I have some issues with the “ Likes” function.

  • Instead of just “liking” a post, I would prefer a simple comment. If we are going to take the time to read a post and like what we read, what is wrong with taking a little more time to say why we like what we have read?
  • I have noted on occasion that a blogger will “like” my post immediately after I post it. So I will sit there thinking: why would they “like” it before they have had time to read it?
  • Kilroy was here has more content than a “like”. While some “likes” are plainly spam, many just leave me puzzled. I suppose it is possible that slinky young women with aspirations to a professional career in modeling might find my posts interesting. In any event, I don’t know how to eliminate “likes” without getting rid of all of them.

KILROY WAS HERE!Some time back I noticed Rob Barkman had turned off the “ Likes” function. At the same time turned off the “ Likes” function, I found myself both wondering why he did it and why I did not do the same thing.

I am still wondering. Do you have an opinion? What do you think?

Oh! On this post I have turned off the “ Likes” function. For some reason, I don’t think “liking” this post will help to resolve my confusion.     😀

42 thoughts on “SO YOU LIKED MY POST?

  1. LOL I love when I have a “like” on a post I just posted and I know they had no time to read it…or when I have more likes on the post then I have views. To me it just shows that they are either hoping the like will lead the person/others who view the page to their page in hopes of gaining a follower or likes, or they just rather not take the extra minute to reply.
    Although I will admit that I only comment on posts that really catch my attention, I might “like” your post but just because I enjoyed it doesn’t mean I have anything really to say about it. However, I want you to know I noticed it or read it and liked it. 🙂
    So how many people do you think will actually comment on this post since they can’t “like” it? lol it was smart what you did with this though. Because like you said…most people like the stuff and really don’t read it…plus it is always nice to receive comments and feedback on your stuff.


    1. I honestly don’t know how many people will comment. My guess is that I will get a few more.

      Over the years I have note that I have gotten a fair number of readers, but not many commenters. I regret that, but the people who have commented often amaze me.

      Interacting on the Internet is risky, but think about what it means. We can dialog with almost anybody. We just have to be able to write in the same language. And in our era, English is the main language. Thus, if anyone who speaks English does not make use of the opportunity to dialog with others, they really miss out.


    2. See…there’s no reason for me to comment now because you said the same thing I was going to say. 😉

      You’re right though. People will sometimes reflexively like a post hoping for reciprocity. I see it all the time on my blog. That being said…I don’t hit the like button unless I’ve read the post and it made me think. I don’t always comment though because sometimes I don’t feel like I have anything to add to the conversation.

      Oh yeah, I like this post.


  2. On this my friend I totally cool with you. Thank you for sharing. May hearts and minds be changed with your words of encouragement. Have a blessed and prosperous day.


  3. Ann stole my thunder by writing she liked it. 🙂 Two sided coin here, half glass empty kind of thing.

    A person simply pressing a ‘like’ button has at least done the following:
    -had some degree of interest
    -read the post?
    -thought about the content
    -has enough interest in the author because they still get mail
    -usually returns and repeats

    That said:

    -It is possible that the ‘liker’ does not have the time to develop a comment,
    -the liker would rather not comment
    -the liker does not usually comment because
    a. he/she is not sure enough of the topic
    b. perhaps feels he/she may be chastised
    c. feels he/she is a poor writer
    d. wants to say ‘hi’ to controversy, but does not want to engage
    e, does not want to offend with a caustic remark
    f. is just a regular patron who ‘orders coffee,’ but does not talk.
    g.just wants to say they appreciate you
    and a whole lot of other reasons.

    That said, we all have done what we are speaking of, and perhaps we can add a few reasons of our own. I and you have written something that is intense and thought provoking, while have no comments, and you wonder, yet understand the nature of this business, and no harm is taken.

    The author has drawn attention, and perhaps a word or two may be encouraged; heck if you like something, say why. I have liked something while disagreeing with it, and that is another story.

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  4. I changed the title of my “Likes” button to “I Just Read.” When I have read something that I would like to share with others, it shows up in my sidebar. I am very picky with what I choose to add to it.

    I usually “like” a post and not comment just to say “Great post, I agree!” because I assumed people would think the way you do about the “like” button. Maybe I am wrong.

    Anyway, it is a good topic, glad you brought it up. As a woman, I am getting a bit tired of half-dressed woman looking for followers “liking” my post. Maybe I shouldn’t complain, I barely have any followers, if all those types left, I’d be lucky to have 5. 🙂


    1. Thank you for your comment.

      I expect most people “like” a post the way you do, but it does not take much effort to go around “liking” everything. And spammers are very busy people. That includes the exhibitionists.

      The “I Just Read This” tag is a good idea. I appreciate the suggestion. Instead visiting blogs that liked my posts, perhaps I should spend more time visiting the posts that other bloggers thought worth reading.


      1. One problem I have run into is if the article I “liked” does not include some type of graphic, it won’t show up in my sidebar widget. Some of the best posts never have them.

        It gets to a point where I want to ask them to design a logo for their blog and include it in all their posts. Then I remind myself their blog doesn’t revolve around me. 😦


  5. I have to sincerely agree with you Tom. I truly believe most people click “like” on your site in hopes of reciprocation and an increase in number of “likes” on their own.


  6. [ Smiles ] Being this blog’s administrator, you have every right to disable the “like” function if you want to.
    For the record, I LOVE to both comment and “like” posts.

