Hub Creation: Write Where You Are (Traveling Not Required)

Keeping your eyes and ears open, and your keyboard busy!

What you see, is what you get!
What you see, is what you get! | Source
An historic schoolhouse named "Bell School" which has been made into a pioneer museum.
An historic schoolhouse named "Bell School" which has been made into a pioneer museum. | Source
Early pioneer home, well, and a relic from the Nauvoo Temple, Nauvoo, Illinois
Early pioneer home, well, and a relic from the Nauvoo Temple, Nauvoo, Illinois | Source
An advertisement for your next Hub.
An advertisement for your next Hub. | Source
An historical marker for the grindstones and mechanism of the area's first flour mill.
An historical marker for the grindstones and mechanism of the area's first flour mill. | Source
A memorial for those who sacrificed and served at the Twin Towers in New York City for the 9/11 disaster.  It also thanks others in the military, fire, medical, and police services active and retired locally.  It was a Boy Scout project.
A memorial for those who sacrificed and served at the Twin Towers in New York City for the 9/11 disaster. It also thanks others in the military, fire, medical, and police services active and retired locally. It was a Boy Scout project. | Source
Subject of a court case, this tablet of the Ten Commandments now sits on private land accessible for all to see.
Subject of a court case, this tablet of the Ten Commandments now sits on private land accessible for all to see. | Source
A US Army Reserve armory, not unlike others across the country, along with National Guard armories.  Most are named for a local hero, whose story is always worth repeating.
A US Army Reserve armory, not unlike others across the country, along with National Guard armories. Most are named for a local hero, whose story is always worth repeating. | Source

Be observant; your next Hub is right around the corner!

I recently wrote an article about a digital photo shop which I preferred to call a "photo salon" for how nicely decorated its windows and interior are. I now do business with them regularly. That's not the point. The point is, a writers' everyday travels around their own locales take them right by a wealth of subjects for their next freelance articles.

The photo at the top of this article is the "photo salon" I mentioned, but let's take a look at just that same block area of this one town.

The Bell School Pioneer Museum

These photos were all taken this afternoon, and each suggests a topic. There is an old schoolhouse called "The Bell School" whose school bell rang at appropriate times during the school year, and likely was rung for folks to turn out and help fight fires on occasion.

The preserved schoolhouse now houses a Pioneer Museum which is open to the public, and surely there is a story or two that can be written about one or more of the displays to be found there.

Early Utah Dwellings

Nearby are examples of early dwellings of the pioneers in Utah. Typical New England farmhouses, such as those we still see today, already existed back in New England at the time the pioneers in Utah were building such structures as these for shelters. They were still thinking of their own modern homes, fields, and gardens of the day which they had been forced by mobs to abandon without compensation in Missouri and Illinois.

In one of these photos the foreground shows a stone block from the original Nauvoo Temple back in Illinois. The stone was donated to the park by John Huntsman in 1978. Behind it is also a typical well of the day.

It pays to look up, too!

Advertised for you to see and pick up on is the sign announcing a class to be given which should give you material for an article on how to download ebooks. It is only one of many classes being given in the local library, which itself can be the subject of many articles you might write. Learn something new and write an article or two about what you learn.

Current History

Current history is the subject of a memorial erected by a Boy Scout troop with the support of local merchants. The memorial subject is contained in the caption to that photo, and the inscription shows how communities all over the country felt and still feel about their own public servants and military personnel who may almost daily risk their own lives to serve others. The location, description, and story of the creation of such memorials is a likely article topic.

Historical Markers

Most cities and towns these days will erect historical markers that tell stories about their early and famous inhabitants. My photo of one such marker shows that it commemorates the first flour mill in the area, it displays two of its grindstones, and some of its mechanisms for grinding fine flour for cooking, and coarser flour for livestock The flours were then transported in the town and surrounding area by ox-drawn wagons.

The original flour mill was powered by a waterwheel, but that was eventually augmented by steam power for times when the water flow was too limited to do the milling.

Every historical marker is a potential subject for an article.

Nearby stands a tablet with the Ten Commandments which had to be moved from its original site on city-owned property when a suit was brought under the church/state provision of the US Constitution. Its new location and public access, as well as the story of the arguments made in the court case, are another potential source for an article.

The local military training center

Military training centers and military facilities are scattered across the United States. Most localities have one or more of them nearby for active duty personnel, or for reserves and Natonal Guard units. In a majority of cases the facilities are named for a particular member of the armed services, and have stories connected with those people.

In the related photo that person is Jose F. Valdez, a local hero whose heroism as an enlisted private was so extraordinary that he was honored as an example by the naming of this armory after him. In many such facilities with prior authorization you can read a description of the individual and their acts of courage and sacrifice which resulted in the honor. A little reserch, and some writing, can produce a great freelance article which keeps the memory of the person and the events alive and before the public.

These are just a few of the possible subjects you can probably find nearby you which can be turned into your next several freelance articles for local papers, magazines, and other outlets such as HubPages.

Explore a little, take a camera with you, and whatever raises a question in your mind is something someone else would like to see and read about. Go for it!

(c) 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.







Here is where you can walk the same block:

A marker84062 -
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062, USA
[get directions]

Footnote photos....

Folks once came  home to houses such as these from their hard day's work.
Folks once came home to houses such as these from their hard day's work. | Source
Nice sign, small park and museum, someone cared to see that these are there as a testament and heritage.  But who, and how?  The concept of community lives on,  as seen in the city's  Class A Library, Senior Center, and  massive Community Center.
Nice sign, small park and museum, someone cared to see that these are there as a testament and heritage. But who, and how? The concept of community lives on, as seen in the city's Class A Library, Senior Center, and massive Community Center. | Source
Preserved for the Pioneer Park.
Preserved for the Pioneer Park. | Source
No school ma'rm at the door.  It's a museum now, but I bet the building could tell some tales!  Better explore the museum for new Hubs!
No school ma'rm at the door. It's a museum now, but I bet the building could tell some tales! Better explore the museum for new Hubs! | Source

Successful Freelancing....

And then there are the things which come from efforts in your own kitchen.

My own baking can make a usable Hub photo, too.
My own baking can make a usable Hub photo, too. | Source

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Yes, and you made a good point at the end, too, to take a camera with you at all times. That's something I need to remember to do. Great hub. Excellent information and pictures. Sometimes we don't think that what we can write about is right in front of us all the time. Voted this hub up, useful, interesting, and awesome!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks Victoria Lynn, I am still using a Sony that uses a 3.5" disc, but the photos came out pretty clear anyway. I do like the CyberShot digital and one of these days I will read through the directions, but the older one is so easy to use and my store of discs means I'm all set for now unless my disc reader fails! I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub and its tips on where to look for future Hubs. I could go to the Grand Canyon and have a ball writing and photographing, but that's not necessary when there are so many good opportunities anywhere a Hubber lives.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for the Up, useful, interesting, awesome! I am glad you found it had some value. Tips come in handy, don't they!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Get out and around your own town for a brief break and a new Hub this weekend. The subject is out there waiting for you, and some walking will do you good. Don't forget your camera!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

You do have some good tips here. I'm getting in the habit of keeping my camera handy--and leaving my cell phone home! Spending more undistracted time with my camera is a goal of mine and I expect it will create some opportunities for more writing. You have some interesting photos here--thanks for sharing!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

RTalloni: I am still mastering (I hope) the attaching of my Cybershot camera's digitals to my Hubs. If that happens (successfully) today, a number of my older Hubs will have new and more plentiful photos! Thanks for Hub Hopping to this older Hub and resurrecting it from its dormancy. I reccomend that all Hubbers do that at least once a week. ;o)

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