Easy Ways to Generate Ideas for Your Next Hub

Let's Generate Some Ideas!

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What to Write Next?

You remember when you hit the publish button on your last hub and breathed a sigh of relief. Whew, another one finished and added to your HubPages profile! Now, a few days later, you need to create fresh content.

Not sure what to write about today? Here are easy ways to generate ideas for your next hub.

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Social Outings

At first glance, social outings may seem counter-productive to creating your next hub. When you want to generate new ideas, however, interacting with people outside of your computer and social media network is useful on many levels.

A writer who continually produces fresh content takes breaks from the computer to interact with the outside world. Plan to meet a friend for coffee, head to a family BBQ, or go out to the movie theatre with your partner.

Here are a few scenarios that can occur while you are on a social outing:

  • Your friend discusses a fashion trend that you had not heard of before today. You plan to write your next hub about the designer who started the trend. Wow, good thing you decided to meet for coffee!
  • You learn about a hot-button news issue from the newspaper lying around at your parents' house. Good think you got out of the house; here is the subject of your next hub.
  • While driving to your dinner date, you hear a new song on the radio from Rihanna. You realize your next write will be about her last three hit singles. The idea is born!

You generate ideas for your next hub by interacting with the changing world around you. Write about what is current and learn about it through your social outings.

Work Outs: Great for Your Mind

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Exercise

Another great way to generate ideas for what to write about next is by exercising. Not only are you staying healthy by lowering your blood pressure and keeping your heart healthy, but exercise is also good for your mind.

When you break away from your computer, you allow your mind to relax. Your mind can begin to think in new ways as you exercise. When you switch up your environment, as you do when you exercise, your mind becomes interested in the new situation and revitalises itself. You will then return to HubPages feeling energized in mind, body, and spirit.

You will also likely generate ideas for your next written piece while you exercise. As you power walk outside, you may look at the nature around you and marvel at its beauty. Look at the Douglas Firs around you; those magnificent trees would make a great subject for your next published work at HubPages.

Here are other ways to use exercise to generate ideas:

  • As you work out, think about your movements. Could you write a step-by-step guide of your current workout to help other people stay in shape too?
  • Analyze your environment. What objects are at the gym and how do these items help people work out effectively? Could you write a hub about a specific piece of gym equipment?

Read Work of Other Hubbers

While the previous methods do not involve computers, the next approach relies on both the computer and HubPages itself. You can find inspiration right here on HubPages! Peruse the website and read work of other hubbers as a way to get new ideas.

No, you are not copying what you read online. Instead, read the works with an open mind; simply read what other people have published. You may find that a certain sentence or subject matter evokes a memory or leads you to a question not answered by the writer. You may have an "aha" moment and you are off, typing a new hub as quickly as your fingers can move across the keyboard.

When you read the works of other writers, you also take your mind off the set task of "what to write". Your mind is not under pressure to produce a quality piece when you simply let it relax to read articles. As a bonus, your followers will love that you stopped by their hubs, so try to leave a comment if you have time!

You Will Make It Through

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Generate Quality Content

These are easy ways to generate ideas for your next hub. The best method for you may depend on the day, your mood, and other factors.

Ensure that the piece you publish is quality content in order for it to be read by more people, both within the HubPages community and out in the world of search engines. Remember that good content always rises to the top and that your new idea is worth taking a few extra minutes to proofread, prior to hitting the publish button.

I would love to hear your feedback! What methods do you use to generate ideas?

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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

So true about the comment section, Glenn! Thank-you :)


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ChristyWrites 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Those are great tips - thanks for adding that!


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

Wonderful suggestions Christy. Your ideas are very useful for inspiring creativity and getting the motivation to write content that works.

Another thing I discovered is getting clues from comments people leave. They can provide ideas for something new to write about.


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bobkaiser300 2 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

Another idea is watch the what's trending column and find something to write about that, if you have affiliate ads, find something to sell related to what's trending!


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Jodah 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

Thanks for writing this hub Christy, I'm always looking for new ways to find inspiration. I find lately, it's come from something another hubber has said they'd like to see, or from a song I just heard...and it sets off a light bulb moment. I did find your suggestions very helpful, especially taking time to exercise and get your mind working, as well as interacting with the world in general. Great hub. Voted up.


Cacey Taylor 4 years ago

Very good hub with some awesome ideas on how to generate good content. The exercise comment sticks out to me the most because after exercising our minds are better. Thanks for pointing that out once again and motivating us with great ideas to generate content.


