Why Bother Leaving a Comment if You Aren’t Going to Read?

Is it a Medium glitch or is it the fake reader?

Michele Maize


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After posting my story about meeting online friends in person, several of my Medium friends commented.

27 people commented yet 18 actually read my story. I don’t usually check this or read into it, but as I am sitting in the airport, I had some extra time.

It’s disheartening to see that my “friends” aren’t actually reading my stories.

Is this a Medium glitch or are people just skimming and not making it to the end before commenting?

Being even more curious, I go check out my other stories. The same thing is happening.

Is this another case of the quick highlight, skim to one line and comment, and then jet?

I am not taking it personally. I know that many people are on here to make money but I would hope that the connections I’ve made are somewhat real.

Maybe that is just me being naive and assuming, and you know what assuming does!

But, I am a sleuth and will figure it out.

I’ve subscribed to a lot of my favorite writers on this platform and try to read everything they post. I think you know who you are.

Although, there are so many good writers and only so much time in the day. So, I am sure that is why people are skimming.

Susan Wheelock wrote about this before and I was perturbed when I read her article. You can check it out here.

Again, is this a glitch or are people just trying to get their name out there to make money?

Do you know that if you actually read the story and give thoughtful comments, your name is getting out there in a genuine way?



Michele Maize

Sober Traveler | Wannabe Vegan | Yoga Addict. Extrovert turned introvert that wants a pack of dachshunds. Writing my way through past trauma gave me big dreams.