Why Are Hubs Called Hubs

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A randomly asked question that could generate a multitude of answers. The question, "Why is a hub called a hub?" When a person is new there are so many unanswered questions and many feel to ashamed to even ask. They search in 'Help' hoping they will find the answer. For those who are adventurous you will find them trekking over to the forums, placing there question on the need help? ask here thread. Anxiously they wait for someone to answer the question they have been searching for. Excited. Some responds but it isn't the answer they are looking for. A little disappointed they continue to search and finally they decide to post the question in the Q&A called answers. A place that is highlighted in white in between your hubs and hubbers button on the upper-left hand side of your profile or my account page.

So why is a hub called a hub?

Let's first define the word, "hub".

A hub is defined as , a place or thing that forms the effect center of an activity, region or network. If you look at your article in its entirety there is a formation that effects the center of the network. It is every word you write and place on HubPages. People gravitate from all over the world to read the work of all writers' on HP.

There are blogs and there are hubs. Blogs are kind of like an on-line diary of who you are and what your interests are. If you are a poet, your blog would consist of all poetry. If you are a sports writer, then your blog would consist of all sports.

Now let's define the word 'article'.

An article is a nonfictional literary composition that forms an independent part of a publication, as a newspaper or magazine. Now we are not a newspaper or magazine, but Hubpages is a site that allows writers' to write articles based on an array of topics. If you like to write about pets, you publish a hub. If you write about a personal journey then you create a hub. The topics you can write about can be endless. So a hub is a on-line article that is based on an individuals knowledge, idea, thought, life or an array of other subjects.

Personal Experience

Based on my own personal experience with writing both hubs and blogs. I believe that hubs are much more enjoyable to write because you can write off topic. If you want to write about your dog, you can. If you have a favorite subject to write about or something you wish to share you can. If you need someone to critique your writing Hubpages has many writers' who will provide their expertise and assist anyone who is willing to learn.

With blogs and especially working on your own website, the only extra pair of eyes you have is someone reading your work. Being new and with a hub there is more interaction and support. So why is a hub a hub? Simple. It is an article that was created by you.

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Rolly A Chabot profile image

Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

OK.... I get the prize I made t first to say hello.... great hub and wonderful explanation as always....

Hugs from Canada


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Rolly A. Chabot: lolo! I will be sure to send the prize! Thanks for the kudos! :)


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DzyMsLizzy 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

Brilliant! Well explained. Voted up across the board and shared.

The concept of a hub has remained as a central point, while the technical definition has shape-shifted through the years. The original hub may have been the center of a small pre-historic settlement. In historic times, the term became applied to the center of a wheel; more precisely, the protruding end of an axle onto which a wheel is fitted--hence 'hub caps' to keep dirt and dust out of the hub.

Next, the computer industry borrowed the term for "ethernet hubs" around which internet connections are built and without which, none of us would be writing here. So it is a central nexus of inter-related things working together. :-D


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

DzyMsLizzy: All of what you said is clearly stated and so very true. I hope new hubbers make us of what it really means. :)


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Keri Summers 4 years ago from West of England

What a great idea for a Hub ... wish I could have thought of it! And a really good clear helpful explanation as well. Particularly helpful is the difference between a blog and a Hub, which is a question that comes up when people are asking me about HubPages. I shall point them this way!

I agree that it's great to have the freedom to write off-topic from your usual life.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I like your explanation of a hub, and how we can distinguish it from a blog. I agree - it offers far more opportunities for expressing our thoughts, ideas, information or artistic creations than a blog does. This is very informative for new writers on the site, or those who might be contemplating if this venue is a good outlet for them.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Keri Summers: This hub idea was chosen in the Q&A 'ANSWERS' section. Nice to know it is eSasily understood. Glad you to also know the difference. Sometimes writing off-topic is so much fun.:)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Marcy Goodfleisch: Thank you. Happy it was clearly understood. This question is asked over and over again. Not that it shouldn't be but I enjoyed making a hub about it so others would understand exactly what they are. Thanks for the kudos! :)


kelleyward 4 years ago

Great hub! Thanks for answering this question!


