Note: the following remarks are entirely my personal opinion. I make no assumptions as to what other bloggers prefer. I’m not suggesting that anyone else needs to pay heed to my thoughts.
Whenever I have occasion to follow lots of links to blogs on other hosts, I’m reminded of how much I appreciate the WordPress like button. I have the impression the other hosts don’t offer one as an option (based on NEVER having encountered one on another blog host).
I like it from both sides. As a blog writer, I’m pleased by every like I see on a post. Every one leaves me warm and smiling inside. I love the reminder that familiar faces are reading and I love seeing a new face in the list of those who have clicked like. And yes, I know some people do it just hoping to get me to their blog. I do always take a look; if I’m not interested that’s all they get…
As a reader of blogs, I love that the “like” button lets me register presence and enjoyment when I have nothing else to say about a post but that I liked it. Since I note and derive pleasure from every like on my blog, I always hope that others are pleased when I leave a like on theirs.
I also appreciate that, unlike Facebook’s like button, the WordPress button doesn’t seem to have strings attached. I’m not going to start receiving a bunch of unwanted content based on what I’ve “liked”. A few people have indignantly informed me that they DO have a like button and it’s turned out to be from Facebook. Sorry. I rarely click on those any more. Seriously don’t like the crap that shows up on my Facebook feed as a result.
I keep wondering why so many people who move to self-hosted blogs on WordPress choose to leave the like button off. And I’ve noted as I hop to more blogs than usual for Nano Poblano/NaBloPoMo quite a few bloggers who are WordPress-hosted are taking the like button off.
I know I’ve seen some people mention that they want the greater engagement of comments; not sure if there’s any other reason to leave it off. For me, its absence doesn’t mean I start writing comments more. It means I don’t engage with your blog at all. Generally I comment only if I have something to say that I feel might add something to the conversation. I do occasionally just write “great post” or something equally pithy if I’m really enthusiastic and want to indicate something more than “like”. But if I just like a post, have nothing else to say and there’s no like button, I’m gone, leaving only a view stat.
I’m curious to hear other reasons people appreciate the like button. And why others don’t want to have one on their blog at all.