Much Ado About Nothing (How to Write When Inspiration is Lacking)

Title page of the first quarto of Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare
Title page of the first quarto of Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare | Source
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Why Did I Read That?

Do you ever read an article on-line or a hub and think to yourself, "Why did I read that?" or come away scratching your head, none the wiser than before you read it, maybe even totally confused?

Maybe you were drawn in by the catchy title or beautiful lead image or photo. Possibly it was written by someone you follow or who has a reputation for great writing. Perhaps it was recommended by or shared by a friend on social media.

..sometimes people write shit..

Source

The truth is that sometimes people write shit. It doesn't matter who they are, or think they are. I am sure even the most popular authors like Steven King, John Grisham and the like have written things they aren't proud of. I have sometimes been at a loss for a subject to write about and come up with something "out of the blue" that I'm not really happy with but that meets the purpose of putting pen to paper and getting something out there.

Pump Out Those Hubs

You need to keep those hubs pumping out or your "hubber score" will plummet and we don't want that do we? Can't have our imaginary status as best poet, fiction writer, how-to king, recipe queen or health and fitness guru falling because we haven't churned out new material to please Mr Google can we?

..we need to consider who we write for..

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We need to consider who we write for. Do we write for ourselves and our self-improvement, or to entertain and inform others? Or do we spend long hours writing for those big elusive $$$ signs in the sky? Probably a combination of all of these.

So, you desperately need to put pen to paper, or finger to the keyboard and churn something out - but Heaven forbid if what you write turns out rubbish. Then your hub will not pass the quality audit, will be 'unfeatured', and won't get any exposure. If it doesn't get traffic, well no one will see the advertising and Hub Pages won't make any money from your article and, subsequently, neither will you.

Our toy poodles Ginger and Jackson
Our toy poodles Ginger and Jackson | Source

What is the Answer?

So, what is the answer? Simple, just make sure your hub contains enough words - 1200 is said to be the optimum number. Then throw in three related photos, any old stuff as long as it is original and good quality, or legally and properly attributed images from the Internet.

Get out your digital camera, IPad, or smart phone and go snap some pics of your yard, garden, family, pets etc etc. It's a good idea to start a file and keep a collection of pics that may be useful in your future articles and hubs. As I said before, at least three photos per hub will keep the HP gods happy as long as they relate to the content.

Don't forget the video.

What else do you need to bring your hub up to scratch? Well, don't forget the video. It doesn't have to be one that you have made yourself. After all most of us aren't fortunate to be as photogenic as George Clooney, or have the voice of Maria Carey. So just find something on You Tube that's relevant to what you have written and everyone will be happy.

What Do You Think?

Do you usually include polls in your hubs?

  • Yes! Almost all the time.
  • Sometimes, when I have a relevant question to ask.
  • Not often, but I'm willing to experiment with them more.
See results without voting

What More Can I Do?

There are still a few other things you can do to make your hub a success. Why not include a poll? Hub Pages loves polls. They engage your audience and encourage them to spend more time reading your hub. Place the poll towards the top of your hub so that they see it before they get too bored with the rest of the content. If you place it at the end most people won't even bother to answer it because they will already have the information they were looking for and will be anxious to move on to something else.

You can also add a quiz, recipe, or table if they are suitable for your hub, and of course a map would be nice. I don't know why, unless it is a travel article or relates to a specific area, but throw one in just because you can.

Your hub should be looking pretty damn good by now, with enough words, pictures, video, poll, table and map. Oh, but you're not finished yet.

A markerKingaroy Queensland Australia -
Kingaroy QLD 4610, Australia
[get directions]

I live about 45 minutes drive from this town. Kingaroy is known as the "peanut" capital of Australia.

Try Adding a Table to Illustrate Your Key Points

How to Improve Your Hub
How to Write Effective Comments
How to Overcome Writer's Block
Write about subjects that genuinely interest you or that you have specific knowledge or expertise in.
Try to write detailed and specific comments. Not simply, "Great hub," or "Interesting read."
Just start writing. You'll be surprised what you come up with.
Include facts an statistics to illustrate your point, or provide links to reliable sources.
Offer constructive and encouraging advice. Don't insult the author about the quality or content.
Look for inspiration in the things around you.. a song, book title, news story etc.
Add attractive images and media content.
If the subject interests you ask the author for links to more information, or better yet encourage them to write follow up hubs on the topic.
Get out and about. People and events can be a great source of inspiration.

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
Albert Einstein (www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/life)

“In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
Robert Frost (www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/life)

You Mean There's More?

Yes, there's more. You don't get off that easily. What about "links"? You can't forget them. These can be to other related hubs, further information on sites like Wikipedia, or relevant articles on other web sites.

Then, before you're done, just throw in a few quotes - found all over the web- and voila, you've succeeded. Just make sure it's only a few and they are sourced from different places otherwise they could be flagged as duplicate content and you don't want that. Another quality "evergreen" hub up and running.

