I am a proponent of discovery. exploration, documenting, and then measuring. Reading over the many great answers I see their is a common thread running through - individuality. (by the way, love the pup avatar. A great signal for caring and warmth. Great advantage with attracting readers. I learned that from another hubber Rosemay50).
Personally, I am on a five year plan of learning and earning here at hubpages. What I am doing 'is' unconventional and maybe not traditional. Yet, I am following a plan written around 1994.
The objectives I seek may not have an emphasis on the longevity of a hub for success. I wrote a series of hubs with a specific purpose. That purpose was how many views did those hubs receive on the first day. That is it. The information I sought to learn was just that.
Another is I wanted to know could I write a hub that would receive over 100 views in a singular day within the hub pages community without any SEO. How many comments did they receive. How critical were those comments. How long before a change occurred either positive or negative on the larger market measured with Google Analytics. And, would there be a residual return in the marketplace regarding trends. I really do not know if that is good, bad, or indifferent for hub views, yet the comparison is relational to the tsmog profile and relative to the successful here. And, then share those results somehow and someway.
For instance. I am pretty sure I will write maybe 3 - 4 hubs this month based on the criteria regarding goals and objectives. This month I will be putting forth an effort of Feng Shu(ing) my portfolio - declutter, declutter, declutter. Next, I will be seeking the principles of reduce - reuse - recycle.
So, I wandered a whole bunch midget38 to answer this question as a thought process. If it were a hub the answer may have been different. Audience comes to mind and whom the readership is relative to today. Thank you for this opportunity, of which you have presented.
Finally bearing in mind a portion of the background I have is in manufacturing. And, too, some is with Research & Development. What occurs at tsmog today, just may not be what occurs at a future legitimate venture at hubpages. Or, I am in the Research & Development phase now for the 'Master Plan.' Purpose for writing hubs bears much weight on the process of creating hubs and the hub portfolio. The rate for me is those long range goals, not short term. Flexibility.