Writing on Hubpages for fun and profit.

Why do you like to write?

Writing is not my forte, although I have learnt how to get ideas across, I know I am never going to be a great writer. I am OK with that, as I have found that my articles are well received by seeing the feedback I get in comments, so I get read here .

When I speak I feel I can express myself OK, but when it comes to writing it is difficult for me to avoid my thoughts wandering off without having someone to bounce off as we have when we are talking to an audience even of one.

I understand why many people do not get started writing online. It was scary for me and also for the friends I have introduced to online writing.

When writing a letter off-line I often read it back to myself and hated it! I need to see the finished letter as I have written it as the words do not always convey what I meant to say.

Depending on the type of letter written, it may take a few drafts before it is correctly spelled and easily understood, expressing exactly what I wanted to say.

Finding your own style.

Writing online is so much different, and more frightening than posting a letter to an individual person even if it is the I.R.S you have written too.

Hit that publish button online and your words become available to be seen by planet earth, and it takes a fair bit of confidence to do that.

I did not have that confidence, although I have been on the net since it started, I had never written online, because there are so many good writers on blogs and in forums I did not want to compete with these professionals in their area of expertise.

So I consulted a professional writer with a successful track record writing online. Someone who has confirmed testable results for her writing skills. A self published successful publisher.

My daughter! She has an online business with 47,000 plus loyal subscribers to her writing blog.

She also has hundreds of genuine testimonials from her subscribers and from those who have purchased her book, so I asked my daughter how she has succeeded with her online blog and all she said was.

"Find your voice dad. Your writing voice"

It took me a while to realize that I have a "voice" to use online!

I would love to say that finding your own voice was or is easy, but for some people like me it is not, others just need someone to point the way. You may be one of the others. If you are, you may find it easier than you thought it would be by a country mile!

I did not have my daughters talents and needed to find a way to practice my "voice" without being ridiculed for my still somewhat dyslectic and stilted writing voice.

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My accidental beginnings on hubpages.

I can't even recall how I found hubpages, but I owned an automotive workshop machinery and equipment supply business at the time, and had needed to write some online articles about equipment servicing, and because it was so specialised I needed to write it myself.

I must have come across the site while looking for articles so I could avoid writing one myself. I was quite prepared to pay up to $100 for a decent article that could explain what I wanted my customers to know about hoist safety. It needed to be truthful and accurate. I never found one by the way, and even had to start a category for automotive equipment and machinery here after I joined.

I chose Hubpages to publish initially because it has a wonderful tool a new writer will find invaluable!.

Hubpages allows you to write about any subject you like, and before you publish it hubpages give your article a pre-published score.

Hubpages has many great tools but for me this unpublished score for each "hub" or article was exactly what I needed for real safety and protection against embarrassing myself when I began!

I have needed to re-write most of my early hubs before having any confidence in them being understood by a wider audience. The difference is, that with the pre-publishd hub score to guide me, a decent inbuilt word processor with spellcheck to assist, it was a breeze. I also love that I can come back to improve my hubs after they are published.

I could now fix all the typos, and play around with the article learning all the time and watching the score go up as I learn about text capsules, photos, links and other additions and changes you can make later if you like.

Even articles written a year ago can be updated whenever.

The hubpage community and management has to be seen to be appreciated. First class all the way.

Find your online voice, write about stuff, any stuff you like.

Use the unpublished preview to get your writing up to speed before anyone reads a word and have fun with your new voice! Join here!

Ernest.

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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Ernest: I think you are a good writer, the words flow, there is no apparent tension. Your daughter's advice is so right on, and she is an inspiration! Wow, her words are echoing in my mind "Find your voice!".


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Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

Sound advice! Thank you.


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Anath 6 years ago

Good advice. What I liked about hubpages is that it was so easy to publish. I am still trying to find my voice, I am only starting but I am enjoying writing about things that interest me, things I know and want to share.


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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

earnestshub, great advise for anyone contemplating on writing on Hubpages and these thoughts would apply to just about any writing , anywhere!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you VioletSun, I think I am improving since my daughters advice too!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hi Peter! Thank you for that!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks Anath, it is a great platform for writers. Welcome!


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tim-tim 6 years ago from Normal, Illinois

I didn't use to read or write like this. Ever since I found the HubPages, it has been such a learning tool for me. I have a lot of help and support here. Thanks for sharing:)


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

You are most welcome tim-tim. I feel there are so many good stories and articles on hubpages it is a must see site for researching almost anything! So much diversity. I love it!


oliversmom 6 years ago

hi, earnestshub read and loved your hub. May just be able to do that with confidence myself one day :)


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Well I like your positive attitude! Anything I can do to encourage you, just ask! I am sure you have something that you know about and love and could write about. Just start there. email me for help anytime.


