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How to Write Better Comments for Articles and Blogs

Hub Page writer for 9 years, Audrey Hunt, shares 6 ways to breathe new life into older articles.

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Why Bother to Comment On an Article?

Helpful comments, left by the reader, is a powerful source of feedback for the author of an article. Here are a few reasons why it can be beneficial to leave a comment:

  • I always appreciate it when readers leave me comments. As a writer, comments can often help me to grow and they certainly magnify my confidence. I'm talking about the kind of comments that let me know that my article has been read.
  • Leaving well written specific comments is a good way to build relationships. This is how we show support for one another. What we say in a comment can confirm to the writer that what they have to say is important and worthwhile.
  • Each of us can use an "atta boy" from time to time. Leaving comments can motivate and encourage us.
  • We all have our bad days. This is when those positive comments really come in handy. Many's the time a well written comment has turned one of my frowns from upside down into a smile.
  • A supportive comment can oftentimes provide us with new ideas for creating a new article.
  • The personal connection we make through commenting is a great way to "give back" and to make a difference. Most writers will reciprocate when a comment is left.
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15 Tips For Leaving Better Comments

What you say and how you say it can have a lasting affect, not only for the author, but for anyone reading the comment section.

The following tips are key when you're not sure just what to say:

  • One thing to keep in mind is that through your comments you are building relationships.
  • You are also adding to your profile. This is where you show your expertise and understanding of the topic.
  • Let your personality shine through. Good comments make you feel as though the other person is right there talking to you. Your comments can define who you are.
  • Two-word phrases such as "great hub", could be written by a robot. Avoid this type of brief response.
  • What is it about the hub that holds your attention from beginning to end? Your comments don't have to read like a novel. Choose your words carefully. One sentence or one short paragraph will do nicely. I have often read a powerful comment consisting of only three or for words.
  • Try to add value letting your comment reflect that you've read the entire article.
  • If you leave lengthy blocks of dialogue, break it down into shorter paragraphs which will make it easier to read and retain.
  • Watch your spelling. Anytime you're unsure of how to spell a word, look it up. How would you feel about the credibility of a teacher who spelled the word teecher instead of teacher ?
  • If you have additional information on the topic of the article don't be hesitant to add it in your comments.
  • Avoid leaving links to your own hubs. You never want to give the impression that you are self-promoting.
  • Use a Thesaurus for synonyms and antonyms. Example: Replace the word "great" with excellent, remarkable, fantastic, awesome, etc.
  • Be sincere.
  • When you want to leave advice regarding corrections please do so in a private email. Avoid being critical or rude in the comment section.
  • The only time I decide not to comment is if the hub is low-quality or self-promotional.
  • When we take the time to leave a comment we are showing support for the author. This is especially true for new writers that have just joined up.
Support fellow writers by leaving encouraging comments.

Support fellow writers by leaving encouraging comments.

Important Tips to Remember When Writing a Comment

As you work on your commenting skills, consider the following tips:

  • Leave a positive message. Tell the person specifically what you like about their article or blog.
  • Remember that your comments are viewed by people all over the world. Make this is an opportunity to use your best writing skills.
  • Avoid embedding links. This is not the place to self-promote.
  • Long winded comments are rarely read all the way through. Keep your thoughts condensed but meaningful.
  • Acknowledge the post's author.
  • Tell the author how much you enjoyed the article. Be specific.
  • If you like the post, share it, and let the author know.

Final Thoughts

When you leave a comment you are validating the worth of not only what is written, but the worth of the writer himself.

Make your comments count. Why do you like the article? If you learned something new from the writer take time to share this in your comments. Maybe you were inspired. If so, what about the article inspired you?

If certain emotions or memories came up for you, share those too. Don't hold back. Your comments reflect who you are. If you're caring - it will show. If you're in a big hurry - that too will show.

The writer has spent time, research, editing, presentation and passion to write the best article possible. Leave words of appreciation and/or gratitude.

I'd like to take a minute now to send out a big thank you to all of you who have sent me words of encouragement on my own hubs these past 9 years. You've no idea how I've grown because of you.


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Comments

Oscar Jones from Monroeville, Alabama on July 16, 2018:

Hey, not saying this to be noticed, but your editor has left a u out of the first section "15 tips". the sentence using 3 or 4. Sometimes they use the wrong spelling for the write word, if you want to check it. If I'm wrong then please excuse me, because I'm bad at proofreading my own. lol, even though I had brutal spelling classes. Mrs Murphy sure marked up my essays with red pencil.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on April 27, 2014:

ubanichijioke - Your opening line gave me a chuckle - thanks. You, my friend are the perfect example of what this hub is about. Your comments are truly sincere and show that you have read the article. You are the best kind of hub-friend. Thank you.

