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7 HubPages Personalities You May Recognize
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Recently, I've made it to my five year milestone. I suppose this fact certifies me as a somewhat seasoned Hubber. During these years, I've personally experienced many different phases within myself and by other Hubbers while writing on HubPages.
I've met many Hubbers, and some of those writing personalities I'll not forget. So many compelling, thought-provoking, knowledgeable, and talented people, and then, well I shan't waste any more of your time, and I'll just say you can figure out my hesitancy in the next seven descriptions - a somewhat sketchy, a bit cynical low-down on the different personalities I've come across on this wonderful world of HubPages.
"The greenhorn is the ultimate victor in everything; it is he that gets the most out of life." ~ Literary Critic Gilbert K. Chesterton
Do you remember the day you started to write your very first hub?
You had so many questions, loads of confusion, and everlasting hope. Except for an exceptional few, your first hubs were absolutely atrocious, and yet, you didn't even realize. Not until later when you started catching on.
God Bless, the Noob.
Their lack of experience and knowledge on how the Hub really works keep it all in perspective for the more seasoned Hubber. If it weren't for their constant questions and forum posts, we veterans wouldn't have a reason to achieve any more merit than casual comments on our favorite hubs.
It's ok to not get it. It's ok to ask questions, and it's definitely ok to feel stupid. Don't worry! Most of us veterans are gracious to know that we've all been there oh so many times before.
Give the Noobs a break!
- Be nice, and remember ~ YOU were there before!
- Always leave POSITIVE feedback.
- Patience is a virtue.
You know this hubber?
Don't tell me. I'll bet you've probably out-stretched your hubbing hand, offering a mutual friendship by following with a witty comment on their recent hub, and then topping it off with some flattering fan mail praise.
Minutes, hours, days, a few weeks, a few more comments, and still ...
Scratching your head, you wonder to yourself.
Where in the heck did you go wrong?
You start re-analyzing your comments. Were they offensive? Overbearing? Worse yet, stupid?
Then, the realization dawns on you brighter than a doomed deer stuck in headlights.
You're getting the snub!
You have that problem too?
No, worries. Please don't take it personal. The elitist can not help it. You see they probably started early, coddled and adored by their mother, egged-on by their father, and emotionally worshipped to a point where they could do no wrong. They were, is, and will always be the epitome of perfection, and unfortunate for you, but they have no room for anything, or anyone, less than perfect.
You have two options:
- Keep on trying, and hope that one day they will recognize your effort in gaining their undivided attention, and hope you get your charitable nod of worthiness. ***wink***
- Get tired of being a sucker, un-follow and ignore because surely what goes around does definitely come around. (Careful for what you wish for ...)
"Whenever I climb I am followed by a dog called 'Ego'." ~ Scholar Friedrich Nietzsche
The Ego Maniac
It's all about MEEE
Sometimes, this individual goes hand in hand with the Elitist, but there is a slight difference. The Elitist may or may not be an out-spoken person whereas the Ego Maniac craves the limelight and usually takes advantage of forum threads and rubs it in fellow Hubber's faces. It really doesn't matter if they're the best writer on the Hub. Not at all - you see, it's all about how they are perceived. They stop at nothing to make sure that everyone else recognizes who they are and what they are all about, even at the cost of throwing another Hubber under the bus. Whether it be a critique that devalues another writer's skill or publicly pointing out an individual or a group as a whole their perceived faults as a means to separate what they deem as wheat from the chaff.
Ways to deal with over-inflated ego:
- Ignore it
The Social Butterfly
You're checking in on the hub feed, and notice a comment left by a fellow hubber.
It's Tom, and he's just left an appreciative comment behind with another hubber in which you're acquainted. The response is intelligent, friendly, and altogether witty. You shake your head because everywhere you look Tom has already been there, leaving his social networking trail behind him.
He's harmless, this Tom, but downright annoying!
You think this, not because he's someone who doesn't have a life, nor because he's a know it all, or even a schmoozer. No, you think this because you know you can't do it as well as him. Tom has a gift. Social-networking is his parte, one thing he's so good at doing. Everyone loves Tom, and no one forgets him.
Your words of advice?
- Reach out ~ make an acquaintance, and don't be afraid to expand your horizon.
- Be gracious. No matter how much you agree, or disagree ~ civility is the key.
- Remember the field of dreams? If you build it ~ they will come :)
Easy Come, Easy Go
These hubbers have their reasons.
Unless they tell us, we will never know.
Really, all we do know is that they seem to come and go without rhyme or reason, and we wait, day after day, wondering where they went.
You see we actually enjoyed seeing them around, reading their hub, laughing at their comments, and just plain happy they are there, and then, one day we notice they are gone.
Eventually, days, weeks, and months pass. Not a peep. Six months, or a year later, they finally show up on the scene. While some hubbers are forgiving, others are not so forgiving and don't take the missing in action hubber as a serious content writer. Hence, we have the prodigalist.
Important things to consider:
- Perhaps the hubber has a full-time job, and little spare time.
- We all go through hard times, and some more so than others.
- Do not pass judgement, especially if you do not know!
"No great achiever - even those who made it seem easy - ever succeeded without hard work." ~ Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks
These hubbers are what everyone else so often aspires to be.
Whether they are part of the apprenticeship alum, or they are the hubber with every merit and hundreds of popular hubs, they are the achievers.
Unrelenting and faithful to the core, the achievers have whittled away, building a sizeable fan base, perfecting their hubs, and never, ever, do you hear them complain about the Hubpages format, lack of rewards, or their share of misgivings.
These hubbers know what it takes to succeed in a dog eat dog world of content writing amid social networking sites. They know the essentials of SEO they've taken Hubpages training courses, and they have perfected their hubber score to 90 or above.
We all should be thankful for the achiever.
They are the few who lead us to the finish line. We look up to them, try and emulate them, and God forbid, at times, stalk them. Without the achiever, who would we look to for the ultimate goal of near perfection?
Tips to near perfection:
- Research, write, and edit.
- Don't get sidetracked with false promises from other social content sites, which by the way, pale in comparison as far as professionalism.
- Do not stray. You must stay the course.
YOU KNOW WHOM THEY ARE ...
Yes, they are the root of all hubbing annoyance!
- The Whiner
- The Anarchist
- The Left Wing Nut
- The Right Wing Nut
- The Negative Nelly
- The Bubbleblews Boaster
- The Radical Hater
- The Uncivil Cynicist
- The Forum Stalker
- The Satanist Solicitor
I'm sure there are more titles that I can come up with, as would every one of you. Though these button pushers may get on our very last nerve, without their unique hub personalities, our hubbing world would be less than exciting, a never-ending, hapless void of humdrum. Without their silly antics and sometimes infuriating drama, you have to admit that life on the hub would be somewhat boring. The key is not to get sucked in.
Ways to avoid the drama:
- Really ... you don't have to respond.
- Unfollow a post, and dismantle from the live feed
- If it gets really bad, and I mean stalking bad ~ report them!
Hubber's Last Thoughts
So, which Hubpages personality am I?
I would have to say the Prodigalist.
I do come and go, and sometimes not always by choice. If I were retired, I would be writing in content heaven (ahem). However, this is not the case, and I do not have that luxury. I work full time, and every little break that I get, I'm right here on the hub.
Which of the Hubpages personalities do I abhor the most?
The Pariah, of course.
There is so much more that I would like to say about this personality, but alas, I'm going to keep it civil and take the high road.
I'm putting this one to rest.
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