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Spring HubNugget Review

Updated on March 22, 2009

Spring HubNugget Review

By Wes J. Pimentel

SInce I joined Hub Pages I've wanted to know what the heck HubNuggets are and what a Hub Mob is. Then, I was alerted to the fact that one of my very own hubs was nominated to be a HubNugget. I think I get it, now. They seem to be a sort of people's choice of top hubs. Well, I'm honored. As a way to "give something back," I will be reviewing each of the HubNugget nominees in order to provide a little bit of Schwagalistic insight. I promise to be completely objective and unbiased, even though I already know "The Secret to Hub Traffic" is the best one. I will be focusing on two general areas; writing and content.

1) What would happen if we had no income tax?by issues veritas(

Writing - Although this hub is very informative, my attention on the content is rivalled by my focus on the misspellings, grammatical errors, poor sentence structure and overall lack of editing. It is frankly, an annoying read. It reads as if a person not well-versed in our language wrote it. The "ending" seems abrupt. It's as if the author simply stopped writing.

Content - Excellent. There are a lot of well-researched facts in this hub about many topics from tax law to our population and more. The proposal of ridding ourselves of the income-tax system as we know it is poignant and provocative, while the National Sales Tax solution is interesting and original.

2) The Wives of Nicolas Sarkozy by Silver Rose(

Writing - As far as grammar, spelling and sentence structure, there is nothing that draws one's attention away from the content. There isn't much in the way of originality nor interesting use of words or metaphors or anything else. This is a straight-forward article meant to inform us of exactly what it promises to deliver - the love-life of Nicolas Sarkozy.

Content - Well-researched and informative. I have absolutely no interest in the subject matter of this article, but if you like hearing about the private lives of famous people, you'll probably enjoy it.

3) How to Get Enough Protein if You’re a Vegetarian by Haigo Baigo(

Writing - The term "succeed at abandoning meat for good" occurs early in the piece and telegraphs the author's position on whether one should eat meat. This, in my mind, brings the author's objectivity into question. At one point, it seemed that the author had skimped on research when he/she stated "while 'ovo' refers to milk". While this statement is patently false (ovo means egg in Latin), it seems like just a mistake, rather than a lack of research. The two examples above are not typical of the article, in general. The writing is solid throughout the piece.

Content - This is an information-based piece and delivers exactly what the author offers. Although not artful nor poetic, the content is rich and well-thought-out. For the record, I will continue to eat meat. Critters are yummy.

4) She Always Loved Happy Endings by iabecker515(

Writing - Phenomenal. And I'm not just saying that because this author is hot. The writing on this piece is imaginative, engaging, and artisitc. Her descriptions are a treat and I really felt like I was in the setting of the story. Her affection for her mother really comes through, and I'm sure her mom shed a tear upon reading this piece. It comes to an end perfectly and one is left with a sense of satisfaction and a light smile. My thanks to the author.

Content - Although the subject matter of the piece is purely personal, the message about appreciation and gratitude comes through clearly. It brings to mind one's own blessings and makes you think hard about which parts of your life have real value.

5) The Secret to Hub Traffic by Schwag (

Writing - Absolutely brilliant! The similies and metaphors in this piece alone are worth the read. What I enjoyed the most about this piece was the way the author's voice is so clearly heard. This man writes exactly as he speaks. Although his grammar and sentence structure take great artistic liberty, it's easy to forgive, given the end product.

Content - There really isn't that much in the way of content in this piece. The entire thing is a joke and seems like something the author just sat down and wrote in one sitting, rather than something he worked hard to lay out or researched. I guess the most important content in the piece is the description of the "hubber mindset," which I believe is covered quite well.

6) Gamma Gamma Zorba and Ben Casey by Dink96(

Writing - Excellent. The writing in this hub is so good, I feel unworthy to review it. I feel like I'm reviewing a really wonderful documentary on the Discovery Channel, or something. The research is impeccable and the highly technical information is delivered in a very easy-to-understand way, which is an incredible feat, given that the subject matter is neurosurgery.

Content - Rich, full, informative and well-delivered. I was intrigued throughout this entire piece. Every time I had a question about something, there was a tidbit of useful info within parentheses, rescuing me from the feeling of having any of it go over my head. My thanks to the author for a wonderful read.

