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thepictureman
I have posted 4 blogs over the last 4 months, received over 150 views on 3 of them and over 200 on one , but zero comments. Do I have a problem with my site or do other members have problems with my posts?
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SewerRanger
That's the nature of the site. Just like everything else in life - some people are popular, some aren't.
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miclaud
Sometimes, when you do not comment someone else’s post, they don’t comment yours... (excuse my english...)
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xabolcs
Many upload a lot of pictures, which only the creator, or the friends of interesting.
I write comment only extremely good and interesting images...
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danrav
1. Make sure that you are an enthusiastic commenter.

2. Find new friends who seem to be more giving in their comments to you and others.

3. Be sincere

4. Be kind

5. Yes people on PB like photography, but (In my opinion), we appreciate relationships and friendships more....

6. Remember - you get what you give....
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marilynx
You must comment yourself ... and take time to think about content ... nice image doesn't work!
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karmankwarner
You should take that you have so many views as a compliment. People look; they may not comment but yet they have visited your blog.
The more you post, the more people will see your work.
Good Luck with getting that which you desire.
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DancingDolphin
My guess is it has nothing to do with your posts, but by posting so infrequently, people don't get to "know" you. Browse around PB and you will find that people who post daily and comment daily on other blogs, in turn have many who comment on THEIR blogs.

If you're interested in more interaction, just spend more time here... do a 365 (?), beef up your friends list with people who post regularly, and jump on board with those who spend too much time here! 8^)
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revenant
I'm troubled by this thread. These are my impressions, which are not judgement calls, but concerns:

1) There is the tacit assumption of a quid pro quo; you comment on my posts, I'll return the favour. Clearly this means when we don't play by other people's rules, we don't get what we want.

2) What do we want? Attention and approval seem more important than feedback, tips, learning...

3) Quantity appears more important than quality.

Please read this comment carefully. I am *NOT* saying this is what the contributors above believe. I *AM* saying that it can be assumed from the above that the best PB experience is high-volume comments, frequent posts and minimum feedback in terms of content, but maximum quantity - in other words: chatter.

Furthermore, it appears you have to play by these rules or you're excluded.

Doesn't that worry anyone?

Cliques die when there's nothing to renew them and this may explain this site's relative stability in an activity that measures growth exponentially (FB and PB and contemporaries...).

Incidentally, I checked the OP's profile. To date he's posted 2.5 times more comments than he's received, which rather contradicts many of the helpful comments above. I suspect long absences make it difficult to maintain the PB variety of virtual friendships, unlike the flesh-and-blood kind.

I was hoping that the Internet's increasingly global scope would bring the old model to an end, with groups here conversing in Hindi or Portuguese and sharing a huge variety of fascinating landscapes or portraits. I was hoping the site was broad enough to welcome any kind of photography from casual food & family snappers to professionals and concept artists. It looks like I'm wrong and that's why, among other reasons, I no longer post images as revenant.

Earlier this year I made a joke about the new Photoblog keyboard, which looks like this:



Well, I'm not laughing any more.

I hope the OP comments on our feedback. I'm curious to understand what he thinks.
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HoosierAtHeART
Because sometimes my time is limited I tend to mostly comment on people who are on my friends list. So those that are not on my list I tend to not notice.
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danrav
1. I absolutely believe there is a quid pro quo and I'm OK with that.

2. I have absolutely no interest in learning anything about the finer points of photography - I am strictly shoot, snap, post.

3. I absolutely love quantity of comments. Especially the fantastic comments that I receive everyday that give me exactly what I am looking for - attention and appreciation for my effort - regardless of its technical merit. I love being surrounded by a large group of nice comments. I'm a child at heart.

So for me - if these assumptions can be drawn about PB's rules of engagement, they work for me. I am speaking only for myself - strictly for myself.

But.... I absolutely believe in the feedback that I gave in my initial comment.

You get what you give. The more you give, the more you get. If feedback is important, you gotta find PBers who are willing to comment - some will never comment - it's just who they are.
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marilynx
I have several friends who rarely comment ... their photography leaves me speechless, so I always comment ... I guess that's who I am.
I understand why these friends rarely comment too !!
I know they are friends by the odd message of encouragement and their help in various situations I've found in.
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revenant
Just to clarify: I would hate to see this site become a "photography" or "art" site. That would be equally boring and in addition pretentious. So I am not taking issue with anyone's approach or reason for being here. I keep hoping that more and different people widen the range and tone of this community and or at least retain a semblance of diversity. I also agree entirely with the idea that you get out of this site only what you put into it.