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on April 16, 2014:

Wow! you must be a celebrity!! (the number of active comment(s) is amazing)

to the point, you just nailed it. Constructive comment(s) goes a long way in telling so many much about the reader. It just doesn't earn you friendship but shows how important you value the piece. When you give your time to others by reading to understand not just flipping through, says much more about the individual. Take time and read; don't rush it! That makes more sense.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 27, 2014:

Millionaire Tips - I find myself reading every comment and enjoy finding how others feel about a particular hub. You've taken your valuable time to read and leave me a worthwhile comment and for this I am most grateful. ~ Audrey

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on March 03, 2014:

Hi Deborah - Yes, I absolutely agree with you. So glad you've shared your thoughts on this. Thanks a lot!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 28, 2014:

Audrey Howitt - I had to laugh out loud while reading your comments. :) Go right ahead and keep your comments short. They are always welcome and besides your remarkable poetry always makes up for a short comment - you are one-in-a-million!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on February 28, 2014:

This is a wonderful hub. I'd like to see one more option in your poll, however. I don't leave a comment every single time I read a hub, but most of the time and certainly more often than "once in a while." And the reason why I don't leave a comment every time is that sometimes I simply can't think of anything meaningful to say that would add to the discussion. I kind of think it's better not to say anything than to say something trite.

Audrey Howitt from California on February 28, 2014:

Wow I had to scroll for a long time before leaving this comment--I know comments should count for more when I leave them--but mine usually suck--they are far too short--and yet--I like short comments--Happy Friday Audrey!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 27, 2014:

Millionaire Tips - I like this, " the added bonus comes from the additional insight, warmth, and ideas that come from the comments." So true.

Thanks so very much for taking time to both read and comment on my hub. Your feed-back and confirmation are a great help and incentive for me to continue on.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 27, 2014:

Aw, I'm blushing.....lol. Anytime, what are friends for.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on February 27, 2014:

VibrantViews - Thanks so much for being here. And glad you liked the picture of that cute dog with the glasses.

Jodah - I'm both impressed and touched by your comments. If others should skip what I've wrote here and go to your comments instead, they will have learned how to be a better commentator.

What I'm most touched by, is how you have pointed out the typo in the third paragraph (which I corrected immediately.) How kind. How gentle. This is exactly how a good and sensitive teacher would correct a student. You teach by example my dear friend. This also shows the tremendous amount of human kindness you possess. I love the man that you are. Thank you.

Shasta Matova from USA on February 27, 2014:

Comments on my hubs do make me feel good - sometimes it is nice to simply know that the hub is out there for people to see, that everything is functioning as expected, and that I'm not simply talking to myself in print. Then, the added bonus comes from the additional insight, warmth, and ideas that come from the comments. You're provided great advice on how to write comments that are helpful and show yourself as a thoughtful reader.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on February 26, 2014:

What a wonderful topic to write a hub about vocalcoach. When I turn on my computer each day I look forward to seeing how many of my hubs have received comments. they are the first I check and reply to. I too appreciate each and every comment and believe in taking the time to reply to all of the people who have taken the time to do so. As you say it is through the comment exchange that we build up our circle of friends on HP.

After that I go through all the new hubs of those I am following and leave comments. Only if the title indicates it is about something I know won't interest me do I not read it, and even then I sometimes do if I am not overloaded with others to get through.

There are only a couple of hubbers I follow who never reply to my comments. I love their work and I know they may be too busy to reply but it is deflating and makes me just leave short comments like "Lovely poem" etc. because you don't even know if they bother to read the comments.

The only time I may not comment on a hub I have read is if I don't like it at all or it is so badly written I just can't say anything good. then I feel it's best to say nothing. Insincere praise doesn't help either.

Thank you for writing this hub. Have a great day. Voted up. (p.s. just to prove I read this thoroughly and didn't skim, reread your third paragraph..... :) )

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 10, 2013:

LVidoni5 - You are so kind my new friend! And your hub fascinated me so. I look forward to reading many more of your hubs. Thank you for being here and caring enough to share your feelings. This is the best part of Hubpages :)

Enjoy your day.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 10, 2013:

Barbara - You have a real god point. When I come across these types of comments, I try to instill the message of the hub a little bit more. One reason I do this is because I'm not so sure some readers really read the hub. But I know you have :) May your day be wonderful in every way!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 10, 2013:

lisasuniquevoice - Hi! Very glad to know that my hub on commenting has inspired you. Hope all is going well and would love to see you again soon:)

Audrey

Leone Vidoni from Portland, Oregon on June 04, 2013:

This hub caught my eye. After you were so generous to to leave a thoughtful comment on my hub, I had to see what you were all about. This being the 220th comment, no doubt this is wonderful advise from a talented writer. Thanks for taking your time on my page, look forward to reading more!

Barbara Badder from USA on June 03, 2013:

You've created a golden hub on something I wouldn't have that much to say about. The comments on creating relationships by commenting is so true. The trouble is that so many hubbers leave comments that you can only say thank you for reading and commenting.

Lisa Brown from Michigan on June 03, 2013:

Audrey,

You've nailed it with this hub. I'm inspired to make more in depth comments, and I will now. It is very important. Thank you so much.

