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The Value of Active Interaction Within the HubPages Community

Updated on December 9, 2012

No Hub is an Island

Can a Hub stand alone? Is simple text sufficient to draw readers and hold their attention? While I do not suggest a comic book approach to writing here on HubPages, I am convinced that the value of a Hub can be enriched to a great degree by the commentary that hopefully follows. Some Hubbers are extraordinarily eloquent, yet even their writing can be enhanced by discourse. In fact, a writing community such as HubPages invites communication that can lead to a broader understanding of the writing itself:

"Discourse community

  • has a broadly agreed set of common public goals
  • has mechanisms of intercommunication among its members
  • uses its participatory mechanisms primarily to provide information and feedback
  • utilizes and hence possesses one or more genres in the communicative utterance of its aims
  • has acquired some specific lexis (specialized terminology, acronyms)
  • has a treshold level of members with a suitable degree of relevant

content and discoursal expertise." (Swales, 1990).

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The Nature of Community

Various definitions of community stress proximity of region, or in the case of writing sites such as HubPages, it is the common, unifying aspect of individuals that is apparent.

Location aside, communities may be seen as an "interacting population of various kinds of individuals." [Dictionary.com]

Interaction is the primary component to any group of like-minded community members, and this interaction can lead to a fuller understanding of one's views.

"Unlike debate, dialogue emphasizes listening to deepen understanding. Dialogue invites discovery It develops common values and allows participants to express their own interests. It expects that participants will grow in understanding and may decide to act together with common goals. In dialogue, participants can question and reevaluate their assumptions." [The White House.com]


One Hubber's Journey

I was asked a question recently by a fellow Hubber, R.J. Lefebvre, that inspired me to write this hub:

"Your topics are sincere, entertaining and well versed. However my entries lack notice by most,...

apparently because of my style, chosen topics, or just too dry to notice. Can you or someone else suggest changes I should make to be better received? Perhaps my mode of writing does not fit because of my choice for topic s?"

While a veteran of HubPages, Ronnie is in the process of discovering the potential of online writing, and in particular, the community of HubPages. http://hubpages.com/profile/R.+J.+Lefebvre

While Ronnie's assessment of my 'success' here on HubPages may or may not be accurate, it has taken many months of experimentation to establish my presence as a writer.


Writing With the Reader in Mind

Quality content is a necessary component when publishing here on HubPages, and it is vital to the overall character of one's writing. In addition, though, the various capsules provided are available to assist in making the reading experience all the more attractive and compelling. Photographs, polls, videos, and maps are just a few of the reader-friendly elements available to writers. Text, in and of itself, is often insufficient when left unadorned by these options.

The commentary following Hubs often serves to enhance the Hub itself, thus complementing the writer's intentions. On occasion, these comments may dispute the author's arguments, giving the piece an added dimension and contributing to overall understanding. I have found that reader participation augments and increases the value of theses put forth by authors.

Followers and Other Contributors

The publication of writing necessarily invites discussion, whether expressed or not, and online publishing is no exception. In fact, the extended nature of present-day technology brings writers together like never before. Followers can be an integral part of the experience on HubPages, as is one's responsibility as a follower.

"Surround yourself with people who are thoughtful, interesting, generous, funny, creative… and guess what? After a while your world starts to look that way too. You start giving yourself permission to play out those parts of your own character with more gusto, colour, and confidence.

And you learn how to adapt, cut, shift and control your reading (listening, talking, learning, watching, feeling) experience to one that suits you. This isn’t about following and connecting with people out of a sense of obligation to a community. Maybe it’s more like creating (day in, day out) the kind of community that supports, encourages and challenges you." [Confident Writing]

The rich community of writers is a modern miracle, if you will, and it behooves us to engage with others as much as possible.

Do you consider yourself an active member of the HubPages community?

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      Laurel Rogers 4 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I understand the challenges-re: our email correspondence.

      Take good care care, Louisa-

      Laurel

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      Laurel,

      Even though I'm following you I found this hub by accident, not in my inbox where a lot of hubs arrive. I like & support the community aspect of Hubpages, but I also have a hard time not getting overwhelmed. And I have relatively few people I'm following. It's a challenge.