One of my favourite Emerson quotes is: "Consistency is the bugbear that frightens little minds" (more or less). Here, I'd substitute "consistency" with "uniformity" and rules how to achieve it.
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caroleagle
For me the world of comments on PB is a bit like being at a party. Some people your going to end up in the kitchen with til 5am talking about EVERYTHING. and some you're going to just smile and say hi to. And everything in between. If someone leaves a comment on my blog I will often (but not always) go and look at their blog and sometimes leave a comment. I'm not very commenty as I'm not here very often. My point, back to the party analogy, it's more about politeness and being friendly I think to respond to a comment with a comment. I don't feel it's a tit for tat score keeping process at all. More of a conversation. And obviously if you stand in the corner not saying much you're less likely to have as many conversations as if you don't.
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mattmckenna
all I can say is I like comments so I presume that most if not all people are the same! Even that is nice is still better then none, so I will just do as I always do and that will probably be the same with everyone else, so all I can say is " that's nice" The main thing is to enjoy your photography and have fun, all the best to you all, Matt from Scotland
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breizh
Emerson said ***... ... That's a great quote !... Why change a word to appropriate a quote ?... !... ?
"AWESOME" is a word welcome (was ... Is ... Will be ...) on my posts ... still I stay here ...
As wrote one of my friends today ... " C'est la pensée qui compte " ... Awesome words writen by an "anglophone" ... English Speaking blogger ... )
Analogy with the "party" is a nice idea !... Time for me going in the kitchen ... search my Iphone and learn more about "Emerson" ...
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breizh
Just because it's time for olympic games ... without bad thoughts ... Pierre de Coubertin never said "The important thing is to participate." In 1908, he said: "The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well. "
The Olympic motto is "Swifter, Higher, Stronger", but it is not from Coubertin, he adopted it from the Dominican Father Dido.
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marilynx
There must be a joke there somewhere ... Father WHO? Swifter, higher and stronger ........... Did you miss a letter?
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yellodog
@marilynx
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breizh
... Missed nothing ... Comma ... Point ... "First degree sense of humour" ...without any ulterior motives ...
Je n'ai rien oublié ... virgule ou point ... "humour au premier degré" ... sans arrières pensées ...
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ArtBee
Don't forget to dot your eyes and cross your Tees Bob Crachit....LOL
Semantics.....geeeesh
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caroleagle
@RiverTo sea
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andremnel
Hi

I had the same problem, with people not giving me comments on my photo's.

But you know what, you reap what you sow, so I started commeting on almost everyone's photo's i looked at, and well people started to visit my site and comment back.... so if you feel you are not getting comments, you need to ask yourself have much comments am i giving.

Worked for me
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miahurricane
Happy Saturday FRIENDS!!!! I appreciate all the kind comments and sometimes as we all have busy schedules we cannot comment back on others - I apologize often for doing that. People don't comment to get comments - we are not in High School or mean girl cliques - Comeon! Lets all Be Happy and Don't forget to Participate in the Scavenger Hunt Cheers!
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EvaLizette
I comment because I like the pictures and the photographer
If they chose not comment back of thank me for that ...well I think not thanking for something is not polite
but i also know people are busy in their life and don`t have as much time as I do.
If I comment someone and they comment back I see that as a thank you in it self.
But I don't cry if they don't
I blog and I comment and what others do is up to them
If you want a lots of comments you need to work for them,nothing comes for free

Keep smiling and Stay Red with Happy Pink!
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ScavengerHunt
i wish there was a like button LOL
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ArtBee
I like comments ....lots and lots of comments. Makes me feel like I'm still in the game and gives me a little incentive to play longer.....
That's the Scavenger Hunt I'm referring to. Come on and join in the game folks....
The most challenging game on Photoblog!
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mossy
No comment :^)
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TheDashd
Your posts are viewed by so many. That is good
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mossy
I tweet my blog out to local people who are interested in nature. That's why my viewing stats have gone up.
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LadyDee1
I have often wondered if there is an optimum time for posting your blogs. If it is comments you are after, there must be a time in the day where you would get more notice. Also I think tags do help. I have never got my head around tagging properly and often forget but it can help people notice your blog if they are looking for specific themes.
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mossy
I'm not after comments, lots of my blogs have no comments and that's fine. I was just answering the guy above about my view stats. I think tagging does help, i'm always looking for insects through the tagging search. Don't get me wrong if someone leaves a comment I always say thanks and check out their blogs. But for me twitter has been amazing, The RSPB have tweeted my blog out three times and they have thirty thousand followers. Its put me in touch with lots of other forest dwellers & lovers which is the main reason for my forest blog.
As for a best time of day for uploading photos I'm not sure, probably a working week day which is what you are doing right now :^)
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LadyDee1
Sorry Mossy not aimed specifically at you. Although comments are nice I'm not bothered by them either. I just figured if someone was after comments there has to be a formula to getting the blog more notice.

And yep you know me, I love to surf whilst at work ;-)
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