On my reviews and every time I participate in a meme, specifically Waiting on Wednesday, I receive comments from people that either: 1. express their interest or excitement for the book and elaborate on what or why they’re interested in it OR 2. leave the most generic comments that make me conclude that they didn’t read the post at all.
You have either:
- “Great pick/topic. Thanks for sharing.”
- “I am so excited because NARWHALS. FLYING NARWHALS IN SPACE IS AWESOME. NEED IT IN MY LIFE.”
Can you take a guess of which one makes my blood boil and make me react like this–?
(I doubt anybody could answer wrong, but if you did, just take a look at my blog header. Think about it.)
I try not to make ranting-type discussion posts and I wasn’t planning to discuss it since it’s one of those things that happen often in reviews and memes (more so on the latter), but when I think about it, I get annoyed (and slightly angry). This needs to be said again and again – those generic, vague comments are annoying.
I don’t care for your:
- “Great pick/topic. Thanks for sharing.”
- (Why is it a great pick or a great topic? Does the synopsis or topic interest you? Do you like the author? What have I said that warrants that reaction? TELL ME.)
- “That is good cover.”
- (What about the cover is good? Do you like the illustration? Do you like the font? The colors? I know why it’s a good cover, but what about you? Do you agree? Or what?)
- “Oh that sounds awesome.”
- (What sounds awesome? Be specific.)
- “That’s on my list too!”
- (That’s great it’s on your list, but there has to be a reason why it’s on it. What is it?)
- “Great review. Can’t wait to read it.”
- (Validation, yeah! I appreciate the comment. But what about the review is great? What is it about the book that made you want to read it? Leaving those two sentences tell me nothing about your excitement level for the book. FOR GODS SAKE PEOPLE, ELABORATE. DISCUSS WITH ME.)
- And any comments that are similar, very short, and don’t tell me anything.
- (Are you really not going to put your two cents into what actually interests you about the book? A simple “that sounds intriguing” with a short reason why is awesome to me. Make it a long ass sentence. Not a two word comment. You can mention how you love the author or something specific about the synopsis that interests you. I want to know you actually read the fucking post.)
I post memes because I find it fun and interesting to see what people thinks about the book I’m excited for or about what I have written. I want to share my excitement, but it’s absolutely discouraging to see someone totally overlook the point of the post. (ie. Are you really going to overlook the fact that House of Ivy & Sorrow has fucking witches in it? WITCHES, FOLKS. W-I-T-C-H-E-S. They need to be acknowledged because they are AWESOME.)
I haven’t noticed as much until recently since all the comments in my previous WoW have been good. The majority of comments were bloggers telling me why they’re interested in it. I like those. I can’t say I’m surprised the dreaded comments occurred here. It happens all over the blogosphere. Not just in memes. (I’m not a special snowflake). But fuck, people who makes those fucking generic + vague comments need to stop. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. I WILL NOT STAND FOR IT. (I’m safe to say WE won’t stand for it, right?)
When I read those comments, I assume two things: 1. those people are only fishing for comments to give them more traffic and 2. they aren’t genuinely interested in my posts or what I have to say (and that sucks). I want to share my excitement, but people have stepped all over it, throwing their generic/dumb/annoying comments in my face like they ding-dong-ditch me. They get my hopes up, only to tear them down. :\
Those comments make me wonder about whether I leave extremely vague comments that have the OP rolling their eyes at me and wanting to cut my fingers off my hands. I don’t mean to. I don’t leave comments because I want you to return the favor, but because I’m genuinely interested in what you have to say. When I say “great pick” (which I would not actually write – more like “that sounds awesome!”), I say why I’m interested in the book afterwards. I’m pretty sure I do that. Yeah? But hey, if I commented on your posts (mainly memes) with just a “great choice/post” or “that’s an awesome cover” with no explanation why, I apologize. I know better than to do that. I try to comment on why I find it great, and if I don’t have anything to say, I don’t leave a comment. (I would prefer no comments to those vague annoying ones any day of the week.) It’s very simple. Have the decency to do that as well.
Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate every comment that my blog receives, but if you’re going to leave a “great pick/topic” or two short sentences in the comments section, you can GTFO. And if you think I’ll visit your blog after you leave that type of comment –
You have another thing coming. You have this post.
So, my lovely friends/bloggers, does this problem plague you too? (I’m pretty sure everybody’s hands will be up in the air.) Tell me all about it. Rage if you want to. I actually encourage it. ;)