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Hub Goals for 2012

Updated on December 25, 2011

Quality not Quantity

Since I am new, I thought to browse some questions just to get a feel for things. Having decided that I want quality over quantity, I thought that answering some questions might be a good place to start. I saw this question at the top of the page: "How many hubs do you plan to write in 2012?" asked by truthfornow. (I do hope it is permissible to mention another's work in a hub.)

I marveled at the quantity of answers and the goals given by some. I envision the day that I can achieve such lofty (to me) heights.

Thinking to myself, "How can it be that so many hubs can be written in a week/day/hour?" Then it came to me that I was thinking only of myself and the time that I can allot to writing. There are no limits. Quality is the true goal and the more one writes, the closer one gets to the holy grail of becoming a literary person, a professional writer.

That led to wondering how many hubbers have families, small children, teenagers, and husbands/wives/significant others. How many single mothers are here? How many single fathers? How many are both parent(s) and hold down one, two, or even three jobs to make ends meet? How many can devote most of their day to writing? How many can only devote one hour a day or five hours a week? You get the drift.

The true writer must write, even if the beds don't get made, all the laundry done, or the front steps swept. Time will be made for the writer. The children will be included - or not. The children may even become part of a writing project.

I digress - back to the question - I have no idea how many hubs I will write in 2012. I do know that I want to spend more time on quality, not quantity. If I can turn out one or two hubs a week, and those hubs are good, then I will be on my way.

My hope is to become, like many of you, a true litterateur. <Washington Irving is generally credited as the first American litterateur to gain a reputation in Britain and on the Continent.>



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      Ruth Clark 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thank you James. It looks as though that's what I'm doing. It's been awhile. I have an article right now in Word that I'm trying to find time to edit. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate it.

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      James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

      I would just write when the Spirit moves me. And I will look forward to reading what the Spirit moves you to write. God Bless You.

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      Ruth Clark 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'll try this again; it didn't post the first time. Thank you, thearbiter0808, for taking time to encourage me. Could it be that you also read minds? I tell myself to stop analyzing and start utilizing, to stop re-writing my humble articles into the 'article cemetery', but bad habits are hard to break. I invite constructive criticism, so that isn't a problem.

      I have reams of pages of excuses that I can now give a decent burial. Thanks for the lift. I had run out of fuel - and excuses.

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      thearbiter0808 5 years ago

      Hi ruth! You should start writing now. By reading this hub, I can say that you will create high quality articles. Don't be frustrated when you see others writing more hubs than you. I felt that before, and promised to make more hubs. Yet I was not fully satisfied with my write up. So I decided to focus on the quality of the articles.

      You will gain followers, albeit slowly. And I am one of them. Maintain the quality of your hubs (like this one), and if you can do more a week, the better. Good luck!

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      Ruth Clark 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thank you for stopping by. You make perfect sense. I can make all the decisions I want, but until I take some action, nothing gets done. Have a great evening.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Welcome to HubPages Ruth. There certainly are people with many different backgrounds and time schedules here. I agree with you that quality is more important than quantity.

      Personally, I find that the more quantity I produce, the better the quality becomes. I think that I get better with practice. I can learn from my mistakes faster if I can make my mistakes faster.

      I can always edit a hub and make it better, or delete it if I decide it was really awful. But if I haven't written it at all, it doesn't stand a chance.

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      Ruth Clark 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thank you Cardelean and Denise for your warm welcomes and tips. I'm looking forward to reading more of your work. And, I'm looking forward to writing. Real life is kind of getting in the way of writing right now, but these things tend to happen to me around Christmas time and the New Year. School is out and I have grandchildren who expect me to go "play" with them. I'm reading some of Cardelean's hubs for ideas. They're wonderful - the children and the hubs.

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Welcome, Ruth-like cardelean, (my daughter btw), I have to say that there are so many different people here from all over the world that makes this community very interesting.

