Who doesn’t like getting Likes from other bloggers on their posts? I sure do…. not just because I want to think people are actually bothering to look at what I post, but I also happen to be a huge fan of avatars… or Gravatars as they are here on WordPress. I like the individual images everyone uses to represent them… and can pick all of my regular followers out merely by their Gravatar footprint, as well as those of many of the bloggers who leave occasional likes… be they true followers or spammers who just happened upon one of my posts and are trolling for follows. You know the type… you see their Gravatars in the Like gallery of bloggers all over WordPress. Hey, I’m not complaining about them… there was a time they were my only source of Likes…
I’m the kind of person who picks up on patterns that many others don’t notice, and there’s something about the Gravatar Row that appears at the bottom of each of my posts that has always intrigued me. Namely, that regardless of the order in which bloggers will hit the Like button on one of my posts, the Gravatars will always end up falling into the same order every time. Goldfish, Cutter, and Mental Mama will always end up somewhere in the first few spots on the list, while others like Merby, Squirrel Picnic and Jaded get stuck on the other end and will eventually get pushed off the edge into oblivion. What is it that determines this seemingly pre-ordained order everyone’s Gravatars will fall into as soon as they tickle my Like button?
It certainly wasn’t alphabetical order… by registered name or blog title. Perhaps it had to do with tenure at WordPress? I began to strongly suspect that when I noticed that my friend Fanny, who had just registered with WP a little over a month ago, would always end up dead last on my Like list. And then last night, I happened to be reading a post by Grandmalin and one of the recommended posts from your past that now appear under everything you write caught my eye and I decided to check it out. This particular post she wrote was from March….. of 2007!!!
Since Grandmalin always appears first on every post of mine she hits the Like button for, and I can’t imagine many of my other regulars were blogging at WP for at least 7 years now, that seems to be the final piece of proof I need that the Like order is determined by when one signed up for WordPress!
I would love to see where I stand in the Like order… especially since WordPress doesn’t seem to have a clue when my actual blogaversary is (I signed up on Christmas Eve, but get the stupid anniversary badge every May 23rd), but the trouble with that is you will always see your own Gravatar first in the gallery of Likers. This is obviously WordPress’ way of making you feel special…
So that’s it… I had nothing earth shattering or vitally important to blog about today. I just wanted to share that observation with you all so you could go about your lives wondering why in the hell I would even notice something like that. Now to make the time you
wasted spent reading this a bit more worthwhile, here’s a long overdue repost of George!!!