10 Ways to Spot a HubPages Addict Right Off

Writing takes dedication and discipline
Writing takes dedication and discipline
A writer is for the most part, a lonely soul
A writer is for the most part, a lonely soul

(WRITER’S NOTE: this is fondly-dedicated to Catgypsy; Tammyswallow; CrisSp; Breakfast Pop; Shades-of-Truth; Arachnea; Faith Reaper; Favored; Lifegate; Lucky Cats; Lupine; The Examiner-1; Writer Fox, vkwok and many more followers, new and enduring. At the risk of sounding cliché and corny, I would not be anywhere on this amazing website, HubPages, without their patience, advise, healthy-criticism, love, and humor. Sincerely, Kenneth).

In June of 2015 I will have been a member of HubPages, the place where you are reading this story. On this site, stories are called “hubs,” and I have never understood that thinking, nor have I ever had the nerve to ask the editors of HubPages, “why?” I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that these guys and girls have much to do about everything that is HubPages. From answering legal to technical questions and on top of their responsibilities, they also fix “bugs” that sometimes find their way into the technical make-up of this world-wide website.

A writer one with her story
A writer one with her story

Who, or What, is HubPages?

  • HubPages is a user generated content, revenue-sharing website. On December 7, 2013, the website published data that showed that the website consisted of 910,106 "Hubs" (magazine-style articles on a specific topic), 73,969 published users, and 2,498,967 forum posts.
  • The site launched on August 6, 2006, funded by a US $2 million investment from Hummer Winblad. The three founders, Paul Edmonson, Paul Deeds, and Jay Reitz, are former employees of Microsoft and were part of the startup MongoMusic.
  • According to Quantcast, HubPages has become one of the 50 most-visited U.S. sites on the Internet. In a November 2013 Quantcast monthly report, the website received around 16.1 million unique U.S. visits and over 30.9 million unique global visits, with more users accessing the site from computer browsers than with mobile devices.

Source: Wikipedia

HubPages is almost everywhere

And by the term world-wide, I am not kidding. In my short time of being a member of HubPages, I have read stories, errr, I mean, hubs, from writers in India, Hawaii, California and Oklahoma. This is a very short list of the places that the hubbers originate. I just wish I had the space to name all of the places that I have been blessed to “visit” via the internet and my trust laptop. But when you endure Fibromyalgia, Neurothopy and Thrombosclorosis, your time is limited on how long you can type or even participate in the easiest of life’s opportunities.

I have made a lot of genuine, sincere, and loving friends on HubPages. I am totally-serious. Yes, serious. This is not comfortable for me, being serious when most of my materials are of a comical-nature. My thinking is this: If I can make one reader happy for one moment, then my life has not been lived in vain.

I suppose you have sometimes wondered “how” you can spot one of us hubbers while in a crowded shopping mall or while attending a Fourth of July parade. Well, it’s not that tough. I used to be just like you, wondering why “certain” people did certain things. Then when I joined the wonderful ranks of HubPages, it hit me one day similar to a diesel truck hauling cement.

Vintage author
Vintage author
Notes about a hub is vital for success
Notes about a hub is vital for success
Even Snoopy can get in on the act
Even Snoopy can get in on the act
Success!
Success!
Is he being insecure?
Is he being insecure?
This canine might win a major award on HubPages one day
This canine might win a major award on HubPages one day
The old-fashioned way of writing
The old-fashioned way of writing
This hubber is really getting it done
This hubber is really getting it done
Added help is sometimes a good idea
Added help is sometimes a good idea
Eccentric writers are welcomed on HubPages
Eccentric writers are welcomed on HubPages

"THANK YOU to ALL of My Cherished-Followers for making my last three years on HubPages being one of the best experiences I have ever had in my years on this earth."

"I could not have went this far without YOU, Followers."

"In fact . . .I Thank God above for each of you. And Wish You ALL more Success and Joy that you can fathom."

Sincerely,

KENNETH

Hubbers are not your average, “garden variety” people. Not that they are beasts or have criminal records. I cannot really explain this to you except by saying that there is just “that” certain quality about a hubber that for some magical reason causes them to stand-out from the crowd unawares. I know. I have experienced this amazing phenomena. And it bears no explanation.

