Do you continue to read hubs of those you follow if they don't comment on your hubs?
When you have limited time do you just comment on those who regularly comment on your hubs?
I do try my best to comment on all hubs, but since I am away from home during the week for ten hours a day, as I have an hour commute, my time is very limited. I get home late everynight. I do try to comment as much as humanly possibly and love reading all of the hubs. I try to catch up a lot on the weekends, but every other weekend, I have my grandchildren up and, well, you know how that goes ---they get all the attention.
If I read a hub that I like, I leave a comment even if that writer doesn't comment on my hubs. It's a nice gesture to leave a comment, but if a reader doesn't comment it doesn't necessarily mean that they didn't enjoy the story.
I think we all develop varied levels of relationship with our fellow hubbers and that it's natural to read and comment on all the writers that you have stronger relationships with. When notified of a new hub by someone I'm less familiar with, I look at the topic first. If it holds any interest for me at all, I read the hub. If I like the hub, I leave a comment. If I don't like it, then I move on without comment unless...I think I can offer something constructive. In general, I think it's harder to be objective about a subject that doesn't interest you. I never consider whether that person has commented on my hubs. If I don't receive a comment on a hub, then I assume I didn't write it well and I look at how I can improve it. The other way to look at it is that if they don't comment, I don't know if they read the hub or not so it's not worth me worrying about it.
Sure I do. If there's something interesting that I have to say then I'm going to say it.
I read and comment based on the interest level of the topic. I am drawn more to the offerings of those that I follow but I also keep an eye out for new things. I think the current format diminishes the capability to keep up with those one follows. The format of two years ago served that purpose much better. I look at comments as being something that a person is motivated to make. I read things here and do not comment and I think that is true of many others. Based on the view count of my hubs, only about one in five readers leave a comment....20%. I also find that different genres bring different responses. For example, when I write poetry, the comments tend to run along the lines of how the verses created visions or imagination for the reader. When I write in the political arena, little is said of the writing quality....the emotion is tied to the issues being discussed....there is not much of a feedback loop for the writer in that arena in terms writing style and quality. I really have no problem with the comments though I value each one but I also value those readers who elect not to comment as well. ~WB
Wayne, there is little to say about your political writing. It is thorough, precise, and well written. No one can argue that. My view statistics are like yours. One in five. But, I haven't permitted comments from unregistered users of HP. Do you?
@lrc7815...Yes, Linda....I do get some outsider comments but the number is quite small in comparison to the HP comments.
I don't really pay any attention to it at all.
I read a hub if the subject matter interests me and I don't care who wrote it ir whether they read anything I've written.
I read the all the hubs of the people that I follow. I try to keep up with this daily but sometimes get behind. I try to make comments on the ones that I truly understand and can make an intelligent contribution to.
I find I now recognize lots of Hubbers by name and this leads me to read their hubs and comment. I try to remember that "commenting" is positive for the whole community in links and general activity on the site. I also try to identify new Hubbers and comment, if I can, as a gesture of support.
That said, I have also noticed that "commenting" seems to be slower than it was some months ago, and when I check my notifications, the list of new Hubs seems much longer than the list of "recent comments" , on mine or any other hub that I follow. I have also noticed that specific Hubbers seem to have speeded up their rythm for publishing Hubs, and I have thought this could be due to an effort to increase the elusive page visits. I am not an experienced Hubber, so this is just gut feeling on my part.
The basic problem is always the time factor. I think we all have to increase our efforts at commenting and sharing, as a way to keeping this lovely community alive and well, in spite of various algos and the Big G.
Since a short while I go visit the hubs of the people I follow because I receive the emai myself....before this last weekend, my husband received it. He is the one posting my projects but I like to read and discover what other people write. So many things to learn! And for me it's a good English exercise as well as my first language is French! Good question! Thanks for asking!
If the subject is interesting I will read it, but I don't always leave a comment because sometimes I just don't have anything to add. I suppose a "great Hub" comment would be a good idea though, although sometimes I'm afraid it comes across as patronizing.
I comment on nearly everything that I read, Carol. There are a few people that don't comment on my material for whatever reason, but I don't hold that against them. However, it is so much nicer, when people like you comment. That way, I feel that I am getting to know you better. So thanks!
The plain truth. It depends on who it is and the topic of the hub. I continue to read the work of numerous writers who rarely, if ever, visit my site. I am able to easily consider that they are either very busy, involved hubbers, with little time to read very many hubs by their fellow-writers, or....they don't find my hubs interesting. I am not so sensitive nor defensive, that this crushes me.
I enjoy reading on certain topics, written by talented and articulate writers and leaving my comment or question....Period. I don't DO in order to GET....in any area of my life's activities.
I've been honest and upfront about the fact there are particular hubs I simply do not read. No.1 on that list, is "recipes." Yet, I've read recipe hubs written by people I'm fond of, if only to say Hello! I sincerely do TRY to visit most sites of those who regularly read and comment on my hubs.......So, it seems I do a variety of things in this regard.
