Read this post about a sunset and don’t “like” it… tell me WHY you like it. Thanks, dude.

1) Do not “like” this post.

Why? I’ve come to a near conclusion about WordPress and blogging that is quite cynical, but likely true. Many bloggers don’t really like a blog as much as they “like” it in order to have other bloggers see them. This, in turn, gets more eyeballs on their blog via click-through traffic, especially from fellow bloggers attempting to build audience via same means. This is skimming. It’s a cheap way to earn traffic that I understand but am not impressed with. I do it via twitter, because that is the point of twitter, but I do not get involved in the practice here. If I truly like your photo or post, I then “like” it. There is no other intention in my “like” clicks other than legitimately liking what I see. If I love what you did or want to say more than I like it, I comment.

2) If you legitimately like this post, please make a comment.

I only want comments on this particular photo, no likes. I’m curious to see who actually does this. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the “like” hits very much, and I enjoy seeing them. I think there is some merit to the practice, but now that I’m up to 100+ followers I’m curious to find my true supporters against the disappointing din of self-promoters that tend to show up in bunches and then disappear for days. Call it an attempt at connecting with the audience.

This is just a one-off experiment, not my expectation past this single post. Today. This one. I realize I’m potentially going against the WordPress grain in posting these comments, and I’m sure a few of you will be annoyed or even offended that I’d call people out on the matter, but isn’t it interesting? If you need to build traffic by being ubiquitous in certain bloggers’ “like” outputs, what does that say about your confidence in your own blogging? Must we stoop to gimmicks to earn attention? I know, many of you will say yes. I’d prefer a little bit more legitimacy than being part of the wannabe popular crowd. Yes, that’s harsh, and it is exactly how I feel on the matter. Many of you I need not call out on the carpet, and thanks to those for being cool. I like you. I’m hoping enough of you agree with me and let me know how you feel about it. Let’s see…

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25 Comments to “Read this post about a sunset and don’t “like” it… tell me WHY you like it. Thanks, dude.”

  1. I like the colours, they give the scene an other-worldly feel; also the tire tracks that draw your eye to the people in the distance; and the bright flash of orange…

    I enjoyed reading your post and I agree. I have wondered from time to time if it has been worth my while to put so much effort into writing blog posts when a large number of ‘readers’ click on ‘like’ without even opening the post and viewing the rest of the content. How can you like something if you haven’t even read it? Still I think it is worth it for those that do and a useful tool for self development 🙂

    Debbie

    • DY – I think you understand me well, then. We have a similar perspective, although I don’t worry so much that people comment and let me know what they think as I wish not to be a part of the crowd that simply wants attention. That said, I also don’t frown on traffic as we need that, too. I guess I treat this like going to university. I prefer it a meeting of the minds over getting a degree. Thanks for your review… !

  2. If I were to comment on every image on WP that I liked I would be stuck on WP all day! Its a matter of time. Nice photo I like it!

  3. Hey … I totally support what you are saying and believe you are right! That’s why I have a hard time leaving comments on your site and so this is the first time I’m doing it; I don’t need any ‘hits’. But I do need to tell you that your work is SUPERIOR and always thought-provoking. I like how you give us your angle on the shot from the photog’s viewpoint; and I love how the shots always pull me into them. And I’m not just ‘saying’ this because …! LYA

    • I’m not sure my work is superior, but thanks for thinking so. There are a lot of really crazy good photographers out there whose work I can’t even imagine reproducing. Everyone is different, though, so it isn’t about doing something like someone else, anyway. I think it’s fun to explain what goes into a photo, because it isn’t done nearly enough.

  4. The sky is so dramatic that I half expect the mother ship to drop down through the clouds! I love how the scene pulls you into the image.

    Elisa

    P.S. I’m feeling you on your position on pressing the “like” button. Sometimes I simply don’t have time to comment on a great post, but will like it to let that blogger know I checked in and read their post. I make up for it later! Have a great week, love your blog!

    • I started reading your blog yesterday, and I’m happy I chose to check you out! Thanks!

      I pushed the colors to their oversaturation point in order for it to pop in peoples’ readers. I guess that was a little trick on my part to go so vibrant; I wanted to experiment and see if bloggers went for the like first or actually went further to read the title and take the time to go over what I wrote and comment. Thanks for being the type of blogger I’m hoping to reach! I don’t want to come off wrong and seem like I don’t appreciate “likes,” it’s just that I hope we’re not all spamming each other for more love. That would be marketing, not blogging, right?

  5. I never “like” something unless there is something, even one small thing about it I like. I agree with thornberrie above that it takes way too long to comment on everything you like. I just assume that about 80% of the people who “like” a post really mean it. Who cares about the numbers! I love this photo for many reasons…the most striking is the use of complementary colors ie. blue/orange and violet/yellow. The composition really pulls the eye in and the very tiny figures (especially the bright red ones) are perfect.