Talk to you soon,

Lisa

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on May 05, 2013:

MickeySr. - Hello dear man. I read your comments carefully. You are such a treasure. I want you to know how much it means to me to know that you take the time to read one of my hubs. I'm afraid that sometimes my passion seeps through my writing. This is just me - it's who I am. Why do I feel the need to admit to this? :)

About commenting. It isn't always an easy thing to interpret the written word correctly. Like you, I've misinterpreted the sentiment behind words many times. My own low degree of self-esteem has found me on the wrong end of a comment more than once. This is normal however.

The word "support" has an array of meanings depending on the way it is used. Among these meanings are magnificent words such as confirm, substantiate, approve, strengthen, cherish.

I understand and even agree with you're wanting your work to stand as it is. I do too. Absolutely! And the comments that I have received from you are not only encouraging (supportive :) ) but help to boost my self-esteem and give me just what I need to continue writing. Thank you so very much!

MickeySr from Hershey, Pa. on May 02, 2013:

vocalcoach ~ "comments that tell me the reader has really read my hub and not just scanned through it"

When I leave comments, it's only when something I have read stirs me to comment, so I only ever comment when I have actually read the hub I'm commenting on - the trouble is, I just don't read much at all, anything, and almost never read others' hubs. Some of my pals here, who have my best interest at heart, have been encouraging me (nagging and nagging, but I'm trying to be nice) to read more and comment more, and in the last few days I've made a sincere effort to do that . . . starting with those who I've come to know a bit, and like, and who have been very generous in their comments on my own hubs. You, Audrey, are way up near the top of that list.

I think, as far as commenting, I take words and an assumed (by me) sentiment behind them wrongly. When I hear people talking about 'supporting' each other, I have to admit I cringe a bit . . . I hope I'm not fancying myself some manner of purist, but I think to myself that I don't want support, I don't want my work to be supported by friends - I want my work to stand as it is, I want it to be appreciated for what it is, I don't want folks to comment to support me but to comment because they authentically like the work. But as I say, I think I improperly cringe, I think 'support' means just what I'm hoping for and I'm just taking it the wrong way, I'm assuming something ugly about it where there is no cause for me to do so.

I too like the encouragement, and I hope my comments encourage others - I just get all internally precise about things and attach all kinds of notions that aren't necessarily there when I hear people talking about 'supporting' each other. You article here has helped me put all that into focus, thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on January 11, 2013:

Hello Deb ~ You are one of the courteous people. I love that you leave positive comments. We all need those. (At least I do.) And I learned from you that we get credit for voting...I didn't know that. You enjoy your weekend too and thank you!

Deb Welch on January 10, 2013:

A nice common courtesy to leave a Comment and being a part of Hubland Community. I usually read Comments too - but with regard to this Hub - I did not - don't have time. Well said - useful and interesting. I always try to be positive and find the good even in the information that I may not have liked or agreed with. Voting is another option - you get credit for that as well. Thanks. Have a pleasant week-end.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 19, 2012:

Amy - My gratitude for your striking and very effective comments surpasses that which I rarely feel. It is both an honor and a joy to know you. You are the "queen" of comments always taking time to come up with just the right comments to leave to your hubbers. I know this because I have read many many of your comments. You and I have both been the recepient of Epi's prolific words of encouragement. He truly loves your work as I do.

Your own deeply moving hub-writing moves and touches the artist within. You have given me more encouragement here as well as the inspiration to discover my muse and rise to the highest level possible for me - to write more of what we all need here at hubpages. Thank you Amy for being in my corner. Here's a hug to your happiness ~

Amy Becherer from St. Louis, MO on December 18, 2012:

The support I receive from comments has given me the confidence to try poetry. The feedback I am graced with by fellow writers and friends makes me a better writer. Sometimes, I will revisit some of my work and when I read the comments I feel like a kid at Christmas time, with each and every supportive word a gift written just for me. There is nothing in life, other than the wonderous time I spend creating a poem, that gives me greater joy than words from my readers. And, yes, vocalcoach, Epi's exuberance is epic. His prolific words of encouragement light me up like a Christmas tree. He makes me feel like the star at the top of the tree. The comments left for me by my writer friends sometimes make me cry they are so touching, sometimes they tickle me to laughter, and they always inspire me. I gauge my growth by the comments from my readers. I value each one and learn something from every word. They are priceless.

I reciprocate in kind, not out of obligation, but rather from knowing how much my readers words mean to me. I strive to voice my appreciation for the unique talent of the writers I follow through sincere commentary that lets them know they touched me in some way, that I understand, that their thoughts and expressions matter to me.

Your piece is a shining example, vocalcoach, that highlights the unique generosity given from the vast talents of diversified writers, one to another, that makes hubpages one of the greatest places to land in cyberspace. Thank you for an awesome read from a truly awesome writer, one that exemplifies the best of hubpages...You...

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on December 18, 2012:

ishwaryaa22 ~ Thank you for your most enjoyable comments. You are supportive and I appreciate that. I, too like reading all comments as I always seem to learn something more that I need to know. And sometimes it gives me a "sneak peek" into the lives of our hubpage family.

