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.

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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

Final Thoughts

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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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello vocalcoach. There are Hub writers that I try to read all their work and reply in some way. There are occasions where I give a quick comment to just let a writer know I stopped by to read. I do read some hubs and disagree with what is written. Those I just go on my way. As our works become more abundant, it become difficult to respond to everyone.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hi Vocalcoach - I totally agree. I someone has taken time to leave a comment - I certainly respond. I do try to visit everyone's hubs - but I am always way behind! I try to play catch up - and just seem to get lost.

You always have hubs that are useful - and nice and they make a person feel good!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mcbirdbks - I know what you mean and I do the same thing when I don't agree with a hub. And I'm so far behind in both my reading and commenting it doesn't look like I'll catch up anytime soon. I'm delighted that you stopped by as I value your words and your support.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi sweet Realhousewife - It seems like an impossible task to reply to everyone's comments. Even with my new program to dedicate time to do this, I'm so far behind that I'm actually embarrassed to reply. I have to say, I'm relieved to learn that I'm not the only one having trouble catching up. Thanks so much!


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

True dat, dawg!

Bob


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

So much could be said on a topic like this one.You've really written the quintessential article on commenting vocalcoach. Many of us prefer to look on each and every comment as a personal correspondence; even a sincere line or two is appreciated. Supporting each other before being thrown to the Google is so very important and is one of many things that make HubPages a special site. Thank you vocalcoach, mucho perfecto senorita!


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Heather Says 4 years ago from Buckeye, Arizona

I try to comment as often as I can. It feels weird to read an entire article and say nothing-- especially if I enjoyed it and leaving a comment only takes a second. I figure someone put a fair amount of work into their hub-- and some more than others... I can take a second to give some input. At the same time, I try my best to respond to the comments people leave me. Again, they took time to leave me a mote or feedback, so I can be kind enough to acknowledge them and communicate back. This was great, thanks :)


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

It is easier to reply to comments now, as you can do so in your account section if you don't want to go to your hub. I love receiving comments and often learn new information in addition to what I have written. I almost always leave comments, but I don't always go back to see if it was acknowledged due to time constraints.

It takes a lot of time to write some hubs, particularly if they are well researched, but I think any hub deserves a comment, even if it is short and sweet.I agree with your list of reasons to comment. Great hub and voted up.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

Great hub

(just kidding) It is good though to have others views on this topic. Comments on my hubs, I always make the effort to respond, if they took the time to read my hub and comment then they deserve to be aknowledged, and I like to know what people think. Besides we sometimes strike up a conversation and get to know someone better.

As for leaving comments, I follow a group of people and usually try to read their hubs and leave a comment. If they publish daily then I may only read 3 a week. But I do like them to know that I read their hub.

I quite often miss hubs because I don't get the notifications for some hubbers and so it may be a while before I think 'Oh I'll pop over and see what so and so is doing' Like today. Lol. But it is hard keeping up with everyone.

So yes an excellent hub and I do agree with all of your reasons for receiving and giving comments.


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

I always comment. I want to support all of my fellow hubbers, even if I don't agree with them. The funny part is I am not always aware if my comments have been addressed because I follow so many people that there just isn't enough time to do it all.


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Melovy 4 years ago from UK

This is so interesting and timely for me. I had over 50 comments on Saturday - or maybe 60 - and just didn’t know how I was going to reply to all that. My husband said just to leave them or just give one reply saying thank you, but that didn’t feel right to me. First I answered the comments on hubs with only one or two and avoided the main one. Then I decided just to go for it. If someone said, “Great hub,” or some other praise then they got a thank you. If the comments were longer and about a particular aspect then I gave a longer reply.

As for leaving comments - I try to do so whenever a hub engages me (as this one clearly has) when I learn from it, find it funny or when just to encourage writers. But there are days when I am just too busy to leave all the comments I’d like to or even to read all I’d like to…

Thanks for a thought-provoking hub.


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

I think it depends on your topic and what people want to read. Some may have no comment. I know how you feel. Sometimes I have only one comment, yet I have many views. Some are silent observers.I take it with a grain of salt. I am commenting today because i want you to know you are not alone. Hope this helps.It is helpful to get comments because then you know people have actually connected or were interested in your hub. Your efforts are appreicated! Have a great day.

On the flipside, I would not have the time to reply to more than 10 comments aday.


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alphagirl 4 years ago from USA

I think it depends on your topic and what people want to read. Some may have no comment. I know how you feel. Sometimes I have only one comment, yet I have many views. Some are silent observers.I take it with a grain of salt. I am commenting today because i want you to know you are not alone. Hope this helps.It is helpful to get comments because then you know people have actually connected or were interested in your hub. Your efforts are appreicated! Have a great day.

On the flipside, I would not have the time to reply to more than 10 comments aday.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina

Judging from the number of quality comments that this hub has already garnered, it's clear that you've hit on a topic that's important to many hubbers.

I so agree with every point that you've made here, especially the part about building relationships. When a fellow hubber whose own writing you admire leaves a comment that provides specific feedback and/or adds to the content of the hub, it is inspiring and sometimes quite surprising. It helps us "see" our own abilities and we may find ourselves branching off in new directions.

You are that type of commenter to me, and I thank you so much for not only including me in this important hub, but for your ongoing support which has brightened many of my days.

Sending a Bouquet of Hub Love & Hugs,

Gail


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allpurposeguru 4 years ago from North Carolina

"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 ?" -- sounds like my 9th-grade English teacher!! [sarcasm]Thanks for the reminder.[/sarcasm]

Not everyone follows your practice of not commenting on hubs they disagree with. More than once, someone has left critical comments on my hubs. In principle, comments like that could cause me to change my mind on something, although it hasn't happened yet. I restate why I think I'm right and they're wrong, and I hope they think I've done so graciously.

On the most recent occasion, the person's responses were almost long enough to be a hub themselves. After about three of them, I said I wasn't going to use my hub for continuing the discussion--and denied his next comment.

Disagreement is not always a bad thing (although offhand, I also can't recall any time when I have left a critical comment on someone else's hub). If I want a dialog with readers, I can't insist that everyone always agree with men.

[And here's the obligatory] Great hub.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Happyboomernurse ~ Good morning! I had no idea that this hub would attract so many people. In fact I almost decided not to publish it for fear of offending someone.

So your confirmation that my hub is important to fellow hubbers is gladly accepted on this end.

Thank you Gail for being the kind of writer that I can use as an example for leaving excellent comments. Your comments on this hub prove my point!

I particularly appreciate these remarks - "When a fellow hubber whose own writing you admire leaves a comment that provides specific feedback and/or adds to the content of the hub, it is inspiring and sometimes quite surprising. It helps us "see" our own abilities and we may find ourselves branching off in new directions."

Thank you for "leading the way." Sending rainbows to color your day.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great useful hub. Also I've notice that mainly new hubbers don't vote.

Vote up, useful and interesting, Joyce.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I acknowledge every comment if at all possible. It's the least I can do after someone took the time!

I almost never delete comments, unless it's a troll.


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Healthy Pursuits 4 years ago from Oregon

Very complete and useful hub, vocalcoach. I agree with everything you've written. I wasn't commenting a lot at first, because I ran into so many sloppy and poorly written hubs, as well as hubs that were full of misspellings. Then, as I followed more and more good hubbers, I found myself naturally commenting more.

I've also been made curious about various hubbers when I read their comments at the bottom of hubs that I liked, and have found and followed several good writers that way.

There is one more benefit to commenting. If you like a hub that was published a while ago, and you choose to comment on it, you're helping the writer. Google considers your comment an update to the hub. So hubbers who have a lot of hubs to update don't have to update that one if they don't want to.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Very rarely do I read a hub without leaving a comment because I think it's important to honor the writers work.

Like you, I look forward to hearing what people think about a hub I wrote, much like I look forward to a teacher's (or editor's) feedback. Maybe I'm insecure and just need that validation. I do most of what you suggest - break up long comments, try to relate it to something of my own experience and try to be specific. There are few things worse than a terse and cliched, "great hub" left on a hub you've spent hours on.

I agree with Gail, this seems to have struck a chord with many people and I agree with you -- I always look forward to her comments because they are so well written. I think she'd make a chastise sound like a compliment!


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Very lovely and inspiring Hub. Apart from reading interesting Hubs, I have a habit of visiting everyone who has commented on my Hub, reading at least one of their own and commenting. I leave many comments, so I don't know if anyone replied to an earlier one, until I revisit them again, maybe a week later.

I like the HP culture of leaving comments. It's not just "nice share" "Great Hub" and as you noted, personalities shine through.

Thanks, this was good to read. :-)


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I try to comment on every Hub I read. Sometimes I am just so far behind that I just Vote Up and move on but that is rare. I never get into a back and forth disagreeing with someone. I do like to receive comments and I like to give them also. I believe comments show we value an author's hard work.


PWalker281 4 years ago

Yes, I am big on commenting and enjoy reading comments left on my hubs for the reasons you state here, Audrey. And, as you also state, it's, at the very least, the polite thing to do to respond to comments, so I do it religiously.

On those hubs where the hubber chooses not to respond to his or her comments, I typically don't leave any; it's like talking to a brick wall! Not to say I won't vote the hub up if I enjoyed it, but it's a bit off-putting when comments aren't acknowledged.

On the rare occasions that I don't leave a comment for a hubber who responds, it's typically when that hubber has strong political or religious views and isn't open to hearing an alternative pov. I know one hubber whose political views aren't an exact match to mine, so I typically don't comment on those hubs. But we have crafts in common, and I love commenting on those hubs and use that shared interest to build the relationship.

Great tips on the art of commenting, Audrey. Voted up and (very) useful.


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Paradise7 4 years ago from Upstate New York

I agree with you, of course. It isn't often that my comments are unacknowledged. Most people do take the time to say "Thanks", though not everyone. Sometimes a particular hub is so popular and so overwhelmed with comments that its author doesn't reply individually. That's ok, too.

What I really like is reading other people's comments. We have quite the witty crowd here on hubpages. They're sharp and funny and give great riposte!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

If I didn't know better, I would think you were eavesdropping. I just talked about this YESTERDAY to a fellow-hubber.

