This Is Frustrating

This post describes a “walking on eggshells” scenario: I boot up the laptop first thing in the morning, then open the home page for email. I click on the inbox icon and the mail list appears; voile’ a blog reader has liked half-a-dozen or more of my posts. But hold on, all of them have the same time stamp. It looks like the person has simply scrolled down the page and repeatedly clicked “like” without actually reading the articles. For example, this morning a newbie’s likes had the time stamp of 03:52 six times with an additional six likes at 03:53. Seeing this made my spirits sink.

As someone who puts a lot of effort, thought, and time into each post, I hope that someone will derive at least a little bit of benefit from what I post each day. The “machine-gun likes” scenarios occur several times each week, yet I’m reluctant to mention this frustrating problem because I do not wish to offend new or potential repeat readers. However, I’m glad I finally addressed this elephant in the WordPress room. Clicking a “like” should not be seen as a unit of exchange. If I like someone else’s post, I do not expect a like in return. I only “like” posts I have actually read and do indeed like.

The point of bluejayblog is not to troll for likes; but I do feel gladness when someone has read what I wrote and clicked a “like”. It’s also gladdening when a reader appears to have read more than one post by clicking another “like” a few minutes after the previous click.

The point of bluejayblog is simply to provide a creative outlet to express subjects that are taking up space in my mind with the hope that someone else might derive some enjoyment or benefit. This blog is not monetized nor do I plan to do so in the future. I absorb the subscription costs of blogging on WordPress as a personal expense with the same mindset that I absorb the costs of other hobbies and pasttimes.

As a final note: I am thankful to the readers who have read my posts over the past decade and to the “newbies” who have recently started to read some of my posts. I’m especially grateful to people who take the time to comment on and/or share something that I’ve written.

I hope this post is not too off-putting to potential regular readers here. The act of writing this post has eased my feelings of frustration. Thank you for reading or skimming this today.


The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes 20th century actress, author, comedian, musician, and visual artist, Phyllis Diller. “My recipe for dealing with anger and frustration: set the kitchen timer for twenty minutes, cry, rant, and rave, and at the sound of the bell, simmer down and go about business as usual.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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15 Responses to This Is Frustrating

  1. MGChoudhary says:

    Thought provoking post!

    There’s a natural tendency to assume the worst out of a perceptively bad situation and it can be challenging to overcome. Still, it ought to be striven for. The frustration of not being read is real, but it isn’t always the case. It’s possible that posts are liked in sequence before they get read. Nevertheless, and if nothing else, a little gratitude will almost always lead the way to a better audience who will take pleasure in engaging with your content.

    • swabby429 says:

      Yes, this is why even approaching this topic feels like walking on eggshells. I feel like this has never been meaningfully addressed by readers and WordPress.

  2. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    💜 “Like” Floods ARE a Blight EveryOne; but also Reaching Out for Help and Assistance in the only way they ARE Able Currently EveryBody


  3. I totally agree and thank you for sharing. It happens on my blog too…not many but when it does happen…the person has no blog of their own. I find it a strange behavior.
    The good part of the story is the wonderful people that visit and sit and sip tea with my words…and I always know..that when i visit with their words..I am nourished…
    Have a beautiful day🙏😊

  4. Herb says:

    Good quote from Phyllis Diller. Multiple likes as you describe are really very annoying.

  5. I feel the same way, it doesn’t make me want to read their blogs, in fact I try to remember them so I avoid their blogs. Getting likes is nice but not the reason I set up the blog. Maggie

  6. nedhamson says:

    Likes are a unit of exchange for many people on the social network. Since they are usually listed on the “likers” blog, they can lead to more serious readers, bloggers and comments. So they have some value to everyone, it seems.

  7. One problem is the lack of a common understanding of what it means to like a post and what it means when a post is not liked.

  8. Yernasia Quorelios says:

    💜 The Basic Level of Humanity is a Zygote EveryOne; so I Leave YOU!!! with that THOUGHT!!! and Invite YOU!!! 🐢 to Reflect on YOUR!!! Personal History and Ponder ‘Pon whether YOU!!! Have REALLY!!! Genuinely, Authentically, Honestly MOVED ON!!!


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