How You Can Find New Topics for Hubs

Rodin's "The Thinker" thinking about new topics for hubs
Rodin's "The Thinker" thinking about new topics for hubs

How You Can Find New Topics for Hubs

“How do you get ideas or find topics?

How do you think of new subjects to write about in Hubpages?”

That was the question I was asked which is not as simple as it seems. Here is my answer which is slightly more complicated. I have discovered by reading many, many Hubs that Hubbers appear to fall into two categories: those who write authoritatively from experience and/or background about topics they are either familiar with, or are interested in and have researched to some or great extent. And those who write authoritatively about topics they are not very familiar with and couldn’t care less about substantiation of facts.

So you can see that the process for finding new topics and subjects is wide open. Just about anything goes. Wait a minute. There is also a third category. Some hubbers enjoy writing reviews about products, movies, books, whatever. and these hubs may be the easiest to monetize with Adsense and eBay. (Aha! There’s the subject for a new hub)!

Three Methods

Okay. Back to the subject of ideas for new topics. There are three methods I use. First method - I try to write about subjects I have some familiarity with like personality preferences, job search interviewing, dealing with difficult people, public speaking, managing anger; increasing traffic to hubs, etc.

Second method - I also write about subjects that intrigue me that I am not as familiar with but after sometimes exhaustive research, feel comfortable writing about - like weird animals, dumb, crazy laws; doughnuts (familiarity by ingestion prior to research); worldwide obesity; famous quotations, and tributes to well-known humorists.

Third method - this is the most circuitous of all since it involves reading or hearing something which triggers an idea for a hub which triggers research, which triggers another idea, which often leads to that “aha!” moment where you say to yourself: "This is the subject I will write about." The easiest way to illustrate this third and often most interesting method for the writer is to explain exactly how I came to create THIS hub.

You read the title, “How to Find New Topics for Hubs.” But that is not the first idea I had as a subject to write about. Here is how it all began. This morning I received an email in my personal account from an acquaintance and I will quote it here verbatim so you can follow my trend of thought – which is often baffling even to me.

The actual email

“To commemorate her 70th birthday, actress Julie Andrews recently made a special appearance at Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall for the benefit of AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). One of the musical numbers she performed was “My Favorite Things'” from the legendary movie, “The Sound Of Music,” Here are the special lyrics she used:
‘Botox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts, hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.

When the pipes leak, When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad,
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don't feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things..

Back pain, confused brains and no need for sinnin',
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
And we won't mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.

When the joints ache, When the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I've had,
And then I don't feel so bad.’
Ms. Andrews received a standing ovation from the crowd that lasted over four minutes.”



My first idea for a hub.

Wow! What a clever parody. Think I’ll try to write a hub around it. But wait. The facts are wrong. #1 – I ”googled” Julie Andrews and learned she was born October 1, 1935 which would make her 75 on her birthday later this year, not 70 as the email proclaims.

#2 – I know that Julie Andrews lost her ability to sing after a botched surgery to remove a growth on her vocal cords. (In 2000, she subsequently sued the hospital and the two doctors involved and won her case and a settlement). She did a bit of “speaking-singing” in the 2004 film, “The Royal Engagement,” but admits in an interview that “ … the song was pitched very low for me; I wish I could call it singing. I don’t want to mislead anyone.”

So I did some more research and learned that this email with its song parody is considered an urban legend that has been around since April of 2001, and for nine years now Ms. Andrews vehemently denies ever singing it.

My second idea.

If I'm not going to write a hub on the parody, I thought, "Why not do a hub on Julie Andrews?" So I conducted even more research on Julie and learned that back in the 1970s, she was a guest star on The Muppet Show. Why not include the video of her performance in my incipient "All About Andrews" hub? Take a look for yourself.

Julie Andrews guest stars on The Muppet Show singing “The Lonely Goatherd” during Season Two (1977-1978).

Julie Andrews singing "The Lonely Goatherd"

My third idea

It was so much fun to watch that video, I got carried away and thought why not create an entire hub featuring Muppets with Celebrities? Enjoy!

Diana Ross guest stars on The Muppet Show singing “Reach Out and Touch Someone” during Season 4 (1979-1980).

Norah Jones guest stars on Sesame Street singing "Don’t Know Why ‘Y' Didn’t Come" during Season 35.

