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A New HubPages Challenge/Contest: Grow the HubPot

  1. Robin profile image
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    Robinposted 2 years ago

    Hello Hubbers.  We are very excited to announce a week long challenge.  Check out our Blog post for more information!  Good luck!

    1. Writer Fox profile image81
      Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It's interesting that you are limiting this to Hubs with a score of 8 or better on an evaluation by MTurkers that we can't even see.  It's like having a teacher grade your kid's work and not showing you how it was evaluated. 

      I've had four Hubs published in the past six months which didn't even pass QAP the first time.  I had to write the team an email and suddenly they were featured without my changing a single thing.  Those four Hubs, by the way, rank well with Google and have received over 156,494 page views!

      I think that if the new HP goal for 2014 is more Hubs with a high QAP score rather than more Hubs with high traffic from Google, the team/community is focusing on the wrong rubric and I am surprised to learn that you feel that "this goal is the key to the survival of HubPages."  Frankly, I find that to be a little scary.

      1. Robin profile image
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        Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        We aren't limiting this to an 8 or better; we are just giving this as a guideline.  HubPages Staff will be evaluating the Hubs, not MTurkers.  smile   The spirit of our challenge is to give Hubbers a chance to earn a bit more on their high-quality Hubs and to work as a team to grow the pot.  Many Hubbers have been asking for a contest, and we thought this would be great.  smile

        1. Writer Fox profile image81
          Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Robin, I just published a new Hub today and my Hubber Score went down by another point.  The new Hub's Score went down by five points from where it started seven hours ago.  I don't really feel like publishing another Hub right now.  Have a nice contest.

        2. HollieT profile image90
          HollieTposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Rarely do I agree with WriterFox, but I agree that the evaluation of our hubs is important. We can't really shoot for an 8 if the definition of an 8 is cloudy and open to interpretation, can we?

          And if an 8 may vary between HP staff and MTurkers, that's even more confusing. I think it's a positive initiative to help hubbers earn more, but a regressive step to say it doesn't have to be an 8 this is just a guideline. I agree that the templates could be really quite helpful for new hubbers and those who have struggled with the quality aspect of their hubs, but surely you can improve the quality of content on this site by helping hubbers truly understand where they have fallen when it comes to ratings?  I don't believe this move could assist spammers or those wanting to 'con' the system, but would assist in interpreting what defines quality for those who are unsure and need to revise their hubs.

          And if we're shooting for an 8, let's shoot for an 8, why should anything less be worthy?

          1. Robin profile image
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            Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Maybe the best way to think of it, is to write the best Hub that you can.  If you read through the contest page and our judging guidelines, it might be clearer.  smile

            1. HollieT profile image90
              HollieTposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              I always do, and I haven't had any problems when it comes to QAP or quality. Just think that it might be difficult for some people who have a lot to offer, but limited experience when it comes to writing.  Surely the way the forward is to raise the standard and bring everyone to a particular level, then to lower the standard in favour of doling out grades (so to speak) smile

            2. HollieT profile image90
              HollieTposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              And just to add, if you don't want to give individual scores maybe it would help to offer an example of a recent hub which scored highly and to indicate why it scored highly and what the hubber did right. Just a thought.

              1. Writer Fox profile image81
                Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                So, here's the way it is Hollie:  The staff hopes to have 200 new featured Hubs published per day.  The staff will read all 200 Hubs which, if everyone spends just five minutes per Hub, will take 16 1/2 hours per staff member per day.  Then the staff will choose just ten of those Hubs to go into a hat for a random drawing.  The winning Hub of the day will receive $25 if there were 200 entries and $12.50 if there were only 100 entries. Out of all of the Hubs published and featured during the week (over 1,400 if 200 are published each day) the staff will choose 10 Hubs to go into another hat for a random drawing.  The Grand Prize Winner of that drawing will receive $175 if there were 200 Hubs per day and $87.50 if there were only 100 Hubs per day.

                        Knock yourself out.

                1. HollieT profile image90
                  HollieTposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  I wouldn't turn my nose up at any of those amounts of money.

                  1. psycheskinner profile image79
                    psycheskinnerposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    At a raw 1 in 200 chance--you probably won't need to?

              2. Robin profile image
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                Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                I would check out this Learning Center entry:  How to Improve the Quality of a Hub.  There are before and after examples and the reasons why the latter are better.  The after examples are all at least an 8.  You can also see daily examples with Hub of the Day.  Here's the HOD Archive.   I'm working on ways to help new Hubbers learn the tricks of the trade here.  We should have one piece of the puzzle soon.  I promise we are working on ways to make the process better.  Thanks and I hope you participate in the contest, Hollie!  smile

                1. HollieT profile image90
                  HollieTposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Thanks, I hadn't seen that before and will no doubt be helpful to new writers and those who've struggled with the QAP process.

                2. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image86
                  Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Thanks Mr. & Mrs. E. — I have never participated in an HP contest before, but this sounds like an opportunity to cross something off of my bucket list!  Just out of curiosity, how many featured Hubs does HP ... er ... feature per week, on average (year round)?

                3. Cardisa profile image90
                  Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  I don't think all HOTDs are 8 or better on the quality scale. Ive' seen HOTDs which makes me wonder if there was a mistake choosing them smile

                  1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
                    Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Somebody had to say it!

                  2. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
                    Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    I agree with that. I have seen HOTDs that makes my heart ache when I know there are much better hubs.

        3. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image86
          Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Re: Style Guidelines for the Contest

          One thing I wanted to point out: The use of a table of contents in longer Hubs often generates a style warning.  I hope something like that wouldn't red flag the QAP algorithm and immediately remove Hubs from contention?

          1. Robin profile image
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            Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Having a table of contents is absolutely fine.  We have them in a few Learning Center entries.  smile

            1. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image86
              Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              ¡Fantástico! Gracias Señora Edmondson!

    2. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Robin, maybe this is the motivation I need to start writing here again. I was thinking of packing it in but I will give it another go.  I have started working on a couple of articles. Even if I don't win the challenge should be enough to  wake me up...so to speak.

      1. Robin profile image
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        Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Glad to hear it, Cardisa!  I look forward to reading your Hubs.  smile

    3. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I am looking forward to this contest -- whether I win anything or not, it is a great challenge and motivator. I have already created a spreadsheet on the hubs I intend to write for the contest. I so enjoyed the last contest I participated in for poetry. That was a long time ago.

      Thanks, Robin and Team.

    4. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I am in !!!!  I just published my hub at 10 PM.  This is so exciting. Good luck to all who enter the contest. I love being part of this.  cool

    5. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I am having fun just reading all the posts in this thread.

    6. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I have three hubs in ( Monday, Tuesday, Friday) and working on my fourth for tomorrow.

  2. janshares profile image88
    jansharesposted 2 years ago

    Neat challenge. Sounds familiar. I remember this challenge back in 2012 minus the money incentive. It should be fun. Will participate if I can find the time.
    Edit: Yes there was money, $25 I think. I recall entering only to be disqualified because I misunderstood the time deadline. Ahh, the memories. smile

    1. Robin profile image
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      Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That was a great contest and one of the reasons we brought this one back!  I'm sure you'll get the timing right this time!  smile  Thanks, Jan!

