More On the Subject
- On HubPages—October 21, 2011
As I begin to write this, I am reminded of something I have oftentimes said. Be careful to not bite the hand that feeds you. It could be entirely true that, in a way, I do earn some money by publishing my musings and well-intentioned opinions here on
- On HubPages—October 24, 2011
In the world there is much that is mysterious, or unexplained. Things that simply have no answer. Such as, "Where did we come from?" and perhaps even, "Who really built those pyramids in Egypt?"
- The Springboard: What About Bob?
Isn't Bob you and I? We ALL want more money. The government. The banks. The businesses. But what about Bob? What happens when Bob needs more money? And why doesn't he get it?
Highly Recommended Reading
- Famous Words By Famous Hubbers
A fantastic bit of poetry by one of HubPages real talents, Micky Dee, as well as a well made point that HubPages is barking at the wrong trees lately. This is an important read for any current Hubber.
When I first started out here at HubPages I found the site, and the ease at which I could publish my content very inviting. It was a writer, friendly site. At least it felt that way. I never felt that my content was going to be filtered in any way. At least, if anything was filtered here, I always felt that it was within reason—though there are a few examples a few of us have run into that might put that to task a bit. Still, I never once felt that this site was not for me.
Not so anymore.
At least three of my hubs have been taken down by the site for what I would call unreasonable reasons. For example, my hub titled, "How To Clean Your Gas Grill," was pulled because it had a link and reference to having a beer while I cook my food. My hub titled, "Lottery Payout: The Dream of the Big Win," was pulled because it pertains to gambling. My hub, "Made in the USA: After the Great Recession Pt. 2," I can only assume was pulled because I made reference to The Boston Beer Company in it, which I made reference to because it is the last major beer company based in the United States.
Perhaps the mere mention of those things here will have this hub banned soon as well. Guns are mentioned as well in the terms, and so I suppose if I were to write a hub about the exercise of my 2nd amendment rights, that hub would likely be banned as well.
HubPages has lost its way in my opinion, and I simply cannot and will not participate. If we are to truly call ourselves writers then no writer I have ever spoken to has ever been for censorship in any form. This is censorship if you ask me.
Look, I've defended HubPages now and again stating that HubPages is more like a magazine or a newspaper than a writer's personal site. That means I'll concede that a site like this should have some editorial control over content. That's reasonable. It's their site and we are guests here. However, when you put the site into a context that suggests that it is a self-publishing site, then their editorial control should be very limited. It was before. It is not now. When you pull someone's hub down for the mere mention of a beer, or the mere link to a beer website, then I think you've crossed a line. You've lost your legitimacy as a writer's site. And you've lost me as contributor of content to your site.
It's a sad moment for me. I rather enjoyed my time here. I've been in good company every step of the way. Even those who disagreed with my opinions were welcome. Opposing viewpoints are the heart of any real discussion, right?
Nothing of what I have published here has been out of line. Nothing I have published here has ever warranted, in my view, being unpublished. Yet here we are. So I bid farewell to HubPages. I will be slowly gathering my things and placing them elsewhere on the web. It may take me some time, but I'll try to drop a few hints about where you can find me if you'd like to keep track of me. Thanks for being there in any event. It's been real.