Ten Brief Ways To Comment on Fic For People Who are Nervous To Comment on Fic

I’ve seen a few conversations lately about commenting on fic and how to do it if you get shy or anxious or don’t know what to say, or what to do if you’ve already kudosed a fic and wish you could kudos it a second time. 

 1) "Just read this for a second time!”
2) “I loved this!”
2) “<3″
4) “This was great!”
5) “One of my favorites!”
6) “Extra kudos!”
7) Reply to another comment with “all of this!″ or “+1″
8) “Will definitely recommend this!”
9) “This was my favorite part: [paste quote]”
10) “Thanks for writing this!” 

No one will be angry if you leave a short comment.  Your comment doesn’t have to be different or unique.  It will still bring a smile to people’s faces! 

Another great thing you can do is add a fic to your bookmarks with a “favorites” selection (the little heart).  You don’t have to say anything and the author will know you cared enough to let other people know you liked it, because bookmarks often function as reclists to others. 

You can also post a link to the fic on tumblr or another social media site!  Even if you’re too shy to tell the author how much you liked it, telling other people to read it will bring more readers, and maybe one of them will say just what you couldn’t say. 

On Feedback and Perspective

Recently I’ve seen a number of posts on the subject of giving feedback to writers / artists / creators, and I wanted to add a few thoughts of my own.

First a confession: For the longest time, I was really, really bad about leaving feedback. Not because I didn’t enjoy the stories (I did) or because I didn’t think the writers deserved some appreciation (they do!), but purely because as a reader, I really had no insight on what it’s like on the other side of the “Comment” button.

Now that I have started sending my own writing babes into the world, I have a very different perspective (and am now trying my best to leave feedback on everything I enjoyed). So I thought I’d make a little reference guide on “What I (the Reader) Believed Writers Think About Feedback” vs. “What I (the Writer) Now Know They Really Think”. Maybe you’ll recognize yourself somewhere in there, too…

Reader comments: I loved it :-)

The Reader believed: Eh. Why are you bothering me? I have important writer things to do.

But the Writer knows: I am so happy to hear that, thank you for taking the time to tell me!

Reader comments: This was so funny / sad / hot!

The Reader believed: I know. That was the point. Why are you bothering me? I have important writer things to do.

But the Writer knows: I made you have a feeling! I made a thing and it touched you! YesYesYes! Thank you for taking the time to tell me that!

Reader leaves kudos / comment on a story that is older than two weeks

The Reader believed: Geez, that one’s ancient. Why are you bothering me? I have important writer things to do.

But the Writer knows: Someone is still reading and enjoying that story! That is so awesome! Thank you for taking the time to tell me that!

Reader leaves kudos on every story in the series / comments on every chapter in the story

The Reader believed: That’s a bit creepy. Please don’t be a stalker.

But the Writer knows: They read one thing and liked it so much they read the others, too, and they liked all of them! Thank you, lovely person, for making my day!

Reader writes long, burbling comment full of exclamation marks!!! and emoticons :-))))) because THEY LOVE IT SO MUCH

The Reader believed: What are you, three? If you expect me to take you seriously, try talking like an adult, please. Also why are you bothering me? I have important writer things to do.


(Okay, so I haven’t actually had that last one happen to me, but I imagine that is what my reaction would be. Except I probably wouldn’t be quite so restrained.)

Anyone else have that experience? Feel free to add your own :-)

