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Hubbers Are Swamping Me: Help! What Should I do??

Updated on November 2, 2011

Do you dread switching on your PC?


It's Getting Hard to Keep Up with Emails

My new Acer system has gone bottoms-up and my old and creaky HP laptop is shuddering under the burden. My mobile broadband dongle is trying to electrocute me: I made this bed and I have to live with it, but how can I keep up?

Anyone have a clue of my dilemma? Yes! That’s just it, I am getting so much stuff on my hotmail account from hubbers of all stripes: comments, comments on comments, followers, those wanting to be followed, new hubs arriving like ripe grain on this sere ground.

I know I’m not alone in this and I wonder if anyone has found a solution apart from just saying, frig it and hitting the “all delete” button 3 or 4 times a day. I mean, heck, shouldn’t we be getting paid for this? I’m as altruistic as the next chap/chap-ess, (not very), but I’m starting to feel like a mother-hen with chicks clamoring round her, or the real Diogenes peering out of his barrel while Athens congregated around for the wisdom dripping from his lips.

I mean, this is adding up to around 3 hours a day answering emails, far more than I usually spend on churning out a 1000 word hub. And even this basically lazy, semi-retired septuagenarian (70! Shit, I though that meant born in September!) has a few other things I have to do every day: feed the budgies, take a crap, watch youporn, swear at the budgies, take another crap; you know what I mean.

I suppose I should sort through all these folks and weed out the weeds who I am commenting on and following, but who never comment on my hubs after their initial scammy praise to get me on board. You won’t even know who you are, cause you won’t read this hub either.

I do swear every day I will never follow another hubber until some sort of attrition lessens my load, but then some great writer compliments me by asking to follow and I feel duty bound to reciprocate and so the list grows. (I don’t follow any new hubbers now unless their profile pics are really pretty! me a dirty old man if you wish, at least I‘m honest).

And…I suppose some lasting friendships are made on HP, but mostly we are ships that pass in the night. Especially true as HP is really a US site, people from the UK other countries are few and very far between,

It would be interesting to find out how many have found partners from HP, as they would on dating sites; there’s nothing to stop writers trying to “hook up” I suppose (I don’t really know what that means but it sounds hip). You might really get to know someone on here by the content and quality of their writing…

Well, I don’t think there’s a thousand words in this, so will wind up here and hope for some useful comments…anyway, I have budgies to feed and 50 emails to answer!



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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Spain has the weather, Trish, but I have found the people not to fond of Brits...understandably when you see programs like Benidorm...Bob

      The other trouble with all of Europe is the bloody price of everything! For example, a haircut costs 1.50 in Mexico! Bob

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands

      Hi Bob :)

      Blighty? Boring?! No!!!

      It's actually lovely and sunny today.

      I'd be very content with England, if we had longer, warmer, dryer, more reliable summers. As it is, we have to go abroad for that.

      Spain! France! Italy! (Mexico for you!) Where would we be without them??

      Maybe we'll retire to Spain or France, one day. I'm not sure how realistic that dream is.

      I'm working on my family tree at the moment, and wondering whether Hub Pages really is the best place for my writing. Maybe it will be ~ after a bit of a break.

      I hope that you will continue to visit HubPages, even if you transfer your writing talents elsewhere :)

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hahaha Hi Trish. Amusing comment. Well, we are in boring old Blighty; perhaps the salacious emails only come in the states. Haven't seen many hubs lately from you? Bobx

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      Tricia Mason 6 years ago from The English Midlands



      No. I just get a occasional notifications of comments, etc. Nothing else.

      And most of these comments are lovely ~ and relevant.

      But no propositions, or proposals, thank goodness.

      "I love you. Can we date?" under comments!? ~ No! Not me.

      Sadly, I do get occasional misguided accusations of plagiarism and piracy, as well as some promises that I shall go to hell, coupled with prayers for my salvation.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Hi Genna...neenus, eh? I have had some of those also, in fact they seem to be increasing...See you soon Genna. Bob

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Actually, this is one of the reasons I went on hiatus from HP a while back. Although I was receiving e-mails from hubbers I like and respect, there were also messages from neenu-neenus as well. I think I’ve shaken them for a while, and now only receive welcome e-mails.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Hola senorita acetuna: Yes, I am warmed indeed by your kind commnent. I daren't dwell on your photo, have to watch the blood pressure...Roberto xx

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 6 years ago from Texas

      Hola Bob - I can almost hear your computers buzzin' and tickin' as you rummage through your e-mails. AAAhhhh the HP wants to embrace you.Yet, you've given us a new perspective. Your candid portrayal of what you do when not reading had me giggling. Septuagenarian? lol I only wish I had join HP earlier so I could share in your daily wit as your hubs emerged. Yes, I am reading your hubs and enjoying them I might add - so, you can assume "MissOlive" has peeked in ... rather quietly...until today.

      Well, I hope this comment warms you a tad and if not....mmmmmm....well, just look at my picture (snicker)

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Austinstar: It isn't spam!

      Will, Gee, thanks, i won't reply then

      Cathylynn: Hi...well, that'll do I suppose...Bob

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      cathylynn99 6 years ago from northeastern US

      "hook up", at least on this (US) side of the pond, means to have sex.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I don't want you to be overwhelmed, so I've decided not to comment, Bob

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      Lela 6 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      Better to just get a spam filter. Try I think theirs is pretty neat.

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Hi Bobbi: I expect you have the same problem: just get on with it I guess...Bob

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Hi Sophia: Men are nervous around "10's" I suppose they feel inadequate...Bob

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      BobbiRant 6 years ago from New York

      LOL Only following the 'really pretty' picture ones. I like this hub, yes it is a good way to narrow the field of who to follow.

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      Sophia Angelique 6 years ago

      Yes, Bob, attractive women face a barrage of comments that can seldom be imagined. At one point in my life, I had men walking up to me on the streets and saying, "I hate women like you," and then just walking away. I was devastated! It happened in both the UK, SA, and even on the open seas... :)

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      diogenes 6 years ago

      Missed out and missed them I imagine! But attractive women like yourself really get this type of mail? Just like on POF! Well, nothing new under the sun I guess. Interesting comment...Bob

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      Sophia Angelique 6 years ago

      Well, here's the thing. I set the settings so that I didn't receive anymore email notifications from HP. I found that when I went onto HP, it normally indicated if someone had left a comment, and I could see who had posted new articles. In addition, I removed the 'email' section so that people couldn't email me for a while. This last, however, didn't work, because people then just a comment like, "I love you. Can we date?" under my comments section. :)

      So yesterday, I put it all back again. I have been deluged with notifications, etc. I also discovered months and months of fan mail and was in total awe. Just goes to show what you're missing when you're not looking.

      As I'm writing ebooks these days (one of which is a series that needs a book a week released), plus keeping up three blogs, and my HP, my day is more than full. :)

      My conclusion? While removing the contact button, notifications, etc. from my profile did give me breathing space to get some heavy writing done, I missed out to some degree!