Oops, I almost forgot! You'll still have a few blank spaces. So if you are signed up to the Amazon or eBay affiliate programs you had better add a couple of capsules for each of these to fill any gaps, and maybe earn some dollars (or more likely cents.) I have heard it said that some people actually do click on these ads and occasionally actually buy one of the products, but I have yet to experience this. Just make sure you only have one Amazon or eBay capsule per 300 words of text...no more or you are in trouble (this was originally updated from 50 to 100, and since I published this hub has been upgraded again to 300. I didn't even see that announced anywhere but found out when checking why so many of my hubs had suddenly been de-featured. An error note at the top in "edit mode" said "your hub is at risk of not being featured due to having less than 300 words per Amazon/EBay capsules." Oh, make sure the ads are relevant to your hub or else it will be seen as spam.

.. quality "evergreen" hub..

The desk where I do most of my writing
The desk where I do most of my writing | Source

Lesson Over

If you got this far, give yourself a pat on the back. Believe me I'm patting my own. This hub began as I said at the start, I was suffering a case of "writer's block" and this was just an excuse to put pen to paper and get something out there. I wasn't really planning on writing an instructional article, it's just the way it turned out. Hopefully some one out there finds the information and advice herein helpful to some small degree.

.. If all else fails write a poem..

Oh, One More Thing..

When it seems you have exhausted all avenues in your search for motivation, or just don't have the time or energy to invest in producing the perfect "evergreen" hub described above. When the feeling of desperation and failure begins to enshroud you...when all else fails....

WRITE A POEM!

You don't even need to be a poet (but this helps).

Just write down

Some random words

A few to a line,

No need to rhyme.

If it looks like a poem

It will pass as the test,

After all who will know

You've no poet within.

Love is the truth,

And kittens are cute,

We must save the trees

Our climate and seas. (Oops rhymed)

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The Hub Pages Team
The Hub Pages Team | Source

If possible try to still write about 80 to 100 words but if you can't don't sweat it. As long as you list your hub under the topic "Poetry" it will pass muster. Add a photo, preferably three and maybe a video of some nice music and hopefully it will be featured.

Although a poetry hub will never win accolades such as "Hub of the Day" (I have only seen this happen once, and it was not just a poem, but how to write poetry successfully) or probably even "Editor's Choice", the kind Hub Pages staff do allow poets some concessions and are lenient on word count etc. Maybe they feel sorry for us because poetry is not considered a legitimate form of writing in the wider community. Our hubs are unlikely to attract many readers from the Google world and even less likely to make us any money. But poets need love too.

With that, this hub has just exceeded the 1200 words and ticked all the boxes, so I can stop right here :)

Thank you for taking the time to read "Much Ado About Nothing" (not the Shakespeare' play) and I do hope you found it helpful, or funny, or weird..or something. Good luck in your writing ventures.

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115 comments

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Frank Atanacio 23 months ago from Shelton

hey you're getting BillyBuc on us Jodah...:) you know I didn't know that the scores drop when you don't publish often.. I was always mid 80's for 2 plus years never dropped below and peeked at 90 once.. my views are good average 100,000 plus a year.. anyhow this was indeed a guideline we can live by thanks bro :)


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Frank, yes I did feel a bit like BillyBuc writing this type of hub......what am I thinking? He does that job so well, there is no need for me to be stepping into that area. If you have good hubs like yours that people like they will continue to generate good traffic even while you aren't publishing new stuff. Lately though there have been strange things afoot...I have had hubs suddenly fall from the 90s for no apparent reason....others that suddenly rise from the low 50s to mid 70s...at least none are unfeatured. Anyway, I guess that inspired me to write this hub with all the correct elements to see f it makes a difference. Thanks for being the first to read bro, glad you found it interesting.


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FlourishAnyway 23 months ago from USA

John, you're a teacher with this one. I like how how included the whole list of check-offs. Give me a goal and guidelines I am all there. When they put the need some goals segment on the hub it helped me tremendously. You are not alone in seeing wildly fluctuating numbers for hubs. It is confusing. I had a number of hubs that had been rated 100 for a hub score, then when they did the shakeup I have not a single one rated that high. I am perplexed at the scoring, as many dropped substantially.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Flourish. I agree that "the need some goals" segment is a help and you can watch as you check off each one. I think the only things I am missing in this hub is a recipe an quiz but it's hard to have everything and I did tick all the boxes, so we'll see what score I end up with.


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DDE 23 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I did have a high score a while back and lately not sure what else to do to improve that score. I have tried to improve on my hubs and still the same score. Your ideas are helpful.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sorry to hear that your score dropped too Devika. It seems to be happening to a lot of us. I hope this hub has helped. Let me know how it goes. Thanks for reading.


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Eiddwen 23 months ago from Wales

A great hub John for those moments which sometime or other will visit us all. I found this so interesting and very useful. I picked up many tips for my own hubs which I hadn't thought of before ;so thank you for sharing and have a great weekend. By the way Ginger and Jackson are gorgeous and spoilt I can tell. Sharing this onto my B page A brand new dawn.

Eddy.


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Ericdierker 23 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Yuck, do I really have to write quality stuff. But I guess I will suck it up and write one or two.


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Arachnea 23 months ago from Texas USA

Excellent hub. Many great suggestions. I find the table function a challenge to use from time to time, and I wish it had more flexibility in terms of making it suit my needs specifically. You're right, there's a lot of minutiae out there. Your work space is great! It's actually scary neat. With mine, I'm satisfied if I can find the keyboard.


