The WordPress Lurkers

The following content is controversial.  While it sounds offensive, it is really more of an inquisitive exploration.  I have seen a quick mention of this topic in comments on a post or two, so I don’t think I am nuts…..today.  As I am not afraid to discuss anything  🙂 I thought I would bring this icky issue into the open.  Perhaps you have noticed the same disturbing trend.

If you have strolled around to other WordPress blogs for a little while, and have paid any attention at all to other bloggers who also “LIKE” a certain post, you will see them.  I call them the “WordPress Lurkers”.



“WordPress lurkers” is my nickname for bloggers who appear to use the “LIKE” button without really looking at the post.  From my observation, they like one post, one time.  I believe this to be a heinous misuse of WordPress, for what I think they are doing is getting up a page count or  “following” for their blog in the fastest and most remorseless way possible.

The (suspected) practice undermines the intention of blogging!  Why would people do this?  Are they just finding a blog, not reading it, then with greedy clicks, grabbing all the other “likers” and clicking on the “like” button of THEIR most recent post?  It’s like a bizarre “whisper down the lane”.  Is anyone reading anyone?  For myself I say YES.  When I press LIKE, I really have read your post and have either liked it, or felt for you, or connected with it in some way.  I post comments both on first view of a blog and on the blogs I follow.  After all, the blogger doesn’t blog for air.  They want feedback, they want the coffeehouse conversation that is of an almost bygone age.

If you have not noticed the lurkers, and this observation is new or disturbing to you, start looking at the other “likes” on very different blogs that you follow and follow some like-roads.  You will find them.  And sometimes they have an enormous following.  But is anyone reading them? The comments are pathetic.  Again FB re-visited.  The response to most comments, if one is is elicited,  is generally a trite “Thanks”.  To me, meaningless.  To them, money.

So how did I come to notice this trend? Because I would see a post I liked with 10 or less likes and by golly, one of them was in the line up.  So I went HMMM……and began to take notice.  I have been “stalking” 🙂 some  lurkers with large followings.  And I have discovered that there are a few–very few–blogs that they actually DO follow (IE: have more than one like on the blog site, or, have even made a comment).  So I assume they DO read after all.  And I also discovered that only a tiny percentage of their “following” actually presses LIKE on any of their posts.  What a load of  …


WordPress states that around 1 million posts per day are published.  My puny mind cannot comprehend the amount of likes that produces. Unfortunately, there is a (hopefully small) percentage of likes that are nothing but a quick click of the button.  And for what? Why would people do this? Of course I am an idealist, I thought blogging was about the IDEA.  No, for some is appears that blogging is about MONEY.  Get enough clicks on your blog, or  “followers”,  and advertisers will pay you to put their logo on your site.

Now the merchants that set up their site as merchants are at least honest. I suspect they didn’t like my blog because they read it. They just wanted me to come to their site, and I appeared from my post to be a potential customer.  But since they set themselves up as merchants, I can just smile and take advantage of an interesting, or horrifying, shopping opportunity and either look around or get off the site.  And I have had some eye-opening sites that have “liked” or “followed” me.  Never put the word WEED on the title of a post……  🙂

Back to the lurkers.  I grudgingly admit that one was an amazing photography studio/personal travel  blog and I follow it, although I am confounded as to how he finds blogs, as he is the very first “like” on several blogs that recently started.  Several of the lurkers are obviously just trying to get advertising or clicks.  The one that really struck me actually emailed me suggesting that I pump her site and she would make a note about mine.  As she had 1 million followers, I assume she has a staff of people emailing madly.  She at least was honest in her aggressive desire for advertising dollars, but her manic site made me dizzy and I had to get off in 3 seconds.

What really set me off was a blog I recently reviewed (an obvious lurker) who stated in his “About” that blogging was all about money and advertising and personal eclectic blogs like mine were the worst.  My premonition in my post “Eclectic Directions” was true, according to him.  You needed a main direction or you would fail as a blogger. Ok, I will fail.  But I will fail with wacky-personal-poetic-singing-humorous-Christian-real life stories that, I hope, will last longer in a readers’ mind than his “Top 10 cat jumps”.

But I also follow amazing blogs with large followings  who respond personally on every comment. It is obvious that they love what they do.  Their blog exemplifies blogging at its’ best.

The moral? Not everyone who likes your post has read one word of it.  Love of money still is the root of all evil, even in the blogging world.  It’s just a little more insidious.

10 comments on “The WordPress Lurkers

  1. Like everything on the web, the world in fact, there are different reasons driving behavior. I read and comment. I write and follow like minded people and ignore these noncommited bloggers. That is my choice. They choose and lose in my opinipn

  2. Pretty gutsy post here, Lorene. I agree with you and lament that LIKE is misused in this selfish, greedy way. For me, to click on LIKE without reading the post is disingenuous and lying. Relationships and communication cannot thrive with lies and the loss of trust. At the end of the day, I really can’t sleep if I lied that day. God won’t let me. He’s got such a big mouth and He pesters me with conviction until I fess up and get it right. If I don’t like a post I won’t LIKE it.