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      Laurel Rogers 5 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi jaswinder64,

      I really appreciate the visit and appreciate your comment-I thought the HubPages community was indeed worth it!

      Laurel

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      jaswinder64 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada.

      Very informative and interesting article.Voted up!

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      Laurel Rogers 5 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi grinnin1! Thanks so much for the complements! The reasons you listed regarding your love for HubPages are mine as well. It IS a great place to find lovely writing-and people.

      Thanks again,

      Laurel

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      grinnin1 5 years ago from st louis,mo

      What wonderful writing! It's a pleasure to read your hubs. I love hubpages for all of it's diversity, creativity, opinions, challenges, and personalities. I'm truly grateful to have "happened" upon it! Great hub-

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      reat hub. How wonderful that you helped another hubber when they reached out to you. I agree, the reader definately needs to be kept in mind. Without them where are we?

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      Amelia Griggs 6 years ago

      Hi lorlie6, you offer great tips and insight. I totally agree about keeping the reader in mind when writing a hugpage.

      Nice hub!

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, lorlie6, looking forward to your comments.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Why thanks very much, hotwebideas. I'll be over to your hub articles soon!

      Thanks for coming by.

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      lorlie6, great advice and voted up. I need to read your other hubs, so I am now following you ;)

      Bruce

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Lorlie - you are just like me. I'd have put the surgery off as long as I could:). Maybe you just need a little more time to think about it and get used to the idea.

      We had strong storms here last night and lost electricity for a few hours. It was so hot upstairs Sydney and I woke up and came downstairs. The animals knew something was amiss so even the birds were chatting;). Thank goodness we could sleep late but now my day is washed out. I know what to do - I'll cook something nice:) lol

      Have a sweet day Laurel! (I just LOVE that name!) Daves dad was very hard of hearing and he always called my girls Cindy and Laura instead of Sydney and Laurel:) I finally stopped correcting him and I would go-ahead and call them that too when talking to him. Haha!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      It was pretty interesting, I'll say! After brushing our Malamute/Wolf mix, Ranger, Anthony and I decided we could build at least 5 small dogs out of it. LORDY, and he detests the brush. Then I made a decision about my upcoming surgery-I'm not having it. Too much anxiety about the whole thing. So now I'm breathing a bit easier-it's just too much at the moment!!!

      Take care, dearest new pal! ;)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      This has been a sweet weekend. I've done a few domestic tasks - (you know sweeping up fur:) dusting - then reading and movies all weekend. Doesn't get much better than that:). I hope you are having an equally awesome weekend!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Halooooo, as Tigger sez!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      That's what's up!

      Have a super excellent weekend!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      'Tis the very best thing in life! Cheers to BBG as well!!!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yeah - you and BBG both make me laugh so much - now how can you not love that?

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I am so amazed by you, you St.Lou gourl! Does that make any sense? I am doing my very best. Promise. Anyhoo, I adore icing and would welcome it every day of my life-particularly vanilla...OH, PALEEZE come wash my house-that's what's needed-forget the car! You know what I mean with all these creatures! You really do amaze me-and I love you even though I don't know you!!! ;)

      Bbg, you are one of the very best folk here on this site-and you truly understand the composition of this community. Thanks so very much for commenting!!!

      Awww, it really is an amazing place if you take the chance to get to know one another. ;)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      BBG - right! It wouldn't be as fun without you guys! I don't think I'd have kept doing it without feed back - how would I get better? I think everyone has helped me - not only by commenting and making suggestions, but with ideas for new stuff. The commentary really enables growth for me.

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      This was really great... I have been around hub for a while now... at least long enough to learn a few things, and what I have found is that the more interactive I am in the community, the more I get noticed. Therefore, being a part of the community is vital. It does take some time... but the rewards are amazing. The comment sections take on a whole new suberb of the city of Hubville. That is my favorite part. Sure, I can write the stuff, publish it online, but without the feedback... I really don't know if I would enjoy it half as much.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Lorlie - you are so "what it is"! I mean it - your writing alone is amazing. You could be a complete bi&%$ and I would follow you and keep short comments! haha But you are so cool - like icing on the cake. How could I not be a fan? How coulde anyone? I mean - I am ready to come and wash your car - clean your house - whatever!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks so much, Duchess-I am appreciative of your comment and agree that the community is crucial to HubPages. Thanks for the visit.

