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Hub score - Hubris?
I love writing and love to share my experiences with others. When I first found HubPages, I hadn't realized the hubs were scored, so initially I paid no heed to my number. However, when I caught on to the fact that this was a value of my work and hubtivity, then I became interested. Each time my score went up or down a little, so did my smile.
Lets face it, improving ones score is insidious and infectious. I caught the hub bug about two months ago having come back to HubPages after a few months writing elsewhere. I was surprised to find I had a score in the 80's (after months with no added stories or hubtivity) and was encouraged by kind comments on my hubs from fellow hubbers.
I was further titillated with the new accolades and so with reawakened interest I decided to find out how to affect my score without writing a new hub. After tweaking a couple of the stories by adding more links (now we also have HubKarma to worry about) I noticed my score went up 5 points, then dropped 2, up 1 etc. I noted that my hub score (and smiles) climb rapidly with a new hub and then drop after a few days; it obviously pays to keep up productivity..and to keep smiling :-)
I wondered how I could more accurately manage these score (mood) swings. I found the technical answers to this question within the many helpful hubs on 'how to improve your hub score.' But in this hub I'm more interested in discussing the hook that these "quantifiable's" emote.
I mean, why would I be bothered by a number someone ascribes to my hub, when I realize the hub score isn't based just on writing talent and hub content? I think maybe because its a form of judgment and we don't write to be judged...or do we?
Being scored reaches the roots of the need for approval, pride in ones work, competitiveness, insecurity, etc. Writers put themselves out there ~ a part of the writer's essence is etched into every hub. So maybe that part feels judged and pride comes into play. On the whole I believe most of us aren't writing on Hubpages to make money or to be judged, but because we love to share through writing. (That in itself is an emotional act ).
Having read my share of other hubs, I'm amazed at the large number of excellent and talented writers on HubPages, and I feel humbled in this esteemed company. I've also noticed that the hub score doesn't necessarily reflect the talent of the writer, or the content of the hub.
So meanwhile, I find myself content when I have fan mail, when my score has gone up and when I have comments to read, but also a little pissed off when my score drops seemingly arbitrarily. It's hard not to get caught up when it's somewhat outside of your control. (what, a control freak, moi? Never!)...
So, I would really appreciate your feedback on the emotion attached to your 'number.' Thanks for your input in the following poll: