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What Not to Write About Online!

Updated on October 5, 2013

Jungle Justice.

Imagine yourself as Tarzan or Jane, swinging from vine to vine in the Amazon forest.

As your delicately covered body prepares for the next jump to the vine swing heading in your direction, you notice a traveler in the forest, lost. You are positively exceptional at what you do. You know how to scoop them up and draw them near. It would be a happy ending for everyone. You could still make your vine in time and save the traveler from becoming the next victim of a search by air, land, and sea.

But wait, you decide that instead, you don't want the extra weight hanging off of you. It might cause the covering you are wearing to come loose. Then the clothing would fall off, and you'd be swinging freely with no protection against weather elements such as rain and wind. Plus too, the bugs are thick in this forest. Snakes slither around the trees.

You do the next thing that comes to mind, as you make your jump to the next vine, you use the lost tourist's head as a platform to push off of and gain you more speed. You make your jump and wave goodbye to the person who is now a face planted in the mud.

The fearless writer.

The fearless writer bravely states a point in an article and shares it with the world.

Knowing no bounds except for time, the fearless writer courageously expresses facts and sometimes opinions to allude readers to one desired outcome.

Someone with writing skills knows how to keep readers entertained, enlightened, and projects opinions to emotions such as a movie is projected to a white screen.

Readers are often molded by words, not by facts.

Take for example, a lifelong idea that you are allergic to some antibiotics because your mother told you so since you were very young. "Don't take that because it will make you sick. The last time you took it you broke out in hives."

Every time you reach for the bottle of the alleged allergenic culprit, your mother's words ring true in your mind. They must be true because your mother told you so. Your mother was looking out for your best interests. She must be right.

Yet years later you find yourself defending your stance that you are allergic when asked at a medical facility to list your allergies on an intake form. Your promptly list this ingredient as one in which you must not ever be administered because your mother said so.

The hospital offers you a test. A simple test to determine whether or not you really are allergic. You agree to it to prove once and for all that your mother is right!

However, once the test comes back negative for any allergy, you are given the product in a high dose to cure one ailment which you have been fighting off for years.

You were afraid to take the medicine which you are allergic to according to your mother. So you suffered dreadfully instead of searching out a fact. You either are or are not allergic.

Now faced with the realization that all of this time you didn't have to suffer, and you could have been well on your way to recovery long ago, it brings closure to the point that there are always two sides to every story.

All angles of a story.

A story is based on one person's account, experience or recollection of a particular matter.

Someone may for sure be experiencing a situation in which others have not.

For example, one writer may have had to sell something in order to purchase a first computer. While another writer has four computers and uses them to gain more exposure to their freelance articles.

The first writer may write about what they know. Such as, selling your stuff to buy a first computer. What computers to consider when starting a writing career. How to choose a writing platform for your first writing career.

The second writer might write about the ten most dedicated heroes of all times or how one president got elected multiple times.

The difference between these two writers is the first one is writing about life experiences. The second one is writing about facts.

Both writers are wonderful additions to a group of writers in an online platform.

It takes all kinds of stories to get a group noticed. If everyone wrote about the same thing, there would be minimal interest. But because there is such a diversity in experience and knowledge, it gains an upper hand to the interest of the readers in the general public.

Worldwide Internet.

World Population
6.5 billion
6.9 billion
7.1 billion
Using the internet
Total amount of people using the internet
1 billion
2 billion
2.7 billion
United States Census Bureau.

How the internet is changing writing.

Internet writing is changing.

It's no longer a way for people to express their sincere interests in a matter due to experience or personal knowledge.

It's more like the fast-paced approach of a vine swinging in your direction ready for you to reach out and grab it, but knowing full well there is a person on ground level who is looking up to you.

The choice is there. You either help the lost person and bring them to the next vine with you and hope they learn how to jump on their own, or you forget them all together and just go from vine to vine on your own.

The problem with a lot of writing on the internet today is that while it may certainly be based on one's own experiences, there is a lot of untruth that is being told by writers to persuade more readership. It's becoming more like grocery store tabloids than factual articles researched by writers who truly want to help others.

For example, if one person has a favorite coffee and they write about it, anyone can benefit from learning what that person likes or dislikes about that particular coffee. While it's based on opinion, it's still interesting and fun to learn about other people's interests.

