New Years Resolutions for Hubbers of Hubpages

Hubbers' Resolution Revolution

We all want to "be a better writer", right? I bet, though, that that does not top the list of New Year's resolutions worldwide. In contemplation of in what direction to take this hub, I considered writing about funny New Years resolutions, creative ones, ones that are most often broken, or ones that are just plain "out there". Instead, though, I decided to create a list of resolutions that pertain to our unique community of writers: HubPages.

As a writer, reader, proofreader, editor, and critic, what are some areas in which you would like to excel, change, improve upon, or eliminate? Below are some of mine, along with resolutions that I find pertinent to furthering the success and togetherness of the HP community.

*This list is meant to be a bit comical, and not meant to be a rant or a plea. Feel free to add your own HP Resolutions in a comment!*

New Years Resolutions for Writers on HubPages

In the new year, as a Hubber, I resolve to...

1. Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow. Take the time to correct punctuation and grammar, use a spell checker, reference a dictionary or thesaurus when needed, consult a book or guide, and take the time to real aloud your work, to ensure that sentences flow well, and that words are not forgotten. Proofread your hubs, and edit honestly. By learning and researching on our own, we can formulate hubs of better quality, and can make "better mistakes" tomorrow. I have seen signs at restaurants that are quite humorous, like one at a local seafood establishment that hangs over the front entrance: Free crabs tomorrow!

2. Lose weight. Tidy-up hubs by leaving out the fillers. Cut to the point, but do so eloquently, as to avoid losing the reader -or yourself- in the mix of wordiness. "Tighten" that hub; lose word weight! Try to avoid reiterating thoughts and ideas. Summarizing is acceptable, but rewording a sentence over and over again can become quite exhausting. Lose weight in negative feedback and comments as well. Boosting morale can do wonders!

3. Quit smoking. When reading through hubs that others have published, whether by "hopping", clicking on one from the wall, or finding it on Facebook or Twitter, do so with an open mind. Look at the overall picture - the meaning behind the hub, what the hubber is portraying or saying, whether the hub is satirical, funny, serious, unbiased, graphic, light-hearted, poetic, or informative. Try not to pick at the little things when writing comments, and do not retaliate when someone may not leave feedback you would prefer. Blowing smoke and becoming addicted to negativity is not the best for anyone in a community. "Second-hand smoke kills." Others will see that negativity, and it may lead to further issues and more negativity. Providing positive feedback is preferred, but if criticism is needed, doing so constructively is professional and honorable.

4. Read more. By reading more of what others write, we learn not only about traveling, recipes, history, religions, cultures, and more, but about other hubbers and writers around the world. Reading is good for your health, and it does not take long to read others' hubs. Take time to read about things that may be out of your comfort zone, or are about a topic in which you may not be an expert. Resolve to read and learn something new whenever possible.

5. Give Back to the Community. When hopping hubs and stumbling upon others' work, try hard in the new year to start discussions, and help others by answering questions and contributing to forums, and by providing feedback and praise in comments. Leaving a quick and simple comment shows the hubber that their hub was not only read, but resulted in a real feeling and cultivated a response. Comments help in a multitude of ways:

  • Educates on grammar, form, expression, or the topic itself (providing more details/facts on the subject)
  • Provides feedback on areas that the hubber may not have considered (like other things that can be touched on in a future hub or a variation to a recipe)
  • Shows that you can relate to that hubber or what was said/written
  • Shows gratitude for a well-written hub, or for having been informed of something new
  • Starts discussions that may lead to more ideas or information, or that may help foster relationships


2012 & Hubpages... What is in store for us?

The fate of HP is up to us hubbers. Together, we can further foster the HP community, help enrich each others' lives, and continue sharing our experiences, stories, recipes, music, videos, photography, and poems with each other and the world.

Remember, in 2012, that we are to treat others as we wish to be treated. With that said, keep the jokes coming, poetry and prose inspiring, experiences enlightening, photography awing, tutorials educating, stories surprising, and recipes cooking! And, when reading, keep the comments and ratings flowing, but true to you and honest for the hub author. Go the extra mile, and share hubs that you find particularly educational or engaging.

Happy New Year! Here's to thousands more hubbers and hubs in 2012!

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Seeker7 4 years ago from Fife, Scotland

Well your hub might be intended to be just light-hearted - it was and I enjoyed it immensly - but you have also made this hub a very important check list, not just for new hubbers, but for all of us. I think this hub had just about everything - informative, interesting, inspirational, motivating, fun and useful!!!LOL! It's not often a hub has so many attributes all in one go.

I particularly liked the section on giving comments/feedback to articles. Unfortunately I've read a few after some hubber's articles, that probably meant to give constructive feedback, but actually just sounded rude and offensive. It is important to choose words very carefully and ensure that it is constructive and not destructive advice. All it needs is a bit of thought and empathy for a fellow writer.

