Isn't it sad that some here only write and don't read, while others only read and don't write?
I think it's very common that people read, but don't write and there's nothing sad about it. Not everyone feels the desire to write or has the aptitude to write, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't read for enjoyment, work, or education. As a writer, I love that people who aren't inspired to be writers read. If they didn't, I'd just be out of a job and talking to myself via the keyboard most of the time instead of communicating with people via writing.
If your problem is that people who write on HubPages don't read every single hub on HubPages, that's a bit odd, in my opinion. I read topics I enjoy or need for work or life. I don't have time to read things that I don't enjoy or that don't apply to my work or life needs. It's not practical to try to find all of that on HubPages, because, on many topics that fit my wants and needs, I've already read all that HubPages has to offer on those subjects.
I'm an avid reader with disabilities that leave me bedridden several to most days per week. I consume a lot of written material, usually at least two to three novels worth or their word count equivalent each day I'm too sick to leave my bed. Why would I seek out topics I don't enjoy, often written by amateurs or professionals whose styles I don't enjoy, when my need and desire is to distract myself from severe pain, weakness, dizziness, and nausea? There's a whole Internet out there with plenty of material on the topics I enjoy and need for work and life, so why should I stick to just HubPages?
Or is it the phenomenon of writers who hate reading in general that you find sad? I find that sad, too. It's like hating music and forcing ones' self to compose music or hating paintings and forcing one's self to paint. I really can't understand anyone choosing a creative pursuit in which they don't even like the finished product.
I must admit that I don't usually read what I write. It comes out in a stream, and the result sometimes has misspellings, and the wrong word, like their, instead of there, or vice versa.
That is probably the quality of a poor writer. I was taught that writing was a series of reductions to generate refinements. That quality is not quantity, and reading and rereading your writing can use words more effectively.
Knowing and showing are not my strong suit.
As for others, writing on hp appears to be very diverse from the bad, to the good, and of course some are even ugly.
It's great when new writers sign on and participate. I drew a lot of personal satisfaction from the time when HP allowed a form of scoring. I thought that was helpful and encouraging.
What do you think of hp scoring now. From your personal score of 77 which is counter to the quality of your writing, to the values given hubs?
There doesn't seem to be correlation between hp scores and the writings?
Demas I really like to write and I really like to read. So for me, I get a lot of enjoyment from both. And so I guess in a certain sense I feel a little sad for people who do not get that little piece of joy from both sides. I am really trying hard to get my young son to find the joy like his 3 elder siblings.
But I get the views that I would like to have. Maybe some more would make my self-esteem rise a little. All in all if a folk does not like to do one or the other I think they should be satisfied with that.
Hi there, Perspy....Hope your day is a good one so far. I don't think I would go so far as to say it's "sad," that some people read or write exclusively but I'm aware of what you're getting at.
Hubpages has more than one or two purposes and seems to offer enough for several different groups of people. I do know a number of individuals who enjoy "hanging out" (so to speak) here on our site, for the education and/or entertainment our articles provide. It's also understandable that these same people like interacting with the writers here. (Let's face it Perspy, we're an exceptionally awesome group of geniuses! LOL! )
In terms of the many writers here who invest the majority of their time strictly writing but very little reading and commenting, it's fair to realize that online writing is a serious source of income for them. These would be the individuals who see this as their main career and spend no less than 40 - 50 hrs a week, publishing their work on numerous sites. It stands to reason they don't wish to take the time for much more than writing and publishing.
The only people who are troublesome and literally disgusting, IMO, are the TROLLS & intruders. These pathetic losers have signed onto our site for the sole purpose of creating havoc, argument and insult. We all know who these jerks are because they inject themselves and their poison everywhere. Eventually, the moderators will catch up with them and ban them. However, as most a$$holes are determined to annoy others as their only claim to fame, they return under another alias and continue their stupidity. We who are official members and serious writers are left to cope with them but IGNORE them.
They are a source of aggravation and waste of time and space. They also have no shame and spend their time acting out their psychosis.
This is just another one of those things that intelligent, mature individuals must tolerate from the losers in this world. Nothing new.
I meant this question in the sense of balanced participation, but I get it that some Hubbers actually make money out of HP and other publishing outlets online. More power to them, and the "money makers" tend to have the best quality Hubs, too. Sigh
Demas, I probably spend about an equal amount of time reading and writing here at HubPages. This varies according to how busy my "real life" is at any given time. I admit I don't have the time to read every hub written by those I follow so usually give preference to those who have read and commented on my latest hubs, but I do my best to at least view the titles of all new hubs I am notified of and read any that I think may appeal. Good question though.
I feel some members join hubpages just to follow certain people. Whether it's a friend or family member, some just want to be informed when new work is published. I wish that if you choose to read you also leave a comment so the writer can get an idea if their articles are interesting to others. I love to do both read and write. Although, I feel I read more.
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