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October 28, 2012 / diannegray

What is a ‘like’?

You can press me if you ‘like’ – but I go nowhere

I’ve noticed recently that I can’t ‘like’ a lot of the blogs I visit. When I push the ‘like’ button it just takes me to the top of the page. I’ve also noticed that some other people have commented on other blogs that they can’t ‘like’ either.

This may be a WP thing; it may just be that I’m using old versions of IE and/or Firefox; it may be because there is only a certain amount of ‘likes’ to go around and I’m running out of my share (I could be a ‘like’ hog).

Sometimes I read posts that are so good I really wish WP would add another button.

Then there are times where this button would really come in handy.

Anyway – enough of the silliness…

At first it really annoyed me that the ‘like’ button would only work on some posts, but now I’m getting used to it.

In fact, it got me thinking – if I leave a comment, do I really need to push the ‘like’ button as well?

Sometimes I get ‘likes’ from the same people over and over again and I wonder if they’ve read my blog or are ‘liking’ for the sake of ‘liking’ (and I really don’t understand the point of this).

Maybe I could have a button for those people I could push in reply.

I ‘like’ that you ‘like’ me, but I’m not sure ‘why’ – you obviously think I’m a genius and by ‘liking’ you have just donated your entire life savings to the Paris Hilton Second-Hand Shoe Society

Are you still able to ‘like’? Do you get ‘likes’ and wonder who these people are who always ‘like’ but don’t comment? Do you ‘like’ and comment, or just comment without ‘liking’? Or am I just being really confusing now?

I’ll totally understand if you don’t ‘like’.

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  1. Vikki (The View Outside)Vikki / Oct 28 2012 7:06 am

    I have been having problems with the like button, it often means I have to refresh the page before my like appears :(

    I tend to use it when I’ve read a post that I’ve enjoyed, but don’t really have anything to add to the comments.

    What I’d like is a “dislike” button ;)

    Xx

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 7:18 am

      Oh – Vikki! I should have put in a ‘dislike’ button! I’m the same – I have used it when I feels as if I have nothing to add, but want the person to know I read and liked their post (this is usually when it’s a really short poem and all I can add is that it is “beautiful”) :D

  2. scsurfbutler / Oct 28 2012 7:07 am

    You and me a ” like!” Great post!

    Sent from my iPhone

  3. Roy McCarthy / Oct 28 2012 7:09 am

    I’m a bit wary of serial ‘likers’ who seem just to be wanting reciprocation to their own blogs. I’ll generally go along and visit and, yes, if I enjoy their work I’ll do likewise and maybe leave a comment. Even add them to my sidebar. But I don’t feel obliged. (Serve me right if I never get another ‘like’ again now :-(
    Oh, I have no problem with the button.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 7:23 am

      Hahaha – I don’t think you’ll lose your ‘likes’, Roy (I might!). I always go check out the ‘likers’ as well to see what their blogs are about. Glad you’re not having a problem with the button ;)

  4. Theo Fenraven / Oct 28 2012 7:11 am

    There. I liked and left a comment. ;/

    Actually, I’m rather tired of the ‘like’ phenomenon. I even see it on business billboards, that I should like them on Facebook. WHY is a damn good question.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 7:26 am

      Most businesses now want you to ‘like’ them on FB – you can even win prizes for liking them (WTF?) They must have marketing managers who get paid in $$ for the amount of ‘likes’ they can get – I think it’s all a bit strange.

      Thanks for ‘liking’ and commenting :)

  5. jdhoward / Oct 28 2012 7:12 am

    I try to comment on blogs I like. Sometimes, I am at a loss for words, but I still like it. So, well… I just click LIKE. I like your idea of the other options, maybe one day . . .

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 7:29 am

      Me too with the ‘like’ only thing – if I’m stuck for words (unbelievable, I know). But I really want a ‘weird’ button on my blog because sometimes my posts are weird!

  6. annotating60 / Oct 28 2012 7:13 am

    Dianne, screw the “Likes” I’d rather have one even negative critical comments than all the likes. I’ve stopped liking posts unless I can lso have a comment to go with it. As far as I’m concerned to ‘Like’ someone is just to ensure that they will still ‘follow’ ypu–it’s the Facebook syndrome. >KB

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 7:34 am

      That seems to be the consensus, KB. I’m wondering if that is exactly what the ‘like’ button is for, or if it’s just a reflection of our society where corporations think we’re just too busy to comment (which would be a shame, really)

      • tchistorygal / Oct 28 2012 4:07 pm

        I think this is where I fall in. If I read something, I usually want to let the person who wrote it know that there work is appreciated. It is hard work to write and to take pictures, and clean up pictures for public viewing. I may be off in a few minutes to do something, and I want to read a few blogs while I have a moment. I just want to leave a little footprint that I was there, and couple it with a pat on the back. The footprint is the count that WP gives them in their stats, but of all those who show up on their doorstep, how many of them just yawned and left? How many of them said to themselves, that was stupid, and left? When they press like, the writer can then go back to them and ask for feedback, or thank them for their feedback. Then you have the start of a relationship – even if it started with just a LIKE. I do love your other ideas for buttons, though!

  7. seakist / Oct 28 2012 7:15 am

    Another blogger I follow wrote something similar the other day. I feel the same way you do. I don’t like when I get a ton of “likes” by the same person, all in a row, via email. That is so annoying because it’s not sincere. No one can read that many articles — that fast!

    But if it means anything, know that my “likes” are sincere. I don’t always get to read everything and everyone, but when I do and if I can read the entire thing without losing interest, I’ll definitely “like.” And I don’t go tit-for-tat either. Just because someone comments on my blog or likes me, I’ll wait until they write something I really like before pressing the button. On the other hand, I always seem to have something to say too :)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 7:42 am

      So right, Maryanne. I do just ‘like’ occassionally when I don’t have anything to add to the conversation, but I usually like to comment (and ‘follow’ if someone has gone to the trouble of commenting on one of my posts).

      You’re right about the speed readers. No one can read that many articles that fast – love it! :D

    • adinparadise / Oct 28 2012 7:54 am

      I so agree with you. Sometimes I get someone liking a dozen of my posts all at once. I don’t know if I just have a suspicious nature, but I think it’s very ‘weird’. :)

  8. The Bumble Files / Oct 28 2012 7:18 am

    I like this post!! Most of the time I try to comment. Sometimes, I just don’t have time. Other times, I’m not sure how to express how I feel about something. It’s a real mix of things. I like the idea of having other categories of buttons to press. That would take some of the wondering out of the picture, or it could have the opposite effect and have you wondering even more.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 8:41 am

      That’s very much like me, Amy. I don’t always comment, but now I can’t even just ‘like’ so I have to comment to tell the blogger I ‘like’ their post. And you’re right – we would be left wondering if we had a ‘why’ button! ;)

  9. agjorgenson / Oct 28 2012 7:19 am

    How could I not like this post? I actually quite like the like. I write in other, more “academic” media, where I write with little or no response, aside from a dry reference in a footnote from time to time. I’m utterly intrigued with the experience of having people interact immediately with what I have to say. Actually, i like visits, I love likes, and I adore comments.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 8:45 am

      Fantastic, Allen! I just ‘love’ “I like visits, I love likes, and I adore comments”. What a fabulous quote :D

  10. ivfmale / Oct 28 2012 7:19 am

    There are different reasons for using the like button. I used it on this post because you bring up some good points that “like” simply isn’t enough. Particularly with posts about infertility, because many times the post is about something sad. But you are also at a loss for words and don’t want to write some placating response. I would like a HUGS button to show sympathy when liking isn’t appropriate.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 8:50 am

      Oh – a ‘hugs’ button would be fantastic!

      The ‘like’ button is interesting when it comes to sad posts. I have a friend who wrote a sad post and someone ‘liked’ it without commenting and she was quite offended. She wrote back to them saying ‘why would you ‘like’ the fact that my father died?’ They apologised and said it was because they didn’t know what to say. It was a very awkward situation.

