If you had any advice for other writers on this site what would it be?
Let me start this off.
I downloaded the free version of Grammarly and have been going through my Hubs one by one. What a difference it makes. I have been able to correct errors which I was completely unaware of. If we all did the same I think we would be playing a huge part in making this site the best it can be.
Your advice on Grammarly is really good to note.
My first thought was to define one's goals and prioritize them.
This will be interesting to check back on.
We have needed a spell and grammar checker ever since I arrived on these pages. The staff load on here must be enormous and sometimes we have to take responsibility for ourselves. it really would not take much if we all decided it was time to deal with basic errors in our hubs. What a difference it would make to the overall look of the site.
My advice is to always write what you want to write, not what you think you should be writing. Making money on sites like this is a slow trickle at best. So if you fail to meet your financial goals, at least you can say you enjoyed the writing.
I would say to write from the heart on the topics that excite you as that way you will research better and be more original in what you write. Then you should write first leave it unpublished for a couple of days then re-read and correct the errors.
It is best to have a friend to proof read before you publish. By all means use a grammar and spell checker, but do be aware that they will not get all errors and may even make incorrect changes. There is still not a program that is better than a really experienced human editor.
I cannot but agree with all that has been said so far. They are all useful to note and put into practice.
I certainly do not write for the money, in fact I am still stuck with the Google issue, so there is no hope of making any.
What I do like to do, is that even after the articles 'get going', I like to go through them [one at a time, as my time permits] re-read, and edit as required. The time lapse seems to give me fresh insight.
Sometimes it turns out to be a considerable amount I need to delete or add, at other times, I just find the odd word here or there that just does not sound right.
I wonder whether I will ever get to a point where I am satisfied with all that is published so far?
I'd advise not being too stuck merely on words, but how your content appears to the eye as well. Many people have long, drawn out paragraphs for example. People reading a screen are skimmers by nature and long walls of text will turn them away.
Text should be broken up visually - short paragraphs, bullet points, indentations/quotes, tables and images all contribute to readability, just as much as one's grammar and spelling. All of these are important.
My other advise is to stop worrying so much about trying to appease the ever fickle Google. Yes, SEO as much as possible by writing top-quality content and giving your reader a good experience, but after that also consider - what will people share socially? That is the wave of the future and social sharing is where I focus my energy and where I get the bulk of my high views. Social sharing also requires excellent content that is visually striking and evokes emotions in readers - whether it's funny or just super useful and motivating information.
When you give people things they want to share; they do most of the work for you.
Final thought - don't put all your eggs in one basket. You should be doing other things besides HubPages, especially if you want to make decent money. Aside from money, writing in other venues expands skills and gives the opportunity to do other styles of writing.
Wow, Christin, wonderful advice, I could not add anything to that, thank you.
I have to echo Sally Gulbrandsen's comment. Christin Sander, I think you've got IT. Thanks for sharing.
Some great advice from some excellent writers! Thank you MarieLB
Go to Learning Center and read about Stellar Hubs, etc. When I did it correctly I received my EC Award.
Also they should use the Hub Hopper frequently.
Nice one! Good on you! I was super chuffed yesterday when I received my 17th one. Here's to many more for both of us.
I felt so good when I have received 1. I have only been here 2 years so far.
Sally....First of all, thank you for the mention of Grammarly! This would have to be a tremendous aid.
Any advice I would pass on to other writers have been mentioned for the most part, in the fantastic comments you've already gotten from some of our top writers. I can merely agree & second their tips. M.T. is definitely on my same page. In fact, I truly HAVE to write what I want to write, (and read about as well). Specifically, writing of topics you KNOW is so critical, IMO.
If I had to write a hub that required hours/days of in-depth research, I confess I wouldn't do it. Don't have that time luxury nor would it be enjoyable for me.
Christin is spot on about careful & repeated editing, as well as refreshing older hubs from time to time.
Very good question Sally. Thanks....Paula
My niche subject, can take hours and sometimes days of creating, photographing and then collating the info. I have had an amazing journey and I have learned that you have to write about what you love doing, I am so glad I enjoy what I do.
and you do it so fabulously, Sally! We can rest our case!
I would quote Viv Savage of Spinal Tap:
"Have a good time. ALL the time."
My advice -- which, after all is only my personal opinion: (1) Write what you know and are passionate about as succinctly and professionally as you can; (2) find your own path -- acknowledge and graciously accept others opinions on your work but stay true to your vision of what you want to accomplish; (3) elements involved with internet writing are many and varied -- if you're a writer. . . write. . . but if you're overly involved with SEO, etc. you may have been diverted from your original purpose and your writing (and joy in writing) may suffer; (4) spelling, grammer, punctuation, research and learning a system (as in Hubpages) is a responsibility each writer must personally assume and should not expect others to do that work for them; and lastly (but not leastly) (5) if you're no longer enjoying writing then it's time to take a break, back off and reassess the situation and proceed accordingly. Hats off to all the fine, responsible writers on Hubpages!
Proof-read, proof-read, proof-read! Then check with spell-checkers etc. It's not difficult! I don't understand why so many writers obviously just don't read back what they've written. Glaring errors could so easily be avoided.
Apart from that, if we read each of our own hubs out loud, that can show flaws in the flow or the need for apostrophes etc.
Great question, Sally!
I as well agree with many of the prolific and successful authors here. Each one have already mentioned so many ideas, that I too, believe to be useful.
I would add that when you find your niche, or when you can gather enough information on any subject of interest.
I feel a writer should begin there and expand into other areas.
I wouldn't want any writer to *pigeon hole* themselves. One of the things I have noticed, no matter how well an article is written. Sometimes the Hub score will drop after it is posted.
Wishing all writers to "write what they feel, believe it is important to write it, and make sure the words allow a reader to see clearly the character of the one who writes".
Choose topics that are evergreen, not the latest and greatest commentary.
Write about topics you can write about intelligently, even if it takes some research.
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