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What I Miss About My Days (And Nights) On HubPages

Updated on June 10, 2017

Valued Once

I thought I was valued once,

and worthy of my hire.

Now I think I'm just a dunce,

and to myself a liar.

Getting to be an HP "old timer"

With over 1,000 Hub articles and some well-traveled years on HP, it is interesting looking back and comparing the  "then" and the "now".
With over 1,000 Hub articles and some well-traveled years on HP, it is interesting looking back and comparing the "then" and the "now". | Source

Contests and Challenges

On a previous occasion I won $25.00 in a HubPages contest. I would be happy to compete again, but I haven't seen any contests proposed recently.

HP used to challenge Hubbers to write "30 Hubs in 30 Days". While I accomplished that several times, it was nice that challenges were out there to stimulate the muse and classes to promote better Hubs were available.

Ratings and Categories

In those "good old days" Hubbers could rate other Hubbers' articles and give them scores which (when the Hubs were well done) served as incentives for writing more frequently and better quality Hubs.

I respected the comments and thrived on the scoring as online pats on the back from time to time.

While comments can still perform that function and they do, I really appreciated that discontinued system of Hubbers' appraisals, and it seemed to serve well the pursuit for excellence.

Remuneration and Rewards

In the past the number of Views of my Hubs were directly related to their remuneration and rewards, whereas today HP has apparently shifted the responsibility for those to Ad Sense for better or worse.

In addition, self-chosen ads are limited more strictly, and the concept of "Other Articles by This Author" has seemingly disappeared so that now my Hubs are more likely to be promoting other Hubbers' writings as of "suggested interest" rather than my Hubs promoting one or more of my earlier Hubs.

Perhaps because the number of Hubbers worldwide has grown exponentially, even though I have written on a wide variety of topics of continuing interest, it is rare to find my own Hubs in that "suggested interest" category when I have a featured Hub on the same topic others have written about.

A Pot of Gold At the HP Rainbow

Happy is the home where enthusiasm dwells and the bills are always paid on time.
Happy is the home where enthusiasm dwells and the bills are always paid on time. | Source

The Good Old Days

I miss what I perceive as having been lost from those "good old days'. Hopefully the changes have meant more benefits for the vast majority of Hubbers, and I can just go sulk in my own corner dreaming of days and features that are now in the past.

As always your comments and shared outlook are always welcomed. What feature(s) of HubPages do you most miss in their absence, and what might HubPages do in the future to "liven up" their service to your even greater satisfaction?

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    • Glenn Stok profile image

      Glenn Stok 

      2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      HubPages is moving our focus more towards the money source. That’s a good thing because we need to know where our hubs are bringing us our revenue.

      The old voting system didn’t provide any useful information because we don’t get paid for other Hubbers reading our hubs anyway. I agree it’s nice to have followers, and I love them all. But the reality is that we make money from organic traffic.

      The information for organic traffic and how well our hubs are appreciated can be found in our Google Analytics Reports. Yes, that shows how long people are actually reading or if they clicked away because they didn’t find our hubs of any value.

      That information should give you the initiative to write more of your topics that Google is ranking well. Focused initiative never came from the voting system.

      The various writing challenges has also been dropped because it caused people to rush to write hubs rather than do their research and due diligence required to make hubs that bring Google traffic and pay well.

      As you can see, HubPages has been working hard at improving our success. Other writing sites that failed to do that had already gone out of business. HubPages, on the other hand, is growing.

      I see from your hubs that you are a good writer. You just need to trust the process and keep up with the changes.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 years ago from SW England

      I miss the 'share' button. I know it can be done on social media but I don't do FaceBook, Twitter etc so others miss out on me sharing.

      I also miss the half-page capsules. They were good for illustrations of paired text and the like.

      I think it's all money driven now (from HP's point of view, not ours!), mostly by the advertisers and so we have to conform.

      I agree with your viewpoint.

      I also don't like the way HP edits one's hubs and then makes errors!

      As Victoria says, I enjoy what remains, thankfully, i.e. the camaraderie and the honest but (generally) kind feedback.


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      Gypsy Willow 

      3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      It was fun in the days gone by. I never earned any money from hubpages but back in the day I made many friends that I am still exchanging barbs with, but now on Facebook. Hubpages encouraged me to write but I haven't written a hub in donkeys years. I still hover and comment. The spirit went out of it somehow!

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      3 years ago from USA

      Although I LOVE the niche sites, I do miss the contests that promoted engagement and interaction among Hubbers. When Simone went away a lot changed. There's sadly very little communication about the future of the site or the health in general of the site(s). The snipping of Amazon capsules and links (if one wants to be on the niche sites) is overboard at times.

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      William Kovacic 

      3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I think you speak for most of us, Demas. I could never figure out the scoring, etc. But it doesn't really matter. I don't pay much attention to it. I just write. Still, it seems the good, old days are gone forever.

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      Justin W Price 

      3 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I used to be a very active Hubber, now I maybe write a couple a year and spent most of my time on hub pages revising and sharing previous hubs and commenting on some of the "old timers" pages, just to say hello. I like a lot of the changes but I do feel like a lot of the changes have made it harder to be active on this site. I concentrate most of my writing, now, on short stories and poems for magazine publication, the occasional commissioned piece, and some freelance journalism. I get hubpages payouts, now, about once a year, and never made more than $14 in one month, even in the good ole days... but I did hone my craft and make a lot of friends, so it was worth it. Thanks for the reminder of the good ole days.

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I miss it too. I am so grateful we at least have comments enabled. Many of these kinds of sights are closing down. I've been on three that have closed their doors. I hope HP is around for a long while.

    • Venkatachari M profile image

      Venkatachari M 

      3 years ago from Hyderabad, India

      Yes, Demas. Hubpages has changed a lot recently within one year and we miss many nice things here.

      I earned a rising star award for publishing 5 featured articles within 3 months of my joining the HubPages. Presently, I am not seeing any such award being offered to the newcomers.

      I miss those HP challenges also. Some good sharing buttons have been removed and upvoting feature also removed.

      Even though many nice features have been added to the Hubpages making it a beautiful website, some old features that were very nice are being missed now. The navigation from an article to your other articles and to HP feed page have become lengthy procedures now.

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      Victoria Lynn 

      3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      HI there! I miss the "good ole days," too. I haven't written or even read many hubs lately, but I'd like to get back into it. I miss the camaraderie we all had; is that still present within the community? I also mention the incentives, as you mentioned--30 hubs in 30 days, occasional contests. Those things kept the site more alive and engaging. There have been a lot of changes, a significant one being moving hubs to other sites. I haven't seen whether that helps us for sure or not. I don't like how our own articles aren't promoted more (more articles by this author). I used to link related hubs until that was discouraged (not sure why; it that spammy?), and links were even deleted when HP started editing them. At any rate, I did enjoy your article and reminiscing about the good old days.


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