Random Thoughts

  • Since the beginning of June my stats have been a little peculiar.  My views are continuing to increase, but my visitors is actually decreasing slightly.  For those that have been blogging for a couple years, does viewership decline slightly in the summer season?  That is the only thing that makes sense to me.  No big deal I guess.
  • Is there anything that can be done to deter folks from clicking LIKE on a post that they have not read?  I am not sure why this is bothering me so much but there are posts that I end up with more LIKEs than actual views!  And I have 5-6 readers that will LIKE 25 posts in a row, which shows in my notifications, but does not reflect in my views.  As if these folk are tricking me into seeing their name in my notifications so much that I turn around and visit their site.  It actually deters me from doing so and I have actually blocked several of the offenders.  I considered removing the LIKE button but that also removes a part of the interactive quality of blogging.  Is it bad blogging etiquette to ask them why they do this excessive LIKEing?  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
  • Also, remember that this weekend I will be taking time off which means Meet n Greet and Reblogging!!  IMG_7061
  • If you want me to reblog one of your posts please leave a link to the post, not your page, in the comments here.  This has been very popular and I encourage you to participate.  It is a great way to introduce yourself and be introduced to great blogs!
  • So many writers ask me how I am getting such fast growth and the answer is simple: don’t sit around and wait for people to come find you!  And do not be totaled self-focused.  Trust me when I say it is very easy to identify those bloggers that are in it for themselves and those that are in it for community; be the latter.  If you ask any one of the bloggers that follow me they will tell you I am quick to help, give advice, answer emails, reblog and promote others.  All while maintaining the Dream Big identity.
  • The Meet n Greet this weekend will start on Friday and continue through Sunday evening.  I will do this every other weekend until I see that folks are tired of it.  One of the honest reasons behind it is to give me some time off without completely neglecting my page.  The other benefit is in helps others promote themselves, which is beneficial for all involved!  Please do not forget to reblog the post!!



61 thoughts on “Random Thoughts

    1. If you read the post and hit LIKE that is awesome! I am referring to people that are simply hitting LIKE to be seen in my Notifications but that have not read the post. By all means keep LIKing!!

  1. Here is my two cents. I really don´t pay much attention to statistics or views or much of all. I have fun reading other people and then I hang up some poetry that I have written down in some old piece of paper or maybe that day whatever it comes out of my crazy head. So I just don´t sweat it.
    That should be a great motto ” Don´t sweat it !! “

    1. Holla! 😉
      I absolutely agree. For me, blogging isn’t about stats or the traffic your site gets, it’s about sharing a piece of myself with complete strangers and like minded individuals. It’s not posting a new post what makes up the fun part of blogging, it’s the interaction with people from all kinds of places and connecting to them. Blogging is a great adventure, almost like a video game or something like that, each time I come here, I know that there’s always something new and exciting to discover here, some blogs even create their own world that simply draw you in. It’s a rush for those who appreciate the blogging experience.
      Now a quick word to those “Klicking-like-on-a-bunge-of-posts-within-one-minute-just-to-make-you-follow-them”-people: Those people have not understood how blogging works and they’ve failed to understand what blogging is about, period. I don’t appreciate “bloggers” like this at all, so I simply ignore their visit and hope that one day they will learn to appreciate the people who are taking the hobby of blogging seriously enough to bother actually reading what others have to say and want to share with the world. But just pressing like without even knowing what the post actually says is disrespectful and also completely dumb. I mean for all you know said post you just liked without even reading could talk about how great it is to hurt people or why YOU should worship satan or whatever shit like that. Do you want your blog to be associated with stuff like this? No?! Well, then I guess you should’ve read the post you’ve liked…
      Hopefully someone who does this senseless liking will read this, but then again: No they won’t, they’re just skipping the reading part, again. Sigh. 🙂

  2. That happens… My likes is a hundred more compared to views. Some folks just click like on the WP reader without viewing the link. I don’t use WP reader. I use feedly… 🙂

    1. That blogger needs to reset their settings so that the entire post is not visible in the link, but only a clip is available with a “click here to read more.” If you do not click and go to that page the author gets zero credit.

  3. I too don’t pay too much attention to my stats as I am really writing more for myself. I too have been guilty of hitting the like button before I finish reading a post as I am in situations where my time is limited for reading. I want to show appreciation to the writer for pouring their heart out into a particular post, but with the choice of not hitting anything at all or hitting the like post I usually opt for liking the post. I have also liked many posts in the reader without visiting the posts when they are a simple quote or picture that I find attractive. The one thing that does bother me is when you open your reader and select a subject to find that a blogger has posted over 50 posts in a row. I know that they are only doing it to gain stats and I usually pass over all of their posts.

