Do I or Don't I?
How often to update hubs can be the question of the century? Do you even update them at all? There is no “correct” answer. Just like there is not “correct” topic to write about. There is no magic number of hubs or fans. That is what makes HubPages so great. We are all individuals coming together expressing that individuality with written (or typed in this case) word.
But there is always some pearls of wisdom to gather from all those that have been here longer than us. And each one of them are still learning from their own experiences and those of their fellow hubbers.
Updating hubs is just as unique as the many hubbers who publish each day. There are some that will tell you that once they publish a hub, they never go back and change anything. Others are constantly updating as they get new ideas or find a better way to express something. And then there are the ones in between who do it when the need arises or it tickles their fancy.
But if you are looking for a “guide” of updating hubs, here is a humble attempt.
Before even publishing a hub, it might be wise to let it set and age a spell. That could mean a few hours or a few days. Some even let them age a few weeks. But that gives the author time to step back and ensure that the words he intended are still there on the page. It gives the author time to think if there are areas of expansion that needs to be included or maybe sections might need to be deleted entirely. This act will limit editing hub updates as you go.
A few days after publishing a hub might also be a good time to review your hub for any changes you might want to make. That gives it time to be reviewed by other hubbers and receive comments. There are times that a comment will be made that gets the author thinking that maybe they should have included that or worded things a little differently to ensure that their message communicated properly.
Updating hubs can occur weeks and months later as the author gains more knowledge of their topic and want to correct their article. Now, if you think that the one who have already read it will come back and see your changes, you might be a little disillusioned. Usually once a hubber has read an article the only time they come back is to make follow up comments. The article is no longer the focus but the communication between reader and writer takes center stage. But don’t let that be a reason not to come back and make a good piece great. It is wonderful to have fellow hubbers read our pieces, but our ultimate goal is to see those outside of HubPages come in and see our work. They are still new to your piece, so go ahead and update it for those that will be viewing it.
If you begin to take your own pictures or you find a great poem that would fit in with your writing, go ahead and update. All you are doing is improving it. There is not deadline. There is not cutoff point. You can make updating your hubs regularly like once a quarter or not at all. It all depends on your personality.
So, in essence there is not rule of thumb for updating hubs. It all depends on you. If you are a new writer, you might want to just write for awhile and develop your writing skills. Then you might want to go back and update previous hubs to match your current writing standards. Or you might just want to write an addendum at the bottom to update readers on your topic. Have fun with HubPages and enjoy writing and rewriting if you feel like it.