How Hubpages Writers Can Support Each Other
Treat other Hubbers the way you want them to treat you
Most people have heard of, and even quote the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you". As a side note, this is not an actual verbatim Bible verse. It is a paraphrase of Matthew 7:12, which reads in the King James version;
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
In addition to the popularly quoted golden rule, many in society also believe in karma, which essentially indicates how you treat others will determine what life brings your way. There are also a lot of people who live by the saying "What goes around comes around".
Whether you believe in the Bible, karma, and or life coming full circle, there is wisdom for writers in each of these sayings. If those who write on Hubpages adhered to these old adages we all would win. Think for a moment as a Hubber what it is you desire from this community. Most would say they want their articles to be read and to obtain feedback. For this reason, we should all take the time to read the work of fellow writers on this site, as well as engage in comments. Supporting each other is the best way to ensure that we are a community that cares and we can help each other along the way. When we let our fellow writers know that their work is being read, it can be encouraging and motivating.
Don't abuse Hubpages forums
One of the issues that has disturbed me while writing for Hubpages is how brutal other Hubbers can be in their forum comments. Attacking those who are seeking assistance is not helpful. I have also noticed that some within the community ignore the direct questions that are asked by fellow writers and give mean spirited, unsolicited comments about their work anyway. Those who are new to the site should be encouraged, rather than discouraged. Constructive criticism is one thing, but, telling someone their writing sucks is just plain wrong. Advising Hubbers not to write about certain subjects is not productive because we each have different backgrounds and experiences. Again consider the manner in which you would desire others to communicate to you, and think about what wording would be of assistance, rather than a deterrent. There is a way to be truthful, professional and use tact without publicly embarrassing anyone. If you feel you must convey a harsh criticism, then send a private message. I have observed Hubbers whose question brings five or six negative responses and if someone does not have thick skin, this can be harmful. Always give feedback in the same way you would like to receive it.
Share the Hubs from other writers
A great way for those who write on Hubpages to be supportive is to share the articles of others. My grandchildren are being homeschooled and they as well as their mother appreciate gleaning from other sources. When my fellow Hubbers write articles that are history, science, or geography related, I send them to the cell phones of my daughter and her oldest son to use in their lessons. I do the same for my youngest son with stories about Anime. Hubs that I particularly enjoy I share on Facebook. I share faith-based Hubs to my two Facebook ministry pages or Twitter. Should you decide to share the work of another Hubber, please let them know because it will survey mean a lot to them.
Set up a Facebook writing page
My Facebook page has my first, maiden and last name. I set up a writer's page using my first name, middle initial and last name. This is specifically used to share my stories and those of other Hubbers whose work I enjoy. Margaret Minnick's who writes for Hubpages has set up a Facebook group entitled Bulletin Board for Writers where all who join may share their work. As a side note, regarding personal articles, I have noticed that re-sharing them at strategic intervals brings additional views. As a rule of thumb, keep track of your daily stats specifically when you re-share to see if it is beneficial. Keeping this in mind, it only takes a moment to click the share button, so please consider helping out fellow Hubbers. Pay it forward and do for other writers what you would have them do for you. There is nothing to lose, but so much for us all to gain. Someone who reads a Hub that you share, may click on the author's profile page and read and possibly more of their work. While you are supporting other writers, the same may be happening for you. The bottom line to all of this is that with increased page views, there will also be an increase in income.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston