Hubs & Followers: Inspiration for Hub Ideas, Experiences & Surprises; Technical Learning; Part of a Community

Moonflower - my hub emblem
Moonflower - my hub emblem | Source
Daffodils mean Spring!
Daffodils mean Spring! | Source

What a Great Place to Be!

I was so excited when I reached my 20th hub and at the same time, my 50th follower! I know, I know, so what? It’s not a great number, especially compared to others’ achievements, but for me it was a significant milestone. I realised I could link the two and timed my 20th hub accordingly! I like to give myself little goals; that way, I can reward myself with treats more often! Great oaks from little acorns grow.

Trivia: (just thought you might like to know) it seems that the saying ‘great oaks....’ is nothing to do with acorns but comes from the old English ‘aecern’, meaning berry or fruit, so in my case I’m hoping it’ll be great moonflowers from little seeds grow!


Growing all the Time

Everything has its Spring time, its growth period - early in the year we have daffodils, primroses, more sunshine, warmth; the grandchildren grow apace, delighting me more every day; I’m growing - no, no, not the age or the size - in knowledge, garnering information and trying to share it; my number of friends on hubpages is growing and I’m honoured. I've now published a few more hubs and have over 200 followers*(see below); I regard this as good, for me, though I see many others who have fewer hubs and many more followers. This spurs me on, makes me determined to improve, to sow the seeds for more hubs.

I've now got past the springtime of my hubs but I still have much to do. I don't think we ever finish learning and growing.


Knowledge & Interests v Popular Subjects

There are many reasons for this, one being that I write about what interests me most and about subjects I know well; these are not necessarily the subjects which are the most popular! However, subjects we are passionate about are likely to be those we write about best.

As we are often advised in hubpages, it's a good idea to research which subjects are the most searched for, which keywords are best, how to write our hubs to include pertinent words. I am always trying to improve in this area but find I have to compromise between interesting content and keyword appeal.


How do my Hub Ideas Grow?

I have so many interests and hobbies that it's sometimes difficult to decide which to write about. Life is so diverse, so rich. There are so many beautiful and interesting places both here and abroad; I'm still exploring. I'm absorbed by the antics and achievements of my grandchildren. I love reading. That's just for starters!

The ideas grow in various ways; from little thoughts that occur (which I have to jot down or they're forgotten), from phrases I hear people utter as I walk about (which also need to be noted!), from dreams I might recall, from programmes on television or radio which inspire, from conversations which bring up issues of note or snippets of humour. Then there are some Hubs which themselves naturally lead on to further articles or which prompt lateral thinking.

Most of my hubs grow:


A bit like 'Dyslexia Rules, KO?'
A bit like 'Dyslexia Rules, KO?'
Perth, Western Australia
Perth, Western Australia | Source
Caves in the west of  South Island, New Zealand
Caves in the west of South Island, New Zealand | Source
Cover of 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak
Cover of 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak | Source

from my own Passions and Interests:

  • dyslexia, which has fascinated me for over 15 years, an offshoot of my English studies, needing to specialise in order to return to teaching; we grow as people when we learn from the difficulties of others:
  • travelling, whether in Britain, France or further afield; I only went to Australaisa for the first time a few years ago and was stunned by the beauty and lushness of New Zealand and the vast openness of Australia, even after visiting only a few places (around Brisbane, Sydney and Perth); my acceptance of other ways of doing, of living, of being, has grown ;
  • books, be they fiction, autobiographies or information, are so important to me; I learn from them, they fire my imagination, I get to know so many characters - some good, some bad - I can travel to places in this world and in others and I can see into people’s minds, experience thoughts I would not even imagine; books broaden the mind and enrich the soul;
  • poetry, in all its forms from haiku to epics, inspires me, can show beauty and ugliness, can please or repel, can be thought-provoking, make me smile or make me cry and can be a challenge to create from ideas which grow within;


from my Family:

  • my partner, who suffers my idiosyncrasies and puts up with the amount of time I spend on hubpages, who is so practical and knowledgeable (mechanics, plumbing, electrics, carpentry, building.... you name it), who has travelled the world and has many fascinating tales to tell; we grow in understanding;
  • being a parent and grandparent; I can look back at my own mistakes and try to be wiser (the ‘older’ comes all by itself!), I can be much more relaxed with my three grandchildren (one 50 years younger than me, two 60 years younger!) who delight me, teach me, make me laugh and make me worry about what the world has in store for them;


My lovely bungalow in Somerset
My lovely bungalow in Somerset | Source
Spring tide on the River Parrett, Bridgwater, Somerset
Spring tide on the River Parrett, Bridgwater, Somerset | Source
A shared SIGNIFICANT birthday party!
A shared SIGNIFICANT birthday party! | Source
Shapwick School - a Mediaeval Manor House
Shapwick School - a Mediaeval Manor House | Source

from my Own Photos:

