Do you always leave a comment if you read a hub?
I have followers whom I've never seen in the comments sections and just wondered what other hubbers think about the comments in general. Do you leave comments when you read? Sometimes? Always? Never? Please give your reasons with your answers.
Hi Ann! I would say 99% of the time I will leave a comment, and the reason is because I want them to know I've been there and I care about their writing. I think comments are vital for a writer. It gives us encouragement and let's us know that we aren't writing in a vacuum.
Quite frankly, I don't know why someone would belong to a writing community and not leave comments. Seems a little silly to me, but what do I know?
Have a great weekend!
Not always. However I do tend to leave them if I found the hub to be either exceptional or if something was stated I completely disagreed with. In that case I might leave a different point of view to consider.
I have never written a negative critique regarding one's writing style or launched personal attacks but I have seen others do so in hub comments as well as Q&A. If it's that bad move on.
Generally speaking I have to feel strongly one way or the other. Oftentimes in addition to leaving a comment I will vote the hub (up), (useful), (awesome), or (interesting). I never vote hubs (down).
If I invest the time to read someone's article, I am going to let them know it. I think reading an article and leaving a comment is a compliment and there are far too few of those these days.
I also vote and almost always vote up. Hey if someone went to all that trouble to write then they deserve my kudos.
I know if I am going to like an article in the first paragraph. If I am not going to like it I do not read it. But I do go and look at any article written by anyone I follow.(yes there are some first paragraph flops I read all the way through simply because I like the author, and then I just give them a big howdy in the comments to encourage.
Hi, Ann! I also leave comments when I've read an article, and likewise appreciate comments to know how others respond to my writings. If this is a community, then we should support one and the other as Bill points out.
Thank you. I quite agree and I much appreciate your taking the time to answer by leaving this comment! It's good to know how many are of the same mind.
Almost always, except for the occasional one where I am unable to deal with it for personal reasons.
I very much appreciate every comments I receive and I like to reciprocate if I can.
Hello Ann. I would say that I leave a comment only about half of the time. Most of the comments on HP aren't about real criticism of the writing, but more content based. I have never once had someone comment on the grammar or structure of a hub, only the content.
I'm not one who likes being fake and only leave comments on hubs of genuine interest. Even if it's not a topic I'm head over heels for I still try to find something about it I learned or liked and leave a comment. If someone writes an article on 10 different models of garbage disposals, I have a hard time being genuine about the interest. If it's well written, I might leave a comment about it being clear and concise, but honestly, it's hard sometimes to find something to say.
Also, sometimes I read the hubs on my phone and don't want to type out a long comment on a digital keyboard. If a hub was really good, I'll go back and find it later and write it on my computer. Most of my comments are several paragraphs long, so doing that on a phone would be torture.
Another thing to consider is that writers have different amounts of time available to spend on HP. The stay at home mom, full-time writer, or retiree may have way more time to allot for commenting. I see some writers here spend their whole day doing hundreds of comments, while those with full-time jobs are sneaking in a hub before breakfast. When I am working full-time, I only have time to read and comment on 3 or 4 hubs a day. I wish I had more time because there are hubbers who I would love to comment on everything they write, but it's just not possible. As a writer, I need to make sure that I'm balancing my time well between writing and connecting with other writers.
Great question! Have a lovely day.
Ann, when I read a hub I do so with the intention of commenting. But I only comment when I have something positive to say, or if the hub covers a controversial issue and I feel I need to give a different viewpoint. I've actually read some hubs two or three times trying to find something positive I can say, but there have been times when I've had to give up without commenting. One turn off for me personally: if the hub employs vulgar or insulting language, I won't leave a comment, since to me, a positive comment implies some level of endorsement.
Always leave a comment annart, if you don't how does the hubber no if it is a good read or not? I rely on other hubbers to let me know if my hubs are good or not or if they have found spelling mistakes etc... (I have failed.... I said that I would write another hub before I went onto the forums! hey ho!) (See my hub about being careful on the time spent on forums and new hubs!)
I leave a comment whenever I can. Sometimes, like others here have said, it's not easy to find a positive but then I say something like 'Good ideas' or something equally vague. I don't correct but send the odd email.
Thanks for your valued input.
I agree with billybuc. I leave comments when a hub is interesting to me because I care about the author's writing and I value the encouragement that comments inspire.
I usually do knowing how much effort goes into the hub. There are cases, though, when I don't. These are the ones that are really sloppy and written with not much effort.
When I am in a grumpy mood, I read and don't comment. There are times when no matter what my intention is I am going to be sharp and harsh. Nobody wants to hear from me on those days. I do vote on those days.
yes, every hub that i read, i leave a comment and vote up, that is my habit
If the hub is worth commenting then I would. Most of hubbers in Hubpages are very good writers so mostly I write comments with them.
