Life With Hubitis and Hubmania - My 100th Hub

How Did I Reach 100 So Fast?

This is my third month on HubPages and this is my 100th Hub. You do the math... does anyone else find this 'disturbing'? Anyone else think that I have no life? Okay, so there's no question that I'm addicted to writing and addicted to HubPages. As a matter of fact, this summer I did nothing except spend every waking hour writing.

If you've read a previous Hub I wrote - A Day in the Life of an Imaginative Insomniac - you know exactly what I mean.

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Original Summer Plans

This summer (2010), my plan was to get a job babysitting. However, that plan soon proved impossible. After 100 online applications to sittercity.com (I exaggerate a bit) and 0 responses, I was pretty discouraged. I even tried some face-to-face interactions, giving out business cards and asking people to spread the word that I'm looking for a babysitting position. Then there were empty promises... ugh!

I did happen to land a few piano lesson jobs this summer but that is to start in the fall sometime. While I awaited job offers - with no avail - I turned to HubPages for comfort. Writing is not only a cartharsis for me but a passion as well.

Sure, I want to be a child psychiatrist when I 'grow up,' and my second focus is music, but writing is a part of me - a crucial part of me. When I'm not physically writing, a story is forming in my head. That makes it extremely hard for me to focus on other tasks at hand, such as school work or studying. But I overcome it somehow.

My Diagnosis

I've come to accept the fact that I have a severe case of Hubitis. What is Hubitis you ask? Well, the suffix -itis means inflammation of. Therefore, Hubitis is the inflammation of the Hub. Inflammation is the state of being inflamed. To inflame is to excite, incite, rouse, fire up, rise...

I'm taking the relevant meanings of course, but I assume you get what I'm trying to say. My Hubitis is what caused me to write 100 Hubs in 3 months. So, you see, it's not my fault. Blame it on my condition. I had a Hub flare-up!

Hubitis is a co-morbid disorder that often occurs with Hubmania.

Symptoms of Hubitis

Showing signs of Hubmania is the beginning of the development of Hubitis:

  • Thinking about HubPages all day every day
  • Constantly pondering what your next Hub will be
  • Constantly monitoring your Hubs and your profile
  • A tendency to become saddened when your Hubber score drops

Have you ever caught yourself saying, "Ooh, I should write a Hub about that" in the middle of something totally unrelated to HubPages? Then, you may be coming down with a case of Hubmania.

Signs of Hubitis

  • Publishing more than 2 Hubs in one day
  • Saving several Hubs under the unpublished status
  • Failing to notice a sudden increase in your Hub output - such as reaching 100 Hubs without knowing how

Warning: if Hubitis is interferring with your social life, this is an emergency! Contact... well, I don't know who you can run to in this case. Nevertheless, call SOMEONE immediately! (Oh, but do not go to the Emergency Department - you will be placed in the psychiatric ward).

Causes of Hubmania and Hubitis

The first and foremost cause of Hubmania is JOINING HUBPAGES! So, for all my fellow Hubbers reading this Hub, you are susceptible to Hubmania. Signs and symptoms can be difficult to spot at first, but keep both eyes open and note all changes in your Hubtivity.

Another cause of Hubmania is encouragement from other Hubbers. Encouragement boosts your confidence, enabling - and sometimes 'pushing' - you to write more Hubs. This is one of the main causes of Hubitis as well. (And my favourite cause, might I add).

Coping with Hubitis

Coping with Hubitis is not as difficult as coping with Hubmania. Combating Hubitis can be simple. It's just a matter of cutting down on the amount of Hub output each day. This may not be possible if you're doing the 60 Day Challenge. ;-)

Coping with Hubmania, on the other hand, is a whole 'nother ball game. Hubmania is an ADDICTION and the first step is admitting that you have Hubmania. Face it, you're a Hub addict!

To resist checking your Hub Page at all hours of the day, set a schedule. Maybe you can check HubPages in the morning, at midday, and in the afternoon. Start small and them maybe you can narrow checking HubPages to just the afternoon after work/school and during the weekends in the morning and evening.

