Updated Musings of A Hubber

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I joined hubpages seven months ago and am totally amazed at how much I’ve learned.In my original hub entitled Musings of a Hubber I wrote about how hubs were always dancing in my head.What I didn’t write about or even know then was the same hubs were dancing in other hubbers heads too.For example.One night I had this great idea to write about the wonderful qualities of Baking Soda and all the wonderful things it can do around the house.I thought of all the uses I know of then researched more on the web.I had an outline and was ready to get started when a little voice in my head told me to check on hubpages to see if anyone else had written a hub like that.When I did I found there were only about twenty of them directly related to baking soda and more containing information about baking soda. As I said in the aforementioned hub, “think about it write about it.”Of course I didn’t realize you had to make sure no one else had thought about it and already written about it. However, even though those hubs were about baking soda I could have read them to see if mine would be different. Several people writing about the same subject will have several different views and several different writing styles so don't abandon a hub someone else has written about unless you think you can't do it justice.

Some of the animals I've written hubs about

Vedder, the St. Bernard
Vedder, the St. Bernard | Source
Buzz, my Min Pin and Pebbles, my cat
Buzz, my Min Pin and Pebbles, my cat | Source

I also wrote about how you write what you think is a great hub and it gets hardly any hits but when you write a hub you think is so-so it gets bombarded.There is absolutely no accounting for taste.I’ve written a few hubs that I thought were pretty good and evidently I wasn’t the only one because a week or so later I’d notice someone wrote a hub about the same thing but theirs was a featured hub and mine was not.Hmm, do I have a writing disability?

Now these things could give you an inferiority complex but that’s not what writing is about. It is about creating.Writing about things you know and or love, to describe them or share them.I wrote hubs about my animals, five different ones.The funny thing is originally they got a few hits then just sat there, but all of a sudden one day the hits on one went up to 100, then the hits on another went up to 300, go figure.Obviously I’m not making any money on this – I think I’m up to $2.24 with Google and almost $5.00 with Hubpages – but I’m writing.I’ve always wanted to write.I always knew I was no Erma Bombeck but that doesn’t mean I don’t love her writing or that I can’t write anything!Thanks to HubPages I can write whatever I want.Whether or not someone reads them is another story.

As for the money as someone once said, “I came into this world poor and I’ll go out the same way.”It’s not about the money.IF money should ever actually appear that would be a great added benefit but it certainly won’t pay the bills at this point.

Then there’s the hub community.The people I’ve met so far are friendly and interesting bar none.I did have one ‘wise’ comment once but that wasn’t from a hubber.These guys are really helpful too.Learning together and getting ideas from each other really helps to pave the way. It is great to be part of a community that welcomes you and hooks you on the community!

Following other hubbers can also make you scratch your head. I see a new hubber, start to follow then realize in three months that hubber has written twice as many hubs as I have and has twice as many followers.Can you have halitosis on hub pages?Maybe it’s time to take another creative writing course. Just saying.

Another of my great hub ideas has been sidetracked by weather.I thought I’d write this great hub about the area where I live.Pictures would make it such a perfect hub. So, for the last month it’s rained on and off and I haven’t been able to get out and get any pictures.

Will any of this stop me?Not on your life!I love writing and I love communicating with other hubbers.I’m determined to find the secret to hub success and will keep trying till I do.

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Places to learn on Hub Pages

Hub pages forums
Hub pages learning center
Hub pages Frequently Asked Questions
Other hubbers

I always wrote Post Scripts in my letters when I was younger, so here's a PS in this hub. Experiment with different types of writing and keep in touch with other hubbers; follow them and write comments and read others' comments. Don't be afraid to enter hub contests, they're a great challenge and you may find a new genre you've been afraid of before. Another really great exercise was the 30/30. Writing thirty hubs in thirty days really stretches your mind and you learn a lot by doing. Answer questions and join forums!

