Good question! I am one to get bored quickly and will venture off to find something new. I had a myspace account for 4 months until I got bored and moved onto friendster, then moved onto youtube, then yedda, then newsvine, then blackplanet, then facebook, then twitter, and now I am here on hubpages. I would say...I have about two more months before I move on to something else.
This is a good question. I myself have only been here for a couple of months, so I couldn't really say. Although I'm going to make the commitment to stick around for a while longer and try to get involved a little bit more. Up to this point I really haven't done much in the way of getting involved in the community, you know the whole pressed for time thing. At this point I'm going to give it an honest go. If anyone has any advice as far as anything to do with Hub pages feel free to take a look at some of my Hubs and let me know what you think my next move should be. Piece.
Being a little negative huh? Well, if you don't like it, change it Go on staff with hubpages and make changes for us all...there's your challange my friend Sorry, I HAD to give you a hard time...still my friend?
why are so amny people quitting? I am still new and havent gotten in trouble YET... is it the clash between "true artist vs. money"? or ...what? I dont know...like I said...still new. btw. guess whats on my radio right this second? " God is great, beer is good, and people are crazy...."
I would venture to guess that most sites like HP have very few writers who stay past a post or two and lots that never get around to posting anything. It's a lot of work and not everybody wants to put in the time.
BINGO...you said it so much better than I was trying to..to many unregistered walk-ins just posting on the forums, or registered and just posting in the forums & turning the forums into their own & going way off topic.
Unregistered people can't post on the forums. Don't complain about them posting comments on your Hubs - the unregistered visitors are the ones that pay you Adsense!
As for the forums, I also notice there's been a huge increase in people joining HubPages, not writing a single Hub and doing a lot of posting on the forums. I think it's because some people are promoting HubPages more as a social networking site (like Facebook) than as an article writing site. I have no idea where that came from!
Is there a way to restrict forum posting to hub posters? -- or is that a bad idea? I can understand that some newbies might want to ask some questions or get a feel of what the regular participants are like . . . but some of them seem not really interested in positive contributions.
In my 2+ years here (first as a Hubber, then as a Hubber and staff member), I've seen a lot of people come and go, for a myriad of reasons. In my experience, the people who stay:
1) Sign up knowing they're going to be in it for the long haul (ie, aren't here to make quick money, have realistic expectations about the time and work it takes to earn a decent monthly payout). 2) Genuinely enjoy writing, in and of itself. (You have to, if you're going to last. See first point.) 3) Have a thick skin and pick their battles. (Many people take forum bickering very seriously and very personally, and get themselves worked up to a point where they leave in a huff.)
awwww. #1...I signed up with no idea how cool this was going to be #2...I really hope my "I have no intentions to make a single penny." view effects anyone? If it does, I would TOATALLY not be here and hurt other hardworking people. #3 I have elephant knee's skin
That's good advice. I'm still a newbie here, and trying to get a realistic idea of how long it'll take before there's any sort of cash flow... Looks like it's gonna be a while. I've started out by doing the 30 day challenge thing though--do you think that's a good way to jump-start my place in the HP community and start racking up clicks?
Yes that makes sense. #3 can definitely be hard. You really have to know when to let stuff go and when to just ignore negative remarks, and I think (at least speaking only for myself) there's a learning curve involved in that.
As for #1 and #2 that's definitely me. My kids are grown, and even when they were small I wrote every day. I would write every day whether the internet existed or not because I love to write. Writing here I make some friends and a little money too.
I think how long we stay here depends on one single thing: THE GOOGLE SLAP. If HP gets the google slap like squidoo then people will leave by the thousands. so, it's of utmost importance that a) people don't use this site for spamming purposes and b) HP staff stays vigilant against spammers.
i think that part of the downside of a good website's success is the attraction of spammers. once they grow in numbers the value of the site decreases and google takes notice. look at twitter now. try driving traffic to a site w/a new twitter account - good luck.
Absolutely. When I first joined, I actually liked the forums here, but now I see they are sprinkled with spammers,stalkers & wannabe's galore. I hope this doesn't affect whether people stay or not.
It has been said by quite a few members, that participating in the forums does help your Hubs, and you become acquainted with fellow writers, who truly want to write quality. I'm finding that the most simple topics are now spammed consistently from people who a) haven't even written a hub, b) are attention seekers, c) have their own agenda & over post in every thread. This to me is a huge turn off, enough that I'm reconsidering staying on here.
