I am a very eclectic writer. I came to HP to publish my work.
It seems though that maybe the rule now is not to publish.
Clearly that is not the rule. So we will publish. The question is: Should we delete less than featured hubs. And no I do not care what HP says. I care what my compadre writers say. I guess we should call this a portfolio and we should use our less than featured hubs elsewhere. Diversify our portfolio based only on HP algorithms.
Here is the problem. If we do that then this place will only have hubs that their system likes.
I think we are all well aware that the current system is run by techies/engineers/mathematicians. Well now if we all follow their decisions Then writers will not decide content geeks will.
Interesting thoughts you have there Eric. But we do have an advantage now with the new Style Suggestions. HP says that if we update our hubs based on those suggestions, it may improve the ability to be featured.
You can see the Style Suggestions in the top right corner of the HubTool when you're in edit mode on any hub.
All my hubs are featured. And I have achieved that by updating whenever I catch one unfeatured. I don't just make a small change -- I actually research what the problem is and try to improve it. That way it remains featured after that.
Another reason why all my hubs are featured -- I have deleted a lot of my hubs that simply were not working as far as getting decent traffic. So only the good hubs are left. I found my traffic improved be removing low-performing hubs.
So to answer your question: Delete if you feel it's a lost cause, or update if you feel you can improve upon it. I prefer doing the latter whenever possible. Although I have deleted almost half my hubs over the past year.
Hi ericdierker-It certainly can seem that HP doesn't want us to publish, I am frustrated as well with the changes around here. Sometimes it seems to be a Fascist State here with artists on the bottom of the 'order', but apparently HP is trying to 'fit in', if you will, with what Google seems to like, so that we will excel in the writing market. I think that real creativity can exist within some set parameters.
You ask if we should delete hubs that are not featured -it depends.
If you wish to succeed on this particular site, rather than deleting hubs, fix them. Rework them and follow the TOS, etc., etc. Actually this morning I've been doing just that, because this specific hub has been successful in the past and I think it is worth the effort.
On the other hand, if you don't really 'believe' in the piece wholeheartedly, don't think it's worth the time and energy, print it out-just in case you change your mind later-and delete it from this site.
Their 'system' does judge writing, that's what it's supposed to do. Algorithms supposedly 'judge' objectively. I know that the staff has tweaked the scores, etc.-which for me hurts like hell!(I'm not sure who tweaks the algorithm-probably the math dudes) but that is the way it's always been, in order to be 'fair'-at least it's the same rule for everyone.
In the end, yep, you can look at the results as feudal, or politically based-which has been mentioned around here-or you can see it simply as 'fitting into their world. I mean, this is their site, after all, I really don't see this as conformism, exactly; we choose to write here, their rules apply-like in all aspects of society and business.
If I had hubs that weren't featured I'd probably just modify each of them until they were. If they were REALLY not ever going to make it, I'd either trash them or post to a blog.
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