When WordPress Brings You Joy

When WordPress Brings You Joy

Like many of the people who blog on WordPress, I do get a sense of joy from using it.

Besides, it is difficult for me to not log into my WordPress account (That alone in itself should let anyone know how much I love using WordPress).

After all, this enjoyable blogging platform is one of a kind.

It Is Our Digital Space For Self-Expression

Any personal blogger would agree that WordPress is one of the most ideal places on the world wide web for self-expression.

Bloggers on WordPress, express themselves in the form of:

  • Publishing poetry on their blogs.
  • Publishing short stories on their blogs.
  • Publishing long-form content on their blogs.
  • Publishing recipes on their blogs.
  • Publishing arts and crafts on their blogs.
  • Publishing photographs on their blogs.
  • Publishing technology-related blog posts on their blogs.

Okay, you get the idea; it is self-expression galore here on WordPress.

And, most importantly, bloggers enjoy expressing themselves online.

Some Of Us Get A Sense Of Joy From Receiving Likes

Many bloggers see likes as a sense of approval from others; so, whenever someone presses the Like button on one of their blog posts, they immediately think to themselves, “I did well because someone liked my blog post.”

The God’s/Goddess’s truth is that all likes are not genuine and that anyone can press the Like button without ever reading a single word that a blogger posted.

Some bloggers have pressed the Like button to indicate to a fellow blogger, “I was here!”

While others press the Like button with the hopes of you checking out their blog and pressing the Like button on a few of their blog posts.

For the record, there would be a percentage of likes that would be genuine (Unfortunately, it would be somewhat difficult to fathom the actual percentage since there are those with ulterior motives).

Some Of Us Get A Sense Of Joy From Receiving Comments

While it may be easier for a person to press the Like button on one of our blog posts, it actually takes a bit of effort to leave thoughtful comments in the comments section of someone’s blog (And that, my friend, is one of the reasons why I appreciate comments more than likes).

I am also thankful for every comment that my blog receives (Except for those that are outright disrespectful).

Do you enjoy receiving comments?

Some Of Us Get A Sense Of Joy Every Time Someone Follows Our Blog

I will admit that I am one of the many people who enjoy it whenever their blog gets a new follower.

What I have learned over the years is that numbers mean nothing; for example, if your blog has 3000 followers and only 120 of your followers interact with you, the other 2880 are dead weight.

So, never be fooled by large numbers (Especially where followers are concerned).

One of the biggest ironies is that some of us have actually had way more interaction with bloggers who are not on our list of followers.

Some Of Us Get A Sense Of Joy When Our Stats Are High

In all honesty, I have not come across a blogger who said to me, “I really could not care about the large volume of traffic that my blog receives.”

The majority of bloggers like it when people make the time to visit their blogs, read their blog posts and interact with them via likes and comments.

However, when the incoming traffic to their blog drops, they feel awful.

It is a sad fact, that there are those who contemplate abandoning their blogs when incoming views are low.

Where Stats are concerned, they will always fluctuate; one moment it is going to be low and another moment, it is going to be high.

The most important thing is that you are being true to yourself by publishing the types of content that you are genuinely interested in.

Anyone who is guessing what people want with the hopes of publishing a blog post that would rake in a ton of incoming views is playing a fool’s game.

Some Of Us Get A Sense Of Joy When Our Blogging Anniversary Comes Around

Bloggers deserve to celebrate their blogging anniversary.

Why?

Because they made it through to another year of blogging.

If you are the highly observant type of blogger, you would have noticed that there are those who abandon their blogs in a week’s time or less.

These days (especially where personal blogging is concerned), it is a big deal when a blog makes it to its first blogging anniversary.

Some Of Us Get A Sense Of Joy By Participating In The Daily WordPress Prompts

These daily WordPress prompts have appeared in the dashboard area of those who use the web version of WordPress and on the homepage of the Jetpack Website Builder App for mobile.

If you are using the WordPress Mobile App, you are out of luck; you will not see those daily WordPress prompts.

What I love most about blogging prompts, in general, is that they provide a topic for a blogger to work on and publish on their blog (And, that comes in handy for those who often have no idea of what it is that they would like to blog about).

WordPress did a wonderful job of resurrecting their daily prompts from the dead (Yes, those prompts were a common occurrence many years ago).

