Are we looking for subscribers or likes?

I’m pretty sure it’s a given that comments are the most desired thing in a post. If you have 100 followers, but consistently get 100 comments, you’re doing so much better than most people. Likes, though, are a lot less personal, and could be given from a skim read. Followers or subscribers seem to determine your worth in the internet world, so does that make them more important? 

Recently, my follower count on here has been going up and up and up at a crazy (for me) rate. Like, I’m gaining two or three followers per day. Every time I get that notification that someone new has followed me, I feel a little bit special. It’s a big deal to get a new follower! With my YouTube channel, it happens on an even bigger scale. I don’t have very many subscribers, so every new person that clicks subscribe feels like a huge success for me, more so than on a blog where I already have a fairly large number. To me, I feel a lot of love from a new subscriber or follower, because they actually like my content in general, not just one post. At least, that’s how I choose to follow people. Maybe they just scrolled through and liked the general look of the topics I write about, or maybe they read a couple of posts and really enjoyed them. Either way, it shows to me that they like me more than just this one post. Subscribe

And that’s where I feel that a like is really different. A like says, hey, I also liked that book you gave a positive review to, or I agree with your views on LGBTQ+ rights, or whatever it happens to be. It doesn’t say, in my opinion, that they particularly like my style of writing, or that they think my ideas are unique. Just this one particular post, they were pretty fond of. And really, it might have been anyone who wrote this post, they just happened to stumble across mine. Don’t get me wrong, I always appreciate a like. At least it means they enjoyed what I’m talking about! And of course I love every single person that likes my post. Like.png

The thing is, my numbers of likes compared to subscribers are not correlating at the moment. Like I said, my follower count is going up, and it’s amazing! My likes seem to be going down a bit, though? Not hugely, just by a couple, so I’m averaging around 15 likes per post. For someone with nearly 700 subscribers, that seems awfully low. I wonder why that is? And I wonder, should I care, or should I be happy I’m getting so many new followers? What do you think is more important? Let me know, let’s chat about it! 

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  1. This is a really great discussion post! I’ve never really thought about which is more important. But I’d have to agree with Danielle about the comments! It’s always nice when you see a comment and can spark up a great conversation! 😊

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  2. Interesting topic! As someone new to the whole blogging thing, I’m happy to take anything I can get. I love receiving comments on my blog and having the chance to interact with people who are reading my posts, but I’m definitely happy with likes. I’ve been experimenting a little and trying to understand the correlation between traffic and interaction, and it definitely seems to be that the more I interact on others blogs, the more interaction I receive 🙂

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  3. Yeah I agree, although I didn’t really think about it until now! Although I do get quite a few comments saying “Hey I liked your post, your blog is cool, follow me plz?” kind of thing… Like, I will check out their blog but I don’t like being asked by someone I don’t really know? If that makes sense? It’s like the only reason they’ve commented is to get me to follow them. However I always smile when I get a like/comment/follow because even if it’s just one person, it’s one person who likes what I’ve written 🙂


  4. Personally, I like getting comments the most as I feel like someone took the time to read rather than skim the post. I will take anything I can get though. I love it when I get a new follower, like or comment no matter what though I always get a smile because it shows someone likes what I’ve written. 🙂


  5. I guess non-review posts get more comments than reviews. With reviews, it is a bit of a hit-and-miss. Some reviews, especially of books that are currently popular might get comments from people who have read them and have some insights or thoughts to share, but if it is a book, they have no idea about or haven’t read, then it is more likely to get a Like…

    I love getting Likes too.. Hehe.. I mean, it took me ages to start getting followers and Likes, and for a long time I didn’t really think about it much.. But once I started getting them, I appreciated it.. It is definitely a nice feeling..

    The way I see it, Likes are a way to just a quick way acknowledge the bloggers’ post, especially if you have nothing specific in your mind to share via comment, but you would still like the blogger to know that “Hey, I am going through your updates and I do CARE”

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  6. This is really relatable! I’ve found that likes and follower count have little to do with each other. I have gained probably 200 followers in the last year, but my posts maybe get 5 more likes than they did last year (maayybbee). I just have to remind myself that likes aren’t everything, but I’m pretty bad at that. But you are totally not alone 🙂

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  7. I loved the title of your blog, having sort of backed into scrapbooking; my journals, which also contained postcards, tickets etc. sort of morphed into a scrapbook … which, in turn, led to posts in my travel blog. Nice work!

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  8. I don’t really pay attention to either but I like the “likes” maybe a bit more as I’m not sure why some may follow as their site is not what I would think of if they follow mine. Their content is far different than mine. I don’t follow just because someone follows me. And i think some follow just to get followers. It seems some just like to lurk and not post much. I really make most of my posts for me and if someone else likes it, cool. It’s too hard to carry on a meaningful conversation.

    I follow those that I find to have interesting or maybe similar tastes. I may not always comment as there really isn’t much more then, I agree, good post, or something like that to say for if I disagree, it can be too hard to talk about it. Train of thought and all that ….

    But this was a good post.

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    1. Yeah, that’s true, a lot of people definitely do it hoping we’ll follow back! I lurk on a couple of bloggers, and some I barely ever get to read, but I’m not really sure how to fix that! And I’m guessing other people do the same

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  9. Followers are such a tricky thing. I was lucky to just recently hit 2000 blog followers (the way WordPress counts them), but I’ve been blogging for 5 years and am well aware that a good chunk of those followers probably quit the blogosphere 3 years ago and don’t see a thing I post. 😉 So while I agree that followers are generally a better indication of interest than likes, sometimes likes are a nice indication that people are still actively checking out your blog.

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    1. Also, some people overthink “likes” or just have different approaches to them. I “like” posts to indicate I read and enjoyed them, but maybe I have nothing interesting to comment, or maybe I just don’t have a lot of time to leave a long comment at the moment. But I know some people avoiding giving “likes” at all because it can come across as an empty gesture, and they’d rather just comment or not comment rather than doing this in-between “liking” thing.

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  10. I love getting comments (being a new blogger-ish) although at this stage I’m hosting parties when I get a like!
    It’s so hard to tell if follows and likes are better, I’d usually think they’d go hand in hand but oh well. Maybe like one of the other comments said, that some of your followers aren’t reading your things. I found this post really fun and relatable, thank you!

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    1. Yeah, it’s super exciting, especially for new bloggers! It’d make so much more sense if the numbers were the same, or at least closer, but I know I have heaps of blogs that I just can’t find the time to comment on. Glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂

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