So have the names for the new niche sites been decided, or are there still brainstorming sessions in progress at Hubpages' HQ to come up with catchy titles?
They stated that most sites will be included in the new niche formats. Order, when and other variables have not been disclosed, other than the pet and tattoo sites. Stay tuned.
I turned myself into a fly and perched on the conference room wall at HP HQ. This is what I learned about the new niche sites.
butiplayoneontv.com -- a specialty site for all the health hubs authored by hubbers who aren't doctors
buttsgalore.info -- a site with only two articles (i'll let you guess)
squidoo.com -- sexy halloween costume shopping guides
What makes you think you need to be a doctor to post hubs under the health topic? Have you read the huge variety of topics? I know you're only joking here, but if you actually think that, you are way off base. For example, writing about quality of life issues is one of the subcategories. You don't have to be a doctor to write about that one. Also, just how many "doctors" do you really think write here? A few, perhaps, but not many. They're too busy being...well, you know...DOCTORS!
Amateurs writing a couple of articles about some health issue they dealt with personally...that's not a big deal, and not really what I'm talking about.
I'm talking about randos with no medical training who write dozens of articles about medical conditions and foods that magically cure them.
The sexy halloween costume shopping guides on Squidoo did sell and generate big money for their authors. Now that they're on HP they don't any more... without a big costume display to choose from, the potential customer goes else where.
If I was at the doctor and he was glued to HP forums, wondering about niche sites I would find the nearest exit!
All the people saying 'what kind of doctor would write on hubpages?' are not disproving my point. If there are no doctors here then there should be very little medical content here. Yet there is tons and it is mostly garbage.
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Calculus-geometry was responding to Jesse Drzal.
oops! Sometimes it's hard to tell unless people address responses specifically to those who made them. I know the threading is supposed to work, but it doesn't always get it right.
"If I was at the doctor and he was glued to HP forums, wondering about niche sites I would find the nearest exit!"
He, he, me too! Also a doctor makes enough money that has no need to write for a few dollars a month.
Farkle, not everyone makes a few dollars a month. You also need to realize that there are plenty of people writing on here for reasons other than money. If you go to an anesthesiologist, and she is writing an artricle to help hundreds of thousands of people deal with how to deal with the after effects of anesthesia, does that make her a bad peson?
If you are writing about the complications of an extracted tooth, it may help someone. That is a lot better than a few bucks in your paypal account.
I don't read too many medical articles so I can't really comment on the category. I can say, however, that for those of us who have loved ones with incurable diseases with no real medical treatment, can really benefit from the patient stories and suggestions about quality of life issues. I think people who write these kind of articles are very upfront about the fact that they are not doctors, but that with no traditional medical treatment we are all we have.
A person suffering from a chronic illness has many more tips on dealing with a disease than a medical doctor. I'll give you a for instance that my doctors have told me, " Eat what you can tolerate." After talking to other people with crohns , I would have known what to avoid right away instead of going through terrible pain.
If a person has the disease or has a procedure, they have valuable experience to share. Medical hubs have their place, but WebMd and others will beat them out every time.
But there's more. People also can choose to share their own experience with surgeries for example. Personal experience is something that is searched a lot on the Web.
The anestesiologist who "knows her job" but ended up with a patient awaken during the surgery because the patient should NOT have had that drug to be put asleep. Or the gastric or bypass surgery for weight loss, which is highly dangerous - lots of people are now desperately ill with that kind of surgeries (with reduced life expectancy) - it's important for them to make others aware of its dangers. Yet some doctors still suggest that kind of torture to their obese patients.
And the list goes on...
Most of my hubs are under
"Health»Personal Health Information & Self-Help»Recovery from Health Problems" and I am not a doctor.
I am a choreologist. My specialty is choreology, a universal non-verbal notation system to study and analyse human body movements and physical behavior. Not many doctors know about choreology yet it helps increase body awareness which can lead to great health benefits.
The whole idea behind my writing is to educate the public in taking responsibility for their own health. That way, they hopefully won't need to see a doctor and swallow pills, and suffer their side effects, and feed the mega pharma crooks who are in the business of keeping us sick so they can sell more drugs.
There! I said it.
But you are not writing articles that tell people they can cure aids by doing 10 jumping jacks before breakfast.
There are hubbers writing articles more or less like that.
Okay, I'll go with your silly example ...
If you knew an aids sufferer who had tried doing those 10 jumping jacks in the manner suggested (and for long enough to actually have experience and genuine feedback), I like to think you'd encourage them to write about it online. Or write about it on their behalf. The more information, the better.
But I think it is wrong for someone who doesn't suffer the actual ailment (and hasn't tried the suggested therapy) to make a judgement call about the potential benefits of such articles.
Medical marijuana is now available in Australia. The recent shift in attitude by scientists and doctors makes it an 'acceptable' therapy option.
But people who wrote online articles about how it helped their specific conditions years ago were not doctors. Were they wrong? No. Despite their suggestions looking as useful as '10 jumping jacks before breakfast', the information they provided was relevant and accurate.
Just because a medical topic doesn't ring true for you, doesn't mean it should be removed. Online articles written by patients and their carers (contrary to mainstream medicine's advice of the day) have helped countless desperate families. Mine included.
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