Final Thoughts

There are those unique aspects of WordPress that will always bring its users some sense of joy.

If by chance, you happen to be one of the rare ones who get no sense of joy from WordPress, you will need to ask yourself, “What is my reason for blogging?”

You might want to consider blogging on another blogging platform or giving up on blogging altogether.

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93 Comments

  1. Zukotimes says:

    I feel what you say deeply and it’s a fact❀️

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me.

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  2. It’s great to hear that WordPress brings you joy! It’s a wonderful platform for self-expression and connecting with others. It’s also understandable that likes, comments, and followers can bring a sense of validation and accomplishment for bloggers. It’s important to remember, however, that these metrics should not be the sole focus of one’s blogging journey. What matters most is staying true to yourself and your passions, and expressing yourself authentically through your blog. Happy blogging!

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you, my friend.

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  3. Stellar blog post Renard. Oh I love this topic here “When WordPress brings you joy” and it really is quite a simple topic to comprehend because in other words it says blogging gives us big joy.

    I love WordPress and the community of bloggers here, they are just so many bloggers here who use this digital space to express their joys in poetry, fashion(myself included), arts, photography and more. Also, what brings me joy as a Mens Fashion & Style Blogger it is the high statistics and the comments I receive in my posts which makes me to pat myself in the back and also I do appreciate the followers of my blog some who haven’t been seen on WordPress in a while who have resurrected in other ways back to the life of bloggingπŸ“±πŸ˜

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    1. Keep sharing then πŸ™‚

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    2. πŸ™‚ Thank you for your valuable input, Mthobisi.

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  4. I get joy from comments and posting a new blog.
    Comments are everything for me. I don’t care about likes, I want meaningful comments.
    I also love when I post something, because only I know how hard I worked on that.

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    1. πŸ™‚ I can relate well to what you have just said, Devang.

      Thank you for reaching and commenting.

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      1. What’s more important for you?
        Comments/interaction or likes?
        Because there are people who just like, then there are people who care to chat.

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        1. πŸ™‚ Sincere interaction in the form of comments.

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          1. What will happen if you get sincere comments always?
            Does it change the way how you look any particular site?

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            1. πŸ€” First of all, always receiving sincere comments would be a very good thing.

              I would certainly gather the impression that those bloggers truly enjoy interacting with me and my content.

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              1. Great !!
                I am ecstatic that I made you talk in the comments. Haha
                Keep sharing and keep interacting.

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                1. Destiny says:

                  I must apologize for intruding on this but I couldn’t help myself 😁

                  A great thread of communication here 😁

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                  1. Actually, You should never apologize.
                    I like communication. I get great job in talking to people, listening to them (well, reading actually) and then learning from them.
                    .
                    For now, please tell me. How are you? and how are you feeling?
                    I hope Renard won’t mind this promotion (just once), but I have a specific blog about feelings that matter.

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                    1. Destiny says:

                      😁 LOL I see you do like communication given the interview you had going on here.

                      I’m good Devang and hope you are well too. 🀍

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                    2. Not an interview. Haha
                      Just having fun.
                      Actually he talks very less, I love to make him chat further.
                      He is very humble and he always replies patiently.

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  5. Poetry Goddess - Luna B says:

    It does bring most of us the joy of writing. But what if you encounter a writer’s block? O.O

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    1. πŸ™‚ In my case, that does not happen.

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      1. Poetry Goddess - Luna B says:

        Such a lucky person lol

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        1. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Luna.

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          1. Poetry Goddess - Luna B says:

            Your welcome Renard

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    2. Ohhhhh… so you are having a writer’s block. This is why I haven’t seen you for a while.
      To counter writer’s block, you learn new topics, you read and converse on other’s work.

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      1. Poetry Goddess - Luna B says:

        Haha, writer’s block and health issues. I kept feeling faintly.. then.. I got myself another … down side of things. Another miscarriage. The 5th time.. the baby didnt make it. I was deppressed in these few days of new years. I m sorry for worrying you.

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        1. Ohhh
          You please take care.

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          1. Poetry Goddess - Luna B says:

            I m coping as best as i could

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  6. Destiny says:

    Thanks for sharing this Renard. It was baffling the other day when my likes exceeded my views 😁

    But when you are starting off I guess even the small numbers count.