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  7. I liked this post too. And I seldom hit the like button unless I am going to also leave a comment. If you made me think enough to like what you wrote, you deserve a comment from me to add to the conversation.

    Keep up the good work, Tom.


  8. I “like” posts sometimes very shortly after they are published so I can go back and find them easier as “likes” appear in one place in the reader.

    As far as commenting goes, I am bad about not commenting much.

    I also get many more likes than I do comments, I suspect people do this to get hits on their blog, ie. “Hey, who is this blogger who liked one of my posts, I’ll go check their blog out now.”

    I must admit, I check out all bloggers who like my posts so this trick does work.


    1. That trick works on me too. Otherwise, how would I know about those slinky young women with aspirations to a professional career in modeling? I suppose my own gullibility might be the reason I give up on “likes”.

      Thanks for your comment.


  9. I love getting likes on my blogs! I like getting comments, too, but I also know that most people are very busy, and not everyone has time to leave a comment. When I visit other blogs, I leave comments if I have the time and something worthwhile to say; but when I don’t, I appreciate being able to click the “like” button to at least let the author know I was there. I get irritated at non-WordPress blogs because they don’t have this feature, and many of them (like Blogspot and Typepad) make commenting a real ordeal — you have to jump through a bunch of hoops before they’ll let you comment, and even then half the time your comment ends up vanishing without a trace when you hit “publish”. It’s annoying to have to go through all that rigamarole when all I want to do is let a blogger know that I read his/her post and appreciate the time and effort it required of him/her.


    1. Can’t say you have said anything I disagree with. I am actually a bit surprised spammers have not abused the “likes” more than they have. Many “likes” are spam, but somehow WordPress manages to filter out the obscene stuff. Truth be told, much of the spam is usually easy to recognize as such.

      Years ago I started blogging using Blogspot. Switched to WordPress, and I have not regretted it.


  10. Hi Tom,

    I thought I would give an explanation why I turned off the “likes” when I switched to the new blog format:
    1. First of all, I was told by several readers that they used the likes to choose which postings they would read. They only selected posts with many likes on them. When I examined those with the most likes they were normally posts that were less controversial. I believe that some of the more controversial posts are the ones that I would prefer people would choose to read. The likes feature was defeating my purpose.
    2. I did feel obligated to visit the sites that had liked my posts to give them a like back. Because of my schedule, it became very time consuming. Although I really appreciated the likes and those who took the time to read my postings, I spent most of my time liking others instead of studying and preparing new posts.

    So for me, I felt it a necessity to shut down the likes, although I think I lost a few readers, it does save me perhaps an hour a day which I invest in further study and writing.

    However, I do see one good purpose with the likes. Many times I will quickly read a post and I do like the basics of the posting but I truly do not know a lot about the subject and have nothing to add to it.
    Also, it can become a time issue as well. Although making a comment may only take a minute or so, it can easily turn into an hour when you read several blogs. The likes button does give me the opportunity to express my approval without forcing me to make comments when I really have nothing to say.

    Lord bless you Tom. All the differing comments you received on this one is interesting that is for sure.


    1. Thanks for the explanation.
      I must admit that even though your explanation makes a great deal of sense the primary reason you gave never would have occurred to me. However, hindsight is perfect, and given some the passages we find in scripture…..

      Forgive me for quoting scripture, but I suspect some of my readers will not understand why you want your readers to read the more controversial posts.

      Hebrews, for example, speaks of how uncomfortable scripture can be to read. That’s because the Bible reveal us to ourselves as we are, not as we would like to see ourselves.

      Hebrews 4:12 English Standard Version (ESV)

      12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

      In fact, Jesus Himself said His Word would be divisive.

      Matthew 10:34-39 English Standard Version (ESV)
      Not Peace, but a Sword

      34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 And a person’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

      Rob, if you have a link to a post where you explain Matthew 10:34-39, please post a reply with a link. Note that if you put more than a couple of links into a comment, the spam filter will put that comment in moderation.


  11. Hey, Tom,
    For me, it’s a time issue. Between reading/researching content for our daily post, answering back comments, Twitter, (…and work/wife/kids…), too often I have spent all available mental resources by the time I go reading. If I have time and still have synapses firing, I comment. But far too often I don’t want my comment to be bilge, so I’ll simply hit ‘Like’…. assuming I actually DID like it, of course.

    For me, it’s exactly what it says: “I read it, and I liked it”.

    Something that you didn’t mention is the high number of “lurkers” who read faithfully but never like/comment/etc.,… Just based on numbers, approximately 98% of our daily readership falls into this category. As for our fellow bloggers-in-arms, I just figure they’re dealing with similar time constraints, so I don’t get too animated about it.

    But a deserving question, just the same. And undoubtedly there are a few compulsive ‘Likers” out there from whom you couldn’t pry a comment with a crowbar. I just let ’em be.
    Takes all kinds to make a world, after all.

    And it goes without saying that I liked this post. 😉


    1. I agree with thenakedtruth2. I liked this comment….. 😉

      As I noted in an earlier comment…

      Too often I say more than I should. That does give the “like” at least one redeeming virtue.

      Your comment causes me to wonder whether I have undervalued “likes”. Yet I suspect I will not fully understand the worth those who know how to listen until our Lord allows me into His heaven.

      When it is all said and done, if I want folks to comment, I guess I will have to work harder to write more posts that induce people to comment.


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