As a Christian, I felt a call to apologize to the ownership and staff of Hubpages. Not long ago, I posted the forum Hmmmm? I came off with some strong words and insinuations. For those I apologize.
I must still say that I AM concerned with the route this website is taking. It has been claimed that all are working on a system in that we would make more money. I do not see that, and it creates a strong frustration.
I used to pull in some helpful paychecks from Hubpages and it has went by the wayside. I do question why. Yes, I know that Google has attacked in many ways, but when I pull Hubs that have been de-indexed here and put on my own site, and I watch them climb back into Google's good graces, I question the system here.
I hope that things get better here before I pull all my material. I hope that staff is considering where there income truly comes from. yes, new hubbers need recognition, but kicking old hubbers to the curb isn't helping the system either. There needs to be a balance, and the balance doesn't seem to be here.
Ok, enough said, but please accept my apology.
I agree with you. Having been here for a few years, it seems as if us Hubbers who have been here a while are being ignored while much attention is given to newer Hubbers alone. I'm not sure if this is just an unfortunate side effect of trying to encourage newer hubbers, but I do feel that we are kind of pushed aside and forgotten. I love writing here, and that is the main reason I haven't left for another site. I know others who have. I have considered it, but I am hesitant to do so, after hearing some of the things other hubbers have had to say about some of these other sites.
Have you ever been interviewed in Hubpages Weekly or be mentioned in the Rising Stars segment?
I haven't and I've been. HP member since four years ago. And I've written over 400 plus hubs.
The staff said I, and other writers had not been in this HP vehicle due to not been writing about the topics they were choosing from.
So why wasn't I told what to write about? Wouldn't that be fair?
HP has changed and I know of one very talented hubber (not me) who has stopped writing and now thinking of bailing off of HP.
Just adding my two cents worth here.
Cheer up. I think you are a terrific writer.
I understand your concerns (and those of Anna and Froggy as well). I just wanted to let you know that Hubbers are only eligible for the Rising Star award during their first 60 days at HubPages (since that award is intended exclusively for new Hubbers), and that the Newsletter interviewees are chosen (and sometimes interviewed) by the previous interviewee. So, it's quite possible that another Hubber will choose and interview you in the future.
I agree that we don't currently have any programs that specifically recognize the accomplishments of long-time Hubbers, and that perhaps we should. I think it's a good idea and I'll bring it up with the Team.
Thank you for your honest response. I truly appreciate that.
If you would please email a very talented hubber, Catgypsy, and explain this to her, I would look on this gesture with more appreciation.
Personally I don't want to be put ahead of Catgypsy since she was a member before I was, and I feel that now, with your input, my time will come.
Thanks again, Christy.
Thank you for taking the concerns of us "old-timers" seriously. I do understand the need to encourage new hubbers, and bring them to the attention of the community as a whole. Maybe you could do a veteran hubber segment, or something like that. Talk to someone who has been here a long time, or just spotlight a veteran hubber.
They said you weren't writing about the topics they wanted? Well, back a few years ago, they had the HubMob, where every month, they gave you a topic to write about. I wrote several of these. Quite a few in fact. And, no, I was never interviewed, or featured, or anything like that. So, if that is the reason they gave for not being featured, and such, it doesn't make much sense to me. I don't know...
As someone who's been on HP since 2007, I have a slightly different perspective: I don't need recognition, awards, accolades, hubscore, or any other on-site trophies to feel valued. Being interviewed or covered in some blog post is so far off my radar that it never crossed my mind until I read this post.
Personally, I just need a system that leaves me alone so I can get my work done and a staff devoted to keeping the site working smoothly rather than distracted by running/brainstorming community contests, blogs and gimmicks (gee, could I be thinking of another site in particular? ) Visitors and comments are my accolades; bugs and hoops to jump through are what turn me off.
But I guess I can see how some people don't like working in a vacuum and would appreciate more public recognition from the host site.
I personally, feel that it's time to recognize those that have been here for say... 9 mos. It seems apropos to acknowledge those from the southern US and highlight mainly those who have very low traffic. I feel these individuals are most deserving of some kind of recognition... and they should probably have red hair and have hubbers scores in the mid to upper 80's... if you can find someone like that I mean. Probably like locating a needle in a haystack, but those are the writers who deserve our applause.
Beth, you are so funny. I have reddish hair too, but I am not new. Does that count?
I have been here a number of years but would prefer not to take part in any experiments, competitions or promotions. I like to keep below the new ideas radar and have no wish to be in any competitions, editor's recognition or even hub of the day. I let the little accolade badges show on my profile page but do not lose sleep over them. The main thing I need is keep the scores high enough to keep my work on show.
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