Patti LaBelle guest stars on The Muppet Show singing ”The Alphabet Song,” in rousing gospel style. 

Tony Bennett guest stars on The Muppet Show singing “I Believe in Little Things.”  

Andrea Bocelli guest stars on The Muppet Show and sings Elmo to sleep during Season 36. Elmo is almost as big a star as Andrea.

My fourth idea

Instead of a hub about celebrities with Muppets, I had this brilliant flash of inspiration. Why not create a hub that features celebrities who look like Muppets? Here is one funny comparison of a celebrity and her respective Muppet look-alike that I found.

Miss Piggy and Tori Spelling
Miss Piggy and Tori Spelling
James (Jim) Henson 1936 - 1990
James (Jim) Henson 1936 - 1990 | Source

Jim Henson and his Muppets

My fifth idea

The Muppets are so fascinating, why don't I write a hub about Jim Henson, creator of these long-lived puppets? For example, I could start the hub with:

Jim Henson created the show, “Sam and Friends,” in 1955 for a local Washington, D.C. television station. His energetic Muppets soon became a popular fixture, and began to appear on national TV variety shows.

In 1969, Henson participated in a ground-breaking educational show for television, Sesame Street.” The popularity of Big Bird, the Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Ernie and Bert soon made the Muppets the stars of the show. Over the years, the Muppet cast has grown to include many new puppets including Count von Count, Mr. Snuffleupagus, the Swedish Chef, and Elmo who stars in his own segment, “Elmo’s World.”

In 1976, Henson created his signature project – The Muppet Show," a weekly prime-time variety show filled with songs, skits and talented celebrity guest stars. The host is charming Kermit the Frog who presides over a motley crew of performers, including the diva, Miss Piggy; hopeful comic, Fozzie Bear; daredevil Gonzo; and the two old cranky guys in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf. Remind you of familiar hotels?

The Muppet Show cast has appeared in a number of movies, including "The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppet Christmas Carol'" and "The Muppets Take Manhattan."

In the 1980s, Henson created new worlds -- the magical underground civilization of "Fraggle Rock," the imagination-filled nursery of "Muppet Babies," and the fantasy worlds of "The Dark Crystal" and "Labyrinth." Henson's creations live on beyond his death in 1990, and new offerings featuring his Muppets are continually being produced by the company he founded.


My sixth idea

You guessed it. This is where my diverse and sometimes hard-to-fathom ideas and brilliant (?) thoughts led me. Let me summarize for you: 1) I could write a hub about the funny but faux parody. 2) Or a hub about Julie Andrews and her Muppets gig. 3) Or a hub about celebrities singing in videos with various and sundry Muppets. 4) Or a hub about celebrities looking like Muppets. 5) Or a hub about Jim Henson, creator of the Muppets.  6) Or my sixth idea - create this hub describing in detail all the six actual, assorted ideas for different hubs that provided the inspiration and material for the creation of “How to Find New Topics for Hubs.”  Now it's up to you. Go forth and procreate. Oops! I mean, create!

Caution: Be aware that following the path I have described for the synthesis of creative composition may lead to complete and utter destruction of your mental health.

Which Muppet video was your favorite?

  • Julie Andrews
  • Diana Ross
  • Norah Jones
  • Patti LaBelle
  • Tony Bennett
  • Andrea Bocelli
See results without voting

© Copyright BJ Rakow 2010. All rights reserved. . Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." 

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Comments for How You Can Find New Topics for Hubs 66 comments

Mike Lickteig profile image

Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Julie Andrews is perfect for the Muppets. I remember a very odd moment when Elton John sang Goodbye Yellow Brick Road with the Muppets, and if I recall correctly, the Muppets were playing musical instruments.

You accurately categorize the creative process and Hubber's Hubs. I have been getting topics out of the newspapers lately, but I like to mix up topics as much as I can. (My sports stuff bores the daylights out of other hubbers but brings in most of my non-hub traffic--my TV and movie hubs get little from the outside. I like to write about both...)

It will be interesting to see what your next topic will be.

Mike


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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

This is delightful!

How ingenious to make a hub about making them out of such a variety of things that all come together wonderflly.

It was fun to wander along the self-propelled path of poking around for subjects, them poking you around, and entertaining us all the way with a certain tongue-in-cheek, mischievous frivolity. Could have been dry as the proverbial bone but you made it juicy instead!

