Experiencing Hub pages at its best and worst

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Experiencing Hub Pages at its Best and Worst

Emotional ownership for writers on hub pages. Kindness toward others and non intimidating words will draw readers faster than fanatical views and radical hateful responses. Always embrace diversity and you will receive the same in return.

I have not written any new articles in a while. Not that i have been uninspired, but i have been guilty of neglect in keeping up with reading hubs of other writers.

So, i have taken a brief hiatus from writing to read as many as i can. It has been quite an eye opener for me. I have read many great awe inspiring things; such as beautiful poetry (as well as some i can't really understand, or interpret - my short coming, no doubt).

There are so many highly intelligent writers on here - it is truly awesome and humbling; and a few that are lacking in proper basic grammar skill.

I have found many wonderful new recipes and tried most of them with success and a few that flopped - again my short coming - not the publishers of those recipes.

I have met people from around the globe with many different points of view. (Most quite valid)

I have read a few that are grossly biased, narrow minded and quite ill informed on such controversial topics as religion and politics, filled with highly charged personal opinions, both pro and con, on all subjects.

The hub community is extremely diverse and there is so much to read, learn and appreciate, it can be quite overwhelming to try to read them all: and extremely time consuming to try to diligently follow all who follow us.

I have read some very passionate articles that are so non-mainstream that i could find no words to leave as a comment after reading them. Imagine, ME, being speechless!

The majority i have read were a sheer pleasure to experience - well written and knowledgeable in their particular subjects and themes. I may not agree with the contents or opinions of some, but if well written and well presented, i truly have enjoyed reading all of them.

I have learned many things i did not know about cats, dogs, birds, squirrels, snakes and many other common and exotic life forms of life (both flora and fauna).

I have read poems about love, landscapes, oceans, skies, darkness, evils, hopes, hatred and total despair, that brought both laughter and tears to my eyes.

i have read about people who have such love and compassion for others that they open their door in the middle of the night to help a stranger in distress without thoughts of their own safety.

I have read stories about miracles, the paranormal, babies, child bearing, and child rearing. Comical things that made me laugh out loud, and horrible tragic things that have made me cry and stirred my very soul.

There are many, many things written on religions, blind faith and agnosticism. Things that truly matter and things that totally matter not.

During my working years, as a nurse, my whole life was focused on my work and related subjects. Now that i have the time to explore other avenues and other venues, i am amazed at all the diversity of this life, around the globe, and those who have little or no tolerance for diversity, no quest for knowledge or for spiritual 'growth'.

Many are so religiously focused on such a narrow and slanted view, that their guilt and fears, so deeply ingrained, do not allow them the freedom to explore other options, or open their hearts and their minds to new ideas and new concepts, and who are perfectly satisfied with their totally closed minds. This saddens me on so many levels.

There is such religiously severe physical, emotional and child abuse on every level that affect so many lives that many people cannot get past it and cannot enjoy life as it is meant to be enjoyed, to its fullest.

Amongst all the diversity and beauty in this world there lies a darkness that is in such stark contrast, it is bleak and stifling to those poor souls who live their entire lives locked in it; dwelling in such hatred, intolerance and mean spirited-ness of inbred bigotry that they have truly frightened me, at times.

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Those hubs/hubbers that have constant negative views, thoughts and intolerance are quite pitiful and can be mentally damaging (or challenging) (or draining) to those who embrace open mindedness, kindness and empathy toward others. These negative people seem to have a way of dragging others down to their level and if one is not careful, it can be very disheartening as well as contagious.

But, all in all, the hub pages community has given me a broader outlook on humanity as a whole, but not a whole lot of optimism for positive change any time in the near future.

We, as a species, still have many obstacles to face and overcome:

  • Old religious beliefs that need to be reconsidered, overcome and discarded.
  • A deep political divide that breeds negativity, distrust and divisiveness.
  • A society run amok by a few powerful and wealthy people taking undue advantage and taking too many selfish liberties that are restrictive, self serving and destructive to our society as a whole.
  • And an apathetic majority too spoiled by conveniences and too reliant on a government that no longer represents their best interests.

We can read all about it on hub pages - all the pros and cons, all the baseless opinions you ever care to hear, all the negativity we do not need, and way too many people whose only knowledge is attained from their obsolete religious indoctrination teaching and whose only mental capability is "quoting scripture" as truth in their pathetically narrow lives.

All this, in concert with those positive, enlightened, intelligent and spiritually progressives who are so feared, and hated, by their self limiting religiously and politically dogmatic counterparts.