Here’s something I don’t think I’ve seen many people talk about in regards to fanfic commenting and leaving kudos/likes. Yes, leaving comments and kudos make the author feel good and supported and valid, it honestly makes a writer’s day when they get positive feedback on their work. But there’s something else all those things do too. Comments and kudos are some of the best marketing tools a fic can have. The higher a hit count with a lot of comments and kudos, the higher the likelihood is that someone scrolling through a page will stop at that fic and decide to read it. You’re more likely to read a thing that others have already deemed as good, as worthy of someone leaving a message behind about how much they enjoyed reading it, right? If you’re trying to decide between two fics that seem to have all the same things that you want (of course I’m ignoring the fact that if there are only two of those things you’re probably gonna read both eventually) you’re going to probably gravitate toward the more highly rated one, because that is *possibly* the better one (gotta discount the fact that more popular people tend to just get more love, remember, less popular people are just as capable of producing beautiful works), this is one of the best metrics readers have to decide what they ought to get into. Fanfic authors are very unlikely to promote themselves much, if at all. Posting a fic and saying ‘hey, I wrote a thing!’ is pretty much all their pride will let them do, sometimes people just post a thing and then slink back into the shadows without any fanfare at all about it. The best way to get these fics the love and recognition that they deserve is to leave a nice comment and a kudos/like, not only does it make someone’s day brighter, it helps a good fic get read, and isn’t that what we all want? To support the fics in our fandoms that do something right?

anonymous asked:

just a small q, do you know if the writer gets a notification when someone bookmarks their fic on ao3? and do they see the comments you leave with the bookmark? because i bookmark a lot of fics and if it is so i'll make sure to write something a well

Hey anon! That’s a lovely, thoughtful question. Author’s don’t get a notification of a bookmark (though we do get them for comments, if you want to leave one!). Whether we can see the comments you leave depends on the type of bookmark. tl;dr; If you don’t make it private then the author can see what you’ve written, and it is awesome to leave nice comments!! (It is less awesome to leave not-nice comments; people do seem to feel more comfortable being, let’s say, unfiltered in their assessment on public bookmarks, and yup, the authors can see those too.) So if you’re inclined to write something along with your bookmark, that’s a lovely thing to do!

More about how readers can leave public/private bookmarks + how authors can see their bookmarks below!

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Blog/Social Media Update

I know a lot of you probably aren’t going to care about this, but I wanted to let you guys know about a thing I’m doing.

Back when I first started this blog I subscribed to all my favorite creepypasta narrators through the youtube account connected to the gmail I set up specifically for this blog. I was going to use it to start networking and promoting and all that fun stuff that I never did because I had to go on hiatus.

Now however, since I’m back, I’m going to start doing that. I have the account more or less set up and have figured out how to best utilize my subscriptions. Now I’m going to start like, commenting on videos and interacting with people and supporting channels and stuff.

This will mostly apply new videos, but I’m also considering going back and commenting on some older videos - mostly so I have an excuse to go through my favorite channels and listen to some of my favorite creepypastas over again. This might also be a good time to work on some of list of my favorite creepypastas, my favorite narrations, or favorite videos by narrator if that’s something any of you guys would be interested in seeing.

If that is something you guys would be interested, now would be a good time to let me know.



Doctor Strange Promo Clip - Civil War Cure

In love with this video. Benedict is sooooo funny!!

Sometimes I’ll be off doing stuff - laundry, errands, work, hanging with friends - and then check AO3 and see that I’ve gotten kudos on something or will get an email about a comment and it never fails to blow my mind a little, that while I’m sorting socks or buying broccoli someone has been reading something I’ve written and gotten something out of it. It doesn’t matter how many times it happens. It is a thrill and an honor and a source of happiness every. single. time.

Thank you, all of you, who have ever left kudos and comments for any of us. It’s such a gift.

  • me: *commenting on non-fanfiction stories* Perfect grammar, no spelling mistakes, no caps, no bad word-usage and no fangirling

I’ll be the first one to admit that I prefer comments to kudos, but have you guys ever stopped and thought about what all those kudos add up to?

Let’s say you have a fic that got 50 kudos. That is 50 individual people who read it and liked it. 50 human beings. Imagine 50 people standing in your living room. Go on, imagine it. Now imagine all those people are applauding you.

Sometimes it boggles my mind. Some of my fics have over 100 kudos. One of them has over 300. Over 300 people have read my words! And liked them! THAT’S SO AMAZING.