  • places I’ve lived in, visited, travelled to, both near and far;
  • people, mostly the children, of whom I must have thousands of photos - thank goodness we can now keep them on iPhoto and the like, otherwise I’d need a whole house in which to store them!
  • photos taken by my father, from whom I caught ‘the bug’, from whom I learnt so much, with whom I still talk, learn and grow, despite his death in 1994;




from my Experiences and Observations of Life:

  • my idyllic childhood, spent with loving parents in a comfortable environment; they saved up so that I could go on the school Mediterranean cruise, so that I could go to college and they sacrificed much to help me through life’s ups and downs;
  • my school years, learning from mostly honest and inspirational teachers, especially those who taught me English, French and PE (you’re looking at the junior tennis champion here you know, oh yes!);
  • different experiences which go with jobs, relationships, celebrations, highs and lows, births, deaths, marriages, operations;
  • philosophies on life; religion, ethics, manners, politics;


from other Hubbers’ Words and Encouragements:

  • followers; I was thrilled with one, now I have considerably more; thanks to all of you for even bothering to look let alone anything else; there is an atmosphere of courtesy, curiosity, respect, friendship, admiration and fun on this site, a coming together of like-minded people who enjoy words; I’ve never experienced the like before, so, again, I thank you;
  • comments; such conversations grow in the comments boxes! - compliments, advice, help, constructive criticism; friendships grow, all within the art of writing and the wonder of living; ideas flow and inspire;
  • votes; finally, the votes give us encouragement too, to continue, to branch out, to follow a particular style that works, to tell us whether our work matches our intentions, sounds the way we meant.


Surprise!

The surprise is that ideas spring more and more one from another; once I start thinking and writing, another tangent appears and I need to give it its own space, its own hub. Then another hub materialises from thin air, then another.......!

The surprise is that people actually keep reading them! I know information on places, on practical advice and the like, is sought after, but what about personal poetry, what about recounting one’s own experiences (a bunion operation for heaven’s sake!)?

The surprise is that I am not technically proficient and have to spend hours trying to find out the best way to insert photos, sort out videos, make links, but I manage eventually to overcome!

Technical know-how has been a huge learning curve. Others are so willing to help when the technology swallows you up and spits you out, when html becomes a logistics firm , when a links capsule becomes a snag, when a vote becomes a lost deposit and an import is seized by customs. The biggest surprise is probably the fact that I’ve fought my way through the technology and managed to publish anything at all!


Confidence, Challenges & Growth

Am I sounding confident now, do you think? Maybe I should do the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge then, but - you know what? - I don’t want the stress. I’m not long retired, I’ve given up all the hassle and I love the tranquility. I want to do my own thing, not be tied to someone else’s schedule or agenda or suggestion.

I like to be able to mull over ideas, make notes, mess about with words. I like to peruse my photos, prepare thoughts and narratives, pretend I know what I’m doing. I like to seize the moment, set the scene, savour the excitement of creating something to share.

I’m lucky to have the leisure time to do all this. I admire greatly those of you who, continuously, present hubs of high quality, who have hundreds of followers and who offer good technical advice and step by step instruction.


The Community

Thank you to all of you who have helped me, encouraged me and made me feel a part of this growing community.

I want to say to those readers in Britain, ‘Come on, let’s have more of you writing! There must be many more who can make valuable contributions to the expertise and friendship that exists here. Let’s get the number of hubbers growing!’

Next goal? 50 hubs! I’ll let you know when I get there and if anything’s changed through the process - I hope so or I’ll have learnt nothing, I won’t have grown!


Update

I was thrilled when I published my 50th hub even though it was nowhere near many people's output but the pace suited my life at that time. At the same time I managed the heights of 250 followers! I was even happier when I published my 90th hub but I couldn't rest on my laurels; time to try even harder and catch up with fellow hubbers who joined about the same time as I did. How do they do it?! I know, hard work and dedication. That's necessary to produce consistently good quality hubs at a regular pace.

I was awarded my first 'Editor's Choice' in October 2013 - I was thrilled! It's what HP calls an Evergreen Hub, something that is relevant year after year, and it's topical at the moment so I suppose that helped in the choice, who knows? Then to my further surprise, a few days later, another one! Now I have a total of 5!

In the first edition of this hub I gave myself the target of 50. My next target was 100 which I've just reached so I'm feeling good, especially as I now have over 400 followers (whom I appreciate greatly).

What's the next target? Well, I think I'll just continue to write as the fancy and the ideas take me. Having got this far I'm not about to stop. 'Fits and starts' mode is how I seem to work so who knows how long it'll take me to catch up with some of the others here? It's not a race though, it's all about quality and enjoyment. I've made a few pennies along the way but that's just a little bonus for me; fortunately I don't have to rely on it!

