When this site first started I really enjoyed writing here. It was like family and laid-back and unencumbered in many ways. Now it's all high tech and glossy and professional. I haven't written a new hub in a while because I'm wondering if Hubpages has outgrown me. Now it seems all slick and full of gurus and money making high rollers. Did I get left behind? Am I even good enough to write for Hubpages anymore? Or am I just going through a rough patch?
Do others of you feel this or am I just out in left field?
I think you are going through a rough patch. Although, in the short time I have been here, I have seen a marked increase in the "money making high-rollers."
In England, we have an expression that covers a lot of them. "All mouth, no trousers."
It is still a family, but you have some new in-laws.
The Scottish equivalent being, "all fur coat and no knickers".
On second thoughts maybe I shouldn't mention that, it might get Mark hot and bothered.
Keep writing Moonmaiden, I enjoy your Hubs!
I've heard "all fart and no sh-" you can guess the rest.
I have never heard either of these expressions before. I assume they mean, 'all talk and no action'?
Oh Mark, you´re so right! Our "daughters" got married with all this marketeers .
Moonmaiden, I believe hubpages continue to be a great family/community where everybody is welcome to share knowledge and ideas. Like in every family sometimes we need to go away for a while in order to realize how much we love them . Take a vacation and come back to write some more fantastic hubs like you have done in the past. I´ll be looking forward to read them!
In the meanwhile you can always fight that anxiety going to a walk in the park and forgetting all those things that has been tormenting you lately.
You are right. Life has been tormenting me lately.
I don't know you but I can relate to what you are feeling. I see you've been here quite awhile! Although a relative newcomer, I was attracted here for the community and the ability to write and create my own articles. Very cool. Sometimes I look at my hubs and think wow there are other people here that are writing on much more comprehensive topics, and I get a little overwhelmed trying to compare myself. But I have to stop and remember that we all have a unique contribution, like my pastor says "we all have a story to tell". I think we are blessed to have been given writing skills to tell those stories when so many people either don't have the gift or the inclination to do so. And I think we sometimes go through those dry patches. I'm an artist too and I tried to do some creative stuff on illustrator earlier today and it just wasn't there- so I put it aside, knowing it will come back to me when the time is right!
I hear ya and understand what you are saying here...
We all gravitate to that which is most like us, or easy to be with... I tend to hang with those who like to hang and make new friends. (really, look at how I write? is there a place for me? LOL)
Let those who are here to roll some high numbers hang out with each other... etc.
Like all communities, there will be many gatherings, thus creating a place for everyone:-)
Hubpages is just that, a HUB with many hubs for all to gather!
There is a place for every hubber, but each hubber must speak up and find those who tend to enjoy the same type or similar conversations to themselves... thus they make friends here on the hub and feel a part of the total Hubpages.
But hey, this is just my brief opinion about this place we all call - The Hub:-)
P.S. Saying that... I have really come to enjoy learning from so many that are very different from myself and this is what is totally cool about HP.
I did have the impression when I first came here that I probably wouldn't make the cut as a contributor. Hubpages does look professional and the information first class. But once I got reading the forums and other's hubs I saw that it was a community of caring, colorful, and sometimes out spoken characters. I just figured that if my contributions were honest and written to the best of my ability then I was good to go until someone told me otherwise. Keep on writing, I'm sure you have lots more great ideas to share.
Where is this high tech gloss and slickness that you speak of?
Darkside, when I joined it was just about the writing and photos we took ourselves. Now it's all about RSS feeds, Video links, commercial photography and so on. I feel like my writing gets lost in all that. I liken it to me trying to sell matches on the Las Vegas strip in my little match girl outfit..
I agree with Darkside!
Moonmaiden - Even matches on the Las Vegas strip will last longer than a cheap 3-second lightbulb. That's what some of those that briefly blow through Hub Pages amount to.
I think that intelligent readers can determine who knows what they are writing about and who only thinks they know.
