I'm no big dog, more like one of those tiny cows on the commercials, but I think you've got all the big dogs listed up there. Have fun reading and learning! You can learn a lot of you hang out in the forums, too.
I don't know if there's necessarily a "big dog" but if you want to learn how to do it and do it well, then Dale hit the nail on the head. Check out the many helpful hubs and tips by Darkside,Relache and Mark Knowles to name a few. They've all been here a while and know what they're talking about!
i have seen some hubbers with a lot of hubs and the hubs are really good. then you see someone else with a lot of hubs and they resemble spam machines. quality is readily distinguished from quantity - but the number of hubs you have isn't what makes someone a "big dog" - it's a whole body of knowledge, experience and how they are respected within the community, as well as how they interact with others in the community. every one of the hubbers i mentioned is helpful, vocal and knowledgable, and therefore, highly regarded.
[edited to add RyanKett - can't believe i forgot him!]
Pam, I know just what you mean. Over recent days I've seen quite a few remarks on here that make it appear as if the kind of thinking many of us reject about corporate culture is slipping more and more into HubPages.
Yes, there's more of that competitive webpreneur guruspeak slipping in. It's so much like what I left behind (at the cube farm) so I could write. For me it's about the writing, the people, the ideas--all that marketing talk is a separate gig altogether.
I especially am weary of people casting hub writers as 'winners' or 'losers' based on how good they are at marketing. I think it is totally legitimate to say, "I'm a writer, period."
I write for lots of clients who love the marketing aspect, hate the writing. You don't have to do both. You're not a 'loser' or a 'little dog' if you don't get all geeked up on web marketing.
Sigh. Yeah. Writing. I'm afraid the readership will never be equal to what a good writer is worth here, period--due to quite a few things. I'm writing 'copy' at work and here these days. . The one thing I like about copy is that it is straightforward and honest...just what it is...though it limits my mind, frankly. (As does 'marketing,' all the time, lol...oh, for others who judge that--I work ft in marketing, corporate.)
Don't suppose you did the Nanowrimo, did you, Pam? I didn't. I think there were too many crises in November and I just couldn't concentrate...
Still! For a select few here, I'd judge--and it is both personal/professional opinion--you have no idea how truly good writers you are and it is far beyond marketing...and probably honestly beyond Hubpages. You need to push it further! (And so do I, ie.)
Wow. I made this post this morning, but I had to go out and take care of a few things, so, I did not get back to it until this evening. As I read through the responses, it struck me as odd, and a bit funny, to see how it went from a totally innocent question to; "Wag the Dog" wants to rule, or be the "leader" of Hubpages. Or, that those who do well on Hubpages are not "decent human beings" and that for the most part, are spammers because they are not writers. It was even suggested that I wanted to over ride my fellow hubbers and go "right to the top" with an idea I spoke about in a previous post.
It was just like being back in 3rd grade, when the teacher asks one student to whisper something in anothers ear and then have it said to each student, in the class, in that fashion. When it get's to the last kid, the last kid has to say what was told to them to see if it is the same thing the first kid said. Of course, it is not, and normally it has totally changed.
For those of you who stuck to the theme of this post, I thank you for the leads.
For those of you who jumped off track, went on your own little rants and conspericy theries, I thank you for the laughs. I needed them.
well, actually, you created a "petition" re: your sig line idea instead of asking a question or making a suggestion, even. then when people said what they thought, you posted almost 20 comments as to why those who disagreed with you were wrong, and even said certain hubbers were "slandering" you and now you imply that some hubbers are picking on you or "going off on little rants" and "conspiracy theories". furthermore, after posting all of those comments, you asked just who the big dogs around this place were. you used the term "big dogs", not us. i don't think anyone here considers themselves a "big dog" and frankly this whole thing is a tempest in a teapot.
the 'about us' page says we're encouraged to write about what we know and love, and that's what many do here. not everyone is going to write product reviews or pump out 100 hubs in 3 months and that's perfectly fine.
I came here to write and if I can make some $ or make good professional contacts, that's why I'm here. I had no idea I would meet so many great writers worldwide. it's really quite amazing.
BUT you see, i would actually be supportive of sigs BUT only if the whole forum system was revamped, Im actually bothered far more by "off topic" responses than by "personal attacks"...i think the moderation here is pointless and misguided, if someone in a religion forum rubs someone the wrong way and brings out the worst...well that's human nature, that's inevitable..that's the way it works...when a topic full of informative content is overrun by conversation...thats against the spirit of a proper forum.
If hubpages was to adopt vbulletin, some post rules and accept they have a vibrant and growing forum in the world of online publishing and allow sigs..i would think it was appropriate.
They say "if its not broke dont fix it"...its broke..the forum doesnt fit the community here anymore..IMO(<---thats important,, opinion), I would appreciate a signature line..AFTER , fulfilling some basic limits..like the same ones that give dofollow here on the hub publishing
example..bad company, was a appreciated member of the forums, I had no personal stake, nor did i even agree that was true...But it was obviously true...yet admin oversight has removed that involvement, when they cant even answer the question of why the stats have been screwed up for two days...its easy, you make a sticky, you say the stat are screwed...has anyone seen that?
But you are terrible poster boy for such..you explained it like we just would want backlinks, you were defensive about every comment that was in disagreement....just a terrible posterboy
Its a small issue to me, hopefully someone more deserving will take the mantle,,or you will become more deserving of the mantle
Can you remember what it was like when you first started to write Hubs?Before you read this rambly post - please know that I am not a newbie trying to suck you dry for information without doing any of the work myself....