Presently, the subject accolade is set up to reflect when a hubber reaches 1000, 10,000, 100,000, 1,000,000, 10,000,000 and 100,000,000 views.
I believe that it should be revised to where it would reflect 1000, 10,000, 25,000, 50,000, 75,000, 100,000 views, with the all of other levels remaining the same.
I believe that such a change would provide many hubbers, especially many of the newer ones, with more incentive to hang in there, as well as provide them with a degree of recognition that would set them apart.
These icons are nothing more than acknowledgment for something completely out of our control. I do not pay much attention to them but as long as they are here, I agree that the gaps should be more realistic...cheers
I tend to agree with you. It's a REALLY long way from 100,000 to 1,000,000. I love long-distance driving, and I make good use of mile markers to gauge progress from one place to another. I think a lot of hubbers would like to see that page view accolade change a bit more often, as you and others say, for a boost to morale.
Accolades don't mean much of anything to me, which is why I don't make them public. But for those who like them, what's the harm in introducing a few more milestone huzzahs?
I really do like your "driving-a-long-distance analogy."
For example, when I drive from Los Angeles to San Francisco (a little over 400 miles), I like it when I see signs that say, "San Francisco 100 miles," "San Francisco 50 miles," "San Francisco 25 miles" ...
Perhaps it stems from my military background, but I like being awarded "medals."
Also, and strictly from a business standpoint, I believe that if HubPages gave recognition for 25,000, 50,000 and 75,000 views, a lot of the newer writers who are presently "giving up" and going away would stick around longer.
Because of such human characteristics as ego, pride and competitiveness, a lot of hubbers whose hubs have garnered 50,000 to 80,000 views, for example, would be pleased to be recognized for having a number of views closer to what they actually have, rather than only 10,000.
I hide my accolades because they mean nothing to me. You don't get paid for your accolades. You can't sell your clips to an editor and say, "Here are my accolades. Hire me because I earned them." In other words, accolades are not an indication of a professional writer. It may be important for the beginning Hubber, but accolades have nothing to do with getting work or making online money.
Many people who begin writing on this site don't last because they don't make money right away or quickly find out that they are making online pennies that won't be paying their major bills. It has nothing to do with wanting to reach a certain amount of page views. To shoot for a certain amount of page views instead of concentrating on writing good hubs is a waste of time.
With all due respect, I disagree with almost everything you wrote.
For one thing, I believe that the majority of the contributors to HubPages are not in it for the money. They are writing on the site as a pastime or hobby, to improve their writing skills, for therapeutic reasons, to have a journal or record of their thoughts, ideas, opinions and views, and I could go on.
And "to shoot for a certain number of page views instead of concentrating on good hubs is a waste of time??!!!"
Well, I have been a writer for years; I am a professional writer; I earn income from my writings, and I have a fairly large following both on HubPages and out there in the "real world" -- and I always "shoot for a certain number of page views."
As a professional writer, not only do I view writing as an art and a skill, I also view it as a business, which translates to the more views my works receive (whether it is for one of my books, op-ed articles, blogs or hubs), the more money I make.
It amuses me that the OP seems to think people who say they care about accolades are more honest than people who say they do not.
Some people simply don't buy into all the stuff about being competitive. For those of us who do not, trophies, medals, badges, prize certificates, leader boards, etc, etc really are meaningless.
I have hidden the accolades on my profile. I have nothing of which to be ashamed, as I have eleven of the things (took a brief look now simply to check; I never go into my profile otherwise). However, I have hidden them to be true to my principles. If I think they are meaningless, why should I want to flaunt them all over the place?
Having spent the past 8.5 years very successfully as a freelance, working when and how I want to work, why on earth should I be concerned with how I would be assessed as a wage-slave cog in some boring monolithic corporate structure!
I've been setting my own milestones and goals (what some people might call accolades) since I started writing on this site, and it's been a LOT more meaningful to achieve those than receiving a random graphic. You might consider trying it sometime.
My reward to myself for all of my 2011 achievements with my online writing is that I'm taking a trip to Europe this summer. That sure as hell beats getting a pat on the head for page views. And it's going to make for some good, original content too.
Hey feenix I am with you on this one, I feel the accolades can spur a hubber on and give them a nice confidence boost, for all their hard work that they have accomplished.
So I think it would be a good idea if the gap between the 10,000 and 1,000,000 accolades could be shortened, then for those who enjoy a new accolade can receive a much needed boost in that recognition.
After all there is nothing to loose by doing so and for those who care more to gain.
And one of the reasons I decided to submit this topic is I believe that revising the page-view accolade, in the manner I suggest, would enhance the operations of HubPages. Such a revision would give extra shots of encouragement and motivation to many of the site's contributors.
Yes and I agree with you 100% it can be hard at times to keep motivated and positive and no more so than these days with (panda & penguin) making things more difficulty for hubbers.
So at times like these every bit of encouragement would be appreciated by most I believe anyway. After all reducing the gap between such milestones can only serve as a reminder to keep up the good work, and help to persevere onwards and upwards.
Because I served in the U.S. Army for four years and worked in the corporate world for over 40 years (now, I am retired), I have learned that most people gain a great deal of satisfaction from receiving such things as medals, plaques, certificates and, yes, accolades.
I second that feenix, they do give the earner a sense of pride and the feelings for self achievement and being recognised as so, certainly instils a sense of worth for ones efforts. It can be a motivator and an improver to a hubbers output, giving them that little boost to go that extra mile and keep doing what they are doing.
After all this is a tough game for those who are in it for the long haul and every hubber at some point needs that bit of encouragement. Even if to just gauge your efforts against your achievements and to get a better perspective, especially when the traffic monster is eating away my daily fix! LOL, it can be surprising how such things can affect us and I am a traffic watching addict, LOL…
That’s encouraging to hear, well, I hope someone in head office feels like us too, and really considers what you have proposed here, after all it is a very positive incentive that can be appreciate on both sides.
Anyway off to help out with the kids, for now take care and all the best, Mark.
I conducted an unofficial poll among some the hubbers I know and nearly all of them agree that the Hub-View Accolade should be revised based on the suggestion made in the opening comment of this forum.
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