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savanahl 4 years ago

Great hub. Very informative. Voted up and useful.


leann2800 4 years ago

Very interesting. And I think that when you think of what the word actually means, it is actually inspiring. Thanks for sharing.


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

Another great hub! Way to go! Voted up, interesting and useful and shared on my FB page.


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pandula77 4 years ago from Norway

I think you are spot-on with your views and I also think that writing on hubs is much more pleasurable than creating a blog. However, blogs do have its own advantages and it is up to the blogger to make blogging an enjoyable experience not only to its readers but also to one's own self.


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee

Good answer. I find it interesting that no one compared a hub on HubPages to a lens on Squidoo, or is that permissible to say here. Personally I think it's easier to write on HubPages but as I say that I realize that many will say the same about the 'lens'.

I like to think those of us that write for HubPages are the Hub, the center of the whole business and are able to branch out like spokes on a wheel as we write in all different directions with our own individual thoughts and ideas. The culmination of which is HubPages. Voted up and interesting...


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livingpah2004 4 years ago from USA

Great hub!


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Teylina 4 years ago

Super hub! I knew what it was, but had drifted away, so that no spokes started anything else! Will probably finish the two or three I have and then follow your advice, etc. Thanks so much for such a great question!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

kelleyward: You are welcome! Was happy to answer the question for you. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

savanahl: Thank you! Glad you found it to be informational. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

lean2800: It an inspire all of us to write more hubs. Happy to explain.:)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Lady Guinevere: Thanks! :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

pandula77: I agree. Both blogs and hubs are honestly fin to write. It is about the creativity which keeps people reading. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

samsons1: I like that answer too! Yes it is okay to mention Squiddo, there isn't any rules on HP that you cannot mention another site. :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

livingpah2004: Thank you! :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Teylina: You are welcome! All of us slip away at one time or another. Glad to see you back! :)


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Shyron E Shenko 4 years ago

May a hub, is called a hub because it keep going around and around, from the center, which would be the hub, i.e. center of the wheel.


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

I've written blogs, and I've written Hubs. I prefer Hubs for the reasons you mention. Great Hub here. Thanks.


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

Great explanation! You are right, newbies have so many questions and do go searching for answers. You have provided them with another answer to a very basic question for a new hubber.


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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

AEvans! You answered a question I had been curious about for some time! Great, great "hub." Thanks!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Dexter Yarbrough: Glad I could assist you with the dilemma. :0


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

homesteadbound: As you know all of us have been new at one time and were shot into oblivion while trying to understand and gather all of the information. Thanks for the kudos! :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

mary615: I also prefer hubs. It let's us expand our topics. Thanks for the kudos!:)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Shyron E Shenko: Oh I like! :)


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Jerrico Usher 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I like to think of it as a "Hub Of Opportunities" :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Jerrico Usher: Me too! So good to see you and thank you so much for stopping by and saying hello! :)


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Teylina 4 years ago

Oh, what a neat, upbeat name! Thanks, Jerrico! And, of course, still thanks to AE for asking this question!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Really well explained--and it was a question that I had! Thank you!


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Teylina: I was glad to answer the question. I am glad it was useful1 :)


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

AudreyHowitt: You are so welcome! I am glad I answered the question.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

When I joined HubPages, I had this question in my mind. After reading posts in learning center I got some ideas why articles are called hubs. However, I had never thought to deconstruct the words hub and article.

This was quite an interesting read.


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

Vinaya Ghimire: I tend to look at things so deeply sometimes, I have been like that since I have been a child. lol! Happy you found it interesting. :)


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nicomp 4 years ago from Ohio, USA

I thought it was because the owner was named 'Hub.'


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AEvans 4 years ago from SomeWhere Out There Author

nicomp: lololo! Good one Nicomp.:D

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