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  1. jessicajlockhart profile image41
    jessicajlockhartposted 4 years ago

    Dear all, HubPages is telling me that my article is too short. Its 950 words and many of my previously published articles were that long or shorter. Any ideas?

    1. lobobrandon profile image89
      lobobrandonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      If I'm not wrong that is just a suggestion. Unless something has changed.

      1. jessicajlockhart profile image41
        jessicajlockhartposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Nope, they say it's too short

        1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image90
          TIMETRAVELER2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Well, if that's what they say, then add some content!

          Not too long ago the team started pushing the idea that the longer the article the better...and they were talking in terms of hubs that would be perhaps 1500 to 3000 words long!  They also doubled the length of wordage they wanted summaries to be from 160 to 300.  So the trend is definitely to get people to write longer articles.  I have made sure that all of mine are at least 1000 words but have found myself writing longer ones since they made this announcement.  Some articles lend themselves to having more content, but some obviously do not.  In my mind, when the team tells me something, they mean it.  However, it never hurts to send an email to get a clarification.  Good Luck.

          1. lobobrandon profile image89
            lobobrandonposted 4 years agoin reply to this

            The summary to 300 was done based on my suggestion as Google was showing longer meta descriptions. But Google has changed it back to 160 or so. But having a 300 word meta description can still be used to cover two different keyword phrases.

            1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image90
              TIMETRAVELER2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Would be nice if someone would have informed us of this!  Google needs to make up its mind!

        2. psycheskinner profile image83
          psycheskinnerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          Where does it say that?  Because 950 words is not too short.  It may be something more specific like you have too many Amazon units for that length.

  2. jessicajlockhart profile image41
    jessicajlockhartposted 4 years ago


  3. lobobrandon profile image89
    lobobrandonposted 4 years ago

    Also it doesn't make sense to force a minimum length. In that case if I wanted to write a short hub I would just ask myself a question on a related hub and post the answer as my hub.

    1. jessicajlockhart profile image41
      jessicajlockhartposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Ok, this is literally what they say after I wrote 1268 words: This article contains very little content, and cannot be published. To learn more about the problem, please click the save unpublished or done editing button and review the warnings at the top of the Hub.

      1. DrMark1961 profile image96
        DrMark1961posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        That warning may be because your hub has little content. Did you just add 300 words of filler or something significant?
        The best thing you can do is put the link on here, have others look at it and give you an idea of how to improve that. You might not like the criticism, but people are always helpful here.

      2. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image90
        TIMETRAVELER2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Perhaps they meant "original" content.  Some writers tend to spin or cut and paste content, which is not acceptable.

      3. theraggededge profile image96
        theraggededgeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        It sounds like a glitch to me. Save it. Close your browser and try again. If it's still there, clear your browser history/cache and try again. If no luck, contact team@hubpages.com.

      4. chasmac profile image92
        chasmacposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Ok - that makes more sense. They're not saying it's too short; they're saying it lacks content. Your word count is certainly enough, but apparently, you're not saying a lot with all those words.

        1. theraggededge profile image96
          theraggededgeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          It's doubtful - I think OP is referring to the guidelines that appear when creating and publishing the hub. There's no assessment of the actual content, just the number of words.

          1. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image90
            TIMETRAVELER2posted 4 years agoin reply to this

            That is incorrect.  I've had more than one hub turned down because it covered a topic that was too "common", etc.  They do indeed look at content.

            1. theraggededge profile image96
              theraggededgeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

              Yes, but are you talking about communication from a member of the team? This sounds like a website glitch. It's coming up when she's trying to publish the hub initially. Not about it being featured.

              If you look at the OP's other hubs, you will see that they aren't short of content. I think the words aren't being counted/registered by the software.

              Edit: I notice that in most of her hubs she only uses one text capsule. If there was a glitch in the word count that would prevent the words being counted.

              To the OP: do you know that you can (and should) use several text capsules with relevant subtitles? Try breaking the text up and see if that resolves the problem.

              1. jessicajlockhart profile image41
                jessicajlockhartposted 4 years agoin reply to this

                Will try, thanks smile

        2. psycheskinner profile image83
          psycheskinnerposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          950 words is not too little content, the popup warning probably came from the website not detecting the wordcount correctly.  Reopen the draft and try again--I bet the warning has gone away.

      5. daydreams profile image95
        daydreamsposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Is it an article with some sort of list? I think I got a message like that popping up when I working on an article that listed different names, but message went away after I added sentences to the draft.

        You can definately get articles shorter than 950 words featured and on niche sites, so can't just be that.

      6. Natalie Frank profile image94
        Natalie Frankposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        Too little content may not just refer to the number of words but what the words say and how much they add.  If there are a lot of words but there is also a lot of redundancy the editors may decide that the hub doesn't really say much and flag you for that.  Try posting it and asking for help.  I'm sure the community can help you figure it out.

        1. theraggededge profile image96
          theraggededgeposted 4 years agoin reply to this

          It's a system message. Nothing to do with editors. OP needs to start over with a new hub.

      7. nomadspirit profile image95
        nomadspiritposted 4 years agoin reply to this

        This sounds like something you should bring to the technical department's attention. If the system is generating the message even before the article has gone through the QAP, then its rejecting your article out of hand so it sounds like a problem with the system .

