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Answering your hub comments...

Updated on October 12, 2015
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I have endured migraines for over 30 years. Migraines affect more than the person who suffers from them.

Just as Shadow is getting ready to walk.  Looks like he didn't  even get an acknowledgement on the comments he has been leaving.
Just as Shadow is getting ready to walk. Looks like he didn't even get an acknowledgement on the comments he has been leaving. | Source

I had to learn the hard way...

When I first started, I was getting comments and fan mail and I was so overwhelmed by the fact that people ACTUALLY LIKED my writing that I totally forgot that they were talking to me. By not answering their comments, I was, in all honesty, 'walking away' from them as they spoke to me. I didn't realize that's what I was doing. I didn't realize that I should have been answering and thanking them.

Don't make that mistake. These people are the ones who help you get traffic and they are the ones who will be the first to answer your questions and tell you how to improve on your hubs. Don't walk away from them while they are speaking to you (so to speak). Take the time to answer them back. Take the time to comment on their hubs. Take the time to join into the conversations in the forum. Take the time to ask questions (you'll be surprised at how quickly they will be answered). Become an actual member of the hub community.

Just like these gourds, your hubs will eventually start to go "stale" and will no longer be viewed.
Just like these gourds, your hubs will eventually start to go "stale" and will no longer be viewed. | Source

How to check and see if there is a comment on your hub or a hub you are following.

There are at least two ways to keep up with the comments and the hubs that are published. One is to follow your feed (click on the cursive "hubpages" on the top of your page and you will get your feed). The other is to check your e-mails. If anyone you are following publishes a new hub, you will get an email notification. Also, you will get notification if a comment you made is answered or if a hub you published receives a comment.

Of course, you should always follow those that write hubs you are interested in;but don't just follow anyone because your feed and your e-mail will become cluttered with things that you are not interested in reading and you will lose some very exciting opportunities. Then, take the time to "hop" hubs to read some of the other hubbers; you may find one of them writes things you are interested in reading and you may want to follow them. And be sure to comment on all of the hubs that you enjoyed---OH YES and don't forget to vote them up and "useful, funny, awesome, beautiful and/or interesting" when you are done reading. These things show up on their profile and help them earn accolades and show others how interesting and awesome their hubs are.

Are you answering your hub comments, or just revelling in the glory?

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Try to remember....

When you write a hub and publish it for the very first time, you are so excited to see those comments coming in telling you how good your hub is that you tend to forget that those people were kind enough to stop by, read, enjoy, AND comment on your hard work. You revel in the excitement and glory of finally getting something published and people are reading it and you forget that people are reading it. These same people will be checking hubs of other hubbers and they might stop looking at your stuff because you are disinterested in what they had to say.

Keep on Hopping, answering, and enjoying!

So, as a new hubber, be sure to "hop" around the hubbing community and read the work of others; be sure to leave comments and vote for the hubs you like; be sure to write awesome hubs of your own; AND BE SURE to answer comments that are made on your hubs. Also, if you write an answer to a comment you might discover a whole thread of comments and conversations just flowing all around you! Lastly, join the community of hubbers and enjoy. You are in a unique club of creative and intelligent writers who are just as eager to read your hubs as you are to read theirs. So, write, read, enjoy, and wallow in the pleasure of knowing that you are a published writer!

© 2011 Cheryl Simonds

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      Cindy A. Johnson 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      These are all important tips that I didn't realize either when I first started. Very informative and useful.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Very useful tips. I love hub hopping - I always stumble upon something interesting! And I love interacting with fellow hubbers through the comments:)

    • JT Walters profile image

      JT Walters 5 years ago from Florida

      I wish I had read this hub before I started writing. It is really great advice.

      JT

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      SJmorningsun25 5 years ago

      Great tips! On the rare occasion that I get a large number of comments, it can feel overwhelming to try to answer all of them. It's good to know, though, that making the effort pays off! Thanks for this Hub. Just a few months in, I'm still learning what makes a good Hubber and a good Hubbing experience! Voted up and useful.

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      Veronica Roberts 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Good advice and suggestions! I love the last line of the hub ("So, write, read, enjoy, and wallow in the pleasure of knowing that you are a published writer!"). =]

      Voted up and useful!

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      Nancy Owens 5 years ago from USA

      This is very good advice. I learn so much from other Hubbers, and I need to remember that even though I am new to Hubbing, interacting with others is an important part of the process

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      Caroline Marie 5 years ago from Close to Heaven

      Cheryl thank you for this wonderful hub. Great advice. Voted up!

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      Cheryl Simonds 5 years ago from Connecticut

      Thank you so much everyone for your great comments and votes. I am still learning the ropes and skipped this step a few times myself, but I now know how important it is. Thanks everyone, Happy New Year!!! :)

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