Blog? Is Hubpages a Blog site?

Today I was complimented on my ‘blog’ by a member of the public. I was confused, because the last blog I wrote was over 2 years ago. Since then I’ve been writing the occasional ‘article’ for Hubpages.

The blog I wrote was for Blogit, an excellent online writing place. I stopped because my partner decided she didn’t like her personal details being broadcast to the world. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t convince her that I was not broadcasting her personal details; survival is my most basic instinct.

For a start, the blog was in a fictitious name, and apart from that, there were no ‘real’ details being broadcast. Our lives are the normal boring and mundane things most of the world does, that nobody would be interested in, even if I wanted to write it. I’m not going to tell the planet about the time I went shopping with my wife as she was looking for a summer hat. She was affronted when I pointed out some beach hats to her – my big mistake was saying so out loud, and then continuing with an - ‘I wonder why they are selling them in twos?’ comment. ‘They’re bikini tops you, you, man, you,’ she hissed as she hustled me out of the store to lots of suppressed giggles.

Because of this normality I only wrote about things that were interesting to me, and mostly didn’t include my wife, and, I repeat AND, every anecdote was greatly embellished. At least that’s how I excused my heavy deviation from the truth. Yet another description would be that I have a vivid imagination - especially for clichés, you’ll notice.

As I was saying, this member of the public complimented me on my blog. She made snaky gestures with her arms as she said, “I love the way you snake through a subject and it isn’t until the last sentence – wham, you hit the reader. They’re wonderful. I could read them all day.”

Two things prevented my head from exploding with pride. 1) My innate modesty. 2) I didn’t know what snaky stuff she was talking about. What confused me more than anything was how this person even knew about Hubpages. I asked her.

“How do you know about my - blog?”

‘My fitness instructor recommended that I read it; he suggests that all of his customers read your blog about his Impedance tester.’

Then it clicked; I’d written an article about an Impedance test I’d sat last year, seemingly on the first machine in the city. Obviously, before I wrote it I asked my fitness instructor’s permission and he vetted and edited it before I posted it on Hubpages. The fact that he was using said article to advertise his machine didn’t sit too comfortably on my shoulders, but I was extremely chuffed at the compliment from his pupil. The only pats on the back I’ve had when it comes to Hubpages, are from fellow hubbers. This was the breaking of new frontiers.

But what confused me was the ‘blog’ description. I was under the impression that I was (mostly) writing interesting and informative articles for Hubpages. I call them articles or Hubs – do you call them Blogs? © johnmacnab 2011 all rights reserved.

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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Lol, 'beach hats, sold in pairs', too rich. I don't consider hubpages a blog. Hubs range from instructive, to humourous, to the far reaches of creative writing - blogs are usually about something! Hope all is well. And that you report an intruder from the outside finding your hub, is quite impressive. I don't think I have ever had a civilian show up.


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

Hello young Mike. I'm pleased you visited. As they say in this part of the world 'when I woke up this morning the grass wasn't above me,' which means everything is all right with the world. Lol at your 'civilian' description. I haven't ever looked at any Hubpages blogs, perhaps I should. Take care mckbirdbks.


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Sparrowlet 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

This is so funny! No, I don't call them blogs. They are hubs to us hubbers, and articles to everyone else. Recently I posted one of my hubs to reddit, and they marked it as "possibly spam". I asked the moderator why it was marked that way, and she replied that it was because it came from a blog site! News to me!


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

Thanks for popping in and commenting, Katharine. 'Possibly Spam' because it came from a 'blog' site? That reminds me of some research I was doing. I was taking notes from an article that seemed familiar - it was one of my own that I'd written years ago. Thank you again, I'm glad you found it funny.


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50 Caliber 4 years ago from Arizona

Sir MacNab, I found this quite interesting and a bit funny in it's own right. A response made me laugh by the writer that I followed here. Mckbirdbks, and his comment "civilian" which I took to mean a non-hubber and his masterful Poems dressed as a diner from the days of yor.

I refer to them as many things, rarely hubs, but essays, blogs, articles, poems, and some are even lash out at by me as literature LOL.

In the past 3.5 years it has changed many faces, rules and descriptions of things that to the average person who uses it is aggravating to say the least.

I enjoyed the read and you pulled a smile from me. In all truth it is a writing site, as I have seen a number of folks catch the breeze and fly as writers who produce some high quality stuff and then I look around and they are gone. Tired and quit? Moved on up to the east side? Beats me where they get off to, I sure miss some but I seem to find more to fill my reading time, so thanks, I think I'll officially sign on and give you a run.

Peace,

50


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John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence Author

Thank you one more time 50 Caliber. I'm getting dizzy with all this attention, but don't worry I won't get big headed - it doesn't suit me.

I think a lot of writers haven't made the money they thought they would and scarpered off to far horizons. Me? I've made - hold on until I work this out - yep, I've made $2.47 US this month; heady stuff.

From your profile it would appear that you signed on a looong time ago, but are writing because you like it, not because you intend becoming a billionaire.

Have fun, 50

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