I wrote this nearly 4 years ago. Ever since that time, I’ve come to understand that the ‘like’ button is such a passive, effortless form of interaction. That’s not necessarily a good thing.
It’s a busy world we live in. We have jobs to rush to, soccer matches that kids must reach on time, bills that need paying and hey, blog posts that need writing.
But written blog posts are useless unless they are actually read. Am I right? As you can tell, I’m one of those who is constantly trying to curate the reading and blogging experience to my advantage. I stumble across some fabulous blogs in the course of my blog hops and am compelled to comment and share them right away.
What does paucity of time make me do though? It makes me hit the ‘like’ button on WordPress. As convenient as that is, it is a tad lazy, you must admit. I had actually discussed this in detail on my other post on comments vs reciprocation. (I’m mortified to admit that I haven’t replied to many of the comments on that post!)
So,here’s the deal. I am planning to do away with the mere ‘Like’ , both here on WordPress and on Facebook, at least for a week or two and see how I fare, blog-wise and social-media wise. I intend to connect with the writer or the content and leave a comment or share.
Yes, perhaps I will visit fewer blogs, but I am hoping it will be a better investment of my time and a more honest one too.
The ‘Like’ is such a lazy response. It requires no thought, no commitment. Just a reflex action that involves a touch of a finger.
Are relationships that simple? Or are we truly making the effort to care?
I’ve resumed this activity now in March, 2019. ‘Liking’ a post on Instagram, Facebook or WordPress requires no effort on my part. So I’m doing away with it. In fact, on my other blog, www.shailajav.com , I have disabled Jetpack which comes with the default ‘Like’ button built in.
For how long? I cannot say.
Until my brain or my finger succumbs to the involuntary twitch, I suppose. Or maybe if I do this mindfully and consistently, I will never passively ‘like’ a post ever again. Well, one can dream.
Do you think this is worth doing?
Can you quit the ‘like’ and engage as well?
P.S. Dear God! What have I done? 😉