HubPage Subject Reviews - A Greensleeves Home Page

Yours truly
Yours truly

A NOTE ABOUT HUBPAGES

HubPages is a community website on which members (known as 'hubbers') can freely publish their own pages of information, opinion and advice, on any subject under the sun (within certain legal and moral constraints). They can also write and then publish their poetry and fictional stories. They can lace their work with photos and videos, maps, opinion polls and links, using the simple templates which are provided by the HubPages site for this purpose. And they can also earn money from these pages or 'hubs', through adverts placed on the page.

The community element of HubPages means that writers also benefit from a ready-made audience of potential readers, as well as the opportunity to seek advice and discuss the pages they create with fellow members.

INTRODUCTION TO THESE REVIEWS OF SELECTED HUBPAGE CATEGORIES

Since joining HubPages in January 2011, I have enjoyed researching, composing, and publishing a range of articles on many different subjects. In the course of writing these articles I have also seen and read very many articles by other HubPage members. Anybody is free to write on HubPages and within reason anything can be published. Consequently articles do vary in quality. But many show great creativity and skill, producing work which covers ideas or subjects not to be found elsewhere on the Internet.

One element of this which cannot escape regular readers of HubPage articles is that the degree of support and recognition which an article receives does not necessarily reflect the quality of the article. It may owe more to the popularity of the subject matter, or to the writer's ability to publicise their work. Consequently, although many attract huge interest, there are some other 'hubs' which are beautifully written with devotion and talent, but which nonetheless receive scant attention, and little appreciation.

New hubs are advertised routinely on the site, but once a page has been published for some weeks, and the visits and comments and plaudits (if any) have dried up, the work may be neglected and forgotten. I know how disappointing it can be to put a lot of effort into a published work, only for it to receive little attention. So it is my intention in a regular series to breathe new life into a few of these hub pages by selecting specific subject topics, viewing all of the pages within these categories, and then choosing ten which I feel deserve to be promoted.


THE PHOTOS

Photographs on this page are currently taken from my own pages, and serve only to give examples of a few of my interests which will drive the subject selections. After publishing several review hubs, my intention is to replace my photos with the choicest images from other writers' hubs.

Travel is one of my main pleasures in life. I travel extensively, write about travel and about other countries in my own hubs, and clearly, aspects of geography, culture and the world will feature in my HubPage reviews
Travel is one of my main pleasures in life. I travel extensively, write about travel and about other countries in my own hubs, and clearly, aspects of geography, culture and the world will feature in my HubPage reviews

SELECTED HUBS

I cannot say the hubs promoted on these pages are the very best in their topic categories; inevitably there is a subjective element to this. Also there is a desire to give a representative overview (so if two articles are very similar in content, I will probably only review one). Previous HubPage popularity of the article will not be considered - several good hubs have been published for two or more years, yet not received a single word of praise - perhaps not because of any failings, but rather because they have hitherto lacked publicity. Some of the articles will be recent, and some will be old; some will be written by regular contributors and others will be by writers who rarely visit the site. The only thing the pages have in common, will be that I like them and believe they deserve recognition.

I have my own hub pages to write, quite apart from my day job! Some categories of topic on HubPages include thousands of hubs, and just spending a single minute on each of them would take up several days. Therefore, I have to limit my choices of categories to review to those with an absolute maximum of 500 pages. Many hubs could easily be published in more than one category, so I may sometimes combine two or three smaller categories in one review.

The section below lists those reviews which will be the first to be written, and this will be followed by the criteria by which I personally would judge the merits of a hub.



IMPORTANT NOTICE

This is a series which is only in its very first days of infancy. The list on the left is simply a projected list of the first ten review pages.

Those which have so far been completed will become highlighted blue links to the relevant page.

The first five review hubs have now been published. Please take a look at these pages, and maybe at some of the hubs reviewed if you find the subject matter to be of interest, or check back as other reviews are published.

