Why do hubbers stay loyal to Hubpages?
So many hubbers say they enjoy their time and contribution at HubPages when there are many other similar and possibly better platforms out there. Why is that so?
The steady reliable payouts are one thing which keeps my efforts here. Another would be the outstanding functionality and formatting of the website, and its top notch security.
I think the answer to your question lies in the fact that it's basic premise is not factual, as far as I am aware. A year ago I did a pretty comprehensive survey and wrote a hub about the best writing sites available to writers at that time. Since then several of those sites have closed down or stopped paying. If there are "many other similar and possibly better platforms" than HubPages out there, I somehow missed them. I'd be interested to know which specific sites you consider to be in that category. Any that truly are similar to and better than HP would definitely be worth checking out.
Hi Ronald! Thanks for your reply! Personally I believe medium has great UI and traffic. I am aware that I can't earn money from my published content on medium. I just want to understand how hubpages compare without the benefit of earnings.
I have always treated HP as a hobby - I have no illusions that I'm some sort of undiscovered literary genius who should be earning zillions of dollars. I enjoy HP cuz I can simply post goofy sh*t when I feel like posting goofy sh*t, without worrying about deadlines or having an editor breathing down my back. As a bonus I earn some beer money out of it, which I gladly accept as a gift from a gracious nowhere.
Amberlim, In my case, Hubpages is the very first online site
on which I began to publish. Prior to this, I had written a monthly column for a local magazine, as well as doing a great deal of private work in proof-reading, editing, with a few dozen magazine articles scattered here and there.
I do not write with the goal of "earning" loads of cash. I'm happily and busily involved in many projects as a single retiree. I use some of my personal free time to write here for the sheer pleasure, education and social aspect.
Here 5 years now, I feel very much a part of an incredibly wonderful & varied community of some of the best amateur and professional writers anywhere.
If, as you mention, there are "other similar & possibly better platforms" than HP, I am not aware of them. In fact, it's seems to be common knowledge that many who have gone elsewhere, admit to being disappointed and quite often come back to HP.
I have built several close bonds with fellow writers who I now am proud and pleased to call my "Friends." Just as with anything there are the positive and negative issues, but nothing thus far has been so unbearable to cause me to voluntarily cease all involvement here. It takes a whole lot of repeated disillusionment to prompt me to QUIT anything.
Once I have committed to something or someone, I'm by nature a loyal and dedicated individual. Good question! Peace, Paula
Thank you all for your replies! I enjoy writing on Hubpages as a platform too. I am currently funding for college (which happens to be expensive), so naturally I do hope that I can generate some cash off Hubpages by something I already know to do and that I would gladly do for free. Hubpages has the edge of earnings, but for someone who purely seeks the joy of writing, how does Hubpages compare to rising contemporary writing platforms (i.e. Medium), which obviously has better usability?
"Loyal" can be a kind of strong word for people who write any number of different types of material (on or off "public sites" like this one and all the others like it that no longer exist). With the stuff I've written on this site (even though I'm removed lots of it from this and another account I have), it's s been "extra time" or "free time" writing that I've done for different reasons. The earnings are one reason. The other is just to be able to write what I want to write. Another is when/if I think I'd like to increase the chances of having some audience.
Before all those other sites closed down I'd already decided that this one worked best for me (at least at the time). All the others that I'd been on (and earned a little something from) had taken a direction that I didn't like and didn't think was a good one for them. This site remained different from them. I was earning better on here (then again, it's where I was spending my time). I agree with what RonEFran and Wesman Todd Shaw said.
These days I'm kind of holding off with what/whether I write on here until I figure out if there's any point in posting some types of things on here and/or until I'm in the mood to post what I know might do well on here.
Not burning bridges shouldn't be mistaken for automatic and/or blind loyalty; but having said that, I like this site, know it, like that its well established and well known, and like and respect the efforts HP continues to make to try to improve the site.
I stay away from social sites (because this is my only "extra time" for the Internet. I like this site. It's here if/when I want to write a Hub, but I"m not in the market to go looking for other places to write. I had never heard of "Medium", but took a quick look at the site. I couldn't even figure how who/what owns it or how long it's been around. As with so many sites, I was "assaulted" with a big muck of all kinds of different "articles" (or whatever they are) (and people aren't even being paid to write there???).
I like the community-versus-isolation-of-blogs on here, but I don't have time for "you read mine; I'll read yours" most of the time, which means I'm here to write for earnings or SE audience (and if I want "audience" I'll have to promote something if/when I write something I think is worth promoting. I can get no audience/no promoting from my blogs (lol), and I'm happy enough with that when I write for myself and don't care who reads it.
I'll see where things go.
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