Helping Writers To Spread Their Wings and Fly
No, the title of this article is not meant to describe HubPages, or Squidoo, or any other nonsensical “write for passive income” site. Having witnessed the changes that have occurred at HubPages over the past eighteen months, I am convinced that helping writers to improve their craft is far down the line of priorities for the staff of HubPages. They are in the marketplace to make money, and they make money through advertising and by teaching their writers to become advanced search engine technicians.
So what does the title refer to? Well, that happens to be my tagline, and it appears at the end of every piece of writing that I do.
Why you might ask?
Two reasons: one, it is a form of name recognition and a marketing tool, and two, it is what I consider to be my responsibility.
The first reason is unimportant as it pertains to this article. The second is the whole ball of wax.
Ouch That Hurts
Let me see a show of hands….how many of you have experienced rejection during your writing days? Either you have received an actual rejection notice from an editor or publisher, or you have lost in a writing contest, or your family thinks it is ridiculous that you spend long hours writing, or…or….or
So let’s see, how many hands are up? That’s what I thought….almost all of you have experienced the pain of being pushed aside as insignificant and ignored in the writing world, and make no mistake about it, it is painful.
How could it not be? You sweat and labor over a piece of work that you think is important and well-written. Hours, days, weeks and months have gone into that manuscript, and countless re-writes, and upon submission it is greeted with a resounding chorus of yawns.
Or maybe you aren’t receiving the support at home you think you deserve and yes, you do deserve it.
Or maybe you are just starting out and you just need a little encouragement, but so far in your life “encouragement” is just a word found in the dictionary between “emptiness” and “ennui.”
The fact is that writing is a lonely gig, whether it be a hobby or a job. Often times, the only companion during hours of writing is your own mind and that, my friends, is a frightening thought……so……wouldn’t it be lovely, wouldn’t it be swell, wouldn’t it just be the cat’s meow, if writers made an effort to give encouragement to each other on a regular basis?
Questions about HubPages
A Shocking Statement
I love HubPages! Yes, I know, I have been, at times, a bit critical of their business, but that’s because I want HubPages to be all that it can be, and they are falling far short of my hope for them….and judging from the number of quality and experienced veteran writers who are leaving HP, it appears I am not alone in that summation.
But I love the community of HubPages. To me, HP is not the staff, or the templates, or the “easy to use” guidelines or SEO or any of that nonsense….no, HubPages is the collection of wonderful writers and friends I have come to know over the past eighteen months.
So, if HP is really a living, breathing entity comprised of muscles, organs and bones just like me, then I need to treat it as I would any other human being, with respect, compassion, empathy and love.
And therein lies the problem and the purpose of this article.
A Difference of Opinion
I believe a writer’s site should be a place where writers support each other, and by and large I have found the community of HubPages, and I’m speaking about the writers now, to be very supportive. However, there are some who feel that their viewpoints about the topic of the article are more important than supporting writers through words of encouragement, and I think they are missing the whole point.
There are those who simply write, dump their writings on the site, and never visit the sites of others and yes, I think they, too, are missing the point.
There are those who might read other articles but never leave positive or constructive comments and yes, I think they are missing the point too.
My goals at HP have always been twofold. One, I wanted a platform that allows me to write and improve my craft. Two, I wanted to be a part of a supportive community, and being a part of that community means I do as much as I can to help other writers….help them to spread their wings and fly.
The Bible for writers
This Is Not a Competition
I know there are some who feel that by helping another writer they are hurting their chances of being published, and I think that is nonsense. The sheer numbers support my opinion. There are seven billion people on this planet and probably only a few million writers. The market is big enough to give us all a chance at success. How petty it would be of me to think that by helping Suzie or Connie or Sha or Mike that I am hurting my chances in the writing game.
A few months ago I started a movement called Humanity One World. Our mission is to change this world one person at a time, and our belief is that every single person is capable of making a difference in this world. That is true in my personal life and it is certainly true in my professional life as a writer. If a word of encouragement is enough to help a writer to move forward through their doubts and insecurities, then I am making a difference. If a positive comment from me gives a boost that was needed to succeed, then I am making a difference.
I want you all to succeed, and if I can help you in gaining that success then I say FANTASTIC! I am not threatened by your success but rather encouraged by it. Your success becomes my success, and because you are my friends I feel great satisfaction and happiness knowing I had a small part in helping you to achieve that success.
Why is that so hard to understand?
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Sure You Are Busy but so What?
Seriously, are you so busy that you cannot take a few minutes to encourage another human being? If so I find that remarkable, and not in a good way.
Wherever there is a writer who is struggling, it is my responsibility to help if at all possible. That is what I believe and that is what I will do.
Random musings from one writer to another.
Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.
If you need me, I’ll be around, willing and able, and I know a lot of good people, my friends at HubPages, who will join me in that pledge.
2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)
“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”