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Thread: Am I doing something wrong?

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    Junior Member woody1229's Avatar
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    Hi - I've been on this board for nearly a year, and I go on it every day, usually more than once a day, because I love looking at everyone's work and seeing what others are talking about. I respond to other peoples' posts, too, although maybe not as often as others.

    But when I post a picture of my latest completed project, I have found that I get a very minimal response from the rest of the board. Most pictures get over 100 responses, many get much more than that, while mine have been averaging under 20. This has happened so many times that I am forced to wonder if there is some unwritten rule I am breaking that I don't know about. I wouldn't ask, except that it happens every time. It's starting to bug me a bit, even hurt my feelings a little.

    I love this board, but I'm not really feeling the love in return. Please be honest, is it me?

    Mary B.

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    Definitely NOT!

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    Sometimes it just happens that way especially if there are a lot of new topics posted in a day. I have some that have very few posts but I don't worry about it. Try not to let it get to you. We love you!!

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    I'm wondering if it depends on the time of day you post?

    I do understand though - the last picture I posted got exactly ONE response so I wondered if the project wasn't worthy? I had posted it as a work in progress and then posted it completed so maybe our forum family was telling me they were tired of it? Or just maybe... it was a time when either a lot were posting so it was hard to get to everyone or ... very few were posting and it got buried before people saw it. Perhaps it's just happened that your posts have been at times when some lively discussion was taking up the general interest?

    So ... I too have wondered about this. Try not to read too much into it. What surprised me the most was how much it bothered me! And I'm one that thinks it's funny when a picture has 27 "Beautiful" comments on it!

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    I am sorry that you feel hurt. If it makes you feel better, it happens to me often too. I notice that many people read the topic, but don't reply. So, I personally have put more value on those who do respond. By the way, I lived in the San Gabriel Valley for 13 years. I love San Marino :)

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    It's hard to explain what is going to get a lot of comments and what won't. I don't know the answer, but I just looked at several of your pictures, and you do fantastic work. It is very well made and quilted. I love the variety of work you seem to do.

    Sometimes I think it might have to do with the time of day something is posted. Sometimes items get back to the first few pages by a newbie who is looking over old posts and brings them back for another round.

    Please don't be hurt. This is a great board and a great bunch of people who are usually very helpful, courteous, honest (when asked to be) and would never knowingly slight someone.

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    Don't feel slighted. Some pictures get more response than others. I've posted some that got lots of comments, some hardly any comments. I don't comment on every quilt I see and like. If I did I'd never get off the board. I'll bet you have looked at and appreciated posts that you didn't comment on too. :thumbup:

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    Mary, no it's not you. There are hundreds of posts that go up daily and it takes a while to read thru all of them. I am sometimes on the board for hours reading mostly, and sometimes responding. Some posts I just read and then proceed to the next post. I don't leave a comment on every post I read. It's impossible. I would never get anything done. Usually responses are plentiful when a post is first put on. As you can see, the more posts that go up, yours moves down so sometimes members may not always look too far down to read the older posts.

    Please continue to post pictures and ask questions. We are all here to help each other and I am sure you will get more responses the more you post. We all love to see pictures of works in progess so slap a few of them under the pictures category along the way. Continue to read other posts and respond to them as well by leaving a comment or asking a question to that post. Good luck and welcome to the board.

    Oh, and it's happened to me too.

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    I'm sure you're not doing anything wrong or breaking any rules. If you are, then I don't know about them either...lol. I think a lot of people, myself included, look but don't always post. I find I don't have time to post and I guess I've posted on those that catch my eye for some particular reason or other..maybe it contains some technique I'm particularly intersted in at the time. That's not saying that there's anything at all wrong with those I don't post on. Everyone's work is unique and lovely and I enjoy looking at all of them. I have posted only a few pictures of my work and I've had some that haven't attracted a lot of comments but that's just the way it goes..nothing to worry about.

    Don't let it upset or worry you. Just keep creating and posting your work because I know everyone loves to see what we are all doing, whether we get many posts or not. Just keep enjoying your quilting..that's the important thing :)

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    I have had a similar experience here and felt as you do. I'm sure it's not you, I went back and looked at some of your posts and thouh I hadn't left a comment I did remember your quilts and thouht they wre lovely. You do good work. I think the other posters are most likely right, some days on the board are busier than others. People often look but may not have time to comment, even on projects they like. I guess we need to learn not to take it personally -lol!!

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    Mary,

    I only get on in the evenings after work and by than it is hard to say how far down the posts are. I am usually too tired and try to look as far back as I can, but tend not to post on every quilt, but I do try to look at all the quilts and dream that I can only do as good as some of them are made.

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    Maybe it's the time of day you post. I just went into your screen-name to see your picture posts and I had not viewed *any* of them. I don't open every picture post I see, but I usually open quite a few of them, so I'm surprised I never happened on one of yours.

    Incidentally, I *love* the Alfie baby quilt!

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    Don't feel bad - my last post with pictures got NO responses. I was a little surprised, but my feelings are not hurt. I just assume I didn't put a catchy enough subject on it! There were a lot of other things posted that day, too.

    The number of people on this board has mushroomed in the last year, and a lot of the 'old' familar names don't pop up as often as they used to. I'm thinking it's not because they're not posting - it's because so many other people are posting. That's a GOOD thing, because there even more interesting things to read here than a year or 2 ago, because there are so many more quilters posting. IMHO.

