I recently joined HubPages. September 10th to be exact.
I recently deleted my HubPages. September 21st to be exact.
I joined HubPages after doing some research into freelance writing. This didn’t require a Bachelor’s degree. Or travelling. I could write up articles on things I knew about, things that would inform and could help others. Mostly health wise. And then I could apply for certain Ad Programs and gain a small amount of income. Nothing major, but something.
Only, I didn’t realize how stupid of an idea that was until I’d already signed up and started hubbing. There is only one problem with me having a HubPages account.
I have a blog.
There are a few reasons this just doesn’t work for me.
CONS OF HAVING A HUBPAGES
ONE – I am not Hermione Granger from Harry Potter. I cannot use a little magick and an hour glass to turn back time, essentially being in two places at once. I also don’t think I would want to try and clone myself. That could get a little freaky. So; time. There’s not enough for both blogging and hubbing. Not for me anyway.
TWO – Duplicate Content; you can’t have it. So say I wanted to share some of the research I did on tricksters with hubbers – too bad. Not happening. I can’t use any of the text from a post and put it in a hub. It has to be 97% original text or it gets deleted. Even if I’m the one who wrote it.
THREE – Signing up and meeting all of the requirements for the Ad Programs is just freaking ridiculous. I mean – oh my gosh, there are no words! (Signing up is also rather confusing.)
FOUR – And really, what am I allowed to hub on? They have a list of things you’re not allowed to hub on; a general list covering all of its generalities. I would have to nitpick every single hub and hope no one flagged it.
FIVE – It’s a lot less personal when you create a hub. It has to be informative, not overly emotional. If you don’t find that balance, it won’t make any money. HubPages is more geared towards informing, not like a blog, which is mainly an online journal.
PROS OF HAVING A HUBPAGES
Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad. Hubs are actually pretty cool.
ONE – People’s hubs touched on a whole slew of information and research I’d love to look into. It reminded me of a lot of different things I’ve been interested in over the years but haven’t had the time to do much with. I’ve bookmarked tons of them and added them to my ideas list for research, some even for future novels.
TWO – The interaction is nice. The people were open and down to earth, from what I’d seen so far.
THREE – You could write up a hub on how to paint a dream catcher and then write up a hub on how to correctly cook turkey for Thanksgiving. It doesn’t matter what your subject matter is. You can write on anything you want, no theme required.
FOUR – There’s a possibility to make money. That’s always a plus.
FIVE – It’s exposure to another community of people.
SIX – All writing is good practice.
A few days in…
Well this sucks. Now I have to pick and choose what goes where.
I wasn’t planning on copying all of my posts, or even a large quantity of my posts (or even 1/4), from my blog into hubs. But I did think there’d be cross over posts, you know ones I wanted to talk about on both my hubs and my blog?
But I guess that’s a bust.
This was going to complicate things. Majorly. I would then have to decide what I wanted to tell bloggers and what I wanted to tell hubbers.
Then there was the question of how to link the two, so that if there were any hubs/posts that I wanted the other group of people to see, they could have the chance to see it.
It all got confusing and then the ad program sign ups hit and there was this ridiculous amount of confusing, vague, and generalized information and I said screw it. There’s no way I’m going to sign up for all of these ad programs, complicate my writing and my time table.
And if I wasn’t going to be making money, what was the point of having a HubPages account?
WORDPRESS VS HUBPAGES
I like blogging much better. It’s simpler and fits my time table. It doesn’t suck me away from the people in my life or leave them wondering if the computer sucked me into an alternate universe and I’m battling mind ninjas who want to hijack my brains and sell them to the zombies.
But, I think I’ll still loiter around the hubbing community now and then for inspiration. They’ve got some good hubs and every writer knows that inspiration is something priceless.
So, to all of you bloggers out there considering starting up a HubPages account (and vice versa), make sure you have something specific for your blog and something specific for your hubs in mind. Because you can’t have the same post/hub in both places.
Either that or you better have mad skills and be able to write the same thing in two different ways without what you’re writing losing either its meaning or its quality. Or your voice.
Plus, you better hit up Hermione for that hour glass.
Personally, I’m with Kristen Lamb. You don’t need more than one blog or social media base like it just because you have different interests. Stick with one or you’ll spread yourself too thin.
Do you have a HubPages account and a blog? If so, have you encountered any of these problems?
Do you have multiple blogs? If so, how have you managed to stay sane?