THE LIST OF SUBJECTS

  1. Native Americans
  2. Italian Cuisine
  3. Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Life
  4. Folk Music
  5. Wild Flowers and Plants
  6. Digital Illustration
  7. The Solar System
  8. Movie Trivia
  9. Roman History
  10. Photo Galleries



Natural history and wildlife is a passion of mine
Natural history and wildlife is a passion of mine

1) THE HUB IS LIKELY TO BE OF PERSONAL INTEREST

There are many topic categories on HubPages, each divided into many more subcategories. I cannot review all topics and categories, so not unnaturally I will concentrate on subcategories of interest to me. Within those subcategories specific articles will be of greater personal interest than others, and therefore there will be a subjective element to my selections.

My interests include most of the sciences, natural history and human history. I also enjoy sport, film and television. Photography is a major pleasure, and of course so is creative writing. Most other topics will include some subject matter of interest to me which may be selected for review.


Photography is an important ingredient in many hubs, and hubs about photography and art and design will feature in my selections
Photography is an important ingredient in many hubs, and hubs about photography and art and design will feature in my selections

2) MOST ARTICLES WILL BE BETWEEN 1000 AND 3000 WORDS IN LENGTH

The length of a hub page will have some bearing on its inclusion. There are hubs which are no more than a short paragraph in length, and these inevitably hold comparatively little information and are less likely to be considered as great articles. On the other hand, very lengthy articles will require the devotion of a lot of time to read them, and they have to be very good to persuade me to give up that time. I suspect most other casual readers will feel likewise. However, I fully appreciate that subject matter may lend itself to more or less words, and quality of writing and presentation will always be rather more important considerations than feature length. (Several of my own hub pages in fact are well over 4000 words in length).


History, especially ancient history, is a fascinating subject, so I am always on the look out for great articles about historic sites and culture in times gone by. Many good pages exist at HubPages on these subjects
History, especially ancient history, is a fascinating subject, so I am always on the look out for great articles about historic sites and culture in times gone by. Many good pages exist at HubPages on these subjects

3) THE ARTICLE WILL SAY SOMETHING 'NEW'

Many articles, including some of my own, are simply reviews of other peoples' work. (Indeed of course this series will be reviews which may say nothing new). However, in most HubPage categories an article which is thought provoking, entirely original and unique in its approach, will score over a page which rehashes other material, all other considerations being equal.


One of my interests is feature film reviewing
One of my interests is feature film reviewing

4) THE ARTICLE WILL BE WELL WRITTEN

Inarticulate, grammatically incorrect and misspelled pieces of literature detract from the appeal of the text, and in the case of academic work may suggest a lack of care which extends to getting the facts right or wrong. Of course HubPages has contributors from all nations and all backgrounds, so one must be fair and tolerant particularly if English is not the first language. A beautifully presented and informative article, however badly phrased, would score over one which is perfectly written yet dull or inconsequential. At the end of the day most hubs are not lessons in how to write English - they are about providing interesting information or stories for others to enjoy.


Plants and flowers, like all aspects of the natural world feature in my hubs, and will feature in these reviews of other hubs
Plants and flowers, like all aspects of the natural world feature in my hubs, and will feature in these reviews of other hubs

5) THE ARTICLE WILL BE VISUALLY ATTRACTIVE, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS, OR WITH CLEAR DIVISIONS BETWEEN SECTIONS OF TEXT

This to me is very important. There are many millions of web pages on the Internet, and huge numbers of these are authoritatively written on subjects which are of interest. Even on the HubPages site there are many thousands of good articles, and lots of of these are on topics which one might want to read about. There isn't time to do more than glance at most of them, let alone read them right through, so it is essential that articles should not only be well written, but that they should stand out visually so as to encourage a casual visitor to stick around and read. This means two things:

  1. It means illustrations where possible, be it photos, diagrams, maps or drawings - anything that's easier on the eye than a whole page of text. (The images from my hubs on this page, hopefully lighten the page a little, as well as serving as examples of the range of categories which may interest me.)
  2. It also means breaking up the text into segments. Illustrations can of course be used to do this, but in the absence of these, then using subtitles and dividers (such as the pale grey lines on this page) will help. If I have a deep passion or professional interest in a particular subject, maybe I will be prepared to wade through acres of unbroken text, but I'd be far more likely to dwell a while on an article if the content looks palatable and enjoyable, as well as informative.