  11. ivfmale / Oct 28 2012 7:20 am

    I’ve too had problems with the LIKE button working on older versions of IE.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 8:51 am

      Ah – that could be my problem then ;)

  12. letizia / Oct 28 2012 7:24 am

    I click on the “like” button after I read someone’s post to simply say “I liked what I read” (goodness, that sounded simplistic, didn’t it?!). But also to say, “well, hello, it’s nice to see you back on the blogosphere again”. This is especially the case when I don’t have a comment to add.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 8:53 am

      I don’t always have a comment and I like to ‘like’, but now that I can’t ‘like’ I have to comment. Sometimes I feel as if I’m repeating myself when I just want to ‘like’ and then comment ‘I really liked this post’ and I’m thinking the person would be thinking – why didn’t you just ‘like’ it then? Hahaha – it gets really confusing ;)

      • letizia / Oct 28 2012 9:46 am

        Hahaha, you’re too funny :)

      • shofar / Nov 7 2012 11:01 am

        May I add to the confusion? If a person writes a comment, should he also click ‘like’? I haven’t been doing that, but I may have just once or so done both! ?!?!

      • diannegray / Nov 7 2012 1:16 pm

        Doing both is fine (I usually do, so I hope it is!)

      • shofar / Nov 7 2012 1:54 pm

        Thank you for your reply, Dianne! I went back to Notifications and saw that a few of my regular blogging friends also do both.

  13. Ruth Rainwater / Oct 28 2012 7:37 am

    I use the ‘like’ button when I enjoy what the person has written; I leave a comment if I have something to say, which I may not. I have some followers who like my posts but rarely leave a comment, and that’s fine with me. Although I do love getting comments – who wouldn’t?

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 8:56 am

      Comments are good, but I can no longer ‘like’ and this gets a little confusing at times. If I’m the only person who has commented and not pushed ‘like’ I wonder if the blogger is wondering why I’ve done that :D

      • Ruth Rainwater / Oct 28 2012 8:59 am

        I think it’s fine to comment and not ‘like’. I don’t know why the button isn’t working for you, though.

  14. adinparadise / Oct 28 2012 7:57 am

    Good post, Dianne. Sometimes the like button seems sufficient, if it’s just a single photo that’s been posted, but mostly I leave a comment, even if it’s only a :)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 8:58 am

      Hi Ad, I wrote this after commenting on your post yesterday and I saw someone else had experienced the same problem. I’d never thought of using a :D before – great suggestion!

  15. 1girl4adamwest / Oct 28 2012 7:58 am

    These are really good points you bring up. I’m with your readers “Ruth Rainwater” & Letizia” thats how I think too. I can pretty much press “like” on my phone and most always try to comment but, it’s a crap shot 50/50– if it takes. When I’m on an actual computer I always press like and comment like Ruth said, if I have something to say.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 9:03 am

      Speaking of phones – I can ‘like’ on my phone and I leave a comment – but when I go back into the same blog on my computer, my comment is not there *weird* so I have to comment again :( It’s like Groundhog day!

      I like to comment, but if I have nothing to say, I can’t even ‘like’ anymore so I have to comment.

      Adinparadise has suggested I leave a :D – and I think that’s a pretty good idea ;)

  16. JackieP / Oct 28 2012 8:04 am

    I’m kind of the Scrooge of ‘likes’. I don’t click like unless I read it and actually like what I read. I often wondered if that was good manners in the blog world. Since I’m sort of new at this. I would rather have someone comment and give good criticisms then just give me a watered down like.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 5:00 pm

      Well said, Jackie! I also like comments (and commenting), but sometimes I really want to ‘like’ a post and can’t because the button doesn’t work for me. I’m hoping people don’t think I’m being rude by just commenting and not ‘liking’ – but from the comments I’ve had here, I don’t think they do ;)

      • JackieP / Oct 29 2012 3:10 am

        I’ve noticed on this blog world that people are generally very kind. :-)

      • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 8:37 am

        They are very kind, Jackie ;) I love the people that take the time to come by to say hello and read my rantings :D

  17. John / Oct 28 2012 8:04 am

    I wrote about the Like button a few weeks ago. It seems most users here approve of it, I do too but also view it as being a way to generate views for they’re own site too without having any genuine interest in the blogger they are visiting. It’s good and it’s bad. Very few sites have the button disabled. Commenting is always best.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 9:05 am

      I don’t think I’ve come across a site that has the button disabled (you learn something new every day!). I’ll go back and have a look for your ‘like’ post and have a read ;)

  18. pbh / Oct 28 2012 8:05 am

    NOW i know why you don’t “like” my posts, you can’t! Either that or you love them, and still can’t. Of course there’s the very remote possiblility that you can’t find the “why” button.

    I have the same problem with commenting (especially positively) and having to “like” it at the same time, so just to be sure you don’t take this the wrong way…check me out. :)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 9:10 am

      I’ll be very jealous if I find you have a ‘why’ button on your blog :D I want one…

  19. Janna G. Noelle / Oct 28 2012 8:17 am

    Hi Dianne. I’ve written about this topic on my blog as well, as you may recall (There Were No “Likes” in 2006).

    I personally prefer commenting, to the point that I didn’t even know WP was having problems with the “Like” button. I only ever Like a post if I happen to stumble it, but don’t necessarily intend to become a regular reader of that blog, or if the post already has a lot of comments and I’ve nothing new to add.

    For blogs that I follow, I’ll always try to leave a meaningful comment on a post that resonates with me, even if I end up being late to the party in doing so. This is because the whole reason I’m doing this blogging thing is to interact/converse with people and form relationships. Plus, I want people to know what, specifically, it was that I liked. I always wonder that whenever I get Likes.

    Sometimes, I get Likes that seem to come out of nowhere (i.e. it not from one of my followers, and there’s no corresponding on-site or syndicated views logged in the site stats). I always wonder about these.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 9:14 am

      Hi Janna, I’ll go back and revisit your ‘like’ post ;)

      I’m not sure where the random ‘likes’ come from either – sometimes I’ll click on the Gravitar just to find myslef on the front page of WP with a message ‘this site doesn’t exist’. Maybe there is a techo among us who can clear this up.

      Thank you (again) for coming by to like and comment :D

  20. Susan / Oct 28 2012 8:25 am

    I whole heartedly agree with having other buttons!! “Like” doesn’t really cover a lot of the emotions or reactions I have to many blogs. Perhaps we should start a page on Facebook for WP to create other buttons and we could all “like” the page. ;)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 9:15 am

      Great idea, Susan! There have been some great suggestions here – a ‘Hugs’ button and a ‘Dislike’ button! :D

  21. kezalu / Oct 28 2012 8:40 am

    Like you I am a bit suspicious about the whole ‘like’ button thing. Sometimes it seems the same people are ‘liking’ everything I write, which is great, except it feels a bit automated at times. Apparently, according to rumour, people will ‘like’ so that they appear in the post, which means someone might click on them to see what their story is, and then they end up getting more followers. Not to say that this is the case for you, but certainly in the early days of blogging it’s a curious thing that makes us check out our ‘likers’ and we end up following or ‘liking’ them (especially if they are prolific ‘likers’ to your blog and you feel somewhat obligated to at least take a look at theirs) – and then there is this chain reaction thing that goes on. If you go out there and ‘like’ a million posts, then you are being seen in other ways than just your blog which might generate more followers. This can be quite lucrative if you are seeking a market. It’s a vicious cycle really and may or may not have something to do with simply self-promotion. There was a news item recently about ‘likes’ on facebook and how a good deal of it may be about tracking people. There seems to be a trend of horrifying pictures of tortured animals or people on facebook, and a compel to ‘like’ if you are against these things, or ignore if you don’t care. Of course, people are pressing ‘like’ but it’s ridiculous because they are in no way helping any cause by doing so. If I press ‘like’, it’s because I like what you have to say. I’m particular with my ‘liking’ and don’t hand them out for self-promotion or any other reason. So, I ‘like’ your post about ‘liking’ – but we should remain vigilant about it.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 9:27 am

      Fantastic response, Kezalu! I saw this article – there was a woman in America whose child was being used on FB for ‘likes’ and she didn’t know about it until she saw it on the news
      .
      I wanted to respond to your comment by finding the article so I did a Google search for it. Instead of finding it, I found something even more intriguing. My search brought up – BUY FACEBOOK LIKES. I moved further down the page to see another headline SALE – 1,000 FACEBOOK LIKES for only $45.00! I didn’t click on any of the links – but I’m confounded as to why someone would want to buy ‘likes’!