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    1. πŸ™‚ You are most welcome, my friend.

      Thank you for participating in the discussion.

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      1. Destiny says:

        Pleasure always Renard.

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  7. You have captured all the emotions we feel whilst blogging. The likes point is true and saddening when a post is liked and unread. I too prefer comments.

    I didn’t know daily prompts where back. I will have to look for them.

    Thanks again for another great post.

    And another WordPress joy is our wonderful WordPress community, I don’t believe there is another out there.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me, my friend.

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  8. Hetty Eliot says:

    Like everyone here, I love comments. The best is getting an email. I love making friends, especially from all around the world. It also feels like a dream come true to be able to publish a story, even if it’s only read by a couple people.

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    1. πŸ™‚ That is wonderful to know, Hetty.

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  9. graysummers says:

    Comments are a process of responding with either appreciation of their insight/knowledge, your own additional thoughts to add or recognition of your own experiences of content read. This post of yours Reynard is all three. A simple photograph seen on a blog post I push like only. Sometimes I reply with why I like the image. But most times it is the simple pleasure of seeing a well taken image. On Flickr the likes can far outweigh the comments. By 20 comments to thousands of likes at times. If a post offends after reading. Just shrug and leave. That part of awful debate, if responding and arguing, belongs on social media and Twitter. Keep WordPress an interesting and dynamic endeavour. It’s ideal for psychological and social well being. Thanks once again Renard.

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    1. πŸ™‚ You are welcome, Gray.

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    2. graysummers says:

      Noticed my spell check again on read back! Your name. One right and one wrong! Really sorry. ☹️

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      1. πŸ™‚ Apology accepted, Gray.

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  10. reeydah says:

    I love this. It’s all true

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Ree.

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  11. Silk Cords says:

    …it’s the third sign of the apocalypse. LOL.

    As much as we all like to gripe at times, we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t get something positive out of it. πŸ™‚

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    1. πŸ˜‰ Indeed!

      Thank you for your valuable input!

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  12. Genuine comments certainly bring me joy! And I’m pleased that the majority of comments I get on my blog are genuine and not dead-end comments like ‘Great Post’ to those containing one word or nothing but emojis.

    And you hit the nail on the head about the ‘like’ button, Renard. Several bloggers instantly press the like button on all my posts as soon as they are published. It’s like they’re lurking behind the scenes for me to publish something.

    What I also like about WordPress is that they are constantly changing and updating its platform, making it even better rather than not moving at all and becoming dull.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Hugh, I believe that most bloggers have a deep appreciation for genuine comments.

      Oh, those dead-end comments like “Great post,” do not contribute anything much to the conversation.

      However, non-native English speakers may use a few words of English in their comments.

      Also, one can never be too lenient because spammers love to use generic wordings like, “Great post!”

      In regards to getting likes as soon as one’s blog post is published, the same thing happens to me.

      My educated guess is that the person is playing the like-for-like game or is trying very hard to get your attention (They are desperate for you to visit their blog).

      WordPress is certainly changing at a rapid pace; we either move along with those changes or get left behind.

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      1. I’ve had some non-native English speakers leave me comments, Renards. I use the Translate block or go online to read their comments, but I realise that not all bloggers know about it. Recently, I’ve had one English-speaking blogger leave comments on lots of my posts which said nothing but ‘Nice.’ And I’ve seen her do the same on other blogs, although I refused to approve any of her ‘Nice’ comments on any of my posts.

        Do those serial likers ever leave you any comments? None of mine ever do.

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        1. πŸ€” Hugh, my serial likes never leave comments (Apparently, they are focused on liking as many posts as fast as possible).

          There is a free online translation tool from Systran: https://www.systransoft.com/lp/free-online-translation/

          That is also useful for translating comments.

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          1. Thanks for the information about Systran.Com, Renard. I will include a link to it in an upcoming post next week.

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  13. Brenda says:

    Great Post Renard. I guess I like most things you mentioned, but the things that are most important for giving me joy are the comments and the engagement they can bring. Getting to know fellow bloggers. That includes reading other blogs and commenting on their posts too.

    I also think the whole area of blogging brings joy, being inspired and motivated to write, producing the work (reading, researching, writing) and then sharing it/hitting publish, all bring me joy. The sense of satisfaction with a job well done.