I only leave a comment if I feel an earnest reason to do so.
Oh, yes, I always leave a comment after reading a hub, as I believe that is a huge part of belonging to this wonderful community. It not only shows support, but tells the writer that we our interested enough in what is being written to provide feedback and encouragement to continue writing. I am always mindful to vote appropriately and share everywhere. I have so many new followers here of late, but when they do not leave a comment on my hubs, then I am not sure if they are reading and I am left quite bewildered why someone would follow someone and read, but never comment.
I appreciate the follow, but really appreciate comments being made so I am aware that someone is actually reading.
Blessings for a lovely weekend!
Happy New Year Ann! For me it all depends. Most of the time I intend to leave a comment for a hub, but if I feel the content is not worthy I may just not say anything. I want to be positive and leaving constant negative remarks is not kind. I will however, point out errors because it is out of caring about their writing. I always want to know if there are errors so I may improve, just like I want others to improve. I guess my average is I leave seven comments out of ten hubs. I' m more likely to leave fan mail or give kudos to short story fiction. Thank you for posting this question. Have a great day.
I will comment on 99% of hubs I read. I will always look for something positive to take from it but if I do read a hub that is very badly written or simply a sales hub, rather than leave a negative comment I will usually say nothing.I was always told "If you can't say something nice, say nothing at all."
It's like leaving a calling card but I don't always do it. Like Eric says here, if I take the time to read a page and I like it I'll leave a few words. If I think a page needs a bit of 'gingering up' I'll say so. Sometimes if writers are a bit short on information, or pages seem a bit 'empty' (foreshortened), I think there should be more for the reader.
The beauty of these Hub-pages is you can easily add material or withdraw it without the page suffering. Usually I add, to let readers get their teeth into them - in other words make reading them worthwhile.
Yes, I do my best too because it's just the courteous thing to do!
I do, if it's something that interested me. If it's a topic I know nothing about, I'll just rated it with a comment like useful and leave no comment. It's simple as that. But by commenting on hubs, you would gain followers and more traffics to your hubs, I've been recently told.
Yes, I do leave a comment if I read a hub... not only do I want to offer encouragement to the writer (because that is my own experience when someone comments on my hubs), but it does cement one's place in the HP community.
As a boomer on the fast track to 70, I find that a record of my having 'been there' is useful, as well, so that I can read other hubs and not re-read (and re-read? and re-re-read??). In the same way, I do a quick book review online when I finish reading a book.
Yes. I leave comment to share my thoughts (positive or negative) or to say a few encouraging words
I do post comments every time.... I leave a comment and thumb up if i think the hub is worthy and also suggest if i think this hub should be improved
If I enjoyed it I will. I make it a habit to never leave negative comments so if I found something unenjoyable I usually just don't make a comment on it.
I am newbie and following the senior hubbers. I do myself best to to leave good comment. But it is right that commenting on each hub is not a routine of majority hubbers.
I would say I comment on 95% of the Hubs I read. I have to admit some articles are way "over my head", and after reading the Hub three times, I give up and go on to something else.
Either the author is super intelligent, or I am super dumb!!
Well I almost always leave a comment. I guess endorsing any comment for applaud/constructive criticism is better than not writing anything.
Yes, I would say 95% of the time I do leave a comment. If a good hub catches my eye, draws me in, I will read it and want the author to know. I also think leaving a comment is a good way to show hubberlove and support to fellow writers.
Yes, I tend to leave some form of a comment after investing the time to read an article. It always puzzled me why people tend to only leave vague positive comments instead of really critiquing the work and leaving an honest opinion. Is it bad form to leave a constructive comment? Great Question.
Honestly, no. If I feel like I need to comment I will but sometimes I am truly not interested in the hub. Sometimes what I have to say may upset the hubber. So my mother told me if you have nothing nice to say, Say nothing at all.
I leave comments on about 90% - 99% of the hubs I read.
If the topic is of no interest to me, it's doubtful I'll even read the hub. If it's marginally interesting, I'll read it just to see what I might learn, and leave a comment to the effect that I have learned something new, or whatever applies.
That said, if I see a hub with a ton of comments and not a single reply, I generally won't comment. I appreciate interaction, and I know I make a sincere effort to reply to each and every comment left on my hubs.
When an author does not reply, it seems they are not appreciative of the time people took to comment, and/or are only into themselves and what they have to say.
I think it is as bad or worse when an author replies only to "selected" comments, probably those of their personal friends/acquaintances, and ignores everyone else.
I can perfectly well understand, however, a blanket "thanks, everyone, for all the comments" if they have gotten slammed with comments by getting HOTD.
