This post will more than likely serve to drown me in hot water, but I will take my chances in the hope of finding at least one compassionate soul who won't take this the wrong way.
I have been away from HubPages and have just recently found the time to mingle in the community again.
I have been doing my best to find new and interesting hubs to read and comment on, and I have so far, sifted through 10 pages of 'stuff' - Q and A, forum posts, discussions and hubs, in my search for new and interesting articles.
Maybe I am simply bored, but I am having trouble finding interesting, well written hubs to read. Is it just me?
No, it isn't just you. The majority of "content" here is pretty thin (neither interesting NOR well written). You really gotta dig to find the good stuff (and, because of my particular fields of interest, the related hubs section has led me to at least 2 fairly good writers with decent toipics and an engaging style). Good luck in your search for the interesting and well written--you might find a few things if you poke around long enough.
Thanks Vic I was beginning to think I had done a Rip Van Winkle...
I checked out your content and will be returning to read - I like the unusual and forgotten ...I'm just not that good at writing about it LOL
Sorry you're not finding much to read these days, but keep looking! Nice to see you again, btw.
There are some great writers here and some that aren't so great. Have you tried searching for particular topics?
Yes, but I was more in the mood for 'surprise me' than actual topics. Sometimes I just like to browse...I have found some really good content though
I used to find good hubs to read on the old hub hopper. It had the latest hubs published, and you could see the name of the author, and even comment on it. Now if we see a new hub, and it's interesting (and I agree, that's not as often as it used to be), we can't tell who wrote it. I used to find a lot of people I wanted to follow that way. I will also try the feed. Many of the best writers left HP, but there aren't many good writer's sites around anymore.
Your own hubs are wonderful, just checked them. Maybe implementing a monthly (or half-yearly) challenge to create truly artistic and creative hubs (with some tangible rewards) may boost up better hub creation.
What are your thoughts? And what do you exactly refer to when you say 'new and interesting hubs'? Exactly what subjects (those 'hub' are based on) that you are looking for?
Did I throw myself to the deep waters? Looks like you once used to choose/select 'HubNuggets' for the HubPages community!
LOL no you won't find yourself swimming in deep water. And thank you for your lovely compliments!
I like your ideas I will have to give them some serious consideration. As to the topic - I enjoy reading almost everything. I think the title and subject material are what grab me first. If the title is interesting, I will definitely check out the hub.
Under the Explore tab, click on "Feed." (in the black bar at the top) That takes you to the HubPages topic pages. I'm sure you'll find lots of interesting hubs there, I know that I do. I hope this helps. The Feed page is pretty new, now being under the Explore tab.
Many thanks. All the hubs used to be featured under the "hubs" tab so that is where I looked first. (I have to say that was discouraging to say the least LOL)
I will now proceed to the "feed" link.
Hi there Enelle, I'm quite new here, and I often stumble upon something interesting on the travels through my 'feed'. I hope that something good catches your eye soon!
Welcome back Enelle. When on the main page you can select hubs in the topic you are most interested in, then select sub-catagories (in the large box on the right). This should help you find hubs that interest you.
Thanks Phyllis I have been following your advice.
Gee that is not what I am finding here at hubpages.com. I have been here now over a year and found it be filled of terrific talented writers again depending on your interest. There is just so much here and such a vast variety of writers and topics. Maybe there is just so much making it a bit overwhelming. But I think you will also agree. Linda
Thanks Linda I am finding it, but definitely not overwhelmed
Yes, its just you!
Hi Enelle, first welcome back. I have been here over five years and honestly I find the quality and amount of good hubs just keeps getting better and better. I love to read books but rarely get time any more as I am always writing or reading hubs. I guess you just need to follow the right hubbers or know where to look. I see you have already been given good advice here, so good luck.
There's nothing wrong with a little bit of honesty. This may be a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but I've definitely come across a lot of "thin" content. My biggest problem is that a lot of it is written poorly, however; I've read several fantastic pieces as well.
Good luck on your road to discovery though!
I have found some "gems" and some junk. I usually know within the first two sentences if it's worth more time to read the entire thing. Even less, if there are spelling and grammar errors. To clarify, I will stop if I find several errors. I will overlook an error or two if I like the content, but when I begin tripping over them, I just have to stop. Errors in the title are the worst.
I'd say to keep digging. I have found some really good things to read here. And, of course, I am partial to my own (ha!).
With the new hub pro now activated, you should see very few of those types of mistakes, except in those older hubs that have been grandfathered.
I read hubs even though I am not professional and I love discussion and forums of a particular subject of a a good reason and purpose. I do not make money , when most here are written with that intention. You will find some great subjects of reading I have, it could be you are more about a particular subject, hubs come and go fast never the same subject here.
I agree about grammar , for I would be one
you would apply this to. But to those that can read and understand under stress can
Still get some postive feed back.
Also it is good to encourage the huber then they can make some needed adjustments
The next time they write.
You have valid points.
Very insightful detailed and helpful Kiss and Tales.
Thank you we grow and better ourselfs because there are people who take the time to be trutful as you and recommend good points and counsel . You are appreciated Linda.
Hi Enelle. I know, it's been ages. Like yourself, I've been away too (life happened) and find that the quality has fallen below par...Perhaps by 5 or 6 strokes. Things have certainly changed here, but like Patty said, keep looking! Until then, I hope you're well. Maybe I can do some contributing myself if time permits
Hey dohn, long time no see! I stopped by your profile to catch up, but didn't have the time (had to go to work ewwwww...) to properly read your work. Will be back to see what new stories you have cooked up for us!
Hey, Enelle - I am newly back as well, though not much time yet to do more than post a few comments and indulge in a bit of hub hopping. Found a few good ones but lots of blog posts masquerading as hubs. Found a few by hubbers I still follow but some of my favs don't have much new content. Glad to see a few are still around and active.
Took a bit of a hit when I un-followed a few who haven't turned out a new hub in several years, but such is life. Still following some particular favs who haven't turned out a new hub in years, too, LOL. Also glad to see some familiar faces still writing.
IS there a way to skip to the next hub in the hopping tool or are you stuck til you cough up a rating? Would be nice to have a <SKIP> button
Anyway, glad to see you back! Some nice new hubs too! c u around...
Red Elf: You might want to try searching via the topics list rather than using the hub hopper. That way you can browse through subjects that interest you without having to rate anything.
I noticed that as well - guess you have to rate before you can hop...
I don't know, I don't read a lot of other people's work unless I follow them or something catches my eye.
But I do know HP is the best site of its kind on the Net. The most successful, the most user-friendly, the best interface and it has an intelligent administration and some of the most experienced and well-versed Internet writers that you can find. Also, earnings potential is way better here than any other site I've used. Some sites are run in such a shoddy way it's hard to get anything done. Not so with HP, the ease of publication is one of the things I like best about the site. I also like how admin are always working on ways to improve the site. Very re-assuring.
It's not only you. There's not so much innovation in writing and topics. I'm loosing interest too.
I love each and every hub. I am so fascinated by them all! No one has to write.
But they do!!!!
Agreed - It seems as if the Answers and Forum areas are outpacing the Hubs and the grammar, spelling, and overall sentence construction is weak. I find myself avoid making comments on some pieces just so I don't have to be critical of the errors I see. I do still find many amazing works which are both informative and well written and that keeps me coming back.
I think HP has finally gotten what it was looking for. No it is not just you. Write us something interesting - how about it?
Well I will do my best - I just hope you are interested in what I write LOL
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