But instead of boring you with details, please allow me to share with you

10 Ways That You Can Spot a Member of HubPages Right Off

  • 10.) Hubbers are constantly gazing outward over a body of water. Somehow they find needed-imspiration from water and the beach where lovers, young and old alike, congregate for those priceless love moments.
  • 9.) Hubbers have “that” determined look on their faces almost all of the time. This is what they call “staying focused.” Some hubbers are so focused that they miss meals, great television shows and dates with hot girls to just get to write another hub.
  • 8.) Hubbers are always frantically-running around asking friends and strangers alike, “What would you say is the most unusual experience you have ever had?” To just run home and outline what might be an Editor’s Choice hub.
  • 7.) Hubbers are sometimes thought of as “loners,” for they love to be free of social obligations and daily responsibilities and anything that might hamper them from banging their keyboard to publish their newest hub: “Ways to Have Fun While Being Alone.”
  • 6.) (Some) hubbers are a bit insecure. You can spot this trait by watching people at a reunion and those who are always wearing their laptop via leather strap are the insecure people. And when the time is right, these inscure people (which I confess that I am insecure) get a group of people who are discussing their callings in life and the hubber instantly calls up the HubPages mainframe and shows them every hub he or she has written in hopes to get a few pats on the back.
  • 5.) Hubbers’ rooms and homes are definitely storage areas for all types of books on famous authors, self-help books on “How to Be a Successful Author,” and DVD’s by the rack on “Quick Writing Tips,” that these hubbers depend on to improve their writing.
  • 4.) Hubbers very seldom have full social lives—dates every night, dinners with friends and going on cruises. These writers are so dedicated to their craft, they have learned to live on sacrifice, because one book they read stated that Hemingway, Hunter Thompson, and Poe all lived in some sort of pain and sacrifice and these hubbers think if they sacrifice so much, success will happen to them also.
  • 3.) Hubbers do not make good dates. I am not being harsh, just observant. The most-dedicated hubber will definitely want to talk writing and publishing even with people who are not the least bit interested in these topics.
  • 2.) Hubbers despise the terms: Rejection; Re-edit; Re-write; Delete; and Re-Publish. Oh, and “Paying Dues.” Most all hubbers who have not published a successful book, screenplay or essay, all think they are “paying dues.” (Although I am just an almost-four-year HubPages member, I can go ahead and declare that there are no “ivory towers” in or around HubPages in which to steal-away and stare down at the newest HubPages members who are just trying to write good pieces and earn some cash.
  • 1.) Go into any of those “Free Wi-Fi” coffee houses that we see cropping-up so much in our bigger cities. Anyone can spot the Hubber for they are the ones with several empty coffee cups and staring into their laptop screens. Plus, you can see the crumpled paper lying on the table—failed attempts to get “the perfect” outline for a hub the first try.
  • Bonus Tip: Hubbers do not have names like regular writers. They have names like : Jodah; Greeneyedblondie; sheilamyers; Mary615; Tilsontitan; Jaye Wisdom and vkwok.

I think I will test you to see if you really can spot a hubber out in public. What I plan on doing is leaving my home in the next few days and just see how many of you can spot me without any trouble.

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Comments 31 comments

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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

One! I am one! So are you! Loved this--and you made me smile!!


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

I thank you for including me in this Hub when you wrote it. Actually, I was surprised when I saw my name.

It was very, very interesting to read from beginning to end. I, too, became curious about why they were called Hubs, so I looked the word meaning up one day. Besides things such as "center part of a wheel", the best meaning was - "effective center of an activity". I voted up, shared and tweeted it.

Your friend,

Kevin (P.S. - I hope that you conquer your problems. :))


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

Haha! It is hard to tear oneself away from HP, isn't it?


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Kenneth, this is funny and realistic at the same time. Hubbers also like, thumbs up, and hit the buttons that help their fellow hubbers rise. We are a community. We are creative. Some are obsessive. Some are critical. But all are creatives with their own nuances and idiosyncrasies. To be a Hubber is to love a Hubber. I guess you have to be one to get it, huh?


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CatherineGiordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

I confess to being addicted. Aside from the time I spend sleeping, (and I do sometimes get up in the middle of the night to write), I'm always in one stage or another of writing. I can't help myself. I force myself to tear away for a few hours now and then to try to maintain a social life. I keep a list of hub ideas and every time I remove on by publishing it as a hub, I add two more. Nicely don Ken--it's like you held up a mirror for us addicts to look into.


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Bidd Waxx 2 years ago from Wisconsin

I am a beginner here, in just a week , maybe a more few days to this, I am hooked. True and makes it all interesting.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

One of these days, if I keep at it, I too may become an avid Hubber. Have to run, my printer is out of paper.


Ghaelach 2 years ago

A very interesting hub Kenneth.

It's nice to know that we individuals are the centre hub of this great Hubpages organization, and as with a wheel without the hub you won't be able to ride anywhere.

The way I see this website is that we hubbers are the transportation and those at HQ are the drivers, but without the transportation HQ ain't going nowhere.

A Hubber with one of those funny pseudonym names wishing you a good day.

Ghaelach


sheilamyers 2 years ago

Yes, some of those descriptions fit me. Although I love reading all of the great hubs, one of my favorite things to do is to read usernames and try to figure out what some of them mean. Not only is Hubpages filled with creative minds that produce wonderful hubs, they're very creative in coming up with unique usernames.


