Reflections On My First 555 Hubs
As of the start of this new year, my 555+ Hubs on HubPages have garnered comments that 474 were "Useful", 673 comments termed them "Awesome" (a trend in the right direction), 461 "Beautiful", 879 "Interesting", and, obviously due to my serious nature, only 151 "Funny".
Of the 36,363 viewings of my Hubs, 4,828 spurred comments. My most commented on Hub was entitled "Spending Our Way Out of Indebtedness?" which had 52 comments, while the Hub "I've Reached The Summing Up Time" had 44, "A Different Kind of Cook" had 42, and "A Haiku - Togetherness" had 38. The latter two are remarkable in that they are both poems. All four are remarkable for only having current Hub Scores of 56, 67, 65, and 65, though I have continuously noted that while I have had a perfect score of 100 (!), out of all my writings poems always score low. In fact poems score so consistently low for all Hubbers that Longfellow and Tennyson would have been discouraged into taking up driving coal barges.That's not to say that I come even within shouting distance of such scions of Shakespeare as they are, but I'm just recounting my observation.
Disappointments have been quite frequent learning experiences....much akin to publisher rejection letters in their own way. For example, I devotedly conceived "A Party Platform For The Tea Party" at a time before the near demise of that congregation of devotees, and it received only 65 viewings and 8 comments the common thread of which being that it was "too idealistic and purely American" to stand any chance of seeing the light of day.
I continue to publish on Hub Pages because I simply love to write with the hope of sharing. I also imagine that, were I to die tomorrow, some genealogist (perhaps even among my own descendants) might run across some one Hub and call me prescient. [I have a book forthcoming that will beg for that accolade. More on that later.]
My advice from this accumulated experience? Write and write, publish and publish, at the same time realizing that most artists of any variety of skill usually die paupers.
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