Likes have economic value in Steem. As you may be aware, the selection of curation works by community curators has resulted in a voting circle jerk in Steem.Let's see some communities are closed. They were left by the members and curators after the unfair post selections.
In my opinion, curators do not have to wait for the post to be selected by community curators. It is better to upvote the personal views of the whales, not the personal views of community leaders.
Can you imagine a community with thousands of members being left by the members? It is a social distrust of leaders in the community. And the case is repeated in other and new communities. Personal blogging without community will not get upvoted. I do not care. I will post on my blog and I will not depend on the community curators.