We all have our own ways of managing the comparisons and assorted other icky feelings that inevitably come up as part of being in an online community.
WordPress has now taken away one of my ways.
Normally I avoid looking at stats, and at things like who’s liking who. I get into a pattern of not looking, and so I can avoid having it cross my mind. That’s a good thing.
But now you can’t click “like” without WordPress shoving the person’s other likes in your face. Even if you wanted to avoid it, you can’t. It becomes very easy to fall into the so-and-so-likes-their post-but-not-mine trap because it’s right there slapping you in the face. It makes me feel like I’m 13 again, and I don’t like it.
So thanks a lot, WordPress, for ripping away one of my crazy-reducing tactics. There was already more than enough crazy to go around.