I posted a hub on Sunday night and since then I have not received one comment, something that has never happened with any of my hubs. This hub Is Assisted Suicide Ever An Option has been labeled Featured by hubpages, but ads have been disabled because of the nature of the content. I don't mind ads being disabled. I didn't write this article to make money, but to generate some discussion on what I feel is a very sensitive subject.
I did drop by and comment. Not sure why the lack of comments overall.
I do think it is absolutely crazy for Google ads to be blocked on such a story due to "content". I have seen Google Ads running on news stories about the same topic and story.
maybe readers aren't interested in this topic, quite touchy and sensitive, so nobody dare to comment about it. Why not give it some time, 2 weeks, I am sure someone will comment. I will be the first one.
There are a couple strong rationales for why this Hub might not be getting comments.
1) Comments come the most from conflict. Many of the readers who find this article probably agree with you. That actually makes for less conversation in the long run. The best conversation or discussion comes from an interesting question or different viewpoint. Your Hub has your viewpoint, but with this issue, your opinion is not uncommon. You aren't actually asking your readers about their opinions or what the different views might be, you're just telling them what you think, and you make it very clear you have a very specific narrow opinion. Interactive discussions frequently leave a lot more room or encouragement for different forms of thought. In my experience, that brings a lot more commentary.
2) This is a huge public topic right now. You are competing against every major news outlet and organization in the USA and Europe. You need to be realistic about this. Unless you get your signal to be louder or have something to say which is really unique, your chances of breaking through the amount of noise out there is extremely low. Is your argument/discussion/article more compelling, more informed and more interesting than the news guys who have a brain cancer specialist writing sound bytes, an interview with her neighbor and millions of long-time established readers?
I hear you about the competition, which is the very reason I decided to express my opinion on the topic. A hub that expresses the opposite view received lots of comments, and I'm happy for that. It shows widespread interest. I simply wanted to show another side to the story, which I think good journalism is all about.
Nobody is obligated to leave a comment. I know I usually don't comment on anything I read.
Whenever a topic is trending it means you are competing against thousands to tens of thousands of others when you write on it. You need a very special angle on such piece to get a decent share of the views. Ask yourself what your page offers that others of its kind do not.
You're up against stiff competition written by people with intimate personal experiences with situations in which assisted suicide was used, people who have watched loved ones die slowly and in agony, and people who are dying and actually, currently making this decision for themselves.
Your competition from other conservative Christians is also stiff. Your piece is up against pieces written by people with formal religious and oration training with in-depth explanations as to why they think it's wrong for it to be legal. Your piece is also up against pieces written by dying conservative Christians.
That is all incredibly powerful emotional stuff. An opinion from someone not personally affected will almost never be as compelling.
Most doctors refuse more pain medication once the patient hits the point near death when more pain medication might slow his or her breathing and potentially hasten that death. If you can explain how to get around that and get the doctor to listen to and act on the dying patient's requests for better pain relief, you will have the angle you need to get crazy views on this topic.
A bit more structure and organization might help, too.
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