Today I felt like making a blog, so I thought I'd make a small rant about comments and PM's, how I see on the ones I get, and how you should focus on writing them.
I've had a lot of comments and PM's, currently over 6,000 comments, and I've now passed the 500 inbox limit for PM's (probably slightly over 500). I love getting comments and PM's, it's nice to see that people care about my work. The best ones are the well-written ones who has something interesting to say, maybe it's some constructive criticism an my work, a story relevant to the submission, a comment, simply anything. I do appreciate most of the comments I get, but I feel that when people write comments, maybe they should focus on saying something more creative than just "cool skin +1".
I'll make a list on what I like, and don't really like in a comment or PM:
What I like:
- When the comment is well written (grammatically, easy to read, and so forth)
- When it's interesting and relevant, even if it's well written it might not be the best and most relevant idea to post a comment about how you played minecraft in school.
- When you appreciate my (or anyone else's) work in a nice way.
- When the whole comment in general has a nice, funny and appreciative tone to it. Makes it more fun to read.
What I don't like:
- When a comment has no effort at all. Even if the message of the comment is somewhat nice, when leaving an extremely short and effortless comment it might as well be a better idea to not leave a comment at all. There's no real need to write that you gave it a diamond, please spend the time on something more important (criticism is great!). And if these are the only comments you're capable of writing, write them to someone who would probably appreciate them more than I (someone who barely gets any comments).
- When people say it's bad without telling why. What do you expect me to do from that?
- Kind of like the first one, but if you spend a lot of time writing a good reply to someone, then they just reply with "k". It feels like they didn't even read (or appreciate) the comment at all.
- Requests, at least not in the comment section.
- When advertising your work in my comment section. My work isn't made to make yours more noticed. Send a PM if you so want someone to check it out.
- Rude and terribly written comments with terrible arguments. These can be quite funny to mess with though, but mostly I just pull a big facepalm.
- Anything that requires me to do a lot of work (kind of like requests). I know, I sound really lazy and like I don't want to put any effort into anyone else, but I get so many of these that I simple can't do them all, and therefor skip most of them (or do them really vague and quickly). These also make me feel a bit guilty when I almost simply ignore them (I tend to quickly reply that I don't take requests and such). You're probably thinking "But now you're being a hypocrite by not putting in effort yourself!", it's a different story when you get as many comments as I do, and I do write at least decent replies to comments who fulfill my "what I like" section.
- I'll take this again here, completely irrelevant comments that aren't even funny.
- When they ask for links to something it will literally take ten seconds for them to find. Or when they don't bother to browse my work first before asking for anything.
- When people don't read the description before asking what software I use.
So yeah, try and write your comments around these guidelines, I'm sure these apply to what most people think as well, not just me.
And as always, discuss and leave a diamond if you liked it. :)
inb4 "cool blog"
inb4 "can u make me mastur chif"
inb4 "pls sub 2 me and dimund my work insted"