  3. Froggy213 profile image35
    Froggy213posted 2 years ago

    Yes Robin, I have to have some agreement with Writer Fox here. It seems we write high quality hubs here anymore and our Hubber score drops. I am not real happy with the way this system seems to be working around here either.

    There was a day when I was running scores from 95-100. Now, I am at an 81. From what I have been told, my hubs have grown in quality, but my score drops. That just doesn't make sense.

    I have top rated scores on Elance as a freelancer. Top rated on Zerys as a Ghostwriter and have over 45 books published that are all doing well, but Hubpages figures I am only an 81.

    Yea, have a great contest.

  4. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    Hey, Robin.

    This is a nice contest and a nice thing you are doing.

    Best regards,

    Paradigmsearch

  5. Nouveau Skeptic profile image76
    Nouveau Skepticposted 2 years ago

    How do we shoot for something we cannot see and never know whether we have hit?

    Me, personally, I don't buy lottery tickets or gamble. So these random prize things don't really motivate me....

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Noveau,

      If you follow the Stellar Hub guidelines, you should have a very good chance of winning.

  6. ChristinS profile image93
    ChristinSposted 2 years ago

    If I can find the time next week I'd be happy to participate. I am glad that you are bringing back competitions, it's been awhile and I haven't participated in any of them yet.  I hope it works out well and people will enjoy it and look at it more as a personal challenge perhaps. 

    Yes, the guidelines are sometimes a bit cloudy, especially for newcomers and writing is highly subjective. 

    I see a lot of complaining around the forums about wanting "set" rules, but then when rules get set, others complaining that the rules are too stringent.  "guidelines" are not the same as "rules" the way I see it. guidelines are like suggestions where rules are very strict.  I do love the idea of a sample hub and hope HP will share with us what their idea of an 8 standard is to give people a clearer idea.

    Unfortunately, you can't please everyone, but I think the past year has shown a great deal of improvement. 
    For the longest time I stopped hopping hubs because it was a constant bombardment of crap - let's be honest.   Lately, I started hopping again and have come across a lot of really great hubs.  Not only was the content good, but the layouts were also nice.  I think the QAP process has done wonders for hub pages.  Is it perfect? no, but it has made a positive impact from what I can see.

    1. Writer Fox profile image81
      Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      http://hubpages.com/sample/ae892
      substance: 9, organization: 8, grammar and mechanics: 9

    2. agilitymach profile image100
      agilitymachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I agree Christin with everything you said.  Hogwash to the naysayers, and a big cheer for the improvement in Hubs.  I'm seeing a big improvement in quality as well. 

      I'm uber busy right now, but I hope to be writing some Hubs for the contest.  I've got some great ideas brewing.  Now...to find the time!!!

  7. How to - Answers profile image87
    How to - Answersposted 2 years ago

    Great news!  I look forward to entering this competition

  8. Will Apse profile image89
    Will Apseposted 2 years ago

    For what is worth, I am devoting at least half my time to HP this year.

    So it is rather important that the site survives, as far as I am concerned, lol.

    I hereby pledge at least 2 competent hubs in the next week.

    1. agilitymach profile image100
      agilitymachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hear hear!!!!

    2. Greensleeves Hubs profile image97
      Greensleeves Hubsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Certainly I echo that, but I hope HubPages demise is not being floated by anyone as a possibility? if Hubpages disappeared I just don't know what I'd do because I've writing on here several hours each day, and I've not seen a better, more professional looking site of its kind.

      That's why I'm a big supporter of competitions: I think there are two strong arguments for competitions such as this, provided they are devised thoughtfully.

      1) They provide an incentive for those who find it hard to get motivated.
      2) They encourage writers to strive for quality.

      Both goals - increasing output by members and increasing quality - when combined, can only be beneficial to everyone. Best wishes with your entries.

  9. susi10 profile image93
    susi10posted 2 years ago

    This sounds like a great challenge, Robin! It's is a nice way to get more high quality hubs on this site. We should have challenges like this more often! I am looking forward to giving it my best shot. I will publish four to five hubs next week. smile

  10. Barbara Kay profile image84
    Barbara Kayposted 2 years ago

    I'm happy to see something like this brought back again. I don't know if I'll have the time or not, but it is a good idea.

  11. Len Cannon profile image88
    Len Cannonposted 2 years ago

    If you don't reach the payout for the month, your prize winnings will disappear? That's certainly a discouragement for anyone using multiple, smaller accounts.

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Len,

      Your money will remain in your account until you've earned enough to reach the payout limit ($50). It never disappears unless you contact Staff and request that we close your account. (Or unless you are permanently banned for violating our Terms of Service.)

      1. janshares profile image88
        jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        So if a person never reaches payout, and elects to close their account with $20 in it, you (HP) keep the change?

        1. Writer Fox profile image81
          Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Yes, they keep the money:
          http://hubpages.com/faq/#closeaccount

          1. janshares profile image88
            jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks.

      2. Len Cannon profile image88
        Len Cannonposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Ahh, I see. I took the wrong inference from the rules. Thank you.

  12. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    Come to think of it, does the contest money appear in the February earnings, or the March earnings (paid end of April)? For weird personal reasons I'd actually prefer they show up in the March earnings (paid end of April).

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      For the daily winners, the money will be added the day after that Hubber has won. So if you win the daily HubPot on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, it will be added to your February balance (though if you reach payout in Feb your money will be sent around March 28th). If you win the daily HubPot on Friday or later, or if you win the grand prize HubPot, your winnings will be credited to your March balance.

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    Nero Walkerposted 2 years ago

    Hi all,

    I notice you have to be in the Hubpages earning program to do the challenge. How many hubs do you have to have to join the earning program? (I don't have any yet)
    And how likely is it I'd be approved for the earnings program in time for the challenge?.
    Thanks. smile

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Nero,

      In order to join the HubPages Earnings Program (HEP), you need a PayPal account and a tax form. You can find instructions for signing up here in our Learning Center: http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/hubp … am-and-ads

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    Natasha Petersposted 2 years ago

    Wonderful idea - it's great to see a new challenge. Unfortunately for me it takes days or weeks to write just one hub, and I don't yet have an accepted Adsense account... but still! At least I'll have an influx of hubs to read over the week.

    Hopefully there will be lots of competitions in the future!

  15. janshares profile image88
    jansharesposted 2 years ago

    So when we enter, we just hit publish. No need to post the hub link in this or that forum, blah, blah, blah like before? So essentially, anyone who publishes next week is automatically entered, right?

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Yep, you just have to be enrolled in the HubPages Earnings Program and publish a Hub that is featured to be automatically entered in the Challenge.

      Only the first Hub per AdSense ID per day will be counted, so if you're planning to publish multiple Hubs in a day, make sure your first one is the best because it's the one that will be judged.

      Each day of next week that you publish a new Featured Hub, you'll have a new chance to win (and each Featured Hub will increase the amount of the prizes too). smile

      1. janshares profile image88
        jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Great, easy enough, thanks!

  16. MelissaBarrett profile image60
    MelissaBarrettposted 2 years ago

    HP: Hey guys! We're giving away our money when we don't have to! All you have to do is publish something that gets featured and you have a chance! It should be fun!

    Forum Posters: You MONSTERS!

    1. wilderness profile image95
      wildernessposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      LOL  That's the way it works sometimes, isn't it?

