Likes are cool, but really, what value do they have if my visuals + words don’t resonate with you?
I had a ‘reader’ come thru and ‘like’ maybe 38 [ok, maybe just fifteen..] of my posts, including some of my more lengthy rants, in a matter of less than two minutes. [I knew because I was logged in at the time.] Now, unless he’s a speed reading super genius, there is NO way he could have thoroughly read what I had to say and formulate a liking for that many posts that quickly. Or maybe there was a major lag in the realtime notifications…
Anyway. This bothered me. A little. I try not to overthink such trivial matters but, as you can read, it did trigger slight annoyance. [But it also triggered this post, so I still kinda win.] I know I can’t control how people interact with me, but I’d much rather a reader also comment their point of view[at least every once in awhile] or give a little more insight on the topic, start a meaningful conversation-whatever! I appreciate those things and they feel so much better than a dozen thoughtless clicks on the like icon. It’s like giving a gift instead of a gift card. A hug instead of a handshake. Lets me know that my late nights and early mornings spent typing away is not done in vain. And who knows, maybe he did thoroughly read what I had to say and really enjoyed every word, yet couldn’t articulate his deep love for my superb writing style. But it still got me thinking about the affect various numbers have on us when blogging + logging into social media accounts. [That’s a whole other post tho..]
My point?: I’m humbled that people tune in. I’m grateful for feedback from actual readers. But as much as I appreciate them, I don’t do it for the likes. I do it because I have to. I have so many thoughts that this here journal of sorts is a means to release and keep them organized. Selfish right? But it’s comparable to doing laundry or cleaning out your garage. A sense of relief and accomplishment. Or when you help your friend move-you participate in making the world better for at least one person, so you both win!
My goal is to enlighten, empower, encourage or at least give a giggle to my readers. If I’m not doing that, then I’m doing it wrong. And if you’re in it just for the likes, you’re doing it wrong, too.
Thanks for READING. End rant. ❤