Writing and HubPages

WRITING IS EASY, HUBPAGES ARE HARD

I have been writing now for almost 30 years. I just do 1 page a day as a minimum. If I am more creative, great but if not, then at least I have done one page. At the end of the year, I will have at least 365 pages that I can work with. So, I thought that setting myself the task of writing 1 hubpage a day for a year would be a simple matter of transferring my skill to the web.

Wrong.

If I am writing a page, I can put a heading – or a load of headings – to give me the structure without having to write it all out now, especially if the heading would take me slightly off-track. Also, I could go back over a piece of writing and fill in two half-pages by filling in a heading or by adding something to what I have already written. It is also typical of me to have multiple projects going on at the same time. All of this makes it very easy to add 1 page a day because I am not restricted by writer's block or one subject. Anyway, at the end of it, I can take the manuscript for the book and severely edit it down if it has become bogged down in nonsense. None of this is a problem.

However, HubPages are completely different. They are finished articles. They have a beginning, an end and a progression from one to the other. To write a HubPage is to write a finished piece. Also, it really needs to be a third or fourth draft before it gets published otherwise you are wasting people's time for a jumbled, incoherent mess. What I normally do is write a draft, then leave it a few days. Then I come back to it, re-writing part or all of it, then leave it a few days. So there is a delay between writing it and finally publishing it.

I thought to fall back on my old writings to help while I re-learn how to write for HubPages but they have been written with a book format in mind, while HubPages suits talking about a single point or at best a group of points. Publishing my works straight to HubPages just would not work.

WRITING IS HARD, HUBPAGES ARE EASY

I think that I have finally cracked HubPages. I have put all my existing writings to one side for the moment and I have focused on those smaller articles I have always wanted to write but have never found a place for in my existing writings.

In addition, the immediacy of the format allows me room to chat more about my life and what has happened in it. By immediate I mean that the shortest time someone has taken to comment on one of my works was 3 minutes – so far!

That has been the real pleasure for me concerning HubPages – learning a new way to write and having new subjects to write about.

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Phil - when I write for HP, I try to research and write informative articles and that winds up taking some time. I usually save my more personal opinions and journal type writing for a new blog I'm working on. But one can be quite versatile here.


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philmaguire 6 years ago from Jersey, Iles de la Manche Author

Thanks for your comments, Dolores. I do aplogise if I am bit slow, but I am not quite sure what you are trying to tell me.

I learned a long time ago that personal opinion colours all research. That was the cause of my disillusionment with university. I know that my personal opinion will cause me to be more critical of some researchers' findings than others. I know that this is how other people work as well and so I use it to double check their findings by seeing what they wanted to prove and so how they went about it. In psychology this is known as "The Experimenter Effect" but it is not restricted to psychology; every area of human endeavour is affected by it. Personally, I am happy to be biased when there is a right and wrong answer - perhaps a better way of putting it is when there are better and worse solutions to a given problem.

As far as journal writing is concerned, I tried this when I was in my teens and found it very unsatisfactory. I could not get on with all of that instrospection or obsession with trivial details about what I ate that day. However, I did see that I could learn from my experiences and other people may also derive some value from them as well. After all, I was the first or only person to have ever fallen in love; nor was I the first or only one to watch my mother die of a lung tumor. It is funny because when I came to write my profile, I had trouble knowing what to say because I have already shared parts of my life story in my writings about other things, like social networking, and will no doubt share more in the future. In fact, it is because of the experiences of my life that I consider these subjects important enough to write about. I was recently in one of the forums and the question was have you started your life story yet. I smiled because by the time I will have a few more hubs on the various stuffs of life, I will have probably covered much of the stuff that is happened in my life.

You will have to keep informed about this new blog of yours, Dolores. I have been tempted to write one but it keeps reminding me of my experiences of journal writing and I keep wondering if it would be embarrassingly awful if I did. I value your experiences on this matter

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