Thursday, May 14, 2009

Concerns Re: Content Quality During Hub Challenge

Hub Challenge Content Quality:

I'm a little concerned, only a few days into the Hubpages Hub Challenge contest. I'm checking around, looking at the new content submitted as "hub challenge" hubs and although most hubs I'm reading are quite nice, I'm noticing more hubs that are short on content.

"Short on content" is about the best description I can find for what I see in the hub challenge. Many hubs are just really SHORT - limited in words.

I suppose the hubs containing fewer words are an attempt from some hub authors to keep up with the demands of the contest - that is - attempts to push out numerous hubs in a short amount of time.

Although I see the strategy here, in writing many hubs with limited words, I'm worried that such a strategy will eventually be bad for the Hubpages site. I sincerely hope that new viewers who come across the Hubpages site while the Hub Challenge contest is in progress, and while people are pressing out short hubs, will not assume that 300-400-word hubs are the standard.

I've been a Hubpages member for over a year and most 'fan' lists that I am on are with authors who are writing a lot more original content than 400 words per hub. Most of my own hubs are well over 500 words, and - for the record - I intend to keep making sure that my hubs contain content of more than 500 words, despite having entered into the Hub Challenge contest.

I thought about the concept of 'content quality' just prior to the contest start date of May 11. The first information I read online about the contest was about the 100 hubs in 30 days, but after following a few more links around and checking up on this contest, I was happy to find a 30 hub in 30 days category.

I felt that 30 hubs in 30 days was more 'my speed,' and am awfully glad I didn't commit to building 100 hubs in 30 days now. Luckily, I'm not feeling much pressure to write short hubs in order to complete 30 of them in as many days. Actually, I haven't 'published' hub #4 yet, even though today is considered day 4 of the contest. I still think it's important to do some research for each hub, so I'll just keep plodding along this month, reading a lot, writing a lot, and see how I fare by the end of the contest!

Wish me luck!

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