During my time at Hub Pages, I have encountered plenty of wonderful, ingenious writers who create original, unique content which is fun and interesting to read. However, I have also encountered plenty of users who create boring, uninteresting Hubs simply with the purpose of MAKING MONEY. Everything is a business nowadays... Aren't writers supposed to be passionate about "writing" in itself, and not utilize it for the mere purpose of generating an income? I haven't made a dime from my writing, but I continue to do it simply because I love to write.
Unfortunately, the Hub Pages team seems to love featuring and promoting these unoriginal, useless articles such as "How To Clean Your Dog", "How To Use a Fork", or "How To Plant a Garden" (okay, I might have exaggerated a bit, but you get the point). It is really sad and enraging to see how a site full of talented writers and bright minds has transformed into a freaking business! Where is the love for the art of writing? Where is the passion?
HP has always been a business so I don't know where you got the "transformed" from? It was certainly not set up as an altruistic endeavour... nor as a place for "passionate writers" to have some kind of MM party.
And think of this....many of those boring, unoriginal and useless hubs bring traffic and money that actually pay for the site to run...
exactly and this has been the same argument heard here for the last seven years lol
There are always those who think HP is for creative writing and that anything done to earn money (either by HP or by hubbers) is wrong. Honestly, this site has far more creative writing now than I have ever seen and is far more accepting and invested in it now than it has ever been IMO. There are different rules these days and parameters for judging/assessing/rating creative writing. It wasn't always that way.
Bottom line- You can have passion for writing no matter what you are writing about (I bet that's how a lot of hubbers picked their niches) and you can write creative writing as well as money earning writing at the same time in the same place.
Do all the writers who deserve to get noticed, get noticed? NO. But that, too, will always be the case. This is a big site, people are going to get lost and people are going to get mad.
That's about the size of it; those boring, useless hubs that people read by the tens of thousands are the ones paying the bills here. Maybe, just maybe, they're not quite so boring OR useless as the OP thinks.
I like the articles you have produced - some good stuff there. Not a hope of being featured because as you have figured HP is for how to bake a cake, fix a sprocket and so on. Of course it is. It is for making money above all else - that is the reality.
What is marvellous about the site is that it is an easy place to publish other stuff - left-field, satrirical, political. Not sure how long that will last - it is a luxury item. It doesn't pay and to be honest - most people are not interested.
Writing that sort of thing appeals to the converted - and achieves little.
I hear your frustration and have felt it too. Why can't I get traffic, get featured? The answer is - no one is interested. I have removed most of my political or challenging stuff - because it is pointless.
If writing is the point, and it is for many on here, then that should be enough. Money won't come anyway. If you want accolades or tributes - well that is surely meaningless.
What I am saying in a too long roundabout way is - I feel your frustration. I suppose the clever thing to do would be to find a way to spread the word in an acceptable way to the mass market. I can't.
And if you rattle the HP cage they do bite.
Your anger seems misdirected. There is no point in lashing out at other Hub writers if your complaint is with HubPages' choices for HubPage of the Day.
On a personal note, I had a Hub featured as the Hub of the Day only a little over a month after joining the site. It was not a commercial article -- in fact, it was a revision of an academic paper I wrote for a graduate level class -- and I didn't post it for the money. I hadn't even set up ads on my account at the time.
This thread cracks me up. If it were all about making money, I think there are a zillion other things we could all do to make a lot more money than we do here. We do it because we love it, at least I do. I've made about 60 cents so far. Do I want to make more . . . heck yeah, and I don't see what's wrong with trying to earn a living.
I see that KFusha is gone. I guess he's better off doing his creative, original, and amazing content on a non-monetized blog somewhere if he has no interest in making a buck. He can write on Ezine, or a lot of places where your work is published and not monetized.
It brings me as much joy to write a how-to that helps someone out as it does to write prose or poetry that serves to entertain.
On the other hand I make a living from writing (both article writing and fiction) so I imagine I'm a traitorous sellout debasing my craft or something, but, I think it's wonderful magic that people on the internet go out of their way to offer information for others, for no or very little reward, just because they want to share. I have great respect and admiration for people who create how-tos (and reviews!) with their heart in it, because someone, somewhere, has a use for that information. That's how they find it and that's why those pages do well.
There are significantly easier ways to make money than writing articles on the web. I think it's unfair to assume that the bulk of people are writing just to make money. I imagine most are writing to share their knowledge with people, and monetizing it on the side so the time they use to share their passions isn't entirely unpaid. Some people can't afford to spend a lot of time on a hobby unless there's some reward for it.
Well said queerlyobscure, and to the original poster...what might be boring/uninteresting to you might be quite fascinating and useful to someone else.
I enjoy writing my how to hubs and if someone else enjoys reading them and finds them helpful then it's a win-win situation. I earn some money and the reader gets the information he/she is looking for.
Uh oh. What does that say about me and my article on how to remove warts?
I think you should remove it immediately (the article, and the wart), unless you can make it into a poetic and creative fiction ( the article, not the wart).
An Ode the the Wart that I Found in my Armpit one Midsummer Morning....
