Claps claps claps, we’re all whores for those claps; at the mercy of which our monthly bills depend on, that extra cash, those tips, the little delightful notifications of euphoria.
Generosity, I find it quite fulfilling; I hand out claps like Oprah hands out cars, I do.
I don’t do it for the ol’ “Clap for Clap”, mate. I do it because if I’ve bothered reading your article, might as well leave a few claps for the effort; I mean what’s the harm in it, I pay for my subscription don’t I?
I won’t hold a grudge when I get a ludicrous amount of “views” but no claps, because quite frankly I don’t know who you are; hence I can’t harass you online. I would if I could, I’m a jerk like that.
“Hey! You read my article. Couldn’t you be bothered to click on that little hand button at least once?” — maybe it’s just too much to ask for.
Beggars can’t be choosers, as I’ve learnt in my experience with writing; hence make do with what I must — keep on grindin’.
What I do find is, it’s the effect of running a red red light; if one person does it, we all do it…or at least I do.
I believe in Scientific terms, if I were trying to sound smart, it’s called “Social Conformity and Groupthink” — (I always knew that Psychology course was going to pay off someday).
In writing and otherwise, on social media, I find this to be a prevalent effect; once something goes viral — the rolling effect spreads like wildfire.
One individual gives it a like, a share, or a few claps; and hence, other’s do surrender quite easily.
I’ve tested this myself on multiple platforms and found it to be true, I feel compelled to leave a Like based on the ratio displayed.
It also means I’m quite gullible and easily persuaded.
It represents a simple notion, that most people — if not all, often will just follow the crowd if it is acceptable to do so…hence bringing us back to writing and why we fall short of expectations.
It’s not necessarily that the article is bad or good; it’s the resonance of it.
Your writing has little to do with like-ability, in fact; I find that to be opposing the new age of writing on a social platform.
The effect of writing something meaningful also had to be “relatable”, something us humans are all drawn to.
Topics such as, clickbaities, lists, sex, relationships, love, how to become irresistible, motivational pieces, you name it — it’ll land on at least a 2K crap.
I mean clap…CLAP! Not crap. Why did I just write crap?
If a few select individuals find it compelling and relatable, the herd will follow and you’ve got yourself a nice fat payday for the month; enjoy being a viral sensation.
Now Oprah if you could just please write me a big fat cheque for the effort…?