Archive for March 22nd, 2012

Redux: Read Blogs And The Like Button Option

In my haste to create and schedule a post for yesterday I wrote a sloppy and poorly put together post. I did not go far enough into depth on the one subject I meant to address and also filled the post with unnecessary content. I neglected to mention important facts and mentioned unimportant, non pertinent matters. Basically I was a bad blogger. This post attempts to rectify the problem and address head on my point.

From your WordPress Landing page (it’s what I call it) you have many options. Usually when you arrive at the landing page what you see is the Freshly Pressed page, however, there are also a variety of tools and other tabs at your disposal and many places you can go from there. If you notice in the far left hand corner you will see the WordPress logo.

From both the landing page’s Read Blogs tab and from the drop down menu on the WordPress logo you can access the blogs you follow without ever visiting the blog itself.

I’m positive when WordPress created this feature it was to give us followers the ability to quickly scan what could be hundreds of blogs we might follow and then decide whether or not the topic and brief introduction to that post was interesting enough to warrant clicking on to finish reading the full post at the writers blog.

From this Read Blogs page which you can see above, you get a synopsis of the post along with the ability to reblog the post or like the post. If you click the like button frim here as I have witnessed many spammers do, it gives bloggers the false impression that someone has taken the time to come to their blog and read what was written and then clicked the like button. To me, it is another avenue for spammers. I don’t mean everyone who does this is spamming. I’m strictly reserving this post for those who do do it just to bring attention to them and or their blog. Some bloggers are taking advantage of the convenience and leaving writers to believe their content was read. As you can see below, I have liked those same three blog post from the above graphic but have yet to visit those blogs. All three of those bloggers must think I did visit and loved what they wrote. To me, and I am only speaking for me, it is deceitful and it is spam.

There are many ways to follow a blog. By coming to that blog everyday and looking to see if there happens to be a new post. By subscribing through email. By clicking the WordPress Follow button or even by RSS feeds. This post is only addressing the ease of following through WordPress and those I believe who only want you to visit their blog because you see an new face in the Like section and believe they visited yours. It was not my intent to confuse or misdirect anyone yesterday.

After I finished writing this post, I did visit those three blogs. If I liked it I kept the Like and if not, I un-clicked. Sorry if I un-clicked guy and gals.

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