Anyone who writes health related hubs - original content?
The thing with health related hubs, is that often in relation to conditions there are "defined" things that must be included. Reading the info on hubscores, it talks about original content, and not too much paraphrasing - those who write health hubs - how do you get around this 'defined info' versus paraphrasing what is already out there.....I'm feeling a bit "meh" after working on a hub for days, to get a hubscore of 53.
This is a very good question. I do not have the answer for you.
It not only relates to health related hubs but any science where the
facts were gathered by someone other than yourself.
Hopefully, someone can direct you to get answers.
Most of us know that feeling of working on an article and finally publishing
it to show the world your talent, your insight, your heartfelt work, only to have it come back with a very low score. Keep in mind that you are the only one who sees that score that HP has given your hub.
We have all been there and it is not a good feeling. Do your best and
stop thinking about the numbers. You are a fine writer making some great medical articles available. Your contribution to HP is appreciated.
Hi! I have started hubpages for less than a week, for the purpose of sharing medical information mainly.
Regarding your question, I do agree with you. You are right in saying that in essence, there is almost nothing to add when making hubs in the medical (or scientific field in general) since most are secondary information already. As in my case, I opt to consider only specific points or complications related to the topic at hand. To give concrete examples, let me tell you about how I do ti. In one of my hubs, I only focused on a rare complication of gastroenteririts relating it to a case. Also, I have a hub on asthma focusing only on how to see warning signs.
For the most part, I actually think that it is pointless to write when one can quickly search websites like medscape, emedicine, webmd, or the like. Those websites have authority and leading figures that arguably, we can't contest against. That's why I just put in REAL life cases of REAL people whom I have encountered or heard from with colleagues of mine. With that, I infuse the touch of life into seemingly stern blocks of texts. Of course, I still put relevant information but I also put in personal analysis of the disease, cases, and how it arrived on such scenarios. In short, simply personalize it.
You can see my hubs for reference. I may have not been articulate enough to explain. LOL. I do hope I helped you in your dilemma.
Since I write medical hubs that are only about my area of expertise, and personal experiences in the health care field, I usually manage to get high hub scores. My hubs on blood typing get lots of views and comments. And they tend to be 'evergreen'.
So, I would suggest that a medical writer use their knowledge to write in a personal style and think of what patients would like to ask their doctors about, but never do. Research "doorknob questions" (what patients try to ask their doctors when they reach for the exit doorknob).
As Digital MD says, it's hard to write something original about things that anyone can do research on. You need to write from personal experience.
Basically, any hub should include the who, what, when, where, why, and how of what you are writing about. I also like to write in the journalistic inverted pyramid style where all the important points are on top because that is what draws a reader in.
Maybe it would help to 'think like a nurse' and write from their point of view. Or as I do, which is to think like a Medical Laboratory Scientist :-)
While helping my ailing husband combat certain health conditions I researched many remedies and wrote about those that worked for him and those that I had heard about that worked for others. That's original content from first handed experiences.
As for the 53 hubscore, it will likely go up as many hubs start out with low scores.
I've written 14 hubs on the general topic of Health/medical. My scores range from 68 to 86. I just do my research and do my best to word things my own way. I try to cover the material as uniquely as possible. Most of mine in some way are written from my own experience. That helps give the article something unique. Good luck with your writing.
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