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Why I'm Done With HubPages

Updated on February 8, 2018

I'm publishing this hub to notify those who are currently following me that I've decided to stop creating new material for HubPages, for a number of reasons.

I've long been discouraged by HubPages' policy regarding trolls who can far too easily get a hub un-published with a mere complaint. Though I briefly considered leaving when I began receiving such attacks, I ultimately decided to grit my teeth and do what I can to simply ban the offending parties from my hubs. In the end, it wasn't enough to make me give up on this website.

Another problem I've always had is the format of the question and answer forums, where subsequent comments are allowed fewer and fewer characters. I've always tried to be succint in my hubs (trying to keep most of them at 1,000 words or less), but that's ridiculous. So, after an initial foray or two, I simply decided to stay away from that part of the website. No problem.

Now, Hubpages has dramatically altered the formatting of hubs themselves, removing the ability to split one's capsules into two separate columns, throwing a number of my hubs into disarray and into sudden violation of HubPages' formatting rules (this, after already reducing the allowed Amazon capsules to one a couple of years ago).

While this change is more a pain in the butt than a horrendous offense, I've decided, finally, that this is the last straw. A website truly interested in encouraging authors to publish should be giving them MORE options, not fewer. They should be facilitating their efforts, not hamstringing them.

So I've concluded that I'm better off looking for greener pastures somewhere else. And perhaps this is the trigger that will finally move me to dive into finishing the book I've always wanted to write. In any case, I'll leave my articles here for as long as HubPages allows -- or until I can find another place to publish them. But I won't publish anymore new material.

Thank you to all those who've chosen to follow me over the years. I wish you all the best!


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    • Paladin_ profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thank you, Tim!

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      3 years ago from The Universe

      And so, dear Paladin, which name I tender as dearly as my own, be well.

    • Paladin_ profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thank you, AB. I've actually begun printing up all my rough drafts, and am amazed at how much material I already have. Hopefully, I can impose enough self-discipline to get something accomplished in the new few months! Good luck to you, too!

    • abwilliams profile image

      A B Williams 

      3 years ago from Central Florida

      Hi Paladin -

      I am sorry to say that I've never read any of your work, but I will now.

      I've had my own battles here at HP and after careful consideration, have elected to stick around a little longer.

      I have a couple of new articles in the works, will see how they are received and go from there.

      Take care and good luck with the book.

    • Paladin_ profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Thanks, Paula. I'll still stop by from time to time, until I've removed all my hubs, but publishing here just isn't worth the hassle anymore.

      Thanks again.

    • fpherj48 profile image


      3 years ago from Carson City

      Paladin....I am one who is disappointed you'll not be writing new articles. I have no problem understanding your growing disappointment. I certainly have my own valid complaints as well, even though slightly different from yours. It's just like anything else, some people are satisfied, some are not and then there are those who have little opinion, one way or another.

      I gave serious thought to ceasing my participation here completely, but actually settled for severely cutting back on the time I spend here. Like you, I will tolerate just so much and then my disappointment becomes disgust, which drains my energy.

      I'm glad to know you're leaving your work here. You'll still continue to collect pennies. (I hope you'll visit now & then)

      Best of luck to you, Paladin. Perhaps after a considerable break from it all, you'll decide to return? Peace, Paula


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