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suzettenaples 23 months ago from Taos, NM

Good summary and how to be successful on HP. I have to agree with all your points and suggestions.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind comment Eddy. Glad to hear that you found some tips here that you hadn't thought of, and you are right Ginger and Jackson are quite spoilt. Thanks for sharing this.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

It may not be fun Eric, but I know you can do it. Just a few bells and whistles.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the kind comment Arachnea. I hardly ever use the table function either because it rarely suits my hubs. I am somewhat of a neat freak when it comes to my workspace I admit, but it works for me...other parts of the house may be a different story :)


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Suzette. It sounds good in practice....just have to wait and see how this hub scores.


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word55 23 months ago from Chicago

Excellent and expertise insight here Jodah, especially for a beginning writer. A writer must be very openminded, pay attention to things with understanding and love whatever he or she does for a living. Thanks for sharing!


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billybuc 23 months ago from Olympia, WA

If I did all this stuff I'd be too exhausted to write. :) I find much humor in HP...but I love the community. Have a great weekend, John!


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Good to get your comment word55. Of course you are right when you say a writer has to be open-minded and understanding in their approach and there are rules we all need to follow. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I rarely have the time or inclination for all the bells and whistles required either Bill, but for this one hub I thought I'd obediently jump through a few hoops to see if it makes any difference. We shall see. I agree it is the community that is the best aspect of HP. You have a good weekend too.


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Hahaha, John, I love your hint of sarcasm here, or am I the only one who caught that ... LOL Yes, click those boxes, add those three photos, a poll, links, video and you're set and throw in a poem too, even if you are not a poet.

I am to the point where I just do not want to write something JUST to write something, even if my score drops, which it has of course LOL.

I want it to be something from my heart where at least one person comes away with something from what I write.

These are actually great points to consider for all the newbies to be in the know as to how to get that hub featured.

Voted up funny, awesome, useful and interesting and tweeting, pinning and sharing

Have a wonderful weekend

Blessings always


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Faith, me sarcastic? Oh you must be mistaken ;)

I do agree with your sentiments not wanting to write something JUST for the sake of it. Like you, I always try to write from the heart and include a message even if it isn't immediately obvious. Oh and if the message doesn't work I hope I can at least give the reader a laugh. Thank you for the vote up, pin and share. Have a great weekend too.


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Victoria Lynn 23 months ago from Arkansas, USA

Well done! I've written a hub before about being uninspired--it works! All this information is right on! All the votes. Great job!


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Oh ...I have never earned one red cent from an amazon or ebay ad either lol ..just sayin'


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always exploring 23 months ago from Southern Illinois

When I wrote my last hub my score dropped and it was featured, go figure? My inspiration is surely lacking. I have no desire to write but that's me, one day I want to write the next day I want to go shopping. Hee. I've found to be happy, don't sweat it and roll with the flow..Frank please write something to challenge us, mystery or poetry, who cares? Just do it! HaHa. I enjoyed your take on inspiration lacking, it just proves you are human. Hee


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Faith Reaper 23 months ago from southern USA

Plus ...so true, people sometime surely do write crap lol and their writing is featured as you state ... it seems purely due to meeting all of the required evergreen mess despite the fact they wrote crap lol ... Okay, I am done here but just in agreement with you


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lafleurdeplume 23 months ago from Chicago-land

Very funny yet surprisingly informative... voted up again (this is why I follow you John)


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tobusiness 23 months ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

John, if this is what you can do when you have writers block, there's no hope for the rest of us:). I smiled all the way through this.

Tongue-in-cheek but also very true. The Hub views are very depressing. What is the point of putting so much effort in our writing, if nobody reads the stuff. I hope the drop in views is merely a passing phase. Have a great weekend, my best to you.


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AliciaC 23 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for creating this very funny hub, Jodah. There are some good suggestions for hubbers in the article, but I appreciated the amusement best of all!


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Victoria. I too have found (as you see here) that when a case of writer's block hits it's best just to sit down and start to write about it. I never planned to write a hub about how to write a hub but that is what happened. Thanks for the vote up.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Really Faith..? I thought I was the only one. :)


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Ruby, the same thing happened to me. My score had been sitting steady at 93 for a week..I wrote "If I Could Write a Love Poem" (which I am quite proud of) and my score immediately dropped to 90. Go figure. I'm sure you inspiration will come back. It would be nice if Frank issued a new challenge but we are getting to rely on him too much :) His stories do make it so easy for inspiration because the outline is already there. You could add an ending to almost any of his existing hubs if he'd let you. Maybe you just need to ask. As you say though, "don't sweat it", maybe write a poem ;)


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Faith, I agree totally.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Sarah. Always good to see you. Funny but informative is exactly what I wanted to achieve..glad it worked, and I much appreciate you choosing to follow me.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jo, I had no idea what I was about to write...this was totally unplanned. When I sat down at my desk I was considering writing a hub about nothing..just writing random thoughts and words, hence the name of the hub. This is what eventuates, and the name still seemed to fit. The drop in views is depressing. I have been watching my earning stats and that is down by about a third this month on past averages too. I hope things recover soon. Hope you have a great weekend too.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Alicia. There are a lot of hubs and advice out there about how to write the perfect evergreen hub but they are so damn boring and they are talking about something that is a lot of work and effort. I find the best way to learn is the lighthearted approach. Throwing a little humour in the mix makes learning so much easier and more palatable. But as I told Jo, I never planned to write a hub about writing hubs at all..just happened. Sometimes that is the best way to write...throw some words in the air and say "fly be free" ..let them fall where they may. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Jackie Lynnley 23 months ago from The Beautiful South

Sounds like me...so frustrated with my poetry not appreciated by HP that if I want to put some out there I do exactly that...3 photos, 1 poll, 1 video if map doesn't fit...but hey...whatever it takes!


