What do you believe are the most common reasons why solid writers on HP stop writing?
Looking at still listed Hubbers who show no recent activity, I have noted good Hubs they wrote which had few comments and sometimes they had not even replied to the comments they received. Just as with getting published, sometimes the easy part is the writing, while drumming up the attention the writing deserves is the real work. At this level, just seeing your words and photos in print is not going to be enough as actual professionalism becomes or remains the goal.
I strongly believe writers lose their inspiration and motivation. As you stated, the difficult work is trying to gain popularity. I think many hubbers simply give up on trying to gain a high status. It is unfortunate when they have such potential.
Another reason is that some writers move to other websites to write for instead.
low earnings and traffic, most writers the professional are looking for high earnings but here HP can't give them. Hence they move on
They were tired of the snake oil. In life, people will try to sell you illusions. Every field has them; work at home scams, looking for aspiring actors, enter this contest, webinars, ebooks of no value. People often tend to look for information or succcess from the wrong places. You only succeed when you find the truth, the correct way of doing things. There are certain key people who can help you. You have to find them.
I'm no longer adding new content here because I make much more posting to my own web sites. Why should I share revenue with HubPages, when I'm doing all the writing, and all the work promoting what I write?
Time is a big factor. Sometimes there just isn't enough hours in the day to write a new hub or respond to comments. Also, big life changes might have taken the writer away from HP for a while and they never really reconnected with it. Though, I do think there are some people who just don't respond to comments. Most of them don't warrant responses anyway, but we feel obligated to say something because they were nice enough to leave a comment at all.
I think we all need to be very careful with the 24 hours we are given in a day. If we have family responsibilities and people who need us to give them shelter, food, encouragement, love and real time, this is more important than sequestering ourselves away on a computer whether we make $30 a month on Hubpages or $1000 a month. To make a lot of money on Hubpages, a lot of time and late nights must be put in. If writing for money and fame is our aspiration and if we don't have people who depend on us for interaction, maybe it's an option. Many people, however, on Hubpages still earn a living through a five-day work week. Writing on Hubpages is, for most of us, something to do for pleasure, and not at the cost of ignoring other, more important aspects of our lives, especially our loved ones. Then there are hobbies, too. We can't let our other interests and talents fall by the wayside every time we get an inspiration to write something. At least for me, I think it's important to write when the inspiration comes, but only if I feel all else in my life is in order that day or week. It's all about balance. Sometimes I'll have a week or two when I know I could write up a storm, no other responsibilities in view just for a short while and I've received some inspirations about things I'd love to write about, but often I decide instead to use that time frame to write only in my grandchildren's journals or do artwork on my free days. Retired people or people who do not need to work at a day job (I used to be in that group) yes, they might have more time for giving in to all of their writing inspirations and still be able to balance everything else. Everybody's different, but we all only receive the same 24 hours in a day. Happy writing, everyone.
I think that low traffic and little money is part of it. Some people are not in it for the long term, some are in it for quick money.
I took a very long break from Hubpages not so long ago. It wasn't because of low earnings or anything to do with being with disappointed with the site. I was still making payout each and every month during that break anyway and had other things to focus on - family, friends, setting up a business, writing books, sorting out priorities, etc. I actually know one hubber who has only published ten articles, hasn't published any new material or participated in comments or forums here for nearly two years and just with those ten articles alone he still reaches payout every month without doing anything. I guess he's achieved what he wanted to establish.
Writer's block? I know I go through phases where I just can't get my thoughts to hit the paper the way I want them to.
The reasons for lack of participation from once prolific writers are as diverse as the participants. Change is an important factor in life. A new job or loss, a move, growing families, aging or illness relegate time and focus to other priorities.
It is no secret that money makes the world go round. Some writers may find that the balance between effort and payoff necessitates time better spent to their advantage elsewhere.
Though the thrill of regular fans and positive comments initially boosts confidence, often talented writers find their niche, hone their craft, develop style and use their skills to ultimately enrich their lives, wallets and lifestyles by realizing their dreams in ways that change living an existence to enjoying life everyday in the real world.
Good to see you here, Perspycacious and thank you!
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