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Confession of a Hub Pages Junkie-Another Couple of Years On.

Updated on August 23, 2019
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Student of life, nature lover and enthusiastic traveller. B.A. from UNISA and M.A. from Abilene, Texas

Hubbing side by side, never to young to begin.
Hubbing side by side, never to young to begin.

What hubbing has done to me!

No one warned me that it was addictive! My daughter just said: “It’s fun and I don’t care if anyone reads what I write, I just enjoy it”. Yeh!

Having been accused in the past as bring a compulsive obsessive person and my obsession with Hub Pages has grown over the last 8 years and shows no signs of fading away.

Well it is fun, and now that I am hooked it has become a part of my life. The first couple of articles were pretty innocent but then I got a message from Hub pages; "Isomeone is following you". Wow, that was when the downhill slide into addiction started.

It’s not that I can’t stop, I can tomorrow, but I don’t want to. It is more than fun, it’s amazing. And now I have earned some cents on Pay Pal, and several people have said they liked my photos that has spurred me on to take even better ones. After all sharing is such fun..

Sometimes I have to sneak off to the computer when my wife Audrey goes to the shop and I no longer have time to play Free Cell or Patience or even watch Law and Order. “What are you doing on the computer?’ Audrey asks, and I cannot again admit that I am writing or hopping hubs, so I evasively say, “working on my photos dear.” This is not really a lie because to some extent I am working on them on the edit component, “upload”.

Every alcoholic lies about their addiction and hides their booze. At least I am not doing that as there they are for everyone to see. Perhaps I need to start writing under another name?

Another eight years down the line.

Well I have made so many friends as the list of those following me and the list of those I follow grows consistently. Those wonderful awards are also adding up and one of my hubs has had over 6000 hits. Others are hovering in the 3000 area and the list of new hubs is growing steadily. I am also reading more interesting hubs by other writers and am amazed by their ability.

The research that I have done for every new hub has increased my general knowledge. Every where I go I seem to see another hub looming and on a regular basis. I have also been upgrading some of my earlier ones and hopefully improving them. The interesting thing is that as time goes by I have not lost interest, if anything my interest has grown and my addiction has got worse. This addiction is however something I can live with, and even my family has grown to accept it.

With over 60 000 hits on my Hubs I hope I have made the world a better place by sharing positive thoughts and ideas. But most of all I have enjoyed every minute of it so why don't you start your own journey? There is an idea or experience in your mind waiting to be shared and enjoyed by others.

Yes, it is unashamedly self indulgent as my daughter, who got me hooked in the first place, told me. While I have even earned a little money that I plan to spend soon I must admit that I enjoy every minute of the whole process from when an idea jumps into my mind to when I press the publish button and the notice appears: "you have published a new hub!" Hooray!


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    • Johan Smulders profile imageAUTHOR

      Johan Smulders 

      9 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Glad to see there are so many addicts out there!

    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 

      9 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      oh, hello Gill! ha ha :) was busy forming a comment and didn't see your comment until after I clicked "post comment."

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      Teresa Schultz 

      9 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Hee hee. Yes, it's addictive, but it's a great addiction and I'm glad you're addicted! It's good to hear you are excited about those pennies you've earned too - it doesn't matter that the earnings are so little, but it's awesome that you can earn from, and feel so rewarded by, doing something you love doing so much - writing, and writing on HubPages.

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      Gill Harris 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      I am sure I told you it was addictive - you were just not listening ...perhaps already planning your first hub topic...sorry Dad (not really). I think it is great. And I am learning so much from your pages. Don't burn out though. Remember to pace yourself, like you always tell me!

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      9 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      you got me too! first thing in the morning until late at night, HP rules!

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      9 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Haha, funny I should be reading your hub - it's just after 6am on a Sunday morning and here I am on HubPages. Sheer madness! Glad I am not alone! Great hub, voted up and interesting :)

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      Life Under Construction 

      9 years ago from Neverland

      Wow Johan! wonderful confessions..and a THUMBS-UP for you! "Every alcoholic lies about their addiction and hides their booze. At least I am not doing that as there they are for everyone to see."

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      B in blogs 

      9 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Welcome to my world. I limit myself to one hub a week, but I really enjoy reading hubs and writing hubs, though I call mine blogs because they're not always informative. From one writing addict to another I say join me in my new group, WAA ... Writing Addicts Anonymous (hey if there isn't one there should be).

    • wetnosedogs profile image


      9 years ago from Alabama

      I believe I am a HubPages addict too! I find it an amazing place with amazing people and I just found another while reading this.

    • mr williams profile image

      mr williams 

      9 years ago from Norfolk, Virginia

      When you check it constantly on your computer when you have college work to complete. When you're at work and pull out your cell phone, looking to respond to comments. When you pay for Internet service for the sole purpose of updating your Hubpages account. When you're a member for 3 plus years and continue to log in and out as if its a brand new video game a child received lol. That's me I'm addicted

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      9 years ago

      Yes, its addictive. Oh well, but at least its something to do right? I'm here every day and in the beginning there wasn't much I could do except maybe comment. But I've been inspired. Now I can't stop writing!

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      9 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      My wife says she's a Hub-widow, so I'm no help. I have earned a few bucks winning short story contests, so she's far!


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