I like the idea of free thinking, not spamming or are just in the forums to make peoples lives miserable
You have a stalker, jeeez ya learn something new every night. I certainly wouldnt leave over what others do though, I would though if google left. People don't bother me at all, I actually like all different kinds, be boring if we were all boring, no ?
I shall agree that if google leaves the hubpages,anyone here who is making money will leave also.I have been here 18 months,and it takes a long time to hit payout,but it's interesting and fun if you don't let people get under your skin in the forums,which I have seen.There is a big change on the topics,with a lot of criticism on some subjects.
I've been a Hubber for only six weeks and so far only have 10 hubs up so I'm not sure where I'm headed at this point or how long it will take me to get there.
Hubbers, do most of you have some sort of goal in mind, like hubbing till you reach 100 hubs or 200 hubs or something? Or hubbing until you reach a certain monetary goal and if you don't reach it or don't feel you're going to, will you stop adding hubs altogether and go somewhere else?
My original goal was to get some writing tips,( while I whipped out a bestseller and test the waters so to speak ,and in some ways it still is Think Id really love to write more in a 'writers setting' ie maybe the local community high school has night classes or something inexpensive.
To be honest, its more of a hobby than a job ,although some hubbers do have successful careers writing here and other places. I dont have the knowledge or focus or dare I say talent.
For me now , its a moment in time.
I think I will be around 75 yrs old when I make my first $100 , so maybe I can play bingo
I've been here for thirteen months. I find that my enthusiasm for Hubpages waxes and wanes. The first six months I was very dedicated, and then one of my hubs got linked on reddit, and I had about 60,000 views in a couple of days, and then things went quiet and I had some other things going on, so I stopped for a while, and now I've come back, but am not as avid as before.
I think it takes a while to establish realistic expectations...
My first hub was January 3, 2008, so about a year and half for me, plus a few weeks.
I've been checking out other sites and trying to link more between the different places I post. I like HP the best as far as community goes but I'm not convinced it that writing here is the most productive use of my time dollar wise.
As for my enthusiasm, it comes and goes but I usually post at least an article or two a week, sometimes more, and my ad revenue has recently started to get lots better.
This is an excellent question, BC! Like everyone else, I've noticed a huge amount of turnover in my time here. But that doesn't affect my writing -- maybe my participating in comment threads and forum posts. I mean, until you "get to know" a group, it's not all that comfortable to jump in and bare yourself, ya know?
Another question that I think is a valid one is this: How many hubbers "reinvent" themselves? I can't help but think some of our newer hubbers are really old school hubbers with new identities. Hmmm:-). MM
for myself, I am really me, never been anyone else. But I have wondered this exact same thing. PLUS how many people are here, at at the same time as themselves...like, they never left but have more then one person...hmmmm...good question indeed.
If I was focussed on making dollars I would have stayed away, but I enjoy writing and the more I proactice the better I get and the easier it gets to come up with stuff that I think has merit.
As long as theres a place to post ideas I should still be here. Having said that I've only been active again for three months and I have that same four month hopping cycle as has been mentioned previously. All I can add is that hubpages is an in the moment self expression thing for me, If I find somewhere else to write thats more profitable I'll write there as well. Regards Dennis
Wrote my first hub on the site in December of 2006. I wrote another one a few months later, and periodically would check the comments I got on my hubs from time to time. It was not until December of 2007 that I become a more active hubber on this site, and I have never looked back. Hubpages has opened the door to meaningful online communications because in the past most sites never really held my attention.
I would imagine the turnover is exceptional...there is essentially a crowd that will come to this site under the premise that they will earn a quick dollar....suffice to say that statement alone shows lack of dedication.
There is nothing quick about money (unless you consider spending it) and usually when earning a dollar is the only catalyst for your being involved in a project...the project is less than short-lived.
It appears this site shows potential for earning some money...but the core group that resides here is passionate about writing and having an outlet to express their ideas or opinions.
Donna told me about this from another site-- You're right, time does fly. Really, really glad she did. My meager earnings are growing toward payout, but the fun and learning is a very good benefit. I gotta get back to posting hubs.
Thanks, pgrundy. Keep up the good work. (I know you will, but I just had to say that to take some credit.)
Well I may post in the Forums, but my ex has signed up now so, I probably won't bother writing, as she'll be readin. I dunno, just feel that people aren't too tolerant, of others opinions on the Forums, I don't mind being read the riot act. But I got told not to "bitch" about my life first night. Except for the one guy, everyone took my alki ex's side. Are ya readin this darlin? So while one guy Earnesthub, was a Gent, others just whined.
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