@HP Just wanted to say thanks.
If anyone else has something positive to say about our adventures here, this is the place.
This is so sweet. I was browsing the forums and was purposely looking for something positive when I saw your post. I like it. I think it's refreshing. I have a positive comment to share and this is the place where I hope people won't get indignant and start name calling, like they do in the religious and political forums (I'm staying out of those for peace of mind).
Anyway, the thing I enjoy about HubPages is that I do get a paycheck at the end of each month. I look forward to them and hope they keep coming. I can't complain about that. The only sucking up I'm doing these days is sucking up money. Go HubPages!
I feel the same way. Everywhere I turn, everything is negative, negative, negative. In addition to everything else, that can actually be bad for one's mental health. I've also become a firm believer in no longer watching the evening news. As for the political and religion forums, I've been showing up there, but I'm going to do my best to stop doing that. I'll go do hub research instead. Or take a well-deserved nap.
Yes, my stress level has gone way down since I decided to stay out of the heated forums. Now, I actually enjoy my time spent in forums. In every forum, there is always one or two people who just can't help being negative, but they are not as brutal as the ones in the religious and polital forums. I also stay away from religious and political questions. Life at HP is better now.
Just a thought. I noticedt that you and several other Hubbers mentioned the negative hubbers, the complainers, and why they seem to dominate HP. My experience has been that the negatives and complainers cluster in the Forum pages and particulalry, as you pint out, certain forums. They really are not at all a representative sampleof Hubbers.
Many of us don't ever visit the forums. Many hubbers occasionally visit the calmer, more enjoyable forums, and some people are drawn to conflict and heat and they appear in the negative, complainy forums....but let's all realize that they are a noisy minority, not the pretty happy with HP majority.
One thing I love is how helpful you all are. We aren't around 24/7 and can't always address issues right as they occur, so we sincerely appreciate you looking out for one another and the site.
Thank you for everything you do for HubPages. We couldn't do this without you!
Camille, its great to have a thread where hubbers interact with staff in a positive way. Often the poor staff end up having to defend themselves against a barrage of unjust criticism. We love you all (most of the time!) and appreciate the great job you are doing!
*shrug* I make money here. I (usually) enjoy the forums. I appreciate the ease of writing a good looking hub.
And if understanding and being willing to work within HP's efforts to build a business on the "new" internet makes me a suck up, so be it.
I have been writing on Hubpages for 6 years and I intend to be writing here for as long as I can. Hubpages is the best site on the Internet for writers.
I thank you for starting this thread paradigmsearch it is about time Hubpages staff got some nice karma for a change.....jimmy
Well said Jimmy - I've been here 5 years and we've had our ups and downs but I'm still making money and the staff here are honest and do their best to make sure we all keep on earning! The grass usually isn't greener elsewhere so I'm continuing to stick around!
Well I have named my dog "Hubpages Rules", OK maybe not.
Like many people on HP, while I can be frustrated with what goes on here sometimes, I know that everything they do is aimed at improving the business, traffic to the site and ultimately my earnings. I thank them very much for that - prior to HP I was earning less than $50 a year - now I am making payout every month.
Over time I beleive that HP and the other writers have been very influential on the way I write and I hope that the standard of Hub I create is far better than it was when I joined three years ago.
OK, off to write my 'Ten Ways to look like Justin Bieber' hub.....
HubPages. is the easiest site to navigate, the staff usually respond to queries pretty soon, I make more here that on any other site, some authors have been discovered here, the forums are really cool and I love the interaction....lets see what else?........I like the little badges.......and off course....I'm addicted to the place........
I like a lot of things about HP - the software, the people, the community.
I also like the way I have been given a nudge to remove the quirky, humorous, pointless content that means nothing to the search engines. Seriously. I have now deleted well over 100 pages of garbage and am now moving what I regard as my decent stuff - the stuff that isn't trafficked, doesn't need editing, and is of no use to anyone.
I don't have a problem with that. It will sit in a dusty corner of the net and one day I will hate it all anyway.
Then I will refocus on the HP style content, the right kind of blog content, and website content - and thanks to the lessons I learned here... maybe I'll make some money.
I think it's odd that so many people are a part of HP and yet complain about it. If they don't like it, then don't be a part of it. I personally like it. I like th community as some one said early, I'm not trying to make a fortune so the money doesn't bother me, and I like the set up. I have looked at other similar sites and they intimidate me. Perhaps I just like HP because it is comfortable, and I just don't know where else to write. But I like that I have some where I can get my writing seen, and I like that it is seen, and I like the hub scores mainly as it helps to school me.
I'm not an article writer, I'm a story writer. But Hubpages has opened my eyes to writing articles, and made me realize they're not as terrifying as they seem. I enjoy it.
Thanks Hubpages for coaching me on my writing! And thank you for providing a supporting community
It's all part of the HubPages philosophy - at least, it used to be. When I first joined HubPages, Hubbers were encouraged to give their feedback, good and bad, on how the site worked. The founders were often active in those forum discussions. Many aspects of the site were improved as a result. I think it's one of the reasons Hubbers were so loyal - we felt our concerns were always listened to. Criticism was never silenced, because through criticism, shortcomings could be identified and improvements made.
All that changed after the Great Panda Update of 2011, but many of us can't let go of the hope that HubPages management may still listen to us from time to time. So if we see decisions being made that we believe will hurt the site, we want to speak out.
