I don't think we're allowed to do that here. Dunno. I'm new.
I have a couple I did for comic relief. I'll probably do more as people seem to like them. The songwriting one is more my main field of expertise, but it's pretty specialized. I know more than my share about mlm, so I decided to toss that one out with no intention of monitizing it... just thought some people might benefit.
I'm trying to think what the other one was I wrote for comedy...
... oh, yeah.. the woohoo one... that's the realy funny one. The how to how to how to one is very deadpan comedy... almost to the point where you wonder if it's a joke, but woohoo was for comedy only. It was really fun to right, and I'm thinking about doing a comedy blog... we'll see if it gets more of a following. It's certainly fun to write.
Greg I wouldn't worry about your comments too much. Most people who come across your hubs will skim read them at the very most, unless you get someone who has specifically sought out the information your hub contains. The type of comments your talking about like "useful" or "nice hub" just isn't worth leaving. On many of my hubs I have deleted the comment section to avoid the hassle of either having to reply or to delete it. Fellow hubbers who leave comments are "generally " quite good and know that "nice hub" doesn't cut it. Like you say they maybe just after a link or for you to follow them back, don't give them the satisfaction.
Now HubPages has it built into the "accolade" that shows a "level" for commenting, making all kinds of useless and quickie comments won't work in Hubbers' favor.
I'm not recommending this (because I think it may have adversely affected my HP ad earnings - not sure), but I got rid of most of my comment capsules. Responding to the the long comments (and from ages-old Hubs) were turning into a part-time job for me. I couldn't ignore them because of the serious subjects. The useless ones were just taking up my time by requiring either deleting, or else trying to think up how to give an response to what was essentially nothing.
You're right, though. People obviously don't always read what they offer feedback on. Sometimes maybe someone clicks the wrong side of a button for legitimate feedback, though. Sometimes, too, wisenheimers do stuff like click "funny" on a deadly serious subject.
Personally, I read only what I have time to read (always vote up if I like a Hub), comment only if I think it may add something to the "discussion", write when I have time, and come to the forums when I just want to look for something interesting or fun to read/say. That's all it takes if a person is interested in getting a decent score and followers (although neither of those two things assures traffic and/or earnings, so why people get all wrapped in either, I don't really know).
I have been lucky most of the comments I have received were well thought out and show the person read at least enough of the article to know what to comment about. I have misinterpreted a few comments and got a good laugh from it.
So far they are all there. Nothing has come in which needed deleted. I am not sure about the buttons (useful) ect. I really haven't paid too much attention to them.
If I am looking at a hub and don't finish it for whatever reason, if enough useful information was found in what was read I will vote up and useful. I won't leave a comment unless I read the whole thing and believe I have something of value to add.
Several of my hubs were written in comment boxes then moved to a word document on my computer to finish. In those cases I remove what I have written from the comment box and write another comment.
Forums seem to do the best for keeping the hub score up. I can't remember when I wrote my last hub. From memory a few weeks ago. I do however come to the forums whenever I find time.
I know that most of the hubs I have written need revision. It takes time to learn what works and what doesn't and as time has progressed I have revised different hubs that I find lacking. My biggest problem is finding time. My latest hub has actually been changed 3 times since it was published.
I was warned that it was too short when it was published, so added more that day, then went back as new material became available and added more yet and a few more pictures. It's paying off at least with hub pages readers. There are more readers faster than any other hub I have ever published.
One thing about comments on old hubs-- it brings them up on the feed and they are viewed by people who didn't see them the first time around. I'm always pleased when I see someone has commented on one that has gone past its second or third birthday.
The 'feed' is now part of the home page when you are signed in. It presumably shows the latest happenings within your areas of interest (selected by your preferences). You can also set your preferences for 'all', which is what I do.
Rochelle, good points, needless to say. My own problem was that when I first signed up I wrote a bunch of Hubs by going to the "requests" section (now "questions/answers"), and I'd see some "big, serious, question" with half-baked-effort answers; and I'd figure I'd try to give a decent answer by writing a Hub. Or, I'd see some really weird question and try to challenge myself by writing a Hub to answer it. So a lot of my oldies are either big, depression, subjects (with comments that can't be ignored if a person has a heart at all) or else strange, isolated, sets of circumstances (although I've gotten rid of a lot of those). Some of those grief and death Hubs have done well, but after a few years, I don't want to see them keep coming back and haunting me. I'd delete them, but they're actually among my more useful/decent Hubs, I think (based on feedback).
I guess the moral to the story is: Don't write about anything you wouldn't want to keep coming back to haunt you in a couple of years. Who knew?
Haha, dude, I hear you. I pretty much don't write anything serious, and the best comments are the ones I get on satire. I have a couple, one on gay marriage and another on how NOT to make money online that have some hilarious comments from people who don't read closely or just can't fathom sarcasm. Frankly, its the only reward for writing comedy, because it certainly doesn't pay Adsense dividends. lol.
Yes, they come from outside of HubPages, and call you a stupid idiot (which I have learned to embrace). On my last 'humor' piece about increasing gas mileage, I felt the need for disclaimers since my suggestions could cause serious harm or serious death if taken seriously.
What is annoying to me is that my serious attempts to become a quality informative writer are met with derision and comments saying stuff like LOL, whatever that means. I say comments... I mean comment but I'm expecting another one after posting this, er, post.
I go from either being a really wise fourteen-year-old, to being a middle-aged person with the mind of a six-year-old - neither of which does much for my credibility as writer. Once in awhile I dabble in trying to come across like a sensible middle-aged person; but that inevitably leads to a lot of people using the word, "boring" (and I don't blame them). Oh well, let the giant Panda sort it all out. I "ain't changin'".
I had one commenter on a few of my hubs saying 'great videos' when there were no videos in the hubs! If you must leave a comment, at least use the main keywords of the hub, or new related ones, as it will bring search engine traffic to the hub in question.
You know people aren't actually reading your hubs when the comment has little or nothing to do with the content (I agree with IzzyM). For those who leave a simple comment, I just believe that they're unable to provide a detailed comment, or simply want you to know that they at least viewed your hub. While I look forward to detailed comments, I am grateful for the visit, because it still counts as a view to the hub.
I'm very grateful for this one consdering stories from all you folks. I get a lot of comments considering don't hae many fans. An just about every comment I get is in depth and shows the commentor definitely read the hub.
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