Ok, if you haven't read Karen Wodke's hubs yet, and if you are the sort of person who finds laughing amusing, then I suggest you have a look. I just read the three most recent ones and I'm dying.
No wonder she already has 80 fans in only 4 weeks.
You are so right on, I found her funny ...:-) 4 weeks and 80 fans, I am impressed and bit sad about my profile now :-(
Aw, don't be sad. Sometimes it's just about hitting your "writer's moment." We all write lots of stuff but we never know when the really good ones are gonna pop out, the ones that get us passed around amongst friends. Plus, she's been really cranking them out... she's been here a month and has already got 1/3 of my output for 2 years and several months. Pretty prolific.
Keep writing, they'll come!
:-) Thanks for kind words and trying to make me feel good.
I thought of trying to be funny by telling jokes to my friends but they are still waiting for punch line... :-)
I am quite impressed with Karen though, she has a talent! Thanks for introducing her hubs to me.
I am back to my old boring self again. Thanks for cheering me up.
Yeah, for real.
I guess I'm not writing on the right areas/topics.
You writing for fun or money? If you're writing for commercial purposes, fan base will build, but it builds much more slowly. If you are writing to amuse yourself and others, fan base will grow more quickly. At least that's how I see it playing out.
Suppose a mix of both I guess.
I don't really have "commercial hubs" in the sense I'm doing product reviews or what not, but I would like to make some money, sure.
It's for fun as well, but I guess not amusing kind of fun. I also hope to be informative on the topic.
Ah well - guess those are 'fan making' things!
I just went and picked one of your hubs randomly, just to see if you were one of those hubbers who writes like crap and doesn't know it, and then can't figure out why they aren't doing very well.
You aren't one of them.
Your writing is engaging and interesting. I just read about the shaping thing with the paws on the scale. I read the whole thing, top to bottom. That's not even a topic I am interested in per se, because I have no dogs and don't intend to. And yet, the story itself was compelling enough to read the whole way through. That says a lot for your writing ability.
So, in short, it's not your writing or even your topic. If I were going to guess (and put in my opinion, which you didn't ask for--sorry, I can't help it), I'd say the only issue you have for getting heaps of fans is that all of your hubs (most anyway) are in one finely focused area, and also that, because most of them are part of one long series, folks may not want to commit to a series when they come across one and so don't start in at all.
I bet you could publish that though and sell it. Anyway, you write well and the fans you do get are going to be real dog people whose lives are probably really helped out by what you are writing.
Wow, thank you - I really appreciate your compliments and really glad you found it a very enjoyable read.
Thank you also for the ideas. I don't mind opinions and ideas, you don't grow if you don't accept and consider ideas and opinions. Doesn't matter if they are asked for or not. In fact, I consider it a gift - the gift of your consideration and thoughts. That has value and I appreciate it.
Thinking costs energy, and you spent some of it on me and my writing. Thank you.
BTW, you're the second person that's told me I could sell this. I might have to consider an e-book at the least!
Hmmm, I dunno. I hate laughing. It makes my sides hurt, and I don't like pain.
Yes, she is funny enough if you like that sort of thing.
Personally, I found it a little dry for my taste.
Oh alright then, yes, dammit. She's very funny.
I'm jealous, lol but in a good way. She really puts a new perspective on ordinary moments. I happily became a fan.
She's absolutely brilliant. Thanks for pointing her out Shades.
Hope she asks for scoops on hubbers hangout or the sandpit.
Have just been to check her writing. Will not be going back. I found the thinly veiled, libellous Hub on Julian Assange to be absolutely disgraceful.
They do say simple things amuse simple minds, so I can see why she has almost 100 followers already.
LOL. See, that's how I know she's funny. I mean, there's funny in the "ha hah, I'm silly" kind of way, and then there's the kind that speaks enough truth, and reveals flaws in a way of thinking, a dogma, paradigm or philosophy. That's the good stuff, the stuff that makes the indoctrinated lash out and stomp their feet, crying out, "You guys are stupid," as their faces turn all red. I love that kind of humor.
Too true! I must admit (and I'll hope you all will forgive me for this) that it's a good possibility that the reason that story didn't jump out at me was because I'm not really up to date on that news story. I've seen the headlines but haven't really tried to follow it because I've had my hands so full with other things (the shame of it, I know!).
I had to read it though, because of the strong reaction to it here. Haha. But now I'm going to have to get caught up on the news and go back and read it again. I'm sure it will make all the difference.
Either that or read her cigarette hub or the one about the guy with the stained shirt and just laugh for no reason at all.
I did read the stained shirt one and that's what made me a simple-minded follower hahahaha
heh heh, me too. I like being simple minded. I'm going to go make chalk pictures on my driveway now.
Hahaha! You really did have me LOL'ing
I'd go color my driveway too, but it's way too cold outside right now. My simple mind can still tell that much anyway
Yeah, but if you go outside and draw when it's right before a rain, you get to be even more simple minded. Maybe drool while you're doing it, that's what I'm going to do. I like drool.
Well, I don't think she'll miss you, in any case. She's getting a great following without you as it is.
It's a simple mind that would cast aspersions on her fans' characters without having met them. It's fine that you disagree with their tastes and with her spin on humor. But you don't have to insult the intelligence of those who happen to disagree.
I didn't particularly love that piece you refer to either, though for very different reasons than you, it just didn't jump out at me as it did with some others. But I did read more by her before making a judgement on whether or not her style was for me (turns out she'll do just fine )
Fine, don't like her content. But don't go getting all condescending on those who happen to enjoy her work and get a laugh out of it. To each her (his) own, I say.
Oh, and if you happen to be kidding after all, my apologies
We should post this sign on her profile page to help this situation.
I will gladly keep my simple mind just cause I can laugh alot.
A good find, Shades - thanks for posting.
Will you be helping with the ER room visit for stitching up my sides now? Or have you leaked this information because you own hospital stock???
Between Karen and Mark Ewbie's work, I will be getting my happy fix a couple times a day - love it!
I so admire those who can convey their wit so well.
I gave humor a try in my writing, and the only comment I got was, "I'm confused" . . . lol. I'm stickin to product sales for a while.
Thanks Shades, nice to be smiling every early. She is funny.
Humor has NO place in Hubpages!
This is first and foremost a dating sight for very attractive people.
Don't forget it!
Look, if you want to make LOADS of $$$ and have hundreds of fans, then you have to write about something that everyone cares about. a topic that is at the top of everyone's mind.. and provide in your writing information that will have long lasting impact on the reader...
In short, if you want to make a difference and be noticed, you have to write about the types of life and death issues that impact us all..
much like my in depth series of hubs on Elmer Fudd.
(which, I am proud to say, have made me a total of 15 cents in just 8 short months)
almost 2 cent per month ; that's a great achievement, congrats
You guys are doing well, I think I'm gonna get a bill instead of an earnings check
Dude, you have 2 fans and haven't written anything yet. That's awesome. You are such a good writer people are fanning you based on nothing but your aura.
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