200 Published Works (if I can, so can you)
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So Close, But Yet So Far
I have been trying to complete this, my 200th, hub for almost a week now. My efforts have been thwarted by first a broken power/charging cable to my laptop, followed by an incredibly slow Internet connection, and then problems with editing the text capsules of my hubs.
It almost seems that the planets are aligned against me writing this article. However, if you are reading this it proves that I eventually succeeded in publishing it. When I first joined Hub Pages, over five years ago, I had no inkling that I would ever have written 200 articles, poem, stories, and essays. I started with one hub that was a collection of a few of my poems, and one on self-sufficiency. In fact I only wrote three hubs in my first two years here.
I know there are many people here who have written more. Bill Holland (billybuc) for instance has written almost 1000 hubs in a little over four years. I can’t even imagine doing that myself. So, for me to be publishing my 200th piece of writing online is pretty special and quite an achievement. Believe me, If I can do it so can you!
Better Late Than Never
The date at the top of this hub say that it was originally published on 6th May 2015, which was my birthday and the date I wanted to publish it on, however, due to the problems I had been having with my Internet and editing the hub that wasn't the case. At no stage did I hit the publish button but at one stage I logged on to see it showing as published..another glitch in the system obviously. Anway because it was only half finished I immediately unpublished the hub before anyone could read it.
I believe that things happen for a reason and maybe this is one of those instances. My wife and I were invited by our eldest son and his wife to spend two nights at the Novotel Twin Waters resort at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, to celebrate our collective birthdays. Mine was 6th, son Daniel's 8th, and wife Kathy's 13th May. A relaxing and enjoyable time was had by all, and I actually think I needed the break away from the Internet to refresh my mind. Oh, and the food was fabulous with amazing smorgasbords for both breakfast and dinner each day we were there.
Maybe I was meant to use this short holiday as further content in this hub. Which is exactly what I've decided to do, especially some of the great photos I managed to take. So, it's more than a week since I first wanted to publish this but 'better late than never.' One of the best parts about Hub Pages is that there is no time limit in which your hub needs to be completed. You can save 'unpublished' for as long as you need to work on it.
Ten Tips on How to Write 200 Articles Online
- Start small. Make your goals achievable and tick of every one as a success when you reach it. Make your first goal to write 10 hubs/articles. Once you've done that, aim for 20 and so on.
- Try to write at least one hub per week (that's 52 per year) and count it as a bonus if you can write more.
- Write about subjects that interest you or that you have expertise in. This makes it easier to write and will appeal to readers whose feedback will act as incentive to you.
- Engage with the community. Follow other hubbers whose work appeals to you. You will learn from reading and gain new ideas for future articles/hubs of your own. They will usually follow you in turn and their comments will encourage you to want to write more.
- Check out the FAQ answers and Learning Centre guides here at Hub Pages. These are constantly updated to showcase current best practices for writing successful online content. Also check out the HP blog for recent changes and updates.
- Look for inspiration from the things around you, your everyday life, a song, a book title or photo, a strange occurrence, or news story etc. There is always something new to write about if you just take the time to observe.
- Sort through your old writing and resurrect it as hubs if possible. It may just need a little tweaking to make it relevant and up to date.
- Although 'How-to' and 'Recipe' articles do well in Google searches and on Hub Pages, don't think that is all you can write online. Short fiction and non-fiction stories, essays, poems, book, movie, and game reviews etc will also find an audience.
- Be sure to utilize the "hubtool" editor and the "Need Some Goals?" guide to help you make your hub "evergreen". Try to tick as many boxes as possible eg. word count, photos, videos, maps, polls etc.
- Don't become discouraged if at some stage you lack inspiration or ideas of what to write. Take a short break and let your mind refresh. If you are a true writer your desire to put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, will soon return stronger than ever.
In 200 AD
Septimius Severus, was appointed Roman Emperor in this year, and was the first emperor to have been African born. Although he was of Phoenician rather than black African descent, he was reported as having dark skin, and never lost his African accent.
The Greek mathematician Diophantus of Alexandria was aso born in the same year. He was a pioneer of algebra, and was the first to formulate the apparently insoluble proposition that became known as Fermat’s Last Theorem, after the French mathematician Pierre de Fermat noticed it in 1637.
Elsewhere in the world:
- Japan invaded Korea, who immediately capitulated in the face of the huge Japanese fleet.
- The “classical” period of Mayan civilisation began in Central America.
- The entire world’s human population is estimated to have been 257 million – less than the current population of the US (over 311 million).
One of the more surprising passages in the Old Testament tells that David bought his wife with a dowry of 200 Philistine foreskins. His prospective father-in-law Saul issued him with the challenge, fully expecting David to be killed by the owners of the said foreskins.
The King James version of the story says: “And Saul said, Thus shall ye say to David, The king desireth not any dowry, but a hundred foreskins of the Philistines, to be avenged of the king’s enemies.”
Although Saul only asked for 100 foreskins, David and his men went out and killed 200 Philistines. He presented their foreskins to the king, who duly gave him his daughter Michal in marriage (1 Samuel 18:26) – though he later divorced the couple and married Michal off to someone else.
Did you know? Private hospitals make millions of dollars every year selling excised foreskins to bioresearch laboratories and pharmaceutical companies.
200 Years Ago
- Just before sunset on April 5, 1815, a massive explosion shook the volcanic island of Sumbawa in the Indonesian archipelago. Mount Tambora, the highest peak in the region, erupted, spewing lava and sending a plume of ash eighteen miles into the sky. Amazingly, this eruption was to change history.
In 1816 a remarkable thing happened—there was no summer weather in much of the Northern Hemisphere. Please read this extraordinary excerpt from The Year without Summer by William K. Klingaman and Nicholas P. Klingaman which explains why. (source: Scientific American)
- The Neapolitan War was a conflict between the Napoleonic Kingdom of Naples and the Austrian Empire. It started on 15 March 1815 when Joachim Murat declared war on Austria and ended on 20 May 1815 with the signing of the Treaty of Casalanza. The war occurred during the Hundred Days between Napoleon's return from exile and before he left Paris to be decisively defeated at the Battle of Waterloot. The war was triggered by a pro-Napoleon uprising in Naples, and ended after a decisive Austrian victory at the Battle of Tolentino and Ferdinand IV was reinstated as King of Naples and Sicily. However, the intervention by Austria caused resentment in Italy, which further spurred on the drive towards Italian unification. (source: Wikipedia)
But Jodah's Published 200 Hubs
by John Hansen 2015
Bears and lions give birth to cubs,
Cavemen swing their wooden clubs,
The early bird may catch the grubs,
But Jodah's published 200 hubs.
Bathing's often done in tubs,
Massuers are expert at rubs,
Surgeons always wear their scrubs,
But Jodah's published 200 hubs.
Buy your tickets, keep the stubs.
Each song recording's full of dubs.
Unfriendly people give the snubs,
But Jodah's published 200 hubs.
© 2015 John Hansen
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