Blither and Blather – My Policy on Likes and Comments and Follows – Oh My!

Blither and Blather – My Policy on Likes and Comments and Follows – Oh My!

Herb October 24, 2020

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Dearly Beloved Fans, Friends, Fiends, Foes, Foundlings, Fronkensteens, and Hodge-Podge, Esoteric, and Eclectic Collection of Followers,

There are a lot of blogs I follow that I am not sure how I even wound up following them. One way is when I am visiting someone else’s blog that I have followed for a while and I see a comment left by someone that I think was clever or interesting and is relevant to that post, I click on their avatar. If they have their link configured correctly, I will go and check out their blog and see if they really are all that clever and if they are someone I think I might like to follow. I will read a couple of their posts and if I like them, I like them (see what I did there? Hardy-har-har). Many times a post will elicit a comment from me and I connect with that person on some level.

Other times a person will leave a “like” on a post of mine and out of curiosity I will go see what they are about. If a person comments on a post I am generally a little more interested and can also tell a tiny bit about them. If the comment is genuine. If you comment on my blog I will comment back, unless I feel certain that you are just a spammer. I make a real effort to respond to every comment although with the new job schedule it can take a day or two. I really like getting comments. I appreciate that a person would take their valuable time and speak to me about what I have written. I am respectful of the time and energy it takes to make a comment and I don’t delete or block anyone whether I agree with them or not. Obviously, I reserve the right to do that, especially if your comment is vulgar and rude.

Now when I read blogs on other platforms it’s not the same because they don’t have the “like” button but they do have a comments section. Sometimes I will leave a comment but other times I won’t. My goal is to say something relevant to the post.

Here’s the thing, I don’t just click the “like” button, the “comment” button, or the “follow” button unless I mean it.

If I click “like” on your post it means that I have read the full post from beginning to end but either don’t have time or inclination to comment.

If I leave a comment it will be something related to that post or, in the case of poetry (James, perhaps, being the exception with his poetic interludes) I may make a simple remark on the order of, “That was beautiful” or “that brought a tear to my eye” or sometimes I will click the “like” button as my comment. Photo blogs it’s kind of the same way. You have taken a beautiful picture and I may not be able to come up with a thousand words to describe it. Actually, I do comment occasionally on the ones I follow. Oh, by the way, if a video blog is a vlog, is a photo blog a phlog?

I can’t remember where I was going with all this but when I started out I had a definite plan to say something important. Oh, I know, “Something important.”

43 thoughts on “Blither and Blather – My Policy on Likes and Comments and Follows – Oh My!

  1. If it were in my control, I would have made it a universal policy for the blogosphere!
    I generally read the comment section as well, and I am enjoying yours, Bruce’s, and Dumbest Blogger’s conversations.

  2. Phlog😂😂 good one! Makes sense right? I have a photography blog with one of my blogger friends so I guess its a phlog?😂 I may start calling it that! Yes, I like posts when I have read the whole thing. I comment if have a story I want to share, find the post interesting, or funny, or if I want to stop by and say hi.

  3. Hahaha. I like “phlog”. I do the same, like a post when I actually like it. I don’t always comment because I don’t always know what to say. I can’t stand it when people play the follow/unfollow game just to rack up their numbers. It takes time and effort to write a blog post, and I wish people respected that. I’m so thankful for the ones who do. Thank you for being one of them!

    1. And thank you, too. Yes, sometimes I just don’t have anything to say. Either the post said it all or it’s not something I would comment on in conversation, either.

  4. Nice Herb! You must have talked to your son/ brother (I’m so confused as you’re all in the fam) since we emailed.. Lol. 🤣 I do the same but with really reliable and trusted followers info and a busy schedule, I will like and skim.. As our followers grow it’s tougher and I do like comments for sure. ❤️ Cindy

  5. That cartoon though! 😂😂 its a mood! 😂😂
    I absolutely agree! I only like posts that I have genuinely read and liked. Though sometimes I like posts to show that I have read it. I know I have followers who just like my posts without reading. 😂😂 I love it when someone takes the time to comment and communicate with me. My followers usually do because I have the kindest followers ever. 😊😊

  6. I like pretty much every post I read, unless I strongly disagree with the content and don’t want to leave the impression that I am in agreement. “Likes” for me are more of a marker, so that if I see that post again I’ll know that I’ve already read it. That may be a terrible letdown to everyone who thinks I genuinely believe that I like their content, but I find it quite convenient.

        1. I do the same – a like means I’ve read it. A like on a comment means I’ve seen it too. If I dislike it, I shut up.

            1. You’ve visited the actual blog and seen the Random Quotes widget! That’s one I really like.

            2. It’s a quotation from Hillaire Belloc that I know:
              When I’m gone let it be said,
              His sins were scarlet but his books were red.

  7. The cartoon! 😂
    I always try to comment if I’ve read a post but sometimes I just can’t find anything so say (what?!?! I know that’s shocking)
    The like button actually terrifies me. Sometimes I wish it wasn’t there. I would rather have a few genuinely interested readers than millions of disinterested followers.
    The like button just makes it easy to pretend read and doesn’t mean much to me. But a comment? Those I LOVE!

  8. That cartoon certainly describes me! I usually just click a like button if I like the post, but I do not always have the time to comment on the hundreds I follow – or the imagination for that matter. (which is why I stay with non-fiction topics! haha). Too many people put out 3, 4, or more posts a day and I just can’t get to everyone if I’m busy checking out every post from one person.

  9. Our outlook about likes and etcetera are similar. There are few rare instances from time to time, that I will read then click “like”. Later, that blogger will click half a dozen or more of my posts in rapid succession. There’s no way they could have read six or a dozen of my posts within a span of one-minute. This is very disheartening because I do not blog to earn likes or stars. I only want to put out my two-cents and maybe have someone read it.

  10. I’m pretty much the same. When I like a post, it’s an acknowledgement that I have read the post and that it was either amusing, interesting or just worth reading. If I don’t comment then it’s because I have nothing relevant or intelligent to add.

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