So this post is based on my observation and sadly I’ve also made this mistake😑.
Once we start using social media (be it Instagram, Snapchat, pinterest, Facebook or wordpress itself) we initially start it because either of our curiosity or because of someone’s influence (probably friends). At first there is no intention of having more followers or being more popular. But eventually as we proceed with our blogs, gaining more followers and likes, we get addicted but not to the art of writing, we get addicted to the likes and followers, so we start to post regularly without even checking if the post is up to the mark or not. What I’ve learnt is that if you ever want to be a good blogger, a YouTuber or a writer then you need to focus on your content more than your likes and followers. Regularity is important but not at the cost of the quality of content written.
There is another very common mistake of blindly liking a post which is the most pathetic mistake anyone could make. If you don’t read others’ posts then how on Earth will you get new ideas? and how will you have that multiple perspective needed by writers? Reading others’ posts And appreciating them gives us a basic idea of what is going on in the blogging world and how can you be different and unique. This makes you creative instead of being calculative. Liking others’ posts just so that they like yours increases your followers. Agreed. But try actually reading and commenting their stuff, you will get a sense if belonging and relativity if they have the same genre of content as you.
Writing is almost all bloggers’ passion right? Yet we start getting addicted to likes and followers rather than writing. And it’s not ENTIRELY our fault. Why? Because when we use social media, text people, get likes on posts then dopamine is released and none of realize this untill the damage is done and we are addicted. Our smartphones have been designed in a way to make us want to use it more. But writing good and creative content requires time, but since we’re addicted to use our phones and get all those likes, we post shitty stuff. If you’re really talented then surely you will get likes but your downfall will be evident to you, not because of the no. Of likes but because of that little voice that’ll come from inside you to take your passions seriously and NOT waste your talent.