I recently read Tim Guest’s blog Ratings & Likes for SCN Blogs, posted 3 years ago. It called to my attention, so I decided to give a look at content in different spaces and check it by myself.
My results were the same that he found then, so I’ll let numbers talk by themselves:
Why a post with 7709 visits only gets 5 likes? Or a discussion with 138.669 views only receive 241 likes. Even worst, how come a blog with 1.754 visits only receives 1 like and 1 rating? That’s just 0,057 %.
Numbers mentioned here belong to different spaces, even coffee corner, so I wonder: If people spent their time to share knowledge, achieved with hard work and years of experience, and you had time to read it and learn from it, and people spent precious time finding the way to give you a moment of entertainment and you enjoyed it, why not letting the author know it with a “Like” and express your level of satisfaction with a rate.
If we consider claps as the reward for musicians, likes and rates are the same for bloggers. So, if you get only 0,057% feedback, is like if you have to clap yourself after singing even if 1.754 people attended your concert. I completely agree with Tim Guest. This may be discouraging even for the most experienced publisher, so imagine the effect that it can generate in a fresher blogger.
I prefer assuming that this happens because people doesn’t know how to like or rate a blog or might find it confusing so I’ll explain how to:
Last but not least, there are three buttons that publishers should already know but sometimes they forget. Just in case I’ll show them too:
Well, I just tried to tell my impressions with a little bit of humor. Thanks for the time you took reading me and hope you’ve liked it.