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


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. 

SHARE THIS WITH YOUR FRIENDS so we can be less confused and back on our game. 

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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The Right Way to Do Your Blog Commenting

Good blog commenting is perhaps the easiest method for getting relevant backlinks to your own site or blog and it helps drive targeted traffic from the blogs you post yourself. However, in order to truly get this strategy to work in your favor you need to do some things or else all of your work will backfire or your efforts are going to prove to have been fruitless. Of course, for Internet marketers and bloggers alike the toughest problems to overcome are finding the right blogs for your comments and then getting those comments approved. In this article we will explore three of the things you can do to help ensure your success in this area. Cobra Blogging System reviews here.

The best way to influence your fave fanwriters and fanartists

comment on their work

artists (and this includes writers) create and share work for feedback, they have a need to express something and to see how that expression affects those around them in a positive way.

Comment does not mean critique, that’s another discussion.

Let’s make me a case study, I’m a person who is an artist, and is also a writer, and depending on how work was received, I did one or the other. 

I had most comments on my writing, long, enthusiastic responses to stories and how that affected someone and even their ideas or fanart and fanfic in response. I had very few comments on art, and as a result, I concentrated oh a good 5 years on writing, still making some art, but not making it a priority.

So one time in my journal I did a poll on what people wanted to see, and lo and behold, I discovered the greater part of my following was following for the art, even though it got maybe less than half the comments - as a result, the last few years have seen an emphasis on the art side, and I’m trying to find a way to combine the two as a single individual. (yeah, I’ve discovered the hard way it’s too difficult with rl to make a comic on my own)

So I asked viewership why they had a problem commenting on art, and they responded ‘I don’t know what to say’ ‘I don’t know art, I know what I like’ which by the way, is a perfectly valid response. I can get tongue tied looking at a sunset and trying to describe to someone why it feels earthshattering.

So while some might say ‘omg that’s hot’ and ‘damn what a fine ass’ are not the comments they want on their art, to me that’s fine, because it shows that you thought enough of it to stop and take a moment to write the response and send it, and these days with everyone skimming stuff online at breakneck speed, it’s even more valuable now than ten years ago. So followers, don’t worry about not having something that sounds profound.

If you as an artist, are doing works in multiple fandoms, you tend to draw for the fandoms that respond the most, maybe it’s not just comments, but hits and likes. So my simple suggestion is, comment on work you like so you get more of that thing you like. 

One thing you shouldn’t do however, is try and nag an artist into doing a fandom they aren’t interested in, or that they no longer follow. Fandoms you’ve left are like bad romantic breakups, trust me, some requests make me shudder.

 Commissions and donates - if the artist accepts them - are also a nice way to encourage that artist to keep doing more work, after all, even if we can make a living doing the art, sometimes you have to find a way to carve out space for fandom and greasing the wheels really helps - I mean I can’t tell you how many times i’ve gotten messages from fanwriters telling me ‘I’ve been chosen’ by them to illustrate their stories, (there’s like, a beam of celestial light and birds singing) only to find once I send them a commission price list, I never hear from them again. 

It’s always insulting to be told your work is good enough, but not good enough to pay for, particularly when the price of some commissions are the same as a movie ticket, a tee shirt, a pair of shoes, etc. (tangent remember this when you ask your cousin to do wedding invites or your business card) 

To put it bluntly, to make art that’s not what I offer to fandom I have to be paid, I’ve got kids and bills to pay. However, ask an artist about bartering, you can find ways to work something out, ( I accept Captain America merch!) okay, back to my Stony illustration.

On the Internet, Everybody Knows You’re a Dog by Ted Rheingold

When comments on the megapopular TechCrunch blog were tied to real Facebook profiles, the experience went from a juvenile insult-fest to a civil value-add information exchange. Tumblr has motivated readers topublish their reactions to their own tumblr, making every reader an author and every author a reader.SoundCloud adds music to the experience. Twitter allows spontaneous ad hoc discussion groups on any topic at any time, simply by @‘ing a Twitter author – which thanks to the public nature of the platform immediately makes the responder a public author as well. And on, editor-in-chief Jane Pratt canannotate articles with a highlighter – and authors’ responses to reader comments are also highlighted and elevated so they’re an ongoing part of the conversation.

The bit about the evolution of comment systems for context specific platforms is good and all but to be honest, I’m really reblogging this b/c it has Ted in a dog suit covered by a venn diagram.

On constructive criticism and comments

Dear fandom,

Somewhere along the way, the term “concrit” or “constructive criticism” seems to have lost its meaning. Or at least, it seems to have been watered down to mean: “anything that isn’t a flame.”

