My passion for hubbing is going down each day. This may be due to the falling traffic and less earnings. So far I wrote 119 hubs and all are featured. I have nearly 400K hits too. I have been here since March 2012 and had a wonderful association and activities here as well. Can I regain my lost passion for writing and staying here? Please give me some tips to boost my confidence.
The best tip for a writing rut is to just do it. If you don't feel like doing a hub, don't force yourself to write "a hub" , but write something. Research something you want to know even more about and blend that new knowledge with your own experience so far and then talk about how you grew from it, or do some kind of personal experiment and then write about it. That way it's for you - and later on if the material turns into a hub that's fantastic, and if it doesn't - well, at least you did something that helped you grow as a person and a writer right?
That's what I do when I don't feel like writing - that or I do something else entirely for awhile, but I always come back to writing. It's one of those things where the more you do it; the better you become. I don't like feeling like I am not "practicing" enough, so I make myself write - in a journal, on a blog, whatever.
As far as traffic and earnings are concerned, I'm one of the most affected Hubbers since the earth-shaking Google updates. But I've not lost hope at all.
As I have learned in life, the best thing to do when things don't go your way is to quit blaming and focus on finding where you could be going wrong.
Sounds to me like you are just tired and need a little break. You have been quite successful here, but you have to understand that things have changed for all of us. Take a vacation, relax, stop writing for a short time and then, when an idea hits you, get busy. Eventually the tide will turn and earnings will go up again. Good luck.
Sorry you're feeling discouraged, and I'm glad to see you've received some great advice and tips here. Many of us enjoy reading your Hubs, but it's normal, too, for writers to require a "refresh" break now and then. I hope you find what works for you.
Thank you so much for your kind words. It is really comforting as well encouraging. I hope I will find my passion and rhythm back to write more for HP. I am so glad on the fact that my hubs are interestingly followed and read by many hubbers here.
don't fret so much about the traffic if you are not keen about the money earned. I noticed that once I keep answering questions, answer forum questions and leaving comments on the hubs I read, my traffic increased from 119 to 245 views per day. I never get more then 245 views but I am satisfied.
But I had 1000 views per day and that decreased to 500+ and sometimes even lesser. Anyhow as you said being active like answering questions, answer forum questions and leaving comments we can increase our visibility as well traffic here. If you get traffic in the range of 119 to 245, you should aim for a little bit higher range like 200 to 300 or 200 to 500. For which you need to execute some plans with SEO. Don't limit your goals here and always aim for more and more.
Thank you dears, all of you are showing good interest to respond to my comments. Your tips/advice/comments are so helpful and surely to help me get back my lost confidence. Ours is a wonderful community, so lovable and helpful to each other. In fact that is what the real inspiration for all of us to stay on here. Your comments are actually helping a lot of hubbers like me, who too face the similar situation and looking forward for hearing some great tips or advice. So keep on posting your meaningful as well helpful answers here. Meantime, I may take a short break for one week. Since I am going to a place where there is no net connectivity, I can't read your comments and reply them. Anyhow I will come back next Tuesday and surely and actively participate in this debate again. Thanks to all. God bless you all.
Strangely enough, even though my views/earnings have been in the tank for some time, I've written more hubs in the past two months than I have in quite a while. I guess I've just felt more "inspired."
Sometimes the best thing to do is just forget about the monetary end of things here, and simply write what you feel like writing for the fun of it, If a piece doesn't take off, then screw it, write another one and try again.
It may not be the most profitable way of doing things 'round here but it's a hell of a lot less stressful.
I write because I cannot "not" write. Like others here, sometimes you just focus on the journey and not the destination. Because, after all, where do you go once you've reached your destination? You've already reached so many ears (or eyes). Many would be happy, myself included, to have reached the audience that you have. Find a source of inspiration. Have you stagnated? Maybe you need to take some time to "do" rather than "be". Good luck!
I thought I am the only person feeling the heat of less earnings from hubpages since end of December.
But, I think the best to do is to keep writing and hoping for better CPM in time to come.
Yeah the traffic is getting worse day after day in here... Sad but true...
Nearly 400K hits in less than three years is great. I have been hubbing since April of 2011 and have nearly 300 k. I made the mistake of devoting all of my energy to Bubblews for one year.
