Recently, I've been publishing a few more of my poems here. I realized early on that this is not truly a supportive venue for poetry, as far as the way the developers envisioned the site, and how it is managed.
However, I've gotten quite a lot of positive feedback from other Hubbers on said poems, and I'm wondering if I should just keep putting them here, or if it would make more sense to create a secondary HP account just for my poetry?
What say you all?
I'd start a second account for them so that low readership does not affect your first one.
If by "affect" you mean my income--which is no doubt tied to organic (external) traffic, I don't think there's much further damage that could be done.
My earnings are SO low and slow that I only just got a payment, barely squeaking over the payout threshold--and it took from all the way back to last November to get there! I think the proverbial tortoise would move faster.
I have poetry interspersed with a variety of articles here on HP. I have just one account. Some of my poems do quite well in searches, others not so much. However, I don't see the need to create two accounts.
A second account means that you have to reach payout on each account separately before you can receive payment. I think it is much better to have all your work on one account so payout is reached at a quicker pace.
This is the best reason to me. But, there are some poets on HP who have a royal following of readers and are not into it for the money. One of the best poets on HubPages doesn't run ads on her poetry hubs. I suspect she earns enough from book sales.
If you are looking for more views, than Word Press might (would) be a better route. But, I have gotten some nice compliments on my poetry on HubPages and a little search traffic too. I do not know why I would ever want to create another HP account for my poetry but that's just me.
I don't see the need to create a new account for poetry. It's not like it's a topic that would turn your readers off to discover it in your account. It's not like hubs that just get a few views actually do any harm to an account. It's not like poetry hubs can't get nice hubscores if hubber score and hub score mean anything to you.
I have four hubs that host clusters of my poetry and I plan to publish more once I remove a bunch of poetry from Bubblews. The poetry hubs I already have don't get fantastic views but they do get enough of a trickle that they don't become un-featured due to lack of traffic.
While HubPages may not be the ideal place for poetry, it's not a bad place for it. Adding yet another website to keep track of just for my poetry isn't worthwhile for me right now so I'm sticking with HP for poems I don't intend to publish in a book.
Hmm. I don't think creating an additional account for poetry is a bad idea. It definitely gives me something to think about. But it depends on one's goal. It would definitely increase my average hubscore if I took out my 8 hubs in the 60s, all of which are poetry hubs, and place them in another account. I could just keep adding more poems to that account and add more informative hubs to the other. It can't hurt. I don't necessarily want to remove my poetry from HP and create another website to maintain. That's more work for me and I like being a part of the HP poetry community. I will see what other veteran poets have to say, DzyMsLzzy.
I see no reason to create another account. There really is no benefit to that. Just keep posting on the one you have. I've published some poetry on this site and those hubs have gotten lots of views, which is great.
I thank you all for your thoughtful feedback on this matter.
With regard to the information from "colorfulone," who said a friend doesn't run ads on her poems, I agree, but for a different reason. I've got no books for sale, so I'm not making any money elsewhere, but I've had ads on my poetry pages before, and I hate the way they intrude upon the flow of the reading, jumping in between capsules of connected thoughts--separate capsules being the only way HP gives us to separate related sections that need some space of their own. So, I have ads turned off on all my poems.
That said, with everyone's input, I have decided to leave everything in the one account, because as "janshares" says, it's just another thing to maintain, and I'm already spread fairly thin. She makes a good point.
Thank you all once again.
I've ended up with three accounts, which was fine, for awhile. But, now, it is are real nuisance. Wish I could combine them... Stick with one. I makes no difference, just a lot easier to manage... the voice of experience! ;-)
I too have been told that poetry and short stories do not get much views nor make money on this site. I enjoy writing and often write from my heart. If you feel as I do and like the comments you get, why not keep on writing on this site and create another site where you can make money?
Well, since my blogs are already neglected, and I struggle to keep up with everything in the household these days, I don't think I'll try to spread myself any more thin than I already am.
Thanks for the idea, though.
I am finding the comments on my work here valuable, coming as they do from other writers. What I'm thinking of doing is just creating an e-book.
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