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A few reasons why I comment on your hubs

Updated on May 6, 2013
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I love meeting new people, like this Dominican Republic basketball player on the way to Brazil.  I'm not a small dude, but he was like 7 feet or more. I don't remember.
I love meeting new people, like this Dominican Republic basketball player on the way to Brazil. I'm not a small dude, but he was like 7 feet or more. I don't remember.
Me before I changed. I had green skin and everything......this is an old photo.
Me before I changed. I had green skin and everything......this is an old photo.

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.

Me now, a big ol happy guy with a wife growing out of my neck!
Me now, a big ol happy guy with a wife growing out of my neck!

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.

Me rushing back to return your comment.....with a big stick in my hand.
Me rushing back to return your comment.....with a big stick in my hand.

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.

We're all friends in this right? I got friends in this picture from Canada, Sweden, and India. We're very diversified as a Hubpages community.
We're all friends in this right? I got friends in this picture from Canada, Sweden, and India. We're very diversified as a Hubpages community. | Source

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.

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Final thoughts.

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!

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks BarbRad, I appreciate your kind comments. I haven't spent quite as much time on here lately as I've started school in the past year and also had a newborn baby girl! I'm just a lot busier, but I plan on trying to get back to it as much as possible. I appreciate people like you, God bless!

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 3 years ago from Templeton, CA

      I looked you up because you have the same name here as the one being used by a writer on Persona Paper whose hubs were just transferred to Squidoo. But I think he just washing in from the Squidoo ocean and is new here.

      In any case, I'm glad I found you. I like your sense of community. You are the sort of person I want to follow here.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you so much myefforts. I think this approach is a good one. Is it one I'm perfect at, nope! But I give it my 100 percent approach and let the chips fall where they may. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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      Asif 4 years ago from Lahore

      Good, I like the approach...

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hi there Deborah, nice to see you here! Wow, you do live fairly close. I was actually just in Texas for a week, about 2 weeks ago and I was on a 420 acre ranch conducting business with The Lord, lol. Thanks for your comments and for stopping by!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Hello my brother in Christ..this hub is amazing ..so nice to

      Meet you .....i live near you i live

      In covington tn...40 miles from

      You...i know my profile says texas..but i moved and havent changed my profile...

      Od

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      The sentiment is thoughtful and appreciated.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kasman,

      My friend... I think you created all this hubbub because you wrote what so many are thinking. Furthermore... it's great to know that geniune actually exists out there!

      Cat

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Don't feel bad suhail. I think it's okay to want to read something that is within your field of interests. I sometimes step out of those fields just to engage my mind more but I typically stay within what I like to read as well. If someone follows me, I try my hardest to engage more often, especially if its a young lady who writes about make up or hair coloring because I have a few of those. And because they are faithful commenters, I try my best to see what they're writing about and to take it for what it is....a well written article or not. I think that we just have to gauge each situation objectively and be courteous with our responses ya know. But I get what you're saying. You're always welcome in my hub house and thanks for being real! I'd rather you be that way than be fake about how you feel! For that you get my commendations and two thumbs up! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Absolutely prospect! I think you're right that it starts with family first. For example, hubpages is down the list in terms of priorities for me. Not to diminish what I am doing here or you guys that are friends....but The Lord is first in my life, then my wife and child on the way, then everything else falls into place after that. My family here is definitely important, but my household comes first. I appreciate you being a faithful friend and commenter and thanks for your votes and shares!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Sunshine, you made me laugh, so you're getting two thumbs up for your comments! I appreciate your thoughts and I will get over to visit you soon! God bless.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I can completely understand brave warrior. For me, I typically follow someone if they've written a hub or two that's caught me. If I can see they plan on writing in a way that catches me, I will follow. Now for those that follow me.....granted its not a large list yet....but I do try to show some love when I can. Over time, if they haven't returned the favor or just don't do anything on here anymore.....I just tend to pass over them because there are people here who will respond. It's not being mean to someone, it's just that time is precious and if that person followed me just to follow me......well good for them, but I didn't ask them to follow and not participate, so they shouldn't expect it back all the time. You do have to make judgement calls at times and maybe my thoughts on this will be revised with time. Thanks for stopping by with your thoughts.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Absolutely Cat, I think the minute I feel obligated to reply back to someone, it's not really showing love.....it's just the robotic, "oh hi there, glad you commented, here's your reply." That's not why I comment back. I'm glad what I wrote intrigued you. Seems half of hubpages was intrigued by it, Lol!