The most important aspect is that I enjoy writing so much. Hubpages is even more important to me now than ever; the writing practice, the fun reading others' work and, most of all, the friends I have made here.

Good luck to you all, newbies or long-standing hubbers! We'll continue supporting each other until our fingers stop rattling the keys.



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annart 24 months ago from SW England Author

aesta1: Thank you so much. I'll always have a few hubs to publish and I'm looking forward to reading more of yours. Shame you had to sort so much out to transfer. Good luck with them all and it's a pleasure to follow you.

Ann


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aesta1 24 months ago from Ontario, Canada

I enjoyed reading your HP progress. I am a transferee from Squidoo so my progress was different. I spent the first month editing and removing what was not acceptable here. Am still not through but I have not added anything new. I want to thank you for being one of my followers. It builds up confidence when someone supports you. Keep going and growing.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you so much, DDE. I greatly appreciate your three visits today! Ann


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

I enjoy writing daily and the slowly increasing number of hubs I have has given such pleasure in learning and in making new followers. You have written interesting and informative hubs.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

raizhel: Thank you for your kind comment. I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Ann


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

chff: Sorry to be late in responding to your request. You would need to ask Hubpages about the emails as that is not within my control on this site. I appreciate your comments and hope that you sort out the email thing! Regards. Ann


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raizhel 2 years ago

I can't help not to amaze to your experience while reading your post. It is really wonderful journey of your life. Thanks for sharing.


chff 2 years ago

When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Thanks! freerardownload


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you so much, Beth. I enjoy reading your hubs too; you seem to have found a good niche and taken yourself beyond the 'newbie' status.

I do have a few more hubs in the pipeline so am aiming for my 50th soon, with a little more time now that Christmas and New Year are just about done!

This community certainly is a great one. All the best with your future hubs too! Ann


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Beth Eaglescliffe 2 years ago from UK

Another spring is just around the corner and so, no doubt, will be your 50th hub. Thanks for sharing your inspiration sources and other writing milestones on Hub Pages. Congratulations on your achievements so far.

I’m still a newbie, but I agree that the community feel here at Hub Pages is better than that found on most other writing sites. I like the way both fellow writers and staff chip in to help answer questions. (And I like the HP earning program too!)


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annart 2 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you so much for such a lovely comment! I haven't reached my target of 50 hubs yet but I'm getting there! All these things continue to inspire me; most of all I enjoy tremendously being on this site and interacting with others.


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CraftytotheCore 2 years ago

What an awesome Hub! And we get to know a little bit about the writer behind the screen here. Thank you for sharing your story! I hope you have continued success on HP with your talented writing!


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you, Tuatha, for stopping by and for your kind comments. Hope I've inspired you! Your output is certainly tremendous at the moment. Keep it coming! Ann


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Tuatha 3 years ago from Fayetteville, NC

Ann, Yes, I did look for a hub in and amongst yours to find something such as this. It reminds me to keep doing what I am doing. Using all forms of observation and life as a reference I, as you, enjoy conveying the things we appreciate most. Thank you for the words of encouragement you put here for all Hub'ers. Have a Fantastic Day!


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

Sphinxs Sanctum: thank you so much for your lovely comments; I do love life, probably more now than ever in many ways, so maybe that peeps through! Lucky you, having moonflowers; they are exquisite but so fleeting. All the best to you. Ann


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Sphinxs Sanctum 3 years ago from Southern United States

Wow! It seems thus far you've lived a very exciting life, well traveled, educated and loved. You have such a light spirit about you and I've no doubt you've been a wonderful, valued teacher to many.

I've had an uncle and a cousin who both had dyslexia as young children but thankfully, grew out of it early. I can only imagine the challenges these people face, although, I have developed cognitive dysfunction as a result of medical issues so I may have some idea of their frustration. It takes someone with a special heart to spend so much of their lives helping others & I'm sure karma will reward you in your retirement. It was a Happy read! I'll come by again another day.

Oh - I have Moonflowers that grow all along the railing for my front walkway & I Love them!


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annart 3 years ago from SW England Author

'with flute and piano and time for a walk around the bay' sounds like something from a song and evokes a wonderful picture! So good of you to visit me again and offer such great comments. The warm wishes and good energy reached this brilliant day here today; one of those winter days when the sun shines, the frost glistens and the world is good. Had to wrap up warm though as it was only just above freezing and we're in for a cold night - only outside though! Greetings to you in Lake Eerie, enjoy your walks (maybe with flute but probably without piano!) and may you have a wonderful Christmas and a great new year of 2013. Ann


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epigramman 3 years ago

...back to revisit a classic hub presentation by you - you have such an interesting life and it comes out in all of your world class hubs - and the fact as a great writer - you have the gift to communicate the written word and touch your readers with ideas, thoughts and enlightening information - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time 2:09pm with flute and piano and time for a walk around the bay on a day that feels more like early spring than early winter - what is the weather like where you live?


