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Timeless stories on the hub pages

Updated on June 21, 2015

The hub pages are full of all kinds of different wonderful stories. There is absolutely no subject matter that has been left untouched here on the hub pages. But there's something which I've noticed that keeps a reader interested in a story, and I would like to share with everyone. That something simply is keeping the story timeless. By timeless I mean a story which is not restricted to any particular time or date. A story which is ageless, and never gets outdated or too old for readers to enjoy or want to read. Another words a hub that will never ever die. Now there are historical stories where the date is very important. like if you were writing about the Russian revolution, then it would be pointless not to include the date. But if you were writing a story about your pet dog Spot digging up a bone, then you would want to consider making your story timeless.

There are some seasonal hubs that readers seem to drift away from after the special event has passed. During Christmas time a lot of new hubs come out around this special time of year, and get heavy traffic. However after the new year sets in, traffic to those hubs dwindle down to zero. But the following year when Christmas rolls around again, the traffic may just pick back up again. You never know. To keep a story timeless, you don't want to mention any holidays. You also don't want to include the seasons of the year in your story if possible. Like it's very hot in the summer sun or it's freezing out here under the snow covered trees. This way the reader gets the impression that the story is happening right now, regardless of the temperatures outside, and feels more involved. You certainly don't want to mention the date and time. Like on May 14th 2007 at 6PM, Spot buried his bone down by the creek. This gives the reader no room for imagination or involvement.

Stories on sporting events can really get rather tricky. Who out there doesn't enjoy the World Cup? However if you are writing about a certain World Cup championship game which happened in 1998, you may not get as much traffic as you would have if you just had a generic date or no date at all in the hub. I mean unless someone's favorite team played in that particular game, they may not have any interest in reading about it. So stories about a specific sporting event become obsolete fast. (For the record France was the winner in 1998, and Brazil was the runner-up.)

Some of my very own hubs are timeless, while others relate directly to a specific place and time period. It's not always possible to create a hub which is timeless. When it is possible to create a timeless story, you'll know that your hub will always be up to date for brand new and future readers. There's one singer who comes to mind when it comes to timeless music. She's the great Karen Carpenter. Even though Karen passed away on February 4th 1983, her beautiful music is timeless, and lives on forever in our hearts. I just wanted to share this little bit of information with all of you, that I've picked up since I've been here on the hub pages. I hope that it can be of benefit to someone.

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      Winter 2 years ago

      Now we know who the selnbise one is here. Great post!

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      Melissa Propp 4 years ago from Minnesota

      You make a good point. The best way to have an evergreen hub is to have a timeless topic! Unless, of course, you are dealing with historical events--then I guess it would be okay to have some dates. Enjoyed this very much, thanks!

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      Vin Chauhun 5 years ago from Durban

      great Hub...plus the chances are, judged by GoogleGod....you could get a higher page rank/or better search engine visibility ..voted up :)

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Clever observation, great ideas =)

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      April Reynolds 5 years ago from Arizona

      Hmmm, seems like good advice, now I will have to go back and see if my hubs are timeless...

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      Beth J 5 years ago from India

      You're absolutely right...it makes a lot of sense to make an effort to create hubs that will stand the test of time. voted up!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Timeless hubs are good at achieving constant traffic over the year while seasonal ones have peaks and valleys. I think both types need to be written. I vote up.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      I like this one, it has great meaning to me, because these types of hubs don't have to end. They don't because useless. Thank you for sharing this one.

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      Karen Silverman 5 years ago

      Timeless is like eternity - it's the goal, but, does it exist..i hope i have several hubs that qualify as 'timeless', but - being libra - i find myself drawn to issues of justice and balance, and they are definitely more time-ly than time-less! Great advice!

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      goody7 5 years ago from over there under the sycamore tree

      Jenna, dmop, Faith & phoenix2327 - thank you for your feedback. This info is just something I noticed while surfing through the hub pages, and I just felt compelled to share it with as many people who might be interested in this sort of thing.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is excellent advice. These are one of the things a hubber should consider before putting pen to paper. Or hands to keyboard in this modern age.

      Voted Up, useful and interesting.

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, how perceptive. I am glad you wrote this hub. It is really great for someone new to hubbing to reflect on that thought of timelessness. Thank you, Faith Reaper

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      dmop 5 years ago from Cambridge City, IN

      Great observation of the importance of the time or timelessness of our Hubs. I think this is yet another factor to think about when writing a new Hub. Voted up and useful.

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      Jenna Pope 5 years ago from Southern California

      Good job. Relevant. Voted up.