I may have a very strong opinion on this topic, Vocal coach, so I'll apologize in advance if it seems I may sound like an old school marm.

I'll be the 1st. to admit that I probably write a lot more than most people want to read, when I leave a comment. I would like them to take it as a compliment that I have that much to say to them....but......

If my comment is not acknowledged at all, I'm disappointed to say the least, but I can understand some hubbers are all about writing and reading as much as possible and consider "comments" too much ado. They either don't want to take the time, or they simply have nothing to say in response. To each his own.

Having said this....IMO, hubbers who leave 2 or 3 words...as in "good hub...voted UP." and do this repeatedly for every hub and every hubber...well, they may as well not even bother.

I am a stickler on courtesies and socially acceptable attitudes. HubPages has a social aspect to it. But, here again, most hubbers belong to several online groups and try to keep up with all of them. I belong to none....by choice.

So far...(10 months) I have not run into another single hubber who not only reads every single word of a hub, but reads ALL comments. as well. I DO. It never occurred to me, not to. I have an interest in all the various and diverse opinions and attitudes of my fellow-hubbers.

Bottom line...everyone is different and has their own style. We can make decisions based on how behaviors of others effect us.....and no one ever has to know or feel badly. Thanks for writing this hub.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

diogenes ~ Well those are three very powerful words. Not sure what they mean but I'll reply with a thanks anyhow. :-) So glad you dropped by Bob!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

This is a great hub article and one that should be tacked on to newcomers to the site. I agree that we should support our followers and vice versa. By commenting we support other hubbers and help them to feel validated in their writing efforts.

I try to leave comments on all the hubs I read through, sometimes time does not allow me to get to all of them. I do appreciate the effort that many go to to respond and contribute to a hub. Thanks for writing this topic and for your positive advice. Voted up!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Alastar ~ As you have mentioned, it is precisely the supportive comments that make hubpages a special site to write for. I've written for several other sites, as many of us have, and felt little to no support from other members. Thank you much for your contribution!


kelleyward 4 years ago

I love hubpages because of the comments I get from fellow hubbers. Thanks for writing on this topic. I love the pictures you provided here and the way you organized this hub! Take care, Kelley


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have to admit, vocalcoach, there have been the rare occasion where I have left a hub without commenting. I would rather say nothing than be critical. After all, every individual is entitled to think and say what they want. That is not to say that I have to agree with everything written to leave a comment. I can relate to and appreciate an element in something written that I never experienced and learn from it. The people I have been lucky enough to find and follow can surprise, amaze, and delight me with laughter or move me to tears. I worry when occasionally a comment I leave goes without a response, as I would never intentionally hurt anyone. But, I realize that there are no hard-fast rules and some people prefer to write their thoughts or feelings and leave it at that. It's all good!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Amen sista! I love the comments feature on a Hub - sometimes I don't have a lot to say once I reach the end of reading but I always want to let the author know that I was there :) I think support within the community is very important and I know I have come to value that support more than any other feature on HubPages! (I will admit here that there are a few times I just can't think of anything to say about a Hub so I don't comment - BUT that's not often.)

Having said the above - it does bother me if I notice a person's Hubs repeatedly get many comments and the author hasn't left a response on ANY of the Hubs to ANY of the comments. It makes me wonder why I bother. Snooty? Maybe. Do I care? Nope :)


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Tams R 4 years ago from Missouri

I must tell you what I find so funny about this hub. You left a comment on my hub 3 days ago and I had not replied until tonight.

Normally, I reply within the day but I've been in a slump and just got around to it.

For the record, I did reply to your comment before I found this hub. (smile)

I know I find it annoying to take the time to comment on someone's work only to find they can't even say, "thanks" in return.

I have a rule. If I get to the bottom of a hub or story then I leave a comment. It's just respect.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You read my mind, Audrey, about the importance of comments and acknowledging every single one. It can be time-consuming but it is the polite, right thing to do. It can also INCREASE traffic to your hubs. (See my 'Comments and Traffic.')

Thanks for the mention, m'dear, it is my pleasure to read and comment on your well-written hubs.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Heather - You said it all. It truly feels "weird" to me too not to reply to a hub after reading it. The benefits of leaving comments are also helping other readers. Keep on leaving your wonderful words of support!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

I am like you, VocalCoach! I love receiving comments, and sometimes I spend almost as much time responding to comments or making comments as I do on writing a hub.

Leaving comments on a site like HP's is so important for building a relationship with other writers. I, like RealHouseWife, get behind on my reading, but I do try to keep up with my comments.

I think it is important to return a comment once you have received one, too. Sometimes, I wait for a response to my comment on someone else's hub with as much anticipation as I wait for comments to my own hubs.

Comments make the community so much better, and the people become a part of our lives. Great advice! Votes and shared! (I always love getting Diogenes -Bob's- comments - to the point and makes me feel like I did a pretty good job with my hub. I just wish I could say so much with as few words... LOL)


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Charlotte B Plum 4 years ago

Hey vocalcoach!

I always admire how you are able to think of particular topics to write about - you write about such varied subjects, yet you attract tons of readers that clamor to give you comments.

And I always find it so interesting to read the comments that are left on your hubs, as they are often so long and your replies are just as gracious and interesting.

So I am glad to learn the art of commenting from you! I still remember how you first left me some fanmail and after that I was hooked on your hubs. And you were the hubber that inspired me to leave a comment on other's hubs too - which now I do, with the primary motivation to encourage the hubber.

As always, I enjoy your hubs so much!


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I always leave comments. I would be sad if no one commented on one of my hubs. :( I enjoy building relationships here and leaving good comments is a great way to do that. I appreciate the time and effort that hubbers put into writing their hubs. I want to let them know that I enjoyed their hub and that their time and effort is appreciated. Great hub here! Voted up and useful! Have a wonderful day! :)


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

If someone has taken the time to leave a comment on one of my hubs, I always head on over to one of theirs to read and leave a comment in return. What I rarely have time to do is to go back and see if they have responded to my comment, simply because of time constraints and the number of people that have become a part of my hub family. The only exception is if I have actually asked a question. Then I try to go back at some point to see if they have responded.

You have made very valid points in this hub about the many reasons why leaving comments is important. Voting them up, useful, etc. is also important and SHARING them with others just helps each of us...especially when reciprocated in kind.

After all, isn't that what families do? As fellow hubbers, we can all help one another succeed. Up votes and SHARING this so that others can learn from your hub. Thanks!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Pamela99 - It seems that there is no easy way to keep up with comments. As hard as I try, I find that I fall behind. And I dislike finding other hubbers just leaving a "Thanks Everyone" instead of replying personally. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment here. You always do!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Rosemary ~ You've mentioned so many good things here! As you have said, this is a good way to get to know others - in fact it is one of the few ways.

Replying to all comments is very time-consuming which makes comments all that much more special. Every comment is a gift in one way ot the other. Thanks!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello "Pop." You are an example of one who sacrifices her own time to reply to every comment. I know this from experience. It only takes a minute to write a few words of thanks, but gee - when there are so many to answer, it's a huge job!


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cloverleaffarm 4 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

Hello. I reply to the hubs personally, although I have missed a couple. I think it is an important part of the community. I enjoy "meeting" people from all over the world. Thank for a great hub.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Melovy - Doesn't it feel good to be able to say what's on your mind as far as comments are concerned? (Perhaps that's why I chose this topic to write about. :-)

One thing we all agree on,is that it takes away time from other priorities. On the other hand, if we are prepared to read a hub, we ought to be prepared to comment on it.

And when we write a hub, again, we must prepare to set aside time each day to reply to comments. Having said that...I'd better get on to replying to the next comment. Yikes!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Alphagirl - Now this is a good comment! And taking time to reply to 10 comments a day is fantastic! I appreciate, being appreciated :-) :-) Thank you for sharing your helpful views. Take care.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

allpurposeguru - You are the "King of Komment"...ooops, comment. Love your personality that leaks through the use of words. You've also given me some new thoughts on how to handle a critical or downright nasty comment. I've only had one so far and it came from a non-member of HP...a long time ago when just starting my journey here.

You've shared with us some really good thoughts on commenting. Thanks and "Great Comments."


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

writer 20 - You have brought up such a good point. I completely missed it. Acknowledging the rating or voting that you have selected. I've been approached by several people who think that it isn't necewsary to add how they voted.

I think it's a good idea, otherwise the writer never knows if a vote up was cast. Thanks writer 20 for bringing this up!


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LauraGT 4 years ago from MA

Great hub. I agree that leaving comments is very important. Not only does it help build community and encourage other hubbers, but it forces me to really read people's articles. This benefits me by seeing how people's articles are structured and written. I can often tell when someone leaves me a comment after not having really read my hub, and I hope to not ever duplicate that offense! :) Besides having lots of useful tips, your hub topic is brilliant. Who could read it without commenting?!?


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Tara McNerney 4 years ago from Washington, DC

For some reason I get "commenter's block." Maybe it's the same feeling I got while in school, that my idea or question wasn't worthwhile or obvious, etc... I know I just need to get over this of course!


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Lisas-thoughts101 4 years ago from Northeast Texas

vocalcoach, what an interesting and remarkable hub for all of us to learn from. And I was especially touched that you pointed out particular "hubsters" for us to learn from as you went. I know they must have felt very special. It takes a special gift to make others feel special, too. Very nice.

Take care,

Lisa


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

You make some very good observations here. I loved how you cited specific hubbers who encouraged you! I know some of them, but many of them I'm now going to seek out.

I'm amazed when a lot of people will read one of my hubs but few (or none) leave comments. I guess I gauge my success as a writer by whether or not what I write provokes a response.

I do read a lot of political hubs without ever commenting because I want to hear a different point of view, but then I figure what's the use of stirring the pot by leaving an opposing comment? Too many seem to only want you to agree with them.

I try to read new hubbers and leave comments because I remember how it made me feel when I was starting out. Actually, that feeling doesn't go away, does it?


