I write on a variety of subjects in a variety of topics. Some of my articles are humor or satire.
When it comes to submitting hubs to niche sites I am conflicted. Should I submit my totally silly article about getting better gas mileage to Axleaddict or Letterpile?
Should I suggest my article about using garden gnomes for self defese to Dengarden or elsewhere?
In other words, if my humor article has a connect to another subject area will it fit in with the serious subject niche sites?
I've been confused about (this) for a long time. When I first came on HP, the Gender and Relationships category worked for a lot of my work, but until I asked the HP Team, did I start gearing up my work that I knew ahead of time would fit at the right place.
First, don't stress too hard about where you submit your article. If we think a different site is a better fit, we will pass the piece along to the editor of that site.
As a few have mentioned here, for humor writing, it's best to submit to LetterPile since it's considered creative writing. The reasoning here is that readers are coming to our other sites with serious requests for information because they need an answer to a question or are trying to solve a problem. Humor, therefore, will be unsatisfying and unhelpful to those readers. On the other hand, a reader browsing for creative works is likely to be both amused and satisfied by this kind of content. Hope that makes sense!
Good question Rochelle. I'd submit them to Axeladdict and Dengarden and see what happens.
I disagree with Jodah; I'd put them both in letterpile. The other two are intended, seems to me, for people searching for help, and a comedic article, however funny or enjoyable, doesn't fit that definition.
From what I have known is, even if you submit to a different vertical site, the editors put it where it should belong!
As Pen says, don't worry about it too much. The editors decide where the Hub will end up, not you! I've twice submitted a Hub to one niche site, only to receive an email saying "thanks for your submission, your Hub is suitable to be transferred to a niche site but we think it's a better fit for ......" So just submit and see what happens!
OK... Thanks, everyone. I appreciate the input !
I have also had submitted articles changed to another niche, so I guess it's nothing to worry about, as long as they notice it.
Um, I just checked, and I published a humorous piece under Hub Pages 'entertainment and media' but that's not a niche site, so maybe does not apply to PO question. Anyway, humor is entertainment right? So is there a niche site for that?
On the main site, all humor Hubs belong here:
HubPages» Books, Literature, and Writing» Commercial & Creative Writing» Creative Writing» Humor Writing
...therefore they should be submitted to LetterPile if you are submitting to a niche site.
All of the other subject areas on HubPages are designed for Hubs that offer practical advice or information about a subject.
it's not a disaster if you put them in the wrong category, but it does mean your Hub is not likely to come up in the "Related Hubs" section, and it also means it's less likely to be noticed and moved to a niche site without you submitting it.
If I had valuable, little-known knowledge of a subject, such as water hoses, I would definitely put it in the water hose category, hoping those that are rabidly serious about their hoses could survive some tongue-in-cheek comments about the subject. (I for one would appreciate them, even down-right hilarity). It is always hard to categorize one's work as "funny", even if you know it is. And I don't see why a bit of amusement should make valuable water hose information go into a "pile" with a lot of potentially unfunny Hubs.
I agree, Helen, but the original question was where to put humor articles, i.e. articles that are written mainly to entertain. If you're writing an article that's basically informative, then the article belongs in the subject category, even if you've added a humorous twist to it. It comes down to the main purpose of the article, I think.
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