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.”