Why Do You Click the ‘Like’ Button?

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We all need a little help sometimes. I’m a firm believer in supporting other authors and helping them get noticed.

Recently, I ran across a site that is supposed to help writers get more likes on their Facebook Fan Page. It has been a real boost to my numbers. But, I’m wondering if those folks actually found something on my page that prompted them to like me or if they simply clicked the ‘like’ button because my name is on the list.

There are nearly 800 names listed. That’s right, you didn’t read it wrong. 800! I’ve visited a little over 100 of the pages and I can honestly say, I haven’t clicked the ‘like’ button on all of them. Why? Well, some of them are pages set up for specific books. If I haven’t read the book, I’m not going to say I like it. *shrugging shoulder* Why would anyone do that?

There are a few that have mentioned certain values that I don’t agree with and therefore I won’t support them. I’m not saying they are bad folks, I’m just not inclined to encourage their beliefs.

For the most part, I’ve found very personable, funny, intelligent and engaging writers that I’m proud to say I like. It’s these people who share bits of their writing life, a funny writing related image and/or book reviews that gain my favor.

It’s hard to impress others when your stage is a web page that you may or may not attend to on a regular basis. As for my Facebook Fan Page, I try to remain true to myself. Links to my blog posts get published there, as do some of my tweets. And, if I run across a writing related image I try to share it on my page. It’s a place that reflects a tiny bit of me. If you like me for that reason, I’m thrilled. If not, don’t click the like button. Be true to yourself.

  • Missy, really good post and food for thought. I don’t think I’ll click the “like” button again without asking myelf why?

    • M. Frye

      Thanks, Katherine. I don’t want to stop people from clicking the ‘like’ button, but we should all remain true to ourselves. It’s good to ask why and proceed accordingly. 🙂

  • I so agree with you Missy! Sometimes I *do* like things because the *author* has specifically asked for my support, but I *do* have to ‘like’ it at least a little bit. 🙂

    • M. Frye

      I’ve done the same, but never without getting to know the author in some small way.