I've learnt loads at HP and I like the community, even the ones that I wrestle with in the political forum. I will be writing here again soon, but at the moment I've got too much other work on. I might a be woman but I'm useless at multitasking.
I am a Hubber and generally happy with HP. But I think the idea that you should never give a negative critique is odd too. There should be a sensible middle ground.
One of the things I like about HP is that don't over-react to negative feedback. Today.com used to do that. (I got banned there). Today.com, by the way, is no longer with us. I don't think thin skin goes with good business sense, in most cases.
I've also had a great experience. I hadn't done any online writing prior to joining in January of this year, and HP gave me the confidence and know-how to get started. The community is so supportive and I enjoy reading many high-quality hubs and learning in the process. My earnings have dropped in the past weeks, but that's life. I also prefer to look at the positive instead of the negative. That's what keeps me going. Thank you for starting an upbeat thread!
I used to love HubPages and I still have a soft spot for it, even though I don't write here any more. I will always be grateful to a group of Hubbers who taught me almost everything I know about writing online - or showed me the right resources to learn.
No other rev-sharing site has a community to match HubPages.
As someone who has received loads of good advice here, Marissa. I think it's fair to say that you, and a number of others, have taken your time to answer questions and give the benefit of your experience. I always take that advice, it's free, valuable and I would probably have thrown in the towel a long time ago had it not been for those hubbers who are always ready to answer questions and help.
I'm up for giving some compliments to HP staff - and to other hubbers.
HP staff have a lot to deal with, when you consider that they need to keep up with a 24-hour service and who knows how many members. I used to work as a computer analyst. I know how people can get nasty and negative when they can't get their tasks done on a computer. It's like a form of road rage. So people can be seriously lacking in appreciation for the hours of planning and programming. They can also take the results of a lot of hard work for granted.
So I appreciate you, HP staff! Even though all of the twists and turns on Panda highway and Penguin road have made me doubt at times what I'm doing and whether or not I'm on the right course, I know you work hard, and I do appreciate your efforts.
I also appreciate the HP community, and the generosity hubbers show to each other when someone needs help or when a shared tip can put someone on the right path. Hubbers are the best! (Well, outside of the religion and political forums )
Well, since I joined Hub Pages, I have been able to write my head-off- literally! HP has given me a chance to experiment with many topics and ideas, and I have asked question and gotten some answers and accolades for it. I have tried to deal with other blogs on the Web, but so far, I think HP is a place for writers and grown ups(so to speak).
It is also amazing how Hubbers are free-giving with advice if one asks, and I like the advices because I think one would be hard-pressed to get that kind of feedback in some sites. The staff is great, although used-to be that they take time to respond(here on HP) they eventually do, and for me, that is somewhat encouraging and motivational- i.e., knowing that there is a 'live' person on the end of the production line(or should I say publishing line) who takes care of ones concerns and answers some questions. But most of all, I like that there is not limit to how long one can write, or pursue a topic. thanks for being there to help me get the writer in me out here on the viral stream, HP!
I really enjoy writing on here. Hubpages matches my interests and I have found many articles and fellow writers that are a delight. I was always told that artists and writers could never make money so I was going to school for a 'normal' job. The fact that I can make a bit on here is encouraging. It gives me an excuse to write, even if I certainly can't make a living off of it, but it's fun and a great stress reliever.
So far, I've not made a penny...well, I've made a few, but never reached payout. That said, the community is awesome, I've made new friends, I've written a few things that were well received, and learned a LOT about what I want to write in the future.
I have no complaints.
That is patently obvious. I'm grateful that I've not yet wasted enough time to create 20+ new accounts just to harass those who sincerely participate in the community.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds."
R W Emerson
When all the blizzards of static, the trials and tribulations of Google, the inevitable glitches and errors, the social media website interactions, all of it...; are looked through...; the bottom line is that HP has acted in good faith through all of it.
I'm going to go and examine all my punctuation mistakes of the above now... Actually, are there any (?), and if so, how many (?), and what are they (?); and by-all-means, include this sentence in your analysis. And not just grammar/punctuation rules, but train-of-thought communication as well.
In fact, rewrite the critter if so warranted. I'd really like to know.
by Money Fairy 6 years ago
It is so frustrating. I have asked this person to leave and he contiues to bully. How do I stop it???
by Karla Iverson 5 years ago
If these categories cannot be removed from HP, could they at least be removed from the general forum list of most recent postings? That way, those of us who don't want to see all the ugly posting labels don't have to see them. Let the fight be in private within those categories, without stressing...
by Don Bobbitt 14 months ago
It looks like a fourth of my feed lately is comprised of new people wanting the rest of us to tell them how to write. All day I get request after request for help on passing the Quality Assessment. I mean Really? Many of your requests are just one step above being a jumble of mis-spelled words...
by Mary McShane 4 years ago
Recently I'm noticing new members who have no hubs, no activity where they read or comment on hubs, and only join to participate in self interest and/or bleeding heart questions in various forums. Sort of using HP as a chatroom. Before anyone attacks me for this, please know I enjoy the discussion...
by saleheensblog 8 years ago
I skip religious and political topics. I enter all extreme hubmakeover, need help ask help, hubbers hangout, sandpit forum topics and other random topics that I may like.
by Ellen 6 years ago
I generally avoid the non-HP-related sections of the forums (categories like books and sports). Partly it's because all the religious and political discussions distress me, partly it's because it's a time-waster.But mainly, it seems like an awful lot of the output and discussions in those forums...
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