My thoughts on the Squidoo HubPages merger
Many of the new members from Squidoo have been faced with outright hostility from the Hubbers from the moment that the merger was announced.
I get that some of you are a little apprehensive after Squidoo went down... but I ask you to just give the Squids a chance. What you might not know is that some of the Squidoo people are also experienced Hubbers, too and that quite a few of us have actually been writing online for quite a while. Speaking personally, I'd been writing on Squidoo for three years before we had the rug pulled out from under us.
In those three years, I saw a lot of changes. Many of the changes weren't for the better and I found myself in a position where I was trying to turn Squidoo around as best as I could while being caught on the hop with a lot of my content. Changes were coming in overnight and I was unfortunate enough to see my lenses (what you call hubs) drop from 100+ right down to 86 overnight. Many of the lenses I got unpublished were new ones that I'd published the week before. There was nothing wrong with them except that the rank was "too low" for them to remain published anymore. How would you feel to wake up one morning and find that you'd had 20 of your latest hubs suddenly unpublished through no fault of your own - and the reason why is because your score isn't high enough?
Even some of my oldest hubs placed me in a position where I just didn't know what to do because we were severely limited on size towards the end... and I knew that they were "too long" yet at the same time, I didn't want to make them shorter because they were real good quality pages and shortening them meant that my readers weren't getting access to information that can, would and does make an impact on the quality of life for those who suffer from an illness that reduces your quality of life.
The fact that Squidoo went down isn't our fault - we'd done our level best to keep it going and many of us were in shock when the announcement came from nowhere late in the day. The changes weren't easy and the timing of everything was poor to say the least. Now that the sale has gone through, we are in a position where we not only have to take down our own content but build it back up to a condition that makes it usable here on HubPages. We don't blame you for the fact that Squidoo went down and all we ask for is a fair chance to prove ourselves - which is what you would have got had you been sold out to Squidoo or even if you'd ventured over there.
We were taught differently
The reason that you might think our work is "sub standard" is because towards the end of our time with Squidoo, size limits were introduced and we found that we had to dissect most of our work to make it short enough to fit in with the new capsule limits (and sometimes word limits).
For a good number of us, this meant that we had to remove pretty much anything that invited reader participation in our hubs and tighten down those niches as tight as possible. Obviously, it wasn't ideal for the longer pages that dealt with more complex topics, but we did our best to comply where possible.
Should we be labelled as bad authors because of this? I don't think so! At the end of the day, our work can be bought back up to where it once was if we have time to sit and work on it.