Handling HubPages Snips, Edit-Bot, Capsule and Other Changes
The Impetus for Joining Hubpages
I have always enjoyed writing and have a relatively good command of American English. Writing is a way of processing information, emotions, and serves as a release of what's stored up inside the psyche. Communication by the use of alphabetic symbols is a skill, a craft, and a way of sharing insights and ideas with others, who, because of the internet, have included individuals from all over the globe.
So, writing has been a life-long hobby, always wrapped in wispy dreams of satisfying society's lifestyle preferences of being financially whole, the definition of which has changed drastically in my lifetime. (I still remember when the first-class postage stamp of the United States Postal Service was only five cents!)
When I joined HubPages in 2012, writers could apply for an apprenticeship program and get paid for writing their articles. For once, I thought, I could begin making a living from my writing. I applied, but missed the class-count limit, and the program was shortly terminated thereafter.
Curiosity and a dream, however, encouraged me to explore and try the self-publishing tools offered here, so I continued.
What Hubpages Ads Don't Tell You
Generally, the prompt to write at the Hubpages website appeals because it is a free forum with capsule tools in place. The downside is that the capsule tools change with those of internet algorithms, technological trends, and the experiments of the HubPages team itself.
While the aspiring writer is encouraged to write what one feels passionate about, as one should, the mystery of search engine optimization (SEO) is not clearly explained, nor is it a prerequisite.
The process of earning money can be quite slow for the average writer who knows little about content writing and the processes of the world-wide web, especially those of Google, which seems to be the preferred search engine at the time of this writing.
Personality Traits That Don't Fit Automated-Type Edits
If you have personality traits similar to mine you might find yourself becoming frustrated with content writing on a website which is not entirely your own. These traits include, but are not limited to the following:
- a love of compassionate, personal attention
- an idealistic attitude for the standards of the written word and presentation
- a literary, creative expression of writing
- a loathing for ads
Yet, even these traits do not necessarily hinder one's ability to generate a monthly income at HubPages because, in truth, no one can predict social preferences of the general internet community. I also believe that my interests and passions, somewhere, somehow, are shared by at least a thousand people like me.
Factors Prompting My Decision to Unpublish
Behind the scenes, I have not had access to a computer allowing me ease in publishing for over a year. The hard drive on my laptop died well before Christmas of 2017. When I requested a computer man to see if the device could be saved, he became unavailable due to a heavy workload and his loss of a family member.
Another factor adding to my dilemma was serving as a live-in nanny to my two grandchildren, aged three years and one year. If you have any idea about how I may have functioned, you can well imagine that family care requires being on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That doesn't leave much time for writing!
Consequently, when I received the insistence by a HubPages team editor that I needed to prove that I read the book displayed in the Amazon ad that he had snipped, I was flabbergasted. The statement by me to unpublish was made after the second communication, not the first, and disagreements I had on two other recent occasions with a title change and a snip, each a different article.
Not only was I under pressure with nanny duties and lack of access to a reliable computer, my integrity was being questioned. With hurt feelings, I felt I needed to protect my other articles from being degraded to a lesser quality by a less-than-thoughtful editor. The process of placing my 74 articles into a dormant state took only a couple of sessions, less than a hour each.
The Future of Content Writing
I do plan to continue. To just throw HubPages out the window after six years of experience makes no sense. My writing parallels my quilting, the latter which I have done for a hobby since 1970. I fall into the love of creating something beautiful, then give it away freely.
I happen to know from trustworthy sources that the nature of humanity will be different in the future. The trend for drama, gossip, and tragedy will become undesirable and no longer salable. We will become more compassionate toward one another, and this is a worthy phenomenon to hope for and write about, even if there is little to no perceivable interest at the present time.
© 2018 Marie Flint