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Very well thought out! Good job. These tips will help me. It's tough to come up with new ideas sometimes. Voted up, useful, and shared.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

These are great ideas. Comunicating with others than just staying in front of our computers is productive to our mind. Ideas that trigger our imaginations usually happened when we are in contact with friends. Well written. Voted up and shared.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Quite right @Sharkye11, simply interacting face-to-face with people can spark new ideas for hubs!


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

Very useful and well written. I have to remind myself not to be a social recluse sometimes. Its hard to write or draw without some outside influence! Great ideas here!


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@mismazda, good to hear that the ideas are flowing for your hubs!

@BabyCheetah, I think we are all procrastinators some days :) Thanks for the vote and nice comment.

@Tammy, Oh that's a great idea too!

@Brett, Interactions do lead to hub ideas. It's neat when it happens.. and often unexpected as well. Thanks for the share and Tweet. I just followed you on Twitter too.


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mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

These are good ways or ideas to help come up with hubs...just today while exercising(walking)..I thought of another Hub that I could write....voted up and useful..and sharing...


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BabyCheetah 4 years ago from Melbourne

Voted this as useful. Great hub, I sometimes get stuck on what to write also or just procrastinate my little butt off. So this was handy to come up with ideas on what to write about :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great ideas Christy! I find when I am stuck going to Barnes and Noble and scanning through books really gives me a lot of ideas. Awesome ideas!


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Brett.Tesol 4 years ago from Somewhere in Asia

Up and useful. I totally agree that one of the best ways to get inspiration is to get out and meet with people/friends. So many ideas come from trips and everyday discussions.

Shared and tweeted.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

Thanks everyone for your great comments. I love hearing how you each come up with ideas for your next hub. The ideas are everywhere, and as @editorsupremo says ideas are even at the hair salon! Great to connect with all of you.


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editorsupremo 4 years ago from London, England

Good hub Christy. You're quite right about general everyday interaction producing ideas for writing a hub. I get inspiration from many different places from shopping at the supermarket, to visiting the doctor surgery or getting my hair done as there is a lot of gossip in the hairdresser about what is going on in the world and what us girls are into. I also find reading magazines and newspapers can trigger an idea.

Voted up.


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nybride710 4 years ago from Minnesota

Thanks for this interesting hub. I am only able to generate about one new hub a week since coming up with ideas is difficult for me. Maybe I can make it more with some of these suggestions.


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

There are lots of good hubs about writing on here, this is another one. Great job!


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Helna Reneesh 4 years ago

Thank u for the inspirational hub


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ThisisShe 4 years ago

Good hub with useful ideas. I do get inspiration from other hubs a lot.. sometimes I will read through the comments and see a question someone asks that hasn't been covered in the hub and I touch on that subject. Other times I write hubs inspired from things I am interested in. For instance, if I do a google search on a topic and I don't find as many good articles on the subject as I would like, then I go out and see if I can compile enough on it to create an article.


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

It is a useful hub for those who do not find new topics to write on. Thanks for the tips.


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Great tips and advice

I generally write about what provokes a thought in my mind and about what I read...

And yes outings and nature walks and make very good hubs...


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@daisydayz, those also sound like great ways to come up with the next idea for your hubs. I like that you have variety and are writing what you are interested in - your interest will show though in your writing :)


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daisydayz 4 years ago from Cardiff

Some really great tips there. I really hadnt thought much about how to come up with ideas or how I come up with mine. I tend to write what I know, or stuff I am searching for myself, like my hayfever hub - as a major suffer I went looking for natural remedies so figured a hub with all the info may be useful to others. Cooking and books are my 2 other topics as they just happen when ever i cook or finish a book - I suppose my process is very natural at the moment


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@mecheshier, I'm hoping it helps you with your next hub. Thank-you.

@Rebecca, Oh yes there's another great source! Thanks Rebecca for adding that tidbit here :)

@ssiddhanta, Thank-you. I wish you success!

@Rajan, How nice of you to take time to stop by with your busy schedule. I'm pleased you enjoy the hub and I thank you too for the compliments.


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mecheshier 4 years ago

Very nice Hub. There are some wonderful ideas here. Thank you for sharing. Voted up for useful


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Thanks for this boost of confidence. I get a good many of my ideas from listening to talk radio shows!


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Christy, great set of ideas for finding a topic to write about. Keeping eyes and ears open to what is going on around us is the most important.

Thanks for saying that it is good to interact with others to put and end to a writer's block and get ideas.

Voted up, useful and shared.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Daughter of Maat, Great stuff! Let me know what happens and if you find yourself with more ideas for your hubs :)

@Rose, Quite right. If we have a keen eye, then the ideas are endless. Keep up your great hubs!