  3. I’m going to have to think about this post for a while. I never look at my likes on my blogs, I interact with those that comment. I use the like as a way of letting the writer know that I have connected in some way with their post, I never look at who else as clicked the like someone else’s blog. It none of my business. Perhaps I am a wordpress lurker, but that doesn’t bother me, I’ve stopped seeking other’s approval.

  4. I found your thoughts on this fascinating!
    I am guilty of “like”-ing but not commenting, but I always do read what I like. I like in a happy imaginary bubble where other people do the same (I know it is a bubble, but I don’t know if I want to get out). I like the “like” button in that it acknowledges that I enjoyed the read, but sometimes I don’t have anything to add to the discussion (or at least I think I don’t).
    It is odd to me that people try to boost their views or do anything in a self-serving way, at least with regards to reading other blogs, but I agree that it does appear that is what people do. I totally get that it bothers you. Especially where blogging is a community and it is nice to have conversations with people. And where some people just seem to do it for money or glory. I have learned more from readers who engage than I would have from just posting with no feedback. That is the beauty of the blogging world, not funding my coffee addiction.
    I used to worry a lot about how many “likes” or “follows” I had, but now I realize it is more about the conversations I have around posts or even the impact I have heard about from some that read my posts but never comment at all, but talk to me in person.

    • You and I are of the same mind. I know my post will offend some people, but it was just my disappointed response to commercialism and exploitation of a medium meant to substitute for coffeehouse conversation. Of course that is how I see blogging, so I suppose I am close minded. I do look at everyone’s page who likes a post, more as a courtesy then anything else, but I have found some lovely sights this way. While that takes time, it is part of my blogging “creed”. I love blogging, and I want everyone to love the personal, yet global connection to person’s one would never meet–like you!! 🙂

  5. I’m guilty of liking without commenting, but I do read! 🙂 I often feel like a spammer though because I’ll read several posts in a sitting and only belatedly realize that I forgot to hit “like”… so then I go back randomly and hit like on the last 5, just to let the writer know they were read and enjoyed.

    But yes, I know the faces that you’re talking about– even the two you specifically mentioned, 😀 There really aren’t many of them in the whole of WP, I think… otherwise we all wouldn’t recognize so many of them!

    I like the name WordPress Lurker, though, haha– it’s catchy! 😀

    • The more you add the less you can really absorb. I am getting very picky about who I add, as I want to really get to know who I follow. There are a few that I really love as people and I always give them support and encouragement. For that is what blogging is all about for me. Im sure there are many people who will be offended by what I said, but it was just an insight into my blogging style! I have found myself skimming recently due to time, and I hate that, so I am trying to find more time to savor what others share.

  6. Hehe, I had to ‘like’ this one. My attention span is extremely short, but I read most of this. Being honest though, I tend to read the shorter ones, unless they can really grab my attention. I do agree though, I blog to get the word out and not for money. Would be nice to make some dough while doing this though 🙂 I follow many blogs, and when they post a new blog I have full intentions of reading it, but it actually happening is another story. It also depends on my mood. Sometimes, I set some aside because I want to post a comment, then I just forget…

  7. To me Lorene Blogging is a conversation, I read Posts and then comment, if they reply I continue to follow them, if they ignore me then after a while I loose interest, same if they don’t approve my comments, or they just want numbers, which means they are not interested in me as a person which is the same if they never visit me, it’s just one sided and goes no where, we do unto others what we want them to do for us so I respond ho they respond to me.

    If someone comes on my Blog they are worthy of my attention and they are my Priority but I use the side bar now as my Computer has crashed a few times and I have lost all my Inbox mail, I check often when I Post to see if others comment before I Post again or I do so very soon after and I visit their Blog and read and comment too, I just use the Like button if I have already commented on another of their Posts unless I want to add more which I did with you Loraine but I’m still waiting for a reply on your previous Post.

    As for the Likes , good write up, well done… WordPress send me an insulting notification if I click on it myself which I did when I responded to Ron’s Posts, they must think it funny to be rude to people but then wonder why people are rude to them. Some likes are not genuine and they go nowhere and your not even notified about them why ? who knows, who cares, if anyone wants to make money from our Blog we won’t respond, I want to get to know other Bloggers and share my heart and thoughts with them, as I enjoy what they share with me and not seek to profit from them. I dislike continued moderating, I don’t feel trusted and often stop commenting on their Blogs but that depends on their response long term and their interest in me as a person of worth, if it continues to be one sided I move on as I shared at first, Blogging to me is a conversation.

    Christian Love from us both- Anne

    • There should be more to it then a quick click of a button. This post was a irate response to a couple of bloggers who are obviously abusing the intention of blogging. Not that they will ever see it, but I type what I feel at the time!

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