Am I the only one who thinks negatively of Comments, Likes, Shares, Follows, Retweets, and other similar exchanges of many different forms?
Though there is nothing wrong with exchanges like "quid pro quo" or barter - something in exchange of something. But when referenced to a blog, it means you got those numbers because the other party was obligated by an agreement that you will return the favor.
It feels like you're only making your blog look desperate. That it cannot get the attention it deserves if you're not going to participate in an unnatural way to get views or engagement.
What is the point of getting lots of Comments, Likes, Follows, etc., from your fellow bloggers if you are obligated to give the same whether you (or they) deserve it or not?"
It not only displays "fake" engagements, it also deceives the other readers to believe your blog is well-liked and so engaging that readers had to leave a comment.
It really feels so wrong.
In the real world, the more sensible and practical readers do not really leave Comments, Likes, etc., on everything they read online. Majority of those with the real intention to research or purchase will not waste their time giving out their unsolicited opinions.
The real readers are more focused on their true intents - and don't have the time to leave a comment.
Those who do are only the intimate friends that were intuitively asked, or the bashers that are composed mainly of individuals with nothing better to do, and the fans club that were hired to do so.
If ever there were those that took time to comment, they are those that have plenty of time in the world to socialize online - like housewives, the jobless, and those who hate society so much they need to rant online for some form of outlet.
We've all grown crazy if we are so much obsessed with the number of Likes, Comments, Shares that we have on our social media accounts. It gives us a wrong sense of accomplishment especially when the statistics were generated out of fabricated realities that we forced on each other.
I would prefer to have less of the numbers if I know that those were sincere and honest reactions coming from real people who took time to read and absorb the meaning of whatever I wrote.
The numbers that translate to actual engagement in real life are those that are most important, and not the numbers that would remain nothing but ones and zeroes.