I have completely stopped reading some hubbers.....only after a solid year of faithful readership, without a single solitary peep out of him/her. I really CAN take a hint!! LOL
I literally CANNOT read hubs that are filled with grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and/or structure errors....and there are a whole hell of a lot more here, than HP should allow or tolerate. Please?
Bottom line in answer to your question? Each day is a new adventure......I read and write, exchange views and comment according to my mood, my whims, available time, my interests, the writer and/or the topic. I'm just not an "always or never" kind of person. I'm flexible and ever-changing..........Excellent question, Carol and I believe you will get a huge variety of answers........
Thank you! I just finished reading several hub that had so many grammatical errors. I don't understand how that is ok. I also don't understand how they have followers.
Good answer here and I was mostly wondering if you(generally) support writers who you follow and read and they do not respond. You answered that question. Thanks so much
I can't deny that comments are nice to get, and when someone leaves me a nice comment it does motivate me to go check out their hubs. Unless we have really dissimilar interests I usually find one I want to read and comment on.
However, I never stop following or purposely avoid reading hubs just because someone does not comment on my hubs. I read the hubs of plenty of folks who probably don't know I'm alive, and that's OK. If I like their writing, I read it.
Sure. I do not follow them because they follow me. I choose writers that have a unique and interesting style and write about things I am interested in.. If someone I don't know or follow, comments on one of my hubs, I will go and read one of theirs and leave a comment, but not necessarily follow them.
I like reading hubs of everyone here, whether I follow them or not, whether they comment on my hubs or not. But yes, time is a constraint, but as much as possible, I do leave a comment after reading hubs.
I read all hubs whether you follow me or not. You get to learn alot from alot of people all in one space and sometimes it may change your perspective.
I'll state this. When I welcome new hubbers I state "I comment less and vote more" due to the time constraints. I shared once before I type maybe 25wpm when I am not backspacing correcting mistakes. So, the math for me says this. What I have just typed is near to 50 words or two minutes of time. My tendency is to comment too lengthy - a curse or a blessing and all that science stuff too.
I take a power reading class at the local community college every 2-3 years and have reading software I use almost daily to enhance that skill. I read closer to 600wpm or those two minutes would have meant I could have read an average hub. I will confess reading hubs comes in spurts, since I am on the internet too.
So, answering your question it is emphatically yes. Lately I have been writing seeking through exploration if I can achieve the 30 hub/30 day challenge. I failed that attempt. The consequence is I did not read many hubs - typing skills and all that. However I did accomplish a task of what hubs I wanted to share are there.
My typing skills presented opportunity. I 'can' many things. Like the welcome is canned or I copy paste the welcome for new hubbers, yet I do personalize it. My protocol is to read their hub I discovered wandering or at the hub hopper, which I have neglected of recent. Read their profile, follow them, go back to that hub and then comment. Sadly to some is that I may never comment again to that author, even though I may read several or more hubs. I do vote and always leave an accolade. I like to share them to the point I get complaints at Facebook. Que sera, sera . . .
Yes, my time is limited too. The workplace is a constant 50+ and rises with business trends and projects. I rob to pay sometimes, yet I only rob me. This month I will be reading more again, commenting more and shorter (just this reply demonstrates my propensity to comment in length - my therapist and I are working toward that oddity - LOL), yet will be writing less hubs.
A goal is to retire. Hubpages hopefully will supplement Soc Sec so I do not have to be in the workplace. For me that means I have 3 years to get the program in place. When that is achieved then I can spend all day at Hubpages or do some volunteer work too. I kinda' would like to read stories at Barnes & Noble or the library to the little ones. I would be more than happy to exchange five years of establishing a program at hubpages to achive that goal. Or, maybe I will move to Sweden. I just dun'no.
Good question and great thread. I continue to read and comment on hubs of fellow hubbers who do not comment on mine. Its usually because they've developed a rep of producing quality work that I enjoy reading. I received support and comments when I joined recently so I make it a point to welcome, read, and comment on new hubber's work. I also like reading random hubs and commenting. As for those who follow me, I immediately visit their profile page to check them out, read a couple of their hubs and maybe leave a comment, depending on the quality of the hub or if I find the content interesting. I follow mostly veteran hubbers because I think I can learn something from them. Subsequently, I will read and occasionally comment on their hubs. Lastly, there are some very generous hubbers who will leave a nice comment that does compel me to return the favor with a sincere comment.
Reading hubs is matter of knowledge and it will helps to improve our writing, gives new ideas for new hubs, etc.
Same time, comment on a hub is encouragement that one hub writer can give to another hub writer. One can extent his/her support to the other without considering whether they follow or comment our hub.
I always try to comment the hubs which I read. I thing it is my responsibility.
Thanks for your advice. I am new to hub and trying to figure out some of the basics of Hubbing. I read one hub that stated that he tries to comment on three hubs a day, along with his other writing.
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