Hub Followers and Copywriting

Hoist by my own Petard?

As long as I am not forced to Hub Hop, I won’t. I am not a professional writer and my writing is not at such a high standard that I would have the audacity to criticise other writers.

However, when it comes to Hub Followers I have my own set of rules. I’ll rephrase that sentence. I don’t have a list that Hubbers have to follow before I will follow them. When I log onto the following Hubber’s site, I expect the grammar and spelling to be correct; naturally making allowances for Hubbers whose primary language isn’t English.

The Hub doesn’t have to be grammatically perfect, but there is no excuse for bad spelling, especially if it is written on Word, which has its own spell check. If the Hub is interesting I will gladly follow that Hubber, even if I know nothing about the subject. One lives and learns daily, or in my case, hourly.

Occasionally the follower is only advertising a business, in which case I flag it and log off. I also log off immediately on discovering that the Hubber has only been on Hubpages for 8 minutes and is following 673 Hubbers.

Another thing that irritates me is the lack of paragraphs. Seeing a full page of nothing but script with no breaks is like a smack in the face. It is something I don’t understand; surely every writer knows about paragraphs and what they are for. But – oops there is a grammatical error – lots of writers who do know better write without leaving any spaces anywhere. My sister, who was a teacher, and some of her friends, used to write letters without leaving any spaces and it was extremely difficult to read the letters. I found the best way to read them was to use a ruler. I’d place the ruler under the sentence I was reading and move the ruler down as I got further on in the letter. Even doing that didn’t mean I had read it correctly and it used to take 2 or more readings to make sure I had everything in order. My sister’s excuse for not making paragraphs was that making paragraphs hindered her from getting her thoughts down on the paper and it interrupted the flow of the pen.

Then there other writers, a columnist in the local paper being one of them, who make every sentence into a paragraph.

It doesn’t matter what the subject is, or if there is any connection whatsoever.

He makes ever darned sentence into a paragraph.

I can’t see the point of it, unless it is to fill more space and make his column look bigger than it is.

It also means he is having more trees cut down just for his benefit.

Yet another thing that has me logging off from a follower’s site instantly, is the profile page that reads….

'I have been a riter all my live. Ther is nothing i like beter than putting my thots down on paper.’

To revert to colloquial American……‘Yeah, right!’

i think you‘ve got the idea by this time; i’m not just old, i’m old fashioned and i don’t like some of the ways the English language is being trashed. i do understand that the modern world moves faster than a speeding bullet, but i don’t.

So, to get to the point of this tirade, after reading a Hub by Nybride710, re Copywriting, I decided to give it a try. I logged on to eCopywriter and after passing their test I have been graded as ….

Level 2, and my grammar as ‘Below Average’

‘Below Average???’ Where’s that petard?


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

John - You already know I follow you only because I enjoy reading your articles. I also commend anyone for speaking their mind. I see no reason for spelling errors in today's electronic atmosphere.

Very honest and thought-provoking article.

By the way - Shouldn't the "i" usage in your 2nd to last paragraph be capitalized as well as "i'm"? Just saying......


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

I like it shiningirisheyes. As you know, the second to last para was done that way to make the point. Gasp! Perhaps that's why I got a 'Below Average'? Thanks for the visit and comment.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

'Below average?' John. What do they know? Hang them on another petard for me. Yurs trooly, bj


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

One petard cummin yp, bj. You'll nocite hwo well I poofreed; Many thanks again for the vitis. I'm thinking of applying again under a different name - anything for a giggle.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very fun read. I do feel sorry for you. For I am a bit of a snob. And if someone does not like my spelling, fare nuff. And I think we should drop the danged ' straight-a-way. It is so old school.

Words and writing to me are fun --- thanks for the fun peace.


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

Ericdierker: Thanks Eric, for the visit and comment. Straight-a-way is old fashioned?? In my opinion, any description with two hyphens in it is a pain-in-the-ass.


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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Heck John, I am an original signor on the declaration of independence from and movement to abolish the apostrophe.


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

Eric - I am in awe at being in contact with a man of your stature. I do not think you should worry too much about apostrophes Eric. The English language may soon be reduced to acronyms, LOL.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I totally understand all your points. I kind of get turned off by someone who has fifty egg recipes too, and also hubbers who have 30 people show up saying nice things and they can't come in and at least say, thanks to all of you, although that is bad enough. It gets to be work sometimes but whether we are here to make money or not (which I am not as of now) we have an obligation to the followers who build us up and push us out to other followers, I think. Thanks yous are a part of life, or it should be. If I go back to a hub I commented on and they totally ignored me I assume they don't particularly want me there anymore so I write them off.

Great subject here I think. ^


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

I don't think I'll take the test at eCopywriter soon. It sounds like the grade they would give me would discourage me.


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

Jackie: Thank you for the visit and comment Jackie. I agree with you when it comes to 'thank you.' It annoys me when life gets in the way and prevents me from writing a 'thank you' within a few days. Money? You can actually make money on Hubpages? Mm! I must admit, I have been here for 3 years and made the princely sum of $103.00. Still I suppose it is better than a kick in the teeth.


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

Barbara: I appreciate your visit and comment, Barbara. Don't let my lousy grammar affect your chance with eCopywriter. Go for it young lass - you may be just the person they are looking for.


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SANJAY LAKHANPAL 3 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

Thank you very much for writing such a beautiful hub. Would you be kind enough to visit any of my hubs and tag your valuable comment, about the course to be followed.

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