HubPages is an excellent site for sharing and publishing, however I believe that people will only remark on your pieces if you comment on theirs. It's like a give-and-take situation. Sorry to say, but this is what I've found while scrolling through the feed and on my hubs on a daily basis. Many people, I suppose, are not being honest in their comments. Some people don't even read what was said in the article. Nonetheless, they make comments as if it were their responsibility to do so. If I'm mistaken, please correct me.
Bottom line it all comes down to what one is seeking; social interaction or money. Today, in my view, most who comment on others articles mainly are from a community of like writers more specifically creative writers.. And, that community is not that big today in HP compared to yesteryear.. So, yes, as you said it is kinda' one of becoming a member of that community where the law of reciprocity comes into play.
There is always the missing element too. That are those readers who simply don't comment. That describes me today, yet I was not that way say maybe back 5 - 6 years ago. In other words you may see many more views than comments nearing 10 - 1 or in that region.
Before HubPages altered the comment system, I used to get comments from non-HP readers. I enjoyed it and benefited from it because the reader would as questions that helped me edit and improve my article. In fact, I could help others who were sincere and needed guidance. Since the comment system is not working correctly, that stopped. I miss helping others.
Yes. I have noticed that Hubbers make comments on each other's articles. Most are superficial because of time constraints, and sometimes it appears commenters didn't read the entire article.
I look forward to the day when one of HubPages' staff can take the initiative and return the comment system to the way it was.
I do too, Kenna. Receiving comments from readers outside of the HP family was not only inspiring and beneficial, it gave the author an indication of the impact of their work.
I don't know how it was before but it sounds interesting the way it was before
You're right. It's a common trend among all writers. Honestly, they're two writers I follow here. Both writes on International history, all things with a keen historiical background. That said, does these two guys, and other ladies and gents that didn't follow me see my articles on their feeds? Nope. So these persons can't leave a comment on my story. When I leave a comment on their pages, some choice to comment as a sort of engagement. Others put in a word of 'thanks'. And yet others input all things the internet.
I am of the view that the old system of comments should not come back. It is better not to have any comments at all because what I observed on my 6 years in hub pages is that unless you comment on an article he or she will not comment back. So it basically becomes a quid pro quo that is you scratch my back and I scratch your back. That is not the purpose of a comment which is supposed to be considered and cogent in relation to the article but many comment without even having read the article; so what is the use of those comments? and to talk of a community just because you comment on my article I comment on yours, got no meaning and it shows a lack of professionalism. In most of the sites I find no comments and I see no reason why their should be comments on the hub pages
PoetryP, I always comment on the articles of whom I follow. Unless I miss the article on my feeds, that's a different story. These days that the comment system has been taken away(on hubpages), why worry about commenting on an article? It's no longer possible. Critically, I've visited AxleAddict countless times, and I couldn't see the comment button. Very curious that I can read stuff there without a code, or emailing, or otherwise. D'you have an article or two on AA? I hope you're getting me this time around?
I am afraid what you stated is often the case. It is now much more difficult to comment than it used to be, and if people don't catch your article before it moves to the niche site or see it on their feed they are unable to comment. Also, some people here have 100s and 1000s of followers so they do not have time to read every article written by those people. they may decide to read the articles by followers who have recently read one of theirs to be as fair as they can.
You are right, though, that some leave comments just for the sake of it and it may seem as though they never even read the article. I admit that if someone I follow never reads or comments on my writing, I will eventually stop doing so to theirs.
This is a situation common to the entire Internet, and all I can say is, don't be too affected.
- You can always just delete the meaningless comments. From the viewpoint of SEO, I'd encourage you to.
- A hub not having any comments doesn't mean it wouldn't rank on Google. Doesn't mean it wouldn't receive views too.
- Not receiving any comments doesn't mean you're a poor writer. In the end, the number of impressions you get is the real indication of your hub's worth.
I agree with most of what Jodah said, Poetic Phantom. I think the main issue is that it is harder to comment now. I try to catch my followers on my feed to comment. I will even scroll down as far as I can to find them. But as Jodah said, that does take more time and it's hit and miss. I'm also pretty busy and don't comment as much. The reciprocation was a lot easier when we could go straight to the article before the niche sites. In addition to commenting on followers work, I like to randomly comment on something new. I don't expect it to be reciprocated.
I agree with both John and Janis. Some feel the need to reciprocate with regard to comments. I, however, don't feel the need to play tit for tat. If I genuinely have something to say, I will. Many times I don't, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate what the author has posted. Not all articles or stories necessitate a comment.
Quite frankly, comments by genuine readers (not those who toss out a few meaningless words like "nice work") often inspire me to reread my article and clarify or fix errors that I notice during my review. It's like going through your home after a guest leaves and seeing it with new eyes.
When I receive a comment by someone I don't know, I like to go and check out their work to see what they're all about. If I like their work, I usually follow them.
Comments inspire me to continue writing, like on serialized stories that I have written chapter by chapter on HubPages, some actually turning into novels.
We used to be a community of writers that interacted with others through our comments. Now, we play beat the clock to be able to leave a comment or word of encouragement before it's too late..
Comments are currently not happening while they update the Hubpages system, but we try to keep communication going on the newsfeed.
If you see an article you want to comment on, post it on the forum for discussion.
Just Don't Post a link to Your Own Work.
There are some of us who still comment but occasionally you do get one's who simply don't read your article.
It's not perfect, but communication helps us all stay connected.
Is posting comments just generally disabled on HubPages nowadays or what's the deal?
I used to interact with a couple of readers through comments, but that seems to be difficult now.
Hey there, don't you realise that the comment system has been disable these days? But the comment button is being run test on a network site, AxleAddict. Just migrate to there. You may have a setback or two. Good luck.
And a "hey there" to you as well!
I've had a feeling, but as I use HubPages rarely, it hadn't occurred to me that the entire feature had been disabled.
Beigeven, sure you're not the only one. Certainly, they're many writers here on hubpages who're not aware of the many changes going on on Hubpages' site. Because they don't write again for HubPages. Sorry, the 'hey there' you respond only with initially is a glitch on HP end side. I see you've edit it by responding fullly to my message. Have a nice weekend.
Thank you for clearing up the commenting issue.
I wish you a nice weekend as well~
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