But if someone comes along and writes an article to say that coffee is causing cancer in the most Western part of the earth, so there must be something done to save people from their own demise, it might bring quick and easy readership, increasing page views, but where are the factual truths in the article? What is the basis for writing the article except starting trouble for the coffee growers and the people who drink coffee?

I'm being facetious of course and am in no way talking about any one writer in particular here, as I've actually never even read a story promoting coffee bans. I am just suggesting, for a matter of practical illustration, that the latter story is what is filling the internet today, burying the truth below the depths of Google.

Green areas depict little or no censorship.

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My search on Google for party items.

Recently, I wrote a Hub containing instructions for crafting a party loot bag for Halloween. While researching information for that Hub, I searched the terms, "goody bags". I was researching how much revenue goody bags bring in a year because I wanted to demonstrate how popular they are for parties. And quite frankly, anyone in the party business might find the article interesting from the standpoint of business sales.

To my surprise, while searching on Google, the first fiew pages were all nonsensical entries about why people have a vehement stance against goody bags.

Goody bags have brought me so many happy memories from my childhood such as going to my friend Amy's house, late of course because I'm always late to the party, and finding a reserved goody bag in my honor loaded with decadent candies!

I was amazed at the people complaining online about goody bags. Most of the articles that I came across were affiliated with some revenue sharing writing site. They weren't personal blogs, reviews or opinions about the popular party accessory. They were actually making money from writing about the negative side of the goody bag. In fact, I had to go back three pages on Google just to find anything well-written at all! This amazed me because party supplies are a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. So if "follow the money" is true, this instance proved that the money wasn't going to the best party site that day but to the ones spouting off their disdain.

And more importantly, the fact that many of the articles had been copied from one site to another surprised me even more. Not only were negative articles the most popular, they were repeated often by different sites racing for the top spot!

This little exercise demonstrated to me that what brings in the ultimate dollar isn't the most factual, truthful, well-researched or honest article written online. It's the one that gets the most attention.

Freedom to express oneself online.

I whole-heartedly believe in the freedom to self-expression. Meaning that I wouldn't want someone to stifle my inner desire to write about what comes naturally. Life experiences, thoughts, reflection upon dreams and so forth make up a person's character. I would never dream of expecting someone else not to voice their opinions, concerns, complains, laughter, love and desire to share with the world in online writing.

But I find it very baffling what seems to be occurring around us without anyone noticing.

Imagine if newspapers started printing articles about anything with no proof. No researcher was sent out in the field to explore for themselves and to gain knowledge about a situation. The writer just typed up an opinion about onions and why people shouldn't be allowed to eat them in the world because they cause bad breath. So the editor printed the article and it arose to top spot on google. The onion market crashes the next day. Everyone runs for their life in panic mode thinking about how many times they have subjected themselves to the fiery bulbs only to find out after all, they were a health hazard all this time.

Then in an unthinkable act to save it's company, the onion plant decided to fight back! With scientific proof and evidence to support that onions are actually good for our health and to eat more.

The newspaper might have made a few bucks with it's unresearched and biased claims, but assuredly they did not win in the end when onions started sprouting up even more around the fields that the writer ultimately looks out of as he sits and types his apology in the editorial section.

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Truth be known.

I get fired up on several occasions.

While I try to maintain my composure, especially online, there are several things in this world that really get under my last nerve.

It's writers who have no basis or fact for what they are deeming truth and presenting it to instill fear and panic in to people who read their writing which serves no purpose other than chasing after the great mighty buck!

And yet, what makes matters worse, are the people who follow them and agree to everything they say, vote, pin, share, etc.

Then it goes viral around the planet until someone writes factual based accounts to discredit and disprove the nonsense. Yet the truth gets very little attention or acknowledgement.

What's there to get fired up about?

Writing isn't just a passion. It isn't just someone's experience. It's about relaying the truth to the public to determine for themselves what they will or will not believe.

If someone is intentionally writing false information to gain readership and to make money, they ultimately destroy the integrity of what true writers are passionate about.

I've read many articles online that get right the core of a matter. They speak truth, honesty, and while I may not agree with every opinion, there's something to be said about a writer who researches facts. When someone shows me writing that speaks to facts, whether or not I agree with what they are saying based on opinion, I respect the writer for a good presentation that allows the reader to make up their own decision.

