Having been in the blogosphere for about six months now and having reverted to type ie. writing comedy, I've found it a little hard to find like minds and places to comment or find followers writing this kind of material. As well as my blog page I've setup my own comedy blog newspaper <snipped link> which is topical and very off the wall, but some of the comments I get seem very perplexed as if to say 'But why aren't you talking about factual things?' or 'But this isn't real, I don't understand it.' ... Whilst I understand that blogging is a great source of information and a wonderful community there seems to me (and forgive me if I've just not looked hard enough) that blogs that don't actually serve any purpose except to make people laugh are somehow frowned upon. Ultimately, for me, making people laugh is what I've done and strived to do all my life, and although I've tried to write factual interesting blogs too...I just can't motivate myself to do it. Do you guys feel the same way? Any tips on where to find a good comedy community in which to blog etc.
I love comedy blogging. I'll be following you now Tom. Look forward to reading your Hubs
Humor hubs are not the way to great riches, or external connectivity. You've heard about Shades and Stan, and there are a whole slew of us writing funny for our own, and each other's, amusement, check out SueRoy333 and Merlin Frazer for example. We have a great deal of fun with the comments which can take on a life of their own, and often spark our own creativity.
I attended the LA HubCamp and saw how little traffic humorhubs get (Financial stuff hits it big at number one), but it is a great community to be part of.
I think of my writing here as potential material for somewhere else, and even though I write 1000 word articles, I am lucky that I have a faithful group of regular readers, some of whom I know have the attention span of a gnat on speed!
My advice, just enjoy the community, and keep writing,
You've been here for five months. You should know better than to spam the forums.
Your blog seems quite good. I agree with lrohner - why devalue your work by spamming the forums?
I'm not spamming the forum. I'm asking a question about blogging. I'm sorry you think this is spam but it isn't. Yes I've mentioned my blog, just like any hub has links in it, but the point I'm trying to make is that 99% of the blogs I read are about straight subjects and blogging about comedy seems to get a cold response ... perhaps it's just not funny, I'll accept that. But I'm quite offended that you think this is spam.
Tom - Sidd and I surely did not mean to offend you. While you may not have intended to spam the forums, self-promoting links are considered spam here and are against forum rules. Geez, I always thought comics had a better sense of humor?
Apologies if I offended though.
To be honest I don't know a thing about forums so I just popped over google and checked it out. ... I genuinely didn't knw you're not supposed to put links on forums. So ... I guess that's a lesson learned. It's all a learning curve for me, I've only been in the blogosphere for five months as you say. I spend quite a bit of my life with egg on my face so a little more won't go amiss ... sorry guys.
I love comedy writing. Since the internet is so vast and there are so many bloggers out there, I think it takes awhile to find your audience no matter what your focus topic is.
Just make sure what you're writing is funny and maybe look into what keywords are inherently in the topics you're writing about. That might help drive some traffic your way.
I wrote a seven part series on Elmer Fudd.
My experence is that they are not frowned upon as much as ignored.
I did not ignore your Elmer Fudd hubs, Greek One! I am a big fan - adoring fan, actually. I love your comedy. Bottom line is comedy doesn't pay much, doesn't bring in the ad revenue like more commercial writing does - but we who find it, do enjoy it. I will probably write more comedic stuff than other because I am too lazy to actually make writing here into a job for pay. Elmer will live forever in my heart and I hope you will perhaps write again on famous toon people, like Woody Woodpecker - his past must have been really scandalous!
So, to answer the question - it's not frowned on, it just exists - and doesn't get a huge audience, but gives some of us a real reason to live. (or perhaps I exaggerate just a bit)
I started to write about Woody Woodpecker...
but the title of the hub itself "My Pecker is made of wood" was enough to get me banned for 3 days
you don't even want to know what the site administrators had to say about my "Puss n Boots" hub!
no, I probably don't. But if you do ever write about Sylvester and Tweety, I will want to see it, even if it is unpublishable - you can email it to me!
My pecker is made of wood. LOLOL! Great one, Greek One.
