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I’ve been struggling over whether to discontinue the “to my readers” request for feedback at the end of each post.

A few of you regularly respond and it causes me happy feelings to know I’ve evoked an emotional or funny response from you.

Others have told me they like the question because it makes them think, but they can’t find the time to respond. And still others have confided they’re not comfortable in their writing skills. So some people end up feeling guilty for “not writing back.”

Gosh, I never intended for anyone to feel badly about not responding. The whole idea of my writing is to bring a spark of joy or insight or a fresh way of looking at something into people’s lives.

I myself feel quite uncomfortable when others try to guilt me into doing something.

Have you noticed this type of behavior on Facebook? Here are some examples:

  • Sadly, less than 2% of you will be brave enough to like and share this story.
  • Angels are real! Type YES if you agree and SHARE this video if it’s true.
  • Let’s see how many of my “friends” will repost this story.

 Are you aware that this type of mass shout-out for a response is called “like-farming”?  According to Fox Tech news “Like-farming is when scammers post an attention-grabbing story on Facebook for the express purpose of cultivating likes and shares. Based on the way Facebook works, the more likes and shares a post has, the more likely it is to show up in people’s News Feeds.”  You can search online for “like-farming” to read more, such as this one from Consumer Affairs:

So when you LIKE or type YES or AMEN to items ORIGINALLY posted by someone you don’t know, you may be inadvertently playing into marketing hands. I know, I know…you may feel really bad about not giving a LIKE to a heart-warming story about a child or kitten or not typing an AMEN to the story of an underdog who ended up on top. But that’s what “they” are counting on.

Guess what? Writing is therapeutic and has provided my answer. I don’t want anyone to feel even a smidgen of guilt about not responding. As of today, I’ll no longer pose an ending question or comment. You’re off the hook!

But of course, should you want to comment on any post, at the end is a section that says LEAVE A REPLY.  Or you can comment on Lifted Up’s Facebook page. Move there via the FB icon in the extreme upper right corner of the screen. You can also LIKE me on Facebook!

Yes and Amen!