As a newcomer myself here to hubpages, I kind of get what you mean. An acquaintance told me I could write here...have fun writing and maybe make a couple of dollars as well. But a lot of times, I look around at hubs and they seem to be cut-and-paste and selling something via their hubs. BUT, I also feel like I've gotten response and feedback from readers who really want to enjoy a sense of sincerity, humor, honesty in the writing. So, your fans want you and your writing for what it is. "Keep on keepin' on" to use a phrase that's getting more antiquated by the second!
The world needs more Moonmaiden's. To keep the place real. And grounded.
As soon as something good becomes popular there'll always be those that want to use it for making a quick buck.
They don't last as long. Though there is a turnover of such people, so unfortunately we'll never be rid of them, they'll just keep blowing in and out.
Moon Maiden, I urge you to keep writing, I personally love your hubs and I have missed you alot this past couple of months, you kept me going through a rough patch and now it is my turn to repay the favor, you are an artist,an entertainer and you are a great writer, you will bounce back with a vengeance and when you do all of us guys will be there to support you all the way, no matter what you write you will always have at least one reader, I read and re read all of your work and I always look forward to seeing your name appear in my inbox telling me that you have published a new hub.
take care and please keep on hubbing.....jimmy
You guys are cracking me up. My friend calls it "Arrogance without cause." Which isn't nearly as funny as the knickers comment.
I guess I will just wait out this rough spot and hopefully I can get back to writing again soon.
Jimmy you are gonna make me blush with all your compliments. I somehow thought people would be bothered when my 'New hub by..." hit their email box.
I joined Twitter yesterday. So maybe I will write a hub on my experiences there, but there are already a bunch of hubs on Twitter so I don't know. I find that when I really want to write, I write a Hub, and when I just have a few things to say I blog and when I just want to blurt something out I use Twitter. I think that covers all the bases.
I enjoy reading about a diversity of topics here on hubpages and everyone should feel free to write about topics that bring them joy. Justin Hayward, one of my favorite musicians, has often said there is no such thing as a song that is better than another song, but that each song is different an has its unique qualities. I think the same is true for hubpages and each person has particular strengths that shine through in his or her hubs. Spend time writing about topics you enjoy, and you may even find you are teaching people something new, or maybe even opening their eyes to another point of view.
Hey Moonmaiden, Being relatively new myself I can't see the changes as much as everyone else but I think we empathize. I also think we get what we look for - I've found both ends of the spectrum; pure spammers, and those who just want to share life experiences. I kinda get what I need when I need it here! I've also found some real gurus ... you all know who you are :-)
I'm still learning the ropes here, but it seems like a group of friendly people to me. I just write what I like, and if people decide to read it, so much the better. I like the "arrogance without a cause" thing. I call it pronoia, which is the belief, despite all evidence to the contrary, that everybody loves you.
I am so glad that people I haven't met yet are sharing their heartfelt feelings in this thread. It warms my heart and even if I never write another word, I still win because I met you all.
I love that spirit..Indeed moonmaiden, in the end you still win because you found love and comfort and there are people who actually care and take time to reassure you that all is well. To a new dose of perpective, friendships and more hubs from you!
Usually in cajun country we expressed this notion by saying "He is all talk".
I think it would probably do me some good to talk to others who have my problems. What do you think?
I just keep writing about the stuff I want to write about when I feel like writing it. Although I think there is more spam/crap/fluff being written on HubPages, my personal experience and what I'm getting out of it keeps moving in the direction I want, so I focus on that.
And I flag and thumb's down a lot of crap hubs.
I haven't been here very long, but I've seen swarms of spammers come through. Sometimes they seem overwhelming, but the HP community does an impressive job of either teaching them manners (and some do learn!), or flagging them until they go away.
Based on that, I suspect a large proportion of us are here for the writing.
I've started reading your Hubs. Great stuff!
We all have to make a living one way or another in this economy. That's why HP has to evolved, I guess.
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