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Will, I did receive a comment from a troll :-) And I deleted it. You are such a sweetheart. And everyone should follow you, both for your exciting western stories, and to receive one of your "creative and humorous" comments. Boy - am I lucky!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Healthy Pursuits ~ I just found one more very good reason to read comments. You have shared important information on how google considers a comment an update to the hub! If not for your sharing this valueable information, I might have missed it completely.

So may I thank you for your excellent comments and for sharing the google information. Really appreciate both!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Danette - We are both fans of Gails comments (happyboomernurse.) Obviously we are in good company :-)

And I don't think you're insecure at all. We all need validation from time to time. That's the feul that keeps our engines running.

Your comments for example, just filled up my gas tank as I am just about on empty. Thank you, dear lady!


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alahiker28 4 years ago from the Deep South

Not only do we crave comments, but followers as well. Personally, I feel dejected when I lose a follower and there is know way for me to know why. As far as comments go, I guess some folks don't say anything if they can't say something positive.

You make a lot of good points here. Hubpages isn't necessarily meant to be a wholly reciprocal community, but it's always nice when the community practices the good old fashioned art of "do unto others."


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Kiwi Max 4 years ago from New Zealand

I feel a lot like Alahiker. It plain sucks each time you lose a follower.

As for comments - I love receiving positive comments on my hubs, it really just makes my day and I do my best to reply to every user even if it takes me all morning!


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zzron 4 years ago from Houston, TX.

Very interesting hub. I always respond to all of my comments that is if I don't overlook one and forget, but if I see there is one there I will approve it and respond. Sometimes when I leave a comment on someone else's hub I may go back and see how they responded. But for me, hub pages is just a hobby and something I find fun to do that allows me to express myself and be creative.


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sofs 4 years ago

I agree with you, if a person has taken the time out to read your article and spend some more time leaving a comment it would only be polite to thank them. I have seen hubbers who selectively answer comments and I do not generally feel very inclined to comment on their hubs.. I always make it a point to answer each comment personally. That to me is a way of appreciating the persons time and effort. Well written and useful tips. Have a great day!


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tlmcgaa70 4 years ago from south dakota, usa

wonderful hub on this topic. i myself am somewhat baffled, as my most read hubs, "Double Trouble; A Criminal Minds Script", has been read 737 times, far out ranking any7 of my other hubs on viewers...but not one single comment. i can only assume it is not as good as i thought it was lol. yet regardless of no comments it is at the top of my list of hubs and has remained there for many months now. i treasure all comments and look forward to reading them, whether they be encouraging or constructive criticism. i always reply to comments on my hubs and i always leave a comment (unless i just can't agree with the author) on hubs i read. i approve all comments made on my hubs even if i don't agree with the poster. i believe everyone has a right to an opinion. anyway great hub, thank you for writing it. have a great day.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Lady-E ~ You are utilizing hubpages 100% ! To immediately return the favor of a hubber who has visited and commented on your hub by reading one of theirs is so commendable. The best support we can give each other is to read and comment on our hubs. You are truly a "lady" in every sense of the word. Thank you.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hyphenbird - I have followed you from the very beginning and always remain impressed to see how quickly you reply to comments. You put a lot of thought into commenting. I'd like to thankyou for always leaving me a comment. I respect you so much!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Maybe I feel sad if my comment are not replied. But I realize that the decision to accept comments wholly in the hands of the author. I really love if I can give my vote beside the comment. Very inspiring hub. Thank you very much.

Love and peace, prasetio


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

PWalker - Thanks so much for reading my hub and taking time to leave a very good comment. I do agree with you on the religion and politics hubs. Having said that, there are some excellent hubs on these topics that leave an "opening" for comments such as "very well written."

Keep leaving your comments as they are very worth while and helpful!


PWalker281 4 years ago

Now that I think about it, one of my favorite hubbers to read is WingedCentaur who writes fascinating and in-depth hubs on politics and the economy and is always open to receiving and responding reasonably to comments. And yes, there's always the opportunity for a "very well written" comment.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

Hi Audrey,

I'm back...finally...moved into the "Condo with the View" and can finally catchup with my Hub Family. This was a very Timely Hub on Comments, so well written and lots of GOOD Comments...So now I'll add my two Cents on the subject.

I love Comments, and of course getting Comments on a Hub I have written. I will always try to get to Everyone that leaves a Comment, and I make sure I leave one on their page as well...It's a two way street.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Paradise 7 - Yes indeed, we have a rare group of folks here on Hubpages. I always enjoy reading comments on my own hubs of course, but equally like reading comments on other hubs too. Thanks for dropping by. Appreciate it!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

sofs...well said! You have mentioned an area that I have wondered about for sometime and that is "selectively answering comments." Everyone deserves a reply to their comment. I don't understand why a person would do this. It is very unprofessional. Thank you for your comments sofs.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

It's nice to see that someone commented on your hub. It's like saying "wow, s/he read my hub." I always appreciate the messages left by hubbers. I'n not a very good writer though and its an honor that someone care enough to read what i've done. I also receive a lot of notifications on the hubs i've commented and some of it are not replied. sometimes i would scan to see if there's a message for me too. :))


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

fphenj48 - Gee, I wish I had been ear-dropping on your coversation. And no apology needed for the striking and truthful comments you have voiced. I could not agree more on all counts. I thank you so much for your participation in my hub. You have added thoughts worth keeping.!


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Cruncher 4 years ago from UK

I agree with everything you say about replying to comments. It's common politeness as well as being good for your hubs!

I sometimes have long downtimes before I reply (if I'm not on HP for a few days) but I try and make sure I say something even if it's only "Thanks".


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

teaches12345 - There is a good point you make about newbies learning the importance of commenting and replying. When I first joined I had no idea how important this is. I second what you have said in your comments - ". By commenting we support other hubbers and help them to feel validated in their writing efforts."

Thanks Teaches.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

kelleyward - You have brought a smile to my face with your welcomed comments. I put a lot of time searching for just the right pictures. Now, I'm glad I did. Thank you Kelley!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Amy - I think you speak for the majority of people on hubpages. I'm hearing more from those who don't always leave a comment on a particular hub for the same reasons. It is a professional way to handle an article we don't agree with. Thank you Amy for these very good comments and the points you make.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Audrey ~ this topic has always been a "hot button" for me. I am really bothered by those who do not respond to comments that I leave. I try to make my comments meaningful and always respectful. And I would appreciate being acknowledged. I know, there are people that say they do not want to say the same response over and over. Or those that simply believe they do not have the time. But in the end, I'm still bothered :) I do think it is okay to combine a response to many people together. I personally try to respond individually but have on occasion responded to a group. What bothers me is no acknowledgement at all. Phew, thanks for letting me rant for a bit. Oh yeah, I loved your hub and totally agree with you.

Sharyn


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Sharyn - I'm glad you read this. I'm hoping it will bring a stronger awareness to others as to the importance of commenting and responding to comments.

It may seem like there are times that we can't come up with anything new, as you mentioned in your comments. But there is always a variety of ways to comment and to reply to comments. And if this is difficult for some, it's even more important that they "stretch" their gift of gab and try harder - after all...we are writers!

Thanks Sharyn for venting. It made wonderful comments!

Hugs!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

It does get harder all the time the more followers you get and I do not get emails anymore for all new hubs and others say that is true too. That is really the easiest way for me. For two days now I have been going from my hubs to commenter's hubs because I do want to do right by everyone but it is a real job, isn't it?


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

I believe in answering comments. Like you said people take the time to stop by. Lately I have had some nasty really nasty comments those I don't answer I don't even put them on. I have never had this happen so I was surprised to get two in two days. Very good hub.


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Dim Flaxenwick 4 years ago from Great Britain

This was a great piece of encouragement for us all. Thank you.

I try to answer every single comment that I get, but where i fall down is getting so late to your hubs(not just yours, everyones´) to read in the 1st place.


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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

I try to leave comments on most of the hubs that I read, and I usually check back to read the response. When a hub has a huge number of comments, I do understand if the the writer doesn't have time to answer individual comments, but I appreciate it when there is a response.

I do try to answer each comment on my hubs as I truly appreciate it when people take time to leave a message. I agree that responding to comments and leaving comments is a great way to build relationships within the HubPages community. It is well worth the time and effort!


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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

You are certainly popular and right on target with respect to comments, giving and receiving


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Ardie, Hi there! Hope your day is going good for you. Mine is always better after reading one of your positive comments.Love your energy. It's contagious which is one more reason each of us should take time to leave a comment for the author. For me, I get such a kick out of reading ALL comments - not just on my hubs but on all hubs I visit. Thanks a bunch Ardie!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello drbj - I only recently have put 2 and 2 together as I reached 100,000 views and then asked myself "well, where are all the comments?" :-) Shouldn't I be seeing 100,000 comments? Dream on vocalcoach. And that's exactly what I'm going to do because it's nite-nite time.

Thank you, dear friend!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

sholland 10 - Hi there. What wonderful comments. I love this - "I think it is important to return a comment once you have received one, too. Sometimes, I wait for a response to my comment on someone else's hub with as much anticipation as I wait for comments to my own hubs."

I know exactly what you mean. It's like having a coversation with the reader. The reply is so very important. Yes, it's a bit time consuming, but anything worth having involves giving time to it.

My hub page family is so important to me. The closeness we share, the experiences, the groanes and moanes and the joy in one anothers accomplishments are like any family. Yes, I truly cherish my friends here on hub pages, including you!

Thanks for the vote up, ratings and sharing.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear, sweet Charlotte - I'm floating on a cloud after reading your kind comments. I had no idea that my fan letter to you made such an impression. How very sweet of you to share that with me. I am truly humbled.

You have supported me with every hub I write. It's like having a surprise visit from a dear friend. And I just light up when I see your name in my long list of hub page email.

For you to leave comments on other hubs to encourage the writers is a marvelous thing to do. I congratulate you, Charlotte for being a "true diamond" and a light in my life. Hugs.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

sgbrown - Thank you for reading my hub and voting up and useful.It's important to let the writer know if you vote and rate otherwise he doesn't know.

It's great that you always leave comments so the writer knows you've stopped by. I'm so glad you liked this hub and will be by to visit you as soon as I've responded to all of the comments. And after reading yours, I will indeed have a wonderful day!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Peggy W ~ You and I have been exchanging comments now for almost 2 yrs. I'm grateful for that as I've learned so much from you.