      You’re right – we need to be vigilant about this.

  22. Virginia / Oct 28 2012 9:14 am

    I find it hilarious when I get a ‘like’ 3 seconds after my post goes live. There are a lot of speed readers out there in the blogosphere! :)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 9:30 am

      The speed readers are amazing. I saw this one day when I commented on a post (which was over two pages long). The blogger responded that someone had read her long article in only 5 seconds and ‘liked’ it!

  23. Britt Skrabanek / Oct 28 2012 9:16 am

    You have my vote for the “why?” button! LOL!

    I get the “like” button only thing quite a bit as well and I’m sure there are many different explanations out there. I’ve noticed some of these “likers” do the same on other blogs I follow and never comment, so maybe that’s their style. Sure, it takes more time to comment than to hit the like button but actually taking the time to comment is important in my book. I don’t know, Dianne. It makes me shrug. : )

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 9:32 am

      So true, Britt. I like to think people are liking because they really do like it, but I guess there are some who just ‘go fishing’. I don’t always comment, but lately I haven’t been able to just ‘like’ because I can’t and I guess this got me thinking about it.

      I love the ‘why?’ button too! :D

  24. mypenandme / Oct 28 2012 9:59 am

    When that happens to me, I just scroll down a second time, click on ‘like’ and then it works.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 10:58 am

      Wow – thanks! I’ll try that :D

  25. bodhisattvaintraining / Oct 28 2012 10:27 am

    I don’t have a problem liking and therefore I like :-) I’m quiet, I often don’t have much to say…I’m careful with my likes but I could probably like less.
    I like the idea of a love button and definitely a why. Why, WHY?? but if I got a weird on one of my posts I’d go into some sort of decline ha ha ha just saying… !!

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 11:01 am

      Hahaha! Yes – a ‘weird’ would be kinda ‘weird’! I ‘like’ as well (when I can) – but if I comment and don’t leave a ‘like’ – you now know why ;)

  26. justinwriter / Oct 28 2012 10:39 am

    Mostly it’s for people who like a post. Some people can’t think of anything to say, so they like instead. Some people might be time challenged or even shy. Others might be rude and opportunistic and only like to promote their own blogs (these types never leave comments). But maybe WordPress put it there to look at trends and gather statistics. It might not be there for us at all. :)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 11:02 am

      Oh – creepy! I like it, Justin. I can always count on you for the technical know-how :D

      • justinwriter / Oct 28 2012 5:43 pm

        That’s what reading Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell does to you. It makes you look at things from all angles. :)

        Oh, I just thought of another button I’d like to see on WordPress—a big red button that says ‘do not press’. :)

      • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 6:10 pm

        HAAAAAA! Love it! (I’d press it – over and over again!) :D

  27. Photos With Finesse / Oct 28 2012 10:50 am

    I’d like to see a Sympathy button – or perhaps a ‘hugs’ button. And an ‘are you freaking serious’ button, but I’m afraid I’d overuse it when I see yet another ‘follow the sheeples’ type post regarding US politics. (Or on anything that Mitt Romney spews.)

    As for problems ‘liking’, I generally only have them after I’ve cleared my temporary internet files and cookies and have not logged in again. As long I I login and click ‘remember me’, I can like away to my heart’s content – only mildly miffed that it goes to the top of the post after I login and I have to remember to scroll down and like again!

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 11:04 am

      Ah – I see what you mean! Thank you, Suzan ;)

      Yeah – elections…ARGH!

  28. Bodhimoments / Oct 28 2012 10:52 am

    I often “like” posts because I like them, (truly) but do not leave a comment because I cannot actually think of anything to say, other than “Nice”.

    To all those who are having problems “Like”-ing It seems it is a browser/flash/OS issue. So you might try and resolve that if you want…

    So Dianne you are not a “lie hog”!
    :)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 11:09 am

      Hahahaha! The next thing we need is a comments checker (or delete button) I just saw your next comment (I actually didn’t notice it said ‘lie’ and now I’m laughing very hard!) I hate it when I do that. One day I’ll write a post about the amount of embarrassing typos I’ve made ;)

      You’re right – sometimes a comment isn’t necessary, but I can’t ‘like’ at all now. I’ll look into the browser thing and see if I can fix it. Thank you! :D

  29. Bodhimoments / Oct 28 2012 10:52 am

    Oops! Meant to say “like” hog! Sorry

  30. ramblingsfromamum / Oct 28 2012 10:58 am

    LOL what a can of worms you have opened with this post luvey. I loved all the responses. I did hit the like button as mine works (na na na na naaaah) all the options given are great.
    Why, Weird, Dislike, Love but the best is Hugs.
    I will hit the ‘like’ if I have enjoyed the post and if I deem necessary I shall comment also. There are those I guess that will ‘like’ just for the sake of hitting the button, but I am ever the optimist and feel that my followers have hit the ‘like’ because they actually have and all of them (thus far) have left a delightful comment.
    Another example is the post that I wrote last night well actually at 1.30 this morning… I raved and rambled about nothing in particular because that was the mood I was in. When I finally went to bed just after 2..I thought I must get up and trash that as it made no sense and seemed dare I say…err stupid. This morning I had 1 more follower and 3 likes from people I haven’t come across before, so I am at a loss as to why they actually ‘liked’ it. Perhaps they thought my sense of humour was off bit or similiar to their own style of writing…who knows in the blogisphere what happens.

    I think the Hugs would be excellent, especially as you said one reader wrote about her father dying and someone hit ‘like’. If I had read that and it meant something to me (as it would have) I would rather have left a comment saying I didn’t hit the ‘like’ button as your post subject was too sad for me to ‘like’, but I ”liked’ what you wrote and how your expressed your feelings. Did that make sense?

    It’s a tricky one isn’t it..so thank you for your thought provoking post! :-)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 12:25 pm

      Wow – thank you for the great comment! This could be a post on its own! ;)

      If your post is still up there I’ll go take a look now.

      The ‘like’ for sad posts is one I am very tentative to use. A few times (when I could actually ‘like’) I have put exactly what you said “I didn’t hit the ‘like’ button as your post subject was too sad for me to ‘like’, but I ”liked’ what you wrote and how your expressed your feelings.” People usually take this quite well.

      Thanks for coming by and liking and commenting! :D

      • ramblingsfromamum / Oct 28 2012 5:25 pm

        awww shanks :-) honey…you welcome for the liking and commenting and hitting like and saying what you did and thanking me for liking and commenting…WTF? :-)

  31. jmmcdowell / Oct 28 2012 11:14 am

    Whew, you’ve hit a commenting nerve with this post! :) I usually leave a like even when I’m commenting. And there are blogs where I only leave a like and rarely a comment. As you noted, sometimes that’s for something like a short poem or photograph. Other times, I might not feel like I have anything to add to the conversation.

    Some earlier commenters noted that people seem to leave likes in quick succession and wonder who could be reading that fast. Some folks are undoubtedly hoping only for return traffic. But it’s possible they read the posts first and then did the likes in succession….. I used to be somewhat cynical about some of the mysterious likes. But as I’ve seen more people explain what they do, I’ve realized I might have been misjudging some readers.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 12:30 pm

      That is a very interesting point. Let’s not misjudge readers because they haven’t commented – I’ve seen (through this post) that many people read, ‘like’, and then don’t comment because all that needs to be said has been said, or it’s just a nice picture that you ‘like’. I used to do this as well – before I lost my ‘like’, now I feel as if I have to comment all the time because I actually like the post (but can’t like) – if you know what I mean ;)

      • jmmcdowell / Oct 28 2012 12:45 pm

        I do. :) And it might be something to do with an older browser. I gave up on even IE 9 (which I can’t stand) because I had so many problems with it and the blog. I have the most recent Firefox and it works fine. But you might want to check with WP to see if it’s a glitch they can help fix.

