Blog Series Questions

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
That Don’t Impress Me Much

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.

38 thoughts on “Blog Series Questions

  1. I’m actually less likely to read blogs that don’t have a like button (such as some self-hosted blogs). I don’t, nor will I ever, comment on every post, and if there’s no like button, there’s no other way for me as a reader to engage, which isn’t appealing from a reader perspective. I know you’re not the only one that gets annoyed with likes, but why? It’s usually fairly obvious who’s a regular reader and who’s skimming on by. I appreciate likes from regular readers and ignore the ones that are clearly not from readers, but that’s just me.

    1. Hey Ashley, l remember you and l having this conversation – well not this one – but one very much like it last year when you too hosted a question similiar to this and l do agree with you – we know our regulars and we at best ignore twits 🙂

      But there are times and it might be …. my Aspie brain that gets irked with certain things more than others – not label diving as l know many become vexed by the LIKERS only crew – but l think it’s more a case of my social outlook on things.

      I know what l mean and if you were in front of me physically l could explain this more expressively – for me it’s just an irksom – of course it’s nice to receive Likes that are well meant – but at times all you are receiving is a form of ‘whatever’ lip service from those who seemingly feel compelled to hit like like it’s some dreadful disorder they have.

      1. That’s a big assumption to make. I guess my perspective is shaped by bing part of that likers only crew sometimes. Whether or not I ever comment, a like means I read the post and liked it. If people choose to interpret that like in other ways, that’s up to them.

        1. I have never placed you into the Likers only crew Ashley – l am referring to the many who never interact, but hit the LIKE button only – they are likers only is what l am referring to.

          You are balanced in all that you do with your social communications – there is a huge chasm of difference between regulars and friends to casual passer throughs.

          1. That’s what I mean, though – on some blogs I only like and don’t comment. Not yours, but some of the blogs I read. So if people are making assumptions about likers only, that category doesn’t just include people who aren’t genuine, it also includes people like me. This isn’t about me personally at all, but just to point out that assumptions about that kind fo thing aren’t necessarily accurate.

          2. I totally agree with you – the biggest thing is one magical word …………………….. balance.

            There are many types of likers and for many reasons do they like …. for me personally and this is hands upon heart honesty ………………… their actions confuse me. I can’t see why anyone would just like a post they have never read and l think to myself, why are you bothering to just hit like when there are so many fantastic writers out there that you could be visiting and reading and genuinely liking rather than simply hitting random likes in my blog?

            That’s what l get confused with.

            It’s like walking down the street and saying to people you don’t know or only know marginally by sight and saying to each and every one of them … “I Like you!” but never once stopping to talk to them ….

        2. But of course the other thing and this is what l referred to last year is ‘overwhelm’ – there are soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo many written and published posts every day from friends, acquaintances, newbies and the list goes on. Still one day has but 24 hours and none of us whether we would want to or not can visit every reader, read and comment and THAT is where the LIKE comes into its own.

  2. I’ve never been committed to anything on the web. I’ve always had one eye on the door, looking for something else, the new thing. I hate the thought of continuing anything just out of habit. 😆
    I was on FB for a while before this, but not at the same time. Before that, Twitter. I intentionally avoid joining up those dots for people I don’t know; the internet isn’t a safe place. FB was really a lot better than I imagined. Twitter is ugly.

    I don’t write to order, no plan or regime, only when an idea occurs. But for some posts, I’ll keep them in the draft folder to work on again, or delete them if they’re not going anywhere.

  3. I’ve ditched Facebook and Instagram, and just keep my WordPress blog, Twitter and Instagram going. I’ve answered your questions in full with a blog post of my own, so thanks for your thought-provoking post!

  4. Okay, this is my second (third?) time reading this – social media nonsense aside (I was going to comment on my using/not using it but it was getting long and boring) I like the LIKE button. I appreciate the LIKE button. Because sometimes. most times, I have nothing to say but I wanna say “Hey, I liked this”. Leave the like button where it is – visible and usable.