I don't exactly look for ideas, but a word or phrase may catch my attention, I jot it down or create a wordpad with just it as a title but no content (unless I happen to have thought of some) which I file in a folder just for such ideas. I call the folder "Hubworthy" even though they all aren't.

Then I may be fixing breakfast or doing something else & a lot of ideas about it just push their way to the surface and I run and start writing them on the file which had no previous content.

Or something that's been formulating inside finally rises to consciousness & I start a wordpad for it, writing whatever flows till it begins to seem like it might blossom - or not.

Once I begin writing seriously, it takes a lot of editing to fix it. Being half-blind, I don't see typos until I see the previews, which I go back to editing more. Then I let it lanquish a bit before coming back to it to see if I really want to publish it and usually notice that it needs still more editing and surgery. And still they're most often too long! haha


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frogdropping 6 years ago

What a very thorough account of finding or deciding upon topics that can be rendered into hubs. I rarely struggle with ideas. If ever. There's a whole world of wonderfulness constantly surrounding us: science, nature, countries, cultures, history, people, media, products, events, destinations and more.

Each has it's own myriad of sub-topics that can be explored and uncovered, layers peeled back, peeked at and investigated - or not. That part depends upon the flavor and color of your onion :)

Another wonderful hub drbj :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Mike,

Yes, you are absolutely correct. The Muppets were playing instruments with Elton John - they did that in several videos and I always wondered how they could accomplish such a realistic-looking feat. without feet. I mean without arms. Without mouths. Without lungs.

Thanks for the visit and the comments. I applaud you for writing whatever moves you regardless of what audience it may attract. That's what makes your hubs "special."


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Nellieanna, YOU are delightful.

"Mischievous frivolity," eh? How perceptive of you! And you do know how to turn a phrase. That description is precisely the way I would like many of my literary efforts, at least the humorous attempts, to be perceived.

I think most hubbers, including myself, will promptly identify with your description of idea generation. Like you, sometimes a thought arises without being summoned, but more often, it has to struggle to get my attention.

But that's part of the fun of writing. Thanks for your thoughtful comments - they and you are much appreciated.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, froggie,

I know you don't struggle for ideas when creating your literary masterpieces - you are a fount of flourishing inspiration for the rest of us.

I particularly enjoy your employing the analogy of sub-topic exploration with peeling the layers of an onion, sweet Vidalia or otherwise. That description reminds me of the process in therapy that requires onion-layer-peeling to uncover the roots of a problem.

Do you also have a couch? Thanks for the Vidalia-like comments.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

Love the way you describe your thought processes, It's so like my own. My first idea and final result is poles apart.I thought I was mad, glad to hear I am not alone. Thanks for sharing


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frogdropping 6 years ago

I'm afraid I don't have a couch. However - I do possess the ability to provide a glassy-eyed stare that doctors generally adopt when the patient is doing the talking.

I have 'feigning interest' down to a fine art. My personal tool box brimmeth over ;)


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frogdropping 6 years ago

Oh yeah and I should have inserted into my first comment 'and in the event I do struggle, I don't get writer's block. I just make something up. And hope no-one notices'.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, jayjay40 - so nice to hear from you. Hope all is well with you in your part of the world.

I'm so happy to have alleviated your concern. You seem relieved that you are not alone, since you and I share the same convoluted series of actions regarding our respective thought processes.

But, on the other hand, how do you know that I am NOT mad?


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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

For me there is a dichotomy in my decision aking the breaks in this thought: do I aim for things I am interested in and want to write about that no one else may want to read, or do I sell out to a Google Adwords confinement where all my articles are driven by potential page views?

I expect the answer to this lies in my personal preference. I truly wish to create an interesting article to me and potential readers that will gain a lot of traffic.

Thanks for your formula, I will refer to it on the days my creative well runs dry.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

With that glassy-eyed stare and the ability to superlatively feign interest, all you really need is a couch and you're in business as a therapist.

You could be the nest Dr. Phrog. May I sign you up today? Membership fee is only $150. You can send it to me. I'll forward it. Trust me, I'm a Dr.


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Ms Chievous 6 years ago from Wv

Love the Muppets! And I think I like how you think..from one topic to anohter to another to another..

anyway I get a lot of my ideas for hubs from Yahoo answers..