What I don't think is good writing is that which states untruthful, biased, never documented anywhere claims and then starts making accusations against people who think differently.

For example, when someone writes an article claiming the sun is good for us. But then they go on to say that sitting in the hot sun will never hurt you. In fact it's great to get sunburnt. It enhances the natural pigment in skin. There has never been documented proof that the sun causes cancer or lack of causes the blues. They go on to tell people to make sure their children get at least eight hours of unblocked sun for the maximum benefit of the sun's amazing abilities to nurture skin cells.

Of course this is hypothetical but think about the implications of what this person is saying. They are saying in essence, don't believe the scientists or skin cancer patients who claim to have factual or first-hand knowledge about the damage the sun can cause. Don't wear sunblock. Don't believe that the sun will harm your children. In fact, make sure your children are out in it, without sunblock, and they will reap the benefits of the sun for life!

Reach for the Sun!


Note to self!

Remember, when you are writing online on a platform with other writers, be courteous and professional.

It's okay to disagree with someone's opinion. It's ok to say you found out it worked better a different way when you tried it.

But, is it ever okay to say to someone that their idea isn't correct because only your idea will work?

Being one-sided isn't likely to gain you much support. After all, if it were you being told you are wrong despite learning through trial and error, how would you feel? Would you feel slighted and annoyed that others can't see it your way and only believe they are correct?

Also, remember that if you are writing on a platform, maintaining professionalism is a way to sell yourself to people who are interested in reading what you write!

I like to think that there is always someone out there who I can help.

What not to write about online.

There are guidelines on writing platforms which essentially give you the core ingredients for writing on individual sites. Some ask that writers refrain from religion and politics. Other ask that readers refrain from writing about personal topics.

Having read way more articles than I could ever write, I can tell you what I think it is a proper guideline to writing online.

  • Write what you have personal experience with. If you spend time at the beach every weekend and saw what you think is a mermaid, by all means write about it! You were there, you saw it. Hopefully you got a picture. It doesn't matter who thinks they exist or not. The point is, you have actual experience with something.
  • Write what you have knowledge about. If you are a bus driver for an inner city school, I want to hear your stories for sure! I bet you have a lot of tales to tell and it would be entertaining, by golly!
  • Write about what you have done! What have you done in life? Did you go out every night of the week when you were a teenager only to find yourself a company executive years later? Boy, you certainly do have a lot to share. People want to know how others got to the top.
  • Write about what comes naturally. What can you do that others can't? Are you a gymnastics star, did you play the piano in Carnegie Hall, or did you swim the longest distance in the ocean? Share that with the rest of us! Readers love to encourage others.
  • Write about what you think is wrong! Do you think GMOs are wrong? Do you think it's wrong to believe in aliens? Do you think it's wrong to own too many cars? Write about it! Chances are there are many people who believe in what you believe and think the way you think.

When you speak to a reader and offer them what they want to hear, you can't go wrong. Just speak the truth!

Likewise, if you were to start an article about mermaids, back it up with facts! You aren't going to convince everyone there are mermaids. But at least you can truthfully account for your experience and provide facts from other sources.

So, what shouldn't writers write about?

Writers shouldn't subject their readers to untruths just to make a buck at the reader's expense! Especially when it is written just to create a problem where one never existed.

For example, there was a true case years ago that I witnessed online in a writing platform. I wasn't writing, but I had a few favorite writers that I followed regularly. A very popular writer had become notorious for her ability to catch criminals in the act. She wrote about the crimes and the punishments for such. On one particular occasion, on her drive home from work, she saw what appeared to be an abandoned property. When she got closer to the driveway, she decided to drive in. She crossed over private property, took some pictures of what looked to be a dilapidated building with live animals living under a makeshift roof from a bunch of wooden boards. The writer immediately drove home to write about the story and to upload her pictures. She never went to the police or animal control. She simply wrote about the story to gain the empathy and compassion of her fierce online following. Pretty soon, people were driving over to the land where an alleged animal cruelty case was unfolding. Police started arresting people who were trespassing on private property. The owner became a public outcast on Facebook after many people shared and liked the writer's unfounded words. The result, the writer was exposed for slander. It's stories like this that cross the line. Did the writer intend for the dominoes to fall after her story went viral? I think she honestly believed she was helping in public interest. But what she actually did was trespass, and unlawfully subject someone to criticism and public scrutiny who had committed no crime.