I totally agree with your opinion on, and reaction to, those who don't answer readers who've taken the time to comment. They don't help themselves, though; fewer people will read their hubs consequently. Interaction helps us all. Thanks for answering
If I really like it I do. I think it depends if it is a subject you are passionate about. I know I have some Hubs that many people have read without leaving remarks but some of those Hubs are ones people don't want other people to know they have read--It can also depend on the subject.
Some hubs I do not leave a comment if I have nothing to say.
I do not always leave comments. It depends upon a few factors for me:
1)- Is my hand working properly or is it cramping up? (I have an injury that becomes aggravated as the day progresses).
2)- I am not compelled enough as my brain is flat-lining... no point in leaving a useless comment that makes me look like a complete fool.
3)- Intimidation - when you come across the odd article that is so articulate by a highly educated individual, it is terrifying... but you still enjoy the read.
4)- Time - Sometimes you just do not have the time to write everything you want to say... some things are better left unsaid (or so granny told me).
I was brave on this post!
Hi, I always try to leave a comment, I just put how I feel and always in a very good way. However, there have been times I just read and didn't feel like typing a respond. Usually I read more than one hub from the same person so at one point I will always leave a comment.
If I have not left comments for a while it is due to the reason I am not online or haven't been for a while. online.
I know most of us like to return the favor, however I do not expect comments on my posts even though I leave a comment.
I realize that people may still be reading the work. Its all good to me.
No, because mama always said, "if you can't say something nice, don't say anything". Sometimes, I just can't find anything positive or kind to say, so I think it's best not to leave a comment.
Yes, mostly. It is a good way to thank and encourage a writer. Sometimes comments are casual but mist of the times it is meaningful. I love to give insightful comments especially to new comers.
Im certainly commenting every hub I encounter, I believe its because Im new but the interesting hubs deserve a comment imo.
I always try to leave a comment. I won't say I leave a comment every time but I'll do my best to encourage them even just through voting it up or something.
I know of the importance of followers and I even mentioned that in a few of my articles. I want them to treat me with the same respect I give them, and a writer needs encouragement otherwise it's a struggle sometimes for them to keep going.
Little things like a comment consisting of a few words helps so much and I'll do my best to give my respects to the other writers.
I especially leave comments for "newer-than-me hubbers". Right from the start, several very experienced hubbers did the same for me. It made a big difference and I quickly found that those comments, suggestions, answers, and encouragement gave me the freedom to combat a lifelong battle of naysayers. Great question!
Good afternoon, Ann; we talked about this after following each other. I do leave comments. One of the interesting things about Hub Pages is that the comments tend to be more than the "interesting", "good job", "thumbs up/down" variety. As Joel pointed out, comments can sometimes help us overcome our fear of exposure with our writing.
Also, comments that critique our writing help us improve. Good question and answers. ~Marilyn
Yes I do.This is because it is a good thing to compliment the authors.Writing isn't easy so when you complement someone it really means something big
Yes, I always leave a comment. If I get busy. I remember, and I go back to leave my comment. It is nice to read the comments. I know that I least one person care about my work on hub pages. Sometimes, people go to a great deal of work to make a hub. A comment is for respect of the author's work and also an appreciation to their hubs.
No, not always, but most of the time, I do. I especially like to encourage newbies. There have been times when I wanted to comment on the poor spelling, grammar, and sentence structure, but have not done so. I have, however, mentioned those issues in a forum when someone asks in very poor English what is wrong with his/her hub.
I leave comments sometimes. If I'm impressed with the content of the hub, then I'll leave a comment if I have something useful to say.
Commentators are the basic strength of hub writers. If the Hub is extremely good then a real commentator will not hesitate to write the appreciating comment. If the hub article is not in good taste and lacks substance even than the good commentator will like to stop by the hub and give his or her valuable suggestion. Comments come only from think tanks and I always prefer to comment of the hub articles. In case the hub article is of average quality then just marking it interesting, cool will be suffice without adding comments.
I always leave a comment. I want people to know that I read their hub. Also, I believe comments add credibility and might help boost the hub's visibility. It's my little way of supporting the writer.
Exactly! I couldn't agree more. Thanks for your contribution to this question. Much appreciated.
Commenting on Hubs seemed to raise my personal score too
I haven't noticed, MonkeyShine, but I suppose any activity should contribute to our score. Good point.
I almost always do. It's good to give feedback to the writer and let them know what you thought of the hub.
I think we should try to read and comment on the hubs of our followers, and vice versa
That's why it's important to follow only those who write articles on subjects you are interested in
Good point. It can get difficult keeping up with everyone's hubs! Thanks for answering.
I'm new here and have very few followers, so I don't have that problem yet. I try to read and comment on at least one hub of a new follower, as soon as they follow me. Keeps the pile down
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