I'd like to quote you here because it's so very important:

"Voting them up, useful, etc. is also important and SHARING them with others just helps each of us...especially when reciprocated in kind.

After all, isn't that what families do? As fellow hubbers, we can all help one another succeed.

I really like that Peggy. You always add something of importance to the hubs you read. I appreciate that!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

cloverleaffarm ~ I know that each time you leave someone a comment it helps them in some way. The recepient feels better personally and is motivated to continue creating hubs. I know I have been this way after reading your comments. Thanks!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

LauraGT - Ahhhhh, love your clever close on your comments. You've managed to add more important tips on the value of commenting. And yes...leaving a good comment does force us to read the entire hub and...when we do we can't help but learn something new.

Your clever comments have also brought you a reader that will be checking out all of your hubs! If you write as well as you comment - I'm in for a treat. Thank you!


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vox vocis 4 years ago

Absolutely true! Commenting is a very important feature everyone should use in a writing community; it makes the whole writing experience much more interesting. Not only that - one can learn a lot from commenting and make new friends, or even create new business opportunities.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Tara - I wasn't very good when I first tried leaving comments.But I just kept at it, studied some of the very good comments and over time it all came together. So don't give up - keep on commenting. And by the way, you've done a good job here!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Lisas-thoughts101 - Your comments are written so well. You reveal a certain dimension in your writing. Because of this, I will make sure I am following you and get busy reading your hubs.

I appreciate your kindess which is revealed in your own appreciation for others mentioned in my hub. I'm so glad to have met you here on hubpages. Thank you!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Kathleen Cochran - Magnificent comments! I like the way you share your feelings. So helpful for all of us. I agree with you on your experience with political (and religious) hubs.

I also love this comment - "I try to read new hubbers and leave comments because I remember how it made me feel when I was starting out. Actually, that feeling doesn't go away, does it?"

My answer is no - emphatically no! This feeling does not go away. Comments left about our hub is the key element for motivation (whether we want to admit it or not.)

Very glad to have met you and I will make sure to follow you and visit your hubs!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

alahiker28 ~ I sure approve of your "Do Unto Others." There's no getting around the fact that an uplifting hub can be motivating to us both as people and as writers.

We want to please and we want to be accepted. It's such a good feeling to have a support team available.

Thanks for your excellent comments. Great to meet you!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Kiwi Max - In your wonderful comments, you said, " I do my best to reply to every user even if it takes me all morning!" How admirable! This is something I need to work on as I get so behind. Thanks for inspiring me.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

zzron - I really like how you seek out someone you may have over looked and reply. That's a good thing to do. No one likes to be "left out." (Including yours truly.)

Thanks so much for reading my hub and taking time to write your comments.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

timcgaa70 ~ I know exactly what you mean. My 2 top hubs seem to have the least comments but remain right up there for the most part. That tells me that I'm getting plenty of traffic and that's just what we want.

I am so pleased that I have connected with you here on hubpages. If I'm not on your list of followers, I will take care of that right now. Love your comments and hope to see more of them as we move on. Thanks so much!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Prasetio - Hello dear friend. Do you realize that we have been hub friends for 2 years? I just hit my 2 yr anniversary. It is partially because of your comments that I am still here. You always give me so much support and have been loyal to me all this time. You were one of my first hub friends along with Epigramman.

I hope those that read your marvelous and unique hubs will always leave comments for you. Thank you and bless you!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

b.Malin - Hello you marvelous woman. You are a good example of one who always leaves a comment that is useful and encouraging to the writer. I'm glad to see you and will pay you a visit shortly. Thank you so much b.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

unknownspy - I really like your comments. I can tell that these words come from your heart. And it is disappointing if we don't see comments or replies to comments. Having said all that, remember the importance of visiting as many hubs as you can and leaving comments. Most hubbers will always return to one of your hubs and leave comments. Its the best way to build traffic to your hubs.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Cruncher - You have made a good point here. It is polite to leave a comment and then to return the visit by reading the commenters hub. We all appreciate support from one another!


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain

I think that you and I must be very alike because I find myself agreeing with everything that you have written in this hub.

I love getting comments and I love having my comments responded to.

If I don’t get a response I feel like the hubber either didn’t bother to read my comment or didn’t value anything that I said.

I don’t need an essay in response just a simple thanks Maggs will suffice even if it part of a long list in one comment box.

Being pretty much overwhelmed most of the time, I find it almost a full time job just getting through my emails each day, even when they don’t need a response they still take time to read.

Like fpherj48, I am one of those people who read not only the hub but also most of the time all the comments too.

I often find that if I like the way a person comments I will then go to their profile and check out their hub.

Like you, I find a well-timed comment can make my day, and lift my spirits if I am sagging a little.

I love getting to know folks through their writing and I think for people like me who took over two years to make a single penny on HubPages it has been the comments and the relationships formed through them that kept me motivated.

I think that without the feedback and encouragement of the comments I may well have given up and stopped writing altogether.

Knowing that someone has taken the time not only to read something that I have written but also left a comment is very rewarding and I value them more than the money I make here.

I think that by the comments left it is plain to see, that comments are highly valued by most hubbers.

By the way did I say ‘Great Hub?’ lol…


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Comments are so valuable and they are such good feedback from our great community here at HP. I wanted to share this timely hub because there is a "spam attack" on hubs right now, but the way you find them is in your "spam" filter. I had never checked it before and there were valid comments in there from months ago. I felt like a dork when I saw those and hadn't responded. I'm like you - I always look forward to comments, so when I saw those, I felt like a dolt - even though I didn't know there was a spam filter until today. In any case, your points are valid, traffic does increase and fun things happen when you comment on others' hubs. :)


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

I agree and have nearly gone insane lately as my reply button is not working.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I agree with you Audrey, I try whenever possible to respond to all comments and a bit like Maggs, I have been known to read a few of the other comments as well, often drifting off onto the commenters profile to read a bit more about them - but this is what hubpages is all about. I usually go back to hubs again as well and sometimes comment more than once.

I think feedback is very important. Voted up, etc.


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mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

Hi Vocalcoach. I too pop up in bed, bleary eyed and still sleepy but with great excitement about reading the latest comments left. I not only check my comments but very much look forward to reading the responses left to the comments I have made.

As for me responding. I always do. As you said, people are taking time out of their schedules, to leave a kind or constructive comment for me. Responding is like sending a thank you note after receiving a gift. We all wish to be acknowledged and this does build relationships.

I am new to hubpages. When I started I had no idea what to expect. What I found was a true community. A support system for my "craft". I am every so pleased.


SilverGenes 4 years ago

We are in complete agreement when it comes to comments. I feel very strongly that if someone has taken the time to say something about one of my hubs, acknowledging their comment and thanking the person is the polite thing to do. I'm also one of those people who read through all the comments. Often there is a good conversation going on and additional points to consider, not to mention finding other Hubbers I'd like to visit. I've been on here so little lately but when I get moved and settled in to the new place in July, I hope to do some serious reading although I may never catch up the way I'd like. Heck, I haven't even had a chance to read Will's stories lately and that's as bad as missing Bonanza on Sunday night way way back in the day. Thanks for bringing up an issue that is an important part of this community :)


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Very informative Hub, Vocal Coach! You are right, leaving comments is essential. Every time I read a Hub, I vote on it and then I usually leave an insightful comment. There is no harm in taking 5 minutes fo your time to write a very insightful comment; as you said: builds relationships, builds traffic, increases your Hubscore, and it shows that you care about what others say :) Thank you for the heads up!

-KD


klarawieck 4 years ago

Vocalcoach, it's been a while since I read one of your hubs. I'm so glad I found this one though!

I used to be one of those hubbers that hardly ever commented on others' hubs. It took me long enough to figure it out, but I got it. :D

Epigramman and Happyboomernurse are wonderful writers and commenters. We can all learn something from them.

By the way, I'm probably the teecher you're referring to. LOL It's the stress of the teaching profession that makes us write everything wrong!

Thanks for sharing your ideas. You make some great points here.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

maggs224 - I replied to each comment about 6 weeks ago and not one went through, so I apologize and want to thank you for your comments. After reading, I see that you and I think alike. Here's what you wrote:If I don’t get a response I feel like the hubber either didn’t bother to read my comment or didn’t value anything that I said."

I think most of us tend to feel that way even 'tho it may not be true. I'm glad you brought this up. We all need approval - I know I do. Thanks maggs.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Jackle Lynnfey - - Yes, Jackie it is very time consuming to reply to comments, especially when there are a lot of them. I reply every day and still can't seem to keep up.

And when I read other hubs, I enjoy the comments as much as the hub itself!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

moonlake - I'm really sorry to hear that you have had some nasty comments left on your hub. Deleting them right away was a good thing to do. We let ourselves open to unkind comments each time we write a hub. They pack no power unless we allow them to. So good for you to get them off your comments. Thank you moonlake.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dim Flaxenwick - I sure understand what you mean. I wish I had 10 hands sometimes :-) Would like to read every hub but of course that's not possible is it?

Glad you liked my hub Dim. Thanks!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Stephanie Henkel - You have exactly the right attitude for both commenting and replies to a comment. Sometimes it's very hard to keep up, but well worth the effort (as you have so eloquently pointed out.) And building relationships on hubpages is what makes this writing site stand out from all the rest! Thanks.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

katyZZZ - Well I like being right on target, especially when it comes from you. Thanks for dropping by to read my hub...and especially, thanks for commenting!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

vox vocis - Oh, I do like hearing this - " one can learn a lot from commenting and make new friends, or even create new business opportunities."

Very true. Leaving a proper comment for me was absolutely a learning process...and I'm still learning!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

cclitgirl - OMG - I found a ton of spam on a hub today! Having never seen anything like that on hubpages, I didn't know what was going on. I'm glad to learn from you that I have a "spam filter" that I can check. Don't some people have anything better to do with their time?

I appreciate your fine comments about commenting. :-)

Thanks so much!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Angela Brummer - I want to thank you Angela for bringing an important point to comments. And that is - you've shared with us that your "reply button" wasn't working.