    I haven’t celebrated a one year anniversary yet, but plan to be here and have a virtual party πŸŽ‰

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    1. Thank you for sharing your unique perspective, Brenda.

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      1. Brenda says:

        Youre welcome, Renard

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  14. The joy found in blogging can be found in many avenues as you suggest. For myself, the joy is found in two places. First, being a platform for self-expression and creativity. And secondly, the joy found in interacting with others through comments and general discussion and the blogging friends across the world because of it.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me, Glen.

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  15. arlene says:

    Totally agree Renard. Blogging has become a way of life.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Indeed, Arlene.

      Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  16. Grant at Tame Your Book! says:

    Excellent, Renard! I enjoy knowing I help visitors master story structure and write a book readers will love. It’s like casting a pebble into a still pond: I never know where the ripples go, but I know I’ve touched the lives of people across the globe even if I don’t get comments or likes or follows.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Grant.

      With that type of blog you have, I am sure that you have touched lots of lives.

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  17. In truth, there are other things that award me more joy than blogging. Being out in nature is more joyful, working with the soil and fauna and flora awards me joy, and l derive a great deal of pleasure from many other things. It probably stems from how a person sees and receives ‘joy’ as a word as an emotion.

    Mm, so no, l wouldn’t say l receive joy from the elements of blogging – but l do enjoy it and of course those two words alone are very different despite the inclusion of the word joy.

    So then must l ask myself why do l blog? A question l often ask. Because l enjoy it.

    Interesting topic Renard.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Rory!

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  18. Esoterica says:

    My favorite part of blogging. It brings me so much joy to engage in an intellectually stimulating discussion via the comments, or to have someone contact me to connect outside of the blogosphere. WordPress is filled with thoughtful people from across the globe, and it’s such a joy to “get to know” different people from different walks of life.

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    1. I agree. Considering how toxic some Internet spaces are (e.g. IG, Twitter, YouTube) it’s pleasant that I’ve only experienced positive feedback, camaraderie and interactions on WordPress. Long live WordPress!

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      1. Amy Chaos says:

        This is one of my favorite things about WordPress as well. It’s become one of the only places I can come, be real, and not be torn to shreds over it for no reason.

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    2. πŸ™‚ Thank you for letting me know what your favourite part of blogging is, my friend.

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  19. Your post brings back memories of the days when I created my blog, and abandoned it for I was not sure what I wanted to do. My WordPress blog is two years old, but I actually started using it less than a month back. I have an old blog which I abandoned because I needed some sort of acknowledgement for my writing and I got none. So I was in a dilemma whether I wanted to write long travel posts and get ignored or post pictures and videos with shorter descriptions and grab a bit of attention. I chose the second. But I still longed to write, and so here I am. Yes I value the likes and the comments. It tells me someone has read my work, or at least chanced by it. But hopefully this time around I will concentrate more on making myself happy doing what I love instead of being too concerned about acknowledgement and appreciation. May the creativity flow!

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me.

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  20. I experience several of these joys. Very grateful

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    1. πŸ™‚ I am pleased to know that, Rochelle.

      Thank you for reading and commenting, my friend.

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  21. I’ve gotten a few likes on my blog post and my stats will reflect that nobody read the post. At first I started chalking it up as a glitch but then I realized it may not be a glitch. If someone likes my blog post and I don’t follow them, I tend to check their blog out to see if they publish content I like. I’ve also made it a point not to hit the like button if I didn’t like the blog post that way someone knows if I hit like it’s because I genuinely enjoyed their post.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me, Rachel.

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  22. Eugenia says:

    It seems silly to blog if it doesn’t bring you joy because then it is just another task. I enjoy being creative and releasing my thoughts by writing. Where else can one do that and also interact with those with like interests? Blogging is a way of life and one must have determination and passion to do so.

    I love sincere comments and especially those that take the time to analyze what I write. I wrote a poem a couple of days ago and one of my followers used the last line of my poem to create her poem. That’s the ultimate compliment, IMO.

    I don’t dwell on the ‘likes’ because it’s too easy to click that little button and move on. But, that’s part of the nature of blogging, I guess.

    All in all, it’s a joy to be part of the blogging community and especially WordPress.com.