  4. jessicajlockhart profile image41
    jessicajlockhartposted 4 years ago

    Ok, everyone, I tried everything you said, but the system still tells me there's no content!
    Have a look, please:
    Something happens in your life that hurts or enrages you so much that it becomes part of who you are. It stays with you, lurking in the darkness of your brain,
    Many human beings spend years suffering from stories in their past; stories in which they're victims or stories they blame themselves for. Those stories become old faithful movies to revisit in times of pain, to scrutinize scene by scene asking themselves, what if something different had happened. "What if I had reacted a different way? What if I had said/done something else? What if I had somehow known and prevented this? What if others had behaved a different way?" On and on, going over each possible, albeit NOW impossible, scenario, pondering, musing, thinking.

    Sometimes, that movie made of memories occupies a person's time so often that the person forgets to live the time now, the here, the present, so immersed are they in their past. And also sometimes, those stories extend their tentacles into the present, invading it with beliefs rooted in the movie of their guilt or pain. Those beliefs then cripple or limit the human being today, not allowing them freedom to choose and act because the past is too heavy on their minds.

    Sometimes, still, those old, worn-out movies are kept secret, locked up inside the person, to prevent their venom and power from maybe infecting others. Day after day, those movies sit heavy and domineering in the person's heart, weighing them down. In spite of which, they still can't let go. Because somebody is guilty and they need to pay. Letting go of the movie would feel like a betrayal and might leave a sense of emptiness and lack of purpose behind. After all, the memories have been there for so long.

    And so, life goes on, unhappy, hard, heavy.

    The only way a person can start flowing and flying is by letting go of their burdens because they are the ones that truly keep them grounded. Unfortunately, it's usually not as easy as just deciding to let go. Most of us are very strongly attached to our past and putting it down requires more than just deciding to do so.

    "Forgive and forget," we're told. Yes, but how? How can one really do that?

    By forgiving OTHERS and OURSELVES at the three levels of forgiveness.

    The first level of forgiveness is the one we grant at an intellectual level. We think about the situation and DECIDE to forgive because it makes sense. This level of forgiveness is usually enough for simple issues and superficial confrontation. We rationalize the conflict and mentally choose to let it go. It also is the most commonly taught of all forgiveness methods, as cultures all around the world demand it from their children already from very early ages: "say you're sorry." "Accept the apology."

    The second level of forgiveness is the one granted with the heart. We WANT to forgive because we feel for the other person. This type of forgiveness requires a certain level of analysis. The forgiver needs to first forgive mentally to then decide to forgive because of sentimental reasons, too. Sentimental forgiveness requires placing the other person before the action, considering the first one more important or valuable that what they did. We see this type of forgiveness in situations between relatives, couples or friends.

    The third level of forgiveness is the one granted when the feeling goes and the original story can be remembered without the pain, the guilt, the rage or whatever other negative feeling is triggered by it now. This is, of course, the hardest level of all because nobody taught us to forgive like this until today and because it requires completing the other two before this one can happen. The good news is that, like with everything else in life, it can also be learned. We learn to transform the story into a lesson for life and to set our retained feelings free.

    Many scientific studies have been working on the idea of something called "cellular memory" for years. The concept refers to the possibility of our DNA storing part of our memories even after our brain forgets them. The third level of forgiveness refers to something similar. We might forgive mentally and even sentimentally but there might be certain stories that still come back to haunt us and make us relive the feelings that they originally caused. The moment in which our pain, guilt or sadness was first created occasionally comes back to us and fills our hearts with those dreaded emotions. We might think we had already forgiven. But the memory lingers like the reminiscence in our DNA. It is in those cases that absolute forgiveness is needed to completely eliminate the recalled feelings from ourselves.

    The whole process requires:

    identifying the original feeling. If you want to let go of a feeling, you first need to identify it properly. What are you truly feeling and who is the target of those feelings? Do you feel anger, pain, guilt, shame, remorse? Is your first feeling masking other, deeper ones?
    questioning it. What does the feeling mean to you? What would you tell the person, if you had that person right in front of you? Who would you be without that feeling? What would your life be like?
    understanding its role until today. What does the feeling give you, power, energy, a motive, an excuse? Why have you kept it burning for so long?
    deciding to let it go. Once you answer the previous questions, you might decide it's time to let it go. At this stage, you need to make a conscious decision, a real one. It's not enough to think that you want to let it go but that you DO let it go.
    accepting the lesson it gives you. To let it go, you then have to ask you what the original event and all these years of pain taught you. Accept the lesson it meant to teach and,
    finally, set it free. It played its role and taught its lesson. Breathe in deeply and exhale while letting it go.
    Absolute Forgiveness is a process created by me as part of the humanology discipline for explaining and understanding human beings. Unless we can truly leave our burdens behind, it will be almost impossible for us to continue growing or to grow as much as we really could. Working with a humanologist, the process includes all the specific step-by-step tools and techniques to be able to complete it. Once you do it with a professional the first one, then you can always do it on your own and let go of everything that constitutes a burden in your life.

    I hope this little explanation of forgiveness helps you understand that the nightmare you're living in can finally disappear from your life and encourage you to go for it. Unless, of course, you want to continue carrying the burden and live like you've been doing all these years. As usual, the choice is entirely yours.

    Enjoy life... ALL of it,

    To achieve Absolute forgiveness, identify the original feeling, question it, understand the role it plays, decide to let it go, accept the lesson it gives you and set it free.

  5. theraggededge profile image96
    theraggededgeposted 4 years ago

    Argh... delete that. Otherwise you may be penalized for duplicate content. If you can't get back in to remove it, ask the moderators.


    1. Did you contact team@hubpages.com ?
    2. Can you take the text and simply start a new hub (with multiple text capsules and subtitles? I would just delete the existing hub and start over.


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