Comments are great. Comments are what keeps me going. But sometimes I just have to step back and think about the audience that fandom gives me, and how wonderful it feels that people even read the things I create. I’m grateful for every single reader. <3

Can we talk about A03 comment culture?

I’ve been writing on A03 for ages (AGES!  Since APRIL!–note heavy sarcasm), and what I’ve noticed periodically is that people will lament the general comment culture. Either they’re too short, or the author doesn’t reply to them… or there’s this shyness about giving concrit.  I do appreciate the general positive vibe of most comments, but I sometimes feel like the need for one-note positivity means that you don’t get real conversations going on in the comments. I love a good long comment thread. I love the collaborative environment of fanfic.

But I’ve found that when I really want to talk to people, I wind up just giving them my email. It’s so disconnected: even tumblr’s not a perfect platform for conversation. It’s almost a platform for self-advertisement. 

Where’s the conversation? I wind up befriending specific people and messaging them and giving out my email–or meeting up in group chats (hello, there, hydra trash party friends). But sometimes it feels like the atmosphere of discussion around actual fic that I know affects people is just… lacking.

Thoughts on this?

I have a little request to anyone commenting on pictures/stories featuring Hades and Persephone - no matter what your opinion is on the orginal myth, remember that modern day retellings/works inspired by the mythology are not the same thing as the myth itself.

I saw it already a few times on tumblr - people shouting “You are romantizing rape/abduction/abuse” when they saw any work (a picture or a story) presenting Hades and Persephone in postive light, even when the work itself had Persephone follow Hades out of her own free will (no abduction) or didn’t give any details on the backstory at all.

You have to remember there is usually a degree of separation between the source material and new story/picture based on this material. Especially if author put an active effort into eliminating any elements of the original story that may seem problematic to the modern audience.

It’s ok to have your own opinion on the orginal myth, it’s ok to discuss it, but the work you are commenting on is a separate thing and it deserves to be judged separately.

If it’s a shitty picture then go on and write what you don’t like about it. If the story has flat characters or gloifies abuse by the way how the main character gets away with abusing their sigificant other then comment on this. If you want to discuss the orginal myth go on and create a new post about it, but don’t go crying “rape apologist” on anyone who slaps “Hades and Persephone” on their work.

A Homestuck's Guide to Fanfic Commenting Etiquette

Leaving comments on things one likes is the most basic way to participate in a fandom. Kudos and Like buttons helpfully convey the most basic of thanks, but at times one wants to leave something with more substance. However, sometimes one may find oneself at a loss as to how to leave a good comment – perhaps one is feeling tongue-tied or particularly anxious about social interactions, and is worried about how to proceed without embarassing oneself or offending the person one intends to compliment.

Or, perhaps, one is already an enthusiastic commenter but has been gently guided here by a kind friend or stranger as a polite way of saying ‘Please step up your game’. 

In either case, this guide is for you.

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[social sandbox] commenting! metrics!

Howdy everyone,

I attended the American Press Institute Innovative News Metrics Workshop yesterday in Chicago. The objective was to discuss and formulate better, more useful metrics to test with live news sites. 

Three simple takeaways:

1. I spoke with Tom Negrete, the former managing editor of the Sac Bee and now their Director of Innovation. He is partnering with Stanford University’s CS dept on several initiatives. Here’s an API Q&A with him on this. 

2. When we speak to student audiences, we should always ask them 1) How they’re getting their news and 2) What social networks they’re using? Often times, they’re hearing about stuff before we do — and it’s nice to know what’s new out there.

3. Talia Stroud of UT-Austin is going to start summarizing academic articles that are applicable to journalists in a clearinghouse, of sorts. 

Happy to share more info if you’d like. Have a whole list of it. Just email me. 

On commenting in the comment section on

Camila Domonoske writes “I was watching Adam Ragusea (from GPB) engage in the comments on his piece on Flint Dollar, the gay band director who lost his job in Georgia.


