I am a blogger. Not a well known blogger, mind you but I’ve been blogging-albeit sporadically until recently-with WordPress.com for a couple of years now. I believe I may be like many folks who wish to get their thoughts out there in cyber space, sign up for a blog and then never really do anything with it. (I recently found two other blogs somehow attached to me with little memory of starting them-my only factual evidence in the preceding statement, at this time).
Lately I’ve been a blogging fool. Mostly because I have started writing for a couple of “get paid to write online” sites and…technology being what it is I am able to showcase my talent on my blog with relative ease. I blog directly on WordPress one day, link an article the next, and wouldn’t you know it? My readership is growing-slowly-but it puts a smile on my face to know that someone out there is actually reading me.
You may be wishing I would get to the point and I am heading there rapidly, I promise. The more I blog, the more I become familiar with WordPress and all the tips and other fun stuff they offer to make my blogging experience the best it can be. I still have lots to learn but the other day I happened to read about an interesting new feature from WordPress and I want you to know: I like it.
It’s the like button. WordPress.com installed a like button for their bloggers. The like button is all the rage on the Internet these days-as well as the share button but we’ll leave that for another day. The WordPress like button is a brilliant addition to their already fabulous features.
Here are a few reasons why:
The WordPress like button enables a reader to like a blog post without having to comment.
Once the reader/fellow blogger likes the post, I can see his or her Gravatar under that post and know exactly who is reading me.
I can then click that Gravatar and be taken to the person’s Gravatar profile page where hopefully he or she has linked their blog and I can continue on and read what’s going on in their world.
There are a few downsides to this new like button:
A reader may only like an individual post at this time; meaning if a reader is on my homepage the like button feature is not available unless he or she clicks the individual post, reads it and then can like from there.
Clicking the Gravatar of someone who likes a particular post only allows me to view their Gravatar profile page. Unless they have provided a link to their blog on their Gravatar profile page it is not easy to find them.
The like button is only for logged in members of WordPress.com at this time.
As with any new feature a site launches there is going to be a period of getting to know the feature, working with it, understanding it, and well…liking it. Because I wanted to get the facts straight for this article I played around on my dashboard and was able to update my Gravatar profile page so that it now has the information needed for any other WordPress blogger to locate, read, and like any of my individual posts. This is progress-in my humble opinion-and just may grow my readership a tad bit faster-self promotion is important in the blogging world. So my take on the new WordPress like button: I like it, like it; I really do.
Do you blog at WordPress? Read all about the like button here.
Want to blog? Join WordPress now and start sharing your views with the world.
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And check out the changes I made to my Gravatar Profile page.
Happy Blogging, Folks!!