Discussion Post: Blogging for Likes

I’ve been mulling over this topic in my mind for a while now, and I’ve finally decided to get over myself and just write it. This was partially inspired by Victoria’s post @ Doodles and Scraps in which she talked about how she feels about getting likes versus getting subscribers, and the difference in her follower and like counts:

Like I said, my follower count is going up, and it’s amazing! My likes seem to be going down a bit, though? Not hugely, just by a couple, so I’m averaging around 15 likes per post. For someone with nearly 700 subscribers, that seems awfully low.

I think a lot of WordPress bloggers can relate to this sentiment. Unlike a platform like Instagram, where hitting 100 likes is relatively simple, WordPress is not a “like heavy” platform. I have almost 600 followers, but if one of my posts gets 20 likes, I basically die of happiness.

Now, I love WordPress. It is easy to use and looks fairly professional. It is the home of hundreds of amazing book bloggers. The WordPress Reader app on my phone is my main method of blog-hopping. I’m not going to abandon WordPress because it’s hard to get likes…I’m not that shallow.

I am kind of shallow, though.

That’s what this post is about. I’m going to lay out my feelings on blogging for likes, and I’m honestly curious to see if you guys feel the same way.

So…do I want likes?

Umm, yes. Likes and comments are awesome. They make me feel like people actually care about what I’m saying and they help me take pride in my posts. Getting WordPress notifications is sometimes the best part of my day.

Of course, I like comments more than likes, especially on a review or a discussion post when someone is really responding to my content. I think we all crave the personal nature of a comment…but I also enjoy the little rush of a like.

So…do I blog for likes?

Yes? No? Sometimes?

Yes: I take part in Top Ten Tuesday because it is a fairly reliable way to get traffic to my blog and the posts generally do well in terms of likes.

No: I don’t tailor the books I read to match with current hype. I pretty much just read what I’m in the mood for when I’m in the mood for it and then write a review.

Yes: Sometimes I choose not to write a review for a second book in a series if the review for the first book totally flopped.

No: I throw out some poetry on my blog every once and a while. I know the poems won’t attract a ton of likes, mainly because this is a bookish blog more than it is a writing blog, but I still do it because I enjoy it.

So here’s what it comes down to:

I have a blog because I love talking about books. Blogging helps me revisit the books I’ve read, learn about new ones, and celebrate my favorites. I didn’t start my blog to get likes or followers—I honestly didn’t think it would happen. And overall, I don’t blog for the likes, I blog for the act of blogging and to be a part of the community.

But still, it would be dishonest to act like I don’t care about likes. I choose which posts to put energy into based on how well I think they will do. I’m a high school student with a limited amount of time to blog and a desperate need for good news, so it is impossible for me to separate the act of blogging from people’s reactions to my posts.


What about you? Do you think about likes when you’re writing a post? Do you care about likes/comments/followers? Was this post relatable or foreign to you?

Thanks for 400 Followers + a Giveaway!

GUYS! I hit 400 followers on WordPress yesterday! Thank you all for the support that has kept this blog going! Thank you for every like, comment, and follow—they all mean so much to me.

When I started this blog one and a half years ago, I never thought that I’d love being a book blogger as much as I do now. I never thought my blog would get this much attention from strangers! And I certainly I never thought I’d get to know so many amazing people! Thank you all for everything!

To say thanks, I’m hosting a giveaway!

US only–SORRY

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Click here to enter the giveaway!

The books you could win:

Rose Under Fire

The heart-wrenching companion to one of my favorite novels ever, Code Name Verity. RUF tells the story of a female WWII pilot who is sent to a Nazi concentration camp and the horrors she experiences there.

The Wrath and the Dawn

A retelling of A Thousand and One Nights, TWATD tells the story of Shazi, the stubborn and fierce girl who risks her life to marry the man who murdered her best friend. Powerfully romantic, TWATD is a must read.

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola is the second book in the Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins. Quirky and romantic, this book’s plot can standalone, though readers of the whole series will appreciate Anna’s cameo appearance.

Freaks Like Us

This is the emotional story of a Jason, a schizophrenic boy who suffers when his best friend suddenly goes missing. Uniquely written, FLU gives Jason a powerful voice as he investigates his friend’s disappearance–and as the rest of the town suspects him. Susan Vaught is one of my favorite authors, and this book is something you’ll never forget.

Dance of Shadows

A paranormal mystery set in the New York Ballet Academy, DOS follows Vanessa as she tries to figure out what happened three years ago, when her sister disappeared from the exact same school without a trace. A leading role and mystical occurrences raise the stakes as Vanessa realizes something at the school is incredibly wrong.

October Wrap-Up!

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In Life

I can’t say I’m sad this month is over. This month was crazy for me in my personal life. My school newspaper (which I’m an editor for) published twice, instead of the usual one time, so everything was hectic and rushed. I had another Speech and Debate competition, which actually went really well but was also extremely tiring.

On This Blog

I had twenty posts this month! Considering how crazy this month was, I’m proud of myself. Most of the posts were book review, but I also had some TTTs and a book haul. I made an infographic about Chicklit plots. You can see all of my posts this month here.

Also, 52 Letters got a Twitter–@52lettersbooks! Please follow me–I love being able to interact with all you bookish people on Twitter, rather than just through blog comments. Seriously, book bloggers are the best 😉

In Reading and Reviewing

October was a great month for reading and reviewing. I read ___ books, and even managed to review some of them (*gasp*). This means that I’ve basically caught up on my reviews, something I haven’t been able to say for the last few months.

Books I Read and Reviewed

Other Books I Reviewed

In Writing

I wrote three poems this month, all varying degrees of depressing, if I do say so myself.

  1. A Blood-Soaked Pebble
  2. In Which I Don’t Care What You Would Have Done
  3. Cursing at Jaywalkers

For my WIP, the news is equally depressing. I only wrote 3,500 words. The good news is that I’m almost done with the WIP, and I broke 100,000 words finally! I know that this draft still needs a lot of work, but I’m starting to feel like I’ve accomplished something. 🙂

I’m not going to be able to do NaNoWriMo this year–school is just too crazy right now–but I really want to finish my WIP this month (a month earlier than my original goal) so that I can start revising it and making it something I’m willing to show other people. To all of you (insane) people doing NaNo–you are amazing and you will do great!!!

52 Letters Has a Twitter!

I finally did the thing that I’d been planning to do for a while now: make this blog a Twitter account!

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Now, I barely even use social media in my personal life, so I’ve been slightly terrified to venture into the world of Twitter. I’m definitely not a “social media”-type person irl, but I want to interact with more of the blogging community, and Twitter seemed like the way to do it.

Like this blog, my Twitter will be a bit of everything: reading, writing, fangirling, spewing random thoughts into the universe.

Please check me out and follow me! I can’t wait to get to know all of you amazing people more! 🙂