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Let the Words Flow Free ( a Piece of Free Writing)

John is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

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Go With the Flow

Normally, by this time of the week, I would have written and published my latest edition of Poems From the Porch. I have been procrastinating a bit, and though I have looked at my list of suggested topics and titles I just haven't felt the needed inspiration to compose the poems to suit. Oh, and I am not blaming the people who requested or suggested topics for me to write poetry about. The prompts were fine, but I just have to wait until my muse feels the time is right.

You probably know the feeling. There is something you know you should really do, but you just don't feel like it. The urge is bugging you to do something completely different (as in my case right now.) I need to write something, the trouble is I have no idea what.

So, this brings us to this article/essay, or whatever it can be classified as. I suppose it could just be called a piece of "free-writing." Let's just go with the flow and see where it takes us, shall we? "Free-writing" - is that something we write for free and don't expect to make any money from? In this case it probably is.

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Theme, What Theme?

Well, I have gotten this far in the article without a clear theme. I'll just keep writing and see if that changes. Recent changes to this site (HubPages shhh!) may have something to do with my lack of inspiration. This newly introduced tier between the traditional 'HubPages' and the niché sites (discover.hubpages) just makes little sense to me, and for the life of me I can't work out the criteria for moving articles there as opposed to leaving them on HubPages base camp, which will no longer be monetized.

Having all new articles moved straight to 'Discover' before being deemed either good enough for a niché site, or unworthy, and being demoted to HubPages also takes away our only small window to comment on many articles. It is a bit like 'Purgatory' and being stuck between Heaven and Hell.

This, along with other recent changes is more than depressing for many of us, and it is sad to read that many long-time hubbers are considering leaving and looking for a new writing home. As someone said in a recent forum thread "Life goes on, even if comments don't." (or words to that effect.) Well, that may very well be so, but to me, it takes away a lot of the incentive to write. Okay, now that is off my chest I'll climb down off my soapbox, put it away, and stop griping. I'll probably be proved wrong and it will all be a great success. Let's hope so.

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Times Are Tough

While I sit here complaining and lamenting what HubPages once was like, there are much more serious issues in the world. A friend of mine and former hubber (name suppressed for privacy) recently sent me this message.

"I currently had to quit my high paying... job. I cannot handle the stress anymore and hope to get a job as a Rural Post Office Carrier. Doesn't pay well though and will need to start surviving on gig jobs. John this text is a serious one. To me, my hobby needs to be productive, and you have had this in mind for awhile. Can we start an honest conversation and pool ideas on how we might make income with the creative writing I produce? Thank you, my friend and God Bless."

This person is a good friend and has gone through a lot in recent years. They are an excellent poet, short fiction, and article writer. I have already offered some advice, but If anyone has any suggestions I can pass on I would be much appreciative.

And with that, I have surpassed the recommended 700-word count, so that's it from me. Thank you for reading.

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Statistics - Got to Love Them

I have been doing a little number crunching and currently have published 473 articles on this site. Of those, a whopping 202 are still on the original HubPages, 108 are now on Discover, and 163 are scattered between ten of the niche sites.

Dengarden - 4

Exemplore - 1

Holidappy - 1

Letterpile - 145

Owlcation - 4

PetHelpful - 2

RemedyGrove - 1

SkyAboveUs - 1

ToughNickel - 3

WeHaveKids - 1

So, I guess my job is to concentrate all my time and energy on trying to get the 202 non-monetized articles up to scratch so they get moved, at least to Discover. The trouble is we haven't been told what the criteria are for that to happen. Hopefully, this isn’t the final death knoll for HubPages as we know it. All we can do for now is update, and get rid of any spammy elements I imagine. At least people can still comment on them if they don’t move.

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© 2020 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 23, 2020:

Thank you for commenting Jo. I appreciate your support.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on November 23, 2020:

I don't have as much invested in hubpages as some, but I can feel the pain from users like you. I hope this will be resolved in a way that benefits all.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2020:

You are right Brenda. Sometimes you may just need a day's break from writing and concentrate on other things. As a freelancer I usually find myself writing almost every day, but it isn't always content of my choosing.

We just have to wait and see with HubPages. Maybe just ride out the current situation until all the teething problems are sorted out.

