met a certain standard or had a particular point, were extra funny or educational. Maybe I am the wrong generation and don’t understand that rewarding someone just for making an effort is the point.
Please don’t consider me ungrateful, no not at all. Everytime someone comments I am delighted, and try and respond in kind. Everytime I get a new subscriber I feel that my efforts have some worth. Each weekend I dedicate time to catchup on the blogs I subscribe to, and make comments where appropriate. I look at Freshly Pressed and sometimes read them. I try and interact with the WP community in a positive way, and I try to contribute.
So don’t take this wrong when I ask ” if you don’t read my post, or if you do read it and you don’t find it worthy of your personal standard then DON’T press that LIKE button ”
I will not think any less of you at all, in fact I would appreciate it more that you put some thought into it, and made a judgement call as you saw fit. Should you feel moved enough to comment I will have to restrain myself from thanking you profusely for making the time and effort to do so.
No doubt many of you think I am ungrateful and grumpy, maybe so. I can’t help but wonder how soon I will get the first LIKE on this post tho 🙂 (Edit: About a minute)
2nd Edit to add: I didn’t consider the concept that people are busy and time is precious and the LIKE button is a very quick easy way to show your appreciation, one click and it’s done. I understand if that option is one you prefer because it is so quick and easy, LOVE that you read my post and responded in a way that suits you. Thankyou for taking the time to do so, to all those who do!