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Getting Started on HubPages

Updated on August 31, 2011

Welcome to HubPages

When writers' block descends, we experienced Hubbers revert to writing about writing on HubPages. Given that millions of people read our work, surely one or two aspiring authors could benefit from our ranting.

This Hubber is no different. Today this Hubber is fresh out of fresh topics, therefore a self-help hub appears to be the only option in the quest for 667 hubs. Hub 666 was fun and interesting, so this composition may offer a cancelling effect.

Today we discuss different types of hubs. Veteran Hubbers master a niche or two or sixteen. Some of us fashion a career from employment topics, getting rich topics, or even political topics. The topic you choose is up to you: you must choose, but choose wisely.

Writing a hub can make you feel young and give you a craving for apples.
Writing a hub can make you feel young and give you a craving for apples. | Source

Write a Top 10 List

Surely any author worthy of her keyboard can think up 10 things about anything. We all know 10 tidbits about something. Your audience is The Internet: somewhere in the world is a web surfer longing to learn from you. Cobble together double-digit lists of factoids, assign a catchy title, and watch the clicks roll in.

It works. Consider these HubGems:

Write about Pomegranates

This Hubber has never actually seen a pomegranate, but building paragraphs about the squishy fruit can be accomplished without actually visiting Whole Foods. Perhaps a sip of luscious pomegranate juice would inspire to even greater heights. Swing by the juice bar at your local state-sponsored college and order up a smoothie.

Somebody has to eat the things. Pomegranate sites underpin the Internet, but certainly there's more to the Pomegranate craze than earnest web pages. Do they taste good? Do they prevent wrinkles or make your engine last 200 thousand miles? Someone must know the answer.

Pomegranate writing probably offers more employment than convincing people to sell the stuff for you. It's not a pyramid scheme but it's not Amway, either. Enterprising scientists figured out how to juice it, squeeze it into a pill, and stuff it into a tea bag, but most people prefer a somewhat more varied diet. Mix in a bag of Fritos now and then.

Spoil Some Movies

Go to a movie and write a hub about it. Everyone wants to know what you think. All the world's a critic and the Internet needs more movie reviews anyway. Study the nuanced interplay between ancillary characters. Carefully document subtle references to classic literature and pop culture. Make fun of the dialog.

Hot tip: start with a really bad movie. Spoiling Gone With The Wind could be problematic. On the other hand, skewering Zombie Housewives Go To College is a cake-walk.


In conclusion, we conclude that writing Hubs for fun and profit is mostly fun and hardly profitable. There's no such thing as a 'quality' hub. The goodness of writing is completely arbitrary. We know this because people bought Oprah's books and Sarah Palin's books.

Sometimes success is delayed. Even Shakespeare shined armor and cleaned moats to makes ends meet. We've all heard of him. but many folks are unaware that he has been dead for hundreds of years and rarely publishes a hub any more.

Write whatever you want. Expect criticism but keep in mind that the opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference.


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    • Alastar Packer profile image

      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      HaHa! nicomp! Beautiful! Self-promotion at its finest. And I've actually marked a couple for near future reading. 'Top ten things you'll never hear at the dollar store' first and an absolute must read!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Gee, nicomp, I wish I had known all this good information years ago. I could have been a contender!!!

    • profile image 6 years ago

      fascinating - writing about things you've never seen or experienced like pomegranates or making money online - you forgot to mention too Nicomp - you can write about them as if you are an authority!LOL