700 posts special: My Open Letter to All Anibloggers (Please read, Don’t just press like and move on)

Hey it’s me.

Yeah, managed to squeeze 700 posts out even though I did say I will stop blogging, but I spent my time in the military thinking about things, with quite a few friends pushing me to write, so I decided to come back, for now. I will still reach a point where I will leave the blogging sphere again, I never seen this blogging thing to be permanent since the beginning. I just want make my life feel a little bit brighter through blogging, but that is not the case for 2018 so far.

That aside, what is this open letter about?

Its for anibloggers out there who press likes for the sake of pressing it or using it as a bookmark.

It’s very obvious to see if you actually read the article because WordPress has a pretty robust view stats system. I have days where my likes are more than my views and I’m like how did this happen?

It’s because there are people who didn’t actually read the article before pressing the like.

I have a very sincere request for you guys. If you are not reading it, don’t press the like, a like button is a benchmark for bloggers to understand if you like the content and if they should write more of said content. It is not your bookmark for your “catch-up”.

But over the years, bloggers/readers have been abusing the like button just to let their fellow bloggers know that they “read” the post. And the funny thing is, they don’t even try to hide it.

If let’s say someone has multiple posts for the day, they like posts in a matter of seconds. Can an actual human read 5 posts in under 30seconds?

I have a novel that I have been writing, I have people liking the LATEST chapter first then the older ones. And everything in under 30 seconds too.

Creators are not stupid, we do know if you actually read the article. What you are actually doing right now is a sincere slap in the face of the creators because you make them think that his/her content is not worth reading, so you just leave a like for the sake of it.

I’m not going to list any names for the time being, but I do have evidence kept in my vault that I’m willing to embarrass anyone if someone gets on my nerves.

I’m not here speaking for myself, I’m speaking for everyone else too.

If you don’t have time to read, then don’t read. What’s the point of catching up when most bloggers write pretty loosely connected content.

If someone writes a novel, you don’t read from the latest chapter, this is common sense.

 

So yeah, rant over. I don’t know if this will be my last milestone, but we’ll see.

 

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8 responses to “700 posts special: My Open Letter to All Anibloggers (Please read, Don’t just press like and move on)

  1. The stats can be a bit hit and miss for me. I ran an add campaign recently that directed a good amount of people to a particular post, but the stats didn’t tally up. After talking to teach support, it turns out that, when referring from outside, there are a lot of things that can affect whether or not they get recorded. Such as a page not being fully loaded when they leave the page.
    That all being said, even that wouldn’t prevent it from being clear if someone clicks like without reading at all, especially if it’s a common thing or the post had just gone up. Personally, I don’t actually mind if it’s done to show support or keep track of things for later, but engagement is obviously the preference. Full reads, subsequent likes and discussions are all ways to measure what is and isn’t working material wise after all.

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  2. Congrats on 700 posts!

    Sometimes I like the latest chapter first, but it’s usually because either I forgot to like the first one, or the page’s social media section (including likes) is hanging, as it’s usually the last part to load. My computer is old, so sometimes the bottom half loads way behind and I can actually read the next chapter before Firefox is like, “Oh, yeah, I was supposed to finish here.”

    But, like you said, it’s often obvious when people are just pressing Like just for the sake of it, but I look on the bright side and hope they will come back later.

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  3. 700 is impressive but as far as robust stats systems go mine are super glitchy. For instance I have a blogger friend whose clicks said he referred 15 people to my page yet my referrals for the same period show only 7. Also adding up my daily views don’t always give me the same amount as my weekly views. I haven’t looked into in detail and the platform might matter but I wouldn’t put all my trust in those numbers.

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  4. There have been times when I clicked like before reading, but I always click on the page before I do that. (So I click on the page, like it then start reading the post). Other times I’ll finish reading first before clicking like, but I always do read the post. I’m on the page, after all. I personally like trying to comment on posts more than liking, mainly because I prefer comments over likes.

    For arguments sake (if you don’t mind) is clicking like a slap if it’s done for the sake of showing support? Say there’s a blogger who wants to read what you wrote, but due to real life commitments, they click like just to keep track on what they’ve missed. Then, when they are free, they can read your post. And even if they don’t read it, is it wrong if they’re using likes as a means of encouragement? (This isn’t my POV, but I just thought it would be fun playing devil’s advocate. Hope you don’t mind)

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  5. Happy 700 and I know the likes and views can really be frustrating. This is why I’m really also trying to get better at commenting. Although I’m failing at that too. I guess I’m surprised anyone would like my blog or read it. I still admit it is nice getting likes. I still hope they will at least find one article they will like to read.

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  6. I’ve unfortunately had this happen quite frequently in the past, and like you said, it feels like a slap. It’s very clear they never read anything. I understand some bloggers churn out post after post after post, so for some people they may not be able to read through each one, and that’s fine. It’s not cool when, as you said, they go to the latest post and start liking from there. I don’t mind if people don’t comment, sometimes we don’t have anything to say or don’t know what to say, or maybe don’t have the time. I feel like, for some bloggers, liking and following is akin to how popular one is and I think that’s farthest from the truth. There are some fantastic bloggers out there who spit out posts every day and the likes roll in, but I have a hard time believing half even sat down to read it all. Some people skimmed, or read the previous comments and wrote something similar. I think what makes a blog truly successful and popular imo, is meeting certain goals and building a community. I’ve had the amazing opportunity to connect with so many of my readers and this is what gives me the motivation to keep blogging.

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  7. Thank you for this open letter. This definitely enlightened me to a topic/issue that I used to think and is still at the back of my mind.
    When I first got into blogging, seeing the rise of likes on my posts boosted my confidence, but i won’t deny that after some time I also wonder if did they really read my stuff or not. I don’t mind this issue as of right now (currently busy with my studies) but I know that I’ll go back to this issue later on. It is frustrating, yes, but we can’t blame them. Its their choice after all. I just keep my mind on the positive side I guess.
    Dunno if I share my thoughts right, i’m a bit of a scatter brain.

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