Just take a time off. Come back with more energy to make more hubs
Sure and thank you for your kind words, which is helpful.
Sure and thanks for the comments.
Sure and thanks for the comments.
All my hubs zero visitor per day. I have some blogs on blogspot, I just write on some blogs. But all of them have visitors per day.
I am sure that many of you who are used to better traffic are feeling discouraged right now. There is nothing like people reading what we write to bring us doing more. When you think of many great artists who have not seen any of their works sold in their lifetime, the motivation to write is deeper than that. Just hold on there and maybe write about your discouragement. That hub will help others who go through the same predicament.
I do agree with your points. Sure, I have plan to write about my discouragement, a practice hitherto unknown to me. My First & Second Anniversary hubs were done in a happy mood and that reflected there well. This time things are on a sad note and I may narrate it for my 3rd anniversary hub, which as you said, may help others who go through the same predicament. Thank you for your nice comments and advice.
I too am losing interest, although I just wrote a new crime hub. I think I lost faith with hubpages when they went through my hubs and marked so many unfeatured. I barely have the time to write a new, still have gotten the time to re-do the old ones. I also did not realize that the only way you seen earnings is when you hit the $50 mark. I write because I love to write and read other hubbers work and also their comments. However I do not know how long I will remain on this site.
Hang in there, sunilkunnoth2012. You've been here before and found a way to pull yourself out of the slump. Remember that it's not your lack but the external things out of our control with this online venture that keeps us second-guessing ourselves. Don't internalize those things. As others have said, take a break but don't give up. I'd been feeling the same but now feeling much better when I took the time to do some editing. It is slowly but surely making a difference. Thanks to the help of fellow hubbers, I will not internalize it, just accept that this is how it is with online writing. Better days soon come.
sunilkunnoth2012 I feel you need to take a "break" from all the hard work you have channeled in writing hubs. Take time and do an activity that relaxes you. When you return you will feel refreshed and motivated.
I think most people are experiencing lower traffic than they were getting a few years back. It has reduced steadily through the various updates that Google has made. Google does not particularly like sites such as Hubpages; that being said HP has managed to maintain decent levels of traffic while some other sites have sunk without trace.
We cannot change Google's expectations but we can ensure that our hubs better meet those expectations. This may mean going through older hubs and doing a few edits to correct errors, remove products and links that are not 100% related to the hubs, and just generally tidying them and improving them.
I spent 1 day last week doing a tidy up on maybe 30+ of my hubs; only spending 5 - 10 minutes on each. The results after a few days is that my traffic has increased by a few hundred views each day and is still increasing.
Although my hubscores seem to have been revised and have dropped significantly despite increasing traffic - but these seem to go up and down for no real reason all of the time anyway! Traffic is what I am here for, not hubscores which quite frankly are irrelevant.
Don't give up - but don't feel that you have to be here every day working on things either. Go start a website all of your own to provide another outlet for your writing and to give yourself something to compare your progress here on HP against.
Good luck - enjoy...
Sunilkunnoth2012, I was thinking about this a while back when I looked at your profile and noticed the titles of your hubs. My college friend's daughter is a well-respected travel blogger at take your big trip. (I'll let you google that before the writing police think I'm being overly promotional I'll put your hubs to her attention on FB . She travels all over the world and is a well-respected author. I'm hoping she will link to some of your informative travel hubs. Keep on keeping on. I was mentioning in another forum how lost I felt last week and woke up with the song by the group Fun, "Carry On". So in case this will help, I'll just pass it on to you now in this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7yCLn-O-Y0
Thank you so much for your kind gesture. It is really wonderful that you are supporting me in a great way in tune with our HP culture. Can I get your blogger friend's name please? I will check the youtube soon. Keep on writing. All the best.
Update: got a FB reply from the Yake your big trip" blogger and she said she glanced at your articles and said they look great and will link from her India section .
I am also starting to lose interest in maintaining my account here in HubPages. I mean, I get hubs that are not featured or “out of compliance with our new product policy”. To think that in Squidoo, I gained a lot of comments for these former lenses.
It seems the rules here in HP are too strict.
I sure miss Squidoo. I also miss the community. Hope we can all try to support one another somehow.
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