A newbie’s thoughts on the ‘like’ button

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haters_gonna_hate1I have noticed a trend lately — people hating on the “Like” button.

Like, whaaa?

What pretentious stick lodged its way so high up there that you feel the need to hate on such a sweet little fellar?

Look, I (pretend to) get it. Random ‘Like’ clicks are so easy, and you want readers to work harder for your wondrous words! You want them to read a minimum of 106 of your older posts (because 106 is legit, anything less would be sacrilege), follow your blog for at least 3 months, and leave comments every other hour. Then and only then will you allow someone to hit that sacred ‘Like’ … because it is only then that they will have a semi-understanding of the type of poet you are.

And then she said, “I’m the Stephen Hawking of bloggers!”
So I replied, “Yeah, and Justin Bieber is a dude!”

I guess I must be too new at the whole blogging thing, because I really just don’t get what the big deal is.

Sure, people can go through and click ‘Like’ without reading a word you wrote. And persons can click ‘Like’ simply as a way to get more publicity. Or maybe even [insert other reason here]. But why does it matter so much??

Whether hurriedly or not, someone just paid your post a compliment. It’s sort of really lame to turn one of those away. Kind of makes you seem, oh I don’t know, conceited. Yeah, you worked hard putting all those words together. Blogging ain’t a walk in the park! It’s a slave trade! I spend quite a bit of time putting my top-o-the-line posts together … but I thoroughly enjoy it — so maybe I don’t get that dilemma.

Or maybe it could just be that I am a desperate attention whore. I constantly need reassurance and a pat on the head. If someone just looks at me while walking past, I take that as a compliment. Therefore, if someone ‘Likes’ a post of mine, I take it as a good thing instead of spending hours wondering what their motive was.

People are lazy nowadays. I mean, just look at us. Sure, you may be traveling and taking pictures, and working, and living a full life — but are you not still spending hours in front of a computer screen? I don’t think its a bad thing (because then I would be bashing myself, and that is a no-no), but give people some credit! After a long exhausting day of Google-ing, rating people on HotOrNot (oh wait, what? people don’t do that anymore?), and hating Pandora for playing that song .. sometimes I just don’t have the energy toΒ  write you a comment. I just want to hit the ‘Like’ button in peace without feeling your eyes burning through my soul.

Point is: a ‘Like’ means your blog got some attention, it doesn’t mean the world is crashing down on you. Just relax and drink some tea. And if nothing else, send those stragglers to me … I gladly accept chronic ‘Like’ers.

Just some newbie thoughts from someone who likes compliments — wherever she can get them.

265 thoughts on “A newbie’s thoughts on the ‘like’ button

  1. I have to admit, seeing a like on my post is relative to getting an email: it’s cool and I don’t really give it much thought. But comments are like getting snail mail, and I kind of freak out. Haha good post though, I enjoyed it thoroughly!

  2. I want to be ‘liked’ on my own merit, not for others benefit. The ones who ‘like’ but don’t read trivialise the like button.
    I’m not a hater of the like button, I appreciate likes when the post has been read but come on – it’s been published for two seconds!!
    Love the picture btw, definitely contains elements of truths πŸ˜€

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  4. It’s simple: You like a post and has nothing to say then “like” it. You love a post and have something to say then make a comment. WordPress is getting congested. The topics are getting redundant. Some blogs are posers to the real deal of blogging.

  5. I LOVE to get likes on my blog, it lifts me up and says, “Someone appreciated my work today, I did something well.” I’m sure there are many who do hit the “like” button without really giving it much thought. I, for one, try not to think too hard on that one; after all, it is really beyond our control.

    I hit the “like” when I feel someone’s post had merit, and brought something worthwhile to the table. I both like and comment, however, when something either speaks to me in a positive way, or moves me emotionally.

    You brought a lighthearted perspective to this topic, thank you! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  6. All these other point of views are great! I like them! I usually hear about how small business owners need to get likes on their website. (from web design SEO businesses) I dislike the QRCode that takes you to the like button instead of the website. To me having a ba jillion million gagillion likes means you get lots of visitors…but how many actually use your products? Being new to Blogging, I try to visit Freshly Pressed once a week, read something, read other’s comments and then go to their site to their comments and find a comment on something they wrote. I recently found I had followers and I think that is a good thing, maybe what I write does make a difference. Keep up the good topics! Dave

  7. I enjoyed your post about the like button. To all the whiners, it is not automatic, nor should there be anyone holding a water gun to your laptop forcing you to click it. So either move on to the next blog, or click like, but whining about it sounds like the beggar on the street going SPARE CHANGE?

  8. Therein lies the problem of only one option – it means different things to different people. Can you imagine, though, if we had a “love” and “hate” button too! Oh, the controversy that would then ensue.

  9. I’m curious about the ones who click the “Like” button a mere two seconds after I’ve posted (usually around midnight). They couldn’t have had enough time to read the post. Do they have some app that automatically hits the “Like” button for them as soon as a new post is published? If that’s the case, instead of a “Like” button, it should be an “I want my half-inch square blog picture linked to your site but I don’t like you enough to actually read what you wrote” button.

  10. Most writers, even seasoned ones, have the constant need to be liked (as opposed to ‘liked’). It’s not enough that you liked their last article you need to like the next one too, and the one after. That’s why blogs are great because unlike having your work published in print you can get immediate feedback. Writers work hard, hunched over a computer, cooling cup of coffee at their side, looking for the right word or phrase or angle. ‘Like’ is great if you can get it, comments are better. And better still is the courtesy of paying a visit to those who have visited you and liking their work if it’s deserved, or the very least,commenting on it.
    Excuse me, I’m off to ‘like’ your article.

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