Reading and Responding


I read some posts and I think it doesn’t stir up any, 0, goose egg, zip feelings or thoughts. I rate it a like. Would it be better to pass it over?

I begin to read some posts and I think, too long. I can’t whip myself into reading it. It’s over by 300 words, and what’s the point? No comments, no like.

I read some posts and they hit the groove in my soul and I can think of a whole paragraph of praise for their skill as a blogger.

I read some posts and the sea of emotional, soul response is so great, words fail me. Still I look for ways to express my gratitude.

I read some posts and the information is relevant, current, worthy and needs to be told again and again. I comment and reblog on or on

I wonder if this is how other’s respond to the posts of our Word Press family?

My thought is we all have triggers for what we enjoy, things that make us say WOW. If I don’t get those from many folks, I’m not going to stop posting. It is my art form, the method of satisfying that call to write, communicate, teach, inform and amuse. I might not hit the mark every time, but when I do it’s so satisfying!

Another point to consider: many of our community work, have families and responsibilities. There isn’t enough hours in the day to write and read everyone we follow. I have a method. I manage the blogs I follow on the Reader page, Blogs I Follow  Edit.  I can choose to get an email when someone posts 1. immediately, 2. daily, or 3. weekly. If time permits I read new bloggers on the Reader page.

I was negligent about using social media sites to boost support for my friends. I love to tweet, retweet and comment, so easy; and don’t forget to pass on the good word that this is something the reader won’t want to miss.

I’m going to write as much as I can for as long as I can, and learn as I go along how to make improvements to make my work appealing to my Word Press community. I’ll be visiting your posts to see what you’re up to as well.

11 thoughts on “Reading and Responding

  1. I like to treat likes as very genuine likes. They do boost morale, but to be honest also content if people were able to come and visit as a ‘like’ . Often people need a second or more thorough look. Other times people will be curious. I do this too, and leaving a comment, for other bloggers or from them – I utilise as objective feedback

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  2. Well said. have similar feelings. I write for joy and the sense of purpose it gives me.. I think “likes” are significant to let someone know I’m listening. I comment when I connect with a post. I regularly revise my “following” list to maintain a small enough number to give my full attention to. i love to be surprised by new bloggers i come across and begin to follow. I’m amazed when people find and follow me.

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  3. I now realise that I don’t have enough time to read all the blogs I follow, so I’ve had to cut my reading time so that I can write more.

    I’m also a huge fan of Bloglovin’ as it stores all the posts from my favourite bloggers in one place and I get an email every morning telling me who has posted, with a link to the post.

    Yes, it’s great getting a like or a comment on a post, but when I get a ‘like’ from somebody within 10 seconds of publishing a post that has over 500 words, I think to myself that it is maybe only done for publicity and that the person who has liked the post has had no intention in ever reading what was written.

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  4. Yes, it feels good when another blogger presses the “like” button or takes the time to make a “comment” on one of my posts. But, I do not expect every post I write to be “liked” or “commented on.” Blogging, is my form of self-expression, and, I look for little else beyond (1) the satisfaction of using my blog as a platform to record my memories, thoughts, and views; as well as, (2) to broaden my life experiences by opening my space up to meeting new people, going different places, and learning new things. Thank you for sharing your words resonated with me..

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  5. Totally agree. I try to get through as many posts as possible but usually end up reading my favourites and a couple of new bloggers. So many wonderful posts are lost and it’s only when someone reblogs them or points them out that I get a chance to read them. Too many great bloggers and not enough time!

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  6. I think IB said it perfectly. Aside from all of the points that you’ve mentioned, there are times that i get a lot of comments and likes on posts that I didn’t think that would connect with many, and they become popular. There are other posts that I think that are going to really connect and you could hear the crickets chirp. 🙂

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  7. Ahhh, well said. I tend to click “like” to let people know I am thinking of them. Sometimes I haven’t got time to comment and sometimes words just elude me. The thing is, on the internet you have no real way of knowing that somebody saw you without a “like” or a comment. Some people on WP complain about their “likes,” but I think that’s just silly. Even a casual like from somebody who doesn’t really care is like a smile from a stranger on the street.

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