A Writer's Thoughts : Musings of a Hubber
Your Waiting Computer
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. - Benjamin Franklin
Ideas About Writing
I get in bed at night and all these ideas start running through my head. I even start wiritn while the rest of me is saying, sleep, sleep. Sometimes it works and I sleep, sometimes it doesn’t and I go over two or three more things I want to write. When I get up the next day I may start out to write one of those two or three things but usually wind up writing a totally different, unrelated article.
I can be driving down the road and the idea for a hub will pop into my head. That’s generally not a bad thing except for when I’m so engrossed in my hub I miss my turn off. What is a hub? For those of you that don't belong to Hub Pages it can be an article or a blog. It is writing about anything you want and posting it on Hub Pages.
There are so many interesting hubs and so many interesting hubbers. Each story is so unique and so interesting. Hubbers come from all over the world which intrigues me. I know I’ll never get to a lot of those places so connecting with a hubber from say, England, gives me an inside view of the country that I would otherwise never have. Not to mention the sometimes exotic twist of a ‘foreign’ hubber. I just love them. I love learning about other places and other religions, just other ways of life in general. To me, sometimes even Hawaii is foreign! I know I’ll never get there but I enjoy reading about it. Like the hub about fishing in Hawaii . Really interesting with beautiful pictures. Makes me want to go there all the more but instead I’ll keep reading hubs like that.
Thinking about what to write
Hubs and Hubbers
The hubbers themselves come from so many different walks of life and are so divergent in age. Granted there are a lot of professional writers but then that’s probably what we all dream of being. Wouldn’t it be great to wake up and find out you are J.K Rowling? Or that the notes you wrote down last night turn out to be a book as popular as “Twilight”? Realistically we know that’s probably not going to happen, but hey, that’s what dreams are made of. Even winning a hub contest would be nice, or earning some real money. One month I think I earned over $1.00; remarkable. But most of us know that’s not what it is all about. It’s about the thrill of the hunt, writing a good hub and having people actually read it, about developing a following of your own because you’re a good writer, maybe not the J.K. Rowling’s type but good enough for people to want to read and follow.
Think about it, you’re not limited to anything in your hubs. You can write about more than just vampires, though vampires is an interesting subject. Hmm, I may have to write that one down for later use. The funny thing is, you write a hub that you think is absolutely great and it winds up getting eleven readers. I wrote a mystery hub that I thought was pretty good, “The Face in the Mirror” , ONE reader wrote, “The Face in the Mirror was a compelling read with a great plot and ending! Gotta check out more of your work! You won me with this one!.” Great comment but it only got sixty-nine readers, I guess not everyone felt the way that one reader did. Then I wrote a hub about our trip to Alaska and seeing Alaska in an RV. I thought it was rather ordinary because it was just about our trip but wrote it because our trip was fun and Alaska was beautiful. It turned out to be a hub of the week and had one hundred and sixty-nine readers. Go figure. I’ve written about all my animals and my Min Pin hub seemed to be a success. It also led me to other min pin hubs. Of course I have my favorites too, I'm following them and some of them are following me, kind of like a mutual admiration society!
Pens, Markers, Pencils...at the ready
You fail only if you stop writing. - Ray Bradbury
You can find hubs about everything from Travel to Religion. If you search “Religion” on hub pages you will find four pages of hubs about Religion listed. Anything from Spiritualism to Witchcraft. Pretty interesting stuff. No one claims to be an authority but with the research some writers do it makes you think they are an authority. Or the people who write from their own experience or knowledge impart a slant to a topic you might not find somewhere else. When you think about it it really is a unique undertaking. Whoever came up with Hub Pages was a genius, possibly on a par with Sergey Brin and Larry Page. Okay, well maybe not. I have a feeling Google makes more money than Hub Pages but it’s not as much fun (though very informative.) If you like movie reviews or writings about movies there’s plenty of that too. Look up Cogerson (http://hubpages.com/profile/Cogerson) for some great movie reviews.
Think about it, write about it. You could say that’s the philosophy of hubbing, although you never know what will catch people’s fancy. Like writing a book. Seems like the same risks but without the expense or publicity. Of course there is a form of publicity on Hub Pages. If it’s a really good hub and gets a lot of readers or catches on on Google, it could be a “best seller” and you could make money. There it is again, money. Seems like everything revolves around money. You need it to live, you need it to eat and you need to make it. It’s always best when you can find a way to make it that also makes you happy. I don’t think that happens too often, which is unfortunate. So I guess doing what you like, whether it makes you money or not is a good thing, ergo Hub Pages for writers.
Do you think about writing?
How Many Hubs?
I’ve been hubbing for four months now and have written 42 hubs. But then I think is that enough? Is that too much? Am I sacrificing quality for quantity or am I just full of ideas? There is no set amount and no real guidelines; that’s the good and the bad thing about Hub Pages, you make the choices. What if you make the wrong choices? Second guessing yourself can be second nature sometimes. You read over what you wrote and you wonder is it interesting enough? Did I put enough facts in it? What about my pictures? Will people want to look at them? Will people want to read what I've just written? Then other times you think, I really like this and it looks good so I’m going to post it. You never really know for sure so you just do what you think is best. Is it the writing or is it the subject? Sometimes it’s your style with your personality shining through other times it’s just a darn good read. There's no telling what will be a hit or a success.
It’s fun and it gives you someplace to be creative without someone telling you what to do. It’s all up to you. I like it. Sometimes I don’t have enough time to write or even read other hubs. Then I feel a little guilty, like I’m neglecting someone I love. Then I tell myself, it’s a hobby, get over it. However, I do feel better when I get to at least read something once a day. I feel like it’s my community and I don’t want to let them down. Obviously it’s not for everyone. Some may think it’s a waste of time or that they just don’t have enough time. I’ve seen hubbers who have four kids at home and still write hubs. To me, that’s quite an accomplishment, having had four kids of my own! It amazes me what some people write. I read their hubs and think, “Gee I wish I could write like that!” Maybe if I keep writing someday I will.
I’m glad I found Hub Pages and I hope others enjoy it as much as I do, not only the writing, but thinking about it too!