Begging for Feedback MAG

July 8, 2012
By pandagirl312 GOLD, Leawood, Kansas
pandagirl312 GOLD, Leawood, Kansas
19 articles 1 photo 92 comments

Many of you who are reading this also post your writing on TeenInk.com. When I'm looking at pieces on the site, I often end up reading the comments too. Unfortunately, I often find pleas from other Teen Ink users asking the writer (and others) to comment on their work. I not only find this annoying, but rude. This section is meant for comments relating to that piece. It's impolite to use it as an opportunity to solicit feedback of your own.

A better way to get feedback is to ask your family and friends to comment on your work. You can easily send out a group text or e-mail with a link – to a specific piece or to your profile page on TeenInk.com – asking for comments. This is a polite and effective way to get feedback.

Ever heard the saying “To have friends, be a friend”? This applies here. I've found that reciprocating comments is part of the TeenInk.com user culture: when you leave a comment on another writer's work, he or she will tend to leave a comment on yours. I've spent hours on TeenInk.com going from user to user, reading and commenting. Not only do I find this fun, but it's nice when they give feedback in return.

Teen Ink is a fabulous resource for teen writers and artists. Getting feedback is always gratifying; seeing an e-mail saying that I have a new comment on my work always brightens my day. However, I implore users to solicit comments in a non-annoying, polite way.

By the way, feel free to comment on my work.



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on May. 17 2014 at 3:57 pm
Love2Read72 PLATINUM, Kentfield, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Life isn’t about how to survive the storm, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.” — Taylor Swift

I understand your point of view, but I personally disagree with it. One of the reasons that I'm on this site is because I want people who aren't my family and friends to comment on my work. I also find that people don't comment on your work when you comment on theirs, and you can't expect them to. When I've asked if they would comment on my poems as well, they usually do, no harm done. No one gets upset, and my work and their work get comments. I don't see the problem.

on May. 5 2014 at 4:30 pm
ImmortalRose GOLD, Arvada, Colorado
17 articles 1 photo 168 comments

Favorite Quote:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Khalil Gibran

This piece is so true. It drives me nuts when people say that. Ive read a few of your pieces and they are stunning. Keep up the good work!

on Oct. 31 2012 at 8:38 am
pandagirl312 GOLD, Leawood, Kansas
19 articles 1 photo 92 comments
Thanks so much for your comment! :)

on Oct. 30 2012 at 8:56 pm
ChobaniLuvinPenguin PLATINUM, Brooklyn, New York
29 articles 0 photos 85 comments

Favorite Quote:
"What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well."
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Girl, you rock! I couldn't have said it better myself. Great job bringing up your opinions in such a strong, clear way! I must admit, your humor, sarcasm, and strong tone are enough to persuade the most stubborn of folks. Thank you for taking the time to write about what nags so many of us here on Teen Ink. I'll be sure to check out more of your work, because you totally deserve it!

on Sep. 26 2012 at 6:08 pm
pandagirl312 GOLD, Leawood, Kansas
19 articles 1 photo 92 comments
Thanks! :)

on Sep. 26 2012 at 8:53 am
SarahHarmon GOLD, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
11 articles 1 photo 48 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I have learned that people will forget what you did, people will forget what you said, but people will never forget how you made them feel." ~Maya Angelou

Haha I'm still laughing after reading the ending. I completely agree with you! When I first joined Teen Ink, I actually thought it was just a thing you do. I did the "annoying stuff" on people's work. Then, I got one of those comments and it really made me angry. I guess you could say that I learned my lesson, and I'm glad I learned it fast. Thanks for bringing attention to this topic for the future newbies and the whole Teen Ink community!

on Sep. 7 2012 at 10:14 pm
pandagirl312 GOLD, Leawood, Kansas
19 articles 1 photo 92 comments
Thanks! :)

on Sep. 6 2012 at 5:41 pm
Imaginedangerous PLATINUM, Riverton, Utah
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Nice sarcasm at the end. :)

on Sep. 4 2012 at 6:12 pm
pandagirl312 GOLD, Leawood, Kansas
19 articles 1 photo 92 comments
I like letters to the editor because they are not very popular, and I have had a lot of practice writing stuff like that for school. Thanks! :)

on Sep. 4 2012 at 6:11 pm
pandagirl312 GOLD, Leawood, Kansas
19 articles 1 photo 92 comments
Thanks! :)

on Sep. 4 2012 at 4:13 pm
maizyiscrazy GOLD, Washington, District Of Columbia
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Favorite Quote:
I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe in miracles. ~Audrey Hepburn

I completely agree with you. It is so annoying when people come on really good work and comment on it just as an advertising system.

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on Sep. 4 2012 at 6:55 am
.king. SILVER, Yeux Bien Tres Bien, Other
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on Sep. 4 2012 at 6:53 am
.king. SILVER, Yeux Bien Tres Bien, Other
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Wow, Lots of your wrok is editor's chioce, I wonder how you do that? T.T Anyways I agree 100% with this Excellent article, And yes I will read more of your work! ^ ^

on Aug. 20 2012 at 7:10 pm
cayaTW PLATINUM, Yuma, Arizona
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Favorite Quote:
Those who forget history will often repeat it

you're welcome. i just reread it. i see it now. 

on Aug. 20 2012 at 3:26 pm
pandagirl312 GOLD, Leawood, Kansas
19 articles 1 photo 92 comments
I meant that last part to be kind of a sarcastic joke. Thanks for the comment! :)

on Aug. 18 2012 at 8:23 pm
cayaTW PLATINUM, Yuma, Arizona
29 articles 0 photos 83 comments

Favorite Quote:
Those who forget history will often repeat it

i was about to say that last part was hypocritical, but you didn't write it on some elses work.  i agree with you about everything.   nobody has done that on my work, but i read the comments on other people's work and i see it a lot.  it is rude.


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