If she can recreate warts into poetry and fiction, she should leave HP and make her own wart removal business. She'll make millions and the world will have a lot of former warts masquerading as poetry and fiction!! I'd love to read what my former warts have to say.
It's not about entertainment, it's about originality. If you truly have a specific skill or knowledge of a particular field or object and you want to share it with everyone, then by all means, a "how to" article is the way to go.
But, sitting there and "creating" work with the sole purpose of driving income, results in BORING, USELESS, and terribly written articles.
If you don't consider yourself part of that category, then I guess this doesn't apply to you.
I was willing to take your point until you started insulting people. Now I am starting to wonder if you are just upset at not having your hubs chosen.
Perhaps this is a trolling expedition?
Susana S, What is an MM party? A Monstrous ego-Maniac party?
Apparently, sharing my opinion is considered "insulting". Well, I might as well match up to the definition of the word.
You people and your self-righteous, hypocritical, ignorance blow my mind every time. You are all so brainwashed by this consumerist, materialistic culture. You eat, sleep and digest MONEY. Everywhere you look you see dollar signs. God forbid someone speaks up against your absurd obsessions and the lack of artistic inspiration, because you all feel "offended". Oh no, poor you!
Why do you all feel the need to take such a defensive stance against what I have to say? This is my freaking opinion. If you don't like it, then take your ass somewhere else.
Go read your Bible and watch some TV. Oh, and don't forget to report this either. Blocking someone's views that don't match with your own is probably going to help you feel better about yourself.
Is this an opinion? OK, in that case, we apologize.
You seem to understand your right to express *your* opinion, but have some difficulty understanding the idea that other people are then allowed to express their own - different, even! - opinion in response.
However, as you appear to have come across the secret of living without having to worry about money, I'd love to hear what you have to say on the subject.
Perhaps you could write a how to?
Well if "creating" work with the sole purpose of driving income, results in BORING, USELESS, and terribly written articles" -- said immediately after people said they write here for money is not an insult "You people and your self-righteous, hypocritical, ignorance" certainly is.
Interesting that you further characterize people with different opinions from you as Bible readers and TV watchers too. Bit of a prejudice there? FWIW I am an atheist and an author.
If you want your own opinions respected, start by respecting the views of others. Otherwise, expect to be mocked--it is the appropriate response to hypocrisy.
You're completely missing the point. HubPages is part of that consumerist culture, and its mission and values reflect that.
There is no more point in bleating about how HubPages favours Hubs that make money, than in complaining because Samsung favours mobile phone models that make money. They are both companies which exist to make a profit.
HubPages is good enough to provide server space for writers who do not contribute to its profit. Very few businesses would do the same. So stop complaining and be grateful.
Welcome to to the new Hubpages. If you dare speak out, they will insult you and try to make you feel stupid.
My principle aim on Hubpages is to make money. The same applies to both of my websites. I made my peace with that before I wrote my very first word.
I don't lose any sleep over it. I somehow doubt that anyone at Hubpages will lose sleep over this forum thread either.
OK, that was strange.
I just wanted to say that if an article is useless and boring then it's very unlikely to make money. That may be what the writer is striving for, but it's unlikely to be successful.
I understand what the writer is hoping to convey, yet at the same time I believe this sight functions at both, in regards to getting your voice across while being allowed to write about certain topics assisting people through every day life.
I always bring things back to personal responsibility and choice. You choose to come here to this site and "write." You can leave if you so choose, and I frankly enjoy all of the types of articles and fiction that have been written on HubPages. Would I like to see more promotion of fiction and/or opinion pieces? Sure! Though, I acknowledge what many come here to provide, whether that be for monetary gain or personal self-awareness and such. Some on here do not care for either, and just write to get a message out or possibly open up one's mind to something new.
I guess my point being, if you want to come here and make money, that is ok... and if you want to come here and write fiction or opinionated work along with whatever else your mind can create, then so be it, that too is great! I would like to do both and am striving at such.
Writing may appear to be an easy task, however that is far from the truth. The ideas are simple to form, although putting them down for others to see comes with a lot of baggage. I for one am willing to accept that baggage and kudos to HubPages for giving us the outlet to do so. Thank you HubPages, Hubbers, and all who enjoy and respect this art!
I write on topics I enjoy, on things I like to read about myself and typically have extensively. I like personal growth books and articles, and if those things happen to be the biggest money makers on HubPages, then I guess that makes HubPages a particularly good fit for me. I am a writer. I've studied writing and honed my skills and came to HubPages to make use of them. I am a stickler for quality material . . . as quality as I am able to produce anyway, and attempt to make my writing engaging and interesting to read, not just a "boring list of how to's" or whatever. I want to make people's lives better while at the same time making a living, even if just a meager living.
Absolutely, and well said! I believe this sight offers many options to create, opposed to some that only provide one or two outlets. Writing is not a millionaire's lifestyle, at least for most of us.. but it does assist in one's personal well being as with others. That is the great thing about his place.
Keep pushing and good things happen, whether of monetary value or just plain mental substance. Kudos Jennifer, and keep up the good work, I know I will try to, as I cannot think of any other passion I hold as strong as this! Well, besides my family.
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