Thanks for the terrific votes!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on October 20, 2012:

A well-written & insightful hub! I completely agree with your valid points.

Daily, I read about 5 good hubs and leave insightful & encouraging comments. I also reply to the comments left for my hubs.

In HubPages, commenting is not just about encouraging writers but also a great way of interacting with fellow-hubber-friends! I enjoyed reading the comments not for myself but also fellow-hubbers shared brief heartwarming stories about themselves and their families which are indeed touching as well as their pearls of wisdom they left in the comment-section.

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 19, 2012:

mary615 - I have noticed that you ALWAYS leave a comment and that is a great and giving thing to do - not only for the writer of the hub, but also for all those that read that same hub. Comments are often read by hubbers as much as the hub itself.

Thank you Mary!

Alecia Murphy - Replying to each comment shows how much we appreciate another person taking the time to not only read, but leave a comment. Its not only a kind gesture, it's good business (if you get my drift.) :) Thanks my friend for giving me a boost today!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on October 18, 2012:

RTalloni - Hi there! I love, love, love your comments. Boy, do I ever feel great right now:)

And you mentioned that you thought you had already commented on this hub before. Do you know that I've had it happen to me? Several times, in fact. Yes, I enjoy all of the comments left here. Had no idea this topic would bring so much feedback and opinions.

I'm so glad you dropped by and will see you soon in your neck of the woods.

Sunnie Day - I have to admit that it's really hard to keep up with all the comments and I'm often quite late in replying. But sooner or later I respond to everyone along with going to their list of hubs and reading/commenting. That's just the way it is here on HP:)

alahiker28 - Hi there! You've really made some very good points here. I like meeting new people and am interested in seeing what they write about. So that's one other reason for returning the favor when we get a comment. Thanks so much for being here and especially for taking the time to comment!

livewithrichard - well...mmm...uh...let me see now. How to respond to your comments? Ok. I have to disagree (Audrey - what did you just say?") Boy, now that's a first for me:) I believe every comment deserve a reply, even if it's a short one. Unless the comment is nasty in some way. Having said that, I do understand where you're coming from. And now I feel extra special because you replied to my hub. Thanks Richard!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 18, 2012:

I like to read hubs and comment as well. Unless, I just read one that was similar or there's not much in the hub I can contribute other than "good job."

And the same goes for when someone comments on my hubs- I like to personally thank them for taking time to read and leave their thoughts.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on October 18, 2012:

I always leave a comment on a Hub I just read (like right now!). I know how important it is for me to receive comments; I love them! I always respond to comments because I am grateful someone took the time to read my Hub and comment on it.

I always enjoy reading your Hubs, Mary

Richard Bivins from Charleston, SC on September 21, 2012:

I guess, for me, it really depends on the hub or article I have written or commented on. Few are there for debate or discussion but most of what I have written is for information and not to illicit an discussion. If, I have done my job properly then I have given all the information that I can and unless I am specifically asked a question in the comments, I leave that area untouched by me. The main reason I put a comment capsule in my hubs is because it helps the hub be more dynamic, meaning there is a little change each time the spider crawls the page. Part of the reason too that I leave the comments untouched is because when I complete a hub or article my goal is to move on to the next topic. Here on HP, when I first started, I responded to every single comment and if it was made by a fellow hubber I go visit and comment on one of their hubs. But that was many moons ago and my online 'empire' keeps me from participating as much as I once did. Maintaining 12 blogs in 12 different niches, a new 'community' type of website, and the several social networks that I'm in, plus my regular day job, takes so much time from the way it use to be. Excuse? Lazy? Maybe. It is what it is.

Vicki Carroll from Greater Birmingham Area on September 20, 2012:

I don't always respond and feel bad about that, but sometimes I am scanning articles via my iphone and I'm not in a place where I can reply. Sometimes comments are just quick acknowledgements and I don't feel they are solicitations for a response. Sometimes, however, I agree, it would be just plain rude not to acknowledge someone read your hub and had glowing praise for it, or thanked you for the help it gave them, etc. We should all be better about responding. Good Hub.

Sunnie Day on September 20, 2012:

I always try to respond back as I am very thankful for my readership but there are weeks when I write a thank you back in a group. I always feel bad when I do that as I like to respond to each one personally. I think most understand if you have built that relationship.

Great hub,

Sunnie

RTalloni on September 19, 2012:

Viva comments! :) It really is so nice to hear from readers, isn't it?

This post on the topic of replying to comments has generated an interesting discussion with some insightful and helpful input--a sign of a great hub, excuse the cliché. :) I almost hate to mention just one out of all of them, but chef-de-jour's "...you should acknowledge that with a reply. It's common sense really. And just plain polite which is what Hubpages needs to have as default - good old common courtesy" is priceless.

Though I may miss replying to a comment on my hubs, I always try to respond and then to go to the commenter's hubs to read and comment on one of theirs. "Try" is the key word, but I do try very hard to stay on top of that.