  32. Don't Quote Lily / Oct 28 2012 11:18 am

    That’s strange! So far, I’ve been able to “like” as I please. I only “like” when I actually read something. It irritates the hell out of me when people go “like-happy” just to get people to visit their blogs. When I comment, I still “like.” I feel like they go together, but I know a lot of people do one or the other. We all have our preferences. Haha, I think there should be a “weird” button! ;)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 12:32 pm

      Me too, Lily. I would ‘like’ the weird button! But I think ‘hugs’ button would be great.

      One day soon I’ll be able to ‘like’ again and give everyone a big shock! :D

  33. Kozo / Oct 28 2012 11:35 am

    Great post, Dianne. I like it a lot, but I’m not going to hit the like button.

    I’m a new bloggers, so I don’t get very many hits, and I can see who reads my posts and who doesn’t. I’ll often get a few likes from bloggers, yet when I check my stats–which is like every 5 minutes–I notice that no one has read the article. I noticed that people can press like from the Word Press reader without even clicking on the page or the blog. They should change this.

    What I would like is a like button on comments. I often read comments that make me laugh or think. I would love to give a little props to the commenter. Maybe this would encourage more people to comment.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 12:36 pm

      This is very interesting indeed! “I’ll often get a few likes from bloggers, yet when I check my stats–which is like every 5 minutes–I notice that no one has read the article. I noticed that people can press like from the Word Press reader”. I didn’t know this – I’ve learned a lot from writing this post. At first I thought it was a little dumb and no one would bother reading it, but the comments are fantastic.

      Thanks for coming and commenting – and not liking! LOL ;)

  34. jmgoyder / Oct 28 2012 12:04 pm

    What a great topic and you’ve obviously hit a nerve, judging from the comments above. It’s a tricky one isn’t it. There definitely needs to be at least another option as ‘like’ is definitely inappropriate some times. Everyone seems to ‘like’ differently. This has certainly got me thinking about the integrity of it all!

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 12:38 pm

      I didn’t think it would cause so many comments and thought I would get no ‘likes’ for this post. hahaha – silly me :D

      But there have been some very interesting comments and I’ve learned a lot! ;)

      • jmgoyder / Oct 28 2012 12:46 pm

        Me too!

  35. appletonavenue / Oct 28 2012 12:23 pm

    Think it’s a WP thing. I’ve had trouble with Likes for a while now, I can click Like on the summary page, but it doesn’t show up. I can only Like from the blog itself. Worse than that, sometimes I can’t find the Comments button. I don’t know if some blogs don’t allow comments (seems weird), or their Comment button disappears. It is annoying, but hopefully WP will get things fixed.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 12:44 pm

      Ah – I’ve lost the comments button a few times as well! I need to refresh the page to get it back. If I can’t ‘like’ or comment, it’s doubly annoying…

  36. Deborah Hawkins / Oct 28 2012 1:52 pm

    I’m new to WordPress and so far the “Like” button has worked for me. When I use the “like” button it means I read your post and I liked it. Sometimes I don’t have a comment to leave because I don’t have anything else to add to the discussion. Still, I want the author to know I came by, I read the post, and I “liked” it. Hence use of “like” button with nothing further.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 4:17 pm

      Thanks, Deborah. I’ve found that a lot of people do this. I can’t ‘like’ at the moment so I need to leave a comment. As someone mentioned I can just put a smily face in if I have nothing to add to the discussion. I guess there are a lot of ways to get around it, but first I should probably upgrade my browser because I think that may be where the problem lies :D

      • Deborah Hawkins / Oct 28 2012 4:25 pm

        Leaving a” like” I think is a show of support for the other blogger. A comment is even better, but sometimes I’m not clever enough to have anything to say. I bet the browser upgrade will fix it for you!

  37. Tanveer Rauf / Oct 28 2012 1:53 pm

    often i click, LIKE button of many blogs of the same writer because at times the title only says everything about the whole blog. sometimes i read the whole blog. every written word leaves impact.

  38. M.L. Campbell / Oct 28 2012 2:00 pm

    Comments mean more, at least to me. I could do away with the ‘like’ button altogether if people would just comment instead. Maybe say “like” or “love” in the comment box instead.

  39. jannatwrites / Oct 28 2012 2:43 pm

    I like this post…and I “liked” it, too. The “like” button confuses me as well, and I don’t use it very often. I don’t get email notifications of “likes” anymore because I drove myself nuts trying to squeeze in visits to everyone’s blog. (I do visit blogs of all who comment, though.) The Weird button would be useful. I’ve read things that I don’t even know what they are – I can’t ‘like’ them, because I really don’t, and I can’t comment, because I didn’t understand what I read.

    I get “likes” moments after posting sometimes. It’s like people are sitting at their PC ‘refreshing’ until I post something new. As soon as they see it, they ‘like’ it, and I feel good knowing that I gave them a reason to continue on for another day….or at least until I publish my next post. Okay, I’m being facetious- I do sometimes get quick likes, but my ego is unaffected (just like my stats) :lol:

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 4:25 pm

      Hahahaha! I love this ;)

      I also visit blogs of those who comment. I don’t have time to visit those who just ‘like’ (sorry, ‘just likers’).

      I think I’ll stop my email notification of ‘likes’ as well (sometimes I have hundreds of emails and I need to ‘file’ them all) – I didn’t realise you could do this, so I’ll look into it. I seemed to have learned a lot from this post today :D

      If I need to know anything more about stats, I’ll be heading straight to you! :D

      • jannatwrites / Oct 28 2012 4:33 pm

        If you go under “Settings”, “Discussion”, the third group down is “Email me whenever” – here’s where you can decide what you get emails for. I found out about this a couple months ago when another blogger mentioned this (she gets far more views/likes/comments than I do, but fewer emails sounded good to me :))

      • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 4:45 pm

        Woo Hoo! Thank you so much! :D

  40. donnajeanmcdunn / Oct 28 2012 3:14 pm

    Hi Dianne,

    I “liked” your post. I smiled all the way through it. I also agree with everything you said. I try to leave a comment, but as someone else said, if I can’t add anything useful to the comments, I’ll sometimes just click on “like” and leave it at that. I love it when someone leaves me a comment on my blog. I don’t get many. I like it when someone “likes” my blog or my author page on facebook. I do this because it’s important to me to know people are reading my stuff and so I want to help others feel the same. If I don’t like what I read on a blog, I quietly go away or if there are hundreds of comments I quietly go away too, because I doubt if the author of the blog even knows I posted it but I might hit “like” if I really did like the blog.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 4:33 pm

      Thanks, Donna! I find it really interesting that you don’t like to comment if there are a lot of comments. I’ve come across this several times. I don’t believe bloggers ever get sick of comments and those who do may need a little ‘weird’ button to push! :D

      I went into a blog recently that was on Freshly Pressed and I left a comment, but the blogger mustn’t have ‘approved’ my comment or any of the others because they only ended up with about three comments. I thought this was quite odd (and didn’t look at that person’s blog again).

      I really like ‘likes’ and I love comments – the more the merrier! I’m just wishing at the moent that I could ‘like’ – although I think I know what the problem is now (my Internet Explorer is out of date) :D

  41. tchistorygal / Oct 28 2012 4:16 pm

    Reblogged this on Marsha Lee and commented:
    I wrote an article complaining about my like button the other day. Look what Diane Gray has done with that idea. I would love to be able to take someone’s complaints, and turn them into such a great, comment-producing post! I hope you don’t mind me reblogging this, Diane. It is brilliant!

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 4:36 pm

      Hi Marsha! Great to see you :D I don’t mind you reblogging at all! I’m no longer getting the issue of you ending up in my spam (and I hope it’s the same for you) ;) My only issue now id with ‘likes’.

