Have Hubpages’ Categories Killed My Popularity?

 

I joined Hubpages over three years ago and at present have published a little over 600 hubs. No biggie, I see lots of pals from the start of hubpages as well as writers who have joined after me who also have that many hubs or more.

There are so many hubs of great value out there, mine are not among them. Mine are intended to make you laugh about something serious or to vent about something that drives me crazy (a short trip to be sure). So I understood when my hubs weren’t really “featured” on the homepage back in the day. But now that there are categories (something I understand the need for but loathe – you’re writing a hub about the ten reasons you will never be a male prostitute – does it go under “gender & relationships” and the “LBGT issues” or does it go under something else?) it seems as though no matter what category I put hubs in they never show up on my homepage which features those categories. How can a gay man who writes a lot of gay hubs never see his own featured yet sees the same hub about gay marriage from a Mormon perspective every damn day on the homepage? And I suspect that because whatever category I’m supposed to use (I guess I’m using the wrong one) since the inception of the categorization of hubs, my readership has fallen off more than the attention a sixteen year old gets at a pedophile convention. (Yes, that was meant to piss you off a bit and no, I don’t know what age pedophiles are no longer interested in children but I’m sure someone has written a hub about it and they are making a gazillion dollars on Adsense or something). My point is that I’m a forty-something gay man and from that perspective is where my writing comes from so (as I state on my website – www.somelikeitscott.com) while I understand that I’m an acquired taste, you know, like Tab Cola, I’d like to think there are more than six people out there reading my hubs.

Now before you all start writing in telling me that I need to do this or that, just know that I probably won’t do it. That’s right, I’m one of those – those people who bitch about things but don’t really want to change or have to do anything different than what they’ve been doing for say, oh I don’t know, the past three years?!? Of course the possibility exists that I’m simply writing hubs that as I suspected have no value to anyone. But come on, you mean no one wants to read about what I think about the new season of Project Runway or why Domestic Partnership in Nevada is going into law on October 1, 2009 and is more confusing than a Rubik’s Cube? Ha, I think not. Of course people are clamoring for my opinion…maybe they just don’t know it yet but they need to pay attention to me (he said in his petulant six year old voice with arms crossed).

So who is to blame when I don’t want to or think I should blame me? Is it the categories? Is it the HubMasters at HubPages or should I blame my 287 “fans” on HubPages for not reading everything I write and sending it out to their sixteen thousand so-called friends? True, it’s never a good idea to “turn on” your public but hey, if that’s what it takes, I’m in. I recently watched a documentary about Dolly Parton fans (“For The Love Of Dolly” on Logo – don’t miss it but be prepared to just feel very odd after watching it) about a bunch of fans who go absolutely ape shit over the woman, filling their houses with big cardboard cutouts of her, not washing the clothes they wore when they met her, etc. Where are those fans for me? I must admit that when I first joined HubPages and saw the whole “fan” thing I thought it was a little odd but now that I have amassed 287 of them, I think it’s time I demand they start acting like real fans. Where is the stalking? The constant writing to me asking me things that are far too personal to ever be discussed in an email let alone with someone I don’t know at all? Where is all the fan-like behavior that we’ve seen the celebrities bitch about, huh? Come on you 287 fans, I don’t want people thinking I have the laziest fans on the planet or something.

Look, I don’t know why I seem to have lost my appeal to the HubPages crowd, it could be that with so many people now on the HubPages that there’s so much out there that mine are getting lost in the shuffle. Maybe it’s because the HubGods don’t like that I have a website where I also post my entries. Maybe it’s the fact that I don’t want to write hubs about Indian actresses (I don’t know where all these hubs come from or who reads them but they simply fascinate me in a weird I don’t get it kind of way). As I’m always saying, “I don’t have the answers, just the bitching about it.” But I suspect it’s got to have something to do with the whole category business. Have HubPages’ “categories” killed my popularity?

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Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

"I don’t want people thinking I have the laziest fans on the planet or something." LOL! The internet has turned into the "Glutternet." On my MySpace site I started a few years back...my traffic has almost died. (I have 5000 fans on it) I use to get comments and now I just get people begging me to listen to their usually squawking music. It is crawling with producer and promotional predators now.

The "Big Money Dream" has caused the glut on MySpace and I'm sure it is the culprit on HubPages.

I don't know the answer......I just keep writing. :)


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somelikeitscott 7 years ago from Las Vegas Author

Tom...that's all we can do...keep writing. Thanks for reading and writing.


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relache 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

Why would you categorize all your Hubs as LGBT and not on the actual topics which they address? That sure would spread them out and offer the chance for you to catch more new eyeballs. I mean, do you think every single Hub you make should just be thought of as "gay?" Because to me, you write entertainment topics (your icons series), exercise (those gym rants), coffee-culture (i know, don't get you started...) and a lot more.


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somelikeitscott 7 years ago from Las Vegas Author

relache - thanks for the advice but I don't categorize everything under the LGBT category (I obviously didn't make that very clear - sorry), it's just one of the ones that I have on my homepage so you would think that I would occasionally see one of my hubs that I posted under that category listed. Such is not the case that I've seen...well, not to date anyway. Thanks again for the advice.


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relache 7 years ago from Seattle, WA

My profile tends to default show the bunches of Hubs which are more prolific, so I know what you mean.


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inner bitch lives 7 years ago

As a published author in search of a new idea, I thought it might be fun to give this a shot while learning my way around blogging.

My interest in Indian actresses is also quite minimal, and I believe my observations on the world are not only insightful, but quite hilarious.

How exactly does one get their blog seen? Still trying to figure that one out myself.

Good luck scott, or do you prefer elfaba?


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Stan Fletcher 7 years ago from Nashville, TN

I agree. Catagories are frustrating....

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