I have been a member of Hubpages for 2 years now, but have just recently began using it to post my own work. While I understand that internet users search for information, and that these Hubs containing useful information draw in more money, I am also somewhat offended that I received an email that one of my Hubs is purely personal, and thus a violation. I mean, why bother to develop an elaborate community of writers to offer comments and insights about one another's work if a piece of writing inspired by something personal cannot be posted? What makes a personal piece less poignant than a fictional piece with no useful purpose other than an interesting or fun read?
Probably because HP doesn't want to become just another blog site. Which is, of course, exactly what would happen if personal content were encouraged or even allowed. We continually see nubies signing up to blog, in fact.
I agree with Writeangled.
I have nothing against you personally, but I'm not the least bit interested in your day to day life, heart aches, or trials and tribulations... and no one who doesn't know you isn't either.
A blog is really the best place for things like that... or just update your facebook status.
Now, that being said... say you break up with your boyfriend. The world in general doesn't care... however if you would like to BRIEFLY tell a bit of the story, then write a hub on how to deal with depression from that, that MIGHT be of interest to somebody....
As long as the information that's not about you far exceeds your personal experience, the hub might be of interest to somebody else.
I am sooo in violation! LOL! I opened my account simply to share the occasional work of creative nonfiction, which is, by nature, a personal narrative. I just do it for fun, though, so if they want to give me the boot, I'm ready to hit the pavement.
I would hope that if you are sharing it with the public, you intended it to have entertainment value.
Thank you, Nonslick50! That's what I mean. I am not talking about diary or journal blog entries, though some of those are interesting. I'm talking about something turned into a story or prose for the sake of entertainment. After all, they say to write what you know, right?
The rule exists because they don't want people posting blog-type posts about what they had for breakfast, or how lovely their sister's wedding was, or how cute their grandson is.
I'm sure you'll agree that such posts have no place on HubPages - but creating that rule means that HubPages must be seen to apply it fairly, and that means applying it to any posts which are personal.
Fiction, if it has any merits at least requires some literary skill in its production.
The HP definition of purely personal is content that would be of no interest to anyone except those who know the writer personally.
That definition holds within itself the reason why this sort of stuff is not encouraged. To spell it out: most people would be bored out of their minds if they read it.
That I can understand. I don't want to read what someone ate for breakfast or a Facebook status update. However, I wrote something in sarcasm that was meant for entertainment purposes, and people did seem to be enjoying it--until HP decided it was "purely personal" and unpublished it. It was not even written like a blog entry or a diary entry.
One of my hubs just got tagged for that. My bad... I needed a sounding board, but I edited it today and hopefully it will have more of a "how to" feel now.
I think you can start personal, but need to end on a message/lesson/something with broader usefulness.
That's what I did with the revision, thanks. I thought I had done that in the first place, but the msg. might not have been strong enough. It was a bit of a "vent" piece. Im still learning.
You've got me curious Beth37 Which hub is it?
It is one called "Assault from within." I was having a particularly hard day with an addiction I face. The funny thing is, I wrote a love story during a great deal of the battle that day... spent a lot of time on it, wrote it well I think... then because I felt like Id been fighting the addiction all day, just popped off the "assault from within" one as a way to just get it all off my chest. It got more traffic than the one I spent time on. Go figure. Anyway, hopefully I tied any ends together so that it will be useful. It didn't need too much revision I don't think.
Addiction, or prediction? Maybe seduction? Walker a stalker? I don't think so!
Ive been a good girl. Point your finger at me all you want, Im still riding the wagon.
I'm going ot have to go read this now. You have me curious. I wrote something not so much meant as a vent piece, but rather as a sarcastic piece. I was making fun of myself and thought maybe others could either relate to it or maybe get a chuckle out of it. It wasn't meant to be a blog entry in any way, shape, or form.
I have had problems with my hubs in my other accounts being seen as too personal and they have had very low traffic or been idled so I learned not to write them any more. I might put a bit of personal opinion or experience in a hub but that is about it. I can understand the ruling and as it has already been said personal tales of our lives are far more suited to personal blogs.
I write personal work all the time, however I tie it in with useful information. Actually one of my informative personal hubs is very popular with google ranking between number 1 and 3 in several search terms. The key for me is figuring out how to link personal into informative. I don't have any issues with getting purely personal notices, but since I put this up I am sure I will now!
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