      I’m going over to have a look at your blog now :D

      • tchistorygal / Oct 28 2012 4:53 pm

        Thanks. I’m sure it was just my husband’s old computer. I actually think WP made some changes for me so I did’t spam out! I was so impressed that by adding just a few creative comments of your own you turned this simple subject into an article people could really get their teeth into. So nice!!!

      • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 5:12 pm

        Thanks, Marsha. I’m actually quite surprised that people feel as passionate as I do about this :D It’s very nice…

  42. Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} / Oct 28 2012 4:25 pm

    Dianne – I really LIKE this post..:) and all the comments make for such an interesting conversation! I tend to both LIKE and comment if I have something to say…and just LIKE if I don’t have a comment or thought worthy of writing down. I also sometimes wish there was a LOVE button…but then I think about the ambiguity and range of reactions and that there must be considerable thought given to why we just get the one choice of LIKE. It’s the same on Facebook. I haven’t had any issues with the Like button…. :)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 4:40 pm

      I’m so glad you ‘like’ this post. Bonnie! The comments are VERY interesting and I’ve learned a lot about the technical side of all this today. I’m a great believer in ‘asking the blogosphere’ because everyone out there knows something about something…

      I’m glad you have no problems with the ‘like’ button and once I’ve uploaded the new version of IE, I should be able to ‘like’ again :D

      • Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} / Oct 29 2012 1:28 pm

        Good, I LIKE that! :) I use Chrome instead of IE…and wonder if that helps at all?

      • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 2:22 pm

        I’ve just switched to Chrome this morning. It’s working a treat and I can ‘like’ as much as I like! It also picks up typing errors in my comments as well (and that’s always a bonus!)

      • Bonnie at {PaperKeeper} / Oct 29 2012 2:26 pm

        That’s great!! It’s my preferred browser! :)

  43. irishkatie / Oct 28 2012 4:35 pm

    Hahaha ..I totally “Liked” this blog post.

    I see you commenting all the time on Mumsy’s blog…and she had a link in a couple of her blogs…and when I saw that you had done one on the “Like” button I had to stop by (finally).

    My issue really with the Like button …is when I read a post..and it is sad….or somehow….not something “good” I guess. In my head I cannot “Like” when someone feels sad…or has been treated bad. But I have tried to understand that hitting the “Like” is a way of showing support to the writer…and not necessarily the cause of the blog. Sometimes.

    Sometimes something makes me feel so bad….that even when I know it’s a show of support…I cannot hit it.

    Anyway … this was a good blog nod nods.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 4:56 pm

      Hey, thank you for dropping by, Katie! Great to see you ;)

      The sad posts are the difficult ones. I said somewhere in one of the comments here where I saw on a lady’s blog that her father had died and someone ‘liked’ it and she went back to them and asked why they thought it was worthy of a ‘like’ because it wasn’t something that should be ‘liked’ – it was very awkward…

      If I’m unsure I’ll say “I haven’t ‘liked’ this post because it is so sad and I just wanted to let you know I really feel for you,” or something along those lines.

      I’m so glad you came past and ‘liked’ my post! :D

      • ramblingsfromamum / Oct 28 2012 5:28 pm

        KATIE is a beautiful – kind hearted- extremely funny lassie whom I have much time and adoration for. I am so glad she visited you., She is one of the few people that follow me that take the time to read the posts thoroughly and understand and comment….instead of just hitting like and run away :-)

      • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 5:52 pm

        Wonderful! :)

  44. EllaDee / Oct 28 2012 5:02 pm

    Interesting post. I wish WP would incorporate your selection of buttons. I know a blogger who discounts likes completely and prefers only comments. Me, I’ll take both, not everything I post resonates with all my followers but I appreciate the likes, and I do similarly if there is a post I enjoy but can’t add value via a comment. However I prefer to comment when I can (as you know). The other time I use the like button is if I’m away and return to 200 post notifications in my In-box. I skim through and like the ones I like, a bit like sending Christmas cards to rellies I never see, it’s token but helps to keep in touch :) In lieu of a dislike button I use the X or trash icon, but not often, I have good taste in bloggers, and mostly find them by their comments on other blogs :)

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 5:10 pm

      Hi, Ella! I know you have good taste in bloggers ;)

      I wish WP would incorporate my selection of buttons as well – also a ‘hug’ button (which I should have put up there) :D

      I ‘like’ without commenting sometimes as well. The only problem is that I can’t ‘like’ now so I need to put something in the comments box, even if it is ‘I really liked this post’. But I’m sure now that it’s just my version of IE that is causing all the problems and I’m planning to fix that asap.

      I’ll be ‘liking’ again in no time at all :D

      • EllaDee / Oct 28 2012 5:14 pm

        In the meantime, you’ll be a super caring, sharing, conscientous blogger ;)

      • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 5:23 pm

        YAY – that’s me ;)

  45. ramblingsfromamum / Oct 28 2012 5:31 pm

    gives Di the green eye for coming up with such a brilliant topic and says oops for my typo in my response to your response..to my response… like sands through the hour glass….ark!!!

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 5:52 pm

      Oh – what typo? I didn’t notice ;)

  46. Anna Belfrage / Oct 28 2012 7:56 pm

    Hi Dianne,
    I either comment or like – a like being the lazier option. As I’m in the process of catching up on my non presence in the blogosphere for the last ten days, let me tell you I laughed myself silly re your mother and the strip show. Thank you for enlivening my days, time and time again.

    • diannegray / Oct 28 2012 8:09 pm

      So glad you liked it, Anna. I was worried it may have offended some people! ;)

  47. S. Harry Zade / Oct 28 2012 8:56 pm

    I really liked this, really.

  48. on thehomefrontandbeyond / Oct 28 2012 9:15 pm

    I press like when I do not have anything to add but want the blogger to know that I appreciated their post–I like the idea of love and weird buttons, although the second one might hurt my feelings if that is all I got
    Sometimes when there is no like button I have noticed people just write the word like in the comment box
    I both like and comment sometimes–thanks for this, it was both thoughful and funny

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 2:35 pm

      I’m so happy – this morning (after a lot of comments about this being a problem with my browser) I switched to a new browser and now I can ‘like’ as much as I like! :)

      Thanks so much for coming by. I’m really glad you enjoyed the post ;)

  49. mrscarmichael / Oct 28 2012 9:23 pm

    I LIKE this post.

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 2:36 pm

      Thank you SO much – I’m really glad :D

  50. Keeping Up With The Holsbys / Oct 28 2012 9:31 pm

    I haven’t noticed like issues, but I have definitely got my sights set on 3 people, in particular, that always like and never comment. I think they’re amazing though because they often like within 10 minutes of posting…. Ninja Likers . I’m 99% certain they don’t read it…. Might try work their name in to prove my theory!!

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 2:39 pm

      Strange that you mention that because I have a little story that happened over this very post that I won’t post here and it may have something to do with what you just wrote! hahahah ;) wish I could say it!!!

  51. poetmcgonagall / Oct 28 2012 11:38 pm

    Yes, I can still Like your blog. You’re right, it’s such a catch-all, Facebooky thing that sometimes it’s pointless. As to Liking and not commenting, some blogs are just so good that you’d run out of things to say if you felt obliged to comment every time. There’s one photography blog – http://ooggetuige.wordpress.com/ – that’s so consistently brilliant, all I can do is Like.

    I do read every blog post I Like and/or comment on, but I can only do this by strictly limiting the number of blogs I visit. I get daily email digests for these, but it’s impossible to read all the other blog followers – there just isn’t time.

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 2:25 pm

      I switched to Chrome this morning and now I can ‘like’ all I like! Woo hoo!!!

      It also picks up typos in my comments which I absolutely love!