    2. paradigmsearch profile image90
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Some of us behaved ourselves. lol

    3. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Ahhhh hahahaha. Great post.

  17. Greensleeves Hubs profile image97
    Greensleeves Hubsposted 2 years ago

    Good to see HubPages reintroducing competitions after such a long time, and particularly a competition based on quality.

    I know some are concerned about what constitutes an 8 on the quality writing scale, and how it is measured, and how 'winners' will be chosen in this competition, but I would not want to discourage HubPages from this kind of initiative.

    It must be good to try to motivate all members to write better quality articles and to provide incentives to do so, and if a competition such as this which adds a little spice and excitement to writing and publishing a hub helps, then that will be good for all.

    My only regret is that it will only last for a week. - I'll be doing well if I can get just two new hubs written and published in the space of a week!

    Still, I hope the competition goes well.

  18. Sharkye11 profile image96
    Sharkye11posted 2 years ago

    I have a question about this challenge. I have several hubs that I am working on. They have never been published, I just create a few title per month and  write on them as I find the time (and the right images).

    If I finish them and publish them will they be counted? Or are they "dated" from the time I first created their titles? Just curious! Thanks!

    1. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image86
      Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, that's a good question!  I just assumed Hubs wouldn't be counted until you hit the publish button, but now I would like to know for sure, too.

    2. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hubs will be counted from the date they are first published, not the date they were started.

      However, if a Hub was previously published but is no longer published, it will not be counted if you re-publish it next week.

      1. Sharkye11 profile image96
        Sharkye11posted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Okay, thanks! These have never been published. Glad they count!

        1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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          Christy Kirwanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Yep, they definitely will! smile

  19. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago

    I just posted a new Hub and it's featured. Sooooo... I guess that means I'm "In?" Woohoo!

    1. HollieT profile image90
      HollieTposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      But the challenge doesn't start until Monday, does it?

    2. Robin profile image
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      Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Well, not quite.  Hub entries may first be submitted Monday, February 24th at 12:01am, Midnight (PT).  Here's the contest page to read up on the official rules and guidelines.  smile

      1. FatFreddysCat profile image94
        FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        D'OH! (Slaps forehead) That's what I get for not reading the whole thread.

        (ala Emily Litella): "Never mind."

        1. HollieT profile image90
          HollieTposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          This absolutely sounds like something I would do, which is why I had to say 'does it' Still, you've written another hub which may end up earning you some money smile

  20. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
    DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago

    Question:

    I notice our hubs list has "changed date" on hubs not yet published, which seems to refresh each time we work on as-yet-unpublished hubs.

    I am wondering if these dates "count" in the contest, and would not be considered valid entries if finished during the contest week.

    I have several hubs I've begun, but due to assorted personal issues, have let languish unpublished.  If I finish them, and publish them during the contest period, does the actual publication date then supersede the original date on which work was begun?

    Or, must we start from scratch with new topics entirely instead of dusting off unfinished pieces and completing them?

    Thanks for any clarification.

    Lizzy

    1. Marisa Wright profile image94
      Marisa Wrightposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Based on previous contests, it's the "published" date that matters.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
        DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        ok--thanks, Marisa.  wink

      2. Robin profile image
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        Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Marisa is correct.  Thanks! smile

  21. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    Happy Hot Dog! A miracle has occurred. I just came up with a hub topic for the contest. This hub idea would not have happened if the contest hadn't come along and poked me with a stick. So, I, paradigmsearch, do hereby promise to submit at least one hub for this contest.

    1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Woo Hoooo  !    +1

      1. paradigmsearch profile image90
        paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        big_smile

        CNN is already preparing a press release about their impending coverage.

        1. sallybea profile image96
          sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Wish I had delayed publishing my Hub today - it has now been featured two days too early.  It takes me ages to complete a Hub and it would have been nice to enter it in the competition.

          1. Greensleeves Hubs profile image97
            Greensleeves Hubsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            That's annoying isn't it! Maybe in the days just before a competition they should add a competition reminder next to the publish button? Never mind - in the longer term I guess it won't affect the hub's performance significantly. Hope you can get another one or two done in the next week.

            1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
              DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              I usually bank a number of hubs in various stages of completion...then, if a contest comes along, (unless it is on a specific topic for which I have no waiting hub), I can just complete and publish in a timely fashion.  If there are no contests, then I still have hubs available to finish and publish at my leisure.

    2. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You sneaky thing you! I wrote a hub too wooo-woooo! I can't believe I wrote a hub in the last couple of days over 1300 words. When I started it I thought it would be at most 800 words but it kept growing. I used one of HP's templates and it motivated me to fill in all the capsules the way they are set out.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
        DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        LOL!  This time, I was interrupted by a series of personal issues, so I have more "leftovers" than I normally would.

        Cool on your completion of a hub with template!  I often end up in one of those templates, and it never seems to fit what I want to do, so I usually just select the basic article template, and add the capsules I want to use..except for recipes--then I'll use the recipe template.  wink

        1. Cardisa profile image90
          Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I find using the templates quite motivating for a stellar hub and I can just delete the capsules I don't need smile

      2. Barbara Kay profile image84
        Barbara Kayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Cardisa, I am happy to hear you are back to writing.

        1. Cardisa profile image90
          Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks Barbara. I guess I was looking for motivation. The challenge is motivation enough. I don't mind not winning, I just want to compete smile

  22. phtech profile image83
    phtechposted 2 years ago

    I have a feeling that the only people that will win are going to be people that HP staff favor. They'll probably just comb through the names that they recognize to find the 10 hubs that could win the pot. Regardless, I will work on a few hubs to see if I can get paid. Maybe I will be pleasantly surprised.

    1. WriteAngled profile image90
      WriteAngledposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I agree, but will not even think of entering for that very reason.

    2. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I was going to ignore this but it's comments like these why I really don't want to stick around Hubpages and was thinking of packing it in.

      1. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Cardisa The place would not be the same without you!

        People moan when the staff don't take the time to connect with the Hubbers and then they moan when they do something which to me seems like a positive action.

        I would suggest that you ignore the doubters and prove them wrong by winning the dosh.  We sure need an injection of positive energy on these forums.   

        You have a great day.

        1. Cardisa profile image90
          Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Hi Sally, thanks smile It's people like you why I do stick around.

          I have never liked negativity. Reminds me too much of volatile environments I worked in before. I had a nervous breakdown once and my work place help contributed to my depressed state of mind. I try to stay clear of negative people...better for my health smile

          1. sallybea profile image96
            sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            You are very welcome, I am glad that you were able to put all that behind you.   The fact is that quality Hubs should draw in the traffic.

            I reckon it is up to us  to knuckle down and reap the benefits when they come.

            I for one am pleased with my progress and I am delighted that we have a new deal with our Amazon Ads.  E-Bay eat your heart out!

            1. phtech profile image83
              phtechposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              I'm not trying to be too negative. I will admit, I am grateful that HP gives me a place to earn a little money for my writing. I am just saying that I think the playing field is stacked. A perfect example is the hub I wrote last night. It's the first hub that I've written that wasn't featured, yet I have no idea why. Someone could have just had a bad day and decided to hit the nuke button on everything that was written last night. I'm not claiming to be the only one that is picked on, but it seems to happen to more people than not.