Somehow, some of my comments seem to get lost. I was sure I had commented on this hub in the past but did not see it. Maybe it's here among all the many others! :) Actually, I'm afraid I might forget to click "Post Comment" once in a while because I scroll back up to reread something in the hub or I get distracted.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 19, 2012:

Audrey - I agree with you 100% I love reading comments - not just mine but all comments. It's the best part of a hub. My best to you, my friend. Happy Hubbing!

Audrey Howitt from California on September 19, 2012:

Wow I had to scroll down for a long time to get to the bottom of your comments--I think most hubbers love comments. I know I do--and I love responding to them. Getting and responding to comments can make my day! Cheers to you Audrey!! Smile on!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 19, 2012:

coffeegginmyrice - Love your comments! I'm so happy to find you here on hubpages. You have added thoughts which needed to be addressed here on my hub. You have a wonderful attitude.

Sharing comments is beneficial for everyone who reads them. They are the best part of hubpages. Thank you!

epigramman on September 19, 2012:

...and I will climb the highest mountain and sing for you from its summit ....... and then it's all downhill from there ... until of course we meet again .....

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 19, 2012:

epigramman - You are now #1 on my bucketlist...to visit my epi in Ontario Canada. It was the "Audrey of awesomeness" that moved you from #2 to#1 :)

Bob Bamberg on September 19, 2012:

Thanks for your kind words, vocalcoach, and thanks for following. But most of all, thanks for all you do for needy dogs. It takes a special person to foster or adopt these dogs, but every single person who does (including you, I'll bet) says that they get more out of it than they give. That's what makes you guys so special! Looking forward to more of your works. Regards, Bob

epigramman on September 19, 2012:

..it's true though - the epi-man is highly selective and only responds to one woman - my Audrey of awesomeness ....... lake erie timeless for you .... and for everyone else it's 2:25pm lake erie time ontario canada

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on September 19, 2012:

naimishika - Thanks for taking time to read and leave a comment.

Bob Bamberg- It's so nice to meet you! Your comments are right on and quite thought provoking. I can tell by what you have shared here that I will learn from you. I'm hopping over to your hubs right now.

I had better make sure I'm following you too as I don't want to miss anything you've created.

Thanks for sharing your comments and for your suggestion for the question poll. It's a good one!

Marites Mabugat-Simbajon from Toronto, Ontario on September 18, 2012:

Good enlightenment to all Hubbers. I try my best to check back on comments to my hubs to give the commenter/fellow follower my gratitude for his/her time spent to view my hub. It is just a great feeling to connect and reconnect, your virtual friends are not here to harm you. Inspiring and flattering the comments are to me, I know they do care and are sincere. It makes me glad I've shared something to others through writing on HubPages. It turns other gloomy days bright!

Bob Bamberg on September 04, 2012:

You took the words right out of my mouth, vocalcoach! As I was reading the hub I was repeating, "my thoughts exactly."

I love getting comments. So far, no insults, but if I did, I would reply in a courteous and friendly manner...never miss an opportunity to make a new friend.

When commenting, I address the parts of the hub that I have some additional knowledge about, have an opinion about, or just appreciated learning about.

As you point out, you build relationships; and I think that in some cases, they're as real and valuable as your personal relationships.

I also like commenting to see what others think. This one is a particularly fruitful comment stream featuring lots of high level Commenters. I haven't seen another like this, though I've only been on for a month and a half. This one's a real treat.

Thanks for an interesting hub and thanks to all the Commenters for your participation.

Voted Up, useful and interesting. I took the poll, but would like to see "Most of the time" as an option. I checked off "Once in a while" but that doesn't quite cover it for me. I don't always comment, but I usually do after reading a hub.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 13, 2012:

DzyMissLizzy - I love your returning to my hub. Your comment to epigramman gave me some extra giggles :)

VibrantViews - Well thanks for hanging in their, finding the last comment and then leaving your great set of words yourself. And I'm so very glad you mentioned the dog picture and like it. When I found this photo, I just had to find a place for it on my hub. Thanks!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 13, 2012:

epigramman - I am honored to be your Julie Andrews of Hubpages. And you certainly are legendary in every way my sweet Colin. You are the "glue" that holds our hub family together. We need you. We depend on you. One comment from the epigramman is worth a 1000 comments given by the rest of us.

A little over 2 years ago, a bewildered little "vocalcoach" received her first comment from you here on hubpages and she never looked back. With every hub she wrote you gave her support, hope and encouragement. Because of you she won a "hubnugget" award and a "hub of the day" later on.

And today, 2 years later, you are still here in my corner blessing me with your presence and continual words of light and knowledge. I can never repay you for taking me by the hand and leading me onward as I continue my journey here on hubpages. There is and will always be just one Colin - one epigramman with a heart as big as the universe itself!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 13, 2012:

epigramman - That's ok because just seeing your name fills me with delight! And this comment had me giggeling so much, I spilled my tea down the front of my t-shirt. :)

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 13, 2012:

epigramman - Hahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VibrantViews on July 13, 2012:

Yep, I can relate, too :)

Neat dog pic with glasses, by the way - -LUV it!

