I stumbled into an exchange on Emilio’s blog about the Like button. This is part of a larger conversation that Cee and I have been having. I’ll get back to the Like thing in a minute, but first I wanted to warn you that I’m going to quit following all of you. But only for a few days.
Here’s my dilemma…. I only recently discovered the WordPress Reader. Before that, I joined blogs by email subscription, and I joined a lot of them as I was reaching out to people. Soon my email became swamped.
I turned off email notifications just to save my sanity. There are over 1500 of you following this blog and that generated a lot of email. Mail that wasn’t blog related got lost in the deluge. It had turned into a nightmare for me.
When I turned email off, I started missing notices of blogs that I had been following for a long time, from people who were ardent supporters of me from the beginning and whose work I enjoyed. They didn’t show up in my reader. I tried unfollowing them by email and re-following them but they still don’t appear in my reader.
I’m desperate, so I’m going to try unfollowing everyone and then add you back in manually so that (hopefully) you’ll appear in my reader. It’s going to take me the whole week to get all of that done, so don’t be surprised when you get a notice that I’ve joined you. I’m just trying to get you shifted over to my reader so it’s easier for me to visit with you. I want my reader to be full of people I know and like instead of bits of odd stuff.
Which brings me back to the Like discussion. Some people are removing their Like buttons to force people to read their content. The argument for this seems to be that they think people are just zipping through and hitting Like in order to keep their viewer count up. While I’m sure that’s sometimes the case, and I will admit to doing that myself from time to time, that’s not the real purpose of the Like button. To me, it’s my way to saying hello.
I work a demanding day job, and have various obligations and interests that take time from my evenings and weekends. Many of you are in the same situation. I like being able to scroll down through my reader quickly and just Like people. Sometimes I stop for a longer visit. Sometimes I actually stay for some quality time with you, or leave you a note. But even on my busiest days, when all I have the time and energy for is to scroll and like you, it has meaning for me. There are banners I see that make me smile every time I see them. Names that pop up that remind me of wonderful conversations. Pictures that I see that make me feel good, even though I only stop for a moment to see them.
For me, being made to leave a comment is like being forced into Small Talk. I want the freedom to just Like you. It’s my way of saying hello and giving you a little wave just to let you know I still think of you and appreciate you. I hope that you see my gravatar and smile, knowing that I stopped by. Yes, I’ll still leave a comment if I have one that adds value to the topic. But sometimes I just want to enjoy what you’ve done without stopping for Small Talk. I hope you understand that.
As an author, I enjoy seeing all the people’s faces when you like me. I don’t care if you just do it as you’re scrolling through. You’ve seen me, and that will trigger something in your minds. Hopefully you’ll smile at a graphic or a title. Hopefully you’ll stop to read and leave feeling a little more uplifted then when you came.
I love it when you comment. I read them all, even if I don’t take the time to respond to your comments because I’m racing between events.
There will be plenty of differing opinions on this, I’m sure. Just know that if you’ve seen me like you, that I’ve left a smile behind as a thank you for adding a little sunshine to my day.
Virtual hugs. Make your day be deliciously quiet.
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. Look for my ongoing series celebrating introverts (Sunday), writing prompts (Wednesday) and introvert cartoons (Thursday), plus anything else interesting that I find in the meantime. Come and share with like-minded introverts. I also contribute to the food blog Three’s Cooking, learning to cook from the heart, for the soul.