Low Hub Scores It's All Good

Hub Scores can go up and down ~ hang in there!
Hub Scores can go up and down ~ hang in there!

LOW Hub Score - it’s all-good - and it can get better!

What does a low hub score mean? Is it indicative of poor writing? When the score is consistently low should you give up, stop writing? The answer is no!

We all seek understanding, wisdom to improve, especially when entering the uncharted territory of writing. The one thing we can rely on is that opinion will happen. The interpretation of a work will always be unique to the reader. Of course, there is great appreciation for editors, publishers, and the skills they bring to our writing, but passion comes from within. One should look forward to learning while continuing the individuality of their writing journey.

I started writing Hubs as a ministry, after writing a simple book about my faith journey. My thoughts in that book, as well as my writings here on HubPages just, spill out. I envy the natural gift of good editing, however, I don't have it! If only I could see my mistakes as easily as I feel compelled to write.

Whereas writing is my passion, editing is my personal nightmare. Writing for me is cathartic, even therapeutic. It reflects my inside at any given moment. I believe the most important thing about writing is the why? Why are you writing? Why does anyone write?

We are conditioned to care even when one doesn’t outwardly show signs of caring. Many struggle with feelings from within. We all do! For example, when in an argument you say, “I don’t care” and yet, you’re dying inside. We care what people think! We wonder how we're perceived and we hope for good outcomes, but, none of this matters, what matters is the message.

Your message matters. It may not matter to everyone, but it matters to someone. There is someone out there ready to read your work. Be ready and willing to accept the critique. The critiques, when done professionally, are what make us better writers.

A hub is a meeting place, Hubpages is where writers come alongside fellow writers to grow together. That is what Hub is about, a place to share ideas, help one another in the magical world of the writer's hearts and mind. Worry less about the scoring and more about the magic of sharing your writing.

What Matters In Any Craft

What matters: What is your heart telling you?

  • It matters that we always seek to be better and continue to be life learners.
  • It matters that we desire to share with compassion regardless of opinion.
  • It matters that through sharing, learning from others, we continue to grow.
  • It matters that we understand the umbrellas we fall under such as belief systems, families, and choice always allow for grey areas.
  • It matters that by reading, watching or hearing about someone or something, you only get a glimpse of their reality. To truly know someone or something, you must spend time with it.
  • It matters that anything worth doing is constantly changing and, therefore, it's important to remain consistent and open-minded.
  • It matters that criticism is important, positive or negative, but to change is individually a decision and your own choice.


How I relate my Hub Story with a Story from my past ~

When I was young my parents gave music lessons to my siblings. Maybe the other kids asked for the lessons or appeared to have attributes that would allow them success in the area of music. For example, having long thin fingers best for playing the piano. I, on the other hand, had short fingers and as a kid leaned more toward the sporting activities. I did have a deep desire to play the guitar and sing and yet wasn’t really vocal in sharing my desire. When I did share my interest in music. I'm sure my parents wanted to help me succeed the best way they knew how. Seeing as how I was quite the vocal and winded child they encouraged me to play the flute. I love the sounds and musical elements of the flute, however, this was not my desire. I attempted two weeks of lessons and actually almost came to despise the instrument. It wasn’t that I didn’t like or even love the sounds or rhythmic beauty of the flute. It just wasn't the desire of my heart.

I wanted to play the guitar and sing. My short stubby fingers had such desire that I decided to borrow my brother’s guitar, practicing until my fingers bled. I kept trying to gain musical skill and in high school, I purchased a twelve-string guitar from a friend with my savings. I would play very quietly and to myself. Finally, in college, I was with a group of kids at a coffee house and a friend said, “You play the guitar and sing, you should do this.” Well, long story short, a girl was sick one night, so, I got up on stage with this guy to do a harmony part of a song. It was fun and people seemed to like it. I was encouraged and I kept plugging away practicing eventually becoming a regular performer for the coffee house.

