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Keeping Hubs Ahead of Followers

Updated on March 16, 2012

Hub hopping and the race to stay ahead....

Books lately have taken a back seat to Hub hopping.
Books lately have taken a back seat to Hub hopping. | Source

Why it is a losing battle, you will want to lose!

So far, I'm barely ahead, but only because of Haiku!

Yup! I'm 217 Hubs (if I finish the last two) and 214 Followers, so this is probably the last time I can write on this topic.

Check your files and piles. If you are a writer, the chances are you have been a writer for a long time. Writing for most Hubbers didn't all of a sudden start when they joined HubPages.

Checking what we have already written gave many of us a head start, and also allowed us to edit and improve those earlier efforts for publishing here.

Now there are "Hubbers" who haven't yet published their first Hub, even though they joined HubPages some time ago. Active writers won't resist the temptation to publish. "Social commentators" and "critics," however, are a different story, and their motivations for joining HubPages are likely somewhat questionable. Ignore them, unless they prove themselves by writing and publishing. You are the writer, and so are the real Hubbers. The best critics publish and get paid for it, some even teach others how to reach their goals, and for many of us, that's a large part of why we are here.

If you are a good writer, whether a poet, an essayist, a researcher publishing, a humorist, or a story teller, you are doomed...doomed to have more Followers than Hubs (even discounting the "Hubbers" who "follow" but never lead out!)

I think you will be surprised as you look at your first writings (published or unpublished) and see your steady progress as a writer. Grammar and spelling get better and you learn to present your Hubs in better formats and with fewer but well chosen words. You will learn to respect your readers. And, if you set out to earn a shekel or two, you will discover your fellow Hubbers have some wonderful tips which show you how to do just that.

I will share my "proof of the pudding" with you: make your goal to have more real Hubber Followers than you have Hubs, and do that by writing Hubs that your Hubber Followers will be watching for, reading, and taking their precious time to comment on.

A writer's satisfaction can come from many aspects of their writing. Not the least of those is a sense of creativity and making words work. When they work to the extent that readers tell other readers, who tell other... . You see? While fame is not the goal (or is it) a little Hub notoriety for being a worthwhile writer is surely a good yardstick for measuring your HubPages progress.


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    • Hawkesdream profile image

      Hawkesdream 5 years ago from Cornwall

      What dedication and determination you have. Trying to keep ahead of followers is no mean feat in your case. A great viewpoint that had not occurred to me before, certainly worth considering.

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      perspycacious

      At a hubber score of 92 and with 214 followers for 217 hubs, it seems that you are doing well at hubpages. You should probably include the total number of views and comments to give the whole story.

      congrats

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Hawkesdream: I appreciate your stopping by to read and comment. (See below)

      ib radmasters: Total views in my first five months has been 7,740 and those have resulted in 1,072 Comments which I have thoroughly enjoyed learning from as well as receiving. Whether those are good numbers or not, I have no real yardstick to measure the numbers by. I am just happy my Hubs are being read, and readers care enough to comment on so many of them in these first months.

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      Perspycacious

      Thanks for the info. It sounds pretty impressive to me.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Interesting article. In looking back on my first hubs, I am hopeful that i've improved a little. Thank's for sharing thoughts..

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      this is good advice.. great red. thank you I guess i needed to read this

      voted up

      Debbie

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      always exploring: I'm inching closer to your own "Level 8 Commenter". I know how much it means to me that folks take the time to rate and comment. Thanks for yours.

      Deborah Brooks: for whatever led you to read this one, I express my thanks and hope it opens new horizons for you and others.

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      Michelle Orelup 5 years ago from Houston, TX

      I'm still quite new to HP and had not considered the number of followers versus the number of published hubs. Interesting topic.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      lifelovemystery: I enjoyed your Hub on being unemployed and I am sure it will be a balm to many. Welcome to HP and congratulations on finding a position in Houston that can use your skills and verve.

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      Adrienne F Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

      Perspycacious you really have given all of us hubbers some food for thought as we write are hubs. You make a good point, and I never really thought it. You are a great addition to hubs pages, and helping us to become better writers. Have voted interesting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Those earlier writings look a little immature and definitely need some improvement, in many aspects. I feel that we can never be satisfied with our work because satisfaction puts an end to creativity.

      I thoroughly enjoyed this write up and I'm amazed how you manage to keep hubs ahead of followers.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      252 Hubs and 251 Followers today! You Hubbers are catching up to me, and I need to do one for today, if I am to stand any chance of staying ahead.

      adrienne2: Glad I have been of some help from time to time. We can all use all the help we can get, right?

      rajan jolly: You are right that the writing should improve as we go along, if we truly aspire to be good at the craft of writing. A nice aspect of HP is that we can go back from time to time and make corrections and improvements (or unpublish...though I see little sense in that.) More power to you and your followers. Count me as one of them.

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