When you read a blog post do you hit Like? I do, almost every time. If I make it to the end, and I wasn’t offended—no sexism, or racism, or intolerance—I click the Like button. I see it as a marker, a tag. Like I’m a graffiti artist with a can of spray paint; I’ve been here, I’ll let you know.
Sometimes posts are boring, or confusing, or simply stupid, I don’t make it to the end. These I don’t Like. And when the subject matter is something I just can’t support—posts applauding heavy drinking or thoughts of suicide, guns—I sneak away. You won’t know I’ve been there.
Otherwise, you get a Like. I benefit as well as you. I’m leaving a trail, breadcrumbs back to my blog, I hope you come to visit. I understand when you don’t.
Yesterday I posted a short essay: (Angry) Thoughts and (Hopeful) Prayers. This was my highest number of pageviews in almost two years. Four times above normal. But I didn’t get any Likes. Well, no more than usual, maybe a little less. This makes me curious. Was I offensive? Confusing? Stupid? Did I write something where readers don’t agree? I wrote about guns, I’m sure I pissed someone off.
So, tell me what you do. Do you “Like” what you like? Or do you read and move on, like you would on CNN?