List of important attributes to a good story.
Implementing ideas.
Be truthful.
State honest facts that correlate to opinion.
Research facts.
Find out facts before declaring the sun isn't hot enough to burn.
Validate sources.
Understand where information comes from and make sure it's valid.
It's ok to express opinion, but express reasoning.
It's ok to say onions create bad breath, but give reasons why bad breath occurs.
Don't write statements that are libelous.
Don't play in a hornet's nest unless you have poison control on speed dial.

How does it make you feel to read something that is totally biased and untruthful?

See results


Do you want to be like the hypothetical Tarzan and Jane? Indiscriminately swinging around on vines, using everyone else as a kickstand to gain more momentum to what you write?

Of do you sincerely write for an audience that you respect. You don't take them for granted. You carefully craft your writing because you wouldn't dream of planting seeds in the minds of those that truly respect your work and listen to what you say?

When writing online, remember that there are entire continents with no censorship.

While it's great to write and make some money, don't become a fad tomorrow because of what you wrote today.


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    • AuniceReed profile image

      Aunice Yvonne Reed 

      5 years ago from Southern California

      Thanks Crafty! I couldn't agree more, especially the part about disclosing untruths or non-factual information. If you are going to write something, do the research and back it up with credible sources like from .gov websites.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Suzanne! Thanks so much for your input here. Before the internet, I remember critics that would write about restaurants in newspapers. They would write intentional bad reviews. A lady here in town lost her restaurant due to a bad review. The critic was her friend and they had a falling out. Now, it's so easy for anyone to just pop up an article online, regardless of whether it's true or not. I don't think people realize the consequences sometimes.

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      Suzanne Day 

      5 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Thanks for this hub, it presented some interesting ideas. I particularly liked the onion story. You can see every day that many articles out there which get the most attention might be of the more "sensationalist" type articles, while the factual ones hang about in the background. I do believe that when you publish something online, you need to be aware it might come back to bite you in 10 years!

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thanks so much for commenting Mythbuster! I found the map interesting too!

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      5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Great article. I liked the map you posted about censorship areas of the globe. It provided a good visual reference I'll be able to remember after today. This article has given me a lot to think about concerning what I'll put out to the web-o-verse in the future.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Marie! Thank you so much for your lovely comments.

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      Marie Alana 

      5 years ago from Ohio

      While some of the ideology I've heard before,there is a lot of new information here. You have given me some new ideas for writing while igniting some fury in me as well. This was very well written! Thank you for giving me something to really think about.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Sushma! Thank you so much for commenting here today! It's so nice to see you.

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      Sushma Webber 

      5 years ago from New Zealand

      Hi Crafty, thanks for emphasizing that we should maintain a certain standard of writing which reflects integrity and honesty, not just increasing traffic by taking a negative stance about something.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Jodah! LOL Thank you for commenting. It's nice to see you.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Crafty, This hub is a 'goody bag' of advice. Thanks for the helpful info.

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      5 years ago

      Those are some honorable words Joe! Thank you for your kind compliment my friend.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      5 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      I don't know, Brandi...

      The more I read your excellent writing, the more I'm inclined to believe that you and billybuc are one and the same.

      With lots of aloha, respect, and : ) for both of you!


    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you so much Lisa! Your thoughtful comments are much appreciated.

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      Lisa Brown 

      5 years ago from Michigan


      I love the way you write. I believe you could write anything and keep readers wanting more.


    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Billie! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I live on the other side of the country. I've always wanted to move out west.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Eiddwen. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you Laura! Definitely, I would love to read about it.

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      Laura Schneider 

      5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      I took a third look at that map--indeed, very interesting! Hopefully several of us will write articles on it and we can compare/contrast what we've discovered!

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      My Girl, that's an excellent question! I'm not sure of the answer. It would be a very interesting Hub I bet. Thank you for commenting!

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Victoria! Thank you for stopping by.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      5 years ago from Wales

      Another wonderful read.

      Your obvious hard work has certainly paid off here.

      Voted up for sure.


