Giving a New Life to Old Papers, Articles, and Reports

While most of the Hubs people publish are shiny and new, we still encourage you to draw on older bodies of work when creating online articles. Many of us are sitting on a sizable body of old newsletters, guides, articles, essays, and college research papers that are filled with useful information. Why not give these dinosaurs a new lease on life by updating them and publishing them in Hub form? In this week’s podcast (Converting Papers to Hubs), we offer tips on doing just that.

Here is the basic process we recommend:

  1. Go through your computer’s archive and find old research, newsletters, letters, and college papers that you think contain information that people might find to be interesting and useful.
  2. Edit your papers to make sure that the information they share is up to date.
  3. Create search-friendly titles for these compositions (something that reflects what people would type into Google when conducting searches on the subject).
  4. Break the papers into multiple sub-sections with descriptive, search-friendly subheaders (to make it easy for readers to skip around and find exactly what they’re looking for)
  5. Add images, videos, tables, maps, polls, quizzes, and more to convert what was once a simple paper into a rich, multimedia online resource

By doing these things, you are:

  • Sharing useful information
  • Making the most of work that you’ve already done
  • Giving yourself an excuse to review your old work
  • Making it easier to find, share, and reference your old work
  • Giving yourself the opportunity to get more credit from your old wrok
  • Giving yourself the opportunity to earn money from your old work

As you can see, the process of converting your old work into great online articles is quite simple, and there are quite a few benefits! We hope we’ve inspired you to dig through your own personal archives and pull out a few jewels.

Tips on Online Commenting

Online Writing InsiderCommenting Рit has become an extremely important part of the online experience.  Are you, as a writer, leveraging comments to their full potential?

Listen in to this week’s Online Writing Insider podcast (Tips on Commenting) as Jason Menayan and Simone Smith, two long-time netizens, share the top dos and don’ts with leaving, accepting, curating, moderating, and responding to online comments.

What are your personal thoughts on commenting? Is there a policy you have adopted that works for you, or have you ever found yourself in a commenting quandary that you were unsure how to address? Let us know about it by sending us an email! We’re also looking for new online writing issues to discuss in future podcasts, so also feel free to send new podcast suggestions and request our way.