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on July 12, 2012:

OMG, epigramman--I can SO relate to that "forgetting what I was going to say" problem....

epigramman on July 12, 2012:

Hello Audrey so amazing that you are .... you are my Julie Andrews of the Hubpages and I have been told by many many people that my comments are legendary although I am also legendary for not responding to a lot of my comments on my own hubpage so I try to make up for it by 'getting back to you' so to speak - and Audrey I am so proud of you (and your lovely daughter too) you are a true humanitarian and a cheerleader for the human race and you make each and everyone of us feel special and loved - god bless you and best wishes from lake erie time 10:59pm

epigramman on July 12, 2012:

...lol lol - it took me so long to scroll down to the bottom of this screen that I forgot what I was going to say .....

epigramman on July 12, 2012:

No comment ......

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 11, 2012:

Hi Nell - This made me chuckle because I do the same thing :) I get so fired up with excitement when I learn something new and I just have to share it with someone. I swear...I've learned more on hubpages in 2 yrs than all my years at school. Something happens to me inside the minute I discover new knowledge. And commenting and reading comments brings even more useful information. What a deal! Thanks Rose.

Nell Rose from England on July 11, 2012:

Hi, I totally agree with you. I must add another reason for reading and commenting too. I have learned so much from other peoples hubs, I sit indoors and quote things to my bewildered family! lol! did you know this, did you know that! and so on, so the fact that we get comments and then we can comment back on their hub is amazing, nell

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 09, 2012:

Liz Walmoth - Welcome to hubpages. Thank you for taking time to read this and for commenting as well. Very glad you like the pictures. And now, I'm going to pay you a visit and treat myself to one of your hubs. Thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 09, 2012:

DizyMslizzy - You have brought up a very valid irritation. This is inexcusable and let's hope the offender is reading this! Thank you for bringing this up - a very good point.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 09, 2012:

iefox5 - Yes, most of us feel disappointed when our comments are not acknowledged. We deserve this. I'm very glad to hear that you always do this. Great! Thank you.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on July 09, 2012:

Jennifer Massey - Your comments made me glad for writing this hub. You deserve my acknowledgment . I thank you.

Liz Walmoth on July 08, 2012:

Thank you so much for writing such a helpful hub. I am new here on HP and really appreciate the information of how "it all works". I also really like your pictures--they made me stop and look at them closely.

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on June 28, 2012:

P.S. Since reading this hub, and leaving my original comment, I've been paying a bit more attention to this phenomenon...and I've discovered a related irritation.

It's one thing when an author does not respond at all; I offered my opinion of that before. It's also much appreciated when each commenter gets at least a brief acknowledgment.

If a hub has gotten a ton of traffic in a short time, as when a HOTD is awarded, it is understandable if the author feels overwhelmed, and leaves a blanket, "thank you so much everyone, for all your comments."

But what is not understandable, and sometimes feels even more like a snub than no replies at all, is when a hubber chooses to reply, by name, to only one or two comments, and ignores everyone else's input.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 28, 2012:

johnsmith - Hello, and thank you for taking the time to comment on my hub. It's great to see you here and I look forward to reading more of your work.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 24, 2012:

Cathleena Beams - I'm so grateful to you for leaving such informative comments as well as acknowledging how much work it is to reply to everyone. But that's the least I can do. I also want to thank you for sharing my hub. That is a good feeling for me. Take care.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 19, 2012:

jsovermyer - So good to hear that you'll be leaving comments now. Besides the fact that you are contributing as you leave comments, you're also really helping out the writer in more ways than you can imagine. Very glad you read this and left me a comment!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 18, 2012:

@JThomp-42 - Thanks for reading my hub and for leaving your comments. It's great to meet you here on hubpages

@jagerfoods - So glad to have your feedback on my hub. I will look for your hub on this subject as well. I thank you.

@azharsid - Oh, good for you! Just what I like to hear. And you have a great start with your comments left here. Thanks!

@handymanbill - Isn't that dog with the glasses inviting? I saw him and couldn't resist. Just had to find a way to fit him in. :-) Appreciate your comments.

@jenp123 - Wow! Wonderful comments. This one I really like: "Occasionally, I'll get a comment that is rude, and it's really disconcerting to me. I feel like everyone can be rhetorically savvy about their comments, so there is no need to be rude, even if you don't agree with the content of the hub."

Thanks so much for adding your thoughts to my hub. Take care.

iefox5 on June 18, 2012:

I feel a little bit disappoint when my comment is not replied by the hubber, but it is ok. I'm always trying my best to reply every hub comment under my hubs.

Jennifer Massey from Spain and England on June 17, 2012:

Vocalcoach, what a great hub! Just wanted to say, as a new girl, thank you for your information. I am learning and this article will be a wonderful source of inspiration in the future.

There's no need to reply to me, you have your work cut out already. I just wanted to thanks for your encouragement and for your inspiration.

Cathleena Beams from Tennessee on June 17, 2012:

You have your work cut out for you with all these hub comments. This is a brilliant hub on an important topic.

