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Have you ever had a hub that you LOVED but reader's seemed uninterested in?
Do you see this as a reflection on your writing? Why or why not?
I see it as a reflection of the subject matter. For example, I have two hubs on goal setting. One that speaks of possible goal ideas and the other about how to turn the goals into a personal vision. It took me hours to write the one on personal vision yet it scores lower and has fewer visitors than the goals one. I don't think the quality is worse...maybe that's just me. If you have a particular hub you are thinking of send me a link using contact me on my profile and I would be happy to send you honest feedback.
Yes and no. I love writing. the fact that people read them is just a bonus. I love interacting with readers, and I also do it by reading theirs. In my case i try to be as transparent as posible. I owe it to the readers and myself to be just that, ME.
I am fairly new to hub pages so my hubs are few at the moment. I appreciate fellow hubbers taking the time to read my hubs and appreciate good feedback. I guess there will be hubs that interest me more than readers and that's ok. I find writing a fun challenge and one I hope to master over time. My writing skills will only become stronger as I read other hubber posts, brush up on my writing skill and study, study, study!
I have a few hubs that I thought would do exceptionally well, but they are admittedly only doing moderately well...for now. I don't think it's reflective on my writing style though.
There are many factors that can determine why a reader is disinterested. It could be anything from the quality of the content, including grammar and punctuation, to a topic that doesn't necessarily interest you, and it shows. It could also be that the title is not one that ranks well in the search engines, either because the title is not good or because the topic is saturated.
Another reason a hub may not seem to receive particular interest is because the topic is seasonal. This is not related to holidays, but simply when interest on a particular subject peaks. . Another reason could be that the hub has not been backlinked,or backlinked enough, or it could be that hub, just like any other online article needs time mature, for hubbers to develop an audience, and establish their themselves. Just when you think a hub is not faring well...BAM, the view counts are suddenly going out the roof.
I don't love any of my Hubs. I do have some that I like and that I know are my better writing than some others. For the most part, what does well with traffic and what meets my standards for "better writing" aren't the same thing. So, the Hubs I like best aren't usually (if ever) the best performers. I don't see the non-performing issue as a reflection of my writing because what does well on the Internet isn't particularly a matter of what is most well written.
I'm pretty good with being objective about my own writing. I can see when I've been sloppier in one way or another, or when I've done my usual thing of "slipping into blah blah". LOL There are a few other things I know I tend to do, and I see them happening as I do them (and yet I keep going anyway, because stopping will throw off my train of thinking). Anyway, I'm pretty objective once something is finished. What I'm not objective about is being able to trash my mediocre stuff once it's all written. I should, and I don't.
Of my Hubs, only a small percentage meet my own standard for my own writing. I'm confident that those that do meet it are decent writing. Whether readers appreciate them or not, I don't really care. I like them. Conversely, with the stuff that makes me cringe because it's so flawed and/or mediocre, all the readers and traffic in the world wouldn't make me see it in a more positive light (as far as writing quality goes). I don't think good quality writing is at all subjective any more than correct answers in math are. Someone may not like the subject, but the quality of writing is a "technical" thing, even when it involves elements of emotion or something else that isn't "black-and-white and technical" in the piece. There can be a piece of writing someone isn't interested in or doesn't like; but it may still be a good piece of writing (as opposed to a mediocre or worse piece of writing).
I guess I'm confident in my own understanding of the technical aspects of writing, and aware enough that no piece of writing will be liked by every reader, that judge by what I know and can control - and leave whether anyone likes the writing or not up "the four winds" (as my mother used to say). I can't worry about who likes what. I'm already dealing with the fact that I don't like most of what I have on here (which I started doing so I could write "more casually" - but which I don't like because I don't like "more casually"). I like "formal" and "technically correct" and "professional"; but because this a spare-time thing for me, I need "more casually" sometimes. (I just don't like it once it's written. LOL )
Of course one should be expecting such to happen for as long as you know that one man's meat is a poison to another man. Your best hub to you might be the worse to readers...
Yeah it seems 100% random to me as to what gets popular and what doesn't. I just write about what I'm interested in now and hope that the randomness factor goes my way for some of them!
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