Writing and Reading Hubs on HubPages – Is there a Cure for the Addiction?

Addicted to Hubs

Writing hubs is addictive, reading hubs is addictive. Making comments and checking out the new Hubbers, it is all addictive. I have to admit I am totally hooked. HubPages has me in its hooks. Sadly while I spend the bulk of my time reading other hubs and checking out the new hubs, my own portfolio sits unattended. While I am addicted to writing hubs there is just never enough time to do justice to any of them.

A Woman Becomes Obsessed with HubPages

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The other day I started a new list for topics suitable for HubPages. I have dozens of titles sussed, with notes and reference points ready to go at any given moment. I must admit, I was feeling rather pleased with my efforts until I received an e-mail in my inbox. Yep, another hub from one of my favourite hubbers. It was good, it was more than readable so I had to take a moment to comment and rate it up, of course. Oh, if only I could get off other people’s Hubs, stop commenting and connecting with other Hubbers and get on with my own writing. Maybe then I will be one of those successful Hubbers who are making more than a few dollars a month from Google Adsense.

The Distant Dream or the Unattainable Goal? $$ for the Written Word

Is it a distant dream, this making money from writing? Is HubPages the answer or should I be concentrating my efforts on Constant Content instead? It’s not as if I don’t have a paying gig, I do, but even that gets left behind when I start searching through the wonderfully written, informative, funny and sad hubs from my fellow Hubbers.

The paying gig is so demanding. They tell me what to write and what keywords to use. Constant Content and Suite101 are both restrictive in not allowing use of the first person narrative that I love so much with all my writings. That’s what I love about HubPages. The freedom to pick my own topic, use keywords or not, and put ‘I ‘and ‘me’ into every single sentence if that’s where the words take me.

Every day there are dozens of new Hubs published to read and explore other people's lives from distant lands.

These are the reasons I love HubPages. Freedom in my writing and a sense of being part of a community, all from the comfort of my own home. If you enjoy reading, are searching for information or share my passion for writing, it’s easy to sign up to HubPages. But I do have to warn you it can become addictive. Be prepared to watch many hours fade into yesterday and your to do list remain unfinished especially once you have discovered the extra curricula activities -- HubMobs, Forums and Contests!



Bob Newhart Video - Stop It

Bob Newhart has a quick and easy solution to this woman's obsession. If we all followed his advice we could save thousands of dollars in therapy.

Unlike other addictions, there are real positives for being associated with HubPages such as:

  • Getting information
  • Joining discussions
  • Making new friends
  • Learning new things
  • Making some pocket money or
  • Starting a career in writing

No doubt you’ll find as I have that this site is well worth the time you spend here and perhaps you’d rather not find a cure for this particular addiction after all.

Copyright © 2010 Karen Wilton

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Comments 21 comments

Baileybear 6 years ago

Yep, I'm addicted. I have a list of topics to write about with outlines - not sure when they are going to all get done. I was about to go to bed and saw your article, so logged back on. Sad, aye?


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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia Author

Too true Baileybear, we Hubbers are a sad but well informed bunch of people. Thanks for logging back on and taking the time to comment.


Baileybear 6 years ago

I was a bit addicted to Facebook when first joined. This is a much better outlet for me - I'm an introvert, very knowledgeable and like writing.


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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia Author

Baileybear, Facebook is a great way to keep in touch with friends but I've found it doesn't have the same community feel or the informative articles here on HubPages. I've enjoyed reading your articles so keep them coming!


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

There was only one thing before that got me hooked like this. It was a Suduko pocket computer. After a last and final fall, it broke and I awoke from a distant dream and my life could continue. I promised myself I will never buy another again.

Now I have hubpages. But instead of being involved in a lonely little cell, it is boisting with real people with real lives. Bonus is they are pleasant, interesting, helpful and informative.

What helps me to cope is my iPhone. When I am in a queue in the bank, for instance, I read a couple of hubs and make a comment, before I reach the teller. This makes waiting a lot more pleasant as well. You will be surprised how many open spaces of time exists in the course of the day. I am never sorry I got myself this phone.


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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia Author

I have to admit I too was hooked on Sudoku, Equealla and still have unfinished books of the puzzles because I am now so wrapped up in HubPages and the sense of community.

That's clever using the iPhone while waiting in queues, perhaps I need one of those.


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

I wouldn't be writing this comment if i wasn't in exactly the same boat as you. Whenever someone comments on one of my hubs i feel duty bound to find out who that person is and what they have to offer. Your hub is well thought out and aimed fairly and squarly at attemptedhumour. Cheers


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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia Author

So glad you enjoyed the read attemptedhumour, love that you spell your name with the appropriate English, you know, with a 'u' in humour! Thanks for the comment.


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

u'r welcome.


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Mercredi 6 years ago

Thanks for the great article. You should try starting a blog on your own domain: In the end the payoff will be greater.


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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you Mercredi for the great advice, I have a blog but no-one stops to comment while at HubPages there is always interaction with other writers on the same page as me. I write for the love of it and the payoff, if it ever happens will be a bonus.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love your thought about this site. Although we all become addicted but at least we addicted in positive things. From various reason you share wit us, I agree with most of your thought. Never underestimate if you want to try this first. making comment and reply the comment is kind of giving appreciation to other hubbers for their hard work. Success for you. Take care!

Prasetio


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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia Author

The beauty about HubPages is not only the ease of use and getting around the site but the interaction between other writers such as yourself in the comments area. There is plenty of discussion and warm appreciation for each others works that makes me, for one, keep coming back for more. I wish you great success too Prasetio and thank you for your thoughts.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Oh yes I am definitely addicted and I would not want it any other way.

Joining you all on HP was a great big new era for me but I didn't realise how much it would boost my self confidence.

Now was the time for me to join and I am very touched to have got to know so many genuine individuals such as you for one Karanda.

You and others have given me the boost I needed to get out there and have my say.

Another brilliant hub.

Take care and God Bless you Karanda.


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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia Author

Aw shucks Eiddwen you are too kind. I am so glad for you that you discovered this site. Your passion shows through in your writing and I am sure this is what you were meant to be doing. Take care.


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Neverletitgo 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

I am addicted writing and reading hub page as well other sites and it is the best thing to be addicted. Thank you for sharing.


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Karanda 6 years ago from Australia Author

Nice to see you on one of my hubs, Neverletitgo, and you are quite right, this is one addiction that is good for us.


wwolfs 4 years ago

HubPages is addicting. I agree it's a good addiction. It's a wonderful place to read other hubs and share your writing. There are always so many interesting hubs to read and comment on. The video with Bob Newhart is great. Thanks for sharing.


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Karanda 4 years ago from Australia Author

Thand you wwolfs for your positive comments. I love it here on HubPages,I write what I want, when I want and read many amazing stories and articles from other Hubbers. The Bob Newhart video is the ultimate in the easy solution to any problem isn't it? The best thing about this Hub is that I can come back to visit anytime and watch that video again.


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lrc7815 4 years ago from Central Virginia

I share this addiction with some of the greatest writers to be found anywhere. This is a great hub and will be shared. Voted up and awesome.


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Karanda 4 years ago from Australia Author

Excellent lrc7815 another great writer to join the throngs of the HubPage converts. It is a great place to write and share comments with like minded people. How lovely of you to comment.

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