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New Years Resolutions for Hubbers of Hubpages
Hubbers' Resolution Revolution
We all want to "be a better writer", right? I bet, though, that that does not top the list of New Year's resolutions worldwide. In contemplation of in what direction to take this hub, I considered writing about funny New Years resolutions, creative ones, ones that are most often broken, or ones that are just plain "out there". Instead, though, I decided to create a list of resolutions that pertain to our unique community of writers: HubPages.
As a writer, reader, proofreader, editor, and critic, what are some areas in which you would like to excel, change, improve upon, or eliminate? Below are some of mine, along with resolutions that I find pertinent to furthering the success and togetherness of the HP community.
*This list is meant to be a bit comical, and not meant to be a rant or a plea. Feel free to add your own HP Resolutions in a comment!*
New Years Resolutions for Writers on HubPages
In the new year, as a Hubber, I resolve to...
1. Make Better Mistakes Tomorrow. Take the time to correct punctuation and grammar, use a spell checker, reference a dictionary or thesaurus when needed, consult a book or guide, and take the time to real aloud your work, to ensure that sentences flow well, and that words are not forgotten. Proofread your hubs, and edit honestly. By learning and researching on our own, we can formulate hubs of better quality, and can make "better mistakes" tomorrow. I have seen signs at restaurants that are quite humorous, like one at a local seafood establishment that hangs over the front entrance: Free crabs tomorrow!
2. Lose weight. Tidy-up hubs by leaving out the fillers. Cut to the point, but do so eloquently, as to avoid losing the reader -or yourself- in the mix of wordiness. "Tighten" that hub; lose word weight! Try to avoid reiterating thoughts and ideas. Summarizing is acceptable, but rewording a sentence over and over again can become quite exhausting. Lose weight in negative feedback and comments as well. Boosting morale can do wonders!
3. Quit smoking. When reading through hubs that others have published, whether by "hopping", clicking on one from the wall, or finding it on Facebook or Twitter, do so with an open mind. Look at the overall picture - the meaning behind the hub, what the hubber is portraying or saying, whether the hub is satirical, funny, serious, unbiased, graphic, light-hearted, poetic, or informative. Try not to pick at the little things when writing comments, and do not retaliate when someone may not leave feedback you would prefer. Blowing smoke and becoming addicted to negativity is not the best for anyone in a community. "Second-hand smoke kills." Others will see that negativity, and it may lead to further issues and more negativity. Providing positive feedback is preferred, but if criticism is needed, doing so constructively is professional and honorable.
4. Read more. By reading more of what others write, we learn not only about traveling, recipes, history, religions, cultures, and more, but about other hubbers and writers around the world. Reading is good for your health, and it does not take long to read others' hubs. Take time to read about things that may be out of your comfort zone, or are about a topic in which you may not be an expert. Resolve to read and learn something new whenever possible.
5. Give Back to the Community. When hopping hubs and stumbling upon others' work, try hard in the new year to start discussions, and help others by answering questions and contributing to forums, and by providing feedback and praise in comments. Leaving a quick and simple comment shows the hubber that their hub was not only read, but resulted in a real feeling and cultivated a response. Comments help in a multitude of ways:
- Educates on grammar, form, expression, or the topic itself (providing more details/facts on the subject)
- Provides feedback on areas that the hubber may not have considered (like other things that can be touched on in a future hub or a variation to a recipe)
- Shows that you can relate to that hubber or what was said/written
- Shows gratitude for a well-written hub, or for having been informed of something new
- Starts discussions that may lead to more ideas or information, or that may help foster relationships
2012 & Hubpages... What is in store for us?
The fate of HP is up to us hubbers. Together, we can further foster the HP community, help enrich each others' lives, and continue sharing our experiences, stories, recipes, music, videos, photography, and poems with each other and the world.
Remember, in 2012, that we are to treat others as we wish to be treated. With that said, keep the jokes coming, poetry and prose inspiring, experiences enlightening, photography awing, tutorials educating, stories surprising, and recipes cooking! And, when reading, keep the comments and ratings flowing, but true to you and honest for the hub author. Go the extra mile, and share hubs that you find particularly educational or engaging.
Happy New Year! Here's to thousands more hubbers and hubs in 2012!