  5. I enjoyed reading your post (but did not hit the like button because it seems way too controversial!). For four years, I rarely had a comment or a like on any given day and it did not discourage me because they are pretty easy to get if you really want them. During the pandemic year, I was able to spend more time visiting other sites. Being aware that likes and comments are so important in the Blogging universe, I try to follow protocols and engage correctly as the culture seems to want and this automatically brings reciprocal responses. Sure feedback is fun but at age 73, I am in no way insulted if anyone reads or reacts to what I write. I enjoy the writing like solving a sudoku puzzle. No one needs to see that I did it.

    1. Hey Geoff, first off – hope you having a great Tuesday wherever you are in the world 🙂

      Secondly, thank you for your comment here – ha ha – you can hit the Like button – l think for me it is confusing at times when someone hits LIKE and does nothing more – do you see what l mean? Stevie, worded this better than l did – and that was it is best when you get a Like and a comment together as they just marry each other off perfectly – it means that whatever we have written has in some way been relatable to another person and reminding us that wherever we are in the world we are never really alone …. a like and combi comment brings the community closer together – whereas a like alone can mean anything.

      I am not adverse Likes Geoff 🙂

      Again, thank you for stopping by.

      Rory

  6. 1. Besides WP, I am on Twitter and Facebook, but those last two are mainly to stay connected with peeps, not to promote my writing. Barely anyone appreciates it in either place; they just want to rant about politics. A few exceptions…
    2. I am a huge believer in scheduling. I have posts slated to appear most days this year and some into next year.
    3. My daily time on blogs varies hugely, depending on work and whatever else. I pop in here & there (which is why I miss a lot). I also prioritize new writing…
    4. Yes, being liked is important to me, and also being likable. If someone begins to come across to me as a troll (looking for arguments and not much else), I dump them. Just did this in fact. I would rather dump than get nasty in return. No one’s mind is changed from someone yelling at them on the internet!

  7. My blog is linked to Twitter but I very very rarely go there.

    The only post that’s scheduled is Song Lyric Sunday, and that’s done Friday or Saturday…

    I’m in and out throughout the day, reading and commenting , (usually anyway… past month or so has been a disaster) It takes an hour or more to create a post.
    So, reading days – 2-3 hours, maybe more
    Writing days – 4-5 hours, maybe more

    I hope my content is liked, but don’t care if it’s “LIKE”ed. If a regular wants to hit like & not comment that’s fine, if they want to comment & not hit like that’s fine.
    I don’t worry too much about the LIKE button, I equate it to “read”, or “acknowledged” 🤷🏼‍♀️

  8. 1) Just WP and that’s enough
    2) I plan absolutely nothing ahead of time. Wait, that is a lie. If I am writing multiple posts at a late hour, I might schedule one past midnight so it doesn’t get lost in the reader.
    3) I am on and off as my day allows me to spend time. Because I like to read those I follow, it takes more and more time. I am OK with that.
    4) The likes are good, but the comments make me feel read. Comments make it seem like we are connecting.

    The more I read blogs, the more I want to engage with them. It is fun to write so much at this stage of the game. There are more prompts than I could ever respond to, so I try to pick and choose what immediately brings a reply to mind.

  9. Morning, Rory! My blog automatically shares to Twitter and my Amazon Author Page. I sometimes share my works over to my Tumblr blog. I plan some of my posts ahead, especially my weekly prompt and also ongoing weekly prompts that have a consistent event.

    I am in both of my blogs every day and a good portion of the day. My weekly prompts posted from Eugi’s Causerie keep me busy, because I respond to each entry and also post a roundup. It has grown from around 10 participants to over 30. I’ve considered using Mister Linky to keep track, however, I found a theme that tracks and lists the pingbacks so it makes it easy to put together the roundup.

    I like the “like” button because it shows who has an interest in my blog, plus if you take the time to check into the likes, you may find a blog you want to follow and gain a follower, as well. If there is no “like” button or an About Me page, I usually pass on following the blog. If a blogger hasn’t posted in 10 days or more, I unfollow unless I know there is a reason and they are one of my regulars. Also, I only follow blogs where there are like interests; the blog is well organized; and if in another language, the translator is easily accessible.

  10. 1. WordPress, Twitter and Facebook.
    2. The guest posts are scheduled in advance, my personal posts are spontaneous.
    3. Not very long, still trying to find balance with trying to do everything.
    4. Yes and no, it really depends on how I’m feeling, if I feel low then I feel like I need to know inam liked, but if I’m content and happy then I don’t give a shit.

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