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Monty Wheeler 23 months ago from Arkansas

hey! lot of good stuff in there for a write about nothing hub :) and my hub in progress is a how to in poetry. perchance the next top hub? :)

Monty


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AudreyHowitt 23 months ago from California

The question of who we write for is really relevant--I keep hoping that if we write what we believe in, that that is enough


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AudreyHowitt 23 months ago from California

The question of who we write for is really relevant--I keep hoping that if we write what we believe in, that that is enough


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rasta1 23 months ago from Jamaica

I do throw in a poem sometimes to help clear my writers block. Everything you have said is correct and I try to practice them in my hubs. I love the tip about the polls because I normally place them at the end of my hubs.


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rasta1 23 months ago from Jamaica

I do throw in a poem sometimes to help clear my writers block. Everything you have said is correct and I try to practice them in my hubs. I love the tip about the polls because I normally place them at the end of my hubs.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I know the feeling Jackie. I used to think it's a poem not a how to article, why does it need a poll, three photos, video etc. it should be allowed to stand on it's own. But any hubs I had like that dropped so low they were in danger of being unfeatured so I had to toe the line. Now with new poetry hubs I'm a good boy and always add extra content.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Monty, I don't know how this hub came to contain useful information..that was just by accident. Good luck with your upcoming "how to poetry" hub, maybe a precedent has started for a future HOTD.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Audrey. We have to keep writing about what we believe in, don't compromise that, but that may no longer be enough...it seems we have to add bells and whistles to get recognition.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Rasta1, I am glad you agree with the points I raised. I used to always put th polls at the end too but I found out that isn't recommended.


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jhamann 23 months ago from Reno NV

Thank you for the call out to us that just write poems. I just wrote one the other day cause I felt a little down. Good or bad it cheered me up. Jamie


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marcoujor 23 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear John,

I do believe over the years I have become an hp failure with plummeting scores and such... but I am rather proud of it! I make at least a couple pennies a month and heck, today...you cannot beat extra income any way you can get it.

I absolutely love when little robots tell me I cannot engage people. It makes me feel like I am right on target with my life goals...

I do sincerely love my pals and you are surely one. And you, my man, are 'something'...but what the heck do I know...what are the robots telling you? Hugs, Maria


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Maria, you did catch the note of sarcasm flowing through this article I hope. Preferring to write poetry on Hub Pages it is not easy to make any money or get a lot of encouragement. I have read in forums where people say they hub hop and flag or vote down any poetry hubs they come across. HP are quite reasonable as far as being lenient in regard to featuring poetry hubs and I believe we have to write from our heart and the things that mean something to us. I have been told in forums that I have the wrong attitude because traffic and money is not my highest priority and I should take my writing elsewhere. These type of comment bring out the rebel in me and I am quite competitive when challenged, so I am here to make a stand for poets and writers who don't write solely for profit but mainly for the pleasure and challenge of writing what they believe in. If however I have to occasionally write a hub to please the robots I will just to show that I can meet the requirements if I really want to. Hugs back.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Jamie, when I write a poem it makes me happy too.....I don't like jumping through hoops to get my hubs read either. Don't stop writing your poetry.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida

John, I have an ever-growing photo library on my computer. I'm forever taking pictures, knowing that one day they'll find a home in one of my articles or blogs. I much prefer to use my own whenever possible.

As far as hubber score, I still don't know how that's calculated. The last few months I've only posted - on average - once a month. Yet, my hubber score stays pretty steady at 96. Sometimes it drops to 94 (usually right after I've posted a new article, then goes back up after a couple of days).

The Amazon and eBay capsules work, provided they directly relate to and enhance the post. I've gotten both eBay and Amazon dollars rolled into my HP earnings. The cool thing is, even if a reader doesn't buy the particular item you're featuring but purchases something after clicking on the link, you get the commission.

I see you're using the new quote block. I haven't tried that yet. I can't decide whether or not I like the way it looks.

Anyway, great post my friend!


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Shauna, got your comment. For so,e reason it was shown as spam but I soon fixed that. Thanks for your interesting and detailed comment. My score went up from 90 to 93 after writing this hub, now down to 92 but that's high for me so I'm happy even though all my hub scores have been dropping significantly. I don't mind the new quote capsules, there are three options for appearance though and not sure which I prefer. Thanks for the advice on Amazon and eBay, maybe I need to choose more specific products.


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bravewarrior 23 months ago from Central Florida

Weird. What's spammy about my comment?