              1. phtech profile image83
                phtechposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Maybe I've just lost my talent... Who knows?

                1. Writer Fox profile image81
                  Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Just send an email to the team and have it reviewed again.

                  1. Writer Fox profile image81
                    Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Forgot to mention: They probably won't get the email until Monday.

              2. Cardisa profile image90
                Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                A hub not being featured could be one of many reasons and sometimes, the hubber can't be objective because he/she did their best. However, the simple thing to do would be to ask for help.

                I can take a look at the hub for you if you like. You can allow me to see the hub by placing it in your featured hub section on your profile or send me the link. I can take a look and let you know if I see anything you might have missed.

                1. phtech profile image83
                  phtechposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  I appreciate the offer from an experienced hubber to go over my hub. The link is http://phtech.hubpages.com/hub/Get-Out- … Right-Way. I can take constructive criticism, so feel free to swing away. I will send an email to the staff to have it reviewed again if you feel like it is a quality hub. Thanks.

                  1. Cardisa profile image90
                    Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Melissa might be on to something, but tweaking it a little may get you higher points when the rating system is back up.

                    First of all your topic is excellent and the way you presented is very good. I would reduce the slightly overuse of your keywords.

                    Layout is a small portion on the rating scale but it does help to have a great layout so I would do a more appealing presentation. As is, everything is just stacked atop each other, no right alignment or anything.

                    Your paragraphs also need to be broken up, as is they are just one big block per capsule. Break the first paragraph in two, leave the first image as is, align the polls to the right and color them grey or blue (making them more visible), break up the other paragraphs and align the Amazon capsules to the right of those two capsules under which they are.

                  2. MelissaBarrett profile image60
                    MelissaBarrettposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    It's fairly promotional and very close (if not past) the mark of being purely promotional. That's going to hit substance scores pretty hard. I mean you even state specifically in the hub that you are promoting it.

              3. MelissaBarrett profile image60
                MelissaBarrettposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Since I didn't rate last night, here's my completely impartial answer: Yeah, theoretically that could have happened. However, it should make it better to know that if it did, that rater likely isn't making any money for a couple days until their accuracy comes back up... that's assuming they still have the ability to rate. If they nuked everything because of a bad day, it is more likely their accuracy rating fell so far that they lost the qualification to rate... permanently. (The equivalent of being fired).

                Go ahead and give the hub a quick once over and submit it again. If it gets featured, great. If not, throw the link up in hub make-overs and have it critiqued.

          2. Earl Noah Bernsby profile image86
            Earl Noah Bernsbyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I feel your pain on that one, Cardisa!  I've been through the gauntlet of negativity in both work and social environments.  Nihilism was trendy in my area growing up — you know, that perpetually dark and bitterly sarcastic critique of the human condition?  It gets old after awhile.

            1. Cardisa profile image90
              Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              I find it around me so often now and it's strange because I grew up in a different environment. I keep being surprised by people's views on morality and society....lol

              1. paradigmsearch profile image90
                paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                I also avoid loud and aggressive persons for they are vexations to my spirit. big_smile

                1. janshares profile image88
                  jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  +1

      2. Everyday Miracles profile image92
        Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Please try not to let it get to you, Cardisa. There are always going to be negative people on every platform. I've never had Hub of the Day or anything like that, but I maintain a very high author score even when I'm not writing, commenting, or on the forums. My hubs do very well and I'm not 'favored' by the staff here by any means.

        Hubpages is a good place to write and make money but it's not always the best community. That's why I haven't been on the forums for forever.

        1. merej99 profile image89
          merej99posted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I agree with Everyday Miracles.  Negativity is everywhere and maybe it's not the best "community" but just be yourself and write what you're passionate about!  If it's interesting to you, chances are it's interesting to others as well.  It's not like writers, journalists and bloggers are opinionated, right?  LOL
          As for me, hubpages is training grounds for me.  I feel like I've learned so much and grown as a writer and I hope that continues. smile

          1. Cardisa profile image90
            Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I agree with you both smile I'll just ignore the negative and do my best.

            1. merej99 profile image89
              merej99posted 2 years ago in reply to this

              YAY!  The positive people got your back! wink

            2. Everyday Miracles profile image92
              Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Great! You can still do very well on Hubpages without ever visiting the forums or commenting. I had to step back for about two years o.O lol But now that the incomes back up (by a considerable amount) it doesn't make sense to stay away haha

      3. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
        Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Just rise above it and stay with us. Glad you are motivated to hang in here, Cardisa.

  23. Millionaire Tips profile image90
    Millionaire Tipsposted 2 years ago

    I am happy that we are having a new contest, and especially glad that it is free and open for us to choose our own topic.  This will get more high quality articles on HubPages, and hopefully help us all increase revenue as the site continues to get better and better! Winning the contest would be a bonus.

    Just one question.  Are the weekly winners going to be the daily winners plus a few others, or will they be drawn from the  original pool of the top 10 articles of each day, or some other way?  I hope it is the top 10 so that more people get a chance to win.

    1. Robin profile image
      96
      Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Great question!  The weekly winners will be a random drawing from the top ten Hubs of the week.  The Hubs could be daily winners, but they don't have to be.  smile

  24. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    Alas. I was industriously working on my contest hub, and I suddenly realized I don't have a chance.

    It was my subconscious memory of previous contest(s) that led me astray. In at least one of those contests, half the hubs were picked on merit, the other half were picked based on luck.

    Such is not the case this time. In order to reach the luck stage, the hub must first be picked by a human as one of the top 10.

    My hub is guaranteed to not be picked.

    Why so?

    Cuz it's a narrow-niche, 99.99%-of-the-world-population-won't-care, boring, minimal word count, 3-picture, no-other-bells-and-whistles  hub.

    It's guaranteed there will be more than 10 other hubs that will have and be: of broad, general interest; 1000+ words; pictures coming out of its ears; videos; polls; maps; and soft music playing in the background.

    So, why am I going to go ahead and publish it?

    Because it's a worker hub. It will lay dormant for 6 months. And then it will earn me an extra 25 cents to 75 cents a month from then to the day I die. I'm fine with that. big_smile

    1. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      lol lol, well darn, I forgot the soft music...off to find a suitable one to play in the background...no wait, not that sort of hub, darn it!

    2. agilitymach profile image100
      agilitymachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You rock, Paradigm!!  It's not always about the winning.  I'm probably going to enter a hub with a lead photo that rocks (it's a cute puppy....you can't go wrong with a cute puppy...), a poll, 1000 plus words, a video of a puppy, and even music (with the video).  The only issues?  The music isn't soft.  It's "Last Train to Clarksville" by the Monkees.  And, I have no map.  I guess I'm doomed without the soft music and map, but I'll enter anyway!!!  Maybe the puppy pics will push me over the edge. wink

      1. Greensleeves Hubs profile image97
        Greensleeves Hubsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Why not include a map showing where Clarksville is? It'd be relevent. Just a thought smile

        1. MelissaBarrett profile image60
          MelissaBarrettposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          And schedules. Don't forget the train schedules. You can put them in a table.

