I’ve temporarily disabled the like button for posts. I was getting likes from people I suspect weren’t that interested in the post itself but rather in furthering their agenda (as in spamming me). I’ll bring the like button back when WordPress.com gives me the capability to delete such likes. Since most of my readers arrive from Google Search, I think the typical anonymous user will find it much easier to just rate a post. I want to simplify rating the posts by adopting the Nero (up/down) rating scheme, but the dashboard has no statistics for that.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 40,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 15 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.