      I’ll have to check out that photography blog ;) Thanks so much for coming by :D

  52. Anna Scott Graham / Oct 28 2012 11:43 pm

    The only time I have left a ‘like’ was when no way to comment was possible. I don’t Facebook, so that manner of showing appreciation is not in my realm. Like you, other options would be lovely, as ‘like’ is very limited. And as I almost never use that feature, I don’t know if it’s working or not. :)

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 8:55 am

      That’s really interesting, Anna. I think you’re the only one who has said you don’t use the ‘like’ button. It must be a hangover from Facebook because a lot of people are used to ‘liking’ through that medium. Last night I went onto FB and ‘liked’ a whole lot of my friends updates, but didn’t leave any comments. They are mainly ‘one-liners’ so a ‘like’ is all that’s required. I guess, had I never used FB, I probably wouldn’t be so attached to the ‘like’ button either :D

  53. mcwoman / Oct 29 2012 1:53 am

    Dianne — I could “LIKE” your blog. Perhaps it is the browser; of course, I always “like” what you have to say.

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 8:57 am

      Thank you, Barbara – I always like it when you like me ;)

  54. ocdreader / Oct 29 2012 1:55 am

    hahah – I think many people are shy about commenting, if they don’t have anything good to add but enjoyed your post, they like. Also, it is a way to leave a calling card “hey, I stopped by!” and it is a “come visit me back” request too. I like the “weird” button idea :)

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 9:01 am

      I like the ‘weird’ button, too, Elisa! That would go really well for you if you reviewed a weird book! I agree that people are shy and sometimes they may feel as if everything has been said and they just want to agree with a ‘like’. I used to, but can’t now – hopefully that’ll be fixed today :D

  55. Lonely Daffodil / Oct 29 2012 2:33 am

    Hi Dianne. Since I’m an aspiring writer, any Likes or comments mean a lot to me. I try to leave a comment as well. I like your ideas, the Weird and Why? buttons, though. Thank you for interesting post!

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 8:35 am

      Hi Miwako! Yes all likes and comments are very welcome – I’m just not able to ‘like’ at the moment so I’m leaving comments all over the place ;)

  56. LjS / Oct 29 2012 2:33 am

    Funny. And, yes, I also wonder about the serial “likers”.

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 8:36 am

      Me too, Loretta! Thanks for dropping by to say hello :D

    • Tarina / Oct 29 2012 10:19 am

      Oh, the serial likers!! (Perhaps there may be serial followers as well… 8O that is when the ‘weird’ button is needed.) I have felt at times that there may be a script or something that automatically ‘like’s posts without the person reading them.
      Also, sometimes I’ve also enjoyed a post so much that I want to add more than just a ‘like’ but don’t know what to say as a comment. Also unfortunately a ‘love’ button could be used in a ‘weird’ way. :&
      Enjoyed your post, Dianne! Thank you :D

      • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 2:27 pm

        Thanks, Tarina! I’m all fixed now and can ‘like’ again – look out world :D

      • Tarina / Oct 29 2012 2:40 pm

        Yay!! :D

  57. teaandtao / Oct 29 2012 5:10 am

    *LOVE

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 8:39 am

      Hahaha – And *love* to you too :D Wonderful!

  58. Zen A. / Oct 29 2012 6:01 am

    I sometimes have trouble clicking the Like button. The solution is to try clicking it again. Usually it works by the third time. =] There are some people who I do wonder about. I see them “liking” every other post on WordPress without commenting even once. Something smells fishy, if you ask me.

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 8:41 am

      It is a bit of a hassle continually trying to ‘like’ when it just won’t work. I’ve almost given up and just comment now – hopefully today I can get some time to work on my browsers (without throwing my lap top out the window). :D

  59. moderndayruth / Oct 29 2012 7:07 am

    Sometimes i just hit ‘like’, to acknowledge that i read the post – i comment only if i feel i have something to add… If not, and the post is cool – “LIKE” it is! :D

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 8:43 am

      Hey, Lena! Great to see you ;) I try to just hit ‘like’, but it’s such a hassle when I can’t and the I have to be creative with the words and say “I like this post” without ‘liking’ – LOL ;)

  60. Russel Ray Photos / Oct 29 2012 10:56 am

    Whenever the LIKE button doesn’t work, I let the blog author know. One person whom I notified today changed themes, and now the LIKE button works. I do think it has to do with themes and how the theme handles widgets, wadgets, gidgets, and gadgets. Not everyone understands all the coding required to get everything working together.

    When it comes to hitting the LIKE button, I use it to let the person know that I read the blog post. Thus, I LIKE it because it gave me something to read. If I have something intelligent to say, I will also leave a comment. About 20% of the blog posts I visit get a comment. I don’t leave a comment just for the sake of leaving a comment, such as “Nice post.” I have too little time for such triviality; besides, isn’t that what the spammers do?

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 11:29 am

      The problem I had was if I read a post, I’d have to comment because I couldn’t ‘like’ any of them (not just particular themes), so I got a bit sick of writing ‘nice post’ ;)

      I don’t know of many spammers that comment (and if they do, they are whisked off by something magical called Akismet)

      This morning I changed my browser to Chrome and now I can ‘like’ as much as I like! :D

      • Russel Ray Photos / Oct 29 2012 12:05 pm

        Most, if not all, of the time, if you have to comment because there is no LIKE button, those are self-hosted blogs. I used to have a self-hosted blog but as soon as WordPress informed me that the only way to get a LIKE button was to have a WordPress.org blog, I switched.

        I don’t know of any spammers that do not comment. They all do, and include various back links.

        Askimet has two main algorithms, one that automatically deletes spam based on millions of other users having already deleted the spammer, and then spam that it is not sure about. The unsure spam goes to your spam folder. Look at them and you’ll see that they all are comments with various links associated with them.

  61. EJ / Oct 29 2012 12:47 pm

    I like to get likes; that little star makes me happy every time! I appreciate comments too but I don’t leave many (except here ;-)).
    Not sure I’d use a ‘weird’ button, but it would be pretty cool to have something to show sympathy or encouragement. ‘Like’ doesn’t really cover that!

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 2:30 pm

      I like the idea of a ‘hugs’ button! I would probably use that a lot ;)

      Today I can ‘like’ again because I updated my browser (woo hoo – look out world!)

      Thank you for coming by and commenting, EJ :D

  62. Dawn Whitehand / Oct 29 2012 4:29 pm

    I usually “like” and sometimes I comment depending on the topic.

    I have also found that sometimes my “likes” are not saved, so that when I go into the WP reader posts I am sure I have previously liked are not liked!

    Also my likes are never saved from my tablet because according to WP I am using an outdated version of Safari…, so it can be something to do with your browser
    :-)

    • diannegray / Oct 29 2012 4:47 pm

      I updated my browser this morning and … guess what? I CAN NOW LIKE!!! Woo hoo!!!

      I haven’t tried the reader posts yet, but I’ve found that my ‘likes’ wouldn’t stick their either. I’ll try it out now :D

      • Dawn Whitehand / Oct 29 2012 5:38 pm

        yay… will need to do that myself..

  63. maggiemyklebust / Oct 29 2012 7:46 pm

    I’m never sure what to do about the like button either… Sometimes I’ll read a sad or horrible post and although it was interesting or well written, I don’t want anyone to think I like the horrible thing that happened to them…
    This happens a lot on Facebook – someone will post: Not feeling well today :( and they’ll get 20 likes… whats up with that?
    Sometimes I ‘like’ posts just so people will know I read them, but I don’t always have the time to comment on every post I read…
    Its a tricky button :)

    • diannegray / Oct 30 2012 7:36 am

      There was an incident with a ‘like’ button not long ago where a blogger wrote a very sad blog and someone ‘liked’ it with no comment and the blogger went back to that person and asked ‘why did you ‘like’ the fact that my father died?’. Very sticky situation indeed…so you’re right about the trickiness of the button. If I find I read a sad post I’ll comment and refer to the fact that I haven’t ‘liked’ it because it’s sad.
      But the good news is – I’ve got my mojo back and can now ‘like’ as much as I like after switching to Chrome :D
      I don’t always comment, but had to during the time I couldn’t ‘like’ and that was taking up a lot of my time…

  64. 4amWriter / Oct 29 2012 11:36 pm

    I’m always glad that I can ‘like’ your blog posts, and I do wish I could ‘love’ them too!

