A Whole Year of HubPage Articles!
A Little Personal Note
I can't believe it's been a year! It feels like a long time and no time all at once (does that even make sense?).
Regardless, it's been quite a year. So much as changed in my life and so much has been written here (although I wish it had been more). School has kept me crazy busy and so I haven't been able to write as much as I would have liked to. I also don't really have any ideas on what to write anymore...
I've gone through an insane amount since last Winter and I can't believe how much I've changed and grown as a person. And I can't believe how much Hubpages has actually motivated me and how great and supportive this community has been to me throughout all of this. I came in thinking it would just be a way to get some things out and to write when I was bored but I now truly have more confidence in my skill as a writer and my ability to hopefully entertain or at the very least inform. I know that I have a lot to go but it makes me happy that I can pique someone's interest.
A Really Brief How-To (Because it's the kind of site this is, sorta)
How To Write a Hub You Can Be Proud Of
(Let me preface this by saying I'm not writing about writing a "good" hub or a "popular" hub because 1. I don't really know entirely how to do either and 2. they're up to interpretation).
1. Be interested in what you're writing. Its pretty important if you're going to write a Hub you'll enjoy revising afterwards. You don't want to get sick of it before you even finish...so my advice is to find something you could write about for ages.
2. Do your research. Hubs become more credible (and a lot easier to write) when there are enough sources to refer back to. It's also a nice internal way for you to keep track of places you've found information you might want to go back to later. And, you never know what you'll find out!
3. Spell check! It's really important. I automatically dismiss an article if it's badly spell checked. I don't judge because of bad spelling but spell check is preeeetty handy and it makes everything really clean. Plus, then, if you go back later, you would be shaking your head in disbelief of all the wrongly spelled words.
4. Break it up! By break it up, I mean make sure that you aren't writing a wall of text. Breaking it up into different capsules or sections/in a list like I've done here helps to keep the reader moving. It gives them an endpoint so they don't feel like your article is never going to stop going and going and going and going and going...plus, it visually breaks up the space as well.
5. Organize your thoughts. Don't just ramble. Believe me, I know how easy it is to just write and write and keep going. Intuitively, you understand your train of thought and why certain things are mentioned in certain places. This is something you might have to teach yourself: but you have to organize your posts well so that people who aren't you can follow what you're saying. It makes it easier to go back somewhere for reference, and it keeps everything clean and tidy (and easy to edit if need be).
6. And finally (for now)...have fun! Okay okay, that sounded really lame. But it's pretty important. It would be horrible for writing hubs to become a chore. When you're writing, just relax and compose everything conversationally. It's nothing big, and it'll feel more natural and more approachable if you add some human touches.
So this was pretty short and there's probably like a million more things but off the top of my head, these are what stick out to me as important things to remember when writing a Hub that you'll go back to and feel proud of. Best of luck, I hope I can write more extensive articles in the future!