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Some hubbers still write hubs in the old fashioned way.

Updated on July 1, 2011

I have started following many hubbers who have been writing for a long time and some people are great writers. Others seem to write in the old fashioned way.

I am not pinpointing anyone specifically for their writing style, but it seems that there are writers who are modern and writers who write with the old fashioned old school style.

The First Person "I" Writing Style on Hubs vs the Third Person Authoritative Writing Style:

The Third Person Common Sense Old Fashioned Old School Approach:

Because blogs and web sites like Hub Pages have blossomed all over the internet, it seems that people are still writing with that third person, authoritative style where they use "some people" as the subject and try to appear like an expert in their selected subject matter. That is acceptable, but it seems that some of these people (not all) do not really know the subject matter at all. It seems that they writing about every day common sense that most of us know already. In that case, they simply do not teach me anything.

The Modern Subjective First Person Approach

The first person "I" writing style is more personal and subjective and I enjoy ready those hubs more, because I actually have the benefit of learning something new. The person writes from the heart about their own view point on the subject matter. With this benefit comes unique information and something that I do not have to say "Duh, that's common sense, why would this writer tell me something I already know?"

An Example:

Please keep in mind that I am pin pointing anyone. I read blog the other day about how to impress people. I think we all like to impress people and when people are impressed, we feel good about ourselves. I will not name here the seven tips that this person gave, but I can assure you that I felt like I was being spoken to like I was a child learning how to impress people for the first time.

Instead, I would have liked to hear how the writer impresses people himself, not the common sense approach where I already know the answers as soon as I read the title. I wanted to learn something about this author and the strategies that he uses to impress people. Maybe I could have learned something new. Something that is not common sense.

How to Teach People When Writing Your Hubs or Blogs With Your Own Personal Unique Style

When I read a blog or a hub, I look to learn something new, something that I never used before. Since we are different from one another, we can either fight with each other about our differences or learn from each other. I like to learn new things by reading your hubs. I may not agree with what you are saying, but at least I can see how other think. I do not want to waste my time reading about something I already know that is not in accordance with everyone's common thinking patterns.


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      Bruce Chamoff 5 years ago from New York

      Hey cynamans, thanks. Actually, if you want to laugh, I wrote this hub almost a year ago and just read it for the first time since that time. Oddly enough, I see a lot of the mistakes I pointed out in this very hub committed by me. LOL - Hard to believe I wrote this a year ago too.

      Also, thanks for the fan mail. I will start reading your hubs this weekend as well.

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      cynamans 5 years ago from Washington DC

      Hello hotwebideas,

      Great Hub.I must admit I am guilty of committing some of the mistakes you highlighted in this article. I will in the future work towards avoiding such pitfalls. Thanks again for sharing your useful tips. Voted up and interesting.

      Best C

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Hey mskills, thanks. You made some great points and I am glad you write in the first person.

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      Bruce Chamoff 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks, iamsergell. Yes, I am like you in that I also write differently when I am in different moods or states, but this article was actually directed at the hubbers who consistently write with the same style.

      I just started following you so I can read your hubs ;)

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      mskills 6 years ago from North Carolina, USA

      With very few exceptions, I favor first person perspective in my writing. Like you, I find the format is generally easier to connect and engage with my reader. Since my hubs overwhelmingly revolve around my personal experiences with products and services, I have little reason to switch to third person.

      I absolutely agree with you that third person raises a few red flags concerning the author's authority over the subject matter. Why? Because third person feels anonymous, and I'd rather not waste my time or effort on tips or advice from someone that doesn't want to take ownership of their material.

      However, I don't completely agree that third person automatically translates into writing in trite generalities. For most people (ironically, typing in 3rd here), third person is just a heck of a lot harder to master and it shows in the writing. I don't think it is a mere coincidence that literary education focuses almost exclusively on writing summaries and analyses in third person.

      Coming back to your conclusion, however, I agree that blogging and most (not all) hubs would benefit from the personalization that first person specializes in. Thanks to different levels of writing background and the desire to write for SEO, I don't think you're going to see any sweeping changes anytime soon.

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      Lord Sergell of House Stark 6 years ago from Darwin, Australia

      I actually don't know my writing style. It just depends when I'm in the mood of writing seriously or just doing the random thoughts. Good point of thoughts in this hub, and I'm actually realizing something. Thank you and Godbless.