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ocfireflies 23 months ago from North Carolina

John,

I think you ask the most relevant question: Who are you writing for? If your goal is to write for an audience that will generate traffic in order to sell ads so that you can make a little hub cash, then poetry may not get you too far. SMiles. While I may not ever make it to the payout, I do submit work and rarely feel like it was polished enough to be published. But there are those moments, those sweet, sweet moments when you feel that you did write something that was pure enjoyment to write regardless of whether anyone else notices. Still, how you celebrate when someone notices.

Big SMiles,

Kim


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MsDora 23 months ago from The Caribbean

Jodah, this is genius, beginning with writer's block but your creativity took over and you have shared very useful advice in a very entertaining presentation. Good job!


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

My question exactly Shauna..nothing spammy about it.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Kim, to quote Shakespeare again.."that is the question".. Who are you writing for? Short answer from this writer is that I write for myself and my followers at Hub Pages. I really don't care about outside traffic and Mr Google. The only reason I add a few extras to my hubs are to keep them featured. Also I am always challenging myself to write different types of poetry and other writing genres like short fiction or articles like this, so my motivation is largely for self improvement. I have just reached the five year goal of being a member of hub pages and reached my first payout last month, so hang in there you can do it too. Thanks as always for reading and your great comment.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha thanks MsDora. Believe me it wasn't planned, but once this hub began to develop I kinda got on a roll. I really had no clue what I was going to write about. Usually I sit down with a notebook and work on a rough draft of what I plan as my next hub...this was written directly onto my computer and HubPages, not even into a word document first. No planning at all. Glad it ended up useful. Thanks for your generous comment.


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tlcs 23 months ago from Hampshire, UK

Very informative hub, I have taken on board your ideas.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks tlcs, hope this helps your writing here at HP.


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MizBejabbers 23 months ago from Arkansas

John, I came out of this hub absolutely seething. Not at you, Dear Heart, but at the way HP expects writers to be at THEIR beck and call. It doesn’t take a writer to be on HP, just a dupe who puts a few words, a bunch of graphics, and a video or two together to please the advertisers. I think most people don’t bother to read the tables and the polls. Sometimes I find myself being the only person who had answered a poll, and there will be numerous comments before mine. Anyway, you used this hub to prove your very point. I salute you! Voted up


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Sorry the content of this hub mad you angry MizBejabbers but you did get the whole point of it which is good. Having to jump through hoops to ensure HP gives your writing the attention it deserves (to please the advertisers)gets rather wearisome. I agree totally that polls especially are quite silly in most cases. I often spend more time trying to find appropriate photos than I do on the written content and that has to be wrong surely. Thanks for the vote up.


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ChitrangadaSharan 23 months ago from New Delhi, India

I must admit that this hub has refreshed me!

Recent drop in views, earnings, hub score, hubber scores etc. etc. has really left me uninspired. I have done everything I could to improve all that but, it has not helped much.

Your interesting and inspirational hub has done the job of motivating me.

Thanks for sharing! Voted up!


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I am so glad to hear that this hub has inspired you Chitrangada. It is easy for us writers to become discouraged and we all need someone to encourage us to keep going from time to time. I was feeling a little discouraged and uninspired when I wrote this too. It made me feel better. Thaks for your kind words and vote up.


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Country-Sunshine 23 months ago from Texas

An excellent article! I chose to read it because of the title, as I have become disillusioned and uninspired these past few months. I enjoyed your sarcasm & humor - how we must jump through the hoops to keep our scores up!

This brought me back to earth, and reminded me why I write. It's not to please the "powers that be", but it's because I enjoy sharing my experiences and knowledge.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Arachnea. Glad you enjoyed this hub and got some ideas out of it. I never thought of using the wanted ads of the newspaper for inspiration but that is a great idea too. I'm always changing genre etc, but yeah changing writing venue often works.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Country-Sunshine. Thanks for reading this. Glad the title attracted you and that this helped you reminded you of why you write. We all need that wake-up call from time to time.Keep doing what you enjoy.


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Arachnea 23 months ago from Texas USA

Great hub and amusing too. Some great ideas in there. When I'm casting about for inspiration, I find that picking up the wanted ads section of a paper will sometimes get me started. Otherwise, I keep a note book in which I scribble things that come to mind. My desk at work has a pile of paper scraps with ideas. When stuck change genre, type of writing or venu in which you write.


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The Examiner-1 23 months ago

"The pen is mightier than the sword" (an old quote from 1839) describes this Hub John. Very good. Both useful and funny. :-) It was a joy to to read and it was impressive. I have tried to improve my Hubs in the evergreen way and I also try to I improve my proofreading and grammar too. I voted up, shared and pinned.

Kevin


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Phyllis Doyle 23 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

You have some pretty good tips here, Jodah. Gives us all some important things to remember when wanting to write quality hubs. Very well done!

Up and H+


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Kevin, I don't find it that easy to do all these elements with every hub, but I just tried to prove that it can be done. I tried to add a little humour because it makes the information easier to digest without it sounding like a sermon. Thanks for the vote up etc.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Phyllis, your comment, vote up and share is always much appreciated.