    1. I always make sure that even if I read a quote that is fully visible from the reader that I open the post so the author gets the credit for the view. Not that stats are the most important thing, but I want that person to get credit for the work they have taken time to produce.

      1. That makes sense. I would not have known to do this before, but will do so from now on. This dialog, by the way, is very helpful to a beginning blogger like me.

  4. Your post are sent to my emails, without reading I like it takes me to your site. If I’m in the reader I have difficulty reaching site, I sometimes can’t comment or like. Maybe is my bad that I get frustrated and I just like to let you know I was there.

      1. I have had problems with the Reader since the update as well. Mine freezes as will not allow me to scroll down past 5-10 blog posts.

    1. I guess I should not allow it to bother me as much as I do. But last night one of the offenders hit LIKE on 35 posts in a row in under 1 minute. It feels disrespectful in some manner.

  5. Hmmmm I’m not sure about the answer to your question about why some folks like posts they haven’t read.

    I am in and out a lot and since WordPress doesn’t have a way to mark a post on the reader as having been read. I use the like button after reading a post so I know I’ve already looked at it when I go through my reader again.

    If I click to your post and it’s a reblog which requires another click to yet another site I do like the fact that you’re promoting other bloggers, but I may not be interested enough to click over to the other bloggers site, that would be the only time I click like without reading an entire post.

  6. My stats have also been wonky. I think if people just read it and like it on the reader preview instead of going to the actual site then it doesn’t count as a view or visitor. This is just my theory, I have no idea how accurate it is. If you find the answer to this let me know.

  7. I don’t think there’s a lot we can do about the ‘likers’ who don’t read…I, myself am a reader, but organize my daily emails alphabetically instead of by date/time received. This allows me to read at least one post from everyone I’m subscribed to. If there are multiple posts from one blog (like yours) I will skim the headlines and see which one I think would interest me and choose one or two. Most of the time I’ll ‘like’ after reading, however there have been a few times that I don’t agree with something someone wrote and therefore don’t hit the like button…I also don’t spend too much time checking out the stats as I have noticed before that likes/views are out of whack…I have seen people’s Like buttons on the bottom of the post instead of at the top..perhaps you should move yours? Anyway, keep writing and sharing and reblogging because you’ve got a very interesting blog! 🙂

    1. Linda, thank you so much for your feedback. I think I am just going to ignore it all! lol And thank you so much for your kind words! They mean a lot to me!

  8. There seem to be a lot of bloggers who ‘like’ lots of posts on the same blog without reading them. I get an email whenever I get a like and ill notice that all of their likes occurred in the same minute, so I’ll know they haven’t read anything! It is infuriating but I wouldn’t want to remove the like button for others who really do read my posts.

  9. I keep my LIKE button as I think it’s a good thing. I am one of the people who will read a bunch of posts at one sitting for I blog visit when I have time. I will occasionally look at the number of views on my own blog, but I don’t spend my time trying to figure out if someone has spammed liked me or not. I guess I’m not as much focused on the numbers as I am on the content. I think you need to do what you feel in your heart for your own blog. Sometimes there’s not enough time in the sitting to write a comment so I simply like the post so that the writer knows I’ve seen it, I’ve read it and I liked what they wrote. I guess there are people who spam likes in hopes for readership, but you can realize who they are and with that knowledge, decide what you want to do. You have a great blog here and I’ve enjoyed reading and connecting with other bloggers (including you) which I think it is the beauty of blogging. I hope you have a lovely week. Keep up the great work. I am so appreciative of your reblogging my Appreciation post. ♥

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave such a great comment! I am grateful that you take time from your day to read what I have to write. And I appreciate your kind words!!

    2. I’m too new at this to have this problem but wanted to say i do think “spam-Likes” is a useful term for what Danny is describing.

      1. Thank you ~ many times I will read a post but not have enough words or time to write a proper comment so I ‘like’ the post so that they know someone has heard them. Sometimes there just aren’t any words to comment and you wish you could just hug the person through wordpress.

  10. I don’t understand why someone would go from post to post clicking the like button and not reading anything that you wrote. I guess they are hoping to get noticed by you? Unfortunately, and maybe they don’t realize this, but doing that will actually prevent people from wanting to notice them. For me, I will like a post if I read it and genuinely liked it. Simple 🙂 Have a great day!