If you are getting at whether HP is a good venue for humor, I write comedy hubs here on HP (not the same as blogging) and have enjoyed the response and experience of doing so, though fame and fortune are not part of that (unless you count beer money every couple of months). There are others you might be interested in checking out, like Greek One whom you have already met above, the likes of Christoph Reilly and Stan Fletcher. Both have had similar experiences to mine here at HubPages.
Outside of hubpages, there are many good comedy blogs, a favorite of mine being this one, who gets thousands of comments on her articles sometimes: http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2 … cepts.html
It can be very tricky writing comedy online. Many people do not have a sense of humour, and can find offence in anything which is not considered to be a serious debate. Life is hard at times, and it does help to try to look at the lighter side of life, but unfortunately, there will always be people who just do not get it. Even on this site, when I have replied to a question with my attempt at comedy, I have without fail been voted down. And I did have an introduction, which I used on most sites on which I have a profile, in which I made fun of myself, including the stereotypical gay things, which as a gay guy I tend to do. The comments I have received accusing me of homophobia made me delete these profiles, until I realised that other people, especially straight ones do not have the right to be offended on my behalf. Even worse than these people are the fundamentalist religious, who rarely have any kind of sense of humour, and can find offence in even the most innocent type of comedy.
So, it depends on what sort of things your comedy focuses on, and if you are able to stand the criticism when others find offence by it, which they almost certainly will. If you can stand it, then go for it, because there are many out there who will share your sense of humour.
Hi Neville, was disappointed to miss out on your profile, checked but nothing there.
I have a rule that nothing remotely amusing should appear in a page. It's not worth the aggravation. Therefore I deliberately try to write in a monotone, using the most dry grey words that I can find in my Thesaurus. I prefer to do this for a minimum of three thousands words and if anyone clicks the 'Funny' button I report them to Hubpage staff.
So far all is going according to plan. I was pleased to be voted least funny person in the recent Hubnugget "Make Us Laugh" competition, and indeed the recommendation I join Squidoo that followed the contest filled my miserable heart with something akin to joy.
It appears that Neville has his unfunny filter set to the on position. I was able to read his profile and I keep me in stitches most of the time.
I just wish I could like this, because that in itself is just funny!
You can post links to your topical comedy blog, and find other funny bloggers at http://thedailysatire.com. Hope that helps.
First, the pecker joke was awesome.
Second, I must have missed something with this spam talk.
Third, I notice the same trend with my blog, well, either that or it's just not that funny. Going to checkout "The Spoof" as per Stump's link. Merci!
Loads of great information guys, thanks. Yes I'm gonna check out these joints... beer money is my aim! And boy i intend to drink a load of it!
Entertainment/comedy topics on Hubs are extremely low-paying.
If you don't hardly drink beer, then it might work for you.
Herein lies the problem relache. I do drink beer... it's yummy! But It's not money I'm really looking for here, it's just exposure. Ads don't really work on comedy blogs, it's too funny watching adsense try to work out what to advertise when you write some random comedy story.
Comedy sure seems to be a tough niche.
Finding the right audience for your sense of humor can be a challenge.
My thoughts are that you go where your market seems to hang out.
I know that some people have found StumbleUpon.com to be helpful, as people with a similar sense of humor would share things with one another.
If there are other blogs of your taste, leave comments and be a regular. You could exchange links with the other bloggers or websites and share the audience.
I think that comedy for comedy's sake is going to be a hard sell. Typically the comedy that I like is one that is also smart and informative. It isn't enough just to make people laugh, but teach them something that they might not have known before.
For instance, I write preview reviews on my Hubpages account. You should check them out. I do what I can to make them both informative, and humorous in tone.
Part of entertaining an audience (in my mind) is teaching them something new.
I've written a couple of humerous blogs to add another fun feature to my blogs in general and they fit my theme.
The problem with jokes is that they are funny to some people but not at all funny to others.
Eh, people are stupid. I used to share stuff from the Onion and other online satire and spoof on my facebook page. I'd get a whole lot of dumb questions from people who simply couldn't grasp the humor.
One of these days I'm gonna find a way -and the chutzpah- to take full monetary advantage of such determined naivety.
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