Of course it is not mandatory for you to like a friend’s Facebook art page, blog page, or cause page, but I always wonder why some invite you to like their page, but then do not reciprocate. I usually like many of my friends’ pages, even without them even having to invite me to do so. I just consider it the supportive thing to do, but some feel being a cheerleader of the interwebs looks spammy. Oh well, let them think that about me, I will continue to be the supportive type, and I always enjoy seeing others do the same.
Some people are so worried that a blogger or an artist promoting themselves is spammy, but is it really? As Aya Katz pointed out the other day, a lot of people who share popular memes and photographs on Facebook often do not realize that these are created by Facebook pages that are actually businesses promoting their own services. So no one is saying you have to like or visit your friends’ pages, but if you are going to request that they do this for you, then why not reciprocate?
Make the rounds and show you are interacting with your fellow bloggers. I think that is why I especially enjoyed the A to Z Challenge last year because it was all about writing a blog about a different letter theme each day, but you also had to visit other blogs and comment. Unlike other sites no one is getting paid to do this, but you are interacting with your bloggers to learn more about the interwebs, and they are doing the same. Interaction is one of the more enthralling parts of the Internet, and I feel I get more out of a blog when there is a real conversation going on. It is like a virtual salon with everyone exchanging ideas and such. We are never all going to agree on everything, but at least by conversing with each other we can learn to appreciate other perspectives.