Series 3 – Game 3 – 2021
A couple of years ago l introduced a series called “Blogger Reviewer Questions’ – it ran for 2 series from January 2019 – May 2019 and here is the third series. The answers provided two years ago helped me structure my blog and understand the blogging community – readers were asked a total of sixty questions, worry not, this series’ll be not that many and will only run once a week for the next four weeks.
Thanks in advance.
The Questions ….
|How many social networking platforms are you committed to for ‘social coverage’ for your written and published blog content? [Whatever your genre]|
Currently, my Guy blog is only on the WordPress [WP] platform in a dedicated and deliberate fashion. Before all the changes to the blog in recent times, it was only on WP and even after all the changes and now as a personal blog, it will only ever remain on WP as the main platform. Back in 2017 when l first began this blog and two others all three were connected to both Facebook and Twitter respectively. The new blog will be connected to other platforms in addition to WP, not entirely sure which ones yet – but most likely Pinterest and Instagram – but not Twitter/Facebook.
|How far ahead do you have planned or scheduled content to be published on your blog or are you more of a ‘in the moment’ type of writer?|
|Two Weekly Whiteboard and Yearly Post Calendars.|
I have a ‘post scheduler of sorts in so far as a calendar on my desktop – many of my regular readers – have seen this over the last few years and l also have a whiteboard which is set up to display two weeks worth of posts so l can keep up to speed with what l am doing.
The whiteboard is now set up for two blogs. But l don’t have drafted posts that stretch for weeks ahead as l tend to write more in the ‘moment’ and or on the day. The Universal Greetings post is postdated to 7.35am each following day having been created the previous night – that works currently 4 times out of 5 post dateds with WordPress.
The Daily Bounce on the new blog is currently having a month’s worth of posts produced, but once l am in the swing of that – that blog even as a business blog of sorts will operate like the Guy blog does as well.
|How long are you ‘in/on’ your blog for daily?|
Well Time is always on everyone’s minds and usually there simply isn’t enough of it in one day – l try and fit as much as l can into every day as l am to. I have cut down enormously on my daily created content and introduced new writing and publishing schedules to both blogs to award me ‘more time with my writing, reading, content creation, business and ‘socialising’ with my readers as well as living my life away from the blogs.
I suppose putting time spent with the blogs today – established and new alike – a total of between five to six hours a day max which includes, blog reading and interacting, content creation and publication and administrations. This is considerably less than 2018’s 18 hours a day and 2019’s 12 hours and 2020’s 10 hours daily. So six hours daily for the current time is a time frame l am more than happy with. I would imagine that the time will extend to 8/9 hours a day once the new ‘topical business blog’ is set up and running.
|Are the social niceties of being LIKED important to you?|
This question was inspired by Ian Kay of Moon Is Rising
Over the last couple of weeks l have given this ‘Social Statistic’ a lot of thought – and l have discussed this topic with both Angie and more recently Ian the possiblity/probability of disabling the LIKE function itself – pre-Block Editor there was a way of disabling the function post specific, now l think it is more of a global specific as a disability as in – you can’t simply turn the LIKE button off on some posts only everything.
Is being socially LIKED in WordPress important to me? Not really no .. not to be read as derrogative – but honest – quite a few of my regulars already read my content and don’t always hit LIKE, but they do comment which is more important as that is communication and interaction aka – engagement.
But TOO many readers ONLY hit LIKE and they don’t always read the content and very rarely comment – now of course this has many avenues of discussion to it as a subject – the to’s and fro’s of a, b and c too. However, this particular question is referring to the ‘social niceties’ aspect of LIKING a post and why is it done?
Ian, made mention to the fact that the LIKING is very much like that of other more direct social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and others like them … that everyone has become too used to simply pressing LIKE but doing nothing else and l too hold this stance.
There is the innocent side to LIKING as in ‘ showing loyalty to readers you follow but can’t read the content that day or even ever that week so simply hit LIKE to show friendly support and social camaraderie, then there is the LIKE which says – l have read what you have written but have nothing to say about it but will press LIKE, then there are those who for some reason, decide to follow you and then LIKE 20 posts all at once having read none of them but as Shania says “That Don’t Impress Me Much”, then there are the LIKEMONLI’s – the readers who don’t EVER read your content, don’t EVER comment on anything, don’t EVER interact with you and simply hit LIKE on the premise that you will go to their blog and perform the same banality and read, and comment and interact ……. yeah right.
So l have been giving this a lot of thought lately, of simply disabling the LIKE function on this blog on some series if l can and if readers comment … great and if they don’t … no problem … but that might just be me and maybe others find the LIKE button an absolute essential bit of kit or as Ian would term it – a ‘proof of life’ of sorts?
I will always LIKE comments received and responded to as courteous acknowledgement that l have seen, read and where possible interacted back with the commenter in an engaging manner, as long as WordPress display all comments to me and don’t hide them in Pending or Spam.
I had even thought of having a graphic made up that simply reads ‘Please Don’t Just Like For The Sake Of LIKING, But Only LIKE If You Really Do LIKE It!” But that is so complicated and manipulative, meaning it would be easier to simply disable the LIKE function because there is bound to be those who still LIKE the post itself and not even read the content.
Is being socially LIKED in WordPress important to me? No, interaction to me is more engaging.
For the record however – it doesn’t ever offend me if readers don’t comment and or don’t like my posts, it doesn’t offend me if readers like but don’t comment and it doesn’t offend me if readers comment but don’t like – in fact the only thing that irks me at times – not offends – but irks – is that l think the LIKE button is an abused button – an ‘it’s too easy to ONLY press button – l am actually surprised it hasn’t got it’s own emergency HELP line yet considering the amount of times it is hit a day … with my regular readers if they didn’t have a LIKE button and l had something to say/comment upon the post then l would comment and if l had nothing to say then l wouldn’t say anything anyway – that’s how it is for me.
If they have a LIKE button, and l like the post, then l hit LIKE ….. but that is the ONLY time l do hit LIKE.
However, there are downsides [think poetry/fiction] to disabling that function and so l shall research if there is still the option to disable certain posts only.
So there we go folks – our next four questions ….. let me know your views below.