Struggling to find discussions to comment on

@Asylum (46257)
Manchester, England
January 28, 2016 5:20am CST
I realise how absurd this must sound when so many members are producing discussions daily which span a large variety of topics, but it is strangely true. As a rule I either try to add a worthwhile comment that will enhance the discussion, or as an alternative make some jovial or humorous comment. I have a vast range of experience and understanding, so I can usually relate to most subjects. Naturally there are some that are simply not suitable for me, such as knitting or a genre of music that I dislike. However, this only eliminates a small minority of discussions. Recently I appear to have encountered a myriad of discussions to which I have absolutely nothing to add, which has reached the point that my interaction with other members has fallen drastically. It seems likely that I am the fault and just struggling to relate, but it is so unusual for me to experience this. After I have been out I must try to make a more concerted effort and hopefully get back into the routine.
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@JolietJake (37727)
28 Jan 16
I don't find it strange, on a good day I might respond to 10% of the discussions posted in a 24 hour period, and often it is quite a bit less. A lot of topics have been covered a myriad number of times, and it can become a chore not to start repeating yourself if you try to respond to things you've seen dozens of times before.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
That is a fair point, but this is something that has not occurred before and therefore seems quite unusual to me.
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• United States
28 Jan 16
I can understand what you mean. There are times when I can find a myriad of discussions to respond to and others when I can't find anything worth my while. No fault to the discussions starters, but just sort out of the grind of things.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
It can become quite frustrating because not only does it leave me very little to do, but does seems unfair to those who keep commenting on mine.
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• United States
28 Jan 16
@Asylum In those situations I leave a like or try to correspond with them on another person's discussion as well. I know it doesn't necessarily help them but it lets them see that I am trying to return the favor.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
@ScribbledAdNauseum That seems fair enough because it does at least demonstrate the interest in trying to interact.
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@topffer (29356)
• France
28 Jan 16
There are days where I find nothing interesting here, and others where all discussions are interesting. It is a question of mood, and I think that it would be useless to struggle to give a response, it is not like a job that you have to finish without fail if you have accepted to do it...
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
Yes, I can certainly understand what you mean. As a general rule it would be simple for me to add something to most posts, yet lately that appears to have changed drastically.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
@topffer Now that raises an interesting question, if the member who created the discussion is banned surely the post also will be removed.
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@topffer (29356)
• France
28 Jan 16
@Asylum Several responders had reported the discussion, and we were sure that we could goof a moment without any fear of the consequences it could have on our reputation.
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@LadyDuck (112756)
• Switzerland
28 Jan 16
Barry, you need a vacation, when we stay too many hours here reading, it's hard to find something to say.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
I always need a vacation, which is something that I am in the process of rectifying.
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@LadyDuck (112756)
• Switzerland
29 Jan 16
@Asylum It is a too long time that you do not relax in a sunny place. Next week you will feel better.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
29 Jan 16
@LadyDuck Yes, then I shall need another vacation.
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@Rollo1 (16674)
• Boston, Massachusetts
28 Jan 16
That's where I am failing. I am finding it difficult to get back into the swing of commenting and interacting. I am working on trying to devote a specific amount of time per day to each task I have and to my online sites. I hope I get more enthusiastic.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
I have the time, but some discussions seem hard to comment on.
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@marlina (58263)
• Canada
28 Jan 16
Somehow I find that I am not as enthusiastic as I was at the beginning.
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@jaboUK (48783)
• United Kingdom
28 Jan 16
I have sometimes found the same thing and have had to resort to looking at what the people I am following are commenting on. I've found some good things that I had missed that way. (I'm sorry that I haven't been able to entice you to comment on any of my posts lately)
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
To be honest I cannot remember which discussions I have replied to recently, although I have managed to find a few to interact with.
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• United States
28 Jan 16
Well, then I'm doubly glad you and I just had a nice go-around on my buggy post! LOL!
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
Maybe other members should write about aphids or ladybirds.
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• United States
28 Jan 16
@Asylum Why don't you write about ladybugs since aphids are taken care of.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill I suppose it would qualify as something different.
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@marlina (58263)
• Canada
28 Jan 16
There are a lot of discussions that don't even make sense, so I understand as I feel the same also.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
Naturally I have encountered a few rather bizarre posts that are difficult to understand, but normally it is easy to interact with most.
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@rosekiss (30161)
• Eugene, Oregon
28 Jan 16
I am finding the same thing. It is sad too, but there are enough out there that I am just not interested in responding to, as I have nothing to say about it. I do find some thoough, but just not enough to keep me going all day. I love responiding to discussions, and I wish there were more that I was interested in, like this one. I know I will find some, as I just have to look for them.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
I can usually find something worthwhile as well, but would much prefer to have a wider choice at times.