As time went on I had acquired what I guess you could call a following, nothing spectacular, just a nice group of friends that came to hang out. We got to know one another; enjoying each others company supporting our individual strength's and weaknesses. One day the manager of the University Pub, as it was known back then, came to the coffee house to hear me play. Afterward, he said to me, “ you are really good, but you're taking away my business. Could you come and play at the pub? I can’t pay you much, but you can eat for free and I can give you say, twenty bucks?”

Now I wasn’t making hardly anything, at the coffee house, I was a poor college student and the coffee house was next door to where he wanted me to play. I was excited and moved our coffee house gatherings to the pub. All my friends that entertained ate for free as well, and if they played, they got twenty bucks too. It was a win – win situation.

A few months went by, my following grew, I began to write my material, and it led to more “Gigs” in the community. Eventually, I was making hundreds of dollars and after some time and dedication to my craft, my performances improved, money increased, as did contracts and opportunity. I never changed who I was. I was not professionally trained, and yet I played my music, writing and singing from my heart. The more I tried, the more it touched others and the more I grew as an artist and a person.

My mom once said, “we gave the music lessons to the wrong kid, LOL.” I said to her, “ No, you did what you thought was best. I didn’t have long fingers so you thought I would struggle. It’s good you did that because the desire came from within me. I had to work at it. I had to perfect it and I didn't compromise who I was with my craft.” I thank my parents for always being there, trying to do what was best for me as one of five kids. I thank them most because of the times they allowed me to be myself and figure out who I was, all by myself.

Why do I share my story? Well, Hub pages, somewhat like a parent

  • Hub pages and authors will encourage and give pointers.
  • Criticism good or bad is a means of growth.
  • Give yourself a break if you don't have time to do the work your hub needs, get back to it when you can.
  • Your hub score is just a score, Is it important to be aware of? Yes, but it will go up and it will go down. Just like in school, a grade is not who you are! Your score just helps to know where you are in comparison to others. Scores / grades do not define you.
  • You will see people who write skillfully and beautifully; they, are at your disposal keep reading what they write. Listen to their pointers and advice.
  • Continue to research one day at a time and slowly incorporate pieces of what you learn to write and reading other hubs, to your own hub.
  • Share with others in the comments, answer questions and check out forum's.
  • You will have the desire to do more and learn more. Just keep writing! Make sure you know why you are writing?
  • Remember, no matter what, you're reaching out and touching lives, sharing your heart with the world and it's an amazing opportunity.
  • We may not all be the best at something, but everyone has something to contribute, and outcomes can change so hang in there.

"Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish for its ability to climb a tree, it will spend the rest of its life thinking it’s an idiot.” -Albert Einstein


In Conclusion - Keep On Hubbing!

I write as a ministry, I write from my heart. I would love to better understand words such as links, SEO, and many other words I see and hear on hub pages. I have figured out some things on my own, receiving help and understanding with others, during my two years here on hub pages, and each day I learn more.

I didn’t know how to drive a car until I drove one. I am still learning to maneuver ice storms. I didn't know how to play guitar and sing until I kept trying and got better at it. I didn't understand computer and technology (and still don’t - LOL), but I learn more every day. Just like the story from my college days. I played music and formed a group of friends that encouraged and supported me. I have found that same thing here on HubPages. I'm still battling an illness that was the catalyst for my writing. The life experiences I've had due to changes in life, keep me passionate about sharing things readily. Due to my health issues I can't always give the time I would like to my writing here on hub pages, but the time I do spend on here is rewarding and life changing.

We are emotive beings, desiring to share and learn with others in order to grow. Hopefully, we seek to improve, and or help others as we quest for knowledge. Knowledge is a gift, how we use it, that can be life changing. Sadly, our society and emotional monitoring lead us to fear, myself included. I suggest we remain true to ourselves while always seeking to improve, there is something greater for us to do, something to try, something to experience, something to be revealed through the hard work and the discipline of staying in the game. It’s not that you will always win, or that you will forever lose, but what if just once when you least expect it, you make an amazing play, and it changes everything.

