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My business plan for writing on HubPages

Updated on August 21, 2013

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Prioritizing Needs and Goals.

Writing on HubPages has opened a new door for me. It's a place I can go to and freely expose the lightest side of my whimsical being.

I have an addictive personality type A. It doesn't matter what the new thing is at the moment, I became completed swept of my feet and swallowed whole by the intriguing genius behind the creation.

Like video games, I clearly have a problem so I stay away from them. Mario got the best of me after trying to beat castle after castle in search of the princess.

In a way, writing online is a similar experience. I'm trying to stay ahead of a giant that has already defeated me. It's called the internet.

I become easily engrossed in the interesting articles I find here. I find myself commenting with delicate care to random strangers I've never met, but yet find they are a lot like me. We all share a passion for writing and a desire to let our creative voices sing against the typing sound of keyboard keys in the background.

There is only one problem I face when opening the tab to HubPages in my web browser. It's a trap that ensnares me and takes me hostage through the arousing information that gets my curiosity spinning.

I have grown too comfortable here. I noticed today the backside of my pants is getting tighter. I'm moving around less because I'm stationed to a chair more every morning intently staring at my screen, wondering what I'll read next in anticipating excitement!

My back is starting to hurt because I'm walking around less. My neck is starting to creak because of the arthritis that flares up every day from sitting with bad posture as I'm slumped over in awe at the writing skills and styles of my newly found HubPage authors and friends.

This is not good for me. No way, no how, will I ever get that next load of laundry in the washing machine or the pile of dishes washed when I'm glued to the computer screen like a little kid watching a new episode of a favorite cartoon.

This morning I sat here so long I forgot to eat breakfast. It was not a pretty feeling, as I had to lay down for a while, taking more precious time away from work that I should have been doing.

I work from home. My only true motivation is myself. My family and pets are the driving factors that keep me from crawling under the bed sheets and lazily going back to sleep every day.

I have no one else to blame for the cause of my lack of discipline except thy self.


Am I alone?

I hope, coming out with this confession, I find others like myself who are also engrossed in the every day goings on at HugPages.

From the interesting Answer section to the serious posts in the Forums, it's hard to take my eyes away from the writers that have worked hard on their writing portfolios and skills.


Other addicting pleasures of life.

Addictions
Sweets
Caffeine
Buying online
Video Games
Going to the beach
Eating ice cream
Putting sprinkles on my ice cream cones (I never have too many)
Running with my dogs
Walking around the block
Watching too much television at night
Thinking too much

Spread your wings and fly!

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My plans.

I can no longer afford to sit here day after day relentlessly reading page after page. I've succumbed to a rabbit hole.

What am I going to do?

I've decided the only way to tackle my current dilemma is to come up with a business plan.

What did I do before HubPages?

I used to be very busy. I was actually quite sick for a few months in earlier 2013, so writing wasn't an option at that time. However, prioritizing my day was always important and now, not so much that I've found so much to do here on HubPages.

Washing dishes is a thing of the past, when it used to be the first thing I would do after dropping my children off at school, followed by laundry and regular housework. With a spotless house, I could face any day.

Now the first thing I do is park it on my rear in front of my computer and start typing away my soul.

That needs to change for the good of my back and arthritic bones. It needs to change so I can once again start my day with a spotless house, no dirty dishes, and clean laundry.

But how?

I've decided that in order to accomplish this great feat, I must first ask myself, what is it that I actually need to get done today?

I'm very good at keeping calendars and appointments aptly in place.

After a morning marathon of HubPages, however, I find myself too tired to do anything beyond sit here and read.

It takes a lot of mental energy out of a person to think. Readers do not lack genius. We use our minds to work hard for us.

I need to use my mind to focus and help me get through the other stuff in my day that I need to do before sitting down here.

From now on, I'm going to treat HubPages as my reward.

When I come back from dropping off my children at school, my housework is done, and my business goals are met, I will then reward and treat myself to the never-ending fascinating fun on HubPages.

It's something I must do in order to achieve what I really want to become. And for lack of a better word, I've become unmotivated to do anything else when I wear myself out on here, doing what I love to do the most.

Writing and reading are my favorite hobbies. Unfortunately, that's all they are.

So, in order to gain my self-dignity back and shed the few pounds I've gained while sitting here reading every day, I'm going to pick myself up out of the chair (if I can get unstuck), and go back to doing my work.

When I'm done with that, every day in the afternoon, I will allow myself the opportunity to sit here and read. My reward will be a fulfilled day of balanced work and play.

Is it hard to pull yourself away from HubPages at times?

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Even Brownie was laughing at me on the underwear incident!

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How do you know you've become burnt out?

Writer's block is the first clue to understanding you may have become burnt out writing.

Take a break for a few days. Go take a walk or to a beach to refresh your mind.


Today, the last straw for me, was when I put my son's clean laundry in a basket in his room. With great roaring laughter, he appeared to me in the hallways shouting something about underwear. He couldn't get out what he was trying to say, as I sat down at the computer to read the first Hub of the day.

It was then, that I told him to place whatever was bothering him on the counter so I could deal with it later on. When my daughter told me that there was underwear on the counter, I reluctantly got up from my chair and decided to take a look at what all the hoopla was and discovered that I truly am in an unescapable predicament.

Ladies and gentlemen. Readers of my Hubs. Article readers every where.

The underwear causing the great laughter episode of 2013 were boxer shorts that I thought were a pair of shorts that went with my son's outfit.

You know you've had too much of a good thing when your eyeballs refuse to see the different between a random pair of boxer shorts and a pair of shorts that accompany a child's outfit.

Yes. I have finally reached my threshold for allowing myself to stop focusing and not concentrating on the stuff I need to do and the stuff I enjoy doing too much.


