I’ve noticed that I occasionally get likes thirty seconds after posting something. I find this hilarious as clearly the follower hasn’t even read what I have to say. It’s not that it’s unfinished, it’s not even started!
I suppose the follow and subsequent ‘like’ is so that I will ‘like’ in return. It has the opposite effect on me, I’m less inclined to read what they might have written immediately, although if I genuinely like their blog and posts I will still go back there. I read and follow because I like what people have to say, they interest and inspire me. Yes, it does encourage me to look at what someone else is writing when they appreciate my work, that’s how I’ve found so many great blogs, it does work, but at least give it five minutes so I know (or think) you have read and considered before liking my work.
Funny isn’t it how we interact on social media, like kids in a playground sometimes. ‘I’ll like you if you like me’ or ‘you can come to my birthday party if I’m invited to yours’. It doesn’t really bother me, it humours me if anything. I do like social media, I’m on Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and I do like validation but only if I believe it to be genuine.
This is also a good lesson for me when I get excited because I have notification of a record number of ‘likes’ in a day or reaching so many followers. Life is so false sometimes, I have to remember the reason I do write, because I love it, it makes me happy and helps me work myself out. Likes and followers are a bonus but not the main objective, comments on the other hand are great and positive ones fill me with happiness 😉
Just so you know, I follow you because I like your work, art, photography, recipes and travel tips. You inspire me and add to my life in that you share yours with me.