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How I get my Hub Ideas Part 3

Updated on March 19, 2012

Okay, so we've been looking around at things that are near us, we've looked at stuff that happened when we were younger at the prime age of 11, we've looked inside ourselves, we've watched, read and listened to the news and we've listened to people. We went on vacation, we looked at how we move around, we looked at home and at work. What else can we do to come up with hub ideas?

Do you volunteer? I realize not everyone does, but for those of us that do, where are we volunteering? What are we doing at the place where we are volunteering? What are some fundraising events you may have participated in or organized? What kind of games or activities might you have organized or helped to run in your volunteering capacity? What other kinds of volunteering have you considered doing and what brought you there? How has helping others changed your own perspective on things? What kinds of events does your volunteer organization run or participate in?

Speaking of participating, are you active at all? Do you play any sports? Do you work out on a regular or not so regular basis? What kinds of sport or exercise do you do? What got you started? What do you get out of it? What motivates you to keep doing it? Do you do it with others or on your own, and is there a benefit to doing it with others or on your own? Do you need equipment for your exercise or can you do without? What kind of equipment, where do you buy it, how do you use it, what different kinds are there?

Okay, we've done our exercise now, let's take a break. A break, sounds like a great idea, what do you do on breaks? What do you do to take it easy? What do you do to relax or to pass the time in an enjoyable way? What hobbies do you have, what are things that keep you busy that do not cost too much? What do you do that costs something but not too much? Do you go to movies? Why not review the movies you see? Do you read? Why not review the books you read? Do you knit? Why not share patterns and how-tos? Do you make videos? Why not hub about the video you made, how you made it, why you made it and then show it. Do you have a hobby that earns you some revenue? Hub it.


Do you produce art of some kind? Why not share some tips about how you do it, why not talk about the tools you use to do the art you do, why not talk about the medium you use, the intended audience, the thought process behind the work, the procedure behind how you do it. Are you a musician? Do you have any recordings of your music? Can you talk about how and when you learned to play, what is great about the instrument(s) you play? Can you give some tips about the best way to learn how to play?

To summarize these three hubs into a central idea about generating ideas, I think a key is to be observant to the outer world and what you see, hear, read, feel and touch, and be observant to your inner world - how do you feel about the stuff you observe in the outer world. Take only one facet of what you've observed and try to see how it can be written about such that it is 'useful', 'funny', 'awesome' or 'beautiful'. Really, ultimately, you want to find a way that what you write will help someone else, as we can all use help. For example, people need help getting ideas for hubs and this was the impetus for this three part hub.

I have a few more paragraphs of ideas to generate hub ideas in part 1 and part 2.


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    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Welcome... cute fish costume! LOL

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      phd - I felt it was integral to distinguish between the two as if I intend an order to the reading of the hubs, this is a helpful way to share it.

      RT - indeed time is a big issue for me too, having too little of it, that is. Thanks for stopping by!

      Angela - thanks!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great hub!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Indeed, this is great stuff. There are abundant hub ideas if we are observant. I was thinking about the concept of writer's block the other day and I don't get it. What I do get is the concept of time, as in not enough for writing. Enough whining, I'm going to go think about a new hub while I do the stuff I have to do in order to get time for writing.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Another great Hub. BTW, the information on your Home Page so that readers will understand the difference between "Part" and "Episode" was sheer genius on your part. Very helpful. Happy to be following you and Sharing.

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      Phil Plasma 5 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Jools, why is it important to you that what you write should interest someone? I've written a number of Inane hubs, and if no one ever ready any of them, that doesn't bother me one bit. I wrote them because I love to write.

      I think you should spend less time thinking about what others are interested in, and spend more time writing. What if only one of out three hubs of yours are of interest to someone? So what? Just be sure to write three hubs so that you get at least one that is of interest. If a few months down the road you realize that one or more of your hubs have absolutely zero interest, remove them (if you want to).

      I can't do anything to boost your confidence, that is up to you, however, what I can do is tell you that you should just write.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Phil, I've read all 3 of those useful hubs and the advice is great but my problem lies in a lack of confidence - I'm not sure what I'm writing will interest anyone, how can I cure that? Are there any hubs out there to offer advice on that?

      Thanks for your enthusiastic approach to this, a great read, hopefully, I'll get my act together soon.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      tebo, you're welcome and thanks for stopping by.

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      tebo 6 years ago from New Zealand

      Again a great way to get us thinking of the many things there are to write about. Usually I say to myself "how do these people come up with so many things to write about?" Thanks for the brainstorming.

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      Shon Stallgraves 6 years ago from california

      That volunteer part is true, I have a lot of Hubs that have titles already that have to do with the types of volunteering that I do. It is fulfilling and makes a difference on how easy the material it is to write because of the small research it takes. Living it is pretty much the research.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Rupin, thanks.

      Manthy, thanks for the votes!

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      Nice job on this hub I voted it up and interesting

      Keep up the good stuff man

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      rupin_212 6 years ago from roorkee, india

      nice one very descriptive and useful....

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Di, thanks again for the votes. I occasionally come back to these three hubs to see if I can get an idea; usually one of the questions spurs me on pretty quickly and I hope this is the same effect that others have.

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      Di_Seminchuk 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

      Ok Phil, I have read part 1, part 2, and part 3 now. These are the most awesome questions that you have come up with. Now hopefully I will be able to be inspired to write more hubs after reading these ones. A useful, awesome, and a vote up from me.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Brett, thanks for the votes, I had a lot of fun writing them, hopefully they will help some people.

      Sari, it is my pleasure to use your art in this hub; your work warrants any traffic I can send to it.

      whoisbid, I hope this is an evergreen article that inspires into the future.

      CG, that's just what I am hoping for.

      EB, thanks for the votes! I'm glad this one spoke to you if the other two didn't so much. I had so many ideas for this hub I had to separate it into three parts, hopefully anyone can find something to help them in one of the three parts.

      DW, thanks, I too will come back here in the future if I am short of any ideas, which I do not anticipate happening any time soon.

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      I've read all three hubs and appreciate the streams of consciousness you had writing these. Like some who have commented here, I am rarely without an idea (just rarely with the time to write them!). In fact, I keep a file on my desktop with a word doc for each idea and when I think of something to add to it, I open the doc and jot down the idea, thought or website so that when I'm ready to flesh it out, I've got the info at my finger tips.

      But as I said, I have more ideas than time. When I do run out of ideas, I'll come back to re-read your hubs. Voted up and useful!

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      Erin Bower 6 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! Ok I could see how your other two hub ideas articles could help others to generate ideas, but this one helped me alot personally. I think the volunteer idea is great. Also, I've played soccer for a long time, so I should tap into my knowledge of the sport. I really love the idea about thinking about the various voting categories and writing hubs that will help one to get those votes. Thanks again for a useful hub! I voted it up, useful, and awesome!

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      ceegee415 6 years ago from Lake Elsinore, California

      Thank you! All three of these articles were very useful and helped me get the wheels turning!

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      whoisbid 6 years ago

      Great advice Phil! Good luck in everything you are doing

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      SariCeciliaArts 6 years ago

      Nice Hub, I hope that people will be inspired! Also thanks for promoting my Art :D

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      Brett Caulton 6 years ago from Thailand

      Good and useful suggestions throughout this series, plenty of ideas for those times when we lack inspiration.

      Voted them all up and useful! Nice work

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      Thanks, Dan, I hope it helps.

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      danfresnourban 6 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Good job Phil, people always need help deciding what to write about.