The Lazy Reader’s ‘Like’

I fallen into the depths of my Letters of Note book, so this discussion post is more of a lament that an in-depth analysis. [Sorrynotsorry.] Once I am released by this tome I shall step up, I promise. [I make no promises.]

I think – no, I know – I’ve become a lazy blog visitor. Why? You may ask, because I’ve realised lately that it makes me sad when I can’t ‘like’ a post.

For any not in the know, the Jetpack plugin for WordPress allows a Facebook-esc function where you can ‘like’ a WordPress user’s blog post. It’s a fantastic tool, if you’ve not much time to comment or you don’t have much to say. However, it sucks the fun out of meaningful blogger to blogger conversation if over used – for me anyway.

It’s not that I don’t get a happy feeling every time someone ‘likes’ my own writing, I love it , it’s more that I lament my ability to pay proper attention to what I am reading. Henceforth I shall be making an effort to comment, where possible, on every blog post I ‘like’ – and more.

Do you misuse the power of the ‘like’ button? Do you even offer the option?


13 thoughts on “The Lazy Reader’s ‘Like’

  1. I know exactly what you mean. I don’t have a lot of time for commenting these days, but I will definitely click the Like button if it is available, to let the blogger know that I appreciated the post at the very least! I really wish all blogs had this option!


  2. I’ve never heard of it/noticed it so I can only speak in the context of Facebook’s like. It does stop you focusing on what’s written so much (even if in my context it’s day to day updates). Likes, tweets, etc are brilliant and still show you liked the post (well, obviously), but there is a lot more thinking to be done when commenting that can improve your experience further than just the post itself.

    I’m curious now – is the like button some sort of social share or does it just show a number on the post itself?


  3. I often wish that Twitter had a “Like” button; I generally use Favourite for that same purpose, but it’s not the same.

    Sometimes I have nothing to add, sometimes I’m in a hurry, and sometimes I just want you to know I read your post – all things a “Like” button accomplishes!


  4. I’ve actually been thinking more about the “like” lately, thanks to the 10th anniversary of Facebook and “like” you, I’m making an effort to comment on posts/status updates I “like” “like” this one, which I did “like” and do like, no quotation marks too. 🙂 The “like” can be lazy, otherwise, although I do know for one friend, she does think of it as her way of interacting because she interacts with so many people and I can see that too. I think it’s a balance and realizing why you’re clicking when you’re clicking and commenting when you can. At least, that’s what I’m trying to realize.


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