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

Great ideas, and since we all need an ever constant flow of ideas to keep it all rolling along, invaluable. :)


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Great hub, I just write about my life experiences, I want to get them down before I loss my mind...LOL Thanks for a thumbs up hub


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GusTheRedneck 6 years ago from USA

Good Doc bj - Oh my! Your article and its pix were tops. Brought back several fun, but diverse memories for me. I have a good friend who served as one of the "extras" in the movie, Hawaii (he was one of the ones who climbed the masts on that large 4-rigger). As I recollect, he said that while there he spent a bit of time conversing with Julie Andrews, and he told me what a fine lady she was - nice to all and polite to everyone. As to the Muppets, they almost killed me one time. I was done with some bigtime surgery and my belly was in constant pain. The ward folks put up a TV and there was Kermit the Frog making like a cowboy. I had to cover my head with a pillow so that I would no longer see nor hear the TV show. I laughed so hard that it hurt more than ever. So... thanks for the article. I really liked it a lot.

Gus :-)))


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hey, there, Dobson. Nice to meet you.

Re your dichotomy when it come to selecting topics; many hubbers seem to feel the same way. They enjoy writing about the topics they like though they may not be "Adsense-ible." (See the first comment by Mike above).

Based on your literate "way with words," I don't believe you run the risk of a dry well where creativity is concerned. Long may your Hubs wave.

Thanks for the visit and the comments.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

OMG, fd, you "just make something up and hope no one notices"?

What a feisty, ferocious, fantastic fragment of frog fauna you are! More power to ya, my funny, frenetic, frequently fractious friend.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Ms Chievous. I am inspired by your name. Wonderful choice.

Would you like to join my new club? It has been established for the "seldom-idea-challenged" and already has three members - jayjay40, frogdropping and me.

Thank you for your kind comments and that great piece of information - finding new ideas at Yahoo Answers.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Springboard, for your visit and the "invaluable" comment.

You are so right that we need constant ideas to keep rolling along. Where would Hubbers be without ideas? Where would Hubpages be without Hubbers without ideas? Where would anyone be without ideas? I have no idea!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Darlene.

Nice to hear from you and thanks for the "thumbs up" comment.

Since you are never at a loss for ideas, feel free to join my new club mentioned above. Been thinking of naming it the Seldom Idea Challenged Kids.

But then again the acronym would be SICk. Bad idea.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Gus - I agree with your positive description of Julie Andrews. Your view seems to be reinforced by everyone who meets her - charming, friendly and always a lady.

Your description of the pain you felt trying to avoid laughing at Kermit while in post-operative recovery was almost too realistic for me.

But I'm glad I could take you down Memory Lane and thanks for the nice comments. It was my pleasure.


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frogdropping 6 years ago

Oooooo drbj - you said wayyyyy too many eff words *gasps*

You know, I wrote a Muppety hub once. Probably buried now. Snowed under with utter nonsense. *wanders off - thinking about sensible things. Like how to find new topics*


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

"Where would Hubbers be without ideas? Where would Hubpages be without Hubbers without ideas? Where would anyone be without ideas? I have no idea!"

A conundrum if I ever saw one. lol. :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hey, Springboard - glad I provided you with a laugh regarding my conundrum.

I've always loved that word even though it might sound to some like a prophylactic device.


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Green Lotus 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Well drbj, I think Julie stole the idea of doing an AARP parody of "My Favorite Things" from my Pet Peeves Hub. The nerve of that woman!

LOL. This is a fun Hub as are all of your inspired writings!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Green Lotus. I will hie myself over to your Pet Peeves hub and check out your assertion.

If it should turn out to be true, I will let you borrow my staff of attorneys kept on retainer to file claims against those who wouldst dare to appropriate the material of honest, hard-working, lotus-lover hubbers like yourself.

Thanks for the "fun hub" and "inspired" comments.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

It is very interesting how you choose the topic of your hubs, and I like the way you think, I am more of a researcher so when I decide upon a topic I usually just kind of following the HUBMOB, the ^challenge put in HP, there are times I am interested in a topic and I challenge myself that I can do it with little idea about it, then I conduct my own reading,

And I like the muppet shows with those persobalities, I like the Sesame portion beofre where they sing with personalities. Thank you dr, you're amazing with your ideas, Maita


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Maita, for the "amazing ideas" comment. You are pretty amazing yourself. I've been following your hubs on babies and you seem to have cornered the market on the subject.