        2. agilitymach profile image100
          agilitymachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Hahaha!!!  The article has nothing to do with the Monkees or the song.  It's about dog agility, new genetic research and agility puppies.  I've included a video of my own baby puppy training in puppy agility, and the music that goes with the video is "Last Train to Clarkesville."  If I included a map to Clarkesville, readers would get REALLY confused. big_smile

          But thank you guys for the ideas, though.  That is really sweet of both of you to take the time to do.

      2. MelissaBarrett profile image60
        MelissaBarrettposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I, personally, plan on entering a hub about an exceptional obscure medical condition, complete with graphic pictures of said condition and lots of complex medical terminology thrown in randomly. I will probably give herbal remedies for it's treatment. It will have lots of links and an amazon capsule selling a book about it to that  .013% of the population that get it.

        1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
          Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Sounds better than a pile of doggy poo.

      3. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
        Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Yes ! Go with the puppy -- it's a shoe-in.

  25. snakeslane profile image81
    snakeslaneposted 2 years ago

    That's the spirit!

    1. paradigmsearch profile image90
      paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It's what I do.

  26. janshares profile image88
    jansharesposted 2 years ago

    I haven't even started yet, not a word or title. I hope I find the time. I need to go and start typing and see what comes. Happy writing everyone and good luck!

  27. Cardisa profile image90
    Cardisaposted 2 years ago

    Is it time yet?

    1. janshares profile image88
      jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It's 9:25am EST and I still have nothing. sad

      1. Cardisa profile image90
        Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        When you say nothing you mean no ideas for a hub or no finished hub?

        1. janshares profile image88
          jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Half-baked ideas, nothing written down yet. My problem is time. I was up late until about 3am looking for images to inspire my ideas and couldn't find anything. I'll come up with something but time constraints may prevent it from being "stellar." I need to let go of expectations and just make a hub.

          1. Cardisa profile image90
            Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Stop thinking about it so hard. Just jot down the points you want to make. Tot them down in sequence if possible and then start writing on the first point. I also suggest using one of the templates and each time you complete a point insert it into one of the available capsules. I think the empty capsules will motivate you to find more info to fill them.

            1. janshares profile image88
              jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Okay. I usually write the entire hub in Word, print out a copy, and re-write the entire thing as I edit and add images. Maybe it's time to redo my process because it looks like this method is where I lose a lot of time. I guess it has worked well when I'm not under time constraints at my own pace. But a challenge requires new methods. Thank you, Cardisa. I will try.

              1. Cardisa profile image90
                Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Yes, use word, that's what I do, but I never wait until the entire article is finished before filling the capsules.

                Good luck!

              2. janshares profile image88
                jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Published a hub, 1:57am EST. So tired, going to bed now.

                1. Cardisa profile image90
                  Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  So glad you finally did, but don;t worry, you have a whole month to publish hubs!

              3. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
                Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Come on, Jan, one more. You can do it. We are cheering for you.

                1. janshares profile image88
                  jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Yes, Phyllis and Cardisa, now that it's extended, I will be submitting more. I can start working on those that I jotted down outlines for without so much pressure to finish this weekend. It wasn't happening, hmm now I have time smile.

    2. agilitymach profile image100
      agilitymachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I've got one up!!!  I had it sitting around while I decided whether to publish it or not.  It's a bit controversial for my niche market.

      Janshares, I've read your work.  You're a great writer, so anything you write will be stellar!!!  Just do it!!

      1. janshares profile image88
        jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        agiliymatch, just seeing this. Thanks for your encouraging words. You and Cardisa were right. Once I stopped thinking about not having enough time, I just did it! And I made the top ten!

        1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
          Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          That is so awesome, Jan. Well done !

  28. Suzanne Day profile image96
    Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago

    My latest one is funny but a bit disgusting. I'm not sure it would be a valid competition entry due to its nature...but I enjoyed writing it to help grow the Hubpot!

  29. merej99 profile image89
    merej99posted 2 years ago

    I've got one half finished and ideas for 2 more...my problem is TIME.  Ah well - I've got a paid project that's due before I can finish my own work/hobby/project.  Mama's got bills to pay!  lol  Good luck everyone!  Let's build that pot! smile

  30. Everyday Miracles profile image92
    Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago

    I published a hub for the challenge! This is the first day in a while I've only published one in a day though. It feels rather strange. There's a slim chance I might wind up with a second hub ready to go today, but I'm considering saving it for tomorrow as I think it's going to be very good!

    1. merej99 profile image89
      merej99posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      That is awesome! I would save the 2nd one for tomorrow.
      I'm still working on my other writing job and keep visiting the forums here.  Ah, procrastination blows - but I can't seem to help myself.  LOL

      1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
        Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I published five in one day recently, and they aren't terrible hubs, either. All of my hubs are at least 700 words long (and usually twice that) and media-rich. It could be said that I have too much time on my hands haha

  31. Everyday Miracles profile image92
    Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago

    Alright, I think I have a question.

    Is this challenge/contest good for brand-new accounts as well? If I publish the first hub on a new account, will it qualify if there aren't five hubs on the account which have passed the QAP?

    I'm holding a hub overnight until I have the answer to this question so that I know whether it's worth it to publish it tomorrow. It's a good one!

    1. Writer Fox profile image81
      Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      The rules just state that "Qualifying Hubbers must be enrolled in the HubPages Earnings Program." So, as long as your new account is signed up for that, it qualifies, but it has to be featured.  Are Hubs on new accounts featured before there are five Hubs on the new account? Yes, if they pass QAP.

      But, only one Hub from all of your accounts can be entered, and that is based upon the first Hub published on a day: "Hubbers can only have one Featured Hub per day that counts toward the contest across all of their HubPages accounts."

      1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
        Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you, that answers my question! I'll finish writing the hubs I'm going to do for today and then decide which one to publish first. The one I wrote last night and haven't published yet is an important hub with a strong and important message for pet owners, so I'm hopeful that it will make it into that top 10!

  32. Suzanne Day profile image96
    Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago

    I wonder where we can view the winners?

    1. Robin profile image
      96
      Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hi Susanne!  We will make a daily blog post with the top 10 Hubs of the day as well as the winner (chosen using random.org from those top 10).  We are going through the Hubs now.  It's so difficult to choose 10; you all did a fantastic job!  Yesterday there were 180 Featured Hubs!  Not bad!  I will have the blog post out before 2pm PT.  smile

      1. Cardisa profile image90
        Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I'm confused about the time. Not sure if my hub was published before or after the start time. I'm seeing it's only 11:30 PT in LA  while it's 2:30 EST in Jamaica.

        1. Robin profile image
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          Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Your Hub on getting a Food Science degree was published yesterday and counted toward yesterday's contest.  smile  It was a great Hub!

          1. Cardisa profile image90
            Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks Robin. Was afraid I was too early...lol

      2. Suzanne Day profile image96
        Suzanne Dayposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Good stuff, sounds like there was quite a pot!

  33. Millionaire Tips profile image90
    Millionaire Tipsposted 2 years ago

    My newsletter shows 25 new hubs written by Hubbers I am following.  The contest is working! Got to get mine written!

  34. paradigmsearch profile image90
    paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago

    I will be submitting mine on Friday. If anyone else submits a hub on Friday, I will put a contract out on them.

    1. Millionaire Tips profile image90
      Millionaire Tipsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Since the pot grows with each featured published hub, you aren't going to win very much if you're the only one publishing.  Half the pot would be 12 and a half cents, and they are going to figure out how to give you your half cent.