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techygran 23 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

Hi there John... I giggled through this hub. It IS rather late and I'm in that giddy place of having stayed up too late with my head full of internuts, but it was also refreshingly intelligently funny (as the use of good sarcasm/irony/black humour/pathos/comedy can be) and now I can go to bed on a much lighter note than if I had dipped into Facebook and read some braggy stuff by someone who, at this time of night, suddenly seems so much more attractive/successful/happy/motivated/lovable than I could ever be. So, thanks. Google will never have an algorithm for 'funny' but I'm glad that it shows up on the HP rating scale, although it is not a 'goal' is it? Thanks again... ~Cynthia


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Cynthia. It's good to see a new face especially when you leave such a wonderful comment. You were right to pick up the tone of this hub and it's slight sprinkling of sarcasm. When you get to know my hubs you'll realise I have a subtle way of getting my message across...sometimes it is disguised in the form of poetry. I am glad you found this a pleasant read before retiring , especially that it outranked Facebook in that regard. Thank you for the follow as well.


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ologsinquito 23 months ago from USA

I know, we do have to keep producing to keep feeding that Hub Score. It's hard to stay motivated at the moment, but I'm still adding the minimum requirement of new content. Hopefully things will turn around when the dust settles.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Ologsinquito. I sure hope thing settle down and begin to improve. There are a lot of unhappy hubbers at the moment.


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brakel2 23 months ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Jodah. You put loads of enthusiasm in this hub, resulting in readers like me feeling motivated. Your sincerity really comes across, and thank you so much for sharing the good ideas and talking about getting over writer's block. I am sharing this hub. Blessings. Audrey


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much for your kind words Audrey, and I am so glad my own come across as sincere. It's always great to hear my writing is a help to others. Thank you for sharing too.


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Billie Kelpin 23 months ago from Newport Beach

Jodah,

I really like your style! It's 2:46 am right now and I had been in bed wrestling with the exact questions you posed in considering who we write for, the answer of which I decided after reading the rest of your hub is: (as Bill Murray chanted in "Meatballs", it doesn't matter. "Just keep those hubs pumping out". (I can't even tell you the last time I wrote a hub - it's that long ago). Interesting to have the picture of the hubpage team on this article. I clicked on it and haven't looked at those bios in a LONG time. I'm re-impressed which might be an important motivation for me. Cheers to you.


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this Billie. I am blown away by the number of people who have told me this hub has re-inspired them. It came from my own writer's block, so maybe that's why others can relate to it. I really hope it helps you to become motivated to write another hub. Cheers back.


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Genna East 23 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Lol. Sometimes people write shite. Yes, they do. We do. Sometimes I look back at what I wrote some time ago and shudder. I am in a lock-down mode right now. With Pandion. It’s not writer’s block as the story is finished. But I have 4 paragraphs that I’ve been researching for weeks, and still don’t have the info I need to tie up those few loose ends. And I’m a genius when it comes to excuses. There’s that kitchen cabinet that needs reorganizing, my junk drawer needs to be re-junked; the back porch door is begging to be repainted and hubby is a terrible painter; and winter is just around the corner with its own to-do lists to ready everything for the snow and freezing temps. But I haven’t written a word outside of this story as I have handcuffed myself with a promise: Nothing else until it’s finished. But after reading this wonderful article, I have found a new resolve…I only hope lasts! Thank you, John! Voted up. :-)


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Jodah 23 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

My pleasure Genna. It is always good when something we write inspires someone else or at least helps them overcome writer's block (or lock down mode in our case). It is easy to find excuses to do other things isn't it? Thanks for the vote up.


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Dana Tate 22 months ago from LOS ANGELES

Jodah: This was a very useful hub you have written here. All of the things you said are so true. I know I hardly ever post but it's so hard for me to find things to write about. And I don't have as much time to dedicated to my hub writing. I'm going to make more of an effort. I have been stagnated by the fact that my computer has been acting up though. Voted up and useful.


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Dana, glad this helped give you a little kick to get back into your writing (we miss it). If you computer is acting up, write it all down on paper until it's back up and running. Thanks for the vote up.


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Mel Carriere 22 months ago from San Diego California

I always put my poll at the end, perhaps I will have to rethink that strategy. You have given some very useful pointers here. I have made very sparing use of videos in my hubs but I suppose if I want to play the game right I'm going to have to do that too. I am always mystified by the hubber score. I just published a new hub yesterday and my score plummeted from 92 to 89. Sometimes there is just no pleasing the hub gods. Great hub!


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Mel, thanks for reading. Yes I,used to always place the poll,at the end too but reading HP's recommendation it does make sense to place it earlier. I spent a long time rebelling against utilising all the bells and whistles recommended in my hubs but in the long run I want them to be featured and successful so thought I should try to do a little more to please the gods so started using videos etc as well. I do have trouble using maps, tables etc though. I haven't written a new hub in over a week but I did upgrade 13 hubs that had suddenly become in-featured..my Hubber score went up from 87 to 92..go figure. Anyway glad you found this hub interesting.


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annart 21 months ago from SW England

Love the tongue in cheek approach, John. I like to think I don't care much about scores but it is good to have a high score and get an occasional 'Editor's Choice', merely because one feels appreciated just a little ibt.

