Hubs - How To Write Better Comments
Why Leave A Comment?
Comments for the writer is a powerful source of feedback. Here are a few reasons why we should take the time to leave a comment:
- I always appreciate it when readers leave me comments. As a writer, comments can often help me to grow and they certainly magnify my confidence. I'm talking about the kind of comments that tell me the reader has really read my hub and not just scanned through it.
- Leaving well written specific comments is a good way to build relationships. Giving our support to one another is beneficial in a variety of ways What we say in a comment can confirm to the writer that what they have to say is important and worthwhile.
- Supportive remarks can also turn someone's day around. It's a way to motivate and encourage the writer and to confirm that they are doing a good job.
- We all have our bad days. This is when those positive comments really come in handy. There have been times when I've felt out of sorts until I sat myself down at my desk, logged into Hubpages and read a comment or two on a hub that made me laugh. Many's the time a reply has turned one of my frowns upside down and into a smile or a roaring laugh.
- The support from writers here on hubpages is un-surpassed by any other writing venue. We all appreciate a supportive comment and an " atta boy " once in a while. You can usually find this in a comment left in the comment section by a caring writer.
The personal connection we make through commenting is a great way to "give back" and to make a difference. Most writers will reciprocate when a comment is left.
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How To Write Better Comments
What you say and how you say it can have a lasting affect, not only for the author but for anyone reading your comments. Here are some things you can do when commenting.
- One thing to keep in mind is that through your comments you are building relationships..
- You are also adding to your profile. This is where you show your expertise and understanding of the topic.
- Let your personality shine through. Good comments make you feel as though the other person is right there talking to you. Your comments define who you are. Two-word phrases such as "great hub", could be written by a robot. Avoid this type of brief response.
- What is it about the hub that makes it great? Your comments don't have to read like a novel. And if you choose your words carefully, one sentence or one short paragraph will do nicely. I have often read a powerful message using only three or for words.
- Try to add value as you comment. Let your comment reflect that you've read the hub. .
- If you leave lengthy blocks of comments, break them down into shorter paragraphs.
- Watch your spelling. Anytime you're unsure of how to spell a word, look it up. How would you feel about the credibility of a teacher who spelled out teecher instead of teacher ?.
- If you have additional information on the topic of the hub, don't be hesitant to add it with your comments.
- Avoid leaving links to your own hubs if possible. You never want to give the impression that you self-promoting.
- Use a Thesaurus for synonyms and antonyms. Example: Replace the word "great" with excellent, remarkable, fantastic, awesome, etc.
- Be sincere.
- Be helpful without being critical or rude.
- The only time I decide not to comment is if the hub is low-quality.
- Remember the reason for commenting. To give support!. This is especially true for new writers that have just joined up.
Why You Should Leave Comments
- When you take the time to leave a comment you are opening the door to your own hubs.
- You are building traffic as you follow and comment. I was once asked the question, " How do I get others to follow me and generate comments on my hubs?" When I asked " how many comments do you leave on other hubs?", the answer was " none." "It takes too much time."
- You are building your writing skills as you learn to write good comments.
- Set aside a specific amount of time for commenting on hubs.
- Your belief in someone else is powerful.The appreciation you show for the effort and time put in to creating a hub, commenting and replying to comments encourages the writer.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it. ~David Star Jordan, The Philosophy of Despair
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When you leave a comment you are validating the worth of not only what is written, but the worth of the writer himself. How powerful!
Make your comments count. Why do you like the hub? If you learned something new from the writer take time to share this in your comments. Maybe you were inspired. What about the hub inspired you?
If certain emotions or memories came up for you, share those too. Don't hold back. Your comments reflect who you are. If you're caring - it will show. If you're in a big hurry - that too will show.
The writer has spent time, research, editing, presentation and passion to write the best hub possible. Leave words of appreciation and/or gratitude. You know how much this means to you as you read comments left on your hub.
I'd like to take a minute now to send out a big thank you to all of you who have sent me words of encouragement on my own hubs these past 5 years. You've no idea how I've grown because of you.
Thank you ~
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© 2012 Audrey Hunt
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