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20 December 2013 @ 10:10 am
Where are the comments?  
I've noticed there are very few comments in fests this season. Is it because there are too many fests? I don't think so. I think there is a space for everybody, and each community have their own fanbase.

I can't say for sure though. Last year I only followed hd_holidays and kept my eye on mini_fest and favicondaily_deviant's Kinky Kristmas.

But this year I'm following hd_erised, hd_owlpost, mini_fest, hp_darkarts's In The Shadow of the Season, hd_smoochfest's Holiday Kisses, and favicondaily_deviant's Kinky Kristmas.

And in all these there's very little people commenting.

What's wrong? Where is everybody?

I imagine this is extremely discouraging for writers and artists that lived and breathe their pieces for weeks and even months to get so little response, it must be heart-breaking.

I know that writers write for themselves, when they have a story to tell, and in exchanges in particular they are writing specially for someone, but there's no denying they write for all of us, too.

We're all part of fandom, I think it's time to show our appreciation, it's always the right time, but specially this season, when so much is given, gifted for us to enjoy.

Whether you are a writer, a reader, an artist, a mod, take that extra moment to let someone know you enjoyed their work.

At times I feel very silly for wanting for people to celebrate fanworks, but, you know, it's not silly at all. Comments, feedback and recs are a vital part. They matter, too, which means every reader out there, every single person who comments is a voice saying Thank You for sharing your work.

And this weekend is the perfect opportunity to do it. writcraft has a Comment-A-Thon this weekend to catch up on fests. So if you're behind or what to start, this a great way to begin.

Come on, people. Where is the love? Leaving comments is super fun, and easy! Or do I need to link you to 8 ½ Fail-Safe Ways To Write A Comment? ^^
 
 
 
all_not_well: text buy happiness (or tea)all_not_well on December 20th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
I am mostly skipping the Christmas fic. There's such a glut of it this time of year, and that's on top of all the Christmas commercials, specials, etc. being shoved down my throat every time I turn on the tv. I'm just not into it this year. Bah, humbug is me.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 03:00 pm (UTC)
Aw, well. Hey, maybe hp_darkarts's In The Shadow of the Season if for you. ^^

Edited at 2013-12-20 08:32 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - drarryisgreen on December 20th, 2013 08:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Roelroelliej on December 20th, 2013 02:26 pm (UTC)
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 03:01 pm (UTC)
<3
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welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 03:02 pm (UTC)
You're right!!! the Advent fics. I see them on my flist and I'm dying to follow each of them. It's amazing each day posting a new part, and they deserve every bit of love, too. <3
Iwaoiwao on December 20th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
You are SO right, little flower! I do love comments too, so I agree with you, and I do try to comment often, but maybe not often enough?

I will make time to comment more. *nods*

+GLOMPS*
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 03:03 pm (UTC)
I reckon commenting on what you read & enjoy is what makes the difference. :D *mega hugs*
Marianneeidheann_writes on December 20th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
I am hoping to send kiddos off with various other family units over the next week and take a couple hours and just... check all the comms I'm watching to make certain I've commented on everything I've read.

I usually comment immediately (because last December taught me that going back to comment at the end was hell and never going to do it again)

But at the same time, the fact that I know I've gotten most means finding the ones I've missed is a slow "needle in a haystack" kinda problem. XD

Edited at 2013-12-20 02:44 pm (UTC)
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
I'm in the same boat. Well, not with kids, but about commenting immediately after reading, yet I always check to make sure I didn't miss anything. I'm pretty sure there are a couple of owls I've missed, but I'll be doing the checking at writ's this weekend. :D
(no subject) - eidheann_writes on December 20th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - capitu on December 20th, 2013 08:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
eelegantlyeevileelegantlyeevil on December 20th, 2013 03:32 pm (UTC)
For me, I think its because I have hard time coming up with anything original to say -- "Nicely done" gets kind of repetitive.

Also, to be honest, some of the fest offerings have not been all that good IMO. There seems to a lack of the wow factor and I really don't want to leave what could be considered negative feedback.

Marianneeidheann_writes on December 20th, 2013 03:40 pm (UTC)
I once saw someone post something to the effect of "if it's good enough to take the time to read to the end, it's good enough to take one minute and say good job." That really changed how I viewed commenting.