I feel sorry for those whose forte is poetry and who write it so well, like you. Why should they suffer because HP isn't so encouraging towards them?

I say we should do what we want, write about what inspires us and write with passion - that's a sure fire recipe for success with your readers and Google can like it or not, as they please.

Great hub, loads of humour and with a message we can all identify with.

Ann


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Jodah 21 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ann, it's always great to get your input and insightful comments. I was pleased the way this hub turned out after starting the hub with no idea what I was really going to write about. Glad you can identify with the sentiments expressed.


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Joy56 19 months ago

Enjoyed this hub.... Thanks for taking the time to write it


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Jodah 19 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

This was an interesting hub to write Joy, I really never knew where it was going but was pleased with the outcome. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.


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mary615 18 months ago from Florida

You've given some good advice here, but I would warn about using quotes. The robots may see those as duplicate content; just saying.....

I put the poll at the very end. My rationale is: how could a read vote on your article until they have read the entire article?

I've decided to leave poems to the pros like you!

Voted UP, and shared.


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vocalcoach 18 months ago from Nashville Tn.

I don't mind jumping through HP hoops as long as I land on my feet instead of my a**. I've done both :) This is one of your best! So much helpful information even for us vets. Keep inspiring us John. We all need it, that's for sure. Up, UABI and sharing.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Mary, yes you are right about the quotes. You need to source the from differently places and not have too many or they can be classed as duplicate content. As for placing the poll at the end. I used to always do that but HP themselves in the learning centre recommends placing it early in the hub. There reasoning is it helps to engage the reader and that if it is at the end most people don't even bother to do it. I do understand that if it pertains to what you have written in the hub that they won't be able to answer it until they have read the rest of the hub's content. Thanks for the vote up and share.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for such a kind comment Audrey. I am glad that even a veteran Hubber like you found this information helpful. Thank you for the vote up and share too.


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tillsontitan 18 months ago from New York

I found your hub helpful, funny and weirdly amusing. Just think, this hub meets all criteria including evergreen! Your sense of humor is nicely meshed with good advice. Nice job.

Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Mary, I am glad you found this hub met all the evergreen criteria. Now I am just waiting for the Editor's Choice accolade..and then HOTD..yeah sure. I meant it to be helpful, amusing and a little sarcastic. Thanks for the vote up etc.


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PegCole17 18 months ago from Dallas, Texas

This is refreshing and an encouragement to write despite the recent trends with scores, ad revenues (as if) and hubs that become unfeatured (which isn't even a proper word). You've put a humorous spin on the tics that we must meet to maintain a certain level of whatever here. After reading this week's blog there might be other things needed as well. On to writing.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Peg, yes I read this week's bog post as well. It is somewhat disturbing, between the HubPro controversy and now the new way of determining hubber score (mine has dropped from 96 to 89 last time I looked). I may have to update this hub soon to include changes. Despite it all it's probably best just to concentrate on writing and let everything else take care of itself. Thanks for reading and comment.


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mckbirdbks 18 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hi Jodah. Just catching up with my reading - as an excuse to not write. Who do I write for? I can name the dozen or less and they are all right here on Hubpages. Now, back to work with me. No, I think I will walk the dogs.


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Jodah 18 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for including this hub in your catch up reading Mike. I tend to do the same, but still fall behind. I agree with you about most of the audience you write for. I write for my followers here at HP and my own improvement. I don't care much for Google, or all the rules and regulations...but I have to try to keep HP happy to some extent.


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Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

Well, this was really interesting, seeing as I am having a difficult time getting readers to my page. I actually write poetry the most right now, and I write it because I enjoy doing so. I want others to enjoy reading it and maybe relating to it. I'm thinking the next thing to do is really concentrate on another article, but maybe I'm so burnt out on those from writing for clients on freelance sites and getting nothing for my hard work and dedication to write something wonderful for them. I don't believe a word count of 1200 will help me much and capsule titles; well, they just don't apply to my poetry hubs. I have posted a poll on one, and I would like to get out more and start taking more photos.

This was funny and informative. However, I think I'm walking away feeling a little doubtful of my ability to make it here now. :(


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Jodah 15 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Missy, I didn't mean to make you doubtful. I too struggled with all the rules and regulations, heels and whistles on Hub Pages to write here successfully (especially poetry) but I was patient and kept trying. This is very tongue in cheek and my way of having a go at the establishment so to speak. I too prefer to write poetry than anything else..check out some of my poetry hubs..but please don't be discouraged. You can make it.you just need to have a tough hide and be flexible.


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Missy Smith 15 months ago from Florida

Thank you for the encouraging words, they do help! :)


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Marie Flint 14 months ago from Jacksonville, FL

A nice review. This will be helpful for newbies.

Personally, I need to do something different, though. Maybe start a joint account with another hubber--or maybe start focusing on those challenges a bit.

All kinds of opportunities are available. It's a matter of self confidence and stick-to-it-tiveness!

Voted Useful.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Marie, thank for reading and the 'useful' vote. I like your word "stick-to-it-tiveness" too.