  65. Jessica F. Hinton (@jessicafhinton) / Oct 30 2012 6:33 am

    “Likes” can be confusing. When I “like” a post, I usually comment as well, since I usually have more to say then just “Hey! I like this.” I think the good of “likes” is that they allow your friends and followers to see what you like. I think. :)

    • diannegray / Oct 30 2012 7:41 am

      Well said, Jessica! :D I was commenting a lot when I lost my ability to ‘like’, but now I’m back on track with the ability to ‘like’ again (I am a bit of a blabbermouth so I’ll probably continue to comment as well as ‘like’). ;)

  66. pixilated2 / Oct 30 2012 6:43 am

    You are definitely on to something! I especially liked your “Why?” button. In every instance I would much prefer a comment to the click of the “Like” button. Not that I don’t like the “Like” button, but would prefer a comment to go with or instead of…

    Did that make sense??? ~Lynda

    • diannegray / Oct 30 2012 7:43 am

      Hey, Linda – this makes perfect sense to me ;) I like the “Why?” button as well. Someone said we need a “Hugs” button and I think that’s a great idea!

  67. Maddie Cochere / Oct 30 2012 7:10 am

    There are some bloggers who don’t put a like button on their posts. The thinking is that it will encourage people to leave comments. But I don’t always have something to say or contribute. I want someone to know I was there, read what they wrote, and I liked it – but I can’t do that. It’s actually kind of frustrating. … I like your additional buttons. :-)

    • diannegray / Oct 30 2012 7:47 am

      Thanks, Maddie – I like the “Why?” button and we need a “Hugs” button :D

      You’re like me in the fact that you like to leave a comment whenever you can and people really appreciate that (I know I do) because they know you’ve actually read an understood what they have said – and I guess that’s what the communication side of blogging is all about :D

  68. ly / Oct 30 2012 1:02 pm

    I’ve wondered why sometimes I can like, sometimes I have to sign in to like, sometimes I’m not allowed to like, and one time I wasn’t allowed to follow. I want someone to know that I read their post without commenting if I have nothing to contribute.
    Where’s that petition to WordPress for more buttons? I’m ready to sign.

    • diannegray / Oct 31 2012 6:21 am

      Hahaha – this sums it all up beautifully, Ly! I feel exactly the same way ;)

  69. pommepal / Oct 30 2012 5:03 pm

    I am addicted to all aspects of blogging I love the instant friendships that occur when you comment and sometimes, instantaneously, get a reply and can enter into a short conversation. I love to see that people have dropped by and left a “like”. When I have time I will drop by to check out their blogs and this way I have found some great blogs to follow.

    I do not press the follow button on very many blogs as it really clogs up the email in-box when their new posts keep pouring in, I prefer to RSS blogs I want to follow then I can read them on the “feed” as I have time.I sometimes wonder if an RSS click translates to a follow in blogging land?

    When I open my email it is always the comments I scroll down to first, I love getting them.
    This is a great post Lynn. Zen A did mention in your comments that some people do tend to whizz around putting “likes” on lots of posts with never a comment (I enjoy reading through comments on my favourite blogging peoples posts too) I also wonder if there is an ulterior motive….!!!!

    • diannegray / Oct 31 2012 6:25 am

      I think the comments are sometimes as enjoyable as the post itself. I love reading them (and some of them can be very funny)! But the good news is that my ‘like’ button works now :D Thanks so much for stopping by ;)

  70. fela2fela / Oct 31 2012 6:30 am

    Sometimes I wonder if people “like” a blog without exactly “liking” the content because it allows them to network. If someone “likes” my blog, their face shows up on my blog as someone who reads it. Other bloggers who also read the blog see their face, and quite possibly click on their gravatar profile and check out their blog, assuming it might be similar to mine, as they have “liked” my blog. I would say that this is selfish behavior, and that is what I thought at first, but really, the social dynamic of the “like” whether intentional or subconscious, is simply a way for like-minded bloggers to connect with one another and network on the internet. For bloggers who publish or offer a service in particular, this online community is a serious form of getting the word out to potential readers, like advertising. In the end, if someone “likes” my blog, it makes me feel really great, even if they don’t leave a comment, they are acknowledging my blog, at the very least as a platform from which they would enjoy reaching out to a slice of the community.

    • diannegray / Nov 2 2012 7:29 am

      I just went over to have a look at your blog to find you’re a very interesting ‘fela’ indeed! Love it! I also have a great interest in dreams and dream interpretations so I’m very keen to ‘follow’ you

      I initially wrote this post because I couldn’t ‘like’ any posts for a while, but through the answers on here I figured that it was because I was using an old browser. That has now been fixed and I can ‘like’ all I like now :D

      But many of the comments I’ve received refer to people ‘liking’ without reading. I think you’re the first to say that this is simply networking and you’re probably right. But the interesting thing is I’ve begun to notice my ‘likes’ more since writing this post and have found some people can ‘like’ 5 – 6 of my posts in under a minute. They can’t have read all of them in this time, so I’m thinking they might just be saying ‘here I am! come follow me’ – which is fair enough.

      Thanks for coming by and I’m looking forward to following you…

  71. liamodell1 / Oct 31 2012 9:42 am

    I’m able to like! I just liked your post! :)

    I agree, what annoys me with most everyday social networking sites, blogging sites etc., is that the choice of options are limited. On most, you can only “like” or “comment”. But what if you “loved” the post, or wanted to click another button that showed your feelings towards the post?

    • diannegray / Nov 1 2012 7:20 am

      I agree, Liam – what about *hugs* :D

  72. Spider42 / Oct 31 2012 8:56 pm

    heh, nice one.
    I actually agree with you on most of this.
    No disrespect or issues with folks who hit the “like” button at my blog, but I suppose that with some folks you know they mean it but not with everyone. And unlike facebook, this is not looking at a picture so the chances are better that whoever clicked it, actually read the post because otherwise whats the point? he/she might as well save themselves a click and just close the tab/window or move on, right?
    That said, while I appreciate people liking my post and even understand that one doesn’t always want to leave a comment for whatever reason (don’t really have one/in a rush/etc) and hitting the like button at least allows you to say that much – in the end I would love it infinitely more if people would take a few seconds just to leave it as a comment. Just type out “Nice” or “I like it” or some such. And you can do both, no reason why not but no definite reason to click it if you’ve left a comment.
    But maybe that’s just me.

    (and just for the spirit of it, I’m leaving the comment but not hitting the like button this time)

    Cheers!

    • diannegray / Nov 1 2012 7:29 am

      LOL! I love this! Thank you so much for commenting ;)

      I can now ‘like’ because I upgraded my browser, so I don’t have to leave a comment on every post I read anymore just to let the blogger know I like what they wrote :D

      • Spider42 / Nov 1 2012 8:48 pm

        Happy to, I don’t always get time to read and comment and I’m not overly crazy about just hitting “like” all the time, but it does have its uses :)
        Cheers.

  73. Jacqui Murray / Nov 1 2012 1:46 am

    That is perfect. I’ve never thought about it, but I’d LOVE all those different buttons. Maybe WP.COM is listening.

    • diannegray / Nov 1 2012 7:33 am

      Oh – that would be good if they were ;)

  74. Linda Vernon / Nov 2 2012 3:37 am

    Haha Dianne! What a great post! I “love” it! It’s a fantastic concept, and I would very much like a list of options “Why” “Weird” “Hugs” would all be fantastic additions! Not to mention “huh”, “meh” and “whatever” ! Now I’m going to scroll up to the top of this post and download your new story! (I hope I can do that without getting scroller’s cramp from all the wonderful comments here! ) “Ha!” (Another much needed button too) :D

    • diannegray / Nov 2 2012 7:31 am

      Hahahaha! I LOVE “huh”, “meh” and “whatever” – they sound like the boxes I should have on my blog :D

      I really hope you like the story (secretly I’m sure you will!)

  75. gabrielablandy / Nov 2 2012 4:43 am

    I’ve had the same problem, so it was a joy to come across this post – especially as it talks about a lot of things that I have been thinking about.

