Blogger Support: Fact or Fiction?

That one follower who likes every one of your posts no matter what it is. Ever wonder if it’s real? Yea, me too.

No, I don’t believe in fake followers. I believe every subscriber is flesh and blood, despite their reasoning for doing so. I do, on occasion, wonder: when you like a post, do you click that button because you really like or agree with the content? Or is it just to show your support for the blog you just followed? And if it’s to show support, do you think it helps or hinders the blog? I mean, you can tell if someone is truly engaged or if it’s just a routine type deal so I’m just wondering. I suppose you can call this a random Sunday thought. (Hey, I like that) Do you engage blogs you follow because you are interested in the perspective or just to give the illusion that you are since you followed them? Personally, since starting this blog I’ve come to enjoy interacting with other blogs. It fulfills my need to be of service and it also helps my own blog because people generally tend to give back, not that I support for this reason at all, it’s just one of the perks to blogging. As they say, “to get support you have to give it” If the people aren’t coming to you, you have to go to the people. But I only like posts I really like or find useful in some way so I’m just wondering. What kind of blog support do you engage in? And which in your opinion is more effective? Are you a silent supporter? That is, you shake your head in approval and shout your, “That’s rights!” into the screen with no intent of seeing your words in print. No matter your method, are you sincere in your support? Is it fact or fiction?

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42 thoughts on “Blogger Support: Fact or Fiction?

  1. I believe in having every blogger I connect with be flesh and blood people. They all have stories to tell and things to share that can inspire and inform us about ourselves. Every blogger I have encountered in my life have helped me a better person I think.

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  2. I wonder about this with my followers sometimes. But I like to think of it that most people probably just don’t have much time to comment or are too self-conscious to make their comments known, or feel like their thoughts are already known or otherwise unnecessary to share…

    Anyway I only follow blogs that reflect some value that is important to me, and then if they are starting to show values that I disagree with then I must unfortunately stop following them. As far as interaction, mostly I try to only comment if I feel it is useful to share.

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  3. I click like if I read the post. There have been a few times I didn’t click like because I really didn’t like the post! I only follow blogs I truly enjoy reading, so that is rarely an issue. I also don’t always comment, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t like the post!

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  4. I sometimes click the “like” button if I do not have a comment to make, but I want the writer to know that I was there and read the post. I never click “like” on anything I haven’t read…what if somewhere in the post is hidden something hateful? I am happy to have people hit “like” on my posts, though of course I prefer comments. The only time I dislike the “like” button is when it gets hit less than two seconds after 1 post a 1,000 word piece…pretty sure nobody reads that fast, lol!

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    • Right! You summed it up perfectly. I never like a post I didn’t really read and actually like. That’s why I posted this. I’m curious if anyone hits like occasionally, like a random hello, even though they didn’t read through it. For the record, if your out there I’m not judging, just saying lol.

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  5. I definitely look forward to real interaction. Likes, comments, it’s all good and they are all ‘real’ people as you say. I sometimes get shy about a comment so I am glad for the like buttons.

    The only time I ever get annoyed or second guess what a reader does is when I just wrote a long post and posted it less than 2 seconds ago, it’s 1k words, and they click like, then click ten other posts all in a row in a matter of seconds. I will still give them the benefit of the doubt they just love clicking then go back and read later. I hope? Hope. 🙂

    I don’t really get excited about numbers, more about when I can see that I’ve connected.

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  6. On Sunday I do spend time reading, discovering and getting to know sites. Sometimes after an hour of trying to create something you post it. I don’t even finish see it before there is a ‘like’ I always wonder did they really read it or just clicked. I have lost support because I take my time reading it and support it. Thank you.

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    • I like the idea of taking one day and exploring other blogs. I think that’s an important part of the process. Not just publishing posts, but checking out other blogs as well. I like also your mention of how the likes come in so fast sometimes, makes you wonder. Integrity is everything, you may lose support now, but it’ll pay off. Thanks for stopping through and I’ll check out your blog as well.

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  7. Each time I like or comment on a post it is because the post resonates with me. I’ve learned a lot from the bloggers that I follow – about life, love, friendships, food, spirituality, and even various areas of business.

    We are all here for the same reason – not because, we want attention but, because deep down we hope that we can make a difference. Even if I’m writing, and just getting my feelings or, thoughts out those thoughts and feelings might just be the answer, encouragement or, even the drive to keep going.

    Great post – definitely thought provoking!

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  8. I have some too who like everything from the worst written post to just a one-worded tweet. But, who knows. If it puts a smile on their faces who I am to judge how they use their likes or shares? I share what I think deserves more attention and often use favorite/like to signal that I did see/read something.

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  9. I click the Like button when I like what the post is about. It could be that I agree with it, that it makes me think, that it’s interesting, or really any other reason. I never Like a post I didn’t read. I follow every person who follows me except those who only follow for marketing purposes (anyone whose ‘blog’ is a ‘how to make money blogging’ one). I like to think everyone I am following is a real person with real ideas and perspectives. I have a Livejournal and it’s been hard transitioning because it has no Like system only comments, and I find comments much more engaging. I wish more people commented here but I’ll take likes over nothing. Overall, I think likes here are mostly real, besides the few obvious ones.

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  10. It really depends on the individual. I’ve interacted with people who were shy to comment on my blog but bucked up their courage to do so. I think they make up a good portion of the “likes.”
    I do believe that anyone can create a community here on WP, if they choose to interact and not just hit the button. It does require going out and finding other bloggers though. The like button can only go so far.
    I don’t “like” unless I read, and I usually find something to say, to show why I’ve hit the button. I often wonder who actually reads what I like.
    Also, I’m not sure there aren’t bots out there hitting the button. 😛
    Excellent post, Yecheilyah! 😀

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    • You’re welcome and thanks for leaving a comment on the table! Since publishing this post, I’ve learned a wealth of information about the support of the blogging community and have come to really value likes. I don’t like posts I don’t read either, which gives me confidence in bloggers who are staunch likers. I’ve also come to better understand how to deliver in a way that compels people to want to extend the conversation. That too, I think, is just as important on the part of the blogger.

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      • It is! I tried Blogger and all I heard was crickets. It’s impossible to connect with anyone over there, because of the way it’s set up. Here, we have every opportunity to expand. I’ve even met six bloggers in person. 🙂 None of that would have been possible if not for the interaction.

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  11. Sometimes I feel that I give more support than I get – but that’s life, I suppose! I’ve been writing on my blog for six years now, and have yet to crack 300 “official” followers…yet, I see other blogs that have only been around for six months and have 500+ followers.

    Then again, others are on FB and every other form of (anti)social media, and I’m not…so I didn’t bring a ready-made audience to the table. I’ll continue to be patient, I suppose – which is anathema to an Aries!
    🙂

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    • I feel you but the support will come. Continue to do to others what you’d want done to you. Continue to support and network with other blogs (this is the easiest and fastest way to grow your own blog as there’s great reciprocity here) and always be true to yourself. Thanks for leaving a comment on the table : )

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