Life Lessons from Hubpages: A 100th Hub Special

My 100th hub.
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In everything that I do, I make sure I take home little nuggets of learning. Hubpages is no different. In a little over a year, I've met fascinating people, read a variety of topics, wrote my own and most importantly learned a lot.

The past 99 hubs provided experiences that broadened my perspective – not just on writing but on life itself. Allow me to share some life lessons from this community.

Focus on what matters to you

I am a full-time father and husband, the rest is simply clutter. Don’t get me wrong, I do have a job that requires my attention. It is important to me. But everything seems to pale compared to being a dad and a husband. For those who know me in Hubpages, I often write about customer service, business, organizational development, sales and a host of other topics that reflect what I do and my expertise. I often read works of writers with the same interest. But recently, especially when my baby was born last May 24, 2011, I've noticed a change in my hub habits. I spend more time reading and asking questions about parenting. I even found myself writing more about my experiences as a new dad.

Hubpages allows us to discover what matters most to us. Whether we read about it, answer questions or write about it, we will find ourselves going back to topics that are close to our hearts.

Through Hubpages, you can enrich your life by focusing on the things that mater most to you. In life we pay attention to what is important to us. That is how we grow and improve.

Expand your knowledge

It’s difficult to find someone who is not good at anything. It does not matter if it’s an obscure talent or a skill that everyone knows. Everyone knows something.

Like everything else in life, things are constantly changing – some we neglect to see, others change right in front of us. As such, we need to expand our knowledge. The depth and breadth of what we know allows us to grow. We develop to become better at what we do – as professionals, skilled workers, father, husband, wife, mother or what ever role you take on. The hats we wear will benefit from our constant pursuit or knowledge.

Knowledge is truly empowering. As I've written before, I believe that we are given many blessings to become blessings to others. This goes the same for knowledge. The more we know, the more we can help others.

Learn from others

As a corollary of the previous, we need to learn from others. The community boasts of exemplary writers. Also, it provides a wide range of topics that interest every niche. The truth is I search first in Hubpages before I use search engines. Here, I am confident that what I will get are not spun articles that are half-heartedly done.

Hubpages is a community where we learn from each other. In life or in Hubpages, learning from others provides us with a fresh new look into old topics, discover new subjects not previously discussed, and even expound on current knowledge. The dynamism of knowledge offers everyone growth. It is up to us to take advantage of every learning opportunity and make it work for our own needs.

Do you share?
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Share

This is more than just clicking the “share with followers” button (although that can be really helpful). It’s about giving your opinions and knowledge through hubs and answers. It is really surprising how much I've learned because many hubbers share. True, it can increase readership of articles but what is important is the continuous flow of information.

Perhaps you’re like me who keeps on going back to particular authors for their latest writing exploits. I enjoy their wit and depth of knowledge and I appreciate learning from them. During many of my seminars and training, I often tell my participants to surround themselves with people who they think are more intelligent, knowledgeable and skillful than they are. This is a great way to learn. Here, I get to surround myself with experts and constantly learn from them. So let me thank you all for the information you have given me.

I encourage everyone to share. You’ll never know whose life you will touch and change.

Acknowledge others

Whether it’s about Google’s new algorithm or intellectual property rights, acknowledging others is paramount in Hubpages. Proper citing of sources, image sources and the like is something all hubbers are constantly reminded to do. But crediting others goes beyond this community’s rules.

Acknowledging others allow us to give tribute to the efforts of others. In the corporate setup, it’s an effective and cost-efficient way of motivating people. In parenting, it helps empower children and family members. Creating meaningful relationships also entail the need to acknowledge others.

So as you can see, as writers in this community we are taught to value and empower others.

Do you strive to make peace?
Do you strive to make peace? | Source

Be polite and respectful

I've read somewhere that Hubpages is just a mutual admiration club where everyone simply gives positive comments and reactions. At first that was an impression I had after reading a few works and comments. But as I become more active in the community, I get to see people openly share their views even if it’s different from the author’s. But what is fascinating is the politeness and respect that many hubbers have when giving a different point of view or disagreeing with the author. Of course there are still a few who can be tactless, but the polite and respectful still outnumber those that aren't.

Furthermore, I’m, sure you've seen forums and comments with vulgarity masked by special characters of the keyboard. Although that’s a mainstay in many other communities, I’m proud to say that many if not most here are truly polite and respectful.

