I added ‘like’ and ‘dislike’ buttons to this site a few months ago. They appear on every page, every blog post and every comment.
I added them to the site because a few people asked for them, and they are often found on websites like mine.
It’s entirely up to you if you use them or not. I do glance at how many ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ are received by particular posts that I write – I pay less attention to whether readers of this blog like others’ comments or not.
There is some guy (it couldn’t possibly be a gal) who puts two ‘dislikes’ on most of my posts early in the morning – I’d like to thank him for his efforts!
The way I look at the ‘likes’ and ‘dislikes’ is that both of them show that someone has been moved by my writing. ‘Dislikes’ are almost as good as ‘likes’ in my mind – that’s why I thank the ‘2 dislikes’ regular. I suppose I rate a ‘dislike’ as being half as valuable as a ‘like’ – roughly.
This post received the most ‘likes’ in recent weeks.
I also added adverts to this site a couple of months ago. I don’t really like them much but this blog costs me something to run and maintain. You seem to like the adverts a bit – even though I guess, like me, you would say you hate them. They are generating an income of about £1.50/day although I haven’t seen any of it yet.
Your comments tell me what a very small proportion of readers of this blog think about what I have written. I love the comments from regular commenters (of course) but sometimes wish that there were a few more voices. If you’d like to make a comment then please do – it’s easy. Of course, the ‘like/dislike’ buttons give you a quicker and wholly anonymous way of doing the same thing in broad terms.
The metrics I look at most, though, are from Google Analytics which tell me how many people have visited the site (Visits, Unique Visitors and Pageviews). The data for each month are a bit like the data for climate change and years. Recent months have been the ‘hottest’ ever on this blog. The last six months of 2013 were the six ‘hottest’ months ever for this blog. August 2013 was the ‘hottest’ with November 2013 the second ‘hottest’ and December 2013 the third ‘hottest’. This month, which we are only two thirds of the way through, would be the 9th ‘hottest’ already and so it looks like it will be up there in the top six at least.
I am interested in who you are and what you think of the site so I’ll soon be repeating a readers’ survey (with some extra questions too) which I carried out in December 2012. It will be interesting to see what has changed.
Feel free to ‘like’ or ‘dislike’ this post!