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Tatjana-Mihaela 6 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

Very inspiring article, Earnest, you definitely found your voice.

I wish you very happy new year and even more fun and success in writing.

(BTW, if you received yesterday on Facebook "my" message with certain link, just to inform you that somebody hacked my FB account, so such strange messages are not mine. Delete the link.)


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you Tatjana, I hope the new year is sensational for you!

Thanks for the heads up on face book too, I will delete it. A member of my family had a terrible experience with a hacker/stalker on facebook. Makes me very angry!


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frogdropping 6 years ago

earnest what a lovely, honest piece of writing. You nailed it - your voice shone through. So candidly written and a pleasant read to boot.

I know it's hard to write online. Even though you can't see your reader, you're leaving yourself open to feedback on a site such as this and I remember when I first started writing, I did worry a bit about how I'd come across.

Thankfully my memory is short lived and I soon forgot my early ditherings - and started writing with wild abandon.

I remain wild - though not quite so abandoned :)

Thanks earnest - it's good for new hubbers to know that we can always improve and learn as we go :):)


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tantrum 6 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

I always write for fun. And then ,if someone likes my stuff, the better ! :)


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you frogdropping! You are a very good writer, you help wherever you can. You are a big star here in my eyes!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

I like your style tantrum! It shows in your writing that you enjoy it very much!


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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

I whole-heartedly agree with everything said above, and I'd like to add, you've grown as a writer, but here and your Australia travel hub. I honestly enjoy reading what you have to share. Keep writing, keep growing. You have followers who haven't met you yet!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Candie V that is very nice to hear! I hope I keep improving and growing. It is fun isn't it? I love writing about Australia!

Peter put me on to your writing and I am so glad he found you! Someday I will write as well as you perhaps? You are a good entertaining read on all your hubs! !


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Uninvited Writer 6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Well said. I think you are a fine writer.


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Randy Godwin 6 years ago from Southern Georgia

I write for fun too, Earnest. But it is rewarding to make a few bucks in the process. As far as finding one's voice, I don't know where to look. Enjoyed your take on internet writing and I enjoy reading about Australia. Stay cool!


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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

I agree it is important to have your own "writing voice". In fiction writing, it is called the narrative voice, which is as crucial as the plot. No matter how fantastic the plot is, if the story lacks an engaging narrative voice, it will fail to capture the reader. And I think it is actually the same way with non-fiction writing. Writing useful article content is good, but it won't be great without the writer's voice. Well, I like your writing voice a lot, Earnest. Keep up the good work :)


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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

We're our own fan club!! Hahaha! I hate to correct you, but I think YOU found me first.. one of my first ten, in fact.. you are too kind..


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cojaqmarketing 6 years ago from Carmel, Indiana

I'm the opposite of you...I can stay focused when writing, but when talking I wander all over the place! I've always said that I live my life in 30 second increments...oh look a chicken...want to ride bikes...I need to write another hub...wonder if I have any email...lol.

Jeremy


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hello Uninvited Writer.

The compliments from fine writers like yourself is very uplifting.

I started following many of you so I could learn how write! Thank you for all the knowledge I swiped from you in the early days of writing!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Randy, you will find your voice by reading one of your own hubs!

You have done an excellent job of finding your writing voice, It may come naturally to you I reckon!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hello Om.

You said that very clearly. Thank you for the compliment. I will take a look at your latest hubs, it sounds like I may learn something more about writing.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Candie you are correct! Peter and I speak of you often. We both enjoy your writing very much. You Definitely have found your voice!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

cojaqmarketing the thing I see is your engaging humour!

Maybe you like to keep yourself entertained when you talk!

you certainly have found your voice when you write. Quality is good!


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

So glad for all of us at HP that you found you voice, Ernest! That was great advice from your daughter.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you Shalini, I have a very wonderful daughter, and I appreciate her very much. Very nice comment!


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efeglo 6 years ago from Nigeria

I am one of them dad, you left me in Nigeria. Please come and take me. Very nice hub dad.


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qwark 6 years ago

Hi Earn:

I haven't been on for a few days. got a notice in my e-mail that ya'd posted another "hub."...read it.