I really enjoyed this! Have voted up awesome!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I needed that! I was so worried about publishing this; that people may take it too personally or think that I was writing it with particular people in mind. I am so glad to know that at least you took it how it was meant to be taken AND appreciated it! =]

I did this for myself, too. I read hubs, yes, but don't always take an extra moment to respond and give feedback. I am also sometimes too critical of grammar, but in doing so, have realized that some people struggle with language barriers. It humbled me. I agree with you that we all need to choose our words wisely. Great point and advice!

I feel as though comments are very much needed, across the HP community, and not just for those hubs that we absolutely love or ones that were difficult to read because of grammatical errors. We all love feedback!

Again, thank you, and I am happy that you LOL'd!!! =D


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Remember, in 2012, that we are to treat others as we wish to be treated.

It has been rumored that hp terminates hubbers without due course or dialog.

Apparently there won't be any dissents or stories from these hubbers because their accounts were terminated.

huh


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

I, too, have heard that. I have seen my fair share of people that have nothing nice to say to others, though, and (for some reason) waste their time giving incorrect information in answers and negative comments... on purpose. I am unsure of whether you mean it is a good or bad thing for HP to terminate hubbers, or if you feel as though they should communicate to the hubbers first?

Either way, thank you for reading & giving your feedback. Happy New Year!


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ib radmasters 4 years ago from Southern California

Veronica

I mean they should be given the opportunity to make their case. Otherwise it is just a HP Kingdom.

Thanks

Happy New Year to you


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Veronica, this is a great hub - insightful, informative and useful. I agree with all of these. In addition, reading other people's hubs will also help us with finding attractive hub layouts and writing styles. Just by reading quality writing, hopefully we will adopt some of it into our own writing.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

IB - I honestly don't know much about how it works. Hopefully, that'll be taken into consideration in the near future!

Millionaire - Thank you! Great point; thank you for adding to the hub! =] I enjoy the diversity on HP - in styles and layouts, experiences and cultures, and more. It really is quite an interesting writing environment!


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Great approach to New Year's Resolutions, overlaid on becoming a better writer/hubber. Really enjoyed this. Happy New Year!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Thank you! That's very nice to hear, especially being that your hub on resolutions was a hit, and because I consider you a bit of an expert on the subject! ;)

Happy New Year to you, too!


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Veronica, great well written hub. I can't help noticing that one of our newbies IB is getting out of his pram for no reason. No wonder HP terminates ****holes. 2 hubs written and nil followers in 7 days...speaks for itself really. Keep up the good work honey and have a great New Year. PS you can remove comments you don't want in your hubs.Don't feel you have to let outsiders spoil the moment.

IB MAKE YOUR POINT ON YOUR OWN HUBS AND STOP SPOILING WELL MEANING HUBBERS WORKS! Good luck in whatever you do elsewhere on the net.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Haha I loved that, poshcoffeco! Thanks for the support & boost of confidence. ;) I try to stay out of the politics as much as possible, regardless of how I feel...

Annnyywwaaay, thanks for YOUR comment, & I hope that you have a great new year, too!!


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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

Veronica -- Another important and wonderful hub from you!

You are not only a great writer, but your beautiful and kind comments always makes me the happiest hubber on Hubpages.

You are wonderful person and I'm so happy that you are on the list of the HubPages top new hubbers. You deserved this. Congratulations! I am very proud of you.

Have a wonderful New Year,

Sannel


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Sannel,

Thank you!!! I had no idea that I was even nominated. How exciting! =D

I appreciate your always genuine comments and sincere support. You, too, are a fantastic writer. You have such a great eye for interior design, an obvious passion for tea and health, and put it all into words so eloquently! I look forward to this new year on HP, and to reading more of your work!

Happy New Year to you as well, and thank you for reading this one!

Veronica


Kathleen Kerswig 4 years ago

Wonderful article! I just joined Hub Pages and I learned so much just by reading what you wrote. Thanks so much. I'm looking forward to reading and writing more on this site. I've stumbled upon the best place for me to be right now. Thanks Veronica - great job!


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great hub which I really enjoyed,and thanks for sharing.

A vote up here for sure.

Take care

Eddy.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Why thank you, Kathleen! Welcome to HP! I will most certainly try to keep up with your hubs as you publish more! =] I wish you the best of luck, and thank you for leaving such a nice comment!

Happy New Year!


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Eddy,

Why, hello there! Thank you so much for leaving a bit of positive feedback for me! ;) I really appreciate it, and knowing that you enjoyed this hub, of course!

I hope that you're having a great 2012 thus far!


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

This year I'll be revising my hubs published in 2011. Losing weight is also on my card, I wish to read more.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful thoughts.


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VeronicaFarkas 4 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

Revising past hubs is a great idea! I may join you in that.

Thank you reading and commenting on this hub.

I hope 2012 is treating you well thus far!


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent tips Veronica. I resolute to find more time for anything and everything, so far that hasn't worked in my favor :)


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VeronicaFarkas 3 years ago from Ohio, USA Author

I fail miserably every time I try to figure out how to add more time to the day. lol ;) Thanks for your comment. I hope you're having a great 2013!

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