Honing Hub Writing Skill
Improving Hub Qualities
After publishing a hub a writer generally waits eagerly for number of visitors and comments thereon. A hub may also be rated exceptional or high class featuring the hub because of its quality and engagement metrics. But the writer should not rest on his or her laurels and should try to improve the hub instead. While one can himself check and recheck the contents to enrich it by addition or alterations with the help of further references but the easiest way is to act upon the useful feedbacks received through comments by other hubbers or even guest visitors to the hub. Unfortunately as a new entrant on the Hubpages I find the number of comments dismally low compared to the number of visits to the hub.
Trotting out the old cliché that ’a trouble shared Is trouble halved’ I try to bring an issue before the Hubbers as I am sure enormous benefit will emerge out of mutual cooperation among them by leaving useful comments on other’s hubs. I know the forum discussion I now begin afresh may be a bit old cliche but as a new hubber and having been with the Hubpages family for nearly two months and publishing five hubs I find to my utter dismay that the picture has not changed much and it is not very encouraging either. Accordingly I wish to dwell again on the subject as the very purpose for which the Hubpages family runs are defeated in the absence of such cooperation among the Hubbers.
Scope for Learning & Interaction
The best scope to register with Hubpages is that one can get involved with the community and enjoy each others' work and learning a lot in the process. If that is so, we may just be there, enjoy and comment. Leaving comments is one way to get followers. Although I make it a point to comment on the hubs of others who have visited my hubs leaving any comment, I find surprisingly many visitors but only a few comments on my hubs. I have tried to ascertain the reasons for such laxity on the part of the readers to write comments and they are roughly asunder:
a) Some high profile writers maintain that they are too busy to read other hubs not to speak of writing comments
b) A few readers say that they forgetfully leave no comment
c) Some writers say that they have to read too many hubs and find no such time to leave any comment in every case.
d) Some may be haughty enough to ignore such matters considering them as petty jobs best left to others.
e) Some writers may still be pondering over the matter
f) Some may have no time to read the hub
g) Some may consider any hub from a new entrant below par
h) Some writers even consider that their constructive criticism of any piece will cause damage to the write up and demean the writer.
i) Some writer may also think that it is the job of the professional critics only
j) Some writers even say that they are not confident enough to pass any comment on any hub
k) Some may just choose to comment on the hubs of their chosen few
l) Some may say that it is difficult to come up with the right comment
m) Some may desist from commenting on the pretext of poor quality or grammatical mistakes etc.
n) Some opine that the best hubs receive hardly any comments
o) Some even felt shaky at the time of commenting
p) Some visitors simply avoid without telling why
On the contrary a few arguments are also put forward for too many critiques for a hub:
a) Too many cooks will spoil the broth, thus confusing the writer totally
b) Constructive critique may damage the moral of the hub author
c) Some may just comment ’AWE SOME’; OR ‘ FINE’ not explaining why
d) It may be pretty difficult to keep track of all those comments in large numbers and in turn comment on their hubs in time as etiquette demands.
e) One hubber once lamented ” I often write comments for people but never hear from them. I often get followers who have not read any of my hubs. Why should a person follow someone they haven't read? I often lose those followers when I don't follow them back”.
f) Commenting for the sake of commenting simply mars the noble idea behind such exercise.
Supportive Hubpages & Fellow Hubbers
I think the Hubpages family is very supportive and I make it a point to schedule at least an hour each day to respond to comments, hub hop and read follower's hubs. I also enjoy browsing other comments and look at profiles to read their background. Time may likely be a constraint for all, but if we devote some time each day for others, then they may provide such services for us too.
I try to comment as much as feasible. When I like an article I should let the author know. Everyone seeks feedback. Otherwise how will the hubber come to know who read it. It remains my earnest endeavour to reply to them who have commented and If we all support each other, actively visit and comment effectively, everyone will have the scope to do better. Success on HubPages depends a lot on building community spirit.
I wish to follow people whose writing I enjoy and can gather some knowledge from him. We all have the scope to learn something new here and actively participates in different realms. It is amazing to know how many intelligent and interesting ideas may emanate from a comment. After leaving a comment for the first time a writer may be really interested further for such commenting jobs.That way he will simply discover himself enriched with a new found pasture to cultivate. To be frank, someone may be a little nervous at the outset about commenting but may be encouraged to leave more meaningful comments gradually, for the benefit of others.A new hubber knows just how important it is to leave comments and even share at times. It should be a win-win for everybody! That's a new way to enrich our knowledge and build our community a better place.
So we help the person we are leaving the comment for, and we also help ourselves indirectly through such online friendship. I also like receiving constructive feedbacks. It is reassuring to me that somebody is reading my hubs.While I can observe how many "views" my hubs attract per day, but I really like to receive productive feedback.
‘Practise what you preach’ is an old adage and while advising fellow hubbers to set aside some time for such jobs for the sake of others I have begun doing the same meticulously as the practice will help me reap benefits by honing my skill to write better hubs and who knows a good writer may become an excellent writer one day!
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