Confession of a Writer: "What makes me a better person online?"

Travel Man as emcee of various occasion in the community

Photo by Ireno Alcala  (February 24, 2011)
Photo by Ireno Alcala (February 24, 2011)

There's no denying that we exist in today's world via two-way street: the virtual and the reality. If we can base our existence by the interpretation of Johari's window (usually divided into four identities of ourselves), I can add the cyber enhancement of an individual as we thrive in the computer age and actively participate to the cutthroat competitions involved therein. One of the most challenging part is writing.

I confess that I find joy and fulfillment while I'm writing online. It's a paperless world. With just the use of the tools offered by this very famous virtual writing site, HubPages, I can link, add photos, videos to promote the veracity of my work. I've been through the rough edges of re-editing my hubs due to similarities on other hubber's works. What could I say; maybe we're just thinking about the same subject or our minds are controlled by unseen waves of telephatic messages that we can absorb and decipher then put it into writing.

An argument about Duplication and Plagiarism abound in the writing world. Who wrote and published such novels, poems, articles and all that pertains to writings, even famous writers are not exempted with the accusations of having plagiarized or duplicate phrases or the entire book.

With all those factors hovering and clouding our writing niche, I only smile and ignore such controversies because of my desire to write.

The BIG QUESTION is now challenged by a monthly contest on this site that questions our existence: So You Think You Can Write Online?

My answer to that question? "Yes, I can write!!!"

Travel Man as community participant to positive change

Photo by Travel Man (January 24, 2011)
Photo by Travel Man (January 24, 2011)

What makes me a better person online?

With the aid of technological conveniences and modern electronic gadgetry, like computer and broadband connection, I am virtually connected with the world. It gives me an opportunity to maintain an writing site and pour my ideas on it with a major goal of contributing worthy articles that can change lives of people who are sharing my sentiments.

My first contact on virtual writing is blogging. It's just like an online diary but I didn't limit my site on personal experiences. I also delve on issues that I feel worthy of discussion.

Then, HubPages came. Three years after its launching, I accidentally discovered that there's a very convenient site where I can hone my talent on writing. I was searching for new hubs or electronic gadget when Google Search directed me to the first page of the result and there, right before my eyes, HubPages.

The invitation of signing up, writing an article and monetizing it literally baited me to write online. Why not give it a try? If others can write, why can't I?

I don't want to use the picture tool by solely using it to publish hub and earn Hub Score. I explore the easy-to-use tools on HubPages, although they are implementing changes on the rules of publishing our articles.




Travel Man as former high school school paper's editor-in-chief

Photo by Travel Man (March 3, 2011)
Photo by Travel Man (March 3, 2011)

Opportunity knocks many times online. You can be somebody here by establishing your presence as writer among other things.

As a writer, I am ready to face the praises and criticisms that will storm my site. I always am. Being a writer, you must be positive on acknowledging reactions from other writers and readers so that, you can learn a thing or two from them. Earning accolade is an added factor to my work and keeps me inspired to continue my craft.

The challenging factors that limit a writer's existence online is time and health. There are many roles that I assume aside from being a contributor online. First, I am a son to my mother; a brother to my kins and an organizer in the community. My being single is long overdue but I plan of making my life more complicated once I get married. It will also add luster to my being a writer and challenges to be a father and a husband once I meet my future wife.


Travel Man as an inspiration to others

Phot by Travel Man (April 1, 2011)
Phot by Travel Man (April 1, 2011)

I appreciate the encouragement of my former colleagues, cousins and friends to write online. With my presence that is visible on social media, like Facebook and Twitter and also YouTube, I am able to promote my works: hubs, photos and videos.

In return, they answered my campaign to join HubPages and contribute their expertise here, one way or another.

I can proudly say that with my presence online:

  1. My article on Cyber Bullying was used by two prominent television stations in the Philippines, ABS-CBN Channel 2 and GMA-Channel 7 on their weekly documentary programs. I wrote similar article and even made a group page on Facebook when I became a victim of bullying online. Really, some words that were brutally written can hurt us internally and can trigger our outburst online.
  2. Overwhelmed parents bombarded me with questions on how to enroll their sons and daughters who are gifted at Philippine Association for the Gifted. This is because of my hub asking them if: Is your child a gifted one?
  3. Americans are amazed to know that they have so many strange places that they should visit in the USA via: Strangest Places in the USA. Although, the facts are already there, I sees to it that it will still be interesting not only for them but for the rest of the world.
  4. How can I forget my first hub: Hot Springs in Albay to ever hit the perfect HubScore! I can say that if you write your own experiences online, you can draw a lot of readers and receive nice comments and admiration from the readers.
  5. Sad comments, mostly painful experiences on having a family member with Brain Tumor moved me. I shared this hub because having such disease usually affected some of my relatives.