Peace in your stages and keep on Hubbing

Don't Give Up

© 2014 The Stages Of ME

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The Stages Of ME 16 months ago Author

Cheers raw spirit, writing is a mission of the heart. The heart pays in feeling and emotion, such a better payout than numbers and monetary value. At least in the world where the almighty dollar is weakening, the written word can lift us up together.

Peace to you as you feel the emotion of sharing and writing!


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the rawspirit 16 months ago from Hutchinson Island, FL - Aruba - Carlsbad, CA - Myrtle Beach, SC - Gilbert, AZ

Best hub I have read all day. You have inspired me to keep on writing. I was feeling discouraged because my numbers have gone from 90 down to 74 then back to 87 today... TO HECK WITH NUMBERS...I write because I love to share ideas and information that makes a difference. You are awesome. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Au Fait,

Thanks for the sweet comment - blessing to you


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

Since there are a lot of people with hubber scores 98-100 who also have a commenter score of 0 and who rarely if ever participate in forums or Q&A, I think the amount of traffic one's articles generate is pretty much the entire hubber score. Keep your good attitude!


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Rachael ~ I agree with you, I do not write for scores, I write as a ministry. Thank you for your comments, I could not agree more and many blessings as you continue to share. Thanks again for you insight :)


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

I don't pay much attention to my hub scores . I do notice my hubber profile scores more, but the scores on my individual hubs I couldn't give you one.

I pay more attention to comments because for me, that is where the true feedback is. A comment can make or break me when it comes to how well I write or to whom I envision when I write because I guess we should write with an idea of our audience in mind. I think that is what makes me improve - when I read if my work has hit the mark with the reader.

An article (hub) score is something HP uses to either rate, rank or de-rank my work probably with some kind of agenda linked to payments or ad placement. And for that I couldn't care less, although some say I should care more if I want success as a writer.

I don't write to be successful. I don't write to make a lot of money. I write because it is something I like to do and as long as someone will read it, I'll keep on doing it. lol

Sometimes if a hub is not getting the views I would like to see, I will change the title, add a video, or more pictures, some kind of tweaking so that it gets noticed, but I have to say, even then, I don't look at the score. It is just something I don't put a lot of attention to.

This was an interesting thought provoking hub. Thank you.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

DDE

I feel you sister ~ write because you have something to say, all else will come to pass, and is out of our control. Hugs


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Informative and sharing your story allows me to know more. The hub score did get me concerned in the beginning now I am at ease.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Ologsinquito ~ thanks for reading, glad you too write for the mere blessing of writing as opposed to score. Have a wonderful time as you share. Thank You


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ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

I don't worry about Hub Scores either. This is a great perspective.


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Thank you Mekenzie ~ see what I mean by support from awesome writers. Thanks for stopping in and for all your input and help on hubpaes and in life for HIM. Hugs and blessings


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan

Stages, an uplifting hub pointing each of us to the reason we write. I agree we need to pay attention to our score, if only to learn and improve, but the motivation to write is what drives us.

I have found the longer I am on hubpages, the more my hubs improve. I go back to my first writings and cringe. The good thing is that I see improvement and I can edit them and bring them up to snuff. I am still in the process of updating and improving. I'll admit to being frustrated at time in trying to bring the hubscores up; I know I will learn if I invest more time in experienced hubbers who willingly and helpfully share their expertise.

I loved reading about your background in music. It helped me understand your love for music which shines through in most every hub. I wish I could hear those sweet vocal chords blending with your guitar music.

Keep writing for His glory from your heart sister because God uses a heart, like yours, surrendered to Him.

Love and Hugs,

Mekenzie


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The Stages Of ME 2 years ago Author

Oh my goodness I even have a typo in my own comment LOL ~ I spelled received incorrectly ~ if only my typing would edit as the thoughts exit my brain ~ But I guess that would be heaven :)


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Awesome hub! If you figure out that scoring part, I think you will be the first! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I love HubPages for the community, which has been so welcoming and encouraging to me.

Up and more and sharing

God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

What a wonderful and helpful hub. thank you for sharing your inspiring story. I agree, like age, hub page score is only a number. As long as you write from the heart, and continue to learn, that's all that matters. voted up.

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