I’ve been blogging on WordPress, off and on, since 2005. I was 14 back then and wrote a couple of sports blogs over the years. A few years ago, I believe it was in 2010, WordPress implemented the “Like” system for blogs. You know, you’d see a person’s post, and if you liked it, click “Like” at the top of the page. A system very similar to the social media side of Facebook and “favorite/retweet” of Twitter.
A lot of people have ulterior motives for this “Fake/Spam Like” crap. They’ll click “Like” on somebody’s post without even reading it. They are only doing so because, upon clicking “Like”, it will notify the writer of the blog post that was “Liked” that it was “Liked” and will link to the “Liker”. This will drive page views up, but it’s a dirty, dirty tactic, albeit an effective way to accrue readership.
To those of you reading my blog, if I clicked “Like” on a post of yours, I assure you that I read it in totality. Sometimes I might not have anything to say in the comments, but I always try to offer a comment. Sometimes I just see a damn good, well written post by somebody about the art of writing or they have written some poetry. I might admire it, and click “Like”. It certainly isn’t a fake/spam like, which is unfortunately popular on WordPress. I guess it’s just something we all have to deal with on here.