      1. paradigmsearch profile image90
        paradigmsearchposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I've put in a requisition in the religion forums. The Grand Prize will be a lock.

      2. Greensleeves Hubs profile image97
        Greensleeves Hubsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Ah, but at least it would be an absolutely guaranteed twelve and a half cents! smile

        1. Millionaire Tips profile image90
          Millionaire Tipsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I am guessing you would lose that half cent, so it might not be worth it.

    2. Everyday Miracles profile image92
      Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You should be hoping for more posts to be made the day that you post your hub! The more hubs there are, the bigger the pot will be for you to win. If 200 people enter the pot, for example, the pot will be $50. You'll win half of that, and therefore $25 dollars. This is what Hubpages' goal is.

      But let's say that 500 hubs are published on the day that you publish. That brings the pot up to $125 and half of that (what you'd win) is now $62.50. The more hubs published, the better for the winner!

      I publish at least one hub a day on most days. Some days I publish up to five in a single day (usually on different accounts and almost never on this account). This will hopefully help to build the pot for /anyone/ who wins. I just hope that it's me wink

    3. Everyday Miracles profile image92
      Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I also meant to say that I'll definitely be publishing on Friday because I publish every day.

    4. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
      Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      OMGosh ! I forgot and published one. Sorry Paradigmsearch. Please do not send Frank out after me.

  35. Froggy213 profile image35
    Froggy213posted 2 years ago

    Even with my conspiracy thoughts, I am still participating. I have done one each day thus far, and am about to work on tomorrow's hub.

    Guess I will get a hit put out on me, but just remember the movie "Rambo"? Enough said--LOL

    1. Millionaire Tips profile image90
      Millionaire Tipsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Good for you Froggy! You can't win if you don't play!

  36. trusouldj profile image76
    trusouldjposted 2 years ago

    I know, right?  I could use that 12 bits. smile

  37. Robin profile image
    96
    Robinposted 2 years ago

    Check out the Blog Post for yesterday's winner!!  Congratulations to everyone for creating such amazing work!

    1. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Wow, I'm on the list! I can't believe it. Thanks Judges.

      Congrats to the top 10 and Virgina Lynne smile

      1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
        Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Me too! I made it onto the list too! Wow. This has been a heck of a day for me. I'm near tears. Hub of the Day and I made the list!

        1. Cardisa profile image90
          Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Congrats both ways!

        2. Greensleeves Hubs profile image97
          Greensleeves Hubsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Congrats Becki. Near to tears? That's really nice. Writing can be a hard and somewhat lonely slog and sometimes when precious few people visit the work and appreciate the effort, it can be a bit soul destroying.

          So the good moments are all the better for it, and one thing about competitions and 'Hubs of the Day' is that they can provide a congratulatory pat on the back and a message of support from the staff and other writers. Glad you've embraced the competition, and glad you've had such a good result! Now wipe the tears and write the next one. Alun.

      2. sallybea profile image96
        sallybeaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Congratulations to all the winners - Cardisa - so pleased for you.

        1. Cardisa profile image90
          Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks Sally. When I saw the other hubs I thought for sure mine would lost in the other 170 that didn't make the top 10. I am so honored. smile

          1. LCDWriter profile image96
            LCDWriterposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Congrats Cardisa.  I think the first day of the contest was a success!

            1. Cardisa profile image90
              Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Thanks and I think it was as well. I haven't completed my second hub yet. Got to to finish a novella for a client but it was fun writing hubs again. I'll probably enter two ore before the week runs out.

              1. janshares profile image88
                jansharesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Hi Cardisa, congratulations! I knew you'd make the top 10 when I read your hub yesterday, a no-brainer. smile Your suggestions yesterday were very helpful, I jotted down a format for two hubs and wrote a poem. Still quite busy but may pull an all-nighter to get one done. But if I don't, it's cool. But I will least add to the HubPot by getting something published before the contest is over. Happy hubbing!

                1. Cardisa profile image90
                  Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  I was looking forward to you finishing up one today but don't rush, take your time. It will come. Thanks for the feedback. smile

          2. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
            Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Good job, Cardisa. Well done and congratulations.

      3. Greensleeves Hubs profile image97
        Greensleeves Hubsposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        After reading some of your comments in this forum Cardisa, and particularly about issues regarding negativity and other feelings in the past, I was particularly glad to see you made the Top 10 list. I haven't had the chance to take a look at any of the other hubs on the list yet (too busy trying to finish off a second entry of my own) but will do so in due course. Best wishes and hope you continue to write on HubPages and maybe put a few more entries into the competition, with even more success!

        1. Cardisa profile image90
          Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Thanks Greensleeves. I entered the contest to challenge myself to write again. I am glad I didn't win this first challenge, I know it sounds silly, but based on some people's comments about staff picking favorites, they might think it was biased....lol

          I read a few of the other hubs and trust me, they were awesome!

    2. agilitymach profile image100
      agilitymachposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Congrats to all of the winners!!!!  Some great hubs there with LOTS of work involved in them.  Wow!!

  38. FatFreddysCat profile image94
    FatFreddysCatposted 2 years ago

    Just published a new Hub. I'm in!!

  39. Everyday Miracles profile image92
    Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago

    I got a hub published for today, too! It's on a new account so I'd be so excited to see it make the list for tomorrow. This has been so much fun! The incentives are fantastic. Thank you so much Hubpages Staff!

  40. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
    DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago

    Congrats to all who were chosen, and to Virginia Lynn on winning!

  41. snakeslane profile image81
    snakeslaneposted 2 years ago

    Good work people, enjoy the moment! As I shuffle away from this thread with Hub Envy...hmm

  42. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
    DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago

    Agggh...I'm not going to make it to publish a hub today!  My in-queue ones require additional research for which I don't have time, due to a meeting we have to attend, and my next-up ready-to-roll are waiting on more photos, which I cannot take before I get to the next stage of the project! sad

  43. gypsumgirl profile image93
    gypsumgirlposted 2 years ago

    How do we know if our hub was even considered?  I submitted one yesterday at around 5:30pm Mountain Time on Monday, February 24th  and it is not yet marked as "featured" on my page.  It has been stuck on "pending" since then.  I'm afraid it was overlooked and never considered.

    It is difficult to have faith in a competition when I'm not even sure anyone saw my Hub.  I submitted another Hub for today, before noon Mountain Time.  I wonder if it will get lost in the shuffle as well.

    It would be nice to at least know whether or not anyone even read my Hub, making me lose all motivation and not want to write anymore this week.

    1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
      DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Hi, gypsumgirl,
      You may have published too late in the day.  Hub Pages is in the Pacific Time zone, so 5:30 your time is 4:30 our time, and could be too close to "quitting time" for assessments to be made. 
      That said, I'm not entirely sure that QAP is human-driven; it may be automated.  Even so, the automaton would need to be finished with it in order for humans to choose the 10 best, and from those,  which to choose as daily winner.
      Since the QAP "can" take up to 24 hours,  you'd probably be wise to try for an earlier in the day publishing time.
      Best wishes!

