The Unanswerable Question: Likes V Comments
Recently I haven't been feeling that great about my blog, I have had a few weeks when I just haven't known what to write. You know how it is, you get stuck at a cross roads and you just aren't entirely sure where to go from there. However, one thing that has kept me going is the encouraging comments I get on my blog as well as reading similar stories from other bloggers. Having that sense of community is amazing and I really do love that side of blogging. Yet, I think one of the elements of blogging that gets me down is the social side. I am really keen to build my blog but as you all know, it's a hard one to crack. So it got me thinking, what is better, comments or likes?
There are obviously different sides to the argument and it will totally depend on the blog. Clearly it's great to use social platforms to get your posts 'out there' and also gives the chance for my friends to catch what I have been up too [I particularly like using Twitter.] But do the Facebook likes really reflect the content? Unfortunately, I often don't think they do.
Personally [and this is only something that works well for me, not for everyone] I prefer getting involved with other bloggers. It is all very well someone spending less than a second liking my post but what I really want from my blog posts is people to engage with them and hopefully crack a smile at my ramblings. I love reading other bloggers posts, leaving thoughtful posts and in a way, getting to know them. Isn't that's what blogging is all about?
Like society itself, I think that using social media channels has meant that (some!) blogs have turned into a popularity contest and the community of blogging is sometimes over looked. Don't get me wrong, I still will be pushing out my posts through these channels, but I've decided to stop getting so wrapped up in how my posts are received on these channels and focusing on the more important things; created great content and developing great relationships.