A few reasons why I comment on your hubs
Are you someone who contributes to the community?
Why I try to be courteous to others.
I know I know, there are probably a few of these already written out there.......but not from my perspective.
If you've been reading my hubs for any length of time now, you know that I try to be generous in my getting back to you.
Let me make sure that statement is understood. I have been writing now for 5 months on this website. As I've taken the time to learn the inner workings, I've begun to understand the Hubpages Etiquette so to speak.
I resolved when I first began writing that:
- I would be as humble and truthful in my comments as I try to be in my hubs.
- That I would be courteous to other readers while still standing by the views and principles that I hold.
- That I would be a help to others on here according to my ability and schedule as I could be.
Now, have I always been someone who would think about such things? NOPE!
I was once a brash, arrogant young man who thought he knew everything. Did I care about other people's feelings? Absolutely not. I didn't care who I offended or who I was overly critical of. I was someone completely different than you know now.
What changed? One word: Jesus. And then HE (not religion, or an institution of any kind) changed me. If you'd like to know more, ask me privately or openly, I don't care which.
There are people on Hubpages whom I admire greatly for their fortitude in responding to every comment, to really putting themselves out there to help others do well here and to feel welcome.
I've also noticed that there are some who are what I would term as "leeches", who want to suck the blood off of you and not give back anything. NOT A FAN.
I wanted to give my take on this personally and really lay out there why I either comment, share, or return the favor on your hub.
This, my dear friends, is for you.
Reason 1. Because I like what you wrote.
I know you're probably looking for something deeper than that but it's just as simple as it could be.
You wrote something that I enjoyed thoroughly or made me deeply reflective so I chose to comment about it.
To me, a comment is saying thank you for taking your time to write something that intrigued me. The fact that you wrote something that I was able to learn from is worth my time and comment.
I want to give you kudos and encouragement because for some people, it's hard to write anything at all. Some have taken a ridiculous amount of time (me, sometimes) to write something quality and I want to make sure you're recognized for it.
So in a nutshell, it's just a thanks.....from me to you. If I comment, I did it to show value for what you've written.
Reason 2. You commented on my article.
It's not some GREAT EXPECTATION or anything, but I think if you were nice enough to leave some love on my stuff, I need to give you some love back!
I don't care if it's one sentence or 3 paragraphs, if you commented on my hub, expect me to do so back.
Do I feel obligated? Nope. I just want to return the favor.
In a sense, that's kind of what we're all doing here anyway, returning favors non-stop. Maybe I'm wrong but I like the way this works.
It's not that this is just an excuse to visit your hub or that I never read your articles, it's just that it makes it easier for me to see who's engaged in what I'm writing. Not only that, it opens up dialogue between me and you. I'm able to sometimes carry on conversation between hubs. Community baby!
So just know that if you're leaving me comments, you'll get one back....or two.....or three.....so on and so forth.
Reason 3. You followed me.
Sure this one's a no-brainer and I could definitely do better at this.
If you "carefully" chose me as a new writer to follow, I thank you and I try to make you feel very welcomed into my crazy world. You're now like "online" family to me. And just like family is, there's distant family you see every once in awhile on reunions, and then those you see all the time.
A few times a month, I choose a day I'm going to just go through my follow list and read up on what they've been writing. Some people are active daily, some haven't been active in a long time. I literally just go through one by one to show some love to my "family". Some people are nice enough to get back to me, some aren't. It is what it is.
Am I able to get through everyone on my list? No, I'm a man with a schedule just like you. But, if I don't get through some that day, I reserve them for another day. This is how I'm able to be as fair as possible with my ever-growing list of Hubpage brothers and sisters.
That's pretty much how I roll man. I'm deep in my simplicity.
Well guys, I hope you enjoyed the reasons I have for how I operate. Lord knows I could do better in some areas, but I'm trucking along like the rest of you.
I'm learning more every day and maybe as I go, I can even learn to organize my time better and even spend more time with the relationships here as well.
This is just me being real again! God bless!