Comments aren't just for the exceptional. No one improves without support. This isn't reccing. You can safely acknowledge the authors time and effort with 2-3 words even if you would only consider the end product "just ok"
(no subject) - omi_ohmy on December 20th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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slashedsilverslashedsilver on December 20th, 2013 03:33 pm (UTC)
<3 So much love for you. I need to catch up on fic too, but I'll have to miss the Comment-a-Thon because I'll be out of the country soon. I've only been really following hd_owlpost this season, but there were one or two Erised pieces that caught my eye too. Hopefully I can squeeze them in during the post-Christmas haze!
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)
Oh, I hope you can! Owlpost has been posting awesome, stuff. *nods* But then, all the fests are! lol I hope you get to read and comment as much as possible. SO much fun. :D
Mabmab on December 20th, 2013 03:42 pm (UTC)
*glomps you*
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 07:27 pm (UTC)
*feels suitably glomped*

<33
E McGeemelusinahp on December 20th, 2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
I was very unpleasantly surprised by the response to In the Shadow of the Season. I feel pretty awful for the mods. I'd feel worse for the other participants if they were reading and commenting... But hardly any are.

I'm glad that the Erised fics are getting love, though.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 07:31 pm (UTC)
*nods* This is very true. So few authors are commenting on each other's post. *sighs*

For this comment-a-thong I'm focusing on In The Shadows.
(no subject) - eidheann_writes on December 20th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - capitu on December 20th, 2013 08:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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(no subject) - omi_ohmy on December 20th, 2013 08:46 pm (UTC) (Expand)
~ Bruno  ~lordhellebore on December 20th, 2013 03:54 pm (UTC)
HP is becoming more and more like other fandoms, where low comment counts are normal.
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on December 20th, 2013 05:56 pm (UTC)
That.
(no subject) - capitu on December 20th, 2013 07:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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omi_ohmyomi_ohmy on December 20th, 2013 04:21 pm (UTC)
I am getting all behind with both reading ( = commenting) and writing due to RL. But at least that means less for everyone else to read, lol. I do comment on most of what I read - it's only that I get pulled away halfway through and it can take me days to finish a fic / comment at the moment. But I will look at Writ's comment-a-thon because that sounds perfect.

Also I just want to add a <3 for you. :)
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
I'm never going to be happy because there's less stuff to read. :D I'm certain that coming January I'm going to hunt all the advent posts like mad. ^^

Writ's comment-a-thon is the perfect chance to catch up. :)

*glomps you*

Edited at 2013-12-20 07:36 pm (UTC)
(no subject) - omi_ohmy on December 21st, 2013 11:18 am (UTC) (Expand)
Cheryl Dysondysonrules on December 20th, 2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
I haven't read much of anything. I'm DAYS AND DAYS behind on the advent fics I'm reading. Hopefully this weekend I'll be able to do some catchup. I think most people are just super-busy - this has been the first year I feel like I have a social life. I've gone to parties and everything. O.o

welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
What! What's wrong with you, out in RL parties and stuff. That's... actually, that's pretty cool. :P I mean, boo, stay here and write & comment! *ties you down* Ohh, you like that, don't you!
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Loyaulte Me Lie: tell shocolateshocolate on December 20th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
Yup, smutty_claus, too. Very sad.

Edited at 2013-12-20 05:42 pm (UTC)
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 07:39 pm (UTC)
A fest that I need to check, clearly. :D
Vaysh Swiftstormvaysh on December 20th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
I agree - obviously - with everything you say about commenting. ♥ And I am looking forward very much to Writ's Comment-a-thon.

But let's not get too focused on comment counts. Fandom is changing in a big way, with people spreading their interests and energies over several fandoms, with tumblr and AO3 being major places where fandom is happening. The kudos function of AO3 does sometimes replace comments. Is that a good or bad thing? Would I rather want a kudos than no comment at all? Yes. Would I rather have a short comment than a kudos? Yes. So it's both a good and bad thing. :) But I notice with hd_owlpost that we are getting both kudos and comments on AO3 that never show on LJ.
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
You are right about that. Fandom is changing. I don't know if you remember this, but once upon a time, fandom happened mainly at the yahoo groups! Ah, old, old days. ^^

But yes, people sometimes leave Kudos as their way to say 'I was here, I liked this" which of course is better than no comment and no Kudos at all, but sometimes I see a fic with a number of hits and half of them only made them to Kudos and it's... well, kind of :(
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Avid Supporter of the Booty Floolq_traintracks on December 20th, 2013 06:11 pm (UTC)
I can't speak for anyone else, but I've been banging away at a pinch hit and had stopped all reading in order to finish on time. Maybe what we have is a surplus of writers, LOL. So we're all writing, writing, writing and nobody has the time to read yet. ;-p I know, now that I'm finished \o/, I'm going to be participating in Writ's comment-a-thon this weekend for sure! I'm going to start reading hd_erised. Woot!

So I'll definitely see you around, capitu! Thanks for caring so much. <3
welcome to villa cariño!capitu on December 20th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
\o/\o/\o/

I was so happy learning of your pinch hits! XD