7) Is FaceBook Changing My Brain ? by Iphigenia(

Writing - Excellent. The point is made concisely and effectively. The length of the piece seems perfect and the layout is well thought-out. There is even a smattering of fear-based propoganda that makes the piece enticing and creepy.

Content - While much of it is scientific and technical, it doesn't seem like a textbook at all. While reading this piece I felt like I was in a conversation with a very intelligent person. The ideas highlighted in this piece are intriguing and poignant. Very timely and relevant in our cyber-culture. I would recommend the hub "MyFace" as a complement to this piece.

8) Top 10 Most Expensive Cities in the World by BristolBoy(

Writing - The very first paragraph of this piece is a turn-off. It seems this author has never heard of the word "which," as evidenced by this paragraph's terrible sentence structure and cumbersome wording. This is unfortunate, as the rest of the piece is, for the most part, concisely written and very straight-forward. The writing does improve marginally as the piece goes on, which I believe reveals a certain laziness during editing. It's not until city #5, Oslo, that the author finally uses the phrase "in which to live." Given the subject of the piece, I would have expected this term to be used much more frequently throughout. Instead, the author just fumbles through the conveyance of this idea using improper wording. This is a direct quote "with which this cost of living list deals with,". HubNugget indeed.

Content - Wonderful. Very informative. Although very rich in information, it is not long-winded or laborious to read. The information was enjoyable and appeals to the traveller in all of us. I really liked the survey at the end asking in which city one would prefer to live. Overall, a satisfying read.

9) How to enjoy a holiday in South East Asia with very little money

by cindyvine (

Writing - Wonderful writing. There were a few (and I mean very few) errors, which were easy to overlook, considering the overall success of the piece. There was a certain wit and humor throughout the piece that made it an absolute pleasure to read and that I believe very few authors would be capable of delivering. There is an intimate aspect accomplished through the author's relating of familial moments that really give this work a cozy feel. The writing is fluid and appealing and really brings you in.

Content - Absolutely bursting with substance! Between the almost 80 photographs and their descriptions, and the richness and detail of the author's narrative, one finds a varitable cornucopia of cultural information. For anyone planning a trip to the areas described, this piece would be an absolute treasure. I really appreciated the detailed captions for each of the pictures. I really felt as though I was right there, in the boats and the bars, just soaking up the local squalor and scenery. Magnificent.

10) Secrets To a Fabulous Love Life & Happy Marriage - From the Obamas by TedCharles (

Writing - Very well-delivered. There is nothing to criticize. The writing is mostly descriptive, although not artistically or poetically so. Given the subject of the piece, and its goal, I believe the chosen mode of writing to be flawless.

Content - Very inspiring. Nicely laid out. Rich and full of hope. A wonderful message, which makes us all examine our own relationships. Thanks to the author.


So, there you have it. I read each one, all the way through and I feel like a better person for it. My pick for #1 was a toss-up. I couldn't decide between She Always Loved Happy Endings and How to enjoy a holiday in South East Asia with very little money. I would love to say that my hub was the best of the list, but that is simply not true. Frankly, I don't think it would be in my top five. If it were strictly a funniest hub contest, maybe. Anyway, after careful consideration of how I felt reading them and which offered a richer, more satisfying experience, I have to say that How to enjoy a holiday in South East Asia with very little money is, by far, the best hub on the list. It was written by cindyvine. You can find more by cindyvine here Please vote for your favorite HubNugget nominee here

In closing I'd just like to say that it is a real honor to be listed alongside such wonderful writers. Thank you.


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      Schwag 8 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      Essy84 - Thanks for the comment. Although I haven't been reviewing them I will definitely start.

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      Essy84 8 years ago

      Great stuff dude - wish I came up with it :) Now you've got the "monopoly" of reviewing the nuggets, I'd say keep up with it, that will get you a nice bit of traffic and attention. (don't we all love our traffic and attention? No? ow sorry it turns out it's just me)

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      Schwag 8 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      Ted - Thanks for the comment and the compliment. I might have bitten off more than I can chew, though, as many other hubbers are now pressuring me to review the nuggets every week. I think I discovered my Hub Niche.

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      TedCharles 8 years ago

      Hi Schwag, great job and thanks for the comments on my hub. I joined hubpages a few weeks ago and I've only created two hubs. There's so much to share and learn from the other hubs reviewed. Excellent job and Good Luck.

