I admit that I’ve been guilty of that, but only on rare occasions. I mean, what’s the point of liking a post if I can’t even be bothered to read it? And if I want to comment, of course I have to read it first.
Because I have a downloading limit for my internet connection, I’ve learned to download a page then shut off my connection while I read it. I don’t like to be rushed. In fact, I try to do as much as possible on the internet with my connection off — like writing this post. It takes more time to use the internet this way, but it saves money.
Now, a page can be one post or a number of posts, and since I usually don’t “like” a post until after I’ve read it, when I reconnect, sometimes I can click on a number of “likes” all within the space of a minute or so.
But I’ve noticed something on my blog… Some people will “like” a handful of my posts all within a moment’s time, just like I’ve described. Well, if it’s a photograph, no big deal. But when this like-a-thon includes posts that someone would need to actually read, well, it appears as if the liker is not actually reading them. Sure, I appreciate “likes” as much as the next blogger, but how am I supposed to feel when they’re “liked” but not read? What is that supposed to mean?
So, I’ve stopped “liking” a number of posts all within the space of a minute because I don’t want other bloggers to think I’m not reading before I “like.” I’m going to call this Blogging Courtesy 101.
A “like” can mean a lot of different things, but it takes a lot of the “like” out of clicking on “like” when my posts are not read beforehand. And I can’t help it, that hurts my feelings. I would rather have a fewer number of “likes” than feel patronized or used. Like when another blogger just wants to sell me something. Or when I get a handful of likes one day, and then I never hear from that person again. Or when one of my followers drops by once a month to like one or two of my recent posts just to bring attention to their latest post.
Not that I’m trying to tell other bloggers how to use the “like” button. But here on my blog, I get to make the rules. And if you don’t have the time to read one of my posts, then don’t take the time to “like” it. A “like” should mean more than just, “I was here.”
Thanks for reading. 🙂