Withdrawal... until next time

You may have figured out by now, I'm mainly writing this to help myself. Sorry, guys, I don't mean to be selfish. I'm worried about how I'M going to cope once school starts for me. This summer has been all 'fun and games', so to say, but now it's back to business.

Maybe I'll make a compromise - I'll write some scholarly Hubs as well. So, be on the look out for psychology, and possibly music, Hubs. I think that's a good compromise. Right? That way, I still get to be on HubPages but 'study' at the same time.

Since this is an addiction, I just know I'm going to spiral into serious Hub withdrawal once I get really busy. Yikes! I wonder what that will be like. Oh boy! Well... I guess I just have to wait and see.

It's been a fun summer. I look forward to spending more time with HubPages and my friends on HubPages during the fall and winter breaks.

Until then, I'll be carefully managing my Hubmania and maybe - just maybe - after the 60 Day Challenge, my Hubitis will subside. Hey, it's not so bad having these conditions.

I love HubPages! Thank you to all who has been supportive and to all the friends I have met this summer. It's been fun! In my 50th Hub I took time to mention all of my supporters but now... there are too many to mention. I'll be SURE to leave someone important out.

So let me just say this: for those who have been immensely supportive and encouraging to me, who I have called friend, who I've spoken personally with, who now has a special part in my heart (hehe), THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

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suny 6 years ago

congrats


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks, suny!


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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

Me thinks your next proceudre will be to get your tongue out of your cheek! Very funny hub about something we all can identify with. Nice job on Hub #100!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Hubmania hehe, (you are addicted to HP) ... Congrats my dear and I am rooting for you! More hubs for you and take care, Maita


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crazybeanrider 6 years ago from Washington MI

Love this hub, what a great sense of humor you have, refreshing!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Dobson, you're so right. I'll get to work on the next procedure. Haha. Thanks!

Hello Maita, thanks for rooting for me. :D

CBR, I'm glad you liked my 'sense of humor'. Thanks!

Thank you all for commenting!


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KKalmes 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Hello KAP, you sure nailed my ailment on the head... my sons are worried about me that's how bad I've got it... and for the most part I am no more than a fly on the wall, unnoticed as long as I don't bother them.

I have spent my first 6 months unemployed networking on-line and job hunting... but I spent 8-10 hours a day writing, convalescing, researching, strategizing on hubpages.

I am truly addicted and the diagnosis to this fatal attraction is not good. I've got about 3 months to live before unemployment runs out and with severance ending Tuesday on my birthday, I'm actually becoming fatalistic.

But note, I am reading hubs, commenting on hubs, conspiring on next hubs, sitting in this butt-numbing chair 8-10 hours a day because I can't help myself.

Good luck not doodling hubs while in lectures...


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

KKalmes, you have it bad... worse than me (sorry). That's how I got addicted to HP too - being unemployed and doing online job hunting and networking. I think you spend more time than me on here though.

Hey, maybe you should set a special 'HubPages time' for certain hours of the day. That what I'm going to try to do. School starts for me tomorrow so I have no choice.

Happy birthday in advanced, by the way. I hope something works out for you.

By the way, I think it's a given that I WILL be doodling Hubs during lectures. I'm usually doodling stories anyway. lol. That's how Thespian Lane began.

Thanks for commenting and relating to me!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Don't despair, Kimberly, your hubmania and hubitis are treatable. As other life events begin to intrude, they will subside a bit.

Just don't catch hubophobia - the fear of hub writing - or we will all suffer - by having fewer of your interesting hubs to read. Congrats on the 100! :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha, Hubphobia. I don't think I'll catch that... at least not any time soon. Thanks for the lovely compliment, Dr. BJ.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Is this why I whip my blackberry out of the holster everytime it signals I have a new email, and why I put it back in disgust when I find out it was not a comment on one of my hubs? lol


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hahaha! I do the same thing, Fred! That's too funny. I pull out my iPhone when I have an e-mail then I see it's not HubPages and I'm so disgruntled. I'm glad you can relate!