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pstraubie48 14 months ago from sunny Florida

O the magic and wonder of words....does cause it to be some ado, about SOMETHING..whatever we choose to jot down at the time be it prose or poetry which may not always get its just do...and sometimes sh** as you pointed out....

and how entertained I was as I read suggestions that will and do make writing the positive experience that often awaits as the work that is created is 'still a work in progress'...

Voted up ++++

Angels are headed your way this evening ps


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Jo_Goldsmith11 14 months ago

Hi Jodah!

I want to first get out of the way, I shared and Up for useful, interesting, funny and awesome! okay now onto my soap box. :-)

I have tried to always write at least 1300 words when writing anything for hub pages. As far as the click all the boxes, well, I have done this too.

I am not really complaining. I am just saying, sometimes one can do everything right, and still they have a low score, or they are not recognized for the talent they have. This was my "inspirational muse" for the Author Gold Award series, I started.

If only, there were a place to write where everyone could get together, read and comment on each others writing. And because of ads only, would there be no need to worry about anything else.

Thanks for sharing the tips. Wishing you a creative mood for the mid week thoughts to write about. :-) sending hugs too.


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cam8510 14 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

John, I'm reading Stephen King's "On Writing" right now and he says that good writing consists of adhering to the fundamentals of vocabulary, grammar and style. You've reminded us hubbers a whole different set of fundamentals to attend to. Constructing a successful hub relies mostly on high quality content, but the bells and whistles we find here certainly can add to the well written article or story. Thanks for sharing these tips.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading, your wise words, vote up and of course the Angels ps. Have a great night.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello dear Jo, thank you first for the vote up. Please feel free to get on your soap box and vent. You make valid points and I too wish we didn't have so many rules and regulations we have to stick to to make our hubs successful. A few days ago I found about 1/4 of my hubs had become unfeatured due to lack of engagement. I spent hours altering titles or adding to them and managed to get most back up, then yesterday I found a few more had suffered the same fate. It is becoming more difficult. Chin up, and keep writing. Hugs back.


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this Cam. I am sure Stephen King knows much more than me about writing ( I actually prefer the stories of his alter ego, Richard Bachman) but yes, there are certain things we have to add to our writing to be successful here at Hub Pages and which I sometimes struggle with because it takes more time than the actual writing.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 14 months ago

cameo8510 & Jodah,

Please excuse but I read your comment(s) and I am encouraged with the fact, I too, see the same things that Hub Pages could be stronger with.

When we are in writing modes, it kind of takes away from the moment. And looking up every 5 minutes to check the word count!

Sometimes, when you are told that it is better to just write on good old pen and paper. You could check the word count and re arrange a few things, as you are checking off all the checks.

I can't tell you how many hubs I had to un-publish from view, just keep it in the "unseen hubs" spot. :-(

I had reached a 100 hubs by December 2014. And I was very disappointed that most of them had to go in unpublished, to help bring my score up. And the time it needed to do this was a real challenge I am just now catching up with! :-) So, I do appreciate both of you for the struggles that kind of takes away our moments of fun or thought when we in the *moment* of writing.

Big hugs to both my Author's Gold Award Winners! :-)


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Jodah 14 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

I hear your concerns Jo and totally understand. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and for the gold award of course...you are the bet. Hugs.


Malcolm Massiah 12 months ago

Very witty and informative article for Hubbers.

The suggestions are extremely useful and thought-provoking.

I find it a nice light-hearted look at HubPages, and it seems to me you are inspiring confidence in other Hubbers and would-be writers in general.

As light-hearted as your advice my be given, I always find it hard NOT to take you seriously.

I enjoy reading your work be it serious in tone or a light-hearted exercise as above.


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Jodah 12 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks a lot Malcolm..it's my way of getting a message across without sounding as though I am preaching. I appreciate your reading and support. Look forward to more hubs from you.


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Greensleeves Hubs 2 months ago from Essex, UK

Well, with a table, a poll, photos, videos, tables - I think you've covered all the bases (except for a ratings capsule and a quiz capsule) and this should therefore be the most successful and popular hub on Hubpages, if not the most successful and popular web page in all of the Google Universe.

But wait ... since this was written, apparently the rules have changed. Links shouldn't be grouped together but distributed throughout the hub, and pretty much all Amazon adverts now seem to be deemed as spam. Maybe you'd struggle to get this moved on to a niche site? On the other hand, you do have those grey 'callout' boxes which HubPages have suddenly become all enthusiastic about. Maybe they will make all the difference to the success of the hub and double the traffic?

Seriously, I do worry sometimes that we're having to write increasingly like robots, conforming to rules and regulations laid down by HubPages in accordance with Google demands. Conform or perish!

Less seriously, your map is most helpful in understanding the message of the article John. Without it, I might have gotten confused and stopped reading :) And I LOVE your poem!

Fun hub, and a point well made. Alun


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Jodah 2 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Alun, thanks fir reading and for the great comment. When I originally wrote this I was hopeful of it being selected as editor's choice or Hub of the Day..but no such luck. Now, as you say all the rules have changed..and it does have too many Amazon capsules and grouped links. So it has no chance making it to a niche site without intensive snipping. Damn! Oh well, maybe I need to write an updated version "Much Ado About Something". Glad you found this a fun read and my map helpful. Cheers.

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