I feel for everyone who is much more impacted by COVID then I am. we had one new case yesterday in this state, the first for weeks. However, we can't be complacent because South Australia was practically COVID free for weeks and now they have a new cluster. You stay safe too.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 17, 2020:

John,

I have days like this when I just can't seem to get myself in the mood to write.

I try...but it just does not work. It's best to leave it alone for the day.

You managed to make this one interesting though.

I hope Hubpages eventually turns out to be better and gives us more opportunities than we are aware of at the moment.

Take care and stay safe.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 17, 2020:

Hi Holly, thank you for reading. As long as comments appear in our feed it is still possible to comment on them fortunately. It is a round-a-bout way but doable.

If you save your feed as a favourite you can always sign in that way.

Thanks for the concern for my friend, and I hope going part-time works for you. Stress does no one any good.

Holley Hyler from Upstate New York on November 17, 2020:

Hi John, goodness about all the HP changes. I could hardly figure out how to log in to it this morning and I'm sorry to hear it has affected your incentive to write. About your friend, I understand quitting a high-paying job due to stress. I've had to go part-time at my job for the same reason. I wish him the best of luck in his search for something that aligns more with his values.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 13, 2020:

Chitrangada, unfortunately this may put an end to series like mine and possibly Bill’s that rely on comments. I know Linda is stopping her cooking Q and A.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 13, 2020:

Thanks Rinita. Apparently the old hubs that aren’t classed good enough to move stay on the original HP platform and can still be read, edited and improved. They just won’t earn any money. They can’t get rid of HubPages yet because that is where we need to write our new items.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 13, 2020:

Hi Chitrangada, I am so glad you were able to comment on this. Yes, I agree it does feel like we have been locked out of our own house. As I say in this article I am finding it difficult to be inspired to write Poems From the Porch with the uncertainty that I will get enough co meets to keep it going. I am hopeful still, that comments will be restored. If not, and you need somewhere else to write your poetry you may consider The Creative Exiles.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 13, 2020:

Hello John!

Thank you for writing this article, which is completely relatable to me, and I am sure to many others. It feels as if, we are waiting outside our own home, where all the entry doors have been closed, and we are still looking towards those closed doors, with hope in our eyes.

There is no inspiration to publish something new, on whichever topic, for obvious reasons. There are certain articles ready on my computer, but I don’t feel like publishing them here. Like many others, I am also thinking of other options or platforms to publish my work. I wonder how Bill’s mailbag and your Poems from the Porch would receive comments from the fellow writers, so that the wonderful series continues successfully.

I saw it in my notifications that you had published an article, but by the time I read and wanted to comment, it was on the new discover site. Blame it on the fact, that HubPages being a global website and we all are living in different time zones. But, I am glad that your article appeared in my feed just now, and I was able to comment.

Thank you for sharing this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2020:

Old hubs that haven’t been moved to niche sites or discover stay on the original HubPages. You can still try to improve them and get them moved but they are no longer monetized. That is the platform we still use to write our articles so they can’t get rid of it. Lots of frustration here at the moment, but it will improve..I hope.

Rinita Sen on November 12, 2020:

Like everyone else I'm frustrated too, but like Ann said, bo point. BTW, Anyone know what happens to the old hubs? The ones that are not transferred to discover or any other niche site? Are they going to delete them?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2020:

Exactly. You got it! What could be simpler lol?

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on November 12, 2020:

So now there is this website where we write the articles, then after they are written they go to a different website and from there they might go somewhere else? Haha!! Okay. This doesn't seem complicated at all. Haha!! Ohh well ... we'll see what tomorrow brings. Thank You for explaining. Cheers!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2020:

Mr. Happy, this has moved to their new site called Discover.hubpages, where new articles go before they decide if they are good enough for the niche sites. You can comment while the6 still appear in your feed but after that you can’t. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2020:

I am still going to hang around here Eric, but some stuff languishing on HubPages may be moved to Exiles. Yes, please do email me.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2020:

You are right Ann. It is no good stressing over this, we will all get through it and hopefully emerge stronger. We can’t stop hoping that comments do return however. We all have to stay in touch whatever way we can until then.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on November 12, 2020:

Okay, ya the comments do show-up on the new looking Hub-pages. They just show-up a bit late.

