I'd love to know your answer to this question. And I'm not speaking of answers such as, "Finding more time to write." Let me help you out by listing a few of my own challenges. You can select one of these or add your own. Thanks for sharing. -
A. Finding a great title. B. Coming up with original ideas for a hub. C. Grammar, punctuation and spelling. D. Using key words. E. Finding my niche. F. Revising/editing my material. G Creating a unique style. H. Writing a stellar hub.
i love to write but never excess 1000 words for green topics. If I write recipes, always, end up 1000 words. How do I know what are the keywords that attract people to my hubs? My traffic and huscore are low, that is the biggest challenge I face everyday. 53-66 average
For me it is finding the quiet time to write. I am so busy both at work and home and cannot write with televisions going, phones ringing etc. Sometimes things come to me in my sleep, but only bits and pieces. I really need solitude to do my writing. This is not always easy.
A,D and E, which are SEO-related. SEO's been my greatest challenge, so I work hard at it; to me, without knowing how to get traffic, there's no point in writing online. Also, G. I think it's important to find your "voice". It makes it easier for the reader to read your work.
Gaining good traffic and earning some decent money are really a challenge here. We need to improve our quality rather than quantity. I am trying hard to diversify my topics, polish my writing skill and provide more information to the readers. Now all my 119 articles are featured, but may at any time lose that 'virginity'. So I need to keep a strict tab on my article and modify occasionally. SEO is another field, where I do bad and hence I need to learn a lot about it. I also love to maintain my Author score between a range of 86-90. My Commenter Level has dropped from VI to V. I wish to make it VII soon. My other concern is gaining a decent followership and the immediate goal is 300. I hope I can achieve it all within six months time.l
Not being too hard on myself. I've always been overly self-judgmental. I can't count how many times I've deleted entire novels, blogs, etc because I get bit by the "not good enough" bug. I've felt it on some Hubs too, but haven't gone that far yet. I'm very thankful that all of my Hubs have reached "featured" status. It's a kind reassurance that my doubts are mostly in my head.
For me it's those dreaded writer's blocks when there's nothing there. Sometimes I have an idea and I start writing about it but then I read it and it doesn't sound right. I've never written a novel but kudos to those authors who are able to push through their creative struggles and persevere. I think writing a novel is one of the most mentally toughest jobs in the world.
Coming to the point where I imagine nothing will ever come of my efforts and I stop. I think like many, writing is not the problem, it's 'what am I going to do with this when Im done, and will anyone be interested?'
Letting go of the thought that I'm a drop in the bucket. It's a reality yes, but sometimes I get discouraged when I think too much on that, as the fear of never getting any real attention or traffic tends to set in not long after encountering those thoughts. Also the fear of thinking I'm not "Unique enough", especially after how sites hammer it in that being different and unique with how you say and present things is a must.
My biggest challenge is finishing an article (or anything else I write). I can't seem to stop once I start and have trouble finding the right place to stop. Another one is run-on sentences. For online writing and specifically hub pages I still need to learn about SEO and other issues related to traffic.
for me, i lack on motivation to write. I mean, i guess i'm blessed with a little flexible mind. Able to think a scene as quick as 123. My main problem is, once i tried to write it down, my mind will suddenly go numb and will shift into some things that eventually will steal all my concentration on what i am writing to. I guess i am still a rookie in writing ;p
I find online writing a distinct genre and I am constantly challenged by many of the points you list. There are several inner battles going on when I try to compose a hub. Yes, I want it to be successful and garner some views but to do that I must wrestle with the notion of SEO, page competition and strange concepts such as no follow links!! There's a whole new language to learn which is both fascinating and frustrating but if you push me I'd say the biggest challenge is to avoid lethal compromise - a sort of style versus substance issue.
I suppose finding my niche. My index of hubs probably makes that point. But it's more than that. Who am I as a writer? What are my goals. I love writing short fiction, but those stories won't make me any money. Is money what I want out of my writing? These are the questions I ask myself.
I think my biggest concern is knowing when, and if, I should publish a new hub or edit an old one. I know that we aren't supposed to be concerned about our Hubber score, but I just did considerable editing on a couple of my top articles, and my score went down to 89. Knowing that 85 is the magic number makes me worry that the more I edit, the faster my score will descend. And I don't want to get below the 85 number. Does anyone know how many articles we can safely edit in one day? I have a couple of articles ready to publish, but I afraid to do it now.
Why is 85 a magic number? Unless you are writing to promote other sites, it really doesn't matter to you. All that '85' does is make links IN your Hubs "no follow". If you were trying to give those sites backlinks, then that's a problem. If you weren't, then it doesn't affect you.
Thanks, Marisa, for answering my concerns. I guess I'll just go back to completely ignoring the hub and hubber scores and just edit what needs editing and publishing new hubs. I thought I read some time ago about how many edits we could do a day, but I can't find that information back. Since I have a lot of hubs that I'd like to change the size of the first photo, and then make any other edits necessary on that hub, I'm wondering if I can only do a couple of them a day. If that is true, my editing will take about a year to just change the first photos. I'd appreciate your thoughts.
Sorting out which are my best ideas. My brain seems to have an endless stream of story and writing ideas but I don't have time to write all of them. My problem is I enjoy the process of writing more than any other part. All I want to do is write and the other stuff - SEO, keywords, photos, formatting - it all just gets in the way of writing. Hubpages does help with a lot of the technical stuff I'm not good at and that is one of the main reasons I write on this site, I just wish I could work out what people want to read. I guess that's the SEO and keyword part isn't it?
I find it very difficult to find topics to write about that I am genuinely interested in, that would be interesting to many people, AND that have not already been beaten to death by many other writers out there. These days it seems like everything has been thoroughly covered by someone else.. it's hard not to be discouraged by that.
Well I love writing and believe that writing is my strength. So, No, I don't find anything difficult while writing. But obviously it comes down to your train of thoughts at a certain point in time. Sometimes, your ideas flow is spectacular and sometimes its' so disrupted that you say to yourself, "I can't do this anymore". But obviously when sit down again with a fresher mind, your flow of thoughts gets back on track.
I think my biggest challenge sometimes is writing not so much what I really want to or am driven to, but forcing myself to think of the marketability of my writing. It tends to hold me back from expressing myself truly and that can be an obstacle to my creativity.
Starting a hub and not finishing it the same day, I find that I go to bed in the evening and can't stop thinking about what I would like to include and when I wake up in the morning (after hours of pondering) I have completely forgotten what I wanted to include!
For me, it's finding things to write about. I try to write one a week, but my 12 hour work schedule makes it difficult. The weather has been so bad this winter that I haven't been able to do some of the hubs that I have planned so coming up with something else is challenging.
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