Need constructive criticism!

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  1. Direxmd profile image85
    Direxmdposted 9 years ago

    My newest article: http://hubpages.com/hub/Why-Social-Secu … l-Collapse seems to be attracting few hits so far, is it too short? too much jargon? Just need to find out why hits are so low this morning.

    Please give any criticism as you see fit smile

    Thanks!
    -Mike

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    Rainbow Briteposted 9 years ago

    informative, and broken down in a very readable fashion.  Problems I see with the hub...
    1)  Sounds very much like an opinion, rather than the factual information that it is.  This can easily be fixed by limiting the use of "I" statements.  Instead of saying "I think this will happen because (xyz) is happening," say, "This is what will happen when/if (xyz) happens."
    2)  The "socail security for dummies" fashion that this hub is written in can be a pro and a con.  By that I mean that some people (such as myself) who have no clue about anything political will appreciate the laymen's terms you have used, others who deal in this professionally or who take a greater interest in it may find it insulting to their intelligence and probably know everything that you have stated.
    3)  You have a surprisingly few number of tags.  Remember, when people do a search, the information in your tags is used to help decide if your hub is going to be along the lines of what they are looking forr.  So, think about what you would type in were you to search for the information contained in your article
    4)  This may be because of the fact that I know nothing about your subject matter, but I was confused by what afghanistan's population pyramid had to do with your subject.
    5)  Layout - The charts and video you have are interesting and helpful, but maybe breaking the text up a bit and inserting the graphs accordingly might help?  Also, the video moves a bit fast...it is necessary to pause the video several times to read what is in the green box.  Is there another similar video avaliable?
    6)  "I invite you to keep reading..." I have a problem with this sentance...it sounds like you're afraid that you've bored me to death and you're scared that I might leave the page.  Don't beg for your readers' attention, command it.  Many times I have been advised to leave author's asides or forewarnings out of my hubs, and when I removed them, they performed markedly better.

    In terms of traffic, I wouldn't worry about it, you have a high hubscore, which means that the traffic will come.  Remember time zones, peoples' schedules, etc.

    Over all, a very good hub, I learned something new today!  Thanks for sharing!

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    Donna18posted 9 years ago

    The friendly and the non explanatory attitude kept me glued.
    On the other hand I think:
    1)You could avoid certain phrases which unnecessarily elongate the thesis. At some places it sounded more like a Presentation before an audience than a thesis to be read.
    “I feel that it is now necessary to bring in the topic of population pyramids…
    As said above…
    To keep this article short, sweet…”
    Sentences like these can be avoided.
    2)And yes you can limit the use of “I” .Third person speech should better fit.
    3)All way through the thesis I was getting convinced that the system may not work after all. The conclusion can be more persuading and powerful as well.

    Definitely a good read and you kept it thoroughly interesting.

  4. Direxmd profile image85
    Direxmdposted 9 years ago

    Thanks a bunch guys! THAT was good criticism smile

    I made another article that could use some critical attention as well, if not, that's fine too:
    http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Find-Che … s-Yourself

  5. sschilke profile image80
    sschilkeposted 9 years ago

    Direxmd,

    I just read your hub on social security and cheap airfare.  Here are some of my observations.

    1)  You could have cut both articles by half and both articles would have been effective. 
    2)  Please do not say "as stated before" or any like statement.  As a reader, I can come to that conclusion on my own.
    3)  When writing information hubs traffic (outside of hub pages) depends largely on your ability to articluate information about niche topics. 

    Example:  If you want to write about Social Security, write about a specific part of it... perhaps about the potential proposals floating around Congress to raise the age for bennefits...or for your article on cheap airfare, write specifically about how to best utilize Southwest airlines (seemed to be one of your favorites) and specific routes.

    Hope this helps,

    Best of luck,

    Sschilke

  6. Direxmd profile image85
    Direxmdposted 9 years ago

    Okay, I think I've had enough.  Thanks for your help guys.

  7. SweetiePie profile image86
    SweetiePieposted 9 years ago

    Also, be very true to yourself and only take suggestions with a grain of salt.  Everyone will tell someone a different thing about how to improve this or that, but maybe I just am not worried because I write for myself.  When you decide to just focus on your being satisfied with the hub it does wonders.  Sometimes even working on a hub over several days allows you to edit at your leisure.

    Also, long hubs are good for search engines and I would not cut anything in half.

  8. Direxmd profile image85
    Direxmdposted 9 years ago

    thanks sweetiepie, that brings up my morale a little bit smile

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    Leta Sposted 9 years ago

    OMG...  Remind me not to form a writers workshop on hubpages ever...

    I'm sure you are fine, comparatively speaking.  Sweetie's is the best advice.

    smile

  10. Direxmd profile image85
    Direxmdposted 9 years ago

    LOL Lita big_smile

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    Rainbow Briteposted 9 years ago

    lol lita that goes without saying!  Get a room full of writers reading and critiquing one another's work and they will NEVER leave and NOTHING will ever be completed or accomplished because everyone wants their say in everyone elses work and...well it's just a mess.  For that reason I rarely comment on others' writing (except gross gramattical or punctual errors), but direxmd caught me on a night that I was desperately seeking distraction.  (thanks a bunch btw!)  In any case, direxmd, as a writer, you're better than most, worse than some, which is kind of where I strive to be most days, so congrats on that!

  12. Direxmd profile image85
    Direxmdposted 9 years ago

    HA! Thanks, I strive to be a C+/B- writer big_smile

    Mainly, I don't know who my audience is yet (whether it be academic, or a 'for dummies' article audience), so I try to find a middle ground in between them (which contestably, is worse than specializing in a certain audience).  I guess that specialization will come with time.

 
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