I do leave comments on pretty much every hub that I read. I can usually find something positive to say. Sometimes it takes me several days to get around to responding, but eventually I do. My method is to wait until I'm ready to reciprocate to approve a comment and respond to it on my hub. Then I hop over to their profile page to find one of their hubs to read and comment upon. Several return the favor again, so I am learning more about them as they are probably learning about me also since we keep hopping back and forth. This is excellent information for all - I am sharing this hub!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 17, 2012:

chef-de-jour - Excellent comments! You have made some good points here. High on my list is: " the bottom line is or should be an unwritten law of reply: if someone has taken time to skim/surf/glance/read through your hub then you should acknowledge that with a reply. It's common sense really. And just plain polite which is what Hubpages needs to have as default - good old common courtesy."

And next on my list is this: "Comments can be a source of hub material - as you know! So they can be valueable."

I wonder how many of us recognize this. I know there was a time when I didn't. I want to thank you for adding these important comments to this hub. And this has been great meeting you this way. I am taking my "hubself" to your neck-of-the-woods to treat myself with a hub or 2 from you!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 17, 2012:

@shashinikainderby - Hi there! In my opinion you should go ahead and leave comments. Unless you see an error within the hub, try to find something positive and kind to say. As writers, we need support more than anything else.

If you have something critical to say, do it in an email rather than the comment section. Having said that, the more you comment the more you will build your following. For your hubs, factual can be very well accepted so I would think twice about what your husband has said.

Thank you for commenting and I will be looking at your hubs soon!

johnsmitht on June 17, 2012:

I do my best to leave comments on hubs that I find comment-worthy (such as this one).

And yes, I too find it a bit disappointing when not a lot of people comment on my hub. But I am pretty new here at hubpages and I'm still learning the ropes. Thanks for the great insight!

jsovermyer from Hitchcock, TX on June 17, 2012:

Good advice. I'll try to leave a comment every time now.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 16, 2012:

RachelLefler - You have given some very good reasons for commenting. I had forgotten about the commentator level, so thanks for adding that. So glad you came by and left your comments. And you'll be getting a visit from yours truly real soon!

@bibleguidejo - Well, congratulations on writing your very first hub. I will certainly come by and read it. Glad to leave my comments as well.

Thank you for taking time to read this. See you soon!

jenp123 on June 16, 2012:

This was a great idea for a hub! I can especially relate to your points about being critical but not rude. Occasionally, I'll get a comment that is rude, and it's really disconcerting to me. I feel like everyone can be rhetorically savvy about their comments, so there is no need to be rude, even if you don't agree with the content of the hub.

It is definitely nice to have that sense of support when people leave you positive comments, too. However, sometimes they are really short, and you just feel like they're leaving a comment so you will read their work. Hopefully, your hub will remind other writers that we all need to support each other!

Bill from Greensburg Pennsylvania on June 16, 2012:

Great Advice. I love the picture of the dog with glasses. Thanks for the great information.

Azhar Siddiqui from India on June 16, 2012:

Good job! From here on will try your advice and post a line at least for every hub I read, cause after all a job without appreciation is just like a life with no goals.

jagerfoods from South Carolina, USA on June 16, 2012:

You nailed it! I wrote a blog about Hubtivity awhile back that reflects on this same thought. It's the community that makes this an environment perfect for writing because of the feedback.

JThomp42 on June 16, 2012:

Great hub!! I love getting comments as well.

sashenikainderby on June 16, 2012:

Sometimes I read articles but do not comment because I do not want to sound too critical. My English is good but sometimes a small spelling mistake or misinterpretation can cause problems. Besides, I am not sure that my articles are perfect.

My husband told me that my style is too factual, I think that some people like it but it is always good to get imprtial point of view.

Andrew Spacey from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK on June 16, 2012:

Thanks for this. It can take time to build up a viable comment base due to many factors - some simple, some complex - but the bottom line is or should be an unwritten law of reply: if someone has taken time to skim/surf/glance/read through your hub then you should acknowledge that with a reply. It's common sense really. And just plain polite which is what Hubpages needs to have as default - good old common courtesy.

Having said that I know I sometimes am too rushed or distracted and forget to make that all important message reply. I also get flustered when the system is slow or playing up or I think my reply button/click thingy isn't working as it should.!

No excuses though.

Comments can be a source of hub material - as you know! So they can be valueable.

I do sometimes think that I'm being too polite however and ought to be more critical but in a constructive way.....that's tricky and maybe something for another time and place?

sashenikainderby on June 16, 2012:

When I do not get any comments, it makes me feel really down. I have lots of viewers but they rarely leave comments. I am starting to think that I am not good enough and I need to change my style.

Comments are the sourse of inspiration, something that makes you keep going. Good luck!!!!!

bibleguidejo from India on June 16, 2012:

Hi. I wrote my first Hub a few days back. Your article has given me courage to keep on and the important message to DO comment on other hubs. I sincerely hope you will check my hub and please do give your comments . Thank you. My link.

https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Bible-Pas...

