Striving for the Featured Hub. It Is a Good Thing. Just the Positive Here.
This photo by my brother-in-law is a cool study in breaking up the page with contrast so even the beautiful is not too overwhelming.
Go for the best you can be!
HupPages has a format mechanism in place that sets a baseline for a great article or hub. It is the “featured factor”. Being featured does not guarantee success. Or does it? Perhaps it does. The metrics involved cannot determine the in depth quality of a hub. Those subtle nuances of a writer, puns, bringing an article back to conclusion and focus cannot really be gauged in this manner. But that is not the point here. The point is that striving to meet the goals of being featured help the artist strive to be better. That is a fantastic metric and goal.
Featured is a status of good work. It is a goal oriented and that is a good thing. We do not know about you for sure but we need goals to strive for or we become stale and “so yesterday”. So let us look at what is in a featured hub of the normal article sense. Poetry and Recipes are a different breed however these basic tenants of striving for featured apply there as well.
The formula for featured is a formula that is good for life as well. Communication is all about the receiver and not about the speaker or writer. The base requirements for featured are the base requirements for friendly honest and fun interchanges. We say “people judge you by the words you use” and we really impliedly add to that, “and how you use them”. Striving for featured takes us to a great level of communication using most of the tools of a good conversation.
This photo is meant to be like taking a break and looking out the window to think.
Pictures are good except when they are not.
Our goals for featured generally include 3 pictures. We all know the skit, and sadly the reality, of the guy who in casual or formal conversation whips out a picture album and wants to show them all to you. Regardless of the fact that the guy sits on them in a billfold all day normally it is a conversation killer and you just want to slink away and have a beer or if he really trapped you 10 beers ;-). So for a goal it is 3 pictures within an article. Again we cannot speak for you but that is just about right for us. Maybe six and maybe only two but three is just right. We both use them to illustrate and in many cases just for an entertainment all by themselves.
Pictures can help get deep into a point or they can lighten things up. Some pictures are artful and some are just like selfies for fun and to show and tell. Both are great uses in the right context.
Just think of the most cool power point presentations and shoot for that moon. And this idea brings us to graphs, polls and quizzes.
Do you like Polls and quizzes?
Do you at least read the questions?
Widgets/capsules for involvement.
Media illustration and reader involvement
Critical stuff here to grasp and use. We admit to being a little lazy here and to use the polls for humor as much as for informational gain. But mainly it involves the reader. Quizzes make a person think and think about getting involved. Polls do the same but actually let us know some reader statistics that can help the next reader get more involved or learn more. Graphs are not interactive but allow those who can better understand by visuals to get more from your article. Besides they help you organize your writing into a helpful bit of guidance for you the writer. They can act as an outline for you and reinforcement for the reader to get key points. They also help keep the writer “honest” and that gives credibility and folks like that very much.
The HP widgets that work in this area are just fantastic in that they allow and artsy fartsy writer with head in clouds to come back to earth. And they are easy peasy to do. We did a poll that got 15 responses and the poll took a full 2.5 minutes to create. That friends is ease of use to great reward.
Illustration is key nowadays
Other media incorporated within.
Videos and music
How easy is that for everyone to spice up an article and share favorite tunes. That capsule is by far the greatest comment producer there is. And it is fun. It is so easy to use that we found that even Eric can do it. Of course here I speak of music of a commercial variety. But homegrown is cool and entertaining and the homemade tutorial type videos just are great to get to know the author and learn and feel at home while reading.
Totally appropriate music to the substance of the article and/or a hub about the music are both great and enhance reader enjoyment. But we see many where it is just a share of a favorite piece of music. With our worldwide readership we have now got the ability to share our culture through video and the music that accompanies that music and that is the spread of understanding and the breaking of barriers.
It also breaks up long winded paragraphs or text capsules. There is nothing worse these days than two full pages of text without break. We love novels. And very few illustrate, but that is for novels not articles of short interest and for quick information and entertainment. And that brings us to breaking it up.
You cannot force someone to write something or a certain way.
Matters just to accept.
Breaking up the pages.
Boring is boring and sometime just the sight of a full page of text makes us turn the page or grab a new magazine. We want glossy photos and illustrations and music and some involvement for the time we spend reading. Why not?! We have come a long way from blank pages and we should embrace the tools we are given to make the reader like the format and be stimulated by our work. “Illustrated” captures attention and helps to keep a reader engaged. Done with any thought it can be provoking of imagination, memories or something new and fun. (the writer here likes happy child photos unless wholly inappropriate or too many of them) Pictures and maps of the subject area or thing are very helpful.
Why is 1250 a magic word count? It is a little long for me to read in many instances. And we see some techniques that work to help curb that length in many good authors’ work. But in truth if the subject grabs you as a reader 1250 may be too short so it is a good middle ground and seems to somehow be magic. A good writer with real material to write about will spend more time designing the hub than writing the content at 1250, otherwise it just suggests you do not have enough material to write about. Yes that seems harsh and it is but the formula just has proven correct.
Let us put this great hub to rest.
It is now tried and true. The elements that go into a featured hub guarantee a minimum quality. That boosts readership and give goals that are worthy to strive for at any rate. This author chomps at the bit of conformity but has found a trusted friend in this familiar and good process. Kudos go out to the team that developed this writer prompt type of format and structure. Most writers of quality are alone and in fact loners. It is good to have a place called home and familiar structure in their lives and this “featured” nook is like a nice familiar place to have a beverage.