Hub pages has changed in many ways in the past year that i have been part of its diverse community, and hopefully it will NOT go the way of other successful (conglomerates) that aspire to cater only to a one sided censorship and assert undue influences over the way people think and act in the quest for greater profits and control.

It is already starting by allowing Google to censure topics and content they find objectionable and unacceptable by their own standards. Standards that embrace their profits potentials and their own versions of morality.

I have had 5 of my own articles deemed "unsuitable" for their ads to be placed on - due to their "conservative" censorship. Censoring topics that are common everyday events seems a bit ludicrous to me, but who am i to judge since i am one of those open minded liberals that believe that equality belongs to everyone and morals belong to individual discretions.

My favorite quote is still: "The more i learn - the more i realize just how much i still don't know". I first heard this quote many years ago by Barbara Streisand during one of her rare interviews on t.v. and never forgot it.

Keep up all the good work, you fellow hubbers. Keep writing, keep reading, keep commenting and most importantly - keep learning - with an open heart and an open mind.

by d.william 08/14/2011

© 2011 d.william

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LRCBlogger 5 years ago

I feel very much the same. I think your hub not only applies to HP but also to life. If you broaden your mind and make yourself open to new people and experiences, it can be quite a ride. However, there are always those who will force their negativity and opinion on others. It can be draining as you said. I find the good out there and those that challenge my own opinions and bias to try to be more open and rounded. However, there are those who can't do the same, I just avoid those people.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Thank you for reading and your comments are always appreciated. Yes, sometimes it is best to avoid those who are stagnant, narrow minded and bigoted. They choose to be, and stay, that way and it is of no use to argue or try to reason with them. Also, a few on here, do not know what the difference is between a constructive discussion and a biased opinion. Those i avoid.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

Amazing! Incredible in breadth, scope, topic/subject, observational prowess, honest opinion and encompassing view. A rapid and intelligent read!

"We don't know what we don't know." We have no fathomable concept of all which we have no grasp of ...

Lots of examples o f the very best and the most disappointing expressions of our human 'ness.'

Additionally, it is very difficult to keep up with all the fantastic writing available here on HP's...so much..and I often feel that there just is not enough time to keep abreast of the lastest offerings by my favorites and by those whom I am just beginning to discover.

Hub Pages censorship ala Google is a detrimental aspect of this ever growing vehicle...oftentimes, this is exactly the result of expoential growth; which we are seeing here. I certainly have, in the mere year I've been a contributor. Lots of changes in format, formula and the future of this site.

Well done, d.william...extremely astute, intelligent, interesting, thought provoking and stimulating article you've given readers to consider.

Bravo and All Ups for this brave and straight forward piece.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you so much for reading and your wonderful accolades.

With all the reading i have done, i have concluded that my new approach to the problem of being unable to keep up with all the people following is that i will immediately reciprocate to those who comment on my hubs, and try my best to follow others as best i can. Soooo, i am hopping on over to yours for a read or two.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

I applaud you for your insightful experiences that you share here. I have been here just a few months. I look forward to reading more of your work. I hope to always have a reason to stay. :) take care..

voted up and this is most definitly awesome, useful, interesting, funny, beautiful.


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

Thank for writing this hub. It is nice that people can have something to go back to when they need to read something supportive because you are right about the darkness in people. It is good that you have lit a beacon.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for stopping by to read and comment. And to make true my comments above i am hopping on over to your hubs to read.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

yes, d.william, I felt the same. Once I start to explore hubpages and read other writer's articles, the process is hard to stop.

Good to have you back and writing again. :)


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you so much for reading and your words of support. I look forward to reading your hubs as well.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you for reading and commenting. Always good to hear from you.


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camsolivia 5 years ago from Planet Earth

It's a tricky line, isn't it? Are we here to write or read? I've found that having a "plan" helps...I read 3 or 4 others' hubs a day...and then git to the writing. I appreciate it when others read my Hubs...and so I love to oblige. But in the end, I am here to write...so I make it a point to limit my reading time so as not to interfere with my creative flow.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thank you so much for reading and commenting. I find it a lot easier to write than to read (time wise). Once i start reading hubs i get so engrossed i spend way too much time sitting at this computer. I have yet to find a good balance between the two, to do them both justice. I welcome any and all suggestions on how others manage to do both.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

You hit the nail right on the head with this hub,hubpages is not only a great place to write but a great place to learn new things as well. Even though i may not have the time to read and comment on hubs the day they are posted i try to read them all if i can and leave a comment sooner or later.


