WordPress – Ethical Dilemma

If you have 20 posts to like or comment, you cannot do them all within 5 minutes. If you could, WordPress will block your account for spamming!

As their numbers and posts are increasing over time, how do you usually keep up with friends on WordPress?


Edit: Here is a summary based on the comments:

Yet many emphasized the importance of the title, most comments were about reading a post is a must. A like or a comment should be only given to worthy posts. Relatively, some felt bad about receiving a lot of likes from the same person in a short time; they considered recording likes without reading a disrespect.

Most agreed that reading takes time that is not always available. Many talked about their philosophy in following others and how to manage updates. First, a group of important users where importance is based on the topics of interest or on users who contribute to our blogs regularly. Second, following less. Third, utilizing the time of waiting in more reading or contributing. Relatively, they referred to the bad system of WordPress in keeping up with friends; a lot could be missed if one is absent for a while. Are weekly digests enough? Or should we have a system similar to Facebook where top posts are listed first?

On other hand, some argued that likes are a way of supporting friends. After all, we trust some friends and their posts but we lack the time – We’re saying that we’re here and haven’t forgotten about you.

Some referred to something else. Likes are favorite tool. Thus, they’re pinning posts for later reading. Probably, they’ve already read them through emails so they’re doing all the likes at once.

Almost all declined the existence of persons with ability of fast skimming or predicting. There was some talking about awards posts and the importance of short posts in blogging world. What about achievement posts or one-picture with no words posts? What about posts with different languages – should we translate it first? What about bloggers posting many posts per day? What about people who are seeking likes only and so we’re doing the same to? (technically speaking, the number of likes has no effect)?

172 thoughts on “WordPress – Ethical Dilemma

  1. mainepaperpusher

    How does everyone deal with awards and tags? I love my followers for nominating me, don’t get me wrong, but some of those suckers are time-consuming. I currently have 7 backed up and I honestly don’t know what I’m going to do. I hate not doing them, but if I did those, I wouldn’t be writing the blog they like! Yikes!

    1. intenttowin

      I wasn’t sure if I was biting off my nose to spite my face but I have totally ignored the awards and nominating thing. You are correct about time-consuming. I barely have time to read and reply to what I find important, let alone going through a WordPress chain letter. If it is really important, someone will tell me.

      1. mainepaperpusher

        I agree. I have stopped nominating people. I am now going to stop doing tags and awards. I’ve been thinking about doing what Mohamad has done in the past by sending out a single post to thank the nominators. Sigh…it is so hard to ignore such a nice thing, but it must be done. I very much appreciate your feedback. It makes me feel better about all of this.

    2. Eirini

      Haha, Nominations and awards… They are wonderful. Truly make you feel loved in the big world of blogging. I love them but myself I barely have time for them 🙁 .. I guess its one of those things you truly appreciate but you gotta pick what you have time for… :/

      1. mainepaperpusher

        That is so true! I figured this was one way to thank everyone, get their blog URL out there for others to peruse, but still not feel overwhelmed and guilty for not doing all of the questions and nominations.

  2. stripSearchLA

    You bring up very good points. I subscribe to the belief that I read everything that my followers have posted regardless of whether they read my stuff or not. Now, I do tend to read more recent material rather than older, but that’s something I’d like to start doing a little more. The current system could be improved, but it works well in its current state. Cheers!

    1. Mohamad Al Karbi

      Thank you my friend. That’s great idea to read the recent posts and more later if time allowed… Yes, I keep thinking of that WordPress should have top stories (posts) from our friends as in Facebook. Or maybe, a close friends category that shows the most of theirs in timeline

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  4. acflory

    Late to the discussion but here’s my two cents worth. Sometimes I’ll like after I read a post but don’t have anything genuine to add. Mostly though, I’ll read all the way through and comment plus like at the end. Unfortunately there’s no way I can do that with everyone’s posts. So I skim titles and if something catches my eye, I’ll read and respond. This way I can revisit most blogs eventually. Not ideal but the best I can do. 🙁

      1. acflory

        Yes, the title immediately rang a bell with me, and I suspect with all the others who responded as well.
        Time is the tightrope we all have to walk between creativity and visibility. And, of course, there’s NEVER enough to go around. 🙂

  5. Christina's Corner

    I would much rather have someone read my post in order to form an honest opinion, even if that means they don’t end up “liking” it. Sure, multiple likes and comments are great … we all want our posts and blogs to be seen. However, I think the likes should be sincere, and the comments should be thoughtful.

    1. Mohamad Al Karbi

      Thank you. I support your words, Christina, especially when I post every week or more. However, I when I post on daily basis and sometimes more than one post a day (I’m assuming only), I think that my friends won’t probably read all my posts! You also mentioned an interesting point. One could read but end up by not liking the post!

      1. Christina's Corner

        It may be true that if you post frequently, such as more than once a day, your followers may not read each post. I’m sure this is especially true if they follow several blogs themselves, as it’s probably difficult to keep up with every new post that hits their reader feed.
        I think this is where your activity level comes into play, though. For example, if you take the time to visit my blog and read one of my posts, I’m generally more likely to read one of yours in return rather than sift through the reader. It’s a community, so it’s pretty much a give and take situation.

      2. Mohamad Al Karbi

        Thank you Christina. Yes, it seems that the case is mainly give and take except for some exceptions. In many other cases, the title and the content could attract additional contributions without following this concept

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  7. grumpytyke

    I deliberately keep the number of bloggers I follow to a minimum because if I follow them I want to read what they post. Also, I try to respond to any comment on my posts and, if I can, to bloggers who leave a ‘like’ by at least going to their blog and seeing what it’s about if I do not already know them. I found some wonderful blogger friends that way, some of them writing about themes I would not have thought would interest me. Of course, being a ‘writer’ myself it might be just the way they write which attracts me, the subject being irrelevant. Bloggers who post multiple times a day are a problem and often I have ended up unfollowing them as I just cannot handle the volume – I will not put a ‘like’ on the summary in my reader, only on the post itself.

    1. Mohamad Al Karbi

      Thank you very much Roger. It seems that a lot are not into posting multiple times a day and the importance of the title. Personally, I began to understand the importance of fewer following in order to handle the increasing updates… as I’m missing many lately. Some guests here too wrote about their experience with themes. It’s really interesting topic


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