If you’ve been following my blog for a while now, you know that Merlin Mann is speaker/writer who I really admire, particularly for his work on 43folders.com in the realm of productivity. This is another great talk by Mr. Mann given at Rutgers University regarding the value of our time. It’s a must watch for anyone whose willing and understands that he has the ability and the right to take control of his time. Our time and attention are limited. We can’t let it go to waste.
The bottom line is that HubPages has a great community, with great incentives, and an interesting publishing model, but is hindered by stringent guidelines, restrictions, and overall gives you a sense that you’re more of an employee then a user.
HubPages is a publishing platform that I’ve recently joined in order to get a better sense of what it’s about. On the surface, HubPages looks like a very interesting service that even seeks to rewards its members with financial compensation for their writing or posts, which on HubPages is referred to as “hubs.” For what it is worth, just from a few days of looking through user submitted content and comments, I can truly say that their is great conversation happening on HubPages. The bulk of activity on HubPages is happening with a smaller group of people then the users who view the site on a daily basis. The company claims to have slightly over a million users with over 42 million viewers a month. For what it is worth, HubPages like any other service is a great way to get your work and writing out there to a larger crowd. The accolades you can receive through the service along with the promotional prospects was enough for me to join and to start one experimental “hub.” My profile is linked on the right and can also be found on my site. I wrote a piece entitled “The Value of Linux and Open Source Software.” If interested, please go ahead and read it. There are drawbacks to HubPages. It is clearly a company that is looking to monetize the content produced by users. I think that anyone who truly intends to monetize his/her content should go about doing it independently. Aside from this, HubPages has some very strict guidelines for how hubs should be written and a fairly stringent screening process. HubPages also does not allow any links in your hubs to your personal blog or anything like that. Content also can’t be duplicated. For example, I wouldn’t be able to post this blog post on HubPages, without being subjected to a violation. The bottom line is that HubPages has a great community, with great incentives, and an interesting publishing model, but is hindered by stringent guidelines, restrictions, and overall gives you a sense that you’re more of an employee then a user. I would recommend checking it out, if you’re interested, but otherwise, it is a service that is passable. I will experiment with it a bit more, so please follow that if interested.