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

You sum it up well, D

As a microcosm of the global village in all of its diversity. I certainly came here to make a friend or two and express myself hoping for any response pro or con, so that I would have the opportunity to elaborate. Expertise for every topic under the sun is to be found here. As for most writers, the greatest compliment of all is to be read, it is even more important than to be paid. Thank you for your participation and support to me while I too partake of the bounty that is here... Regards Cred2


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks so much for reading and commenting. When hub pages switched us over to the new (thing that they did - their directions for retaining our old list of contacts that we follow, and those that follow us), a lot of them were lost. It has taken me quite a time to investigate and get them back, but i am afraid that many of those followers of mine were lost, as those instructions were pretty difficult to follow (not very clear at all). Glad you managed to survive the transfer, as well as those others who found their way.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks C2. Your comments voice my opinions as well. Always glad to hear from you.


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Lucky Cats 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

d. william; this hub showed up in the scroll and I felt compelled to peruse it, once again. You have summed up the dilemma here well: "Even though i may not have the time to read and comment on hubs the day they are posted i try to read them all if i can and leave a comment sooner or later."

We write to 1) express ourselves, 2) find common ground, 3) have our efforts read and 4) hope our work is appreciated and understood.

So, it IS problematic ; the balancing act required to continue to express ourselves while supporting others who are doing the same thing. Afterall, what would be use of our writing if very few read our words? So, the + & - of this little dance continues..

And, of course, there is always the BEST part....finding others' writing that is so compelling, we can't help but read and, then, search out that author in order to keep up with their fine writing w/which we relate.

Oh....the trials and tribulations of being a good and participatory hubateer!

Much regards!!! kathy


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MartieCoetser 5 years ago from South Africa

d.william – I’ve read quite a few of your hubs during the past year, and once again I am impressed with your thoughts and reasoning. However, although I love to comment on hubs I read, time just doesn’t allow me to do so. So I’ve mastered the art of reading, voting and leaving like a ghost, always grateful for what I’ve learned. I’m telling you this, so you know I was/am one of your ghost readers.

To know the diverse thoughts of people in this world via HubPages, is such a privilege. My mind was like a tent for four and is now as big as a marques tent. Issues that have upset me out of my socks before I became a member of the Hubs, are now trivialities. My entire perception of people and life has changed thanks to HubPages.

I do lack proper basic grammar skills, as English is not my mother-tongue, but I do try my best and I so-so wish my readers would help me to improve my skills by merely pointing out my errors. But it seems to me hubbers are too kind to do this. They read with their hearts and not with their brains.

HubPages is a special community, accommodating unique people – writers. You know writing is a lonesome job, writers are lonesome. They do not think like most people; they don’t feel comfortable in most social circles where the shallow-minded and short-sighted wield the sceptre. It is so nice to be in Hubland where most hubbers – definitely all my friends – are intelligent, open-minded, highly talented and unique individuals.

Take a bow from me – this is a lovely review on the HubPages society.


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wba108@yahoo.com 5 years ago from upstate, NY

DW-- Thanx for sharing from the heart and writing this fine Hub. Your right there are so many talented and wonderful poeple on Hub Pages but some seem so close minded and intolerant.I suppose we can all be close minded and even mean spirited at times. As for poor grammar, I know I have a long way to go to fix that.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Lucky Cats: thanks for reading and your comments. Yes, it is a dilemma of sorts. I can't seem to find that right balance, but i try.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

Martie Coetser: Thank you so much for taking the time to read, and your wonderful words of approval. I always appreciate hearing them. I try to read as many as possible, and leave a brief hello on those i read to just let them know i was there.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for reading and your comments. I am glad you enjoyed the read.


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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I like your fair and balanced view. Your opinions are clear, but you are no adamant or unshakable in your position. Your aim was not smite us down if there was disagreement. It saddens me the amount of personal abuse that writer’s here report. Thanks for the read.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks. I appreciate you comments.


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American_Choices 5 years ago from USA

I never knew that quote was from B.S. - wow! Love the quote, love the actress, rock star.

Wonderful! I love, love Hub Pages - best on line community ever! I have met long term friends whom I knew will be lifetime friends.

Hub Pages is the ultimate pen pal - doesn't get any better than this. You can read, share joys, travails, and even travel to distance places.

Thank you for sharing.


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d.william 5 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for reading and commenting. And i agree with you about hub pages. It certainly has helped me while away my time in a more pleasant manner than boredom was providing. I am happy to hear that your have made friends here. This is the ultimate way of expressing yourself without too much backlash and criticism.

My other favorite saying is: Always say what is on your mind, your friends won't mind, and those that do mind, don't matter.

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