Am I the only one who sits in utter amazement at people who send personal fan mail notes telling you how wonderful, inspiring, creative and informative your writing is, only to find out they have NEVER even written a reply to ANY of your articles? If their goal is to lure me into following them then they are sorely mistaken. Don't tell me what a great writer I am unless you take the time and vote along with leaving a comment on my article. Do you think I am being too harsh?
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You provided a fabulous answer. I guess the way to sum this whole thing up is this: "Different strokes for different folks." Also, I'm too naive to grasp the concept of algorithms. Shoot, I had to use spell check to just get it right.
Oh, how accurate that is, Joe (hawaiianodysseus). We're individuals & behave like individuals. In real life, one finds the same differences. Viva la difference! Courtesy is never wasted & sometimes inspires courtesy, IMHO. Thanks for tha
Some people simply need constant affirmations of their self worth.
That kind of mechanical or electronic glitch is a pain, innerspin. I can see your point if you use another resource to express your appreciation. As for affirmations of our work, all comments have value - pro or con. No one hates strokes, though.
I don't think that's a fair comment, d.williams. pagesvoice was asking something that puzzled him, not asking for everyone to leave great comments. The responses have been very interesting.
I've had that as well - comments getting bounced - and I used to blame my old computer until it happened on my laptop - absolutely infuriating!!! By the time I get round to getting a comment accepted, I've usually forgotten what the hub was about!
I wasn't referring to Pagesvoice with that remark. It was a generalized statement that most people DO expect praise & acknowledgment.That is evident if U dare 2 disagree.I was recently told by 1hubber he only wanted affirmative comments.I d/c'd
Thanks for clarifying d.william.
That's a shame, d.william! I can't even imagine only accepting or wanting positive reinforcement! How would one ever know if it were sincere, if it's all one will accept? Absurd. No wonder you were turned off.
No, we can't always leave songs of praise, even for our favorites here. A writer friend of mine, long before HP wrote an article that I liked and shared, yet I still disagreed with them on one section. It's the give and take that makes us all better.
Marlene, ,an excellent habit. If you've read & have a valid vote to cast it's valuable.. A personal comment, as well, even if it's only "Thumb up!" would be enjoyed by the writer. Most hubbers write as persons, not as established professionals
I agree with you Marlene and Nellieanna. I think we just have to enjoy everyone who does comment, and realize not everyone is going to show their enjoyment the same way.
Oh oh...I had better read a couple more of your hubs and comment. LOL
It's not just 'tit for tat' on the following scene, but when a real disinterest is demonstrated by someone listing himself as a follower but never acknowledging the person supposedly followed, it's obvious that there's no genuine interest.
This is very much the way I feel about it, Jaye. The interaction between Hubbers is the single greatest value of Hubpages for aspiring writers, IMHO. It provides the sounding board we need as relatively amateur writers.
I agree. Even if it must means writing just one sentence to show your support I think it helps the writer and the HP community as a whole to be supportive in this way.
Yes. Just thinking out loud here. How long would it take to read through... and comment on 1500 + 3100 comments. That would surely take a bite out of your productive writing time. Right? Just saying I agree with you.
Excellent points. There is this, though: views don't equate with reading the articles. Comments acknowledge that the article has been 'tasted' at least; good comments reflect what's made an impression. Valuable for writer to know. Give & tak
I only asked this question because I observed, then questioned and was curious what others thought. I'm certainly not looking for hubbers to fawn over every article I write. That wasn't my intent when asking the question.
We find time for the things we value, such as asking & answering questions such as this. But each of us must prioritize our time, certainly. All others' comments needn't be read in order to add a comment on a hub, btw, That does take lots of tim
Pagesvoice: i have read many of your hubs and do apologize for not taking the time to acknowledge my visits to your site. Would you like me to re-visit and comment on those i read?
d. Williams - Thanks for the acknowledgement. "No" there's no need to do that...I checked my old ego at the door years ago. LOL
Thank you and so many others here who have given me a whole new perspective. My question is a perfect example of exchanging views and opinions and I love the feedback this has given me.
Patriot Quest - this is so on the money. With the "bound to be heated" hubs, I save myself the turmoil that comes with speaking up.
There's no question that the type of hubs one writes stir different responses in readers. I do choose to stay out of the heat of battlegrounds, but I still want to appreciate the writers' efforts, which doesn't require getting into the fray.
You don't have to follow them back so what's the harm in allowing them to follow you? Do you write a letter to the author after every book you read? how about magazine articles? I think it's pretty unrealistic to expect everyone to comment.
Thanks for your reply & thoughts on it. This is fairly subjective, isn't it? If no comments, why follow, - why not just remain anonymous then?
I don't write notes to book authors. They're commercial; I've bought the book, which acknowledges
I guess it all boils down to our individual expectations. I see many different views on this question. I posed the question because this scenario happened to me twice within one day.
Pages yes it is individual & valuable to see these different replies to your question. Hubpages is a place to test one's writing wings, so peer responses to our work really influence & help us hone our craft. It's one of HP's major values.
N.A: U've 819 followers & follow 124. Can U possibly read all articles of the 819, or comment on all 124? Writers prdce a variety of hubs, do they all interest everyone. UR doing UR-self a dis-service by missing other great articles 4 lack of pra
Of course not, d.william. That's not a question here. I will have read & responded to some of their work when I became their followers & wrote fan mail to them; I follow so I can see what else they write & read if possible. I watch &
Cristin, you shine through as a thoughtful, polite person & of course one wouldn't reject another's effort to be kind, however it's done even when it screams out that it's motivated by no more than self-service. One just accepts it & moves o
As I've mentioned in other comments here, my only intent in asking this question was to get a sense for how others feel about this. I'm seeing all sides to the debate and to me, they are all answers that make sense.
It DOES take time to be a participating member of Hubpages; indeed of any active community. The commitment to it needs to be considered when joining.
For sure Nellieanna! We are all here to be taken seriously and interaction, collaboration and feedback are all certainly within the spectrum of Hubpages and everyone who joins should try to participate in all areas. :)
As in any interaction with others, though, each expresses him/her self & has that right. We can never know all the factors governing others' actions. But whether work, marriage or parenthood or other commitments, there are reasonable expectatio
That's valuable, too, Express. But you never know how much it could mean to the writer who's taken time to present something of value for you to read, to see your personal comment, too, if only, "Wow" or "Really?" :-)
Hi, wqaindia. Interesting thoughts you've shared. Like any relationship, those we share here on Hubages are built, thoughtful response upon thoughtful reply to it. Comments are our best resource for doing that.
Personally, I couldn't agree with you more. In fairness, there are others who disagree with us and that is perfectly fine, as well. I guess it boils down to what works for us.
Actually, your answer makes perfect sense to me. I totally forgot about the power of "sharing." That is one area I really do need to work on.
J: thank U for being honest.I was beginning 2 think i was totally off base.My articles R there 4 people 2 read whether they agree 2 contents or not.I don't need personal affirmation as 2 their worth. They R meant 2 inform & give another POV.
My eyes have certainly been opened and I have a totally different perspective today than I did yesterday.
Again - each may show support in different ways suited to his or her personality and perspective. It's what makes it all so interesting.