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On Hub Anger And Mine For Not Being A 97 or 98

Updated on July 8, 2007

Scores of fans but not according to my score

First let me say that I love the whole idea of hubpages...thus my participating even though I have my own website. (shameless plug one... )

There are a lot of writers on here who write interesting and informative articles. I know that I'm not one of them. I'm the extra scoop of ice cream you put on your sundae that you really don't need and you may be sorry for later but while you're eating it, you're loving it.

I have been pushed and bullied most of my life and my writing is how I choose to "vent" and to encourage myself as well as those around me to take themselves not quite so seriously and laugh as often as possible. (Even about those things that bring us pain). I'm amazed at those people who write in with venomous anger over things like me telling people over forty not to go sleeveless (see link below - read the hub but make sure you read the comments too). Or the people who yelled at me (via comments and misspelled words) about being supposedly mean when I said that Gayle King has life pretty easy with a best friend like Oprah! Get over it people, take a few cleansing breaths (the new agey hubs always score better than mine - even if it's about burning a candle and taking a bath - now there's some shocking advice, no? Or the eat apple cider vinegar hubs, they do better than mine too.) Sure there are some very lovely comments too but as a Jewish gay man, I tend to appreciate the kind words for the moment but allow the negative ones to seep into me like some sort of mercury posioning.

Also, I have to say that after publishing over 100 hubs I'm wondering why I'm not in that exclusive club of "hubbers" who are constantly rating a score closer to 100. (In case you haven't guessed, I'm competitive...very competitive) So you can imagine my anger at constantly being a 95 or 94 when in my heart I just know that I'm a 98! I feel like the hubber with a "great personality" who you wouldn't really want to date but you enjoy being around for laughs.

I remember years ago, my pals and I had a rating system when we would see or start dating someone. The idea was that if they were really great they were a Saturday night but if they were lousy they were a Monday lunch. Now there was plenty of unseen nuance in this rating approach and we would see how much we could crack one another up by coming up with new things like, "Oh, he's definitely cocktails on a Tuesday...happy hour...half price." So while I think that right now I'm a Sunday brunch, I'm still desperate to be a Saturday night 3Der (dinner, drinks and dancing). But alas, so far, I'm still just a 94 looking for my 100 percent, my "Great Job!" in red ink at the top of my paper instead of "See Me" with the "e's" in the word, "See" having eyeballs like almost every paper I ever turned in in school.

As I relate everything in life to musical theatre, Dreamgirls thoughts come to mind, "Tear down the mountains, yell, scream and shout, you can say what you want I'm not walking out. Stop all the rivers, push, strike and kill I'm not gonna leave here, there's no way I will..." That's right, I'll push past this and continue to hub with my head held high!

And tonight as I lay my head on the pillow, I'll say my prayers that include, asking for world peace, common sense for common folk (George Bush are you listening?), accepting myself and others and finally for a damn 100 percent on one hub page and eventually on my whole account, dammit! And I leave you with the line I delivered in the first show I ever did when I was six. I played Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol, "God bless us, everyone!"

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    • Jerrico Usher profile image

      Jerrico Usher 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I said that jokingly, you seem to be in good shape to me, especailly after that comment :) it's funny, I haven't written a new hub in I don't know how long but my hub score has fluctuated from 91-94 (currently at 94 at the time of this writing). Part of the hub score is participation (why I rarely hit 96-100) such as leaving comments :), writing hubs, particpating in the forums (where I'm banned hehe), links into and going out of your hub and so on. Traffic I'm finding is a huge determinant of hub author score as well as hub score, as several of my high traffic hubs are what seems to be keeping my hubscore above 93 lately, but when traffic dies out so does my hubscore.

      If your in the 100 range your probably doing something wrong actually, as you may be participating TOO MUCH. Hubpages would love for you to reach 100 meaning your spending every waking moment hubbing (more money for them and chump change for you), but at the expense of realizing there is a better way to make money than putting 40% of your earnings into hubpages pockets...

      I'm writing a hubpages ebook that explains how to get your hubscore up but not for the glory of having a perfect score, but because the real reason the hub score is there is to show you where you stand as a hubber. It's a psychological switch that makes people want to attain perfection, and perfection makes hubpages more quality laced, this doesn't earn you money or glory really (those not at 100 resent you really) but it sure does make hubpages look good doesn't it?

      I don't teach how to get to 100, I show how to actually utilize hubpages to make money, not glory. Again 80-94 is probably pretty perfect and it only goes above that if you have a lot of traffic producing hubs, but getting that kind of traffic is really not worth it on hubpages because you could send that traffic to a higher earning site (your own) and use the linkbacks for ranking on the search engines and keep 100% of the adsense :)

      wow you just gave me a great section to add to my book (see how you stimulate others?)

      Take care, thanks for not taking my comment as an insult, as it absolutely was not.


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      somelikeitscott 8 years ago from Las Vegas


      You're absolutely right in all you say above. This hub was written about two years ago when I started "hubbing" and the all mighty score seemed all important. I have to say that since then I just look at the score as a "Hmmm...I'm a 94 today." With no real assessment of my writing abilities attached to it. Thanks for the intelligence and the advice to "grow up and be a man." I'll do my level best, sir!

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      Jerrico Usher 8 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Grow up and be a man :) We create our own world and have nobody to blame when were pushed around but ourselves. I'd be worried that that first commenter thinks your groovy though... you seem to be in the wrong crowd there, we are who we hang with, who we agree with, and whom we take advice from or recieve our lions share of complements from (that affect us to any degree negitive or positive). If my saying "grow up and be a man" offends you then ask yourself why that benign comment, defined only by your own definition of "man" and the presupposition that it is said as an insult rather than a joke, affects you. If however it doesn't affect you negitively then your self esteem is in good working order.

      There are many things in this (and your other hubs, and site) that give clues to your need for attention, this is not neccessarily bad but the way your displaying it contradicts your own words.. just thought I'd point that out. Your probably a great chap, but your trying to hard to convince yourself that your worthwhile... the hub score is not a borometer of your skills, your wealth of spirit, or even your ability to write phenominal copy, I've been here a year wrote 137 hubs that are flooding with traffic, comments, and generating me some pretty good coin, but my hubscores rarely go beyond 80 on the hub level (but my author score is always around 94 even if I never touch hubpages for months).

      I wrote a hub actually about the hub score, hub traffic, and everything else hubtastic that may give you and anyone else a clue into the hubscore, its about 10k words so just find your section and read that (or don't). The hub score is mainly just a way to see where your hubs stand on the map. Realistically reaching 80 is like reaching 100 because many of the algorythmic concepts are out of your immediate control, much like you don't have to be a multi billionaire to be "rich". If your angry for not being a 98 or 100 then your striving for perfection in an inperfect world. Those who reach 100 are going to great lengths to do so and the payoff is not really worth it other than an ego booster.. but ah doesn't the ego mostly get in the way of happiness anyway?

      I would actually concider 80 - 91 healthy, and 92-100 proof that your doing too much work for the ROI. I call this the egocentric span. It's nice to strive for perfection if your motive is not to be perfect, but to be a better tool, to write a better hub FOR THEM not for your own selfish needs.

      Keep hubbing... this is all a learning experience for us all, and it never stops (the learning).


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      moonlake 8 years ago from America

      I have always wondered about those hub scores too. Good hub and I agree with you about Gayle King.

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      somelikeitscott 10 years ago from Las Vegas

      God love you and right back at you!

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      Isabella Snow 10 years ago

      You're a 99 in my eyes, baby!