My photo of an eclipse. Astronomy is one of my hobbies and science will undoubtably feature in some of my HubPage reviews
My photo of an eclipse. Astronomy is one of my hobbies and science will undoubtably feature in some of my HubPage reviews

6) THE HUB WILL GRAB THE ATTENTION

The hub must grab my attention. This really summarises all that has gone before. With hundreds of hubs within each particular topic category, if the theme of the hub, the style of writing and the layout cannot take a reader's interest within the first paragraph or two, then the tendency will clearly be to move on to other hubs which do.

IN CONCLUSION

I cannot claim the hubs I review to be the very best in each category. I can only claim that something about all of the ten promoted in each review have an appeal, such that I believe they deserve to be be read more widely.

Hopefully anyone who reads the reviews I write will then link to one or more of the selected hubs and enjoy them, and in this way both the reader and the hub author will benefit.


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I'D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR COMMENTS. THANKS, ALUN 20 comments

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Greensleeves Hubs 2 weeks ago from Essex, UK Author

Jodah; Thank you very much John - it's actually really nice to receive a comment on a hub after 4 years! It makes one feel there's still life in it.

I haven't continued with the series - I've always been tempted to return to it and cover more subjects, but I haven't got around to it yet, because, understandably, pages about HubPages receive less Google traffic than any others. Indeed, ironically most of the hubs of mine which are unfeatured by HubPages due to slow traffic are hubs about HubPages!!! Also of course, things have changed now with so many niche sites starting up, and also some of the hubs I featured have since been unpublished, so the reviews require constant updating. Still, I liked the idea, and it led to me reading a lot more of other peoples' work. It was good to try to promote the best hubs on particular subjects. So maybe I'll do some more in the future. Cheers, Alun


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Jodah 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

I just realised that this hub is four years old. Anyway, Alun, this is a great concept and a very well written and presented hub. Did you continue to write this series of hub reviews for long and how successful were they?


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

precy anza; thank you so much for what is a delightful comment.

Although I am choosing my favourite hubs for review regardless of how popular they are with other readers, it obviously gives extra pleasure if I can throw a little light on to hubs which have passed other HubPage members by, and maybe encourage a few extra visits to those hubs. Alun.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

Such a wonderful idea. Reading this, you are like someone who came along bringing light to your fellow hubbers with this review series. ^-^'


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Cogerson, I think you're right. When people join, there is an initial excitement about receiving new followers, new reviews and comments, but after some time, it can become a struggle to keep up the momentum and when the cherished hubs stop receiving views or comments, it can lead to a certain disillusionment. I'm sure some hubbers give up at that point.

So far I've enjoyed looking at hubs in categories I'm interested in, so I hope I can keep the series going and that it makes some small difference to some hubs.

Thank you so much for your kind support. Alun.


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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Hey Alun....I also have noticed how the new hubbers get more attention paid to them versus the ones that have been around awhile....I understand their logic.....but it would seem making sure that hubbers last longer would also be a priority as well.

I think your HubPage Subject Review is an outstanding idea and would you should continue in the future. Voted up and awesome....job well done.


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thank you moonlake, I appreciate your comment very much. HubPages does quite rightly give some encouragement to newbies, and of course some people have the knowhow to promote their own pages effectively. Success breeds success too, because the more followers or readers a hubber has, the more their pages are likely to be visited, shared or linked.