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techygran 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

Hi Kenneth-- I chuckled my way through this hub. You certainly have us hubbers nailed! I enjoyed the images you chose, and your captions-- especially the last one: so glad to hear that there is a place for eccentrics among the Hubpages Nation. Voted up, pinned and shared!


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Lissa Clason 2 years ago from Raleigh, North Carolina

I just started here not too long ago, but I think I'm already becoming addicted! I like that I can write about pretty much anything that interests me here, and I like all of the interesting people I'm seeing on here :)


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

Thanks for adding me into this hub, Kenneth! Thumbs up!


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

vkwok,

LOL! My friend, what kind of person would I be to not include you? I would be a pretty shallow person. You deserved this and lots more recogniton. Thank you for your great friendship.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear AudreyHowitt,

Yes, I am. Prouf of being a hubber as you are.

ALL of you and the Rest of my Dear followers have made my life more enriched. Honest. And I thank you.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Lissa Clason,

Welcome to HubPages. I am honored to meet you. Thanks for reading and leaving me such a sweet comment.

I, and my followers, wish YOU the Best.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

The Examiner-1,

It was my pleasure to include you in my lead pargraph. I wish I had the design prowess to include ALL of my great followers and at the end just type in huge, PhotoShop type, "Thank You!"

And Kev, I am working on my "problems."


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

shanmarie,

It sure is! Oh, what? Just a policeman coming into my house to tell me . . .

what was I saying? Oh, thanks for "hitting it outta the park," with your comment.

I appreciate you.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Bravewarrior,

You are much-appreciated. And I never thought of this being realism and humor at once.

And Yes, to be a hubber is to love a hubber so I love YOU!

Thanks for your insightful comment.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Catherine,

Thank you kindly for taking time to read this piece and you described how I arrived at my descriptions in such perfection.

How did you know that I used a mirror?

Catherine, I do that too sometimes. I will start a hub. Then go to bed. And after I get awake the next day, have my daily devotional, eat, do some housework, then I am ready to write.

Priorities matter to me.

And you do too.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Bidd Waxx,

Welcome to HubPages, my friend. We are glad that you are here. Oh yeah. You are right. It took me two weeks and then I was hooked completely. Do not worry. You can guy printer paper later, but now, write more hubs.

Thanks for your comment.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Perspycacious ,

I am so sorry. I thought it was Bidd Waxx who was out of printer paper, but it was you. Thanks though for your nice remarks. Now to repeat to you: You can buy printer paper on Monday. Now write more hubs.

Thank you so much for your friendship and following.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Ghaelach,

You make a great point. Drivers and transportation. That does make a lot of sense. Now I feel very useful. Thank you much and have a happy Monday.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, sheilamyers,

I am having to hurry. My laptop needs charging, but YOU come first. Thanks for your nice remark and I confess. I like to try and unravel the hidden meanings with new user names. It is much fun.

I appreciate living in "Hubville" with neighbors like you.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Techygran,

Hub Nation. I love it.

Eccentrics. I am that alright.

Thanks for knowing that "I" know you all well. And I found out all of this information with my "secret senses."

Please come back and see me again.


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Bidd Waxx 2 years ago from Wisconsin

I am getting so much enjoyment on this hubpage. I am out of paper, besides out of mind at times, everyone has great writing skills. I am new here


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Bidd Waxx,

We enjoy you being here. Hey, you have great writing skills. I hope to have you follow me.

Take care.


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Bidd Waxx 2 years ago from Wisconsin

Your compliment meant a lot to me , I thank you greatly. I believe I am a follower of yours. Have a wonderful Monday.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

You are very welcome, Bidd. Anytime. You earned it. And I do appreciate your following so much. I pray that YOU have or rather, had, a great Monday.


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mySuccess8 2 years ago

Your Hubs are fun to read, including this one, while being informative. We love HubPages, and you described it well.


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Shyron E Shenko 23 months ago

10. Yes I love to day-dream and live the stories in my head looking out to sea, even when I did not realize that was what I was doing.

9.) Hubbers have “that” determined look on their faces almost all of the time. This is what they call “staying focused.” Some hubbers are so focused that they miss meals, great television shows and dates with hot girls to just get to write another hub.

8. Just today I did this, ask a friend Melinda, if I may write her story.

7. Yes to this one also, this is a description of me

6. I do not fit this profile

5. Hits the nail on the head

4.-1 are me to a T

Yes I can spot a hubber

Blessings and Hugs dear friend


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kenneth avery 23 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello,

Shyron,

I love your detailed comment. I mean it. It gave me a lot of hope to continue to write for HP. Thank you dear friend and HUGS to you also.

Hi, MySuccess8,

Thank you so much for your support which, believe it or not, goes a LONG way with an insecure person such as myself.

I mean it. God bless you and your life and talent in an endless way.

LOVE YOU ALL.

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