      Ahh, RHW. You are the bomb, my dear! Now girl, stop making me blush in the middle of the night. ;) Eitiquette is damned important here-I get that finally. It has taken me a LONG time to understand the value of smiley faces, etc., but there are no other avenues for communication. But anyhoo, you are one of my very favorites, EVER, so keep it comin', k? ;)

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Lorlie - what? You are so excellent. I loved the topic - I wish I had seen this when I first started. Hub is a world of it's own and sometimes it is difficult to figure out small things - such as etiquette, you know? Like I was scared to even leave a comment at first! I didn't know if a new comer could just bust into the party like that:). I think I found Stan and you know he's so approachable - I followed him to figure things out.

      You are so smart - from the use of the words to the style - it's so impressive to me. You are exactly the type of hubber I was trying to find to copy the style. Up and out of site!

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      Duchess OBlunt 6 years ago

      I didn't answer your poll because I have not been very active lately, but polls are one of the many great tools that HubPages provides us with to make our hubs more interesting. (as you stated). One of the reasons I like HubPages so much is the community. You get the feeling that people like what you do (most of us anyway).

      Writing here is interesting because of that.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks for visiting, John. I enjoy and value this community, though I am very busy with a new grandbaby in my life, so I'm not online as much as I used to be.

      But folks like you remind me why I came here in the first place. Thanks again!

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      John Sarkis 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      You make a good point....

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      heart4theword-Ahh, if only the money were easy to come by. At least we have the community-each other!

      Take care now!

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      heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

      The hub-community is awesome, a great place to write and interact! Money is definitely a bonus:)

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi Research Analyst-You've hit on my fantasy, teaching! I've always wanted to teach, but other things in my life came along-like a baby!-and I was never able to pursue it. I suppose it's never too late, though!

      I thank you sincerely for your feedback.

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      Research Analyst 6 years ago

      Lorlie you are such a good writer, I am impressed at how you are able to express your thoughts and feelings on the page, I feel as if you are talking in front of a class of people, that is such a rare talent you have.

      Keep it up my friend.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi Marisa-I am not a product Hubber unless the product in question is something I am truly taken with.

      Your approach seems to get you the money you need, so congrats! I wouldn't mind earning my rent here, but I'm not holding my breath!

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      Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

      @Lorlie, personally I think there's too much emphasis on the "product Hub" Hubbers these days, and it's easy to get the impression that's the only way to make money.

      It may be true that's the way to make big money, but it's not the only way to get some income from your Hubs. Have you ever looked at Relache's work? She's financially very successful but she writes about her passions and interests, not products. I do the same, and I'm not doing as well as Relache but I do earn $250 to $300 a month from my Hubs.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks for your advice, Marisa; I do appreciate it. I have found myself to be conflicted about the financial aspect of this site, but in the end, I am here for the community, not monetary gain.

      Good thing, since I've made around $20- in 20 months!

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Marisa Wright 6 years ago from Sydney

      A lovely Hub that highlights all the good things HubPages has to offer the social Hubber.

      However, I read this Hub with your recent forum comments in mind - which suggested you were hoping for more earnings from your writing.

      I wrote a Hub on "HubPages Etiquette" and part of it talks about the difference between community Hubbing and money-making Hubbing. If you're seeking to make money, the community is lovely but it will not contribute to your income, and in fact it can be counter-productive if you get so involved you neglect your real work!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks for the follow, FaithDream! I am also amazed how this site has affected my definition of communication online.

      I'm glad you stopped by.

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      I like what you said,"No hub is an island." I was just thinking about this last night, how the interaction of community writing has changed the way we read on the internet. Very interesting article.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      (((((HUGS))))) RIGHT back at ya, sweet one!

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      ahorseback 6 years ago

      How in the world did I miss this, As ussual you're insight is a guiding factor for many , HUGs....