Whether constructive criticism should even be given when fanfic authors don’t ask for it, is a discussion of its own. I’m firmly of the belief that it shouldn’t be given if not asked for, because fanfic is something that fans contribute for free to the fandom community, and just assuming that they want criticism (constructive or not) is presumptuous.

I tend to liken this situation to a dinner party. You like cooking, but you’re not a professional. Still, you enjoy making your friends feel good and to give them things they might enjoy. So you invite all your friends to a dinner party where they get a free meal and good company. Would people randomly start criticising their free meal in this situation? Most people wouldn’t, because it’s not a restaurant where they paid for a service. It’s something that were given to them, for free, because they might enjoy it.

But if criticism is given, there seems to be an expectation that people should accept and enjoy concrit. The problem is that people stick the word “constructive” in front of any piece of criticism seemingly without any thought to whether it actually is.

It seems rather like a lot of people think criticism is constructive as long as it’s not a flame. That’s a dangerous assumption.

Constructive criticism is an artform in itself. It has to do with bringing out both positive and negative aspects of a work, in a way that makes the person being critiqued receptive to the comments. It involves well-reasoned opinions that offer specific things that are helpful for the person being critiqued. The less you know a person, the more careful it’s natural to be in a situation where criticism is given.

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On reblogging art:personal policy

I saw a post going around telling people that if you reblog art, to only put comments in the tags.

I was going to reblog this, because it is completely antithetical to the way I view art and fandom, but I realized that I should probably write my own thing instead of hijacking someone else‘s post.

First off, don’t speak for all artists.  Ever.  We all have different feelings about how we want our art shared, and the way I want my art shared is not the way you want yours shared.  Every artist has a right to ask for different things.

I want people to reblog my art WITH their comments in the text of the post. Don’t put your comments in the tags!  That means they’re not rebloggable and other people won’t see them. I want to see everything you said and I want other people to enjoy what you said, too!  Please reblog with comments! Please converse with each other.

Social media is about getting to know people through our creative work and about creative work starting conversations and inspiring new creative work. We can’t do that if we’re not talking to each other!  So please, please, always put your comments in the main body of the reblog. I want to know everything you have to say about anything I draw!  And I would love to talk to you about it! And I am sure other people would, too.  As far as I’m concerned, that’s what we’re here for.  Tumblr shouldn’t be a one-way street; it should foster a conversation.  But that’s just my opinion. If other artists want comments in the tags, hey, that’s fine.  I don’t.

Poll: Disqus Yay or Nay?

As this blog continues to grow every day, I have tried to grow it organically. I recently started to more actively use Twitter @medicalstate. I have also begun to notice some reblogs with comments in them, and some readers writing messages in regards to posts I make. As a result, I have begun to think about whether to add Disqus commenting to the blog. So far though, I find that these comments are few and far between and messages are manageable.

One of my main gripes with Disqus is how awful it looks tacked on to the end of posts and pages. It seems so terribly out of place and I love to keep a clean looking interface. However, if the people speak, I will give Disqus a try as well.

For those who do not know, Disqus is a commenting add-on that you can plug into Tumblr that allows for commenting. It allows for a lot of flexibility, like the opportunity for anonymous comments, commenting restrictions, threading etc. When I first started this blog as a secondary blog, I never realized that Tumblr only allowed replies on the primary blog. The only choice then is Disqus (since Tumblr has yet to implement universal commenting like other blogging services). However, as it stands, I find it breaks the clean look of the blog (which I personally value) but does have the benefit of adding more function.

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.
Comment on blogs to increase website traffic

It is no hidden fact that whoever has an online business wants to attract more traffic to his or her website. There are, without any doubt, a large number of techniques or methods which you can implement or use to increase website traffic. In this context, making comments on the blog or simple blogging is also one of the most effective ways, if not the most. So, doing commenting is more effective in the blogs related to your niche rather than commenting in any niche

kryptaria asked:

I just got my first commercial spam comment on one of my stories. What's the best way to report this?

If it’s a guest comment, i.e. not left by an account holder, there should be a button labeled “Spam” that will make the comment vanish from the page. (Note that due a bug, spam will be erroneously counted in the comment totals for the work. We’re working on a fix!)

If a spammer managed to nab an invite and create an account, you cannot automatically mark the comment as spam. Please contact the Abuse team (through the Report Abuse link in the page footer), so they can take care of it.

On a general note, please keep in mind that the “Spam” button is indeed reserved for commercial spam (“buy R0lex watches here!!!”) and shouldn’t be used to make other types of unwanted, harassing, or abusive comments go away. Please use the “Delete” button in those cases.


DISQUS is a comments platform that helps you build an active community from your website’s audience.

disqus do nothing for active community or audience. i don’t wanna to be registered. info on which i want to comment just appeared, it didn’t passed any registration in my life. so it would be good to act same for all participants.

anyway i think it’s one of bests solution yet.