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Handling HubPages Snips, Edit-Bot, Capsule and Other Changes

Updated on November 28, 2019
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Marie studied at Michigan State University four years in English (creative writing). She writes content, poetry, and stories.

The mug I received for being voted "Grammar Nerd," a title which I would have preferred simply as "Grammarian" or "Best Grammarian."
The mug I received for being voted "Grammar Nerd," a title which I would have preferred simply as "Grammarian" or "Best Grammarian."

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

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    • Charito1962 profile image

      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 

      6 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Thank you for sharing your experience, Ms. Marie !

      Formerly in Squidoo, I now understand better the HP policies or guidelines.

    • Marie Flint profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Flint 

      17 months ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

      GAES, thank you for the insight. My unpublished status is, with the exception of two articles, changed back to published. Going back over my articles allowed me to update and catch little typos and things. I completely reorganized a couple also. I unpublished as a way of protecting my content. I have no problem with constructive changes made by editors, but when a change degrades an article, that's where I stop. Being unpublished for a month or two helped me put things into perspective, as I republished those which had the most page views first. I'm still thinking about the last two, both being specialized food recipes. Blessings!

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      Governor's Academy for Engineering Studies 

      17 months ago from Virginia

      I'm sorry you had that experience. Don't give up, give in unless you feel comfortable with negotiated changes, and certainly don't unpublish. You'll only hurt yourself, not anyone else and your fellow Hubbers don't want you to do that.

      Working with some editors is a terrific experience but working with select others is challenging indeed and requires major pushback. I write as FlourishAnyway on another Hub account and have experienced a range of editor working styles both on that account and on this one.

      When faced with a difficult editor who is making inappropriate demands, I push back just as hard with my own rationale if I deem it worth the tussle. There are some articles that I don't care when they mess with, whereas changing other articles requires solid evidence-backed explanations, not someone's whimsy.

      In the end, yes, it's their site, but I am the author and it's my content. I look at the editors as serving and facilitating my work and helping me to make money and get a message across. On rare occasion I have asked for another editor. You always have a buffet of options!

    • Marie Flint profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Flint 

      21 months ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

      Thank you, Jo. I'm still feeling my way through my unpublished articles. Not only have capsules changed, but apparently there has been changeovers in the editorial team as well. Articles that were of award status and what I considered "evergreen" are now considered unworthy of being posted at sub-sites. Interesting.

      Essentially, I feel like a new writer just starting; however, I do have my six-year status from which to draw guidance. I like your method of "just doing your thing." I will try some of that and begin trying a little Google trends as well. I think Google likes longer articles, but I think readers actually like shorter ones.

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      Jo Miller 

      21 months ago from Tennessee

      I believe this is the first article of yours that I remember reading, but since I am following you I assume there was something that drew me to your writing. I hope you can find some positive aspects to writing here in the future.

      I have been here a long time but have never been very active. I just do my thing and try to not worry about what HubPages is doing. Overall, I think the site is more professional looking than it was when I started. So I'm hoping the site is sustainable in the long run.

    • Marie Flint profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Flint 

      22 months ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

      @John Hansen: Thank you for your feedback, John. HubPages became a home to me, but like in real life, if a home is altered too much, the original feelings of hope and excitement can be lost.

      I have these two months in Michigan to rethink and re-center. I will proceed slowly. In the process, I may just discover a workable niche.

      When I get back to Florida, I anticipate 100 or more mailings from charities. These pieces of junk mail may very well turn into some sort of article.

      My game plan now is to analyze the best traffic producing articles, those that had been previously assigned to sister sites, and those which I actually may have copyrighted.

      May I have Divine guidance through all of my analyses and efforts.

    • Marie Flint profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Flint 

      22 months ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

      Thank you, Dora. You have been one of the most consistent and among the best of friends here on the HubPages community.

      Your articles are upbeat and helpful, too.

      Blessings and every success!

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      Dora Weithers 

      22 months ago from The Caribbean

      You just made my day by affirming that the HP decision to turn down my apprenticeship application had nothing to do with my writing ability. Marie, you're among the best of grammarians and I understand your frustration of dealing with editors who are less qualified than you to edit your work. I'm also glad that you decided to continue writing here. Best to you going forward!

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      John Hansen 

      22 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi, Marie. It is good to see that you are still with us here at HubPages and have not left entirely. Being a live in nanny for two young grandchildren would certainly keep you more than busy, and not having a working computer would make online writing impossible.

      I agree the title of the award “Grammar Nerd” sounded really a little demeaning and “Best Grammarian”would have been much more appropriate.

      There have certainly been a lot of changes here, some that also frustrated me originally, but now I accept as just part of the changing needs of the Internet and to please Google.

      I understand your feelings but hope to read more by you in the future.

    • Marie Flint profile imageAUTHOR

      Marie Flint 

      22 months ago from Tawas City, Michigan USA

      When I posted my decision to unpublish in the HubPages forum, I had intended the statement as a courtesy to past and potential readers, not as a means of collecting feedback from the HubPages community, although I do thank those who paid some attention to the post.

      I will be going through my articles slowly, thoughtfully, with what I have learned about writing for this website (there were no sister sites when I started). Some will be updated and republished; others may not.

      Time will tell what the results of my hopes and frustrations will be. I do know that I love to write, and when I write, I am a writer.

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