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@rosekiss (30161)
• Eugene, Oregon
28 Jan 16
@Asylum I know what you mean. I have to look for awhile to find one that I want to respond to. I know they are there, it is just knowing where to find them.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
@rosekiss I much prefer a discussion that I can add a worthwhile comment to than having to add something puerile to a post.
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@mommaj (22768)
• United States
28 Jan 16
Sorry to hear this is happening to you. I am so glad it is just not me. I usually try to find new discussions to join, just hasn't been working out to well recently. I am sure it is just a phase and we will find worthwhile topics soon.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
I am actually wondering whether it is the discussions being written or my change of attitude that presents this issue.
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@mommaj (22768)
• United States
28 Jan 16
@Asylum Maybe both. I know I can't find any I want to respond to, but I don't want to get involved with someone's drama, I want something happy and fun. LOL So my problem is definitely my attitude.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
@mommaj I understand what you mean, conversing is fine but you do not want it to become a soap opera.
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@Ladypeace (2076)
• Singapore
28 Jan 16
Your profile picture of an animated cartoon stone age man enticed me into responding to your post. Not because I could relate to what you were saying.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
Glad that you like my avatar, although it will be due for a change soon.
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@Ladypeace (2076)
• Singapore
28 Jan 16
@Asylum If you change it okay, just make sure it's animated.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
@Ladypeace I usually stick to animations, although I have also created a few static avatars for various occasions.
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@Angel_15 (683)
• Manila, Philippines
28 Jan 16
I have the same problem. I'm having a hard time finding discussions to comment on. I would like to be able to participate in discussions more, but I just feel that there are so many topics that I can't contribute to.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
There are usually very few subjects that I cannot relate to, but recently it does seem to have become harder.
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@Angel_15 (683)
• Manila, Philippines
29 Jan 16
@Asylum I hope we'll both be able to respond more.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
29 Jan 16
@Angel_15 I cannot really envisage it being a long lasting issue for me, but rather disappointing when it happens.
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@amnabas (9778)
• Karachi, Pakistan
28 Jan 16
Well you need to comment on as you got good amount of comments in this post.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
The response to this discussion has already surpassed what I expected.
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• Jacksonville, Florida
28 Jan 16
I find some days I struggle to find something to add as well. It just depends on the day and I think its totally normal.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
I do hope that it does turn out to be a temporary issue, otherwise the site will become boring to me.
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• United States
28 Jan 16
I have this problem sometimes as well. When that happens, I usually just stalk a few people and see where they are and what they are commenting on. Then, if I can't find much, I will actually do my offline chores.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
There will always be something else that I can be doing, but would prefer to simply find a few discussions and interact while I am here.
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@yugocean (3782)
• India
29 Jan 16
@purplealabaster we always do our offline chores, or by some online chores if there are any , mylot isn't any resting place either
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• Philippines
31 Jan 16
@purplealabaster I usually follow you and yes I found this discussion because of your activity... I can't do much interaction at the moment because I read that you'll be away for some time
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• India
28 Jan 16
It's true some suggestions go viral and they keep growing -- without end.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
Oh yes, I have seem discussions that seem never ending and often the topic changes and still continues.
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• India
28 Jan 16
@Asylum I think such discussions will fetch more cents....
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
@vickyblogs That is a certainty because earnings are related to the amount of interaction created.
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@dpk262006 (52827)
• Delhi, India
28 Jan 16
What you have pointed out is very true. Many a times I also do not find discussions which I could relate to or I could respond. I do not feel like responding for the sake of responding. I am unable to find a suitable answer to the question why we are not able to find quality discussions to respond to. PS - you could check my latest discussion.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
Yes, it would be futile to leave some pointless comment purely for the sake of having responded.
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@dpk262006 (52827)
• Delhi, India
29 Jan 16
@Asylum - Yes, you are very right.
@Drosophila (16881)
• Ireland
28 Jan 16
I always find something to comment about, guess am not here long enough to see the topics cycle through
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
There are always some suitable discussions, but not as many as I would like.
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@snowy22315 (31125)
• United States
28 Jan 16
just say something vaguely inane, it all counts for points..lol
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
Most things that I say tend to be inane, or should I say insane.
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@yugocean (3782)
• India
28 Jan 16
same pinch, I am also not commenting much, and the reason is I did not get enough interesting discussion, people just make anything, and in most discussion I do not get reply which makes it bored
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• United States
28 Jan 16
I see quite a few people that start discussions (some of them are even potentially very good discussions), but then they never comment back to any of the responders. When I have time, I am going to have to find some of them and start commenting back to people.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
@yugocean There are quite a few mediocre discussions created simply for the sake of posting something, but I can usually find something to add.
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@Asylum (46257)
• Manchester, England
28 Jan 16
@purplealabaster The habit of not replying to comments seems very pointless. Not only does this contradict the idea of a discussion, but replying can elicit further interaction.
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