You have no concern! Just keep writing! I haven't had a chance to read about yer "Dad" in the "One Armed Motorcyclist," but I'll get to it.

Go to Nigeria and pick up yer kid! lolol..


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Efeglo, I will be there soon! :)


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hey Quark, nice of you to drop in and thanks much for the encouragement!


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oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

thanks for the tips , i have now joined hubpages and am now following you.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

A big warm welcome to hubpages! Thank you for following me!


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

You write good my friend. Keep on. You have shared in here valuable information that are useful for anyone. I hope to read more of your writings. More power.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you so much Teresa. I am very happy you have found my information hubs useful.

It is a pleasure writing for such nice people as yourself!


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Harvey Stelman 6 years ago from Illinois

Earnie,

The only thing you lack is confidence. Look at your daughter, seems like you taught her well. Look in the mirror and tell yourself how good you are. Convince yourself.

My teachers told me I would never be able to write. I wrote ten movies and two books for fun.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Wow Harvey! You certainly proved your teachers wrong. Maybe they were successful in teaching you how to learn, or perhaps you did that yourself too. I agree I need to listen to my daughter, and I will try the affirmation. Thanks for caring Harvey. I love writing and sincerely wish to become a good writer like yourself.


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Your words are both insightful and inspirational. For some, a natural voice is simply there and easily expressed; but for most, it takes time to discover and nurture. Your commitment to working hard to write and to find that voice shows clearly that it can be done. I hope those who find writing frustrating to the point of giving up find encouragement in you.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you Sally! Your comments show a love for others, I really like that!

Nice comment.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Hi, Ernesto! I write some hubs to hopefully earn a few bucks, but I really enjoy the hubs I write just for fun. I especially enjoy sharing a good laugh with fellow hubbers!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hey habee, thanks for dropping in! Been known to have a bit of a giggle meself!


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

ernestshub, I enjoy your expressive writings. I don't know much about 'voice' or styles, but am having fun here on HubPages. Seems you are too and that's fantastic! Thanks for sharing your 'voice'!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hello frogyfish! Thank you for your kind comment. I love it here on hubpages too. So glad you are having fun.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

earnestshub, I say you found your writing voice, because you write very well. By the way what is your daughters website, I'd like to go over and take a look?


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you fastfreta, I am improving I hope!

My daughters name is Yvette, and her web page is yvettewrites.com. Thank you for asking. She has a lot of free and valuable ideas, a lot like yourself.


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wsp2469 6 years ago from Alta Loma, Ca

Wow. I am impressed to see someone with a score over 90 taking a moment to promote writing here for FUN!

(Mind you, I know my score was recently a 91 but I think of myself as an exception.)


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

It is fun, I have commercially oriented hubs as well though.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Hi wsp2469 I enjoy writing a lot more since I started to get a handle on it. Long way to go before I become as good as some here.


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Niteriter 6 years ago from Canada

Earnest, I congratulate you on being raised to the literary status of Herman Melville. "Writing is not my forte." is an opening line destined to take its place beside "Call me Ishmael."

Long may you write and never lose a leg to a sperm whale!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Very funny Niterider! I would have some trouble getting that far out to sea. I get sea sick if someone disturbs my bathwater!


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Antecessor 6 years ago from Australia

Yes I agree, hubpages capsules are very intuitive, much like website design programs.


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you for your comment Antecessor, I love da joint!


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vox vocis 6 years ago

Nice hub and nice to know about your daughter´s experience writing online! I will check out her site (saw it somewhere above in the comments). Thanks!


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earnestshub 6 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thank you vox vocus. She has a new Joomla platform that is neat and organised very well, and one of the nicest templates I have seen on the net. Joomla is terrific with the new plugins. The site is yvettewrites.com and she is the queen of organisation!


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

We are all writers, Ern, with our own individual styles. Your hub is clear and precise and not about cars for a change. That's not a criticism, just a fact.


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shelly_ramasocky 5 years ago

Another great one!


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Thanks Keith! Clear and precise eh? That is indeed a compliment, thank you. I do write a lot of car stuff though.


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Naomi's Banner 5 years ago from United States

By looking at the amount of comments your Hubs generate you must be doing something right. I find your writing easy to follow. The flow is good. I would say your daughter gained her skills from someone...inherited perhaps?


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earnestshub 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia Author

Naomi this may sound silly but until now, I had not considered that.

There is hope for me yet!


Ving 2 years ago

Superb initrmaofon here, ol'e chap; keep burning the midnight oil.


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