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      Cynthia Lyerly 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      My biggest takeaway from your blog is that map that shows the level of internet censorship. It's a freedom we take for granted. The scary part is how a couple of countries we deem as friends of the US (France and Australia) are in some sort of transition. What does that mean?

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      Victoria Lynn 

      5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Great information. Writing what you know about is the best advice!

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      @Billie-OOPS, I meant Fridley not Burnsville.

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      @Billie Kelpin-Hey Billie-I am so envious that your in California. I went there one time back in the 80's. I was in Newport Beach, Cal. What a small world. Burnsville, MN and Newport, Cal.

      Thanks for the shout out :-)

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      Billie Kelpin 

      5 years ago from Newport Beach

      @Minnetonka Twin - a former Fridley resident here :) We're now transplanted to the OC in Southern California. Had a condo and are moving back to our RV that stays pretty stationary at a very cool RV resort in Newport Dunes. Used to work at North Hennepin Community College.. well, I better not take up space visiting (tee hee)

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Minnetonka. I stepped out for a while and just got back on. I didn't see the previous posts. I wonder what happened to them.

      Thank you so much for your enlightening and truly appreciated comments. I found the same thing true after gallbladder surgery. I read a bunch of stuff online and then my experience was completely different. It was actually worse. This was before I joined HP. And what baffles me more are most of the articles I read at the time (not on HP) were by people who had never actually had gallbladder surgery. The info was completely incorrect.

      I'm so sorry to hear that you had lung cancer, but am certainly glad you are a survivor! And the counselor is correct. By golly, I think we all go to the computer to look for answers at times.

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      Linda Rogers 

      5 years ago from Minnesota

      Bummer-I just wrote a couple paragraph's here and it suddenly disappeared. Anyhoo, I too find it very sad and angering that we have come to this point of misinformation on line. I write because it brings me joy and it is a yearning passion. I hope to educate and/or entertain with my writing because it comes from what I know or feel. If I make a buck or two, that is great, but it's not what it's about. I think once you give in to worrying all about the hits your getting, your losing the magic of your writing. As a lung cancer survivor, the lead counselor in the support group told us not to go on the internet to research lung cancer. She said there are too many articles that are completely false and have no research or facts to back up some of the claims. Claims that can put a survivor in a tail spin. There are many different scenarios with even the same cancers and people writing about it and making black and white statements can be so dangerous and damaging to someone with the disease. Anyhoo, thanks for letting me vent. This is a very well written article that discusses a important issue in regards to writing online. Voted up ++++ and sharing. Bravo for a great piece of work.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you so much DzyMsLizzy for your thoughtful and kind comments. The old saying comes to can lead a horse to water but you can't make him drink. It's so nice to see you!

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      Liz Elias 

      5 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well written and well said!

      Your example about goody bags, however, explains very nicely why my carefully researched educational hubs get little or no traffic, and have fallen off the 'featured' status.

      I think you have hit the nail on the head about everything being driven by money, and that includes everything, up to and including the current juvenile nonsense going on in our nation's capitol!

      There was a post going around on Face Book recently, dealing with why no one reads or knows about what is important--and it was loaded with comparisons of "what the media tells you" vs. "what you ought to know." Everything these days is designed to distract folks to focus on irrelevant, unimportant things such as football teams and TV celebrities' affairs, instead of what is going on behind closed doors in Washington.

      It frustrates the living $&%$ out of me, because I wonder, "Am I the only person who sees this; who knows these other things are vitally important?" So I write about them--but I have sadly learned that you cannot educate those who do not wish to be educated, and those folks, unfortunately, are becoming a bigger and bigger percentage of our population...and I believe it is by the powers that be continually shortchange educational funds and leverage the media to report only what they want us to hear and pay attention to. It is the old magician's trick of misdirection.

      Sorry--rant finished. Voted up, interesting and useful.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you EP for your wonderful comments!

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      Elizabeth Parker 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Great points that you made here Crafty. It is so true that anyone can write anything and fail to back it up with facts. If another person follows their advice, it can certainly be detrimental if the advice was in fact, wrong. Online writing is a scary thing because if you fail to make your point clear, it can easily get misconstrued and people get upset or insulted, etc. This was a fantastic hub showing all angles of writing and what can go wrong, etc.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Deborah! Thanks so much!

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      Deborah Neyens 

      5 years ago from Iowa

      This is a great article, Crafty, and an important topic. I'm going to share this.

