Reevaluating HubPages

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Do think there are too many limitations on links on HubPages?

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Do you feel constrained as a writer on HubPages?

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It Has Been Awhile

My departure from HubPages almost two years ago were for reasons that were many fold. Most of it had to do what I felt, at the time, was an overreach by the administrators of the site. Too many rules and too many limitations as to content, and the type of posts, links, and limitations as to what a member could link were all contributing factors.

For example, limiting the number of links to the same site.

Often I would want to link to other articles that I felt might be of interest to those who enjoyed reading my work here. There are finite sites that I write for. WebAnswers, Bubblews, and of course my blogs on BlogSpot. But if I wanted to link to more than one article flags would pop up.

This was a problem for me.

Sometimes I wanted to write about stocks, and in those articles I wanted to provide links to the ticker symbols on CNBC so that readers could click on the symbol and get real time quote data and other pertinent information about the stocks I was referring to. This would pop up red flags as well.

This was a problem for me.

With all that in mind I simply felt that HubPages no longer offered me a smooth platform to write, share my ideas, and share my other work with readers who, if interested, could click through or not at their leisure.

Moreover, the editorial process of the site was dictated by tags and a computer, rather than looked at through the eyes of an actual person who could honestly assess whether or not something was in context, or appropriate to the article despite the possibility that it appeared to be problematic for the site.

This was a huge problem for me.

And then there was a response I received from the administrators at one point which left me dumfounded and actually rather miffed. I have to say that I honestly felt at that point that HubPages was dead, and that any desire to be a writer on the site a completely worthless and fruitless effort.

I left.

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Round Two

So now I am deciding to have another go at the site. Have a look around, visit with some old friends, and write as best I can like I used to. I want to see where the site is today compared to where it was yesterday. I want to see what the earnings potential is when you are active since after I left, my old articles still continued to earn for me.

I want to know what HubPages is today. Where it has gone. To see if anything has changed. To see if anything has improved, or if it is has gotten worse. And in making this assessment I want to know what others think about the site as well. Input is everything.

The reason? It's quite simple for me. This site was a favorite place for me at one time. I had a lot of fun here, both interacting with fellow writers and writing myself. It was comfortable, warming, pleasant, and you got to make a little bit of money to boot.

All good things.

And I miss it. Especially after spending almost a year at another site called Bubblews, I have also missed spending a little more time on writing something worthwhile. Not that I am claiming to be a great writer, or to provide such valuable insight into things I talk about that would have the Wall Street Journal or some other prominent writing organization come knocking on my door. But sometimes I want to write a little more indepth pieces. More than is allowed on Bubblews.

You can write more than 400 characters. But after a few paragraphs the readers simply walk away. They don't want to do that much reading. Or at least that has been my perception.

The Plan

To that end for the next month I am going to be spending considerably more time on here. I don't feel like I will be able to get a full perspective on things in just a few days, or even a couple of weeks for that matter. It will be a work in progress, and I am sure I will have much work ahead of me reconnecting with people I followed in the past, and reestablishing my presence on the site as a whole.

That's no small task.

I will write like I did before. Mostly opinion and financial pieces. I think that is where my niche is, and certainly these are topics I find most dear to my heart. Especially when we are talking opinion on politics. Boy, you can't get me to shut up when it comes to things like that.

In addition, I am going to move ahead despite the issues that caused me to leave in the first place. I believe that the right attitude to have toward the limitations is to simply deal with them, live with them, and work around them as best I can. There are other places to write things and offer things that cannot be offered here. And so rather than hold HubPages to the fire for it, I am just going to forget about it.

The past is the past. Things are what they are. If I want the site to be what I want it to be, then I suppose the only alternative is to start my own site where I can set my own rules. Barring that, it's HubPages way or the highway.

I look forward to reading through comments as well, and opening up a good dialogue on the entire matter here. And to getting to more serious posts as well in future.

I will refrain from using this phrase here in articles as often as possible. But it is something I say often at Bubblews. Onward and upward. I think in this context it is appropriate to use it. Because that's what it is all about really. This post. Taking a step ahead, not looking back, not being fickle, not complaining or being miffed. Just stepping forward and focusing on tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that.

One step at a time. One post at a time.

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Tom Whitworth 2 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Jim,

Good luck with your endeavors. I lost interest in writing after my illness a few years back and with the Hubpages changes I just never got reinvolved in writing. I like to read some of my old favs though and am glad to see you back.


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Springboard 2 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Tom: Hopefully I find I like it here again. As for you, I always enjoyed what you wrote when you did. But I totally understand the reasoning behind your own desire to stop.


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wandererh 2 years ago from Singapore

Hi Springboard, remember me? Hope your return here is a success. I have stopped writing for Hubpages sometime back. I felt that it has turned from a warm and friendly place to just another website in cyberspace, whose sole purpose is to generate revenue and the writers are merely tools to achieve that end and nothing more.

Anyway, I have moved on to other things and would probably not be writing regularly for Hubpages or any other site but I would remember Hubpages as the place where I cut my writing teeth, where some people actually like what I wrote.

Anyway, all the best to you.


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ThelmaC 2 years ago from Blue Ridge Mountains, USA

Hope you enjoy your stint here over the next month and that it is all you hope it will be.


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Team Wiseman 22 months ago

We have also recently returned to Hubpages to continue our writings to help free many people from crystal meth addiction. We are very pleased with the cash reward we receive but it is so great to write about what we are most passionate about, helping others. Our satisfaction and contentment is found there.

Great Article, very honestly written and we believe this article deserves a Thumbs Up, Interesting, Awesome and Useful. We are also Sharing via FB, Twitter, g+, and Pinterest.

We are also now following you in the hopes you will stop by sometime and check us out, after all we both write of Truth! Keep up the great work!

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