  6. Yeah, I respect that. You just can’t talk about everything, and I don’t feel we need to. There’s just this marginal group that seems to crop up and “like, like, like, like, like” on a given day. It feels machine-like. I hope you’re right about 80%, because i’m like you in promoting what I truly like! If I have time to write or love what you did, then I make sure to comment. Even those that are only clicking the like button on this post, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe they were just off today. Without looking back at who did so, I know at least a few of them – I love and respect their images, too. It’s just a curious thing, really.

    In this photo, like several others, I was attempting to injure eyeballs. You seem to have come through unscathed. Kudos. Looking forward to reading/sharing more with you. Thanks for your perspective, Anita.

  7. I would agree with your post for some bloggers, however, I only “like” a post if I genuinely like the post. Therefore, if I like your work, I click on the “like” button, but only if I truly like it. And if I really, really like something, I’ll leave a comment stating so. 😉

    • Robyn, I have no doubt your intentions are artistically motivated. We all like “likes,” but you prove to be a trustworthy type chasing the goal of creating interesting things. I am considering now that more likely it is a select few who go the sinister route, and that is why I asked everyone. I’ve learned many or even most have legitimate interest through this little experiment. That’s quite a positive.

  8. I blog because it’s a challenge, and in doing so I have evolved my work and the way I ‘make’ images. I also think that we all ‘put on a show’…..I try to aim for variety….and am conscious that there is an audience, so try to do the best I can. We all appreciate having ‘likes’, but I aim to only like those images that are worth it.

    Comments, though, are another thing altogether. Through them you get to know other bloggers….people who’s work you value, but as already stated we all have limited time….and there’s a lot of good stuff out there.

    I have already commented about your previous two posts which I enjoyed enormously…… so I regret to say that this one is not going to get a like…….. 🙂

    Oh, sorry, certainly enjoyed the blogger baiting…… picture, though, is over cooked…… ho, ho, ho……

    • Hey, John. Good to hear from you, especially when it involves some good-natured banter about photography. I’ll always lump you into the good group, no worries. I believe you were the first person to comment on my blog regularly, so you already earned stripes, sir. And thank you for that.

      You are correct, this image is a bit overcooked and intentionally so. I felt it important to throw a wildly colorful exhibit on the docket for this experiment thinking those that merely want eyeballs would like away regardless. I’m pleased to see few actually did that. Comments were almost equal to likes, which is cool considering the meager following I have at this early stage. Now I’m curious about those that didn’t write or like. Were some annoyed about what I wrote? Were some not on today, or did I get a few less “like” hits due to the overcooking?

      A riddle is but a riddle. Thanks for playing along.

  9. I feel the same way about postcards, wannabe. People tend to say a photo looks like a postcard – but isn’t it the other way around? Isn’t a postcard a photo that’s good enough to use as a keepsake?

    Thanks for the comment and your kind words.

  10. Is it okay to like this photo if I leave a comment, too? It’s a great one and I Like it with a capital L!

    • You ask tough questions! Yes, if you feel compelled to hit the like button, you may. Free will is welcomed around here, even when the author of this blog is discouraging it via an anti-like campaign! Go for it! And thanks for your positive review. I’m flattered!

  11. i’ve noticed a lot of people liking my blog once and never returning
    i don’t understand if you ‘like’ a post/photo, why you wouldn’t leave a comment to let the person know
    🙂 i just stumbled upon your photography and i like your style, very refreshing

    • I’m in agreement that it makes sense that you’d comment if you like something. At least you’d think someone would comment on things they felt strongly about. I don’t know, though. Everyone is different and some photo types “hide” behind their camera because they communicate visually instead of with our more direct communication options. I’m somewhere inbetween. Looking forward to following your work… And commenting on it! Promise.

      • I suppose that does make sense 🙂 some times I can’t find words to describe the comment I want to make so I end up writing “stunning photograph” or something similar & simple
        🙂 I look forward to your future posts as well

      • Well, if something renders us speechless, all the better.

  12. I like the orange and yellows. It is like looking at them got the colors inside my abdomen and they swirled around, all happy and hopefully, excited and moving. It made me think of that line in Girl with the Pearl Earring that I like so much when Vermeer says to the servant girl look at the cloud, what colors do you see and she says white and he says look again and tell me. I absolutely love that scene where she gets it and starts listing off the colors she sees in the sky. This photo makes me think of that scene because it makes me look at the sky with wonder and see so much.

    Kate

    • I’d never seen that film, but I checked it out a little bit on youtube, and the guy playing Vermeer is crazy intense. Thanks for your kind words. There are indeed lots of colors in the sky. Not just in this photo.

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