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      How great this is! We meet in the forums, interact, then visit profiles and hubs. Love it!

      This is exactly what my hub is about.

      Thanks for coming by, Peg!

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Yes lorlie6, it is really a community of writers here. Most of us have been hardwired to write, write and write some more. But it is the interaction within our Hub Family that really gives meaning to our work. To be validated by others is a good feeling. Great article.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      It's a grand place, isn't it? I'm so grateful to have found HubPages. Welcome, Truckstop Sally, and thanks for the comment!

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      This hub is spot-on, and the comments from fellow hubbers are a tribute to your sentiments and this phenomenal avenue for writers. The "team" spirit and support amazing. I am only sorry it took me so long to find you all!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Forgive me, Lisa, for such a tardy reply! While I'm not one for lengthy comments, I am truly appreciative when I receive one. Yours have always been of great substance, and your presence here on HubPages is valued!!

      Thanks for everything!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thanks so much, Dr irum. I appreciate your visit!

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      Dr irum 6 years ago

      Its absolutely awesome detail as you did write in this post.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi Aley-Thanks so much for coming by. Interaction is such a gift, I understand what you're saying. All the best in your educational pursuits!

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      Alice Lee Martin 6 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

      It took me awhile to get here, but am happy to see not only this Hub, but the interaction stimulated by it. I belonged to a social community that is now defunct and spent hours reading and commenting on others blogs. Some of the stuff was exceptional they wrote, other stuff just fair, but each time I took the time to write something, it meant a great deal to the writer. I would love to spend as much time here doing the same, but as a college instructor, I read my fair share of papers and also am working on my PhD. so, I have to write for myself with no expectation of interaction, because most of the time I cannot get here to read and comment on others. And it is only fair to do that to those who take the time to read our pieces, which you have done for me many times and I thank you my dear.

      Keep writing..it is a legacy for you that can never be taken away!

      Hugs,

      Aley

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi Lilly-It's a grand place to be, that's for sure!

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Lori J Latimer 6 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas

      We're a Hub, We're a Hub, We're a Hub in the middle of a wheel

      Without each other we would only be a spoke, or brake, or squeal

      HubPages is a community thinkers, writers and sharers

      Some don't bother to comment or reply what's the deal?

      lorlie6, knowing you as a writer, and inspiration I get what you feel

      I am happy to be a Hub in the middle of this Wheel

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      We 'writer types' contribute so much to one another, Lisa! It amazes me that folks who do what we do hesitate to comment or participate in this community. It's balm for the soul!

      Interaction is the key here on HP!

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      Lisa HW 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      lorlie, you shouldn't ever doubt your own writing ability, because you're a fine writer. I agree completely that one of the things that adds to "the HubPages experience" is often the good, solid, discussions that can take place on one Hub or another. I often write about "the serious matters of life", and writing about some serious things usually means (at least for me) aiming to be really "comprehensive". So, I often end up with long Hubs that pretty much look (to me) like a big, long-winded, thing about whatever it's about. When people start adding their own substantial comments (whether they agree, don't, or somewhere in between) it turns a one-side-looking "discussion" into something so much balanced.

      Most of us have seen people on the forums who say, "I don't get why people leave big, long, comments". One time, when people were talking about comments one person said (about people who leave long comments on her Hubs) "Write your own damned Hub." LOL Maybe that'a a funny comment; and sometimes when I've responded to a serious, substantial, comment/contribution I've thought, "Hey - I should make this another Hub, not just a response to a comment." Still, there's something about those solid contributions and that back-and-forth on a discussion of substance that definitely adds a whole lot more to any Hub (and also, a lot of people's "experience").

      I think a lot of "writer types" don't just enjoy writing. They enjoy thinking and discussing and debating. I'm always appreciative if someone sees a discussion as worthwhile enough to spend a little time contributing to it. I want readers of any Hubs I have to see those insights, additions, and arguments; and it has nothing whatsoever with any potential increase in traffic or other "benefit" to me. As "writer-types" we tend to love words and ideas. When someone adds worse and ideas (to either a Hub or even the forum), to me, that's the whole point of this particular kind of site.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi DREAM ON-HubPages is indeed unique! We stick together and encourage one another by commenting and interacting in the forums. I really appreciate your comment! And thanks for the congrats.