      1. gypsumgirl profile image93
        gypsumgirlposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        DzyMsLizzy, I understand your explanation about the time zones and HP being in the west coast, however, according to the competition guidelines,

        TIMING
        Hub entries may first be submitted Monday, February 24th at 12:01am, Midnight (PT)
        The final deadline for the contest is Sunday, March 2nd at 11:59pm (PT)
        Daily deadlines begin at 12:01am (PT) and end the following day at 11:59pm (PT)
        Prize winners will be announced the following day at 2:00pm (PT). Saturday, Sunday, and the Grand Prize winners will be announced on Monday, March 3rd at 2:00pm (PT)

        If you look at the "daily deadlines" it is actually until 11:59pm (PT) so the 5:30pm submission should have been well within the timeframe to be considered.

        1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
          DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Ok, you're right.  My bad.  I did read that, but had forgotten.  Chalk it up to a "senior moment."

          1. gypsumgirl profile image93
            gypsumgirlposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            No worries...I'm just trying to figure this thing out and I'm getting more and more frustrated by the second.

            How on earth does anyone email a HubPages team member?  There's nowhere to submit a question.  I tried looking in the Forum and Help sections and there was no link or information.  Can't even notify anyone that my Hubs are being ignored.

            1. Writer Fox profile image81
              Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              team   @hubpages.com  (without the spaces)

              1. gypsumgirl profile image93
                gypsumgirlposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Thanks!  I have learned so much from you today, Writer Fox!  You rock!!

                1. Writer Fox profile image81
                  Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Go get 'em!  I'm on your side!

              2. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
                DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Yeah..there is a link, but any time I want to e-mail the team, I have to hunt and hunt.  They don't make it easy to find; it's pretty buried behind the FAQ's and such....I should write it down LOL

                1. Writer Fox profile image81
                  Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  You can also contact HP staff here:
                  http://hubpages.com/email/help/

                2. gypsumgirl profile image93
                  gypsumgirlposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Or you at least know that you can find the address from this thread in the future rather than digging through FAQs.

    2. Writer Fox profile image81
      Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      The Hub you published 22 hours ago is still not featured.  That means that it probably didn't pass the QAP.  To be entered in the contest, the Hub must be featured. The Hub you published four hours ago isn't featured either.  I looked at both of those Hubs and couldn't see anything which would prevent them from being featured.  Usually it only takes three hours for the featuring process.  Send an email to the team and ask them what happened.

      1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
        DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        WF--how do you tell if someone else's hub is or is not featured?  The information is visible to us, in our list of hubs on our account page, but I've never seen any such indication on another's actual hub.
        ?????????????????

        1. LCDWriter profile image96
          LCDWriterposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          I think you can check anyone's activity and see unfeatured but published hubs that way.

          1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
            DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Oh, ok...thanks.
            Hmm...I just looked, at both hers and my own, and I'm not seeing any such indication.  I see only numbers indicating how many comments are on a given hub....nothing says "featured."  (And a very high percentage of mine are featured...)

        2. Writer Fox profile image81
          Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Go to the Hub and right click on your mouse.  Choose 'View Source' or 'Page Source.'
          http://s1.hubimg.com/u/8771232_f248.jpg

          When the code screen opens, do Ctrl (Control) F (for Find). A little search box will pop up (either at the top or the bottom of your screen, depending upon the browser you use). Type in: NoIndex.  If those words are found on the Hub, the Hub is not featured.  "NoIndex" tells search engines not to crawl the page.

          http://s2.hubimg.com/u/8771221_f520.jpg

          On your personal Profile (if you have it set up just to show your featured Hubs) when your newly published Hub is featured, it will appear as the most recently published Hub on your Profile page.

          1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
            DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Well, goodness--no wonder I didn't see it!  It's not a straightforward publicly visible notation.  You have to know "behind the scenes techie-stuff" to figure it out.  And as a non-techie, that leaves me out.  lol
            Thanks for the instructions!

            1. Writer Fox profile image81
              Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              You're funny and I'm not a techie.  Anyway, it only takes a few seconds to check and you know how to do it now!

      2. gypsumgirl profile image93
        gypsumgirlposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Thank you for the clarification, LCDWriter.  I appreciate your thoughts and will contact the team.

        1. Writer Fox profile image81
          Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          (I'm WriterFox)

          1. gypsumgirl profile image93
            gypsumgirlposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I whole-heartedly apologize.  Was hurrying and with so many replies within seconds of each other, I confused myself.  Sorry!!

            1. Writer Fox profile image81
              Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              No problem at all.  I'd be much more than flustered if those two great Hubs were mine!

          2. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
            Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Are you quite sure about that? I thought it was Writer Fox with a space in there. LOL just funnin' with ya.

            1. Writer Fox profile image81
              Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Humans are like that.

              http://s2.hubimg.com/u/8778371_f248.jpg
              Caption:  Funny Human

              1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
                Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                cool

  44. MelissaBarrett profile image60
    MelissaBarrettposted 2 years ago

    If you guys haven't been watching the feed or checking out the new hubs coming out today, you should really take a look...

    There are some AMAZING hubs coming through this morning... and I do mean AMAZING. (I don't give complements very often).

    I actually feel bad for the judges, I think they are in for a tough day smile

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      Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      You are so right, Melissa!  I think this is one of the best contests we have done.  The quality has been amazing; our job of choosing the top 10 is extremely difficult!  It makes me proud to be part of this community.  Well done, Everyone!  smile

    2. Everyday Miracles profile image92
      Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thank you so much. I get the feeling that because I publish 2-5 times a day people think I'm churning out garbage, but I made it into the top 10 yesterday. I've published one hub today so far and hope to publish two more before the day is over. It feels good to know that others feel that what's coming out is high quality.

      If contests like this push users to create higher-quality hubs, then I'm all for that!

    3. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      This contest is really great. It feels different from all the other ones. As Robin said, this is probably the best contest HP ever has. The quality of the hubs are different/better than before and the winners will be very deserving. The other contests were not of the same caliber.

  45. Robin profile image
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    Robinposted 2 years ago

    Another tough day of judging!  Find out the results in our  blog post!

    1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
      Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Congrats to everyone who was selected for the second day! Off to go read some hubs now!

    2. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
      DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Kudos to all!  WTG!!

  46. Greensleeves Hubs profile image97
    Greensleeves Hubsposted 2 years ago

    Congratulations to all those selected for the top 10 on the 2nd day of the HubPot Challenge. This time I only recognised 2 or 3 of the names, and all were different to Day One, which suggests that it's not just the same few people entering quality hubs each time - a large number of different people are entering this competition with well written hubs, and that can only be good for the site.

    I've just put in my 3rd hub in three days and I think that's the first time I've ever done three in three days. Sadly - no more though - there's no way I can possibly get another one done before next week!

    So best wishes to those who are still to enter. Let's maintain the standard.

    1. Christy Kirwan profile image
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      Christy Kirwanposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks for the kind words GH. We are indeed getting tons of great entries. We've had a tough time choosing only 10 Hubs each day-- so many have impressed us! It's so amazing to see what the HP Community can do. smile

  47. Everyday Miracles profile image92
    Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago

    I have one in for Day 3 too! (: And I'm working on a second and third (simultaneously) today to help build the pot up!

