Reactive networking / Blogging

Blogging lesson for the day is on reactive networking.

You’ll often hear bloggers state what they dislike with blogging. They’ll complain about the driveby reader or someone who just presses “like” on their posts. These bloggers are so busy complaining about blogging that they miss the opportunity it is giving them.

Let’s take the dreaded “like” for example. I love it when people like my post. I love comments. I don’t look down on one and praise the other.

The problem is that most people want interaction without ever giving it first. That is very hard to obtain. I network reactively most days and don’t browse the new pool of bloggers as much.

What blog will I read today?

Why not some of the people that like my post since my WordPress App allows me to easily jump to their sites. More importantly, even though they may or may not have commented, I know these people are online. They’re doing stuff.

You take the data you have and you use it. You don’t take half the data and ignore the other half because you don’t think it benefits you. If you are truly trying to network and expand your platform, use the data you have from all directions. Comments means the blogger is either talkative or a reader in general. Someone that just likes your posts doesn’t mean they are a spammer or they are trying to trick you. It could mean they are a writer too and don’t comment much, but they read while waiting to pick their kids up from school or on their 15 minute break at work. Doesn’t give you much time to comment, but you can read and like a few posts.

Be careful not to fall into this dark hole some bloggers get into where they are skeptical of everything everyone else is doing. Sometimes things are just as simple as they appear and in the end you gotta do you.

So why not visit a few people today that just leave likes. Interact back and a bit further than them and see where it takes you. Networking is a push of many fronts, not just one.


60 thoughts on “Reactive networking / Blogging

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  3. This is news to me! I thought it was a compliment to click ‘like’ when stumbling across a post you’ve enjoyed reading but don’t necessarily follow. An acknowledgment of sorts for the time they’ve taken to write the article.
    Some interaction is better than none, surely???

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  4. “The problem is that most people want interaction without ever giving it first.”

    I don’t know most people / bloggers, but this is definitely true of some.

    Question: what about bloggers who have given interaction, regularly, over long periods of time? You keep saying that one “gets what they give,” and this isn’t always the case. Any thoughts on this, Jason?


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  5. I go through my notifications and before reading anyone’s blog I will go through those who “liked” one of my blog posts and read their blog. If they took the time to like it for whatever reason then I am going to take the time to read what they have to say.
    When I like a blog sometimes it is my way of saying, ” I acknowledge what you have said, I validate your words, I hear you.” Adding words to the like would just….I’d screw it up somehow so my like means I hear you, high five you, applaud you for writing kind of thing

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  6. I think people forget about this a lot. I love both reading and commenting, but sometimes I don’t have the time to comment. Or I’m not sure what to say, so I’ll give a like to show that I like your post, I read it, and move on. Whether you comment or just like my posts on my own blog, I’m not going to judge or expect more or say you’re a terrible blogger. I appreciate any like or comment.

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  7. GREAT POST! I have written similar posts when I was blogging before. Bloggers are all fairly busy people who share their opinions and experiences. I always like seeing how many people “like” my posts and enjoy getting comments. BUT, I admit, I get busy updating my plant pages and don’t take time every day as I should to read other blog posts. It is kind of a “reaping and sowing” deal. If you want others to read and like your posts you have to do likewise. We all want lots of followers, according to “the way it works”, the more blogs you follow the more that will follow. But, that also brings more blog posts to read, comment on and like. We have to remember, what others have to say is just as important as what we have to say. Quality is more important quantity, and the friendships we develop with our followers is just as valuable and genuine as the people we interact with in person.


  8. Great post and points! I will admit many times I dont know what to say and have no real comment so I simply like! I also want to show support and if I do not have time then I like! I agree its better to not read into things like this and expect the best! Thanks

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  9. I’m glad someone understands this. Myself for example, I comment quite a bit, I also like to leave likes, where I provide a minimal comment I would do so as a sign of appreciation as I find it would be more beneficial to the blogger as I am grateful of their words. But even then, a like still holds value. Someone has read and showed they like what’s written.

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  10. I’ve been seeing this topic come up a lot lately, and I can’t say this without sounding like a snarky bitch, but I am anyway, so own it. If life is so fulfilling that being butthurt about someone taking the time to do anything with your post, even if it is just skimming on reader and clicking like – awesome. I find the noisiest complainers are ones who seem to think readers should come to the holy altar of their blogs with comments, re-blogs, and other forms of adulation while they can’t be bothered to follow back. Which, again, awesome. You do you, boo, as I say to literally everyone.

    I go through spurts where I try to get out there and interact and other spurts where I’m a grumpy curmudgeon arguing with my keyboard and squirrels in my yard. To me, whatever happens with my blog – increased followers, views, praise and worship, are direct results of my own efforts. If I’m not interacting on blogs with other people, then I can’t expect people to interact with me. I am one itchy ass in a sea of millions of people babbling about shit, and while I think I’m super duper, I just can’t expect people to agree. I have to stalk them, comment obsessively, and send them love letters…hopefully then, my follower count will increase ;P

    The philosopher in me just wants to say this post exemplifies the insanity most people seem to choose for themselves. Happiness, etc. are some distant reality away, and we’ll complain about the likes we have now, because it’s just never good enough. I want liki-er likes as I sob into a bowl of my first world problems 😛 /babble

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  11. Thanks for this Jason. Unfortunately, I’m one of those people who do more “liking” than commenting, because sometimes I feel what I have to say might not add much to the conversation. I’m fairly new to blogging and had no idea that it was viewed negatively by some. Sorry. You’ve been the recipient of MANY of my “likes.” I love reading your blog!

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  12. Some people find it annoying because when they are online, they get 10 notifications within a minute that one particular blogger has liked 10 of their most recent posts off the reader. Surely that blogger isn’t out to retrieve his/her kids.

    The reason why this is annoying is the app will keep buzzing continuously and you know for a fact that they’ve not read your post.

    Doesn’t bother me though, I’ll take any likes or comments that I can get. I even have the notification ringtone turned off to avoid looking at such notifications at one go.

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