Engaging readers in Comments.

6 years ago | J.E.Hixon (Member)

My serial has a place for a comment thread on each chapter.... how do you get people talking there?

Author of The Unseen War

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  1. unice5656 (Moderator)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Really shameless begging in author notes, coupled with hints that it might encourage you to write faster.

    I'm not joking.

  2. Qorvus (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Most people don't leave comments, just as most people also don't leave reviews. You have to treasure the ones you get as it means you have made a connection.

    Short of bribery, it isn't easy to get them.

    Author of a collection of SF/F short webfiction - http://talesfromathousandworlds.com/
    Echo of the Ages - Epic Fantasy Serial
  3. Jim Zoetewey (Moderator)

    Posted 6 years ago

    It takes time. I suspect I was a few weeks in before I got my first comment. Even after that, it didn't happen particularly often.

    What can help is using the first comment to directly address the reader, mentioning something interesting about the post that you're writing, describe a problem you encountered while writing the post, or ask people what they think of a particular character or recent plot point?

    The key point is to address people directly and personally. It may not get a response every time, but there's more of a chance than if you don't try at all.

  4. ClearMadness (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    In my experience you will slowly gain commentators, but it will take awhile. One thing I did to speed it up was to always post a comment of my own to get things started. You can also fiddle with the settings to make it easier for people to comment.

    Author of The Iron Teeth, a online dark fantasy story.
  5. Blaise Corvin (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    I just get more comments the longer I write... The last 2-3 weeks being an exception while it seems everyone's viewership is decreasing across the board.

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    I also have two stories: Delvers LLC and The Crimson Artifice. :)
  6. TanaNari (Member)

    Posted 6 years ago

    My viewership actually seems to be going up a little. Huh. Oh well.

    But yeah, commentary is something you'll have to wait a while for... I got halfway through my first book before I got any substantive comments, and even now I only have four really reliable readers who'll make a comment every video or two.

    I always post the first comment- usually a thought I had about the story followed by a request to point out typos. Possibly warnings about me not being able to do a chapter a given day or what have you.

    Then I talk with them, they ask questions, I give them an idea of how the world works in my setting in ways I can't quite get done in the story itself. It's fun, and actually sometimes they ask questions I hadn't thought about before and have to consider how my story functions. Or at least they force me to think about it in more detail than I originally went with.

    Author of Price.
  7. Stormy (Moderator)

    Posted 6 years ago

    Treasure the people who comment - and respond in kind, ask questions, remember things they've said. Treat them as valuable, because they are.

    I've accumulated 14k comments over the years, and I can't wait to hit 20k.


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