So, sometimes when we don't see a comment (or a reply) we shouldn't assume one wasn't sent. Thanks so much and very happy to receive your comment.


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Angela Brummer 4 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

At least the comment section works! I appreciate all my comments!


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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Leaving comments and responding is a great way to bond with hubbers. Great hub.


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slcockerham 4 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

Hey vocalcoach, Thanks for this excellent hub encouraging us to encourage others. I usually leave comments unless I can't find anything good to say. We all do appreciate those attaboys.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Vellur - Yes, it is for most of us the only way to connect with each others. And now, you and I have connected and to keep that connection going I'm on my way to one of your marvelous hubs.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

slcockerham - You're welcome! Leaving a comment can be a confirmation to the writer that his work is accepted and appreciated. And I appreciate your comments!


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naimishika 4 years ago from India

Nice hub... There is no need to be disappointed


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Jools99 - I agree with you 100% on the importance of feedback. When I joined HP 2 yrs ago I struggled through my first few hubs. It was the suggestions of fellow hubbers that helped me to improve. Today I am still grateful for those who gave me helpful yet positive feedback. Thanks so much!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

@MWilliams66 - First off, Welcome to Hubpages! How nice to find you here. You write like you've been aboard forever. And you've certainly got the right idea on comments. Comments make Hubpages what it is - a community of brilliant writers ready to step in and offer help and support. Looking forward to your hubs and thanks so much!

@SilverGenes - You've added another good benefit for commenting that I'd like to quote here: "Often there is a good conversation going on and additional points to consider, not to mention finding other Hubbers I'd like to visit. "

And this is my favorite part of your wonderful comment: " I hope to do some serious reading although I may never catch up the way I'd like. Heck, I haven't even had a chance to read Will's stories lately and that's as bad as missing Bonanza on Sunday night way way back in the day."

You're a treasure SilverGenes!

@KDubarry03 - Reading comments left by others adds so much to the hub itself. Things like other points of view, confirmation for the hub itself, additional knowledge and even at times inspiration.

Thank you for adding even more to my hub by your visit and by sharing your thoughts.

@klarawieck - It's wonderful to see you again. Your comments, touched with truth and humor, are a delight to read. They leave me with that "feel-good" moment.

I couldn't agree with you more. If an award was up for the best comments left on hubs - it would be a tie for Epigramman and Happyboomernurse!

@naimishika - How nice to see you here. Thank you for taking some time to not only read my hub, but to leave a comment. I appreciate that!


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Laurinzo Scott 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

If there were a hub etiquette bible...this should definitely be in it. Incredibly good hub for a newbie like me to read thanks!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

as your number of hubs and followers piles up, it is hard to keep up with the comments. setting up a day just replies is pretty genius!


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NMLady 4 years ago from New Mexico & Arizona

Hmmm, very interesting. I do try and comment.

However, sometimes I have nothing constructive to say, indeed, I may be very offended by what I read, and in that case I choose to not open a dialogue with that particular blogger.

Or as Momma said "If you don't have anything nice to say nothing."

I will vote up or make a note otherwise.

I like feedback, why wouldn't others?


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Wow, Audrey you have penned an amazing hub answer. The comments are no less enlightening. Responding by a comment on a hub that one has read and liked is the least one can do to show appreciation of the writer's work. It boosts the morale of the writer as well as gets you traffic. Also building a bond between the reader and writer. Online writing needs support to subsist and commenting is one immediate way of ensuring that and encouraging a writer.

That said, I agree with the points you suggest to make the comments better. Many hubbers have made commenting an art and one can surely learn from them.

I really like your idea of fixing a time each day when one should read comments and post replies.

This is a very useful hub touching quite a few interesting points on the way to replying to the main question.

Voted the hub up and all the way across. It also needs to be shared as I feel there are many lessons to be learnt here.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

rajan - If memory serves me well, it was you who asked this question at one time and I replied in the form of turning my answer in to this hub. If I am correct, it is YOU that deserves the thanks for this well received hub.

This question both serves and enlightenes us all. Therefore I thank you my friend, rajan. Your vote up and across supports what I have written and I thank you once again!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

NMLady - My Mama used to tell me the same thing. :-) And as far as I'm concerned it is still applicable today.

Feedback is one of the reasons I'm still with Hubpages after 2 years. Thanks a bunch for reading my hub and leaving your thoughts!


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

This was very well written. It should be required reading for every hubber. Commenting benefits everyone involved. While I admit it is difficult to keep up with comments sometimes, I always make an effort to acknowledge a comment with at least a thank you. Sometimes I might not have the time to really answer a comment, but I make sure I put a thank you to let the person know I do appreciate their comments and their patronage.

I agree with Rajan, this needs to be shared, and I'm happy to oblige!


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

I agree with you! This is definitely a topic that affects us all here on Hub Pages. It is rewarding to find well-thought-out comments, even if brief.

When I first started writing here, I did not realize that I should reply, but I quickly learned. Now, I try to reply to each comment.

If there are several that show up all at once, I will 'batch' them into a single reply, but separated into paragraphs and personally addressed to each person who took the time to comment. The only ones to which I either don't reply, or leave only an equally brief, 'thanks,' are those robotic 'great hub' types you mentioned.

It is somewhat disheartening to leave a comment for someone, and not even be acknowledged. I understand folks can be busy, and "life" gets in the way. But when a comment remains un-answered for over a month, my reaction is usually to not bother again with that person's hubs; and if I do find one of theirs on my front page that is interesting, I'll read it but not comment again.

Lately, I've been scanning the comments before reading a hub, and if there are many comments and no replies, then I will rarely comment on the hub--to me, it's rather an indication that the hubber is just putting their work "out there," and is not intersted in what anyone else has to say, or participating in the social aspect of this community. They publish, and turn their back, moving on to the next article. They cannot reply to comments they have apparently not even read.

(And sorry for the rant--I guess brevity is not my strong suit!) ;-)

Loved the hub--voted up, useful & shared!


leann2800 4 years ago

I feel slighted if I am a follower. And if I commented on Hubpages, I am a follower. If it is on a site that has literally hundreds in a forum where multiple people can reply then I might think my comment was not worth reading by others commenting. But, as a writer myself, I find all my readers worth listening to so I would want to be trreated with the same respect by the author of the article if nothing else.


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

I totally agree with you in every point. I didn´t grow in Hubpages until I started commenting the Hubs I read. I don´t do it always because for some Hubs I have nothing to contribute to, but I comment almost every time.

The important thing for me is to be sincere and honest: if I vote up a Hub, mark it “beautiful”, “awesome”, etc, I do it because I really feel it is outstanding and beautiful or awesome. I do not do it just to be popular, I speak from the heart.

Another one of my policies is: if you don´t have nothing positive to say, do not say anything. I never criticize or put at fault, I only deal in validation and helpful contribution.

I can tell you are a clever woman and an experienced Hubber, thanks for sharing the viewpoints and lessons you´ve learned.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Everything you say is true. So much about commenting is about offering support and building relationships. Plus, I like to show my appreciation for a nicely written hub. Like this one! Good idea for a hub. This is helpful information for people to have.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Daughter of Maat - I want to thank you for sharing this hub. I appreciate it very much. Commenting and then replying is time consuming and takes some thought. It's a kind thing to do and helpful too. Thanks so much!


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annaglomesh 4 years ago from Australia

Great hub on a topic that affects most if not all hubbers I would imagine. I try and comment on every hub I read...and it's nice to have some people take the time to then read mine. Thanks !


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RodniGalloway 4 years ago from Summerville, SC

Thank you for writing such a great & informative hub, vocalcoach. This subject is something I have thought about since joing hubpages. Great hub!


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connieread 4 years ago from England

For a new hubber like myself, this is really nice to see! The community aspects of Hubpages is what really inspired me to join, so thank you!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Laurinzo Scott - What a wonderful thing to say to me. Wow. Lucky for me that you came to visit and leave me a comment. I wish you much success on Hubpages!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

DzyMsLizzy - Thank you for your comments and you can "rant" anytime on one of my hubs. I really like hearing how you feel about commenting and replying. "It is somewhat disheartening to leave a comment for someone, and not even be acknowledged." This is so very true. Having said that, there have been times when a "glitch" has occurred on Hubpages and either comments or reply's are lost.

Now that I've read your comments, I am eager to read your hubs. In fact, I shall bounce right over now!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

leann2800 - Exactly! And adding to your excellent comments, this is one of the most powerful ways to build our reputation here on Hubpages. I know I learn a great deal about a writer from both comments and reply's.

Thank you leann for your contribution!


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

I've had that problem, where the reply is lost. It looks like it's been posted but when you go back to the actual hub, it's nowhere to be found. That's frustrating for both the author and the commentor! I've been unable to reply to comments from the comment screen in my account recently, I assume it it has something to do with the new site changes. But after reading your hub here, I've been super diligent about comments, and this blip in the site is irritating me lol. Have any of you had that problem? Or is it just me?


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BeingPuneet 4 years ago

if i get these much comments on my hub i would really be irritated to read all of them and approve of them ... thinkin of that i don't usually post comments. :P


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7

Thanks for such awareness. I do comment on the hub that i read but i prefer chossing hubs by reading the title. This was an excellent hub.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

annaglomesh - Leaving a comment is a nice thing to do and a good way to develop relationships. It's also a way to build your following so commenting is a win-win right? Thanks.


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JanHeath 4 years ago from Australia

I really appreciate comments, it's wonderful to get feedback on what people thought of your work. Negative comments can be useful and gave you insight to things you might not have thought of. Positive comments of course are most welcome and it's a pleasure to think that you've contributed something to someone else's day. So yes, I agree, responding to the comments is important. Enjoyed your hub vocalcoach!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

PDXKaraokeGuy - Glad to see you here. I'm happy to hear that you liked the idea of setting aside a certain day just for comments and reply's. It works for me!

@Claudia Tello - These are good comments and I enjoyed them. I, too, really began to learn as I started commenting. Your thoughts on being absolutely truthful in rating a hub is wonderful.

