If you want to write for others, it’s important they like what you write. You can argue they may not know what they like, or you can lead them somewhere new, but in the end, the customer is always right, they decide.
So theoretically, the like statistics are an indicator for what the world thinks about your writing. It might correlate to when you post, how often you post, how well you tag, how much trust you’ve built with your readership, and the luck of the draw of who’s online…but all that aside, you need to believe there’s something there, in the data.
Before the Internet, all this power came from a select few who would review manuscripts and advise on how well they would read to the masses. Now, the writer can pitch it to the world herself. The likes should inform your direction.
Sure, I love the idea of publishing books, the idea my writing will live on after I’m gone. But if none of that happens, this will still be enough, to please people with simple tales and insights. Just by reading, you make it possible…and I really like that. Thank you!