Rachael Lefler from Illinois on June 16, 2012:

My main reasons for commenting are to increase my commenter level, which fluctuates unlike the other accolades and that drives me crazy. But I have less stupid reasons too, lol. It gets people to maybe check out my hubs. It lets me meet people who are interested in similar things and talk to them about their work. I like to give helpful feedback because I know that when I write I like to have that.

Good hub, interesting and insightful.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 15, 2012:

BeingPuneet - Hahahahaha! Good for you! And I stand by my word.

Thank you my new friend.

BeingPuneet on June 15, 2012:

Yeah.. ! i am ready for a vocal lesson. And I'll try to share great comments and change my attitude.

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 15, 2012:

@Daughter of Maat - I don't think you're alone with this problem. I've heard the same complaint from others and of then there is my own. It appears to be clearing up now so let's hope for the best. Thanks!

@Being Puneet - Well shame on you. What can I do to change your attitude? How about a free vocal lesson? Seriously, my friend I think you must have some wonderful comments to share with all of us. And thanks for commenting on my hub.

@sonison - The title is the most important factor on a hub. I, too, am attracted by the title. Thanks so much for being here!

@JanHeath - Hello to you downunder. Appreciate your great comments and like your attitude. Thanks for coming by and for enjoying this hub. Hope to see you again real soon!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 15, 2012:

@Victoria Lynn - I agree with you that so much commenting is about building relationships and offering support. I know that I actually gain energy from some comments. And I like that fact that you mentioned another good reason to comment. Because the hub is so good!

Thanks

@RodniGalloway - Hello. I'm happy that I have answered some questions for you about re-doing older hubs. I have been getting some nice feedback from hubbers who are doing this. Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts.

@connieread - I, too love this aspect about Hubpages. So glad you joined up!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 15, 2012:

PDXKaraokeGuy - Glad to see you here. I'm happy to hear that you liked the idea of setting aside a certain day just for comments and reply's. It works for me!

@Claudia Tello - These are good comments and I enjoyed them. I, too, really began to learn as I started commenting. Your thoughts on being absolutely truthful in rating a hub is wonderful.

I also agree with not commenting at all rather then leave a critcal or harsh comment. Thank you for your hones rating!

JanHeath from Australia on June 15, 2012:

I really appreciate comments, it's wonderful to get feedback on what people thought of your work. Negative comments can be useful and gave you insight to things you might not have thought of. Positive comments of course are most welcome and it's a pleasure to think that you've contributed something to someone else's day. So yes, I agree, responding to the comments is important. Enjoyed your hub vocalcoach!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 15, 2012:

annaglomesh - Leaving a comment is a nice thing to do and a good way to develop relationships. It's also a way to build your following so commenting is a win-win right? Thanks.

sonison from Heaven 7 on June 15, 2012:

Thanks for such awareness. I do comment on the hub that i read but i prefer chossing hubs by reading the title. This was an excellent hub.

BeingPuneet on June 15, 2012:

if i get these much comments on my hub i would really be irritated to read all of them and approve of them ... thinkin of that i don't usually post comments. :P

Melissa Flagg COA OSC from Rural Central Florida on June 14, 2012:

I've had that problem, where the reply is lost. It looks like it's been posted but when you go back to the actual hub, it's nowhere to be found. That's frustrating for both the author and the commentor! I've been unable to reply to comments from the comment screen in my account recently, I assume it it has something to do with the new site changes. But after reading your hub here, I've been super diligent about comments, and this blip in the site is irritating me lol. Have any of you had that problem? Or is it just me?

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 14, 2012:

leann2800 - Exactly! And adding to your excellent comments, this is one of the most powerful ways to build our reputation here on Hubpages. I know I learn a great deal about a writer from both comments and reply's.

Thank you leann for your contribution!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 14, 2012:

DzyMsLizzy - Thank you for your comments and you can "rant" anytime on one of my hubs. I really like hearing how you feel about commenting and replying. "It is somewhat disheartening to leave a comment for someone, and not even be acknowledged." This is so very true. Having said that, there have been times when a "glitch" has occurred on Hubpages and either comments or reply's are lost.

Now that I've read your comments, I am eager to read your hubs. In fact, I shall bounce right over now!

Audrey Hunt (author) from Idyllwild Ca. on June 14, 2012:

Laurinzo Scott - What a wonderful thing to say to me. Wow. Lucky for me that you came to visit and leave me a comment. I wish you much success on Hubpages!

connieread from England on June 14, 2012:

For a new hubber like myself, this is really nice to see! The community aspects of Hubpages is what really inspired me to join, so thank you!

RodniGalloway from Summerville, SC on June 14, 2012:

Thank you for writing such a great & informative hub, vocalcoach. This subject is something I have thought about since joing hubpages. Great hub!

annaglomesh from Australia on June 14, 2012:

Great hub on a topic that affects most if not all hubbers I would imagine. I try and comment on every hub I read...and it's nice to have some people take the time to then read mine. Thanks !