I also agree with not commenting at all rather then leave a critcal or harsh comment. Thank you for your hones rating!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

@Victoria Lynn - I agree with you that so much commenting is about building relationships and offering support. I know that I actually gain energy from some comments. And I like that fact that you mentioned another good reason to comment. Because the hub is so good!

Thanks

@RodniGalloway - Hello. I'm happy that I have answered some questions for you about re-doing older hubs. I have been getting some nice feedback from hubbers who are doing this. Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts.

@connieread - I, too love this aspect about Hubpages. So glad you joined up!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

@Daughter of Maat - I don't think you're alone with this problem. I've heard the same complaint from others and of then there is my own. It appears to be clearing up now so let's hope for the best. Thanks!

@Being Puneet - Well shame on you. What can I do to change your attitude? How about a free vocal lesson? Seriously, my friend I think you must have some wonderful comments to share with all of us. And thanks for commenting on my hub.

@sonison - The title is the most important factor on a hub. I, too, am attracted by the title. Thanks so much for being here!

@JanHeath - Hello to you downunder. Appreciate your great comments and like your attitude. Thanks for coming by and for enjoying this hub. Hope to see you again real soon!


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BeingPuneet 4 years ago

Yeah.. ! i am ready for a vocal lesson. And I'll try to share great comments and change my attitude.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

BeingPuneet - Hahahahaha! Good for you! And I stand by my word.

Thank you my new friend.


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RachaelLefler 4 years ago from Illinois

My main reasons for commenting are to increase my commenter level, which fluctuates unlike the other accolades and that drives me crazy. But I have less stupid reasons too, lol. It gets people to maybe check out my hubs. It lets me meet people who are interested in similar things and talk to them about their work. I like to give helpful feedback because I know that when I write I like to have that.

Good hub, interesting and insightful.


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bibleguidejo 4 years ago from India

Hi. I wrote my first Hub a few days back. Your article has given me courage to keep on and the important message to DO comment on other hubs. I sincerely hope you will check my hub and please do give your comments . Thank you. My link.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Bible-Pass...


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sashenikainderby 4 years ago

When I do not get any comments, it makes me feel really down. I have lots of viewers but they rarely leave comments. I am starting to think that I am not good enough and I need to change my style.

Comments are the sourse of inspiration, something that makes you keep going. Good luck!!!!!


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chef-de-jour 4 years ago from Wakefield, West Yorkshire,UK

Thanks for this. It can take time to build up a viable comment base due to many factors - some simple, some complex - but the bottom line is or should be an unwritten law of reply: if someone has taken time to skim/surf/glance/read through your hub then you should acknowledge that with a reply. It's common sense really. And just plain polite which is what Hubpages needs to have as default - good old common courtesy.

Having said that I know I sometimes am too rushed or distracted and forget to make that all important message reply. I also get flustered when the system is slow or playing up or I think my reply button/click thingy isn't working as it should.!

No excuses though.

Comments can be a source of hub material - as you know! So they can be valueable.

I do sometimes think that I'm being too polite however and ought to be more critical but in a constructive way.....that's tricky and maybe something for another time and place?


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sashenikainderby 4 years ago

Sometimes I read articles but do not comment because I do not want to sound too critical. My English is good but sometimes a small spelling mistake or misinterpretation can cause problems. Besides, I am not sure that my articles are perfect.

My husband told me that my style is too factual, I think that some people like it but it is always good to get imprtial point of view.


JThomp42 4 years ago

Great hub!! I love getting comments as well.


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jagerfoods 4 years ago from South Carolina, USA

You nailed it! I wrote a blog about Hubtivity awhile back that reflects on this same thought. It's the community that makes this an environment perfect for writing because of the feedback.


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azharsid 4 years ago from India

Good job! From here on will try your advice and post a line at least for every hub I read, cause after all a job without appreciation is just like a life with no goals.


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handymanbill 4 years ago from western pennsylvania

Great Advice. I love the picture of the dog with glasses. Thanks for the great information.


jenp123 4 years ago

This was a great idea for a hub! I can especially relate to your points about being critical but not rude. Occasionally, I'll get a comment that is rude, and it's really disconcerting to me. I feel like everyone can be rhetorically savvy about their comments, so there is no need to be rude, even if you don't agree with the content of the hub.

It is definitely nice to have that sense of support when people leave you positive comments, too. However, sometimes they are really short, and you just feel like they're leaving a comment so you will read their work. Hopefully, your hub will remind other writers that we all need to support each other!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

RachelLefler - You have given some very good reasons for commenting. I had forgotten about the commentator level, so thanks for adding that. So glad you came by and left your comments. And you'll be getting a visit from yours truly real soon!

@bibleguidejo - Well, congratulations on writing your very first hub. I will certainly come by and read it. Glad to leave my comments as well.

Thank you for taking time to read this. See you soon!


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jsovermyer 4 years ago from Hitchcock, TX

Good advice. I'll try to leave a comment every time now.


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johnsmitht 4 years ago

I do my best to leave comments on hubs that I find comment-worthy (such as this one).

And yes, I too find it a bit disappointing when not a lot of people comment on my hub. But I am pretty new here at hubpages and I'm still learning the ropes. Thanks for the great insight!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

@shashinikainderby - Hi there! In my opinion you should go ahead and leave comments. Unless you see an error within the hub, try to find something positive and kind to say. As writers, we need support more than anything else.

If you have something critical to say, do it in an email rather than the comment section. Having said that, the more you comment the more you will build your following. For your hubs, factual can be very well accepted so I would think twice about what your husband has said.

Thank you for commenting and I will be looking at your hubs soon!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

chef-de-jour - Excellent comments! You have made some good points here. High on my list is: " the bottom line is or should be an unwritten law of reply: if someone has taken time to skim/surf/glance/read through your hub then you should acknowledge that with a reply. It's common sense really. And just plain polite which is what Hubpages needs to have as default - good old common courtesy."

And next on my list is this: "Comments can be a source of hub material - as you know! So they can be valueable."

I wonder how many of us recognize this. I know there was a time when I didn't. I want to thank you for adding these important comments to this hub. And this has been great meeting you this way. I am taking my "hubself" to your neck-of-the-woods to treat myself with a hub or 2 from you!


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

You have your work cut out for you with all these hub comments. This is a brilliant hub on an important topic.

I do leave comments on pretty much every hub that I read. I can usually find something positive to say. Sometimes it takes me several days to get around to responding, but eventually I do. My method is to wait until I'm ready to reciprocate to approve a comment and respond to it on my hub. Then I hop over to their profile page to find one of their hubs to read and comment upon. Several return the favor again, so I am learning more about them as they are probably learning about me also since we keep hopping back and forth. This is excellent information for all - I am sharing this hub!


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Jennifer Massey 4 years ago from Spain and England

Vocalcoach, what a great hub! Just wanted to say, as a new girl, thank you for your information. I am learning and this article will be a wonderful source of inspiration in the future.

There's no need to reply to me, you have your work cut out already. I just wanted to thanks for your encouragement and for your inspiration.


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iefox5 4 years ago

I feel a little bit disappoint when my comment is not replied by the hubber, but it is ok. I'm always trying my best to reply every hub comment under my hubs.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

@JThomp-42 - Thanks for reading my hub and for leaving your comments. It's great to meet you here on hubpages

@jagerfoods - So glad to have your feedback on my hub. I will look for your hub on this subject as well. I thank you.

@azharsid - Oh, good for you! Just what I like to hear. And you have a great start with your comments left here. Thanks!

@handymanbill - Isn't that dog with the glasses inviting? I saw him and couldn't resist. Just had to find a way to fit him in. :-) Appreciate your comments.

@jenp123 - Wow! Wonderful comments. This one I really like: "Occasionally, I'll get a comment that is rude, and it's really disconcerting to me. I feel like everyone can be rhetorically savvy about their comments, so there is no need to be rude, even if you don't agree with the content of the hub."

Thanks so much for adding your thoughts to my hub. Take care.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

jsovermyer - So good to hear that you'll be leaving comments now. Besides the fact that you are contributing as you leave comments, you're also really helping out the writer in more ways than you can imagine. Very glad you read this and left me a comment!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Cathleena Beams - I'm so grateful to you for leaving such informative comments as well as acknowledging how much work it is to reply to everyone. But that's the least I can do. I also want to thank you for sharing my hub. That is a good feeling for me. Take care.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

johnsmith - Hello, and thank you for taking the time to comment on my hub. It's great to see you here and I look forward to reading more of your work.


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

P.S. Since reading this hub, and leaving my original comment, I've been paying a bit more attention to this phenomenon...and I've discovered a related irritation.

It's one thing when an author does not respond at all; I offered my opinion of that before. It's also much appreciated when each commenter gets at least a brief acknowledgment.

If a hub has gotten a ton of traffic in a short time, as when a HOTD is awarded, it is understandable if the author feels overwhelmed, and leaves a blanket, "thank you so much everyone, for all your comments."

But what is not understandable, and sometimes feels even more like a snub than no replies at all, is when a hubber chooses to reply, by name, to only one or two comments, and ignores everyone else's input.


Liz Walmoth 4 years ago

Thank you so much for writing such a helpful hub. I am new here on HP and really appreciate the information of how "it all works". I also really like your pictures--they made me stop and look at them closely.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Jennifer Massey - Your comments made me glad for writing this hub. You deserve my acknowledgment . I thank you.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

iefox5 - Yes, most of us feel disappointed when our comments are not acknowledged. We deserve this. I'm very glad to hear that you always do this. Great! Thank you.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

DizyMslizzy - You have brought up a very valid irritation. This is inexcusable and let's hope the offender is reading this! Thank you for bringing this up - a very good point.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Liz Walmoth - Welcome to hubpages. Thank you for taking time to read this and for commenting as well. Very glad you like the pictures. And now, I'm going to pay you a visit and treat myself to one of your hubs. Thank you.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, I totally agree with you. I must add another reason for reading and commenting too. I have learned so much from other peoples hubs, I sit indoors and quote things to my bewildered family! lol! did you know this, did you know that! and so on, so the fact that we get comments and then we can comment back on their hub is amazing, nell


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Nell - This made me chuckle because I do the same thing :) I get so fired up with excitement when I learn something new and I just have to share it with someone. I swear...I've learned more on hubpages in 2 yrs than all my years at school. Something happens to me inside the minute I discover new knowledge. And commenting and reading comments brings even more useful information. What a deal! Thanks Rose.