    1. You are exactly right. These people want their name to appear over and over in my Notifications, hoping that I will take note. And I do, but in a negative way!

  11. Hi there 🙂
    I use the reader to view posts and ‘like’ via there – just as many other commenters have already mentioned, I don’t think that credits as a visit to the site. My stats always mismatch between likes (higher) and visitors (lower). I know the new update on PC for WordPress does include a ‘visit site’ link, but I guess not as many people use the read more widget as I can read complete posts still within that. The current version I have on my iPhone doesn’t have this option though, in fact it’s harder to reach the site from an iOS device it seems (could just be me!!)

    As for the serial ‘likers’ this narks me too but in another way – there are so many talented people in the world, who put their heart and soul into posts then there are bloggers who literally say ‘Today I went to the shop and then came home’ … 200+ likes!! I just don’t get it. But I think that’s the society we live in these days, people like indiscriminately just to get validation themselves. Maybe that’s a bit harsh, but it’s how it comes across.

    As a side note, reblogging brings its own problems with likes / visitors : You’re reblogging to help people which is fantastic, but if the people reading don’t actually then visit the original site, all the hits only count on yours (great for you, but I know that’s not the reason you’re doing it!). It never even crossed my mind until you reblogged my post which yes, upped my views and visits (excellent!) but my likes on that particular post were only about an 8th of likes it got on yours. Still super appreciated though!! 😀

    Just remember that statistics are like a bikini: what they reveal is interesting but they cover up all the important stuff! (A teacher once told me this!) – and that important stuff is the community of bloggers that make it worthwhile 🙂

  12. Don’t think there’s anything to be done about detering non-genuine readers from liking a post unless you take it off altogether. I do read before liking and if I’m not too lazy, I’ll leave a comment.

    I’ve got the same thing too – several of my posts went to more than 100 likes and I wonder why as the views doesn’t account for it. The only thing is, I can’t track those who likes my post as I don’t get the free wp features. 🙁 But I don’t really check my stats and I can’t be bothered too.

    I’ll be popping over to your re-blog link. Soon.ish. 🙂

  13. How are you able to distinguish who has read your article and someone just playing games? Well, I am still young at blogging, so I take what I get and interact with those who bother to actually give a feedback. I like the idea of re-blogging. Will look through my collection and will get back to you. Sincere appreciations for your generosity.

    1. The only way I know this is happening is from my stats. If I create a post that gets 250 views and 350 likes then 100 people simply clicked LIKE without reading.

      1. It can be, but it actuality it isn’t that big of a deal. Little things like that spark my “it’s the principle of the thing” side to speak up. I should probably just keep it to myself! lol

  14. Been around here in one form or another since 2007 – seasonal shifts do occur!

    Ummm…here’s a confession: I stopped reading this post and “LIKED” it immediately – after reading this:

    Is there anything that can be done to deter folks from clicking “LIKE” on a post that they have not read? I am not sure why this is bothering me so much but there are posts that I end up with more “LIKES” than actual views!

    Haaaa! I’ve been yelling at the screen for years, about that. There are people who just “Like”-“Like”-“Like” everything, never reading anything, just to be noticed and “Followed.” Took me a while to figure that out. Before I did, I spent waaay too much time visiting and reading and commenting on blogs that I didn’t want to see/didn’t understand just trying to be nice in return bec they “Liked” something I posted. Sill me! I actually believed that they they read and liked what I said. Years later, I still mutter at the screen occasionally because it still aggravates me, so I feel your frustration.

    These days I “Like” something only if I’ve read it and REALLY like it, “Follow” people only if I want to, and just let all the other stuff go. I’m not here for exposure or zillions of followers. All I want to do is share my thoughts with people who will enjoy that. Interaction in the form of comments is wonderful! I’m always hoping for it.

    Oh! By the way, I’ve been trying to disable “Likes” on my site(s) here forever. They can be disabled on posts but there’s always one at the top of window. Lurking.

    OK – I’m going back to finish reading now.
    ::runs back::
    Yep! I really “Like: it!


  15. I think that certain views don’t generate “view/visitor” stats. I sometimes get comments that are relevant to the content of a post without it showing up in my stats as a “view/visitor”. It’s annoying.

  16. The reader, so that is how they do it. I get a long list of likes in one minute. Impossible. I don’t use the reader. I get an email and go to each individual blog. If it’s not to my taste I leave without finishing and not hitting like. I am not even familar with the reader in the first place and have no real interest in it. I prefer my way and I also comment on a lot of them. Not all of them.

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