Why I Decided to Leave Squidoo for Hubpages
I want to preface this article by saying I'm sure that there are plenty of people perfectly happy at Squidoo, I myself was perfectly content with "Squiddy", until this morning. I hope everyone who reads through this article won't judge my behavior too harshly.
Squidoo's Rude Awakening
I'm dead asleep in bed from last night's whirlwind adventure that is "Bubblews". My phone chimes over and over, notifying me of incoming emails. I lethargically check them with one eye barely being able to open. Nearly 20 emails from Squidoo, I spring out of the bed like there's a cat-sized cockroach spooning me.
Clear the gunk from my eye sockets and to my dismay, all said emails from Squidoo are individual automated warnings that they will be locking my lenses. I have never dashed to my laptop and powered it on with such ferocity. I was fuming, like a Japanese anime character. I'm sure a hypothetical bystander could see the steam pouring off my skull.
A few days from paying their writers, they went ahead and locked so many lenses that the forum was full of hard working, quality writers clamoring for answers. Some were angrier than most, myself included. They cited "low-quality content", even members with coveted "Purple Star" lenses were being locked, due to "low-quality content" all of a sudden.
Step Into the View of My Perspective
I just want to give you a little perspective on the level of betrayal I felt. Maybe this does sound like a rant, but this injustice I'm feeling is fresh and I wanted to write this Hub while I still had the fire ignited within me. For me personally, it is highly insulting and very insensitive to email me that my articles were of "low quality".
Articles mind you, were at 10-20,000 ranking, which isn't great, but hardly horrible either. I had written quite a few this summer and they were maturing in rank. Including sales I made for them during this month, and those lenses were locked as well. So, now I have to forfeit those sales that derived from my traffic, from my article which was deemed of "low quality".
So, all the sleepless nights of writing my heart out just snuffed out by one company's arbitrary attitude and capricious actions. I don't care about the money, this is all about the principle for me. This hub, as long as it exists will never have any sale modules on it. This is about Squidoo's decision to ambush me, and my refusal to go quietly into the night.
I Loved the Squid Before I Met the Hub
I was looking for a nurturing place to do what I enjoy doing most, read and write. To me, like too many out there, writing is an art. A personal art that is hard to duplicate, cause we are so amazingly different in our art. Yet we can all appreciate how another passionate writer can swing their pens differently than we're used to.
I started on Squidoo, and it was love at first lens. People were kind, they were very gracious in their comments and that's one great memory I will take away with me from Squidoo. The members are an extraordinary set of artists, and I genuinely hope they find success if they decide to stay with Squidoo.
Mid way through this love affair, a friend recommended Hubpages. She informed me of her prior history with both Squidoo and Hubpages, and that my writing for Hubpages would be a better fit. She also praised Hubpages for being more polished and professional and will help mature my love and craft for writing.
You Must Choose; There Can Only be One!
Which company will you swing your pen for, Hubpages or Squidioo?
I Was Loyal, Because It's My Nature
More and more I began really enjoying Hubpages, it was strange to me at first, with Squidoo just over yonder waiting for me to come home. I was really attracted to "Hubs", but I already had a main squeeze in writing platforms. So, I stayed away from "Hubs" I was loyal to my Squid, who I assumed cared and loved me too.
So, I continued writing on Squidoo, more and more lenses, countless hours that were invested in sitting in my worn out desk chair with no lumbar support whatsoever. However, I didn't even care about that, cause I was doing something I absolutely adored. Today, I've never felt so betrayed by an online entity, and I have Comcast AND bank online with Bank of America, and they are atrocious.
I'm the kind of sailor that's going down with the captain, that is the extent of my loyalty. Oh, "Squiddy", all this love and loyalty for you, just to be thrown overboard so you can save a few gold shillings.
I Humbly Implore You to Voice Your Opinion
I want to apologize for my curtness, this certain kind of passion isn't me. I just feel scorned, and Squidoo has devolved to "Squi-don't" for me. Please if you have anything to say on the matter, I would truly appreciate other perspectives. Thank you for reading through.
(9/21 Update) Looks as if Squidoo finally has come to the end of the line, I'm just thankful I jumped ship right before it sank, like a stone tied to a brick. However, they did send me my finalized earnings, for which I had doubted I would ever see. But, they paid me every penny they owed me, for that, I can give them some respect. Hopefully, we have all learned from the folly of Squidoo, don't become so greedy that it blinds good judgment.