Blog? Is Hubpages a Blog site?
Today I was complimented on my ‘blog’ by a member of the public. I was confused, because the last blog I wrote was over 2 years ago. Since then I’ve been writing the occasional ‘article’ for Hubpages.
The blog I wrote was for Blogit, an excellent online writing place. I stopped because my partner decided she didn’t like her personal details being broadcast to the world. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t convince her that I was not broadcasting her personal details; survival is my most basic instinct.
For a start, the blog was in a fictitious name, and apart from that, there were no ‘real’ details being broadcast. Our lives are the normal boring and mundane things most of the world does, that nobody would be interested in, even if I wanted to write it. I’m not going to tell the planet about the time I went shopping with my wife as she was looking for a summer hat. She was affronted when I pointed out some beach hats to her – my big mistake was saying so out loud, and then continuing with an - ‘I wonder why they are selling them in twos?’ comment. ‘They’re bikini tops you, you, man, you,’ she hissed as she hustled me out of the store to lots of suppressed giggles.
Because of this normality I only wrote about things that were interesting to me, and mostly didn’t include my wife, and, I repeat AND, every anecdote was greatly embellished. At least that’s how I excused my heavy deviation from the truth. Yet another description would be that I have a vivid imagination - especially for clichés, you’ll notice.
As I was saying, this member of the public complimented me on my blog. She made snaky gestures with her arms as she said, “I love the way you snake through a subject and it isn’t until the last sentence – wham, you hit the reader. They’re wonderful. I could read them all day.”
Two things prevented my head from exploding with pride. 1) My innate modesty. 2) I didn’t know what snaky stuff she was talking about. What confused me more than anything was how this person even knew about Hubpages. I asked her.
“How do you know about my - blog?”
‘My fitness instructor recommended that I read it; he suggests that all of his customers read your blog about his Impedance tester.’
Then it clicked; I’d written an article about an Impedance test I’d sat last year, seemingly on the first machine in the city. Obviously, before I wrote it I asked my fitness instructor’s permission and he vetted and edited it before I posted it on Hubpages. The fact that he was using said article to advertise his machine didn’t sit too comfortably on my shoulders, but I was extremely chuffed at the compliment from his pupil. The only pats on the back I’ve had when it comes to Hubpages, are from fellow hubbers. This was the breaking of new frontiers.
But what confused me was the ‘blog’ description. I was under the impression that I was (mostly) writing interesting and informative articles for Hubpages. I call them articles or Hubs – do you call them Blogs? © johnmacnab 2011 all rights reserved.