Before I started blogging I was very active on Facebook. I liked a lot and commented a lot. I posted daily content and I tried to be funny to get more likes. Yeah I know, I was that guy. Terrible right? Judge me, I don’t care. But since starting blogging about 4 months ago, I have shifted from using Facebook very much, to barely. And I’ve started to use twitter and Instagram more, it’s a consequence of engaging with bloggers and I’m very happy to be part of this community.
Okay there has been talk of the famous positivity and negativity on the blogger’s twitter and to be honest, I have no idea what you are all talking about. I think it’s everyone’s own decision how you want to come across on social media and your blog, but it’s important to think about some stuff. We make decisions what we post and it doesn’t always reflect our day to day life. That’s something to keep in the back of your head. Okay, done with that.
So when I started blogging, one of the tips I received was that I should promote my blog on twitter. So I did. I have gained followers and still are gaining them, interacting more and more. I think I have been very active on twitter and that has helped me growing both my twitter and my blog. At the beginning I really rated getting a like, but lately I have other thoughts about the concept of ‘liking’.
What does liking something mean to people? I mean what does it actually mean, right? Do you like something because you like the content? Is it because you like the person? Do you like tweets with blogposts in it without reading them? Do you only like tweets where you are mentioned in? These are question I think are very valid to ask ourselves. I think liking something should be about the content, if you agree with it or you genuinely like it. I also think we should interact more on twitter, give each other encouragement. Make it more understandable for each other. I have received likes from people I have never interacted with and I’m here asking myself, what does this mean?
Further more, when people send you a reaction to a tweet you posted – question or not – I think you should always notice that. Trying to reply to it, it’s such a little gesture. But it can make somebody’s day!
I think Instagram is probably more and more a ‘liking’ culture. How many have liked your photos, but have never left a comment? How many comments have you actually received from people, who also liked the photo? I am not judging anyone here – I do this myself too – but I felt like I should just say this.
Then a few bloggers started to compliment me on twitter. On my writing. A few bloggers who were my idols and I looked up to. That made me realise that more people actually read my blog, they actually pay attention to my blog. I’m lucky enough to never really considering quitting my blog and I really like blogging. But I have spoken several bloggers who feel like they aren’t noticed anymore, because of lack of engagement on their blogs. That’s sad in my opinion.
I blame no one for the things described above, I’m guilty of a lot of things too. I just more positive encouragement. After all, we could only learn more from each other. Giving feedback on both our ideas and blogposts, enables us to grow and that’s so important. So take a moment out of your life and comment on a blog if you really liked it or read it. It will give the writer a more satisfying feeling and perhaps motivated. I think we could all benefit from it.
It’s just an opinion, I have no clue if I’m right or wrong. I have no clue if I’m in the position to say such things, but I do think we could all support each other a bit more sometimes. What do you think?