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

Great ideas in this hub! I typically rearrange my desk whenever I need ideas, so my desk is different just about every other day. Organizing seems to help me refocus. I'm going to have to pay more attention to what goes on around me, I'll observe in author mode and see what I come up with. :D


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randomcreative 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

These are all great suggestions and so simple! Many of the best hub ideas come from things that we do every day or from other ordinary events.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@CyberShelley, I do like to make topics more hands-on and motivate others when I write. I like your feedback because it tells me that I'm on track :)

@Janine, Awesome, thank-you!

@Paul, You are quite right that many topics can be useful to readers. Thanks for stopping by to read and comment.

@remaniki, Thank-you Rema!

@thecrazzykylex, Awe, thanks for the tip for a future hub. Now there's some inspiration for me :) BTW, good tip about Google trends, thanks for adding that tip to the hub.

@namishika, Thank-you!

@Jennifer, Good idea with the pen and paper - you just never know when the next idea will come and we want to read all of your ideas :)

@James, you rock! Your comments are always so positive and thoughtful, thanks :)

@Jools, I like your hubs. If you find the subjects interesting and you present them in a quality way then I'm sure there are readers who will want to read as well. Keep writin'!


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CyberShelley 4 years ago

I appreciate all your suggestions, and that ideas are all around us - I hit a block because I am still so new, but you make it seem so simple! Thanks for the guidelines! Voted up, interesting and shared!


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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Some invaluable information here and am totally sharing and voting this one up. Thanks!!


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Paul Kuehn 4 years ago from Udorn City, Thailand

Christy,

I appreciate all of the ideas you have for getting hub topics. I know that some of the simplest topics with a bit of creativity will appeal to a lot of people. Voted up as useful and sharing.


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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Thanks for the great suggestions Christy. Great hub. Cheers, Rema


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thecrazzykylex 4 years ago from Incredible India!

The Crazzy Tip

* You can go to Digg or Delicious and look for what's HOT in your area of interest.

* Also, Google Trends will help you with some ideas too.

By, the way, another great hub, Christy. You do take time but write a quality hub. I want you to cover on 'How to write a quality hub' next time. Will you? Please


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Jennifer Stone 4 years ago from the Riverbank, England

Great ideas Christy, thanks! Sometimes I find it hard to think of new topics, or I have a really good idea but don't write it down so I forget! I now carry a pad and pen with me at all times... lol Voted up and stuff, Jen


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Olde Cashmere 4 years ago from Michigan, United States

This is a really helpful hub on selecting topics Christy. I usually keep a list of hub topics as a saved document on my laptop. When it's time to write one, I draw from my selection while keeping in mind what I have been writing about before I begin. Sometimes new ideas strike me and I have to write them down. Thank you for sharing this useful article, voted up, shared, interesting, useful, and awesome :)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Great hub Christy - anything that gives me ideas gets my vote - I am hopeless! I have lots of ideas but am never ever convinced they are worth making it to the page. I am trying to do as you suggest and take more breaks, read more other stuff and I do find that helps.

Great hub, voted up and shared.


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Ardie, hi hon and nice to see you! When you feel inspired you will write and from your great talent we will all be huddled around to read :) Thanks for taking time to read xx

@Teaches, I'm glad you brought up the concept of balance - so important! Thanks my friend and wishing you a great day.

@DS, I love going for walks and find, like you say, it gets our minds flowing with new ideas. You're making me want to go for a walk right now!

@Penlady, Awe, thanks and I am glad for our new connection :)

@hawaiianodysseus, I like your positive comment! If we think in new ways we create new ideas and with new ideas come even more creativity; what a great cycle!

@Trinity, yes songs are fun to analyse, as are the celebs who sing them! Thanks for taking time to read and comment. Enjoy your day :)

@ConservativeLady, The great thing about our own photos is they are unique, just like us :) Thanks for the votes, very nice.

@wetnosedogs, Thank-you!

@Marc, you are right that photos can tell a story in themselves. Nice to see you today buddy.

@sonison, I am happy you enjoy the hub and hope it helps motivate you for your next one too.

@ashish04joshi, I hope you are feeling creative now, thanks!

@Peggy, yes our eyes need to be open to what is around us; when they are, we have endless subjects and views to write about. Thanks Peggy!

@Jackie, hi hon! You have me now wondering what is your latest write and I will be over soon to see :)


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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada Author

@Cyndi, perhaps having a list of subjects and possible topics kept by your computer could help. Glad to hear you've got many ideas to choose from!

