I was visiting lovely writer Jill Weatherholt the other day and she had a post on being ‘blogged down’. Reading her thoughts got me to thinking. (Dangerous, I know) With the writing of this new book of mine, I won’t have the time I’ve had recently to do the blog thing. Thus, I was thinking of making a schedule to control when I post and when I visit other blogs and websites. But I truly don’t want to do that.
I’m not fond of schedules, which is why my posts and visiting habits are pretty spontaneous and I like it that way. If I told myself I’d have to post every Wednesday or whatever, it would lose the spontaneity. And in that loss, it would cease to be fun for me. This blog is personal. I post my thoughts, my art, my photos, my poetry and other poets. I vent from time to time and I might even post a promotion for my work, but it’s all about the moment and what I feel like doing. It’s a condensed version of my life. I want to keep it that way. That’s also how I visit others. And when I’m in a time crunch and I want to leave a calling card to let you know I was there, but don’t have time to comment, I hit like and move on to the next blog.
A couple of weeks ago I visited a blog recommended to me by an acquaintance. I wasn’t enamored. In fact, it kind of put me off, so I doubt I’ll make a return visit. It was all about dissing other bloggers. And not just for spelling and grammar, but everything. Unfortunately it was an extremely popular blog with hundreds of comments on all the posts. Pretty nasty comments. Sad. Now some of the blogs I follow will disrespect other bloggers in a humorous, you’re a goof, but I love you kind of way. This was not like that. This was vicious. And one of the things hit on was ‘like buttons’. Obviously there are some bloggers who hate like buttons. They won’t have them on their blogs and hate them on other blogs.
Me, I LOVE them. I know spammers can use them. I don’t care. Thankfully I’ve only had one spammer on mine. Until recently I never had like buttons on my blog. If you visit my older posts, you’ll see that there aren’t any likes or very few. Some visitors may have stumbled onto something in the archives and liked it. (If so, thank you) I activated them here because I realized it would make it easy for my visitors to say hello. Like all of you, I’m busy, very busy. This means I’m always in somewhat of a time crunch. Like buttons allow me to let you know I visited and enjoyed your thoughts without taking up too much time. They also allow me to see some of my visitors and offer me a time saving way of returning your visit. Plus when I see your icons on my post it makes me happy. 🙂
When you follow hundreds of blogs like I do, time saving is important. That’s why I love like buttons and that’s why they’re here to stay. What do you think? For or against them?