    Excellent post, Renard.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Eugenia.

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      1. Eugenia says:

        You’re welcome, Renard.

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  23. OmniRunner says:

    I often leave a “like” just to let the blogger know that I’ve read their post.
    When someone likes my post, especially instantaneously, I have no idea if they are trying to say the same thing.
    This has only happened a few times, but what I love is when someone comes up to me and says they read my post, or follow my blog. Real people!
    A few people have even said the post they read made them think about something or feel something.
    Making someone feel something is the highest compliment I can receive. It makes me feel like a real writer.
    I don’t write posts to upset on incite people, so when someone says they felt something it is real.
    That is the best.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me.

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  24. Jermena says:

    ❀️❀️

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    1. πŸ™‚ Jermena, I am perceiving your comments as being a sign of your approval.

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      1. Jermena says:

        That’s correct😊

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  25. Hey Renard, I find myself a bit less cynical regarding the like function. Your points are valid, but my experience has been that I can keep track of those like-minded individuals that both create amazing content, and seem to think my stuff is at least ok. If it were not for the like function, I’m not quite sure how this ecosystem would function. To me it is foundational to the points you make regarding follows and comments. Can’t wait to see what you are preparing for us tonight!

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your point of view, Richard.

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      1. Great comment train you have created!

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        1. πŸ™‚ Thank you, Richard.

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  26. Great post Renard!
    I confess I hit the LIKE button to let people know I have read their posts. I do not always comment.
    I find people LIKE our posts to indicate they have read the post…sometimes it is hard to know what to say to our posts. So a LIKE is fine!
    AS for bringing joy, I find the actual action of blogging itself brings me joy! The rest…all of our Followers & Friends is the ‘icing on the cake’ so to speak.
    I DO like when we acquire a new Follower…..it does not happen alot. Ther are SO MANY blogs to pick from….so I do not stress about how many Followers or how many LIKES or comments.
    I think Keeping It Simple Sweetie is the best way for BellaDharma & myself.
    Thanx again Sherri-Ellen (BellaSita Mum) an ***purrss*** BellaDharma

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me, Sherri-Ellen.

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  27. drunkpilot says:

    Haha, whoa there buddy! I’m not sure if it’s the WordPress love or the drinks talking, but I think it’s time for this drunk pilot to take a break from the keyboard. Don’t get me wrong, I love WordPress just as much as the next person (probably even more since I spend all my free time on it), but I think it’s time for me to lay off the sauce and call it a night. Safe flying to all the other WordPress-loving pilots out there!

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    1. πŸ˜„ Thank you for voicing your opinion.

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  28. I love writing, so I get joy just from posting. But my favorite part is when something resonates with someone enough for them to leave a thoughtful comment πŸ™‚

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    1. πŸ™‚ I can also relate to that, Candy.

      Thank you for reading and commenting!

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  29. I have just began my WordPress journey. Setting up my own blog and I’m hooked already

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    1. πŸ™‚ That is good to know, Jordan.

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  30. Amy Chaos says:

    I had no idea that WordPress offered prompts. Would I be able to see them if I logged in on my laptop? Some days I don’t post bc I can’t get my head to focus straight on one thing. That would be really cool to try.

    WordPress has TRULY brought me joy w/in the last year and I can honestly say it’s bc I finally felt like I had or I could speak with my own voice. Quit holding back, stop trying to tiptoe around people, and just be me. I didn’t make it so I would get likes or friends or follows or even comments. So when people started liking/following/etc it felt so much different than it had on any other platform. It wasn’t bc of my face or my body or any of that superficial stuff. I think that’s really why I feel so proud of not giving up and holding myself accountable on here. It brings me joy bc it makes me WANT to keep going, do better, try harder… for me. Then anyone who follows along is just like an extra special win too.

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    1. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing that with me, Amy.

      Yes, you will see the prompts that WordPress offers if you log in to WordPress via your laptop computer.

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  31. Ar.Jenita says:

    Reading the title, I thought it as a sarcasm and was expecting a rant about increasing WordPress charges.. but your content made my jaw drop… yeahh man.. you have made a loud slam of the reality here.. loved it.. and I was unaware of the WordPress prompts in websites.. thanks for letting me know..

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    1. πŸ™‚ You are most welcome and thank you for reading and commenting!

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