I know not everyone thinks the way I do and it's probably a very good thing - I tend to go off on tangents but I do "give birth" to more ideas that way.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada

As I read this hub, man oh man do you have some awesome ideas, which I would say Juile Andrews intrigues me teh most, but muppets I love!

Okay back down to earth. I"ve never said I didn't but I get many of my ideas from other hubber questions in teh answers seciton of hubpages. While my writing hubs get me more traffic outside of hubpages, my other hubs if interlinked get that added traffic, but they get people from hubpages, which is teh focus of it anyways.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for the "awesome ideas," Rebecca. Sometimes they are a little crazy but usually they work.

Yes, I've noticed that you have begun a number of your explanatory hubs with the statement that someone (of human persuasion) has requested info on a particular topic.

Finding such questions in the answers section of hubs is an awesome idea. Thanks for sharing.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

I thoroughly enjoyed this whimsical Hub. It was quite a journey and great fun. Thank you for providing this pleasure.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hello. James - so nice to hear from you. And thanks for the "whimsical" - that's exactly what I tried to convey. Ah, but your're a writer, so you know.

You're very welcome - it was my pleasure.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

My journalism prof used to say, "Ideas are in the air", to which one smart-alek replied, "I thought that was smog."

"See, there you go," he responded.

Good hub.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Rochelle. Good story. Your prof was on the right track.


wordscribe41 6 years ago

What a clever hub. I've been amazed and sometimes surprised by the topics I've chosen to write about. Generally speaking, they are about subjects with which I'm familiar. Although, occasionally I really enjoy researching things I know little about. I've actually learned a lot from writing hubs, which I love. I enjoy learning and the mental stimulation. Thanks for taking us through your process, it was inspirational!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, wordscribe. Thanks for the "inspirational" comment. Comments don't get much better than that.

It seems that you and I follow much the same track when choosing topics for hubs. That which we are familiar with and that which we enjoy researching. More power to you.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

What a great hub with so many ideas. It is so lighthearted and I really enjoyed this read. Thanks.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, Pamela. Lighthearted is what I try to be though it's not easy if you also keep up with daily world news. But hey, we only live once (as far as I know) so my motto is live, love and laugh!


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Sparhawke 6 years ago from Manchester

This is great, while I have always loved the muppets, my niece is only one and she has this weird obsession with Elmo :p

Going to follow you to see what other odd topics you come up with lol


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Another "great," Sparhawke? You may become one of my newest BFFs.

Your niece, though only a one-year-old, obviously has a superior sense of humor and intelligence. How do I know? Because Elmo is one of my favorites, too.

If you like to start the day with a smile, take a look at one of my 5 hubs on Crazy Laws and one of the ten hubs on Weird Animals - especially the Blobfish and the Proboscis Monkey!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great stuff I was looking for some new ideas other than market crashes, oil spills and bailouts :) I need some happy tunes!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, billy, "happy tunes" make the world go round. What there is left of it after crashes, spills and bailouts, that is.

Thanks for the visit and the comment of approbation.


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

This was a lot of fun drbj. Your humor shines through, as always. I found myself smiling because I can so relate! I don't have a problem with ideas, I have a problem with choosing one, and then making it worth while to read.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Good afternoon, Your Duchess highness. Thanks for the kind words.

You realize, of course, only those of superior intellect, wit and ingenuity (like you and me) have these kinds of problems with creating just one out of many hub ideas. And oh, yes, another virtue - HUMILITY!


Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

LOL drbj, I am certainly aware of this phenomenon, I must deal with it every day. It is a pleasure to find someone of like mind who understands! :)


TattoGuy 6 years ago

I need a few ideas on new topics, I get bored at times writing about tattoos ; )


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, mi amigo. Thanks for the visit.

You? Get bored? I never would have thunk it. I enjoy your lovely tattoos but when you run out of new ones, how about writing about lovely redheads you have known - and blondes - and brunettes. No names, please.

Or your affectionate Gran. Or Belfast - an amazing city. How's that for a start. And oh, yes, a whole hub on why you left off the last "o" on your avatar. Cheers!


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schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

Hey DR BJ:

lol

I'm starting to think "I better keep commenting on your hubs cause you will always comment back,"right?!