I have also learned that other hubbers are your friends as well as fellow hubbers. They cheer you, support you and guide you. They are more like a family than a community. Don't ignore that wonderful resource. Read about other hubbers, leave comments on their hubs and always answer comments on your hubs.

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Cousin Fudd 5 years ago from From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina

Great hub. Keep on writing.


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diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hello dear. Some practical thoughts here in your hub. I suffer with hubs running through my head, too, especially at night where it sometimes prevents me sleeping. I personally never worry about what other hubs or what other hubbers have written about and just charge on and write what I like about any subject. Google soon tells us anyway that it has a million pages on just about anything. To publish something without Google's (etc) attention, you'd have to write in pidgin...like the Jaberwocky! Your take and my take - and enyone else's - on any given theme will be different anyway. Yes, we came and will leave with nothing, but it's nice to have a few quid in between! Bob


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Cousin Fudd. Your thoughts are thought provoking Bob. I appreciate the thought of writing even if other hubbers have written about the subject. I think having things run through your head at night is the "writers curse." The quid/money is definitely a bonus!


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DeborahNeyens 5 years ago from Iowa

"Halitosis on Hubpages" - love it! My poor novel has been terribly neglected since I joined Hubpages a few weeks ago. But this is so much fun! Thanks for sharing your musings.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Deborah, love your phrase and think I have it!


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ubanichijioke 5 years ago from Lagos

I appreciate all that you wrote. One thing about HP is that the wonderful community, talented and skillful individuals all make this place a wonderful place. I don't bother myself with statistics nor the money, but i try to enjoy myself as much as possible. I love this piece. Great work. Voted awesome and beautiful.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks so much ubanichijioke. Seems we share a lot of views. Glad you enjoyed this piece.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

An interesting hub. I like a little humour in there to keep the ball rolling.

I agree about some Hubs appearing to be really good and getting only a little attention. One of the very best things I have written has remained at the bottom of the list, but it doesn't stop it being one of my favourites. I wish there were a way to "freshen up" hubs to bring them out into the light again.


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

An interesting hub. I like a little humour in there to keep the ball rolling.

I agree about some Hubs appearing to be really good and getting only a little attention. One of the very best things I have written has remained at the bottom of the list, but it doesn't stop it being one of my favourites. I wish there were a way to "freshen up" hubs to bring them out into the light again.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Thanks Twilight. You can add to your already published hubs to "freshen up" and it may bring them out into the light again!


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Twilight Lawns 5 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Tried it, Miss de Ville, or may I call you Cruella?

It didn't work.

The hub I was refering to was (is) a poem, and it is "perfect" in my eyes, so the only thing I could add would be another photo.


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tillsontitan 5 years ago from New York Author

Sounds like a good idea Twilight. You may call me Cruella, Tillsontitan or Mary - whichever you choose is fine by me. Good luck with your poem, I'm sure it's great.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Mary, really enjoyed this - I am with you in regard to the whole HP experience, I just want to write. The trouble with getting a few coppers every day is that you soon want a few more :o) I want people to read my hubs but I also realise not every one might be interested in say, the sciatic nerve or fish markets or British telly so I'll take the views when they come and be thankful for the friends I have made here.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

I loved this--and I too am there with halitosis--just loved this!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Lol..hub-atosis...

i can't churn out hubs - it takes too much of my heart and soul and i'm usually exhausted afterwards..lol..

i am surprised by which hubs don't become popular - more than which hubs do..

i just stay true to myself and write what i feel - not what i feel i must to maintain some number i couldn't care less about..

but..that's just me..

(breathing into palm..sniff,sniff...)

lol


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York Author

Me too Jools. I write because I like to write. Some of my topics surprise even me ;)

I guess we could have hub-a-tosis Audrey (see ImKarn's comment)! Glad you enjoyed.

IM....it is easy to see how you can be exhausted after writing a hub, your hubs offer so much to the reader....would you like a tissue to go with that palm (kidding). Thanks so much for stopping by, it means a lot to me!

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