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KKalmes 6 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

Hello KAP, maybe I'll write a hub each day, "10 Things I didn't do on Hub today"...


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Oh boy... well, let me know how that works out for you, Kalmes.


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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

Very cute hub. Congrats on your 100th hub!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

K Alto,

I am happy to say that I lasted over 8 hours today without thinking about hubpages! I refrained from turning on my computer before leaving for work, and was in such a frenzy in my classroom all day I didn't have time to even think about it, but... I got home and guess what the first thing I did was? ...Yep! I proceeded to exercise my symptoms of Hubmania. At least I know that my hubitis is acute and intermittent! :-)

Thanks for the entertaining read on such a commonly shared condition. I fear that there will be a cure coming out in the near future that I will refrain from trying because I don't really want to be cured!

Congrats on such a successful career on hubpages with 100 hubs after only 3 months! You are amazing!

~AC


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks Wendy!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

AC, I tip my hat to you for refraining from thnkin about HP while at school. I hope your control rubs off on me when I go back to school tomorrow. I have a feeling that I wouldn't be so controlled - I'll probably hop on HP during lunch. Haha.

I need a temporary cure until winter break. Is that possible? Thanks for commenting as soon as you got home. ;-)


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Too true, girlie! I think about it all the time as well so I must have hubitis...there is no cure! Congratulations on hitting 100!!!!


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

A temporary cure.... huh? Hmm... How about choosing one follower to email a serious writing project to, and allowing that one person to take the place of hub pages for the entire semester?


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Oh, you can relate too, Ms. Audrey. Good to hear it! Haha.. Thanks!


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LeanMan 6 years ago from At the Gemba

Congratulations on an entertaining and amusing 100th Hub, what will you do for your 200th? You will find it hard to top this!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hey, good idea, AC. Would you like to volunteer? lol.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks, LeanMan. I remembered someone asked me what I was going to do for my 100th Hub (that comment was on my 50th Hub). 50 Hubs later... here I am. So, be careful now; you may just throw me into another episode of Hubitis. :)

Thanks for commenting!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

kaltopsyd I had a good giggle reading your hub addiction expose - I think your addiction may have a while to run. :)


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

Well, 100 hubs in 3 months is a lot. That's way more than I have in two years, of course I write elsewhere too, but still, that's quite a rate! I have gone in and out of your "condition" over the years, but it's a good kind of sickness...sometimes. Congrats!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha. It's good to make you giggle B.A.D.

Chris, maybe it's because I mostly write for HubPages - that may well be a factor. Thanks for the congrats.


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

Congratz on hub 100 Kaltopsyd :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks, John!


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sammyfiction 6 years ago from Australia

Haha what a funny hub :) And congrats on your 100th!! :D major kudos.

I think I may be contracting Hubmania, just constantly its on my mind, even though I struggle to get on here most days!

Thanks for all your entertaining reads so far and I look forward to more!! :)

sammy


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks, Sammy! You're getting it to, eh? Uh oh! :D Thanks for commenting and for the congrats and kudos.


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marvalousnj 6 years ago from Central Jersey USA

Congrats...Dr.Kaltopsyd!!!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha. Dr. K ALto PsyD. I like that.


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

I suppose I was volunteering, that is, if you feel you need a cure. Let me know!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha. It's okay, AC. You have enough on your plate as it is.


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Daniel J. Neumann 6 years ago from Harrisburg, Pa

Kaltopsyd,

Welcome to the club of awesome, fast writers.

I enjoyed this hub, and I plan to come back and read more :)

Thanks,

Dan


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Cute hub, congrats on your 100 hub, that is a great milestone to accomplish in such a short time. :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello, Dan! Thanks for the welcome! I appreciate it.

Money Glitch, thank you as well. It's only because of my hubitis that I reached 100 Hubs. :) I've settled down a bit now.

Thank you both for commenting!


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Ign Andy 6 years ago from Green Home Office

Though it's too late but I still congrat for your 100 hub. You are prolific 100 hub in 4 months, wow...


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thank you, Ign Andy. You're not too late! Don't worry about it. I thank you all the same! :)

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