      Yeah don't feel guilty by schedules. Sometimes it can take days for me to get back but unless I'm dead or in the hospital......I will get back! Thanks alot for your great thoughts!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I appreciate you letting me into your network too Heidi. I agree, I find this a great place to connect because you get to learn something as you go! Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      MJennifer, I'm thankful you think so about me. Lol, you see the good side of me, I promise there's some nutjobish ways too! Ask my wife! Thankfully, I'm kept in check by something greater than myself and I want to show the love to others that I've had shown to me. It may seem like something small, but I if I can do it through courtesy and kindness, that's great! I'm still a little rough around the edges, but I'm working on that! Thanks so much for you dropping by and being generous in your statements!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well Mekenzie, I'm glad you found me too. It's always a blessing to have another nice person come my way! I appreciate your deep insights and thank you for your kudos and sharing. Jesus is my life. I like to say I'm a messed up guy who loves Jesus. Keeps it simple and humbling!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Cloud, I'm going to have to come by and take a look. Again, I'm honored and blessed by you and the others on here who thought this hub was worth mentioning at all. I wasn't expecting it to take off like it did so thank you again.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Absolutely Midge, and I thank you for your positive feedback here. I appreciate you for always being this way and sharing people's stuff on your Facebook page! Appreciate you coming in!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you so much janshares, if I couldn't be candid, then I couldn't be real and I would want to brown nose everyone and I never was much of a behind kisser. I just wanted to share why I do what I do and how I keep trying to be fair without playing games. Thanks for stopping by and your wonderful comments.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Cloud, you're a bundle of hilarious fun man. You floor me with your wild generosity! Just stop it alright.....just stop it cause now I have to give you extra kudos all the time! Kidding, of course I'm beyond flattered and for the first time in my hub life.....speechless. You roll well my friend. You roll well and thank you.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you Victoria Lynn. Definitely just being me and I'm thankful it's entertaining to you. The style is simple, is it easy and entertaining enough to keep MY attention? I appreciate it about the photos, my wife the photographer. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you just ask Susan, I'm glad your lungs were able to take this in :). I appreciate the vote of confidence! Thank you for stopping by!

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 4 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      Hi Kasman,

      I really enjoyed reading a hub on a very original idea coming directly from your heart. At least I haven't read or come across any hub of this nature.

      I have been on hub pages for quite sometime now, but I am enjoying my professional career (regulatory compliance) so much that I find little time to contribute to the community. But I do try my best during what ever time is available to me.

      I almost do what you have mentioned. However, I tend to pick hubs that are about outdoors (hiking, canoeing, kayaking, dog sledding, etc.), wildlife conservation, nature photography, and music (oh yes I am a soft head banger). This is a disadvantage, because I am unable to return favours to some hubbers due to this narrow range of interests.

      Thank you again for sharing your honest feelings.

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Another nice hub Kasman. I've noticed that you're becoming way more active on here, and that's a very good thing since we enjoy reading your works. I like your way of thinking in regards to commenting and following others. This is a community, and like you said it has a family feel to it. No matter how many views a hub may get, the majority of the views start right here with the Hubpages family first. Great hub my man. Voted up, rated awesome, and shared.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very good reasons! My main reason for commenting on someone's hub is simply because I liked the hub. Just like I'm commenting now on your hub, because I like it. Well done!!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I love this hub. Comments are important, but only if they are genuinely prompted. I have people I follow and vice versa who I sometimes choose not to comment on their hubs. Sometimes I don't even make it fully through a hub, no matter how much I love and respect them. The bottom line is this: I read what interests me and comment when I have something positive to say. Period, amen of story.

      I've met some phenominal people on HP. I have about twice as many followers as I follow, because I won't be fake. Some people follow without ever having left a comment. Those people fall to the bottom of my priority list; we don't earn points or pennies by how many people we follow.

      This is a writer's community. It's where friends are made, hearts are bared and lessons are learned. Now, I'm going to check you out and see how we fit.

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      Kasman,

      I'm glad you took the time to write something that intrigued me! :-) Seriously, I have been putting a lot of thought into this entire concept the last week or so. Obligation... not so much, but yes there is a need of some sort to get to those that show love to us... and with schedules, it can become hard. I feel guilty when I know I've not visited someone in a bit, I also worry what they think about it. You kind of just wrote on behalf of me and probably thousands of other hubbers! Thanks for putting it out there and you honestly, approach HP the way it ought be!

      Thanks for a great article!

      Cat

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      Heidi Thorne 4 years ago from Chicago Area

      Looks like my list of reasons to comment! :) Actually, I treat HP like any other social network. But on this one, everyone is actively pursuing writing. Input from fellow writers in a friendly forum is encouraging and enlightening. Glad to have you in my network!

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      Marcy J. Miller 4 years ago from Arizona

      Beautifully put, Kasman! I'd already been struck by your sense of thoughtfulness, good nature and decency in your hubs and comments, and am not surprised to find it "codified," so to speak, in this one. What a heartfelt, warm, and feel-good hub ... and with humor, too!

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      Susan Ream 4 years ago from Michigan

      Hello Kasman, I just happened on this hub and was drawn right in by your title. You created a curiosity for your reader; I was hooked and not disappointed!

      I am very impressed by your ability to communicate your warmth and love through the written word.

