Life With Hubitis and Hubmania - My 100th Hub
How Did I Reach 100 So Fast?
This is my third month on HubPages and this is my 100th Hub. You do the math... does anyone else find this 'disturbing'? Anyone else think that I have no life? Okay, so there's no question that I'm addicted to writing and addicted to HubPages. As a matter of fact, this summer I did nothing except spend every waking hour writing.
If you've read a previous Hub I wrote - A Day in the Life of an Imaginative Insomniac - you know exactly what I mean.
Original Summer Plans
This summer (2010), my plan was to get a job babysitting. However, that plan soon proved impossible. After 100 online applications to sittercity.com (I exaggerate a bit) and 0 responses, I was pretty discouraged. I even tried some face-to-face interactions, giving out business cards and asking people to spread the word that I'm looking for a babysitting position. Then there were empty promises... ugh!
I did happen to land a few piano lesson jobs this summer but that is to start in the fall sometime. While I awaited job offers - with no avail - I turned to HubPages for comfort. Writing is not only a cartharsis for me but a passion as well.
Sure, I want to be a child psychiatrist when I 'grow up,' and my second focus is music, but writing is a part of me - a crucial part of me. When I'm not physically writing, a story is forming in my head. That makes it extremely hard for me to focus on other tasks at hand, such as school work or studying. But I overcome it somehow.
I've come to accept the fact that I have a severe case of Hubitis. What is Hubitis you ask? Well, the suffix -itis means inflammation of. Therefore, Hubitis is the inflammation of the Hub. Inflammation is the state of being inflamed. To inflame is to excite, incite, rouse, fire up, rise...
I'm taking the relevant meanings of course, but I assume you get what I'm trying to say. My Hubitis is what caused me to write 100 Hubs in 3 months. So, you see, it's not my fault. Blame it on my condition. I had a Hub flare-up!
Hubitis is a co-morbid disorder that often occurs with Hubmania.
Symptoms of Hubitis
Showing signs of Hubmania is the beginning of the development of Hubitis:
- Thinking about HubPages all day every day
- Constantly pondering what your next Hub will be
- Constantly monitoring your Hubs and your profile
- A tendency to become saddened when your Hubber score drops
Have you ever caught yourself saying, "Ooh, I should write a Hub about that" in the middle of something totally unrelated to HubPages? Then, you may be coming down with a case of Hubmania.
Signs of Hubitis
- Publishing more than 2 Hubs in one day
- Saving several Hubs under the unpublished status
- Failing to notice a sudden increase in your Hub output - such as reaching 100 Hubs without knowing how
Warning: if Hubitis is interferring with your social life, this is an emergency! Contact... well, I don't know who you can run to in this case. Nevertheless, call SOMEONE immediately! (Oh, but do not go to the Emergency Department - you will be placed in the psychiatric ward).
Causes of Hubmania and Hubitis
The first and foremost cause of Hubmania is JOINING HUBPAGES! So, for all my fellow Hubbers reading this Hub, you are susceptible to Hubmania. Signs and symptoms can be difficult to spot at first, but keep both eyes open and note all changes in your Hubtivity.
Another cause of Hubmania is encouragement from other Hubbers. Encouragement boosts your confidence, enabling - and sometimes 'pushing' - you to write more Hubs. This is one of the main causes of Hubitis as well. (And my favourite cause, might I add).
Coping with Hubitis
Coping with Hubitis is not as difficult as coping with Hubmania. Combating Hubitis can be simple. It's just a matter of cutting down on the amount of Hub output each day. This may not be possible if you're doing the 60 Day Challenge. ;-)
Coping with Hubmania, on the other hand, is a whole 'nother ball game. Hubmania is an ADDICTION and the first step is admitting that you have Hubmania. Face it, you're a Hub addict!
To resist checking your Hub Page at all hours of the day, set a schedule. Maybe you can check HubPages in the morning, at midday, and in the afternoon. Start small and them maybe you can narrow checking HubPages to just the afternoon after work/school and during the weekends in the morning and evening.
Withdrawal... until next time
You may have figured out by now, I'm mainly writing this to help myself. Sorry, guys, I don't mean to be selfish. I'm worried about how I'M going to cope once school starts for me. This summer has been all 'fun and games', so to say, but now it's back to business.
Maybe I'll make a compromise - I'll write some scholarly Hubs as well. So, be on the look out for psychology, and possibly music, Hubs. I think that's a good compromise. Right? That way, I still get to be on HubPages but 'study' at the same time.
Since this is an addiction, I just know I'm going to spiral into serious Hub withdrawal once I get really busy. Yikes! I wonder what that will be like. Oh boy! Well... I guess I just have to wait and see.
It's been a fun summer. I look forward to spending more time with HubPages and my friends on HubPages during the fall and winter breaks.
Until then, I'll be carefully managing my Hubmania and maybe - just maybe - after the 60 Day Challenge, my Hubitis will subside. Hey, it's not so bad having these conditions.
I love HubPages! Thank you to all who has been supportive and to all the friends I have met this summer. It's been fun! In my 50th Hub I took time to mention all of my supporters but now... there are too many to mention. I'll be SURE to leave someone important out.
So let me just say this: for those who have been immensely supportive and encouraging to me, who I have called friend, who I've spoken personally with, who now has a special part in my heart (hehe), THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!