Adam had a LOT more back-and-forth with the audience than I usually see from reporters in our comments. It was really interesting to observe. A few things that struck me:

1.       Many members of the audience (though, of course, not all) seemed to really appreciate getting to talk with him about things that were outside the scope of the story, like supreme court cases he didn’t bring up in the piece.

2.       This comment from Adam, about his choice to ID himself as the author at the start of his comment: “Whenever I comment on a story I wrote, I always mention that fact straight away as a matter of disclosure. I used to just assume that people could see my full name in my user ID and connect that with the byline, but one time another commenter got really upset that I hadn’t explicitly disclosed my ties to the story, and after I thought about it for awhile, I figure she/he might be right. So, now I disclose in every comment.”

3.        And this one: “Note of disclosure: I do stories for NPR, but I am not employed by them, and I don’t speak for them.” (Both of those seemed great to me, and like they’d be good rules-of-thumb for anybody doing what Adam did,)

4.     I realized, watching him push people on their points and reply to their questions, that I spend a lot of time reading comments on NPR but almost never reply (except to acknowledge typos that were pointed out). I reply to people on Twitter all the time, but not in our comments. I suspect other people might be the same way.”

See something interesting? Working on a cool project? Let us know!!



First of all: Yep, you’re gonna have to integrate your YouTube channel with a Google+ page. Otherwise, you won’t be able to comment. Yep, you can stop making that Mean Girls joke “Stop trying to make Google+ happen, it’s just not gonna happen.” They made it happen.

Here’s where you can get started. 

When you comment on a video, a check box will automatically pop up giving the option to “Share to Google+” Yep, that box will already be filled in. 

But what happens if I don’t share to Google+? Well, don’t expect to get any replies on your comment. That’s right. You can only have a conversation with others on YouTube if you’ve made a contribution to Google+. And yes, that also means You can’t reply to comments that haven’t been shared on Google+(EDIT: YouTube fixed this glitch officially. yesssss) 

That also mean YEP. You most likely cannot respond to those comments from videos you made a while back and had been meaning to reply to. This is the only option you’ll get. (EDIT: Hopefully this will be fixed later.)

So there’s really no point to be defiant and uncheck that “also share on Google+” box like you really want to.

EDIT: There’s also a possibility that you can just SHARE your video on G+ and your comments be reply-able without having to be on G+ themselves. But I’m still testing that out. I’ll let you know. 

You can, however, tag users as a way of responding to them. Though, it will not be specific to a particular comment. 

So how are these comments shown on Google+ newsfeeds?

Well, if you share a video while commenting, it will show up on your G+ newsfeed. 

If you’re replying directly to someone else’s comment, It will NOT show up on YOUR newsfeed, it will show up on THEIRS.

HOWEVER, if you respond or tag someone using +username or the @ symbol, that will also show up on YOUR NEWSFEED. 

Okay, so now that’s covered. What else can I talk about?

WELL, we now have nested comments (if you’re using Google+)

And now you can EDIT COMMENTS!!!!

Also, you can disable replies…which might feed the trolls and not squelcher them. 

Also you can link videos in comments, which was their way of saying “Pssssh, guys, we still have video responses” However, you don’t know that they’re links to videos until you run your cursor over them. 

You also have this thing in every comment section of every video. It will be useful if you’re trying to find friends in the comments sections of heavily populated videos or if you’re trying to see all of the uploader’s comments. But otherwise, I’m just gonna click “newest first” like I do on Reddit and Facebook. 

Did you also catch that you can now comment privately without receiving attention from the general public yet? I’m not sure how that’s gonna affect hater comments, but we shall see. 




Things I do not know YET:

-How this affects multiple channels and those with multiple channels under a single email.

(I’m assuming you’d need to make a G+ page and email for each channel.)

-Actually, that’s all I’m not sure of yet. If you have any questions, send me asks, and if I can’t answer them, I make a list here. If I’ve also said anything confusing, let me know and I’ll clear it up. 

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