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    It is not you!!! As other's have said, if there is a lot of pictures in one day or if you post when it's late at night or not many people are on it won't get a lot of responses etc. I have had many posts that have had only a couple of comments and others that have had 6 or 7 pages.

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    I look at the pictures that are posted, but I rarely post on them. I have to get some things done in the house, and there just aren't enough hours in the day to post on every picture shown.

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    If you look at the other posts, there are quite a few with one or two pages of comments, and it is neither just newbies nor just oldies who have to deal with that. I spend a bit of time on the QB and did not see a single one of your posts. (You do really nice work BTW)

    Don't look at the QB as a popularity contest. We are all here to support each other and if you got 2 pages of positive comments, that's a nice support.

    If you are more concerned about building a relationship with fellow QB members, you may try your own thread on the PDA section, but even there, you have to BUILD a relationship. I have few PDA "friends" where I check in regularly. Most of the members I don't.

    Just enjoy the board and rejoyce in the fact that you fit in with the rest of us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JanTx
    I'm wondering if it depends on the time of day you post?

    I do understand though - the last picture I posted got exactly ONE response so I wondered if the project wasn't worthy? I had posted it as a work in progress and then posted it completed so maybe our forum family was telling me they were tired of it? Or just maybe... it was a time when either a lot were posting so it was hard to get to everyone or ... very few were posting and it got buried before people saw it. Perhaps it's just happened that your posts have been at times when some lively discussion was taking up the general interest?

    So ... I too have wondered about this. Try not to read too much into it. What surprised me the most was how much it bothered me! And I'm one that thinks it's funny when a picture has 27 "Beautiful" comments on it!
    There is a logical reason for this. I only look at unread topics. If I look at it when you first post it, I won't see it listed again when you update it. Because I have already read it! I stopped posting "Beautiful" on all the pictures because of the posts complaining about too many of the comments. They thought it was just being done to get the posts up to be a regular.

    So I guess I can't win!!!! Never meant to hurt anyone's feelings and I am sorry you both felt this way. Guess I'll start commenting again. (At least until the complaints start again!!!)♥♥♥

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    I think all of us are way too busy, way too rushed, never enough time......I know I would love to look at everything on here, everyday............esp the pictures.......but I just dont have the time...that is probably what has happened with yours too........and even if you have time to look, you dont have time to do any comments, etc....please dont feel hurt or unloved......we, as quilters, can always appreciate the things everyone makes !!

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    Mary, it's not anything you are doing wrong. I usually go straight to Recent Topics, it averages about 4-5 pages. Then I head to Unread Topics and two hrs. have just flown by. I haven't even made it to Home and the list of main, pictures, BOM, Intro, etc. yet. I think because pictures is one of the busier section the topics drop down the list pretty fast.I am guilty of looking at your post on your DH's cousins wedding quilt and not commenting, :oops: when I saw it ,my first thought was " whooo, how pretty ,love the colors, nice quilting, I bet they loved it and then the label, wow , love the embroidered vine & leaves and thought I need to bookmark/save to faves on this one.I saved it to my faves.Sorry I didn't let you know how much I liked it. And the quilt for Alfie is precious, love the fabric and your colors. I think sometimes I am so intent on not missing anything and seeing ( x) amount before I get off that I forget to comment in my haste. And I have had post with low views and comments, and admit I have wondered if anyone would notice if I quit posting, but have also thought , well I quess they're like me , pressed for time or whatever and keep reading and enjoying the post.I also look at total views for the post, some of yours have thousands and think of the ones that comment as your QB friends and your cheerleaders! If you don't mind I added you to my buddy list, now I can find your topics in a flash. :thumbup: :D :D :D Please keep the pictures and visits coming :thumbup:

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    I am pretty sure its the time of day. I voluntarily post Today's Birthdays and when I do it at 6:00 in the morning, not too many post, so now I am posting around 9:00 am.

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    Due to time restraints I ususlly look at the first page and am sure I have missed some lovely quilts and informative post that have been moved to other pages because of the volume of post.Please don't feel hurt this is a wonderful group. I would love to personally welcome every new member and comment on every project but I would spend hours here and have to work to afford my quilting addiction.

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    I love seeing the pics but hate going through a gazillion "nice job" "beautiful" etc. responses. That goes without saying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae
    I look at the pictures that are posted, but I rarely post on them. I have to get some things done in the house, and there just aren't enough hours in the day to post on every picture shown.
    Same here! Maybe I should at least put something. But saying the same thing over and over again, even though I do MEAN it, seems a bit redundant.

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    Keep posting Mary, we all luv yuh!

    Just had a look at your work, it's all beautiful.....and I have to say I hadn't seen it before! :D

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    There are so many new posts each day that I don't have time to check out each one. If it is a weeknight, I'll browse the list and click the ones that have a descriptive title. On the weekend is when I have time to relax and savor everyones work! And even then, with 3 teens in the house, I may only get to check out the first 3 or 4 pages.

    A forum I used to belong to issued a 'cease & desist' plea for the members to NOT post simple 1 word replies "Gorgeous" etc, since the mods had to screen each post - I guess that always stuck with me. I've seen hundreds of breathtaking quilts that I didn't comment on, for that reason.

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