      @Glenn-Thanks so much for noticing the 10,000 views, it's quite heady for me to know people have read my words so many times! You're right about the community, I so appreciate your visit!

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      Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

      You discussed the important things about the HP community Laurel. I agree it definitely is the most important part of HP. Congrats on your hubs being read over 10,000 times.

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      DREAM ON 6 years ago

      You know only too well how the hub pages is just not another place.It is so much more than that.Because of our giving to each other endless times in comments and helpful hints or just a quick read when no one else would.We leave here so much happier in our writings and in life.I love to read your wonderful hubs.Congratulations on your 10,000 views!What a great accomplishment.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I'm so glad you came by, tonymac! Even when I'm doubting my writing ability, Hubbers are extremely encouraging and helpful-So I choose to stay.

      Thanks for the visit!

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      Tony McGregor 6 years ago from South Africa

      This is an awesome and very helpful Hub. I love the interaction on HubPages too. I have been a bit behind in commenting on Hubs as my laptop was beginning to act its age and I had to nurse it. But now I have a new one - YAY! So I guess I will be more active again.

      Thanks for sharing these important ideas.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Aww, thanks saleheensblog! Wow, I didn't know this Hub was attracting such attention. Great to know, that's for sure.

      Thanks for coming by!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Ah, Lita! Thanks so much for coming by to comment. I also am convinced that interaction here on HP can make us better writers...and people!

      Thanks again for your words.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

      I value so much the interaction we have here at HP, especially with you, among others! I'm learning so much here that I don't want to destroy this relationship with all my hubber friends.

      Yes, I agree with you that no hub can be on its own. We need each other to support or negate our opinions. This makes the interaction exciting as it is worthwhile. You've got a lot of best thoughts to offer. Brilliant ones from a brilliant writer, too!

      I have a special place for you in my first year anniversary hub prayer, you so deserve a warm "Thank you". Glad to have found you!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Elena-I do appreciate your comment, it is quite a welcome sight. Consistency is something I also value here on HP, but it is somewhat rare. I suppose it's easy for some to 'play' with an online identity, not concerning themselves with being genuine.

      I'm also finding HP to be valuable in working through personal crises and conflicts.

      Thanks again for coming by!

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      Elena 6 years ago from London, UK

      I enjoyed reading this and I am glad to have met you. You are one of the consistent and lovely people on HP Community. I notice some change over time. (sorry to say).

      In response to your question at the beginning. A Hub can't really stand alone. It's nice to get a message across through a Hub and also receive feedback and interact.

      On a personal note: HP helped me through a very traumatic time. At that time, when I joined Writing took my mind off all the pain and I used to be in Forums a lot interacting -infact I used to sleep there. lol. Totally enjoyed the interaction.

      Great Hub.

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      Debra Allen 6 years ago from West By God

      No problem! hehehe

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      That's kind of what I thought, LG, thanks for clarifying.

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      Debra Allen 6 years ago from West By God

      The "bubble" community would be the religious fanatics.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi LG-First of all, shame on the HP computer! I've not heard of these 'bubble' communities you speak of, but I can imagine they do exist-even here.

      You're right, there is a richness to diversity and I welcome it.

      Thanks for your comment!

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      Debra Allen 6 years ago from West By God

      Good hub and don't know why I missed it. Yes, I do, that was a lie. The computer on hubpages doesn't think I want to read this stuff so it passes me by. That would be the answer to the question that I asked on why I don't get to see all the hubs by all the followers that I follow. Anyway, I eventually saw this one.

      I write to stimulate thought in people. If I get some comments, that is fine. I love comments. I find that somne "bubble" communities here seem to think they own the joint and will try their best to silence the hubbers who don't follow their ways. That is what makes the world go round--differening opinions because those differing opinions are from differing experiences. There are many thousands of differening experiences for a reason. If we were all the same and thought the same and did the same we would be a very boring lot.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hello Petra-Sometimes the commentary is often even more fascinating than the Hub itself. Interaction here can offer body to an article.

