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. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


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