The “likes” widget is changing the WP community. It is driving readers to click the like button, instead of commenting.
A blogging community is centered around commenting, not liking. A person does not even have to read a post in order to “like” it.
Blogging is about reading and discussion.
Commenting is what drives a blogging community.
If there is only “likes” and no discussion, what is the point?
Discussion drives thoughts and learning.
What can I learn from a “like?”
If I wanted to press buttons, I would go to Facebook or Tumblr.
The likes widget is a bad idea. It stops the discussion.
Should I blog with no discussion?