This is a test.
When I was a fresh new blogger, a blogger who had just fallen off the turnip truck, I took a trip up to cloud 9 whenever somebody “liked” a post.
Then I started noticing a few things:
1) Certain people liked every post, but never commented.
2) These same people seemed to like every post of every blogger that I follow.
3) These same people also show up as having “liked” just about every random post I click on in the Reader.
How can these people “like” so many posts? Are they truly reading them? And what about the “Followers” who never make a comment? When I visit their blogs, I see that they have an enormous number of Followers, but they are selling something, or their writing is sub-par.
Call me cynical, but could it be that they are Following simply to gain Followers? Could it be that they want to jack up their numbers for some sort of validation?
Sometimes I click “like” to show I was here. I read this, but I don’t have anything profound to add at the moment.
But I’m trying to change. I’m trying to eke out a comment for every post I read, even if I think my comment is mundane or adds nothing to the conversation, because I want you to know that I’m truly reading and appreciating what you have taken the time and energy to express.
I want to be part of a community here. I didn’t realize that blogging on WordPress would create a new set of relationships, but it’s starting to, and I love it.
I dare you, click “Like.” Then I’ll know you’re not reading.
I dare you, comment. Then I’ll know that you are really here.