Interesting to see first hand that folks are leaving HP in droves at times. I rarely come back in to edit, but just checked for broken links and went in and un-linked everything that was showing.
Out of about 30 broken links, 95 percent were hubs of others I had linked to that were on topic and of interest, related to my hub. These people no longer have accounts here.
I have thought of leaving as well, no time to write besides go back to edit all the time. Not making money on blog writing anymore so lost interest I would say for me.
I started writing here just over five years ago. Most of my hubs were on my experiences growing up transgender. I got sick of offensive comments from bible thumping HP trolls, removed my work, and left.Now I only post my short fiction and some articles on topics that interest me.
Friends who have left HP that I keep in touch with say they have been driven away by the constant changes that they consider unnecessary and only serve to wreck HP. One I am always told about being the take over of Squidoo.
The extremists of any religion need to be dismissed and ignored. I would think the topic of growing up transgendered would be an interesting read. Things have changed a lot in 5 years, although those who are most scared by change seem to shout the loudest.
More to the point--those that point fingers and shout the loudest usually have the most to hide....either concerning their actions with others, or fear of the feelings within themselves that they refuse to acknowledge...
I joined over five years ago. The Panda has really messed up Hubpages. This featured / unfeatured concept wasted a lot of my time. I tried to 'fix' what wasn't broken, and got nowhere.
I rarely post now. I often read an old Hub, often take it and rework it for publication elsewhere.
This is what I am also doing. See little point in tinkering with unfeatured hubs. I am removing them slowly and placing them on my own websites.
I think a lot of people dabble in the Hub world then lose interest. Sometimes I think they maybe don't get as much attention or money as they hoped for, or they become disillusioned with the site or some other aspect of the experience.
But sometimes, I just think they get bored and move onto something else.
I am hardcore. I love this place and I am here until the bitter end, which I hope never comes!
The fact it does not pay well, it does not get that many hits, chases people to sites where they can write shorter items and get paid more.
It isn't easy to think of you as hardcore, Paul.
Loyal, yes, devoted maybe, given to flogging dead horses, perhaps, lol.
We certainly both want to see HP succeed.
I've done fine from this site. Never a full time income, but certainly a decent part time one, for extended periods of time.
Sometimes I've worked like a dog and received virtually nothing. Other times, I do very little and get a very reasonable return.
I certainly have no grounds for complaint.
It's a habit;stop by to see what's changed;check out the forums;shake my head;move on.
HP was my first internet experience.I lost my web virginity here.I'll never leave (sorry haters) in hopes that things will work out and we'll all live happily ever after.
I personally don't hate HubPages and believe it to be one of the most reputable sites available for writers. Certainly, I get frustrated with it, from time-to-time, and there are some aspects, such as the 'unfeatured' element that I dislike.
Nonetheless, as I have said in similar threads, when you write for a third party site, you have to abide by their rules. I am removing unfeatured hubs as they are simply not making money here. Even so, I like HubPages and still see a place for it in the market. If things do pick-up, then I will certainly be encouraged to write more hubs.
I am pretty much in the same lane as you are. My only deviation is that I don't remove unfeatured hubs. I use hubpages for storage. Over the years you can post these items on other sites when required.
They seem to have the same status as a draft, that is, they don't exist on line.
Same here. Best site of its kind, learned a lot here and there have been many more benefits to writing here.
I think so...It went from top to bottom due to the Panda...now is coming up...they just have to retweak their paradigm
I am really sorry, but I disagree with you people. I love hubpages and I will never leave it.Due to recent changes, I am earning more than I expected. Just wait for a month and you will see increase in the traffic. I personally think that things are getting better in favour of hubpages.
Well, that's probably because, if you search your name and "hubpages" nothing shows up(except Facebook). So you need the EXACT link and not ALOT of younger people go on it. No I'm not saying NO YOUNG PEOPLE AT ALL but not alot.
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