      I think your questions are wonderful-I like the way that your mind works, LOL Keep asking and diving for answers...then, write about what you find.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Welcome to Hubpages rughclark3. You will find a wide range of "types" of people writing here on Hubpages and that is actually the beauty of the site. There are so many people with many different ideas and life experiences. Write about what you know and the words will flow. I am a Mom of two young kids and a full time teacher so I write a lot about those topics. I also love to cook so I often share my recipes. I keep a list of potential hub topics and when I have some time I write what I can. Sometimes I can pump out several a week and sometimes I can't write any for a few weeks. Best of luck to you.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      So do I, and one of the best ways to get readers and develop a following is to hop some hubs, meaning read other peoples hubs.

      This will give you an idea of how to structure them, remember to keep the paragraphs short with simple sentences, break them up with bold text and quotes, throw a picture in or put a background box on some of the text.

      Try to have fun and ask questions if you need to learn something new.

      When you read peoples hubs leave a comment and vote up if you like them, then writers will return the courtesy.

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      Ruth Clark 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thank you, somethgblue, this is good news. I can see why people are motivated to write a lot here on Hubpages. I can certainly "write about reading" since I'm an avid reader.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      If your out to make money you will have to publish at least one a day. This can be done simple by writing on a subject that you love, say for instance if you love reading.

      Publish a hub about a book that you have read. One a day.

      If your just into developing your writing skills try one or two a week.

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      Ruth Clark 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Seeker7,somethgblue,Springboard, and rLcasaLme, thank you for your comments. It is gratifying to get encouragement from those who are successful.

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      rLcasaLme 5 years ago from Dubai, United Arab Emirates

      It always satisfies me producing hubs made with quality, and in contrast, it would make me worry publishing a hub I know I didn't do well.

      I've been active for about a month now and have only produced 4 hubs. That makes it 1 hub a week. I do write slow indeed.

      Then, I see people who can write 10 hubs a week. Then, I would go "how in the world was that possible?" To me this would be almost impossible for I am a busy fellow at work and at home.

      I am, by the way seeing improvement on the speed of my writing and producing hubs and I'm happy about it. I hope I can produce more quality hubs this year.

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      Springboard 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Write what you know and write at the speed that you can. Some writers are what we classify as "prolific," meaning they can churn out a ton of material. Stephen King would be one of those writers. If you counted the number of short stories he's written in his career, and the numbers of novels as well, it's quite a bulk of work. And he's still churning it out at near levels he always has. I like your stance of quality over quantity. Stephen King's work is great stuff. Other writers have written far less a body of work and it too is great. Again, write what you know and write at the speed you can. At the end of the day it is the body of work that is good that defines the writer.

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      somethgblue 5 years ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee

      Of course Washington Irving spread a lot of disinformation, especially in his book about Christopher Columbus, (the first true butcher of the new World).

      In his book he claims that good ol' Christopher was out to prove to the World that the Earth was round, even though the first Globe (round map) was created in 1492.

      He in fact was looking for gold and slaves (not particularly in that order) and when he landed in Haiti in 1492 it was estimated that there were 11 million Haitians, when he left ten years later he had reduced the population to 3 million.

      Mostly by chopping off their hands if they didn't produce their weight in gold each month by working in his gold mines. Mr. Irving just forgot to put that in his book and we now celebrate his accomplishments with a national holiday.

      Welcome to hub pages I'm sure you will find it very enlightening

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      Helen Murphy Howell 5 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Hello Ruth and a Merry Christmas + a very warm welcome to Hub Pages.

      I really enjoyed this hub. It was very interesting and also very honest. I think you are also a very wise lady to go for quality as opposed to quantity. There are exceptions on HP where a certain few probably can produce quality and quantity, but they are rare. For myself, I've started slowly and tried to go for quality - I'm just not someone who can write at top speed and feel happy with what I've produced. I've really enjoyed my first year at HP. Rather than my writing feeling like a chore it has been a delight.

      Many thanks for followng me and I'm sure you will enjoy writing here. I Have voted up your hub + voted interesting! Congratulations on publishing your first one and I look forward to reading many more!