The LifeBlood of any Blog…

…is the interaction with those who read the content.

With this blog, you might be reading it online and you might also be reading a copy that’s mailed to you because you have subscribed to it.  Either way, I really appreciate that you take the time to take a look at the things that I write about.  I recognize that, in the big scheme of things, my ramblings are pretty small potatoes and I’m good with that.  It’s just a chance for me to share what I’m thinking and it’s so rewarding to see folks interact by reply, or liking, or sharing on Twitter, Google +, or Facebook.

Analytics don’t necessarily drive things for me – it’s the interactions.

Recently, it’s been the interactions that have me concerned.  Not the interactions from you good folks but the interactions from people I don’t know.

There’s a common practice that people come along and “Like” a blog post.  I’ve enabled that as a quick way for the good folks to say “Hey, I, well, liked it”.  But, if you look at the Gravatars from the people that are “liking” it, some of them are not educators.  I’m guessing that it’s a modern equivalent of link spamming.  They’re hoping that you click their Gravatar and going to their website where who know what you’ll find.  I hope that you’re not doing this.

The second thing that I’m seeing recently is a big upturn in people that are subscribing to the blog to get the content emailed to them every morning.  When I look at the email addresses, they’re sort of non-descript names usually attached to a Hotmail account.  I’m at a loss to come up with a reason why they would do that.  All that it serves to do is let them know that this blog is alive and well.


I got a whack of both this morning.  The “Likes” aren’t even of the current post.  So, I decided to look at the WordPress support database and see if I was the only one.

Somehow, it was comforting to know that I’m not.  Others are discovering and guessing much along the same lines as me.

So, what’s a blogger to do?  I could turn off the features but that adversely affects people that would use it effectively.  To do so would be to admit defeat.

Fortunately, I don’t think you can see the list of people that subscribe to the blog.  But, you can see the “Likes”.  I would suggest that you either ignore them or hover your cursor over them and look at the name that appears in the popup and think seriously before you click.

If anyone has any more detailed or insightful thoughts about this matter, please chime in.

Welcome to the internet.


6 thoughts on “The LifeBlood of any Blog…

  1. I gave you a real “like”, Doug. Although I think that’s admitting people might not be actually reading *my* blog, I’ll still give you the nod 🙂


  2. I am one of those who subscribes to your blog. It is an excellent source of information for me and my teachers. Thanks for all your work.


  3. Thanks, both of you. Akismet does a wonderful job of filtering out undesired comments but stuff still gets through. But, stuff still gets through like this. (Identity redacted). There doesn’t seem to be a way to stop undesired likes and subscribers though.

    Notice this goes back to July of last year. I’ll have to go through and kill it manually. I’d hate to think that someone might follow the link and have something bad happen to their computer or identity or …


    New comment on your post “About the Perfect Blog Post”
    Author :
    E-mail :
    URL :
    Whois :
    When some one searches for his required thing, thus he/she needs
    to be available that in detail, therefore that thing is maintained over here.

    You can see all comments on this post here:

    Trash it:
    Spam it:

    You can reply to this comment via email as well, just click the reply button in your email client.


  4. Hi Doug I am having a real problem with spam links just lately, this has happened before, sad really. Fitted a spam filter that gobbles everything, so it knocked me back really. Agree communication is a two-way process, and knowing someone has reacted to what you say is key to learning and motivation. Anyway thanks again for the useful info. By the way I get your post linked to my email feed – that way I always have something to look forward to amongst the usual toil and drivel 🙂


  5. I have had a few odd “likes” recently on posts…. it seemed obvious to me that it was really about them getting my attention over to their blog…always surprises in this blogging journey.
    I may remove my like button…. I seldom ‘like’ myself… would rather leave a short comment or reply and/or share it.
    Thanks for your thoughts on this…. “like”


  6. Hmm it seems like your website ate my first comment (it was extremely long)
    so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I wrote and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying
    your blog. I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing.

    Do you have any points for rookie blog writers? I’d certainly appreciate it.


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