      Thanks for coming by!

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      Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      The hubs I like best are the ones that generate interesting comments and keep the dialog going.

      The empty - just polite comments - will bring nothing new or of value to the table and ultimately will "kill" the debate, which is the best part of being a member of the HP community.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Greetings, thougtforce-I'm glad you decided to interact-it's one of the best ways to participate here on HubPages. Thanks for commenting!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi christopheranton-I agree with you wholeheartedly. Thanks for coming by!

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      When I read this hub I agree whith everything. You have described the community here perfect. I am new here, and at first I was a bit afraid of interacting with other. I did sneak around for a while, saw many great hubs, but didn´t dare to really participate in community. But now, I am trough the sneakin part, because I have seen and felt this lovely interacting on hubpages. And the interaction is as great as the writing and reading! I enjoyed reading! Voted up!

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      Christopher Antony Meade 6 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      Yes I think the best thing about hubpages is the interaction with other hubbers, and there is no better boost for confidence than to see that someone whose writings you admire, also likes yours

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      @onegoodwoman-I'm so glad you found me that evening! I also find great stuff by reading, reading, reading. And interaction is so easy here on HubPages.

      Thanks for coming by!

      @lisadpreston-Oh, I get your drift, all right. I'll have to give this some thought! This interaction is pretty fabulous, already! See you soon!

      @stephanie-This site is by far my favorite, I'm glad you're here, too.

      Thanks for the read.

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      Stephanie Hicks 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Great tips! A good one to keep to memory. I am all about maximizing time spent on line. Some sites give you a payback for the investment you make in your time and energy (like HubPages), others do not. Cheers, Stephanie

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      lisadpreston 6 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      This was a nice hub. The interaction through comments is the main element, I believe, that keeps everyone here. I have met some wonderful people that I truly consider friends. Feedback is very important to a writer....(Now, could I persuade you with an earwax candle? I understand they are verrry shiny and even glow. You get my drift, right?)

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      onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

      This is well done....and quite unifying.

      When I am not researching and writing, I am reading. That is how I came to be here on your hub tonight.

      What a positive message, I found waiting!

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi easylearningweb-thanks for coming by! I am in agreement with you both, the knowledge of grammar is terribly important on a writing site, as it should be.

      Take care!

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      Amelia Griggs 6 years ago

      lorlie6,

      This is a great hub, and you offer good advice for hubbers. I agree on the grammar issue which babergirl28 mentioned about...I think this definitely part of good writing. And I like your point about keeping the reader in mind. Thanks for your advice!

      Regards,

      Easylearningweb

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      It's frustrating to participate in a writing site when those writing don't know the basics. I agree with you on this matter-I don't really pay much attention to the message if I have to plow through poor grammar and punctuation.

      I'm pleased you decided to come by!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Great hub... I myself am kind of a hub jumper. I guess that being said, my original goal was to try and publish one article a day (I have proven myself unable to reach that goal at this time) Although, the up side of this is that I have read some great articles and have met some great writers. That being said, I guess it is just as important to read other people's articles to get a following for yourself, than it is to write the articles.

      On a side note, jumping hubs, I have noticed that some of the writers don't always use good punctuations, grammer, etc... Now, not that I am necessarily one to judge, but nothing turns me away from a hub faster than being unable to smoothly read it because the punctuation is all over the place and the words do not flow... With that being said... EDIT EDIT EDIT... a good article will follow, so will the audience.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      I appreciate your kind words. In visiting my hub, you've taken one of those 'community steps' of reaching out-that's exactly what I was talking about in this hub!

      Thanks kids-toy-box for reading!

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      kids-toy-box 6 years ago

      lorlie6 I saw your post in the Forum--You Are definitely a Writer! I also saw another forum post where a hubber asked what is a sucessful hubbber? It is those who share in the community as much as they are passionate about the creation of their hubs.I believe the more you give ..the more you get...sharing your sucess with others only makes you richer...Thank you for sharing this hub.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi Healing Touch! I so agree. This is such a fabulous community that I decided to write about it here! I guess I've had it up to my ears about people who are dissatisfied, I wanted to bring up the positives here on HP.

