While I enjoy the HubPages community and definitely encourage "stellar" hubs, I feel like we are more "capsule driven" than ever before. I do like inserting photos, videos and all the other bells and whistles when I want to but I feel like they have become more of a requirement if we want our hubs featured and crawled by search engines. I personally prefer to write more like a blogger and before HubPages stopped featuring "personal" articles which were written more like blogs, I enjoyed interacting with and getting to know those writers. Now, they are non-existent. I just saw and advertisement for HubPage writers on my personal Facebook newsfeed. The advertisement stated, "Writers, BLOGGERS and freelancers welcome!" Does this mean that HubPages will once again allow and feature more personal type blog-like articles as well as more professional articles written in a blog-like format? I hope so. I miss those writers who felt like they could enjoy writing freely and I would like to enjoy that freedom again as well.
Hi Tina, thanks for the question and comment. I think blogging has evolved over the years, and we have found that one effective way to describe HubPages is to equate it to a blog. Blogs don't have to be purely personal, although some are. It is difficult to describe HubPages in one word, and blog is a word that most people know.
HubPages can still be a place where you write personal information, poetry, creative writing, etc, it just is unlikely to be Featured (which shouldn't matter because, in most cases, this type of information isn't what is being searched for online.) We do ask a lot of our Hubbers now; we realize this. It is the way of the online world and in order to keep up we have to continue to change and adapt. We hope that you can still show your creative side - that is important to us. Have a great day.
Thank you for clarifying Robin. I'm not really a poet although I have written a few. I would love to write short stories but I have yet to be inspired by a "best selling" idea. I mostly write about education, children and parenting but I like to write freely, without worrying about whether or not I've included enough capsules to remain featured. I haven't written much on HubPages lately because it became less enjoyable and didn't seem worth my time since I'm here to make a few extra dollars. I can't make a few extra dollars if search engines are not crawling my articles. Maybe I'll come back and give it another shot.
HubPages has been using the word "blog" to attract writers for as long as I've been here. Personally I feel it's misguided - just have a look at how often I, and other Hubbers, have to write the words, "HubPages is not a place to write blog posts, it's a place to write long, information-rich, magazine-style articles". Usually after a distressed newbie posts to ask why all their Hubs are unFeatured or unpublished!
I agree that blogs have evolved over the years and most of them are designed to offer extensive information around a subject: however, individual blog posts are still usually a lot shorter than a Hub.
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