A New, Realistic Look at the Hubpages Experience (Edited)
Are you enjoying your HubPages experience? I hope you are, and I hope it lasts for years to come. This is a wonderful place to write, in my opinion. It is also a wonderful place to meet people and make friends. I won't even begin to list names, but I think many of you know that I value your friendship. I appreciate your gifts as writers and thinkers.
So why don't I maintain my relationships with everyone I know on HubPages? Let me tell a story, and then I'll answer the question.
Imagine driving your car down a road that is known for having lots of hitchhikers. You pick up one. As you drive along, you get to know the person and become friends. Then you see another hitchhiker so you stop and let them in as well. You and your first hitchhiker become friends with the second one. Then you pick up another hitchhiker, and another, and another, and another.
Pretty soon, the car is full, and hitchhikers start climbing onto the outside of the car. Sooner or later, you can't accept any more riders.
Back to the question at hand. Why do I not attempt to maintain all of my friendships on HubPages? Because I can't. I know others who are doing a marvelous job of maintaining hundreds of these relationships.
One way this is carried out is to return a read for a read. That is when someone reads one of your hubs, and you return the favor by reading one of theirs. Many seem to feel that this is the unwritten etiquette of the HubPages community. It sounds fair and reasonable until a person realizes they have reached the point where it has become unsustainable.
We have all watched hubbers leave HubPages. My guess is that many of them have done so out of frustration. They could not Keep up with the ever-increasing load of reading and responding to comments. On the other hand, there are those here who thrive on the interactions they have as they read, comment, and return comments.
My point is not that I believe everyone should abandon the read-for-a-read way of being on HubPages, but that it be considered optional. We should all feel free to read what we choose to read based on preference, not obligation.
Have I offended you? I hope not. This is, I believe, a sensitive issue to even broach. Feel free to comment here whether you agree or disagree with my position. We can have a mature discussion about the subject.
If I do not see a certain person on my hubs for a long period of time, I will not, for that reason, avoid reading their hubs. That is the game I don't want to play.