Thoughts on Ten Thousand Views
There is an important reason for writing "milestone" hubs. It is too easy to carry on doing what you always do, and never stop to think and reflect. If you stop to reflect, you may learn something.
"Time spent in reconnaisance is seldom wasted", and time spent on reflection is seldom wasted. At milestones you should stop to reflect.
What am I doing?
I may seem a little bit ahead in writing my 10,000 piece, because it will be another few days before I officially get there. I had said in my "50 hubs" reflective piece that I was going to try writing some Amazon hubs in another identity. Adding viewers from that identity in, I am now over 10,000 views.
I have proved to my satisfaction that I can write Amazon based hubs, but I am not so bored or so desperate for money that I intend to spend much time on that project. It is not difficult work, and if I work at it I can maintain an average of 2.5 hubs a day. I admire and respect those who have the grit to churn them out at the rate of 10-12 a week. You earn every penny!
My major personal effort over the last year is my book "Guide to Packaging and Labelling Law 2011" , which should publish next month. It has spun off or inspired 5 hubs. I have also set up a web site for the book.
There is another book waiting in the wings, about Chess for Children, and then I will be looking for something to write about. I had thought to write hubs about immigration, but in a few weeks I start working as an immigration lawyer again, and so my immigration writing is being prepared for the launch of my new employer's Immigration web site rather than for Hubpages.
In my discussions with conservatives and Republicans I have been struck by the level of ignorance about socialism. I had been contemplating a series of articles - a Socialism 101 - to put forward socialism proactively rather than reactively. I was writing a list of topics for hubs, - got to over 20 and said "whoah!". This is not a task for one person. It has to be a shared activity. By linking the hubs together we get the cross strength of a woven cloth instead of a collection of loose threads. I have launched the thought in the forum to see if there are enough takers. May Day seems a good day for an early target.
I see Socialism 101 as a monument of which one day I will be proud. If we could pull together a couple of hundred articles on Socialism it would be a body of writing that all of the contributors will be honoured to have been a part of.
Who Reads What?
About one third of all viewings is for "How To Be a Good Student", and about one sixth is for "What is Domicile?". "Good Student" is a piece I was coached to write by the friend who introduced me to Hubpages. "Domicile" is one of three hubs carved out of my LLM thesis on "Domicile of Refugees and Illegal Immigrants".
The next largest readership is for a campanion piece for "Good Student" called "How To Be An Excellent Student". After that I have five pieces about law, one on how to change a tyre, and a recipe for Eritrean Spaghetti.
My biggest disappointment is a number of whimsical human interest stories from life as a lawyer. I intend eventually linking them together into a humorous book. The funniest result is that the crassly commercial identity I put together for my Amazon hubs won a "hubnugget" award! The score of my alter ego is almost as high as my personal score with only 10 hubs!
I have by my conduct demonstrated that making money is not my top priority.I am fortunate in my wife, who is a good earner and supports my writing. If the packaging law book takes off I will have a good income for some years to come, in addition to anything I earn as a lawyer.
I am still discovering good writers and I will celebrate some of them in my 100 hubs reflection.
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