Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Let's talk about 'Liking' and 'Leaving Comments'


Facebook, twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, youtube, Linkedin, Tumblr, flickr, vine, snapchat. We all have a few of these social media apps or accounts. It enables us to do great things in my opinion and it does really add to our online engagement. But I also think there's something that changes with online interacting and engaging: leaving comments.

Before I started blogging I was very active on Facebook. I liked a lot and commented a lot. I posted daily content and I tried to be funny to get more likes. Yeah I know, I was that guy. Terrible right? Judge me, I don't care. But since starting blogging about 4 months ago, I have shifted from using Facebook very much, to barely. And I've started to use twitter and Instagram more, it's a consequence of engaging with bloggers and I'm very happy to be part of this community.

Okay there has been talk of the famous positivity and negativity on the blogger's twitter and to be honest, I have no idea what you are all talking about. I think it's everyone's own decision how you want to come across on social media and your blog, but it's important to think about some stuff. We make decisions what we post and it doesn't always reflect our day to day life. That's something to keep in the back of your head. Okay, done with that.

So when I started blogging, one of the tips I received was that I should promote my blog on twitter. So I did. I have gained followers and still are gaining them, interacting more and more. I think I have been very active on twitter and that has helped me growing both my twitter and my blog. At the beginning I really rated getting a like, but lately I have other thoughts about the concept of 'liking'.

What does liking something mean to people? I mean what does it actually mean, right? Do you like something because you like the content? Is it because you like the person? Do you like tweets with blogposts in it without reading them? Do you only like tweets where you are mentioned in? These are question I think are very valid to ask ourselves. I think liking something should be about the content, if you agree with it or you genuinely like it. I also think we should interact more on twitter, give each other encouragement. Make it more understandable for each other. I have received likes from people I have never interacted with and I'm here asking myself, what does this mean?

Further more, when people send you a reaction to a tweet you posted - question or not - I think you should always notice that. Trying to reply to it, it's such a little gesture. But it can make somebody's day!

I think Instagram is probably more and more a 'liking' culture. How many have liked your photos, but have never left a comment? How many comments have you actually received from people, who also liked the photo? I am not judging anyone here - I do this myself too - but I felt like I should just say this.

I feel like we don't leave enough comments on Instagram and like too many. I think there's some form of Like-inflation: the value of a like has gone done over a period and it's not that big of a compliments as it should be in my opinion.

Blogs are a different thing altogether. As a beginning blogger I am figuring out a lot of stuff about the blogging world. I want to be noticed and read. I want people to read my blog and appreciate the stuff I do. Despite with a lot of bloggers, I had the feeling no one read my blog. I had absolutely no comments on my blog or one or two here and there. I only knew I was banging it on twitter, but I had no idea my blog was progressing. Nobody told me.

Then a few bloggers started to compliment me on twitter. On my writing. A few bloggers who were my idols and I looked up to. That made me realise that more people actually read my blog, they actually pay attention to my blog. I'm lucky enough to never really considering quitting my blog and I really like blogging. But I have spoken several bloggers who feel like they aren't noticed anymore, because of lack of engagement on their blogs. That's sad in my opinion.

I blame no one for the things described above, I'm guilty of a lot of things too. I just more positive encouragement. After all, we could only learn more from each other. Giving feedback on both our ideas and blogposts, enables us to grow and that's so important. So take a moment out of your life and comment on a blog if you really liked it or read it. It will give the writer a more satisfying feeling and perhaps motivated. I think we could all benefit from it.

It's just an opinion, I have no clue if I'm right or wrong. I have no clue if I'm in the position to say such things, but I do think we could all support each other a bit more sometimes. What do you think?

Marc
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  1. I love blog comments. After I've written a blog post and mentioned it on social media, I'll visit bloggers who have left comments on my last few posts. Then I go on a bit of a blog hop and visit others too.

    There's a couple of blog groups I use on Facebook for getting comments too and they work quite well.

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    1. Yes exactly! I've found so many blogger by hopping from comments to comments :)

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  2. Love this post! So interesting to think how different the blogging world is from the world of Facebook etc! Definitely going to be commenting more after reading this!
    Fabulous post, Marc!

    Rachel
    https://rachelramblingon.wordpress.com

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    1. First of all, thank you for commenting Rachel! Means a lot! I think commenting on blogs can help the blogger definitely and create more engagement on blogs. So glad to hear that Rachel!!

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  3. Couldn't agree more, Marc. It's lovely when people leave a comment on your blog because it lets you know they have actually read & thought about what you've written. It's nice to be reminded now and then that people can relate to your posts, which is the whole point at the end of the day. :)

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