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      5 years ago

      Thank you so much Tillsontitan.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Laura! Oh, no definitely not, my friend. Just in general I think what I am finding online these days is people are trying to race to the top without thinking about the accuracy of information. Nothing you or any of my HP friends have written about. :D

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Paul! Thank you so much for your comments and thoughtful input.

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      Mary Craig 

      5 years ago from New York

      Well, regardless of why you wrote this article the results are definitely a benefit to us! You've made so many great points I don't have room to list them. Everything you've said about writing is spot on and definitely something for every writer to keep in mind.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Laura Schneider 

      5 years ago from Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

      Thanks, crafty! Love this article! I only hope I'm not the one who got under your skin and inspired you to write this!! They are words of wisdom to write by for sure! Voted up and etc.

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      Paul Richard Kuehn 

      5 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand


      This is an awesome and useful hub which every online writer should read. If you are going to write for the public, you have to be careful in what you say, especially if your company or government forbids you from divulging certain information. Voted up and sharing with followers.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Maira! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. I truly appreciate it.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Brave! Yes, my grandfather always told me don't believe anything you read and half of what you see. I've used those two thoughts in life and it has fared me well. Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

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      5 years ago

      Hi Moonlake! I've always loved goody bags. LOL

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      5 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

      "Write what you have knowledge about" True... Its not wise to write about what you have no knowledge of.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Mel! My biggest pet peeve is people who don't do any research at all and then write something totally senseless about something they know nothing about. So when I'm an expert in an area and I see something totally unfounded, it really gets under my skin. Integrity. That's a great way to put it! Thank you for commenting.

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      5 years ago

      Thank you so much for commenting DDE!

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      5 years ago

      Hi Crystal! I studied Journalism as well. And back then, we didn't have the internet! LOL

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      Good hub, Crafty. I can tell someone really got under your skin and those make for good articles. One thing I've learned to do, if it has to do with a product, is look up consumer reviews. For instance, recently I was looking for less expensive yet effective alternatives to the flea control product I use. I found a few sites that sell natural products that are touted to be as effective as the pharmaceutical grade products. I was almost sold until I started reading consumer reviews.

      You have to be careful out there in cyberspace. As they say, "don't believe everything you read".

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      5 years ago from America

      Great hub voted up. Funny about the goody bags, goody bags are great.

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      Mel Carriere 

      5 years ago from San Diego California

      I love goody bags. Who wouldn't want at least half a dozen? Seriously, I am appalled by the lack of integrity on the Internet. Which is why I believe very little of what I read online. I am also appalled by people on hub pages who copy paste pictures of sexy women to get quick and easy page views. But what can you do? People like you and I force ourselves to work at it because we have integrity and we believe in the sanctity of the written word, but it's impossible to police the Internet. Great job!

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      What Not to Write About Online! great tips here and yes you are so right on this topic, sound advice for all writers. Voted up, useful and interesting

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      Crystal Tatum 

      5 years ago from Georgia

      Excellent advice. You suggest many of the guidelines I use as a journalist and there's no reason they shouldn't apply to online writing as well. Voted up and awesome and sharing.

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      5 years ago

      Thank you kidscrafts! I was actually quite astonished that none of the top party websites were top of the search. I know that party supplies have always been a trendy selling item and in researching, I did find out it is truly a billion dollar industry. I can't figure out google these days. Thank you for commenting!

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Hi Flourish! I took journalism and criminal law in college. One of my professors was a retired FBI guy who was adamant that you must obtain factual proof. It goes hand and hand in writing. Same as what your professor told you! Thank you for commenting.

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      5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      It doesn't surprise me that a lot negative articles on goody bags are at the top with google search; it's almost like the squeaky wheel gets the grease. What a pity!

      We could expect to see big companies who sell the bags or something to fill them would be at the top of the search!

      Great advices about "what to write"!

      Great article! You cover so many things!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      5 years ago from USA

      Very good points. I learned in grad school from a professor who always screamed at us when we would opine anything to "cite your source!" And then make sure it's a decent source.

    • CraftytotheCore profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      Thank you wetnose! :D

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      5 years ago from Alabama

      Very well written hub.

      It all makes sense and shows you put a lot of thought into this.

      Great work.


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