We will always encounter people with a different point of view or we may hit a nerve every now and then. However, there is a proper way and a wrong way of engaging in these situations. When in doubt, always side with politeness and respect – you can’t get wrong with that.

As my 100th hub, I offer this to my daughter, Yna who just turned 1 last May 24. My hub habits have changed since she was born. What I write, what I read and what I ask have changed. It is clear that my family is my priority. I’m a full time dad and husband and I love it.

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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Congratulations on your milestone of 100 hubs, but most of all on your priorities.

This is a neat read--thanks for sharing! :)


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Phelcky 4 years ago from Denmark

Simply great hub! It made me think about how truly amazing it is, having all these different people share their knowledge. It's crazy how much you can learn reading other peoples words.

Btw: You sound a great father and husband. Is that your daughter on your profile picture? She is adorable!


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there RTalloni. Thank you. I just hope I have the energy to write more.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Phelcky. I can spend hours just reading through hubs after hubs.

Yes, that's my daughter Yna. She just turned 1 last May 24.


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

Sounds like you have learned a lot and have organized you priorities, just curious as I'm now nearing the 100 hub plateau how many page views have your hubs received?


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there somethgblue. Thanks for dropping by. I currently have a little less than 16K.


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Redberry Sky 4 years ago

A wonderful read, and some very good advice to us newbie hubbers - to write about what's important to us. Congratulations on starting a family, your daughter Yna looks very lovely - but of course you already know that :)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Thanks Redberry Sky. These are just some realizations I made in the past 99 hubs. Yna is growing too fast. :)


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sofs 4 years ago

Congrats! A great milestone to achieve.. I am sure that you have many more coming your way soon. Have a lovely day!


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somethgblue 4 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

thanx jpcmc that gives me a good reference point.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Nice summary of what you've learned from HP the past 14 months. I enjoy reading your hubs on fatherhood. Keep it up.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there sofs. Thanks. I do hope I can write more. See you around.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

No problem somethgblue. I'll be watching out for your 100th hub soon.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Danette Watt. Thanks for appreciating my hubs. I try to be the best dad and husband I can.


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mwilliams66 4 years ago from Left Coast, USA

What an accomplishment jpcmc. Congratulations! This is a fantastic summary of all that you have learned.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi mwilliams66. I wrote 100 hubs and read a lot more in between. I learn a lot from other hubbers. it's a joy to write and read hubs.


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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

Oh my goodness gracious, your little Yna looks so precious. Happy birthday to her! What a great hub and a wonderful perspective on Daddyhood and your experiences with Hubpages along the way. I agree with much of what you mentioned in the hub. It's awesome to be able to read and learn so much from the HP community. Happy 100th to you and 1 year to Yna...good luck with the next milestone! ;-)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi Turtlewoman. Thanks for the warm wishes. I look forward to seeing my baby grow and writing more in hubpages. Who knows eventually she can be a second generation hubpages writer. :)


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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

A lot of understanding and goodwill here, and I'll drink to that jpcmc


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Congratulations on your 100th hub! I agree about learning a lot here on Hubpages and meeting a lot of great people too! And happy birthday to Yna. Blessings to you and your family.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hi there katyzzz. Kampai...salud...cheers.:) Thanks katyzzz.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

HI there ripplemaker. Thanks. The past 100 hubs have been fun and educational. My experience here is really wonderful. All the best to your family as well.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

I agree with you in that HubPages has a wonderful and for the most part very friendly and helpful community of writers. I too learn much from reading other hubs. Congratulations on your milestone hub and your darling daughter's first birthday. I like where your priorities lie. Voted up and beautiful.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Hello Peggy W. Thanks for reading and sharing your insights. I've seen many other writing communities but HP truly stands out when it comes to quality. I guess it's drawing the right people into the community that helps. laso, self-regulating when it comes to content is important. we all have a responsibility when it comes to writing quality content.

I appreciate your warm greetings on my milestone and on my daughter's birthday. Have a great day.


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wrenfrost56 4 years ago from U.K.

The hubpages community is awesome and so helpful and I can relate to what you have learned while being here. Congrats on your 100th hub to. :)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

Thanks wrenfrost56. I hope I can write a hundred more even more.


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Gail Meyers 3 years ago from United States

Congratulations on your 100th hub! I enjoyed reading it.


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jpcmc 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines Author

hi Gail Meyers,

Thank you for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.

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