With my articles visible online and linked with Facebook and Twitter, my friends and family are able to reconnect and know my activities.

Some of my former editors way back in college publication posed me a challenge: Why not make a book out of your various experiences?

My answer is still hanging on air.

In the next two years, I can be one of those hubbers who widened their horizons by publishing their own books.

Travel Man as a writer

Photo by Travel Man during CBMS Seminar (January 19, 2011)
Photo by Travel Man during CBMS Seminar (January 19, 2011)

My recent hub on PNP-Media Protocol in a Crisis Situation paved the way of introducing myself as online writer, particularly on HubPages.

I rekindle my relationship with my former colleague with the local media personalities. Some are gone but few of my friends are still thriving, although some are conniving with the prevailing political bigwigs.

With my involvement as a hubber, I am able to open their eyes on the possibilities that writing articles online about the issue can ignite sentiments from readers not only in my country, Philippines but also in other parts of the world.

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Romano Arnesto 5 years ago from Philippines

Wow! This is really a personal hub, travel man! I can say, lessons are learned not only in school but of life as well.


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earthbound1974 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Gee! This is too personal, travel man but I see your publishing this hub-blog. Some readers will learn a thing or two from you. Rated it up!


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Arian Rey 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Seas (PHILIPPINES)

Thanks for inspiring others. Way to go, travel man!!!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks. I just carried away with my thoughts. It should be developed then present it here on HP.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@earthbound: You've noticed, huh! It's just a little contribution to the HP world. I hope readers will find it interesting.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks for the appreciation, Arian.


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thesailor 5 years ago from Seven Seas

An inspiring hub that should brought some praises from us here.


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

What a great outcome on an article you wrote because if I help people I always consider my writing more worthwhile. Excellent hub.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks, sailor! That's what we do here on HP...to inspire and be an instrument for change.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Ms. Pamela99: Thanks for noticing this hub. At first, my only reason is to earn with my writings; little did I knw that those articles will continue to stir reactions from people around the world and make a change about their perspective in life.


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DON BALDERAS 5 years ago

Hahaha. I like your pose at the BC Office. It's really nice to come home.


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Ipeoney 5 years ago from USA

Hi this is one of your great Hub. I thought you are still working on the ship abroad. Yes, when you're writing through experience, sad, good, happy, it really turns out great. Great books are written when the author is inspired with a real life experience.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Yes, Sir Don. It's kinda nostalgic visit. Unfortunately, no staffer were there to welcome me. I've heard that they've closed the publication due to some internal problems. I can't forget my work there and my deceased moderator (Ma'am Francia Ochoa).


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@lpeoney: Thanks a lot. Actually, this can be categorized as hub-blog. I don't mind. As long as it can inspire others; I'll do the 'mixing' of such article.

Yes, I'll be going on board ship this June. I'm just renewing some of my papers. Signing new contract often requires us to upgrade some courses of this and that (money-making scheme in the maritime world) and that much-dreaded medical examination, a la executive check-up.

That's true, great books are real life-inspired. I hope I can make my own, too.


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ImChemist 5 years ago

Nice advices helping every one. rated useful


Phoebe Pike 5 years ago

Very personal and interesting piece. I have always found that people who reveal themselves in their writing tend to have some of the most powerful and fascinating pieces. Great work.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@IMChemist: Thanks. There's no better way but to share whatever talents we have. It's another way to celebrate God's blessings! :D


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

@Phoebe Pike: Thanks. Being true to ourselves as we write hubs can move others to light; even though we some limitations to truly express ourselves in what we write. We don't just inform others, but we also incorporate ourselves to motivate them to do something worthwhile in their communities.


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

It is very good as a writer to bring some of your personal world into it, very useful and clever. Voted you up here!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines Author

Thanks for that vote of confidence. I'm revealing myself, too much, on HubPages these days. I think, as a writer, it would be fitting for use and others, too, to share our personal activities on what we write.

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