John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.
Content Writers vs Creative Writers
There are so many types and genres of writing and just as many or more reasons why people write. Two types of writing that are very common on the Internet and in magazines etc are 'content writing' and 'creative writing.'
Though there are exceptions to the rule and these two can sometimes cross over, generally, content writers supply articles for websites and blogs etc to provide certain information and to attract as many viewers as possible. High traffic in turn leads to more dollars. Content writers are therefore paid (as the name implies) for providing content and really don't care about feedback or comments from the readers/customers of the website or business that hired them.
Creative writers, on the other hand, write to entertain, inspire and uplift. they often live for feedback, critique, and comments. Don't get me wrong, many creative writers such as novelists, playwrights, songwriters and such do write for money, but many online creative writers (especially at sites like HubPages) write because of the feedback, advice, and comments of their peers. Money is often a secondary concern or not even a factor at all. We write because we have to, it burns inside us, and we need to share it.
Feedback turns good into better and better into best.
The only thing worse than not requesting feedback is not acting on it.
— Frank Sonnenberg, Listen to Your Conscience: That's Why You Have One
Why Do We Miss the Comments?
We write for different reasons,
No one’s content is the same.
But we all write here at HubPages,
No matter whence we came.
This was once a strong community,
Not just a content site.
We formed close bonds of friendship -
Sometimes talking late at night.
We educate and entertain,
Inspire and humour too.
Our readers leave us feedback
To encourage and improve.
We learn about each other’s lives
and things that come to pass.
The happy times and hardships,
Making friendships that would last.
Some say comments are pointless,
And a burden to be shed.
These people don’t make social ties,
But write for views instead.
It’s not wrong to write for money,
For some, it is their job.
But if it’s the main reason you write
Your pleasure’s being robbed.
Some write just for the “how-to” crowd
That love to Google search.
To me, that’s like extracting teeth,
Writing “how-to” really hurts.
Community is valuable
And helps to breed success,
Encouraging and nurturing,
For our peers, we must impress.
So, let’s all stick together
To have comments returned,
But in a user-friendly form.
Our complaints must not be spurned.
Team HubPages needs to listen
To the authors in the know,
Also, reduce intrusive ads
So this great site can grow.
Comments are more important
And should be placed ahead
Of loosely “Related Content,”
Also “Around the Web.”
I know it must be very hard
To change the “Maven way”
But unless you lend a caring ear
Many writers will not stay.
Criticism is the best test of such work, for it will show her both unsuspected merits and faults, and help her to do better next time. We are too partial, but the praise and blame of outsiders will prove useful...
— Louisa May Alcott, LITTLE WOMEN
Since I wrote this the “comments“ feature seems to improved (or I wasn’t using it properly.) Once you have signed in, confirmed your email address, and received the code initially, you don’t have to do it every time after. Also, if you click the comment button, and wait a few seconds for it to load, the comment window will appear with out the need to scroll down to find it.
These are welcome improvements. Now we just need the notifications to be sorted. Thank you for listening, and working on a solution HubPages.
The Latest from the Team
Matt Well said on 14th June 2022 in a forum:
”Comments are enabled on the following Network Sites. We are working on adding comments to the others.
We do not currently have a notification feature. We will look into adding it as the comment feature develops.”
I find this still quite concerning, because it is imperative to have a notification feature to make comments viable. Many of us with hundreds of articles have no way of monitoring them all for new comments, especially if they don’t appear in the feed.
A notification feature should have been enabled before any attempt to enable comments on the Network sites. Also, most of our views from fellow hubbers occur while our articles are still on HubPages or Discover, before they move to the niche sites, so that is when they wish to comment. If people have already read the article, they are not likely to return to comment days later. Comments should have been enabled on HubPages and Discover first.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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