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epigramman 4 years ago

No comment ......


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epigramman 4 years ago

...lol lol - it took me so long to scroll down to the bottom of this screen that I forgot what I was going to say .....


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epigramman 4 years ago

Hello Audrey so amazing that you are .... you are my Julie Andrews of the Hubpages and I have been told by many many people that my comments are legendary although I am also legendary for not responding to a lot of my comments on my own hubpage so I try to make up for it by 'getting back to you' so to speak - and Audrey I am so proud of you (and your lovely daughter too) you are a true humanitarian and a cheerleader for the human race and you make each and everyone of us feel special and loved - god bless you and best wishes from lake erie time 10:59pm


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

OMG, epigramman--I can SO relate to that "forgetting what I was going to say" problem....


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VibrantViews 4 years ago

Yep, I can relate, too :)

Neat dog pic with glasses, by the way - -LUV it!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

epigramman - Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

epigramman - That's ok because just seeing your name fills me with delight! And this comment had me giggeling so much, I spilled my tea down the front of my t-shirt. :)


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

epigramman - I am honored to be your Julie Andrews of Hubpages. And you certainly are legendary in every way my sweet Colin. You are the "glue" that holds our hub family together. We need you. We depend on you. One comment from the epigramman is worth a 1000 comments given by the rest of us.

A little over 2 years ago, a bewildered little "vocalcoach" received her first comment from you here on hubpages and she never looked back. With every hub she wrote you gave her support, hope and encouragement. Because of you she won a "hubnugget" award and a "hub of the day" later on.

And today, 2 years later, you are still here in my corner blessing me with your presence and continual words of light and knowledge. I can never repay you for taking me by the hand and leading me onward as I continue my journey here on hubpages. There is and will always be just one Colin - one epigramman with a heart as big as the universe itself!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

DzyMissLizzy - I love your returning to my hub. Your comment to epigramman gave me some extra giggles :)

VibrantViews - Well thanks for hanging in their, finding the last comment and then leaving your great set of words yourself. And I'm so very glad you mentioned the dog picture and like it. When I found this photo, I just had to find a place for it on my hub. Thanks!


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Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

You took the words right out of my mouth, vocalcoach! As I was reading the hub I was repeating, "my thoughts exactly."

I love getting comments. So far, no insults, but if I did, I would reply in a courteous and friendly manner...never miss an opportunity to make a new friend.

When commenting, I address the parts of the hub that I have some additional knowledge about, have an opinion about, or just appreciated learning about.

As you point out, you build relationships; and I think that in some cases, they're as real and valuable as your personal relationships.

I also like commenting to see what others think. This one is a particularly fruitful comment stream featuring lots of high level Commenters. I haven't seen another like this, though I've only been on for a month and a half. This one's a real treat.

Thanks for an interesting hub and thanks to all the Commenters for your participation.

Voted Up, useful and interesting. I took the poll, but would like to see "Most of the time" as an option. I checked off "Once in a while" but that doesn't quite cover it for me. I don't always comment, but I usually do after reading a hub.


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coffeegginmyrice 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

Good enlightenment to all Hubbers. I try my best to check back on comments to my hubs to give the commenter/fellow follower my gratitude for his/her time spent to view my hub. It is just a great feeling to connect and reconnect, your virtual friends are not here to harm you. Inspiring and flattering the comments are to me, I know they do care and are sincere. It makes me glad I've shared something to others through writing on HubPages. It turns other gloomy days bright!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

naimishika - Thanks for taking time to read and leave a comment.

Bob Bamberg- It's so nice to meet you! Your comments are right on and quite thought provoking. I can tell by what you have shared here that I will learn from you. I'm hopping over to your hubs right now.

I had better make sure I'm following you too as I don't want to miss anything you've created.

Thanks for sharing your comments and for your suggestion for the question poll. It's a good one!


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epigramman 4 years ago

..it's true though - the epi-man is highly selective and only responds to one woman - my Audrey of awesomeness ....... lake erie timeless for you .... and for everyone else it's 2:25pm lake erie time ontario canada


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Bob Bamberg 4 years ago from Southeastern Massachusetts

Thanks for your kind words, vocalcoach, and thanks for following. But most of all, thanks for all you do for needy dogs. It takes a special person to foster or adopt these dogs, but every single person who does (including you, I'll bet) says that they get more out of it than they give. That's what makes you guys so special! Looking forward to more of your works. Regards, Bob


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

epigramman - You are now #1 on my bucketlist...to visit my epi in Ontario Canada. It was the "Audrey of awesomeness" that moved you from #2 to#1 :)


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epigramman 4 years ago

...and I will climb the highest mountain and sing for you from its summit ....... and then it's all downhill from there ... until of course we meet again .....


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

coffeegginmyrice - Love your comments! I'm so happy to find you here on hubpages. You have added thoughts which needed to be addressed here on my hub. You have a wonderful attitude.

Sharing comments is beneficial for everyone who reads them. They are the best part of hubpages. Thank you!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Wow I had to scroll down for a long time to get to the bottom of your comments--I think most hubbers love comments. I know I do--and I love responding to them. Getting and responding to comments can make my day! Cheers to you Audrey!! Smile on!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Audrey - I agree with you 100% I love reading comments - not just mine but all comments. It's the best part of a hub. My best to you, my friend. Happy Hubbing!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Viva comments! :) It really is so nice to hear from readers, isn't it?

This post on the topic of replying to comments has generated an interesting discussion with some insightful and helpful input--a sign of a great hub, excuse the cliché. :) I almost hate to mention just one out of all of them, but chef-de-jour's "...you should acknowledge that with a reply. It's common sense really. And just plain polite which is what Hubpages needs to have as default - good old common courtesy" is priceless.

Though I may miss replying to a comment on my hubs, I always try to respond and then to go to the commenter's hubs to read and comment on one of theirs. "Try" is the key word, but I do try very hard to stay on top of that.

Somehow, some of my comments seem to get lost. I was sure I had commented on this hub in the past but did not see it. Maybe it's here among all the many others! :) Actually, I'm afraid I might forget to click "Post Comment" once in a while because I scroll back up to reread something in the hub or I get distracted.


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

I always try to respond back as I am very thankful for my readership but there are weeks when I write a thank you back in a group. I always feel bad when I do that as I like to respond to each one personally. I think most understand if you have built that relationship.

Great hub,

Sunnie


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alahiker28 4 years ago from the Deep South

I don't always respond and feel bad about that, but sometimes I am scanning articles via my iphone and I'm not in a place where I can reply. Sometimes comments are just quick acknowledgements and I don't feel they are solicitations for a response. Sometimes, however, I agree, it would be just plain rude not to acknowledge someone read your hub and had glowing praise for it, or thanked you for the help it gave them, etc. We should all be better about responding. Good Hub.


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livewithrichard 4 years ago from Charleston, SC

I guess, for me, it really depends on the hub or article I have written or commented on. Few are there for debate or discussion but most of what I have written is for information and not to illicit an discussion. If, I have done my job properly then I have given all the information that I can and unless I am specifically asked a question in the comments, I leave that area untouched by me. The main reason I put a comment capsule in my hubs is because it helps the hub be more dynamic, meaning there is a little change each time the spider crawls the page. Part of the reason too that I leave the comments untouched is because when I complete a hub or article my goal is to move on to the next topic. Here on HP, when I first started, I responded to every single comment and if it was made by a fellow hubber I go visit and comment on one of their hubs. But that was many moons ago and my online 'empire' keeps me from participating as much as I once did. Maintaining 12 blogs in 12 different niches, a new 'community' type of website, and the several social networks that I'm in, plus my regular day job, takes so much time from the way it use to be. Excuse? Lazy? Maybe. It is what it is.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I always leave a comment on a Hub I just read (like right now!). I know how important it is for me to receive comments; I love them! I always respond to comments because I am grateful someone took the time to read my Hub and comment on it.

I always enjoy reading your Hubs, Mary


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I like to read hubs and comment as well. Unless, I just read one that was similar or there's not much in the hub I can contribute other than "good job."

And the same goes for when someone comments on my hubs- I like to personally thank them for taking time to read and leave their thoughts.


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

RTalloni - Hi there! I love, love, love your comments. Boy, do I ever feel great right now:)

And you mentioned that you thought you had already commented on this hub before. Do you know that I've had it happen to me? Several times, in fact. Yes, I enjoy all of the comments left here. Had no idea this topic would bring so much feedback and opinions.

I'm so glad you dropped by and will see you soon in your neck of the woods.

Sunnie Day - I have to admit that it's really hard to keep up with all the comments and I'm often quite late in replying. But sooner or later I respond to everyone along with going to their list of hubs and reading/commenting. That's just the way it is here on HP:)

alahiker28 - Hi there! You've really made some very good points here. I like meeting new people and am interested in seeing what they write about. So that's one other reason for returning the favor when we get a comment. Thanks so much for being here and especially for taking the time to comment!

livewithrichard - well...mmm...uh...let me see now. How to respond to your comments? Ok. I have to disagree (Audrey - what did you just say?") Boy, now that's a first for me:) I believe every comment deserve a reply, even if it's a short one. Unless the comment is nasty in some way. Having said that, I do understand where you're coming from. And now I feel extra special because you replied to my hub. Thanks Richard!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mary615 - I have noticed that you ALWAYS leave a comment and that is a great and giving thing to do - not only for the writer of the hub, but also for all those that read that same hub. Comments are often read by hubbers as much as the hub itself.

Thank you Mary!

Alecia Murphy - Replying to each comment shows how much we appreciate another person taking the time to not only read, but leave a comment. Its not only a kind gesture, it's good business (if you get my drift.) :) Thanks my friend for giving me a boost today!


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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

A well-written & insightful hub! I completely agree with your valid points.

Daily, I read about 5 good hubs and leave insightful & encouraging comments. I also reply to the comments left for my hubs.

