Zero New Likes: a Source of Frustration.

Zero New Likes. That’s what I got, and it was very frustrating.

I guess it should be expected, though. After all, I hadn’t blogged in over a month. That’s because two things kept me busy.

First of all, I had a missions trip to prepare for. Secondly, I had to complete my novel that has taken me over eight years to write. When I checked my site recently, I noticed that quite a few people had dropped by. There were more views than expected for someone like me who has been gone so long, but – get this – absolutely zero likes!

What’s up with that?

Did I lose touch with my audience while I was gone?

Were the people who stopped by my site looking for something – or someone – else?

It’s funny, but when I write more new posts, I seem to get more likes and comments than when the posts are older.

Do people view aged posts as “stale manna,” unworthy of new likes because they’ve somehow lost their zing? Or perhaps new viewers look at old likes with disdain, as if it doesn’t matter what they think. Perhaps they are under the impression that somehow their votes don’t count.

The fact is, their votes do count. If only they knew! Every like my readers click sends an important message: “This post is valuable to me.” It encourages me to keep writing. Zero likes, on the other hand, do the exact opposite. They hit me like a discouragement brick smack between the eyes. Ow, that hurts.

It’s hard to write consistently, day by day, or even week by week, especially when no one pays attention. Or perhaps they do pay attention, but it’s only a passing glance, like someone window shopping. They see the same dresses on display for over a month, with a sign hanging over the window declaring that no new models are currently on display.

“So, try another site, folks. This person is out to lunch.”

Anyhow, that’s how it feels. But I’m back blogging again, at least for now, and for what’s it’s worth, I think I’ve found a publisher for my middle grade fantasy book (just in case anyone was wondering).

The other day I posted something new and got one like, so I guess I’m back in action again (smile).

Happy blogging to all. It’s great to be back again!




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