      The interaction is a fabulous way to know when your hubs are off or on target, and people aren't afraid to let you know!

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Lorlie6,

      I voted that I indeed feel a big part of the community. I learned quickly on hub pages how it feels to feel such a part of the community here. It is like any community we belong to. We must speak,listen and reflect. I can't imagine not pondering daily on what my fellow hubbers are writing about. I love the connection I have made to so many wonderful writers. It would be stale without the back and forth. That is what makes this site so special.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      200 is fabulous, katiem2! I have a LONG way to go! The community here does inspire, I give you that.

      I really appreciate the compliment and your take on HP overall.

      Thanks for coming by.

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      I would not be nearing my 200th hub if not for the community. I've learned more here (for free) than that of all the other internet education I've spent good money for. I have had so many wonderful laughs and learned to laugh at myself more freely.

      You yourself are an inspiritation to me and many others (I'm sure) for your frank and candid expressions of life.

      Thanks for your take on followers and Commentary on HubPages. :)

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Thank you, Cagsil! It means a lot to me that you stopped by. I appreciate your words!

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      Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Laurel, came by this hub and have to say you did an excellent job. Very nicely written. Voted it up and marked it as useful. A lot people can benefit from reading it. Thank you for sharing. :)

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hey, Micky! I'm sure I have magnesia, so welcome to the club. Enjoy your day, my friend.

      Lucky Cats, HubPages is a fabulous place to get to know other writers. The value of these 'friendships' is amazing and not to be dismissed-in my opinion!

      Thanks for coming by.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Lorlie, I'm just beginning to get this...in a way; and this hub is so helpful. Just yesterday (or the day before) it occured to me to "talk to others" as though we were all sitting together telling our stories. And 'hearing' what others have to say! All of a sudden, I felt 'closer' to any readers who might visit my space here on Hub Pages. As always, I find myself happy to be reading your offering(s)...and in agreement. Thank you for this great advise.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Great hub my Dear Laurel! I can't believe I'm so late getting here. Better never than late my Dad used to say! i think. Can't remember. I may have magnesia.

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Whoever said that pictures are essential to writing was sorely mistaken-Words are the critical component!

      Interaction is critical to this process of writing and the folks here are for the most part, willing to offer suggestions and support.

      I love this site!

      Thanks, FP, for reading.

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      Feline Prophet 6 years ago

      The best part of Hub Pages is the interaction. And I'm so happy that people bother to read and comment on my hubs even though they are completely un-embellished with pictures, etc! :)

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      Laurel Rogers 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      @Shalini-Thanks for reading. I am quite impressed with the community here and enjoy the interaction tremendously. I appreciate the feedback very much.

      @kaltopsyd-Your thoughts are very valuable to me, and I do appreciate the input. Oh, and by the way, how's that puppy of yours?? Take care, okay?

      @SGFR-Ha ha! People make the world go round, you know?

      Enjoy the Amish, my friend!

      @Suzy Duzy-I'm glad to see you here-friends are to be made here, it's one of the best aspects on HP, don't you agree?

      @Jeffrey-I am glad you chose to follow me-I'm off in a minute to check out your stuff.

      @Laura-You're a doll! What a sweet thing to say, Laura. I am so glad you enjoy my hubs!

      Thanks for the visit.

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      Laura du Toit 6 years ago from South Africa

      Great Hub Lorlie - as usual excellent Hub and recommended reading for not only new hubbers but all of the Hub community! Love reading your hubs!

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      Jeffrey Tymczak 6 years ago from Amelia Island

      That was a great read! Thank you for sharing that. I rated it up and started to follow you, hope to see you in my list of friends too!

      Jeff

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      SUSIE DUZY 6 years ago from Delray Beach, Florida

      I agree. Its a great way to meet new friends and get good information at the same time.

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      schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

      I love the video , I totally agree- we don't spend enough time with people. I have considered becoming part of the amish community-well just a thought you know?

      Thanks

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      kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Great Hub! You are absolutely right, lorlie! Every Hubber needs to read this. Thumbs up to you!