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Liking Comments on WordPress, Reevaluated


After much thought and many comments, I’ve decided to try out the “like” button in my comment section. As Jason of HarsH ReaLiTy pointed out, it’s another way of making connections and interacting and I know this to be true by experience. I have, in the past, clicked on the blogs of people who have “liked” my comments and found a few bloggers who were interesting enough to follow, and who subsequently followed me back.

In all I’d have to say that the enlightening conversations I had on this post have highlighted not only the benefits of “liking” a comment, despite its often narrow meaning, but I’ve had some fun “liking” comments there too. My love/hate relationship with the button has tipped slightly to the “love” side. Or at least the “like” side.

If you decide to come along for the ride, you can turn your comment likes on by going to your dashboard, in the settings and then the “sharing” section. Why not give it a try? You might end up “liking” it.

Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

13 thoughts on “Liking Comments on WordPress, Reevaluated

  1. Is it overkill to go to a blogger who has liked your post and say thank you for the like on their post?

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  2. I like having comment likes turned on for the reasons you mention here. I’ve also seen it as a good way to show appreciation for someone’s comment/thought/joke without the need for a full response, particularly in cases where a thread would get too deep if it kept going back and forth, or would just be overkill: “Thank you.” “No, thank YOU.” “Why, thanks for that!”And so on. πŸ™‚

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  3. I’ve only just discovered the ‘like’ button in the comments, when some people began ‘liking’ my comments sometimes on their blogs. It’s nice, it makes the engagement somehow more personal and meaningful (if you know what I mean, without sounding corny) πŸ™‚

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  4. Liking a post enables people to connect. When someone likes one of my posts, I always visit their profile and, if they have a blog listed, I have a look at that as well. There’s no guarantee their blog will appeal to me, or that I’ll follow it, but, when I do, I leave at least one comment to either the static home page or a relatively recent post. That can sometimes work the magic of making two compatible bloggers aware of each other. So, yeah, liking a post can lead to good things.

    On the other hand, I don’t know what likes and follows really accomplish. I used to think they affected search engine ratings, bu someone suggested that they don’t. Perhaps they are relevant to some internal WordPress metric that leads blogs to be featured and more likely to be discovered by those who use the WordPress Reader. The greatest struggle we all suffer as mere drops in the vast ocean of the blogosphere is giving potential readers a chance to discover that our writing exists so they can make up their own minds whether or not to read it. Liking other people’s posts, if we really do like them, is a painless and generally accepted way to break the ice and perhaps introduce one more reader to our writing.

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    • I don’t think the likes actually accomplish anything other than acknowledgement that someone has read/enjoyed what you’ve written. Even then, in some cases there are people who “like” everything just to get that click. Some of these are more obvious than others. But you’re right – getting the initial look is most important. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your comment! πŸ™‚


  5. I always like it, Linda! LOL! – Crystal

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