I love the idea of writing reviews on books,movies,etc to monetize......(Bing: $$$$$$'signs in my head LOL

Come back to my hubs!! take care


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, sgfr, nice to see you again. Funny you should comment on comments because I'm toying with the idea of a writing a hub on comments.

All writers like to know what others think of their output, so I do comment whenever I think I have something to add or rhapsodize about. And yes, I shall return to yours, too.

Good luck with your $$$ reviews.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I like your creative angle, I like the gut bit of instinct as well. Love the delightful way you create. My fave was Norah, just fantastic. Thanks :)


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, katie. Always nice to have you visit. Especially since you always leave such gracious comments. Thank you. I have a hard time picking a favorite video myself - there is something in each one that turns me on. Guess it's the juxtaposition of the celebrities with the Muppets.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

This was a wonderful trip down your own path toward creating a hub. One thing leads to another, our interest sparked by something else along the way. Such fun and productive as well! I like to hit on something and develop a mini obsession, run with it until that new idea pops up and then take another turn onto another path.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Dolores - I absolutely agree with you. Thinking of one thing and then another is much like an obsession. Until you find the idea that appeals to you the most. And the positive is that along the way you probably develop several ideas for different hubs.

The negative, of course, is your friends start to look at you strangely. :)

Thanks for stopping by and the lovely comments.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

A most enjoyable, informative and heck of alot of fun hub! You think like I do, or I think like you do for the creation of a new hub topic. In any case, this is good reading. I want to be a student of yours! :-)


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hiya, vocal coach. How have you been? Delighted to have you visit especially with such lovable comments. I'm not surprised you think we think alike when it comes to creating new hubs. All great minds think this way. Honest!

Happy to have you as a reader any time, and as a student, wow, that's even better. Now spit out that gum

And don't forget your essay on why you love my latest hub, "Interview with Cleopatra."


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attemptedhumour 5 years ago from Australia

Hi drbj, it is fascinating thinking about the process of writing these hubs. Writers block is something that i experienced after spending six years at a writer's club. I just hit a brick wall and put my stuff in a box in a cupboard. Then Ernest from Ernestshub informed me about Hubpages. So far i have managed to keep on track as writing is so creative and rewarding. Another category you could add is finding an excuse to attempt a bit of humour. You would fit that category nicely, as other hubbers do too. It was such a tragedy that Julie Andrews had her career cut short, as she sang so beautifully. Your insightful comments may come in handy if that brick wall suddenly appears in front of my pen, or keyboard. Cheers


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Keith. So happy you found this hub. And that your writers' block has moved on. We are definitely on the same page. Writing is creative and rewarding and I would add, lots of fun if you can keep your perspective.

Humor (in case it may be hiding under a rock) is an integral part of almost everything I write - even my more serious hubs as those that deal with "Dealing with Difficult People" and "Assertive Behavior - How to Say No."

Thank you for appreciating my 'insightful comments' - I appreciate your visiting and saying so.


ruffridyer 5 years ago from Dayton, ohio

You didn't mention several singers on the Muppet Show, including, Linda Ronstat, John Denver, Alice Cooper, Mac Davis. A very good hub though.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Yes, ruffridyer, there were dozens of great singers on the Muppet Show. The ones I mentioned were just a few of the most well known. Thanks for stopping by and enjoying this hub.


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Skylar Spring 5 years ago from New York

Awesome hub! Very interesting how one idea leads to another and another.


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, Skylar - love your avatar name. Thank you for the awesome. Yes, one idea does lead to another, and another, . . . One never knows where one will end up.


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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

I love the way you stumble upon ideas for hubs. For me it was a matter of a phone call to a relative. They would tell me about their day, or a funny joke. Soon this would spark an idea or two, which would lead to more. Before long, I would have a notebook full of ideas. Thanks for sharing your ideas!


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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida Author

Thank you, tipoague, for loving my hub-ideas stumbling. It works for me. Thanks for sharing your phone-calls-to-relatives idea. Don't know if that would work for me. My relatives might not take my calls! Heh, heh.


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peachpurple 21 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i use a lot of ideas from readers digest, a great source to my hubbs


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drbj 21 months ago from south Florida Author

Thanks for sharing that info, peachpurple. Readers Digest and other anthologies are excellent sources for all kinds of ideas.

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