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on November 12, 2020:

Actually it's not a niche site. It's Hub=pages but looks different. I'm confused lol

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on November 12, 2020:

Ya. Even if it moves to a niche site I can still comment lol Not sure if it will show-up though. Will have to look. Sorry. I'm testing the comments thing on your article. Haha!

Mr. Happy from Toronto, Canada on November 12, 2020:

Okay, so it already moved to a niche site on which I cannot comment but I think I can comment here. Let's see.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 12, 2020:

Phewy I caught you just in time. Great article. I like your friend's move ahead perspective. I like it when you let it flow.

I reckon we at least try for niche sites now. I still wonder why they chose my articles to move. Maybe it will do something that I have no clue about.

I will be emailing you. To make sure you are in my email. And please let us know where you are going - I will take another look at creative exiles.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 12, 2020:

I've come to the conclusion, after my own thoughts and reading what others have said, that it's just not worth stressing over. It does us more harm and matters not a jot to HP. Getting a little money from my non-fiction writing is what I'm hoping for from Discover, and enjoying writing my fiction and poetry where people will hopefully appreciate it. In the meantime, I'm trying to hang on to the lovely friends I've made here, before everyone scatters!

So glad you wrote this one; it seems to have got everyone together again.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2020:

Thanks for reading this, Shauna, and also expressing your frustrations. I have a lot of editing to do myself and that won’t happen overnight. Take care, we’ll talk soon.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 12, 2020:

John, if anyone comes up with a money-making idea for your friend, please share with the rest of us. Thank God for my day job, that's about all I can say right now.

Ever since we learned about the forthcoming Discover site, I've been working on editing my articles that haven't moved to the niches. At the time I think I had 168 articles total. Now I have 150 because I deleted a bunch of poems that get little to no traffic. I'm not thru editing, but even with the ones I've gone thru, I have 105 articles still sitting on this no-longer monetized site. I'd love to know what the criteria are. And, why pray tell are a few of my "The Gifts of Faith" chapters over on Discover and the rest are sitting on HP.com, including the first one?! There's no rhyme or reason and we can't get a straight answer from Samantha. Probably because she's not getting any straight answers from her bosses!

Oh well, I need to take a break from this. The latest changes have me extremely stressed out. Plus I'm still at work.

Glad I got here before I couldn't put in my two cents worth. Thanks for letting me vent, my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2020:

Thank you for getting in quick Ann. I am glad you like the look of the Creve Exiles and that you want to put your fiction there. I just have to sort out how to join now that has changed, but I will let you know.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2020:

It certainly is upsetting, Rosina. I hope things improve soon, but who knows. Thank you for reading this and I look forward to reading your article when you do post it. I may email you about another site where you can publish your writing soon.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2020:

You sure were quick, Bill, and you have to be. I wish they at least gave a few days grace go allow a decent amount of people to comment. I wish I could figure HP out too. It seems they ignore most suggestions. Yes, if all else fails, see you on Facebook or Words With Friends.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 12, 2020:

Great article and thoughts with which I can strongly identify. In fact, I'm typing this rapidly before they whisk the article away to that awful new layout!

I'm also without much inspiration at the moment. However, your Creative Exile site has cheered me up, so thanks for that.

I have decided to continue with non-fiction at HP/Discover and write my fiction for your site. It's sounds much better and it looks great. I notice many familiar names there too which makes me feel at home straight away.

We'll beat this and get our muses back, John. A writer can't be gagged for long and we'll bounce back to a better outlook and HP will be all the worse off for it!

Ann

Rosina S Khan on November 12, 2020:

John, I am in the same depressing mood regarding the updates in HubPages.com. I had a new article ready to publish today but yesterday's experiences in seeing what happened to others' articles made me take a step back and not publish my new article. I guess I just want to stay behind and see what happens.

Thanks for writing this article and sharing your views.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 12, 2020:

I made sure I was quick to comment before this article dropped into the HP black hole. I gave up long ago trying to figure HP out. They have chosen not to listen to my suggestions, and that's just the way it is. Now we will all have to decide what is best for us. I guess I'll see you on Facebook, eh?