In all seriousness.

This article is all in fun.

HubPages has truly allowed me to fill my need to write and to meet other people with the same passions.


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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Very funny stuff. Been there and done that. Seriously, when I first started out on HP I was just the same. Gradually I weened myself off of HP and only allot a certain amount of time each day for it. Boy, did I ever relate to this article when I thought back to those earlier days.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Crafty- we have a lot in common. Your first two paragraphs could've been written by me. I get swept away as well to the point where it is a healthy obsession and I love Mario! But I don't dare touch the controllers because I'll never stop.

      And my OCD takes over with your sentence " With a spotless house, I could face any day." My house has to be clean before I can start working! LOL

      I work three days a week in an office doing tech support- the other two are spent writing. Well I should say, I write on the weekends too if I have time.

      I created a schedule for myself (that I try to stick to) when I'm home writing. It's simply this: Clean the house, walk the dogs, exercise... write.

      But, I also do photography and design bracelets. So I've been slacking in those areas, however once the cooler weather rolls around, I'll have to incorporate some time in for those hobbies as well!

      Loved your hub- thanks for posting!

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      Lynsey Harte 3 years ago from Glasgow

      Great hub. I can identify a lot in this. My pants are also tightening, but thats due to me being lazy rather than hubpages (i think) lollol. Interesting you have addictive personality type A... i didn't know there were types!! How do you find out? Is there a test or did you just google it?

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you Billy! I got to the point earlier today where I literally looked around and thought, I'm totally obsessed with this stuff! Thankfully I actually had to leave my house so I finally got up out of my chair! :)

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      EP, my favorite things are making greeting cards and scrapbook layouts. I have some half made ones sitting here staring me down. While I sit here and read until my eyeballs are dizzy! LOL

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Sparkley! I don't know if addictive personality type A is real or if I made that one up. I honestly think I do have all of the above though even if they are separate issues! LOL

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      Patricia Scott 3 years ago from sunny Florida

      I do so understand all that you say. And I laughed as I read this. It could have been me writing this. Except I get up in the middle of the night and HUB as I call it. Then go back to bed for a couple hours and get stuff done and then HUB some more. Hubbing can be reading reading reading...most days that is what it is . Part two of HUBBING is tweaking existing hubs. If I am making something special that day food wise I will make it into a hub.

      I do so get this. And yes, I have had to ignore my computer more...

      Thanks for sharing Enjoyed this from beginning to end. ps

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you pstraubie! I used to be able to get up in the middle of the night when my children were smaller. Now I usually don't go to bed until then, but I do get up early. I've gotten to the point that in order to get anything done, I actually shut my computer off and avoid it until I actually need it for something. Otherwise I'm just stuck on it and time goes by so quickly.

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      titi6601 3 years ago

      Interesting and very true I can relate to this hub.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you titi! :)

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      Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

      I can relate to many of the things you say here, HP does have a rather addictive side. Good luck with your plan :)

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you Imogen! Good luck is right! I haven't had a day where I actually stuck to it yet. LOL

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I think we've all been there as hubbers. So, very true! Like you, writing and reading are my favorite hobbies too and I get stuck all the time. Now, I have learned...not to open my laptop until all work is done. However, If I may confess, I do peep (guilty pleasure). Lol!

      Nice, enjoyable hub. Now, gotta go check my laundry!

      Cheers!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Cris! Thank you for your comments. Sometimes I just get stuck here. Other times I cannot find the time.

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      hlwar 3 years ago

      Great hub, and true - so very, very true! I'm addicted to the computer in general and I tell people all the time my entire life is online. Once I sit down in front of the screen it's likely I don't budge an inch for hours. When I do finally get up, my body hurts, my eyes are strained, I've lost most of my free day, and I remember I forgot to eat!

      It's most certainly an addiction! And the best remedy is to make yourself a schedule. Unfortunately, I find I lack the self-discipline to even keep to that. (¬‿¬) Small price to pay for our Hub-art? ^^

      Thanks for sharing!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      hlwar, I'm not really one who forgets to eat, except when I'm sitting at the computer! LOL Thanks for commenting!

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      passionate77 3 years ago

      oh its the same addiction that i was caught through during my early days of begining when i joined hubpages, weeks later i could not do anything properly, it was so addictive crafty dear that i had to convince myself to keep a balance between hubpages addiction and life's other tasks aswell. i think its the most common addiction among many of us who enjoy reading writing sharing at hubpages, its soo lovely and addictive platform for million of hubbers who share a passion for reading and writing wonderful stuff. every word you posted is cent percent true. nice article , enjoyed it a lot, thanks for sharing, blessings dear!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Thank you so much passionate! Finding balance is so important. I published one Hub and then didn't come back for two weeks in the beginning. Once I came back, I realized how much I had missed. Now I keep updated daily, but once in a while I do miss a day.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      I do the same thing forget to eat breakfast. The worst part is I don't want to leave the house. I can tell you I would go crazy if it weren't for my computer in the winter. It's to cold here to do much of anything. My husband is home he keeps himself busy by doing the housework, I do the washing he does the folding. I have to get off the computer to make sure I talk with him, hug the pets and call my family. It's not just HP it's just spending hours on the computer doing this and that. Now that I no long belong to quilting group I just really don't get out much.

      Hey, when I first got my computer many years ago I lost 12 lbs. because I didn't eat I was learning how to use the computer and in those days it wasn't as easy as it is now. Enjoyed your funny hub. Voted up.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Hi Moonlake! Thanks so much for your comments and sharing your story here. I was sick these past few days so I didn't get on the computer. But years ago, after my son was born, I started writing on a different blog. I too lost weight from blogging. I forgot to eat. Only time in my life that happened before! LOL

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