It was a very painful thing for me, but I have finally done it!
I stopped talking about writing.
You see, it took me a while, but I began to notice that non-writers would go into a kind of bored trance whenever you mention anything about what you are writing.
It doesn’t matter what you start talking about, whether it’s; a new plot you are working on, or a cool character you are developing, or even a fantastic scene you have placed your characters in as part a story you’re hoping to publish.
They just don’t care, these non-writing masses we are surrounded by each day when we go out and mix with people. Once I had realized this, I decided that they were beneath me and I stopped talking to them about my writing.
And OMG, my fellow writers?
They are all so engrossed in their writings that it quickly became obvious they all believed their works are far more interesting than mine.
by Don Bobbitt, January, 2017
Copyright, Don Bobbitt, January, 2017, All Rights Reserved
I know, your Blog count is really high and you actually smile a little when you see that counter go up every time you release a new Post.
But, you can be your own enemy when it comes to people following you.
Over time we write articles that are pertinent to those times and you get some readers who give you good comments as well as some new followers. But, when you look back many of these posts will have become dated.
If you are a follower of mine, (and I only have a few) then you have noticed that I have written on HubPages for almost four years now.
And, trying not to brag and yet, still be Honest, I have some pretty good works on my HP domain.
You see, I LIKE THEM! And that’s what writing is all about, really. Writing is about making yourself Happy as you; generate a tale about life, tell a story, write a Poem, or just sit down and RANT.
Writers are strange that way, they have to write to be happy.
Anyway, if you are in to such things, writers on HP can make some decent money if their writings are featured by the major search engines, such as Google and Bing and many, many others.
Well, without going into the details if search engines and hwo they make and share their money with writers, recently, the Great Google made an adjustment to their algorithms for prioritizing where an article or Hub is ranked in their searches.
When this happens, the world of Bloggers and other Writers and even many business’ is turned on end. For instance, if you have a business that makes handkerchiefs that you sell on your website and Google has been ranking your site on the first page of searches for handkerchiefs. than you will get a lot of business.
Now picture of the Great Google makes an algorithm change and now your site is listed as the 10,000 site for handkerchiefs. Well, you can picture what will happen to your website sales, and why everyone is scared of any change by Google, or Bing, or the others. But, Google is the big dog sitting on the porch.
At the moment, Google ‘s new changes have devastated a number of the the more profitable HP writer, and everyone is in a panic.
They are all reevaluating their sites, their keywords, their content, everything they can think of to get back their business.
Me? I write! I like what I write! I keep a pretty standard structure to my Hubs, and I don’t do Keyword evaluations, or high end article analysis. I just write.
And, if no on reads my article, I rewrite sometime later, when I get in the mood for such work. Eventually, if it is just not going to get readers, I accept that fact and pull the thing from HP.
You see, I make enough off of my Hubs to go out to dinner every few weeks, and that’s about it.
So, I find myself in a peculiar position. If I never had enormous traffic and income, then when everyone else gets “hit”, I just seem to float along, with the same meager income, and my Hubs get great comments from the same people who enjoy them for what they are; good information and entertainment.
I think I’ll go outside and chase a Butterfly or something (sic).