I am not very savvy on the etiquette of blogging, tweeting, FaceBooking, or whatever social media is out there. I do know my way around my computer and can do a fair amount of techie stuff – for my age group. But in reality, I am of the generation that was brought up to always send a thank you card for a gift of any size. To always respond to a compliment with a thank you, spoken loud enough to hear and politely.
Do I do those things I just mentioned? Not always. I think part of that is because I HAD to as a child. When I expected my own children to follow suit and was met with feet dragging, I lightened up on them. Changed my ways a little. Became my own person as a parent.
But now I blog. I’ve read some more experienced blogger’s posts about how to increase your following. Well, I followed others and some followed back. I hit that like button often because I want to encourage them to keep blogging.
About that Like Button – younger folks tell me that I hit that like button A LOT on Facebook. It’s not necessary to do that. Wait. I know that when I get Likes on my posts on Facebook it makes me feel good. It tells me I was heard. That is a good feeling. Don’t we all want that encouragement?
On my blog I LOVE to get Likes and I’ll tell you why. I am an artist. I create through words. I have things to say and I want to encourage others with my words. If no one ever hit the Like button then how will I know that someone is benefitting from me? Us creative people need all the encouragement we can get!
And Comments?! I LOVE comments. I like to comment to people on their posts. I’m not the greatest with my words of encouragement but I try to cheer them on, even if all I say is, “Great Pic!”
I don’t have the answer to this type of socializing. I just know what I like and what helps me to keep doing this. So, I say – Be yourself! Make your own rules for blogging. Encourage each other often and cheer each other on. There is no competition here. We are all different artists just trying to be seen and heard.
With that, I wish you all the best in your creations. Speak highly of one another and remember to encourage each other and I guarantee that it will come right back on you.
16 thoughts on “Responding/Commenting/Liking”
Totally agree. We all need that feedback – so we don’t feel we’re shouting into the void…
Thank you – it can feel that way sometimes. 😀
oh Cate, you know i’m with you on this one! i don’t really care what the younger generation thinks when it comes to blogging or FB, etc…..most of them don’t care what people think, so they try to enforce us to be the same…dagnabbit!!! nope, not me…i’m an encourager by nature and they can’t stop me!! lol…and yes, it feels good to give it and to receive it, so i will go down not surrendering to their mentality! lol…you’re right, we are creative people and we enjoy being “liked” or commented on b/c as you say, it makes us recognize we’re being heard…hmmmm, doesn’t hollywood constantly look to the newspaper for their critiques comments?????????? well, there ya have it…it’s the nature of the beast….keep writing, keep “liking” keep commenting….and i’ll do the same….and we’ll enjoy what we do….there ya have it…’nuff said….g’day! 🙂
Hahaha. Thank you Friend. Well said. 😀
I like when I like what I see and comment if I have something to say. I share them too if I think others might like it too. It is a great way to let other bloggers know somebody out there enjoys what they do. And I am thankful for all the likes and comments on my posts too. Because they motivate me to do better. 🙂
Thank you Friend. Yes, I love to be encouraged. 🙂
Lovely thoughtful and encouraging post. . . . great teaching. . .
Thank you so much. You encourage my heart. 🙂
You’re right, likes and comments are our motivation as bloggers! I always make sure I engage with other bloggers and share their wonderful content if others can benefit from them. I like that you said we can make our own rules for blogging.. 🙂
Thank you so much for your encouraging words. I wish you tons of success in your blogging and creations. 😀
Thank you for stopping by.
Thanks Cate for saying what many of us are thinking… I want to cheer you on & say I hope you keep blogging and sharing your thoughts for a good long time. You have so much to say.
That is so kind – thank you for your encouragement and always being there.:)
Hello, Cate, I too am a relative newbie to all this blogging business and therefore not very savvy about what’s SUPPOSED to happen. I’ve just stumbled across your blog and have never seen so much encouragement in one place! Wow. I am totally impressed and so grateful that you’re writing on here….even more glad I found you! Keep up the great posts like this one! You have formed now part of my outlook on how all this is SUPPOSED to go (or maybe better….what it CAN BE if we make it that way!) Thank you.
Thank you so much! I needed these words of encouragement today! I’m glad you found me and looking forward to getting to know each other. Many blessings on your blogging journey.
Cate, I have just been reading more of your posts. I am sitting here with gooseflesh on my arms. (Reading about your lovely daughter). You are a writer with alot of outreach…you have totally pulled me in!
Again – I needed these words today. Thank you so much.
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