First of all, I would like to establish that Instagram has about 200 million monthly users (March 2014) while WordPress has about 400 million monthly users (2014), which is twice that of Instagram. And I also understand that Instagram revolves around pictures, while WordPress is more text-oriented, thus, these two social media cannot be accurately compared together.
However, I have noticed a trend. It could be just me, or maybe it applies to almost everyone. The trend is: Appreciation is easier to attain on Instagram then on WordPress. Why do I say so? This is because I have observed that posts on Instagram, no matter how insignificant and irrelevant, can get several ‘hearts’, whereas on WordPress, many posts ((mostly anime reviews and stuff)) receive only 1 or 2 likes, sometimes even ignored.
Of course, quality of content is extremely important. But do those pictures on Instagram have any importance or informative content? “Eating at McDonalds now~” well okay? good for you? do you really have to post a picture of smth so common? But in the end, it got like 10+ ‘hearts’. For WordPress, well… I think you understand.
So, what does a ‘star’ or a ‘heart’ represent? It means that someone likes your content and appreciates it. Hence, following that logic, if no one ‘stars’ or ‘hearts’ your posts, it means that your content was not appreciated. This is why Instagram has a rapidly growing user base as compared to the gradual increase WordPress has had over the past 4-5 years. People feel more recognised and appreciated on Instagram, than on WordPress. Thus, a greater number of people prefer to use Instagram instead.
However, I feel that appreciation follows the same concept of “availability and value”. When there is higher availability of something, the value drops because it is so easily obtainable; vice versa. Thus, because ‘hearts’ are so ‘cheap’ on Instagram, or should I say, freely given, that it has become an expectation to receive ‘hearts’ regardless of the quality of content. It has reached a point whereby some people just scroll through their feed and double tap every single post before they even realise what the picture is about. In this case, would you enjoy the ‘hearts’ you attained? I don’t know but I find it unsatisfying.
Therefore, I actually prefer WordPress, where people are less inclined to give ‘stars’. Furthermore, it is actually really good that the ‘star’ button is located below the post, such that people will read the post before reaching the button and clicking it. This will ensure that people like your post for the content and not for nothing. Even though many a times, my posts seem as if they are not recognised, not acknowledged, I believe that it could be because my blog isn’t popular or well-known enough. Hence, we should always use more tags to spread the influence of our blogs and reach out to a larger audience.
All in all, I would love for people to appreciate posts more, but appreciate it for the quality and not for the sake of appreciating.