In HubPages, commenting is not just about encouraging writers but also a great way of interacting with fellow-hubber-friends! I enjoyed reading the comments not for myself but also fellow-hubbers shared brief heartwarming stories about themselves and their families which are indeed touching as well as their pearls of wisdom they left in the comment-section.

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ishwaryaa22 ~ Thank you for your most enjoyable comments. You are supportive and I appreciate that. I, too like reading all comments as I always seem to learn something more that I need to know. And sometimes it gives me a "sneak peek" into the lives of our hubpage family.

Thanks for the terrific votes!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

The support I receive from comments has given me the confidence to try poetry. The feedback I am graced with by fellow writers and friends makes me a better writer. Sometimes, I will revisit some of my work and when I read the comments I feel like a kid at Christmas time, with each and every supportive word a gift written just for me. There is nothing in life, other than the wonderous time I spend creating a poem, that gives me greater joy than words from my readers. And, yes, vocalcoach, Epi's exuberance is epic. His prolific words of encouragement light me up like a Christmas tree. He makes me feel like the star at the top of the tree. The comments left for me by my writer friends sometimes make me cry they are so touching, sometimes they tickle me to laughter, and they always inspire me. I gauge my growth by the comments from my readers. I value each one and learn something from every word. They are priceless.

I reciprocate in kind, not out of obligation, but rather from knowing how much my readers words mean to me. I strive to voice my appreciation for the unique talent of the writers I follow through sincere commentary that lets them know they touched me in some way, that I understand, that their thoughts and expressions matter to me.

Your piece is a shining example, vocalcoach, that highlights the unique generosity given from the vast talents of diversified writers, one to another, that makes hubpages one of the greatest places to land in cyberspace. Thank you for an awesome read from a truly awesome writer, one that exemplifies the best of hubpages...You...


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Amy - My gratitude for your striking and very effective comments surpasses that which I rarely feel. It is both an honor and a joy to know you. You are the "queen" of comments always taking time to come up with just the right comments to leave to your hubbers. I know this because I have read many many of your comments. You and I have both been the recepient of Epi's prolific words of encouragement. He truly loves your work as I do.

Your own deeply moving hub-writing moves and touches the artist within. You have given me more encouragement here as well as the inspiration to discover my muse and rise to the highest level possible for me - to write more of what we all need here at hubpages. Thank you Amy for being in my corner. Here's a hug to your happiness ~


Deb Welch 3 years ago

A nice common courtesy to leave a Comment and being a part of Hubland Community. I usually read Comments too - but with regard to this Hub - I did not - don't have time. Well said - useful and interesting. I always try to be positive and find the good even in the information that I may not have liked or agreed with. Voting is another option - you get credit for that as well. Thanks. Have a pleasant week-end.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Deb ~ You are one of the courteous people. I love that you leave positive comments. We all need those. (At least I do.) And I learned from you that we get credit for voting...I didn't know that. You enjoy your weekend too and thank you!


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MickeySr 3 years ago from Hershey, Pa.

vocalcoach ~ "comments that tell me the reader has really read my hub and not just scanned through it"

When I leave comments, it's only when something I have read stirs me to comment, so I only ever comment when I have actually read the hub I'm commenting on - the trouble is, I just don't read much at all, anything, and almost never read others' hubs. Some of my pals here, who have my best interest at heart, have been encouraging me (nagging and nagging, but I'm trying to be nice) to read more and comment more, and in the last few days I've made a sincere effort to do that . . . starting with those who I've come to know a bit, and like, and who have been very generous in their comments on my own hubs. You, Audrey, are way up near the top of that list.

I think, as far as commenting, I take words and an assumed (by me) sentiment behind them wrongly. When I hear people talking about 'supporting' each other, I have to admit I cringe a bit . . . I hope I'm not fancying myself some manner of purist, but I think to myself that I don't want support, I don't want my work to be supported by friends - I want my work to stand as it is, I want it to be appreciated for what it is, I don't want folks to comment to support me but to comment because they authentically like the work. But as I say, I think I improperly cringe, I think 'support' means just what I'm hoping for and I'm just taking it the wrong way, I'm assuming something ugly about it where there is no cause for me to do so.

I too like the encouragement, and I hope my comments encourage others - I just get all internally precise about things and attach all kinds of notions that aren't necessarily there when I hear people talking about 'supporting' each other. You article here has helped me put all that into focus, thank you.


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

MickeySr. - Hello dear man. I read your comments carefully. You are such a treasure. I want you to know how much it means to me to know that you take the time to read one of my hubs. I'm afraid that sometimes my passion seeps through my writing. This is just me - it's who I am. Why do I feel the need to admit to this? :)

About commenting. It isn't always an easy thing to interpret the written word correctly. Like you, I've misinterpreted the sentiment behind words many times. My own low degree of self-esteem has found me on the wrong end of a comment more than once. This is normal however.

The word "support" has an array of meanings depending on the way it is used. Among these meanings are magnificent words such as confirm, substantiate, approve, strengthen, cherish.

I understand and even agree with you're wanting your work to stand as it is. I do too. Absolutely! And the comments that I have received from you are not only encouraging (supportive :) ) but help to boost my self-esteem and give me just what I need to continue writing. Thank you so very much!


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lisasuniquevoice 3 years ago from Michigan

Audrey,

You've nailed it with this hub. I'm inspired to make more in depth comments, and I will now. It is very important. Thank you so much.

Talk to you soon,

Lisa


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

You've created a golden hub on something I wouldn't have that much to say about. The comments on creating relationships by commenting is so true. The trouble is that so many hubbers leave comments that you can only say thank you for reading and commenting.


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LVidoni5 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon

This hub caught my eye. After you were so generous to to leave a thoughtful comment on my hub, I had to see what you were all about. This being the 220th comment, no doubt this is wonderful advise from a talented writer. Thanks for taking your time on my page, look forward to reading more!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

lisasuniquevoice - Hi! Very glad to know that my hub on commenting has inspired you. Hope all is going well and would love to see you again soon:)

Audrey


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Barbara - You have a real god point. When I come across these types of comments, I try to instill the message of the hub a little bit more. One reason I do this is because I'm not so sure some readers really read the hub. But I know you have :) May your day be wonderful in every way!


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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

LVidoni5 - You are so kind my new friend! And your hub fascinated me so. I look forward to reading many more of your hubs. Thank you for being here and caring enough to share your feelings. This is the best part of Hubpages :)

Enjoy your day.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

What a wonderful topic to write a hub about vocalcoach. When I turn on my computer each day I look forward to seeing how many of my hubs have received comments. they are the first I check and reply to. I too appreciate each and every comment and believe in taking the time to reply to all of the people who have taken the time to do so. As you say it is through the comment exchange that we build up our circle of friends on HP.

After that I go through all the new hubs of those I am following and leave comments. Only if the title indicates it is about something I know won't interest me do I not read it, and even then I sometimes do if I am not overloaded with others to get through.

There are only a couple of hubbers I follow who never reply to my comments. I love their work and I know they may be too busy to reply but it is deflating and makes me just leave short comments like "Lovely poem" etc. because you don't even know if they bother to read the comments.

The only time I may not comment on a hub I have read is if I don't like it at all or it is so badly written I just can't say anything good. then I feel it's best to say nothing. Insincere praise doesn't help either.

Thank you for writing this hub. Have a great day. Voted up. (p.s. just to prove I read this thoroughly and didn't skim, reread your third paragraph..... :) )


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA

Comments on my hubs do make me feel good - sometimes it is nice to simply know that the hub is out there for people to see, that everything is functioning as expected, and that I'm not simply talking to myself in print. Then, the added bonus comes from the additional insight, warmth, and ideas that come from the comments. You're provided great advice on how to write comments that are helpful and show yourself as a thoughtful reader.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

VibrantViews - Thanks so much for being here. And glad you liked the picture of that cute dog with the glasses.

Jodah - I'm both impressed and touched by your comments. If others should skip what I've wrote here and go to your comments instead, they will have learned how to be a better commentator.

What I'm most touched by, is how you have pointed out the typo in the third paragraph (which I corrected immediately.) How kind. How gentle. This is exactly how a good and sensitive teacher would correct a student. You teach by example my dear friend. This also shows the tremendous amount of human kindness you possess. I love the man that you are. Thank you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Aw, I'm blushing.....lol. Anytime, what are friends for.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Millionaire Tips - I like this, " the added bonus comes from the additional insight, warmth, and ideas that come from the comments." So true.

Thanks so very much for taking time to both read and comment on my hub. Your feed-back and confirmation are a great help and incentive for me to continue on.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Wow I had to scroll for a long time before leaving this comment--I know comments should count for more when I leave them--but mine usually suck--they are far too short--and yet--I like short comments--Happy Friday Audrey!


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DeborahNeyens 2 years ago from Iowa

This is a wonderful hub. I'd like to see one more option in your poll, however. I don't leave a comment every single time I read a hub, but most of the time and certainly more often than "once in a while." And the reason why I don't leave a comment every time is that sometimes I simply can't think of anything meaningful to say that would add to the discussion. I kind of think it's better not to say anything than to say something trite.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Audrey Howitt - I had to laugh out loud while reading your comments. :) Go right ahead and keep your comments short. They are always welcome and besides your remarkable poetry always makes up for a short comment - you are one-in-a-million!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Deborah - Yes, I absolutely agree with you. So glad you've shared your thoughts on this. Thanks a lot!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Millionaire Tips - I find myself reading every comment and enjoy finding how others feel about a particular hub. You've taken your valuable time to read and leave me a worthwhile comment and for this I am most grateful. ~ Audrey


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ubanichijioke 2 years ago from Lagos

Wow! you must be a celebrity!! (the number of active comment(s) is amazing)

to the point, you just nailed it. Constructive comment(s) goes a long way in telling so many much about the reader. It just doesn't earn you friendship but shows how important you value the piece. When you give your time to others by reading to understand not just flipping through, says much more about the individual. Take time and read; don't rush it! That makes more sense.


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ubanichijioke - Your opening line gave me a chuckle - thanks. You, my friend are the perfect example of what this hub is about. Your comments are truly sincere and show that you have read the article. You are the best kind of hub-friend. Thank you.

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