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annart 4 years ago from SW England Author

GlstngRosePetals: Those are pretty good numbers - well done! Thanks for taking the time to read, comment and vote. Good luck with the 500. I'll contribute to it anyway!


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

I have 77 hubs and 485 followers and my goal is to get to 5oo. Great article. Voted up!!!


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annart 4 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you katyzzz; you're very kind, especially the 'joie de vivre' bit! I just love writing and trying to get across what I feel about the subjects. I'm now up to 90 followers so extremely pleased. I do have to get some more hubs out though as I've had a lull for a while - don't you feel guilty if you haven't published any for a week or more?!


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katyzzz 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Ithoroughly enjoyed this hub, with its spirit of ;joie de vivre' and it's true we do learn from one another.

Very inspirational annart


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annart 4 years ago from SW England Author

epigramman: Well thank you number 78; you're very kind. I'm glad you enjoyed it and I appreciate you dropping by and commenting. Thanks too for following me and for your warm wishes. The 'warm' bit is extra good as I'm sitting here at 14.50 on a very wet & windy day in Somerset which feels more like winter than June! Lucky you being in Canada; it's a place I've longed to visit for years and looks like we might be going some time around Christmas - hooray! So look out, I might bump into you! All the best, Ann.


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epigramman 4 years ago

well this is a hall of fame hub if I ever read one - and it's because this is such a delightful world class exercise in writing and communication - you have such an open mind and a wonderful attitude - I am so inspired and leave here - rejuvenated and a firm belief in the miracle and the magic of humanity - thanks to beautiful people like yourself - lake erie time ontario canada and sending warm wishes and good energy 6:11am


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annart 4 years ago from SW England Author

Perspycacious: the reason for my apparent silence is that I've been away a while & for various reasons have been unable to generate hubs. Will be refining/composing a few shortly so hope to bridge the gap! I'm still excited about any achievement and I think everyone sets their own pace. I work on my ideas for a while, then have a rest, depending on family and travel. All the best, Ann


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

Okay, I understand the excitement, your sources for future Hubs, etc., but what I don't understand is why you seem to have gone silent as to new Hubs on all those subjects and themes. Personal choice, of course, but....?


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annart 4 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you jirel. Look forward to reading more.


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jirel 4 years ago from Philippines

Your hub has inspired me to write more..Thanks a lot..:)Voted up


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annart 4 years ago from SW England Author

I totally agree RTalloni, thank you so much for your comment. May we all continue to be kind and supportive to each other!


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annart 4 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you so much billy; I value your support hugely and I always look out for more of your hubs to read. I think that's what this site is all about, encouraging each other to aspire to more and more. Have a great day!


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sofs 4 years ago

It is such a lovely feeling to find our base and grow.. and it is amazing how we struggle with our first few hubs and then it becomes difficult to keep pace with our thoughts.. I like the way you have identified the source of ideas for your hubs.. Keep writing and enjoy your writing. Friends and followers will naturally keep increasing by the day! Congrats on your 50th follower and 20 th Hub may you have many more :) Have a great day. God Bless!


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Congrats on your milestones! Two at a time is fun stuff! :)

It really is interesting to see how ideas for writing hubs grow, and then to see how the hubs grow. I'm still amazed at my first follower. :) People have been very kind here at HP!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I'll tell you what is fascinating to me about this hub, and congratulations by the way: the point that you have only fifty followers. You have been one of my biggest supporters since I joined and I look at you as a mentor; what the heck is wrong with the HubPages community that they don't recognize what a wonderful addition you are? I will always be a devoted follower!


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annart 4 years ago from SW England Author

Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment Wayne, and thank you for the follow too! You're my 51st! I'll try to add your extra choice to the poll, good idea. You are very kind and I'll keep trying to live up to your high praise. See you soon I hope.


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

I celebrate your landmarks with you as I celebrate my own. When I had one hub, it was hard to think of having ten. At ten I could not imagine fifty and so on. But I stayed at it not so much to create the numbers but things just kept coming to mind that I needed to share on paper both in story and poetic format. In your survey, you do not have my answer which would be that I want to keep growing my volumes on HubPages while holding on to the interest of the reader and the quality of my writing. I think that is very important regardless of genre. I have also found that poetry is a developmental tool for my writing in other areas...the exercise and discipline learned from word choices carries over to the story writing side and makes it all the better I have found. In reading this hub, I find that you are doing the things that will keep you an interesting and talented writer...you continue to expand your mind through a multitude of interest. There is no singular thing we can do for ourselves that is more wonderful in this life than expanding our mind and experiences in ways that keep us interesting to others. Congrats and thanks so much for sharing. WB

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