It can frustrate though - I've already read a few really nice pages which have been on-site for several years, and the number of comments or accolades and votes doesn't reach more than a handful.


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Brett; thanks so much for visiting and commenting, and particularly for the share. Although older hubs will hopefully still attract visits from off-site readers via Google etc, visits and comments from on-site HubPage members inevitably tail off after the first week or two during which the hub is promoted on-site and by email to 'followers'. So it would be nice to get a second small wave of interest in a hub after it's been published a while, and that will hopefully happen with a few of the pages I review.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Great idea. I wish you good luck with it. I have noticed on hubpages it always seems to be the same people that get promoted and a few newbies thrown in here and there. Enjoyed your hub. Voted up.


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

What a great mission to take on. I know most authors here have those dead hubs in their collection. I often try to regenerate interest by sharing older hubs, but it isn't always a success.

Looking forward to reading your finds, but for now I'm sharing this one. Voted up and awesome.


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Derdriu;

Thanks for visiting and taking a look at this page. It's an idea I had a few weeks ago. I know a few people have written hub reviews on HubPages, but usually they only look at new releases which will always be publicised by HubPages anyway,

I thought I'd like to look at some of the older hubs which perhaps are no longer getting much attention (though not to the exclusion of looking at recently published pages). It gives me the incentive to check out a whole lot of hubs on subjects I'm interested in and maybe reward a few of the better ones with a little promotion. Not sure how many reviews I'll do, whether I'll get bored with it, or whether I'll keep it going indefinitely. I don't want it to interfere with the writing of my own hubs - but so far I've enjoyed checking them out and found it quite interesting to see the range of articles and indeed the range of styles and qualities of hubs.

Alun


Derdriu 4 years ago

Alun, This is quite a monumental task which nevertheless is made easy by your considerable skills in analysis and your talents in content (writing) and form (photography).

I'm looking forward to your series.

Up + UFABI.

Respectfully, and thank you for thinking of such an interesting endeavor, Derdriu


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

christin, thanks for visiting - it's good to receive a nice response to this idea. Hope it works. As you say, lack of time is always a problem, and I've been guilty in the past of not looking at sufficient other hubs through lack of time. If nothing else, writing this series will force me to read a lot of other peoples' hubs! Hope if you read some of the reviews you'll find a few hubs you like. Cheers. Alun.


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

What a really good idea. It is really easy to overlook a good hub simply because it hasn't been promoted. I've recently been trying to look at different hubs that have been around for months or even years it's just lack of time I struggle with. I shall look forward to your reviews.


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Millionaire Tips; I appreciate your comment. Certainly I know from my own experiences, if a hub doesn't grab me either with the first paragraph of text or the illustrations included, then I may move on to another, so criteria such as the overall appearance of a hub, as well as its readability, certainly make a difference. Alun.


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Bill; thanks for that comment. I hope it's an idea which works, and enables me to find several very good hubs in each category. It should be interesting to see what's out there in 'hubland', and although I'm aiming to select my favourite articles irrespective of whether they are popular or obscure, it would of course give more pleasure to uncover and promote a good hub which hasn't received much attention in the past.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

This is great criteria you have outlined, which would serve well not only to win a place of honor on your list, but also in producing a quality hub as well.


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bdegiulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

This is a great idea Alun. I think you hit the nail on the head in that there are many, many great hubs that have come and gone with little to no fanfare. I'm really looking forward to following this. Thanks. Bill


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Greensleeves Hubs 4 years ago from Essex, UK Author

Thanks a lot snakeslane. I do believe in good, well written hubs, and hope that in each category I look at I'll find some gems. I think we all know that after an initial flurry of interest, visits to some of our hubs tend to dry up, and it would be nice to give fresh publicity and breathe fresh interest into some of the better ones.


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snakeslane 4 years ago from Canada

Good idea Alun, looking forward to your mining Hub Pages for gold! Lovely images you have included here, thank you so much for sharing. Regards, snakeslane

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