      I was especially excited to hear that you too know of the power that Jesus has to take a life - change it - and create in us a new heart.

      As you grow here on the hubs so will your audience. Given your engaging personality - I believe you will gain a huge audience quickly.

      When that happens it's really hard to keep up with returning comments and also have the time to write - which of course is your gift .. that's evident.

      Your heart is amazing and you will bless those who choose to follow you, no doubt.

      So happy to find you and I will follow you. Keep up the good work and share the love with the hub family. Blessed to know count you as a new hub family member. ;)

      I'm going to share this excellent hub on my 'writers' Facebook page - which you can find on my profile. Voted Up +++

      Mekenzie

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Hublove has been initiated bro! it shall be up in a day or you can check the Hubpages news feed for the posting. Let me know if you like me to drop a link here if you cannot locate it. Once again great job! thumbs up and sharing!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi, and I"m commenting because you write words that are so true. Sometimes we think about whether we are commenting for the sake of being nice. But truly, commenting is a way for all parties to exchange constructive and positive feedback. And a positive piece of it is, you rock as a writer!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      This is an amazing hub, Kasman. I'm touched by your spirit, impressed by your candidness. You speak nothing but truth. LOVE THIS HUB!! Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and shared!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      I prepared a hublove response to this hub for you Kasman, its coming right up, and that's how I roll for those who spread the love for the likes for all others in their path on Hubpages.

      Awesome job!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I love your attitude, Kasman! Your writing style and sense of humor are fantastic. I love the photos, too!

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      Susan Zutautas 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Reading your hub was like a breath of fresh air. Seriously it was so nice to read this.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Sheri, I think you do a fine job of sharing your thoughts on hubs in general and I think you've got a good future here as well. Quality takes time sometimes and I definitely understand the hours spent on one hub feeling. You'll get better with time for sure, I know I'm starting to. Thanks for your comments and I appreciate you stopping by!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much alahiker for stopping by and commenting. I saw a hub of yours that I want to comment on because it looks fantastic. I'm heading over there in a moment.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Hi Kasman. You seem like such a geniunly nice guy and I am glad you are having such a nice life. I too find it hard to keep up with the comments, but really enjoy the community here on hubpages. I have only been here a few months too, and have so much to learn! I also spend HOURS and HOURS researching my articles but am a very curious person so love to learn. a lady told me on one of the forums that comments really help us with google love as they see it as content, so commenting on each others hubs is practical help as well. Nice hub and I will share. Keep your lovely beacon of light shining...the world needs it!

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      Vicki Parker 4 years ago from the Deep South

      Nice thoughts. Voted up.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well thank you Tammy, I want to say that you're appreciated for your powerful story telling! That one hub of the ugly duckling still gets me.

      I am honored that you consider me so highly, thank you!

      No I didn't honestly think to look for that, I guess I'll need to because I'm sure I could write a hub or 20 on my thought processes and preparations, lol!

      Thanks again and I appreciate your visit!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much for the encouragement Audrey. I really am flattered that you would do that. I assume you mean on your main profile right? I'm still learning, lol. Thanks alot for being faithful in your commenting and encouragement! I appreciate you dropping by! This is a good example of what I mean by keeping in touch with other hubbers!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Lol, can't be any simpler than that. I think it's definitely 100/100 not 50/50. On some days it seems a little more lopsided when I'm busy but I have to stay true to the family at home first, this family second, lol. But I do get back! Thanks so much for the encouragement and comments flourish, and yes....I'm joyful and happy even in hard times!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Dadgummit Kellyteam! How'd you guess? You got me. I really was kind of inspired by your ten minuter hub. I loved the idea honestly, and maybe a little bit of that kind of thought went into this one, lol. The Lord is honestly my reason for living now, and of course everything else flows from that......like the great love I have for my wife and the people around me. He's good even when I'm not! I appreciate your comment!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you Bill, I'm very glad to be here and I've felt welcomed since minute one by many! You've been a good bud on here and one that I want to "glean" some Hubpage wisdom from! Thanks for stopping by brother.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      You are such a wonderful addition to Hubpages. Since day one you have been one of the most sincere hubbers and commenters I have met. You will go far here. Have you ever checked the stats on Google Adsense for fathers to be? It is one of the most highly searched topics with very little competition. ;)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Kas ~ It's hard to believe that you've only been on HP for 5 months. Your writing style is excellent. I'm adding a link on my hub about Comments to this hub. Be sure to watch for it :) Many blessings to you, my friend ~ Audrey

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      Nice thoughts. You give some, you get some. Glad you found a way to change your heart. I bet you are so much happier now.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Hey Kasman, Great job. Did you do this in ten?) Just messing with you. This is really a good and logical hub. You give some real basic reasons for commenting and probably some of the same reasons we all have. Thanks for sharing and praise God for you accepting Jesus! Bless you and yours.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kas my friend, you just gave a perfect definition of community. Well done and I am glad you are with us.

      blessings my friend

      bill