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Honing Hub Writing Skill

Updated on July 6, 2014
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Hi,welcome to my Hubpages profile. I am Arun Kanti Chatterjee and live in Kolkata. My mission is to share experiences etched on my memory.


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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    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Flourish Anyway-Thank you very much for your visit and such wonderful comments. I, for one, wish to encourage new hubbers to give them the necessary impetus they require. Further there should be constructive criticism of the hubs pointing out the flaws or the good points raised.

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      I like your thoughts here. When I was new (about 15 months ago) there were many who welcomed me with open arms and others who were a little more standoffish. Understand that there are a lot of people who come and go quickly, giving up too early, and there are those who just follow a bunch of people without even engaging with them. It's really about starting a relationship, as you have done. I like seeing comments from people because it lets me know who is reading. Oddly, some of my best performing hubs get very few comments.

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you very much for your visit and such comments which are encouraging. I am also charmed by your modesty

      Wish you all the best.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      6 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      You are writing well and give us some happy hours for reading nice stuff. Your efforts, confidence, courage are commendable. On reading you I find how low myself stand and wish to improve further. Keep on giving stuffs to motivate us. Congrats!

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Eiddwen-It is my pleasure. Thank you very much for your visit and comments.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      6 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and very useful.

      I vote up.


    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Rajan-.I always appreciate your visit. Thank you very much.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Arun, you make some interesting points here. Speaking for myself I do comment on hubs by hubbers who have read and commented on my hubs, though I find that I may not be able to do it as soon as I wish to, due to my other preoccupations. But I do.

      Voted up and useful.

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from KOLKATA

      Thank you very much for reading the hub and making such nice comments imparting inspiration.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting points you made here I try to comment on as many Hubs as possible I found this Hub to be a useful one. Thanks for sharing your ideas

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from KOLKATA

      @Au fait-Thank you very much for visiting my hub and making such wise comments. Wish you all the best and a very happy new year.

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      C E Clark 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      You have some good ideas here, but I think you will not find many hubbers who are likely to offer you editorial or subject advice, unless perhaps you ask specific hubbers for that advice. No one wants to be seen as heavy handed when it comes to critiquing someone else's writing. We all make mistakes now and then after all. I've had a few people let me know when they've found a mistake in my writing which I always appreciate, but most people don't.

      As for subject matter, it mainly depends on your expertise, and your interests. Not everyone may agree with your opinions, but that's to be expected don't you think? With so many people in the world, there is bound to be difference in opinions and views based on education, experience, and many other things.

      I recommend that you consult with wrylilt on some of the issues you have raised here.

      A lot of people write on other sites besides this one and actually make a living on their writing (most of us don't), which limits the time they have for commenting and reading other people's hubs.

      I've written a hub on research and commenting and you night find it interesting.

      Voting you up and useful! You've got a good start here and great potential it seems to me. Wishing you success in all your endeavors in 2013!

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from KOLKATA

      I now understand you have known me by now. I wished to be very candid in putting across my personal views as a beginner writer. Some one may differ but I, for one. feel that if I get the needed impetus I am capable of going more through other hubs to enrich my knowledge to write better.Thank you for sparing your valuable time for reading my hub and commenting so nicely.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      You have learned much in your short time here. Comments are the lifeblood of hubbers. Not only do we get to know our followers through their comments but as you have so aptly put it, we learn more about the hubs we write as well.

      Very nicely done Arun. Hang in there, as you write more hubs you will get more comments.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

    • ARUN KANTI profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from KOLKATA

      carol7777-I am very glad to find such a busy and good writer visiting my hub here again. Wish you a happy new year 2013 and last but not least you are always welcome with your comments., thank you.

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      carol stanley 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      Good words here on comments. I do spend an hour a day commenting and reading new hubs. I only comment on hubs that I find merit and enjoy reading.. which are many. I always appreciate others commenting of course. It is almost like a thank you note..and I like that. I do not criticize..if there is a problem I will send an email. After all what we write is only an opinion we have. Part of writing on hubpages is the community and sharing in.


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