Are you a writer? Do you like to write?

Tusitala Tom - A frequent Hubpage visitor.

The author as he looked in 1976.
The author as he looked in 1976.

On a Hubpage we can write to our hearts' content.

What a boon these Hubpages are! Are you a Writer? A number of good people have gone to the trouble of creating a site where the likes of you and I can simply write to our hearts content. So many have taken advantage of this that it’s a veritable smorgasbord of written work, pictures and videos. We’ve so many to choose from we barely know where to start. Yes, it’s information overload. Well, it is, if we choose to spend a lot of time looking, reading, and absorbing.

Hubbers, I feel a sense of gratitude.

I feel a sense of gratitude that so many people create Hubs. There are questions, forums of all description. What I particularly like is the trouble so many Hubbers go to in their efforts to help others. Someone has a problem; they put it on Hubpages for an answer. And generally it is answered. Those answered can be seriously thought-out replies, or jocular and humerous responses which, often as not, enable the question to ‘lighten up.’ The realization comes that we’re not alone in our plight, and certainly not unique. There is ‘nothing new in the world.’

A typical bleak winters day on Macquarie Island - depressingly miserable

These old black and white photos were developed in our own dark room.  The colour slides were professionally developed on my return.
These old black and white photos were developed in our own dark room. The colour slides were professionally developed on my return.

Do you like to write? On a Hubpage anyone can try out their skills.

Another thing I think has great advantage is that all manner of writers and would-be writers can try out their skills using Hubs. We see young people – and old- who are more or less just venturing into Creative Writing for the first time. We can read the works of others who are ‘professionals’ or who have certainly been into writing for a long time. We see some just beginning and who, as yet, have only a little following. We have others who are so popular they have to issue a notice that they can no longer respond personally to all who wish to contact them.

That's me again, putting on weight - and that's not counting the beard

Plenty of good food and my regular 'pumping of iron' with a set of barbells built me up pretty well on Macquarie.  All the men sported beards, the more raggedy the better, it seemed.
Plenty of good food and my regular 'pumping of iron' with a set of barbells built me up pretty well on Macquarie. All the men sported beards, the more raggedy the better, it seemed.

It is a pleasure to read what you have to say?

I’m neither a newcomer or an long-time user of Hubpages. I’d fall into a middle range, I expect, with around 18 months at this sort of thing. As I navigate around the site I find the same people coming up again and again, answering people questions, giving encouragement, being kind to their fellow Hubbers. I’d like to acknowledge these good people and say it is a pleasure to read what you have to say. Oh, and here's one more Hubpage for you to read.

Thanks for being such great people. And Hub-staff, voluntary or otherwise, take a bow. You deserve it.

...Oh, and are You A Hubpage Writer?...


More is added to make it more acceptable to the Hubpage editors

On an examination of this Hub I found that it did not rate at all. It was way down on the bottom of the list and didn't even make it to a half-circle. It was an empty circle job! I can see now that in order to have anyone even look at it (for an empty circle Hub does not even get published) I would have to make some changes. The changes I am now making include more photos. There was only one placed before, and to increase the number of words. This is what I am doing here. So my advice to you Hubbers is don't make those Hubs too concise. Pad them out a little.


Are you a writer? Do you like to write?

I'm adding even more text here as well as the extra photos. Okay, so it's going to be a boring Hub...well, maybe not. Those who read it might get an idea of the sort of length and number of photos required in a Hub to get the mimina which will allow it to see the 'light of day' ...or should I say the light of the Internet.


Macquarie Island base camp 1977

This is a typical morning at Macquarie with the island's fog blanketing the plateau.   Pardon the scratches on the photo.  It was an old slide and not placed on PC until years later
This is a typical morning at Macquarie with the island's fog blanketing the plateau. Pardon the scratches on the photo. It was an old slide and not placed on PC until years later

My apologies for not placing any videos

Some of the Hubs which appear on the Hubpages site today are very professional. I must admit that I simply have not been able to match them for quality. Not so much because of my writing or the photographs but because I have not developed the skills necessary to place videos. Videos being, of course, much easier to draw and keep attention than the written word. Still, I think that a good proportion of the 316 Hubs I've placed to date have been - and are - quality pieces. But then again, I am biased.

It seems that unless we reach a certain word count Hub Pages frowns

I am determined, with these alterations, to bring this Hub up to a total of not less than a thousand words. I know I'm getting there because I keep checking as I go along. Which brings up an interesting point. How does the Hubpage program know what is rubbish and what is good quality content? Frankly, I don't think it can. Sure, it can knock back content which contains profanity. I once had one come up as unacceptable simply because I'd used a word with a sexual connotation. Not a vulgar word mind you. Or even an Anglo-Saxon four letter swear word. Not, I simply used a word which referred to what one might call 'solo sex' -= if you know what I mean.

Well, that should put me above 1,000 words. I will check.

Hurrah! It has. Now let us see how this Hub will rate when posted for the second time three years after it first when to you unsuspecting readers.



Here's a good shot of Macquarie Island's isthmus area

Despite the cold, snow is fairly rare on Macquarie.  It simply blows away in the strong winds without have a chance to settle.
Despite the cold, snow is fairly rare on Macquarie. It simply blows away in the strong winds without have a chance to settle.

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Tusitala Tom 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia Author

"You are the pure sense of awareness, and not anything that arises in that awareness. So you abide as awareness..."

Ken Wilber, "A Brief History of Everything."


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Dee aka Nonna 5 years ago

I know I appreciate Hubpages and am very grateful that I stumbled upon the site one day. Writing has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember--and I did write in bit and pieces and drips and drabs over the years, but not until I retired a couple of years ago did I have the time to devote my attention full-time. Love this site and love the fact that you said what I am sure many of us feel. Great hub! Thank you!


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onceuponatime66 5 years ago from USA IL

I appreciate you seeing the hearts of others being kind and in what they write.

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