This is the view from a post last week:
Yes if you liked that particular post, you get to have your mugshot on this one. The like button huh, it might be a bloggers best friend.
It might not as well. One afternoon I was sitting around moaning and groaning. “What are you moaning about?” said my wife. “I don’t think my like button is working” I replied. “Well that post was a dull one”, she said. She was right. It was. Apart from that conversation only happened in my head just now. But I have done, <ahem> the occasional dull post, and some are just liked better than others. What does it really tell you? When is it appropriate? Ok I’m going to pretend your a newbie, and waffle on about it anyway. This is my guide to the Like button, expect the cynic in me to rear it’s head soon.
When to use it:
- At it’s most simple it is when you like a post. You click it, blogger poster thinks, someone likes the ramblings from my brain.
- If you read a whole bunch of blogs, you might not be able to comment all the time. This is not being rude, it is simply acknowledging something positive. I try to keep up with a whole bunch of different blogs and I have more time on some days on others. When I have more time I try to add more comments. If I don’t will often press like.
- Or you might not have a comment. A like gives something back.
- You just want to be nice.
When not to use it:
- When you are just trying to boost your own stats and hoping for a like in return. I’ve seen a few of these faces around on other blogs, ones who rarely if at all comment. I sometimes wonder if they have even read the post at all.
- When you do have time to comment. Comments are nicer in my opinion. Although I suppose you could do both. Um, now I’n wondering if praising a blog goes in the order of 1) Like, 2) Comment, 3) Like and Comment. Or am I reading too much into it? Hmm? I won’t complain if you comment and like me. Well truth be told I won’t complain about either. Am I a like whore? Maybe I am. Don’t be offended if I only press like on one of your posts, I don’t use this ranking system that I just invented. Erm moving swiftly on…
- When the context of the subject matter is not appropriate. 1) I’ve seen a recent post where someone was asking for some advice as her toddler was ill. Someone had clicked like. What were they liking, the fact that the toddler was ill? Were they liking the fact that the mother had asked for any advice? It might be me, but I tend to think in certain circumstances, either contribute or don’t. 2) I’ve read a couple of posts over the past month or two where a relative had passed away and the blogger was explaining their feelings. Click Like. What were you liking, the fact that a relative had died and the blogger was upset? That it was a touching tribute? The latter might be more appropriate, but I would usher in the context. Some supportive or positive comments, might be more appropriate, or nothing. This point is turning into a rant. Perhaps it is just me.
- When the content is inappropriate. I recently noticed this in a well known chain supermarket:
It’s at an everyday low price too. Yay! I think I have at least one regular reader who will appreciate that picture. But if the picture was the post would it be one to Like ? Ok well it sort of would, because it is amusing, but clicking like might suggest you liked the kit and price, as opposed to the humour of it. Or to put it another way, you might hesitate to click like.
Um, that’s it. Have I missed something? See I like the Like button. Feel free to like or comment on me as much as possible. Some of these rules also apply to the like in Facebook.
I must confess I’ve never used the rate article stars thing that some blogs have. Not sure of the point of that. Too much to worry about. What only two stars?!? Not tried a poll yet either, but I suspect they would be more use for blogs with heaps and heaps or readers. Maybe. Don’t worry, I won’t be doing posts about those. Yet.
Lexicon word of the day: Well-knit.