    • diannegray / Nov 2 2012 7:33 am

      Thank you for coming by to say hello! I got rid of my problem of not being able to ‘like’ by upgrading my browser (who’d have thought it’d be that easy!) :D

  76. Lisaman / Nov 2 2012 6:33 am

    You can’t like mine because i’m wp.org and it doesn’t work…I too would like different buttons…would be fun…no comment but press a button…

    • diannegray / Nov 2 2012 7:43 am

      I really like commenting on your posts, Lisa – but the ‘like’ button is handy ;)

  77. mike and brandy / Nov 2 2012 7:03 am

    nice suggestion for WP adding a few more buttons for ‘love’ ‘weird’ and ‘why’. i could think of a few more, like ‘really?’, ‘suure..’, ‘explicit’, and ‘Oh G-d, No’.
    enjoy the day -mike

    • diannegray / Nov 2 2012 7:44 am

      LOL! Thanks, Mike! I love those ideas :D

      • mike and brandy / Nov 12 2012 8:44 am

        like is such a non-committal word, it’s the bare minimum of interestedness, yet not nearly strong enough to convey real ‘value’.
        B: do you like me?
        G: well, yeah. i guess, but then again i like orange sherbert too
        (not exactly the ringing endorsement the young kipper was looking for)
        -mike

  78. mike and brandy / Nov 2 2012 8:41 am

    cool. i may want to reblog this article tomorrow if that’s ok.
    -mike

  79. mhdriver / Nov 3 2012 5:50 am

    Wow that was a great piece of writing. Not that long ago I was think about the same thing. I noticed that there was, when I started this comment that there was only 72 likes and 187 comments. Maybe people will really talk to you by writing a comment. I love this. Thank You

  80. Nicole / Nov 5 2012 9:22 am

    I always read what I’m liking. I don’t always comment because I don’t always have the time – sometimes I just hop onto WP for 15 minutes to approve comments and check on some of the blogs that I frequent.

    When I have more time, like the weekend, I’ll try to leave as many comments on the different blogs I frequent as I can. It boils down to a time issue for me, just not enough of it to comment on everything that I enjoy reading, so the “like” button becomes my friend.

    • diannegray / Nov 5 2012 1:13 pm

      I love this, Nicole. Very good reasons to ‘like’, indeed. My main problem was that I couldn’t ‘like’ anyone’s blog so I had to leave comments – but the good news is I can ‘like’ any blog I like now because it’s fixed! Woo hoo….

      • Nicole / Nov 5 2012 4:25 pm

        WP acts up every once in awhile. You weren’t the first blogger I’ve come across that had issues using the “like” button. Glad to hear it was fixed. I’m a little embarrassed- although I did read through your blog post, I think I didn’t quite get the point of it until now. It’s been a long week and it appears my reading comprehension skills are a bit off.

      • diannegray / Nov 5 2012 8:44 pm

        Lol! I think I may not have explained myself very well ;)

  81. legionwriter / Nov 5 2012 4:56 pm

    So glad I’m not the only one having “like” issues.

    • diannegray / Nov 5 2012 8:46 pm

      Mine are fixed now. I changed browsers and am now using chrome. It’s working (so far) ;)

  82. eof737 / Nov 5 2012 8:12 pm

    Your LIKE problem might be a temporary glitch. Hope it gets resolved soon. I love the LIKE button for all the reasons shared here and then some. ;-)

  83. Allison Wright / Nov 5 2012 9:58 pm

    I consider myself sparing with the “likes” I leave, and only click that button if I sincerely do think the post has merit, or elements of merit. I much prefer to comment if I can get beyond the “Wow!” or “Great post” platitudes. Sometimes I leave comments or questions without liking something. Even with Facebook, I have always equated linking something with endorsing it somehow, whereas a comment allows you to voice your appreciation or impressions without actually endorsing something. As others have said, sometimes all I have time for is a “like”.

    • diannegray / Nov 6 2012 7:29 am

      Great response, Allison. My problem was that I could no long ‘like’ anyone’s post so I had to leave a comment, but it’s all fixed now (thank goodness!) :D

  84. gigglinggranny / Nov 6 2012 3:04 am

    Hi! I can like your blog. And I did like it, so I ‘liked’ it! I often run into the same problem. Where wordpress makes me log in to ‘like’, but even if I’m logged in, it doesn’t work. On some of these, I leave comments, on others, I just say the heck with it!
    I only leave comments when I have something to say. To me a ‘like’ is a thumbs up, keep up the good work. If I don’t like the content I won’t ‘like’. I think it is possible to comment when you do not like, or ‘like’.

    • diannegray / Nov 6 2012 7:41 am

      WP can be a bit sensitive like that. I went for a whole month without being able to ‘like’ anyone’s blog at all! To show them I was there I had to comment and sometimes I would write ‘like’ in the comments box (I’m sure some people thought I was crazy) :D

      Thank you so much for coming by and ‘liking’ as well ;)

  85. Daphne Shadows / Nov 6 2012 4:39 am

    LOL I wonder the same thing all the time – did that person even read my post?
    I don’t “like” a post if I didn’t actually like it or agree with it. Sometimes I keep my comments to myself cuz they’d come out dorky. ;) But I like commenting on good posts.

    • diannegray / Nov 6 2012 7:48 am

      I think that as well. But I’m the same as you, unless I like it I won’t ‘like’ it (if you get my drift) ;)

  86. marymtf / Nov 7 2012 9:21 am

    Here are the order of my preferences: comment, like and visit (only). (I don’t really like the last one and think the first two should go together. Unless you absolutely hate the article or disagree vehemently with what it has to say, you should, as I’ve been known to say, ‘make your presence known. ‘

  87. nrhatch / Nov 7 2012 11:01 am

    I “like” this post. “Why?” . . . let me count the ways.

    First, I’ve had a problem with my “like” button too. So, based on your supposition, I switched to Firefox and was finally able to “Like” one of my favorite blogger’s posts. Yay!

    Second, I added a widget to my sidebar for posts “Worth a Fly By.” Posts only get highlighted there if I am able to press the “Like” button on those blogs. Now, I can highlight my favorites again. Yay!

    Third, because the “Like” button is often pressed as a lazy way to say “I was here now please come visit me even though I can’t be bothered to actually read your post or comment intelligently on it.”

    • diannegray / Nov 7 2012 1:22 pm

      Hi Nancy! Thanks for coming over to visit my blog :D

      I’m so glad you’re able to ‘like’ now – it’s kind of annoying when you can’t.

      I think your widget sounds pretty cool and I might look at getting myself one of those (now I can ‘like’ again)

      You’re so right about the ‘like’ button being pressed lazily. I actually don’t have time to go visit blogs when people have just ‘liked’ mine – I always visit blogs of people who comment :D

      • nrhatch / Nov 7 2012 2:20 pm

        I disabled the notification feature on the LIKE button. So I don’t get an e-mail everytime someone presses it.

        Now I really don’t pay much attention to who presses it and who doesn’t. If people comment, I read and reply. They don’t get my attention if they just press LIKE.

  88. Denise Hisey / Nov 11 2012 2:31 pm

    Hi Dianne! Yes, I can “like” your posts! I had the trouble you mentioned a while back, but it seems to be resolved now.
    I ‘like’ and comment sometimes, then other times I just “like”, still other times I only comment. Maybe I need the weird button!! ha ha

    • diannegray / Nov 11 2012 5:38 pm

      I think the weird button was the most popular of them all (I’m sure I need one of those)! :D

  89. T. W. Dittmer / Nov 26 2012 2:14 pm

    Huh? ;-)

  90. Lynne Ayers / Nov 28 2012 2:59 am

    I find the ‘like’ button useful – there are times when I would just be repeating what others have already said many times over.

    • diannegray / Nov 28 2012 7:13 am

      I’m so glad my ‘like’ button works now because I found I had to comment all the time. You’re right – the ‘like’ button is very useful! ;)

  91. cestgigi / Jan 3 2013 10:34 am

    How about a ‘What the hell is the matter with you?’ button?

  92. vastlycurious.com / Apr 24 2013 5:38 am

    I don’t care much for Awards but I do LIKE the LIKES : )

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