@JS, You're welcome, I am glad to link with quality content such as yours. Yes, interacting with life brings inspiration - if we are looking for it :) Thanks for stopping by to vote and comment!

@Bill, If life is a buffet table, then HubPages is a plat of donuts! Thanks for the read and comment my friend.

@Josh, Glad you like the hub and I appreciate the share too :)

@gmwilliams, Yes, pick an idea and we'll start writing!

@Vjijdag, Thanks for adding in the idea of going to a loved one to help you find inspiration. I am flattered you say that my hub will help you with your next write. Thanks for commenting here too.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland

Thanks for the ideas Christy =) I've had a hard time getting any Hubs out lately because 1) Im outta ideas and 2) its been so nice out that I cant justify sitting in at my computer! I need to take your list of ideas and my laptop outside and commit an hour or two a day to just writing. Take care girl!!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I love this hub and thank you for generating thoughts on keeping the writer's block from happening. I also agree that you must get out there and enjoy life. Through social activities you can generate new writing topics, but also just keep balanced. Voted up!


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DS Duby 4 years ago from United States, Illinois

Really useful article Christy, If I spend to much time sitting in front of the computer my mind seems to go blank, but even just taking my dog for a walk opens it back up and gets the ideas flowing again. voted up awesome and useful.


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penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

These are excellent ideas for generating what to write for Hubpages. You are so creative! Voted up and useful.


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hawaiianodysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

Christy, I like your great ideas, some of which are products of thinking about and acting upon "outside the box" ideas. Thanks for sharing with your fellow Hubbers little gems that can help us generate new literary paths. Best wishes for continued success here on HubPages!


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Trinity M 4 years ago

Great ideas Christy. I usually like to write on subjects I have knowledge about, it saves time on research but it is always important to include SEO. Thanks for the great ideas; I would never have thought of songs as an idea for a hub. Voted up and useful.


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Conservative Lady 4 years ago from Surprise Arizona - formerly resided in Washington State

Terrific ideas, thank you for sharing. I especially like the idea of taking pictures to add to our hubs. Voted Up and all!


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Terrific article.

I'm sharing this.


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Marc Babineau 4 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

Well done, muse o' mine! I especially like the idea of taking a camera for a walk and literally letting a picture tell a thousand words!


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7

Great hub that provides the idea how to get the ideas for hub and moreover it tellls you the tips for improving upon the existing idea by reading the hubs of others. Brilliant


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ashish04joshi 4 years ago from India

This is one useful hub...

Nice ideas to come up with some fresh subject for our hubs.

'Up', 'useful', 'interesting'


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Good work Christy. If one's eyes are open to the world around one, there are an endless number of subjects of which to write. The only problem is time management and the crystalizing and narrowing down of subject matter. I liked what billybuc wrote: "Life is a buffet table filled with ideas." Your ideas of inspiration are good ones. Voted up and useful!


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

I have oodles of ideas too, what I lack is the time! I think that is good advice though having people get away from their computer and then too stretching yourself too thin on too many projects can take the value from them, individually. You have many good points. ^


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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Good ideas for stirring the block. I usually have so many ideas that I can't gather the discipline to harness the ideas and put them on paper. Too much stuff to choose from. Voted up.


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

These are some really awesome ideas! I really appreciate the backlinks. You have brought to our attention a different way to look at creativity and motivation. I have tried every method you have mentioned and I can attest that they are very motivating and offer great sparks for creativity. Whether you visit a park, fair or local gathering there is always some room for pictures and dialog. The entire point is if you live well, you will have something to write about and share...I am sharing this after I vote! Well done and thanks again!

JSMatthew~


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I guess I'm lucky. I don't have any trouble coming up with ideas. My problem is finding the time to write the hubs that I have floating around in my head. Life is a buffet table filled with ideas.

Great tips for those who have the old writer's block.


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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

This is great Christy, you always come up with such clever ideas! Thanks so much! Have a great day!

My votes for as usual, and sharing!


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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Very informative hub. You can get ideas from almost anywhere!


Vrijdag Pages 4 years ago

Very good. This hub has helped me with what I shall write about next on hub pages. I have been having an awful time writing lately and pouring out poor quality hubs I now have to delete or go over.

I usually try to fit my hubs into my three niches of creative writing, history and SEO work, but I get side track with inspiration from elsewhere. The first two are a task to write but the SEO is pretty easy and boring, as I taught myself and want to teach others. If I lose inspiration I usually speak to a loved one, go on Adobe PS or read something not related to my hubs.

Good hub, anyway. Thumbs up.

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