I have been seeing a trend among the writers of today on WP that they are quick to start ‘following’ the author. While that in itself is encouraging, I wonder why they do that. Why do they follow, if they are not going to exert their opinion on any post that the author has written?
Next, I have seen recently many people “like” a post. That again is very nice of them to like it. But I wonder why is it that they like it. Do they really like it, or they just go and click on the like box, without reading the post, and think, “okay, my duty is done. I have let the author know that I like it!”
But if you really and truly like a post, don’t you think you should say a word or two about it as a comment? Some authors write such excellent, soul searching, and thought provoking posts (Murisposis, and Doesitevenmatter3 come to mind among others), and I would never go to their posts and just click on the like box to let them know that I have visited their sites. They deserve more respect than a click on the like box.
Think about it.
Is it because people think they are too busy to sit and read? Or is it because they consider it a feather in the cap for following a hundred people? Or letting them know that they have done their two cents worth by liking it?
Personally, I think it is boring to see several likes in the form of email messages crowd the in box. I know that all of us who were blessed to be part of the Xanga community continue to write great comments on the posts..(slmret, Nocturnal Twins, Michel Fouquet, Val and others come to mind) When a person comments on my post, I find it easy to go and reciprocate at their site. It just makes me happy that someone I do not know personally bothered to read my work and leave a comment. If I just see a ‘like’ thingamajik, I tell myself, ‘meh, she/he probably didn’t even bother to read what I have written. Because, if she had read it, then surely she would have realized the effort it went into writing the post, or providing photos or what have you. I think it is all about reciprocity. When you give, you receive.
I am so happy that I still have such dear friends from my Xanga time who come to my pages and bother to read, really read what I have written and take time to make me feel good that I wrote.
That is my two cent worth rant of the day.