    1. Robin profile image
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      Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      Just a reminder, only one of your Featured Hubs from all of your accounts will count toward the pot each day.  You're welcome to publish as many as you want;  I didn't want you to be mislead.  Also, it's in your best interest to publish your very best Hub first because that is the one that is entered in the contest.  smile

      1. spartucusjones profile image90
        spartucusjonesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I just want to clarify to make sure that I understand this properly. Are we allowed to enter one hub each day or is it just one for the entire contest? My understanding is each day my first hub for that day will be entered, I just want to make sure that I got it right.

        1. Writer Fox profile image81
          Writer Foxposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          You're right; it's one Hub per day: "Hubbers can only have one Featured Hub per day that counts toward the contest across all of their HubPages accounts.  The Hub that counts toward the contest is the first Hub published that day, so be sure that the first one you publish each day is your very best."

        2. Robin profile image
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          Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Writer Fox is correct.  One Hub per day will count toward the contest, but you are free to publish as many as you would like.  smile

          1. spartucusjones profile image90
            spartucusjonesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Thanks! I figured as much, but just making sure that I wasn't having any reading comprehension issues.

          2. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
            DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Yes, I published today the linked pair I've been working on, and which I was unable to finish in time for yesterday or Tuesday.
            I did make sure to publish first the one I thought would be better material for the contest.  wink
            However, I hope there is not a timing penalty for having to go back in and edit each after publication, in order to capture the URLs to link to each other....

            1. Robin profile image
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              Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              There isn't a timing penalty, but I would wait until your Hub is no longer pending to be Featured before you edit.  Once it is Featured, you should be fine to edit.  smile  Congrats on writing a couple of Hub, Lizzy!

              1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
                DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                oops--too late...I had already done the edit when I asked the question.  sad  I kind of had to, because each article had a stated referral to the other..."check out my linked article...."  Which is why I had to publish them both today, as well.  ...You don't want to say there is a link, and then have it not be there..that doesn't help your credibility. wink

                1. Robin profile image
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                  Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  It looks like it is Featured, so you are fine.  We give the Hubs until 2:00pm PT the following day to become Featured.  When you edit your Hub while it's pending, sometimes becoming Featured can take a bit longer.  smile

                  1. DzyMsLizzy profile image92
                    DzyMsLizzyposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Then I got lucky--because I did that edit the moment the second one went live...so yes, both were still "pending."  LOL  (Whew!)  wink

      2. Everyday Miracles profile image92
        Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Yup, totally aware of that, Robin! For the most part I'm writing them all and then choosing which one to publish first so that one will count, though in some cases it's just planning and then writing the one I want to count and publishing it first (:

        I'm on a schedule (trying to do 30 hubs every month), otherwise I'd save them up a bit differently. It might change once this rolls over into March.

  48. Global-Chica profile image94
    Global-Chicaposted 2 years ago

    I'm so excited about this contest!  I have very little free time but have a hub I've been working on for the past month and finally finished it and published it.  Best of luck to everyone!

  49. Everyday Miracles profile image92
    Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago

    Haven't seen any updates on this today. The challenge is still active, right?

    1. Cardisa profile image90
      Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I though I was the only one checking every few seconds...lol

      1. Phyllis Doyle profile image95
        Phyllis Doyleposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        lol   Me, too.

    2. merej99 profile image89
      merej99posted 2 years ago in reply to this

      I've been peeking too.  LOL I had to stop hitting the F5 and concentrated on my next submission!  I'm so pleased with my new hub - whether it gets picked or not.

      1. Cardisa profile image90
        Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        I know mine wont get picked because it's a silly hub, but am anxious to see the top ten. Am working on some good ones. I can't believe I am writing hubs again...lol

        1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
          Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          Same here! I mean, not that I wrote a "silly" hub but that I'm anxious to see the top ten. I'm not sure they'll choose the same hubber twice during the week for the top ten -- though one can hope haha. I thin the one I published today was pretty darned good.

          1. Cardisa profile image90
            Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            If the hub is great they'll chose it whether you've been in the top ten before or not. Staff is pretty fair and if they choose your hub it's because it's good. I know some people think badly of the staff here but I think they are wrong. I know I'm going to get criticized for sticking up for staff..lol

            1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
              Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              Staff doesn't bother me. I was just thinking that it might not seem fair for the same handful of people to continually get selected to draw from. The hub I submitted on Tuesday was fantastic and relevant but wasn't selected. They have a lot to choose from most days as well.

              That being said, almost everything showing in my feeds today has been forum. I'm not seeing as many questions or hubs being published, so it could possibly just be a slow day. I published two hubs today. Just hope I'm not the only one haha.

              1. Cardisa profile image90
                Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                Today's hubs will be assessed tomorrow. It's yesterday's hubs that the winners will be picked from.

                1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
                  Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  Oh, I know! I publish daily though. (: I published yesterday too.

              2. susi10 profile image93
                susi10posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                I published one today as well, I hope it will be picked. If today was a slow day, there won't be as much in the HubPot. Oh well. We'll see tomorrow, the results will speak for themselves. Can't wait! smile

          2. merej99 profile image89
            merej99posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            I've got an idea for one that I would like to post tomorrow.  That's going to be my silly one but I've still got A LOT of work and research to do before I even start writing.  I'm getting smart thanks to you guys!  Working in Word then posting.  It make so much more sense. smile

    3. Robin profile image
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      Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

      It's coming.  Check back in 15 minutes!

      1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
        Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

        Awesome. Thanks for letting us know, Robin!

        1. Robin profile image
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          Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

          The blog post is out!  smile

          1. LCDWriter profile image96
            LCDWriterposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Wow!  Just read the post!  That's big news.

            What does that do in terms of the weekly hubpot?   Will it be given out at the end of each week or accumulate until the end of next month?

            Thanks for all the work you and the staff are doing!  It's fun and I've been challenging myself to write some different types of writings the past few days.

            1. Robin profile image
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              Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

              There will continue to be a daily and weekly HubPot.  smile

              1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
                Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                So then there won't be a monthly hubpot, it will just continue the way that it has been with the daily and weekly amounts?

                1. Robin profile image
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                  Robinposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                  There isn't a monthly HubPot, just daily and weekly.  smile

                  1. Everyday Miracles profile image92
                    Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Alrighty, that sounds right! Thanks Robin!

                  2. merej99 profile image89
                    merej99posted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    Hi Robin!  This thread is getting a little (a lot) long. Would you consider starting a new thread for a weekend overview?

                  3. Cardisa profile image90
                    Cardisaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

                    What you could do is start a new thread for each week.

          2. Global-Chica profile image94
            Global-Chicaposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            Yay! smile  Awesome that the contest has been extended!  Hope to be able to contribute another article.

          3. Everyday Miracles profile image92
            Everyday Miraclesposted 2 years ago in reply to this

            A whole month? Wow. That's going to be a heck of a challenge. I'll keep right on adding to the pot, of course. This is where always publishing once a day really comes in handy (:

          4. merej99 profile image89
            merej99posted 2 years ago in reply to this

            WOW!  149 featured hubs!  You guys had A LOT of reading to do.  You sure extending the challenge is a good idea?  LOL

  50. Sharkye11 profile image96
    Sharkye11posted 2 years ago

    Love that the contest will be extended! That gives those of us with other obligations more breathing space, and ensures that we can all focus on quality. smile

    Plus, that is really going to pump up the volume of new hubs on HP too. Thanks!

 
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