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      Schwag 8 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      Cris A - Thanks. I know you're not as mean as me. It's OK. I'll be the meanie around here.

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      Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I agree to what you have to say on some of the hubs that I read, Good job. And good luck :D

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      Schwag 8 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      kristenkiya - Thanks for the comment and the compliment. If you vote for my hub I'll lower your taxes.

      funride - Thanks for the info. That last bit was all I needed to get started. Now I will be reviewing the nuggets. I think I finally found my purpose in life.

      Rochelle Becker, mom of iabecker515 - No problem. It was my pleasure. I really enjoyed the read. The piece was perfectly executed. I'm glad you get a chuckle from my writing. I imagine your daughter will be very successful. I love how you said "sick," and then explained it. You're such a mom, I bet your daughter laughs her butt off when you say stuff like that.

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      Rochelle Becker, mom of iabecker515 8 years ago

      Schwag, thanks for all the positive remarks on my daughter's story. She is one "sick" writer for sure. And by sick I mean good. She lives to write. I like your writing as well. It makes me laugh. thats a good thing. I am just a mom though. Obviously no training. Her dream is to publish a book and work for newsweek or something similiar someday.

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      Ricardo Nunes 8 years ago from Portugal

      Hey Schwag, great review and it´s very nice of you to promote the HubNuggets and all the candidates ;)

      Usually the HubNuggets are published by one of us on Thursday or Friday and the voting is up until Wednesday. Yes, the best way to find it is on the Hubbers Hangout at the forums (It´s always on the top ;))


      Take care and I´ll be looking forward to read next weeks` reviews from you ;)

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      kristenkiya 8 years ago from India

      Great Collection of hubs...

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      Schwag 8 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      Amy G - Everybody keeps telling me to keep them coming. It's so much pressure! You don't understand! Nobody likes me! Where's my mommy? Sorry. I think this will be a weekly event.

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      Amy G 8 years ago

      Nice Hub, Schwag~ I liked a few of them, too. I dig the review, too... keep 'em coming.

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      Schwag 8 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      Shirley Anderson - That is exactly what I needed to know. Well, put me on the "payroll," because I will be reviewing the HubNugget Wannabes every week (as long as I can). Now, I just need to know which day the list comes out, and is the Hubbers Hangout the best place to find it?

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, Schwag. HubNuggets, in a nutshell:

      Every week, the HubNuggets team choose 10 hubs from more than a thousand published by new hubbers. These 10 are called, "HubNugget Wannabes". Someone from the team (we take turns) posts a hub with the 10 listed and linked, along with a poll for voting. The 5 hubs with the most votes win and they get to appear in the weekly newsletter that Ryan Hupfer sends out on Wednesdays. Since the hubs are linked in the newsletter, that means a lot of traffic to the top 5.

      Ryan Hupfer is the only HP employee and the one who oversees us. Funride, ProCW, Ripplemaker and myself do it to help the community. We're volunteers who take direction from Hup (Ryan Hupfer).

      Does that help? Too much info?

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      Schwag 8 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      k@ri - Yes, that helps. I will try the Hubbers Hangout. Thanks!

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      If you go to the Forums and then to the Hubbers Hangout you will find the HubNugget links. I think they post on Thurs, but maybe not until Friday. The team is Ryan Hupfer, Funride, Ripplemaker, Shirley Anderson, and ProCW. It seems that they take turns publishing the HubNuggets weekly. They are listed at the top of the Spring HubNuggets page. Hope this helps!

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      Schwag 8 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      k@ri - I wonder is there a particular hubber who publishes the list each week, and is there a specific time?

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Seems to me, you are just the Hubber! :)

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      Schwag 8 years ago from Clarksville, TN

      Iphigenia - Thanks for the comment. I couldn't agree more - I rock! Good luck to you, and may the best MAN win.

      Shirley Anderson - Thanks for the comment. It means a lot coming from you. I have a question; Does the HubNugget team work for HubPages, or did you guys just do this on your own? Also, what is a Hub Mob? I know I sound like a newbie, but I think it's appropriate, since I am. It was my pleasure to do this. I really like the HubPages community, and I appreciate the opportunity to give a little back.

      Dink96 - No problem. And thank you for the read, I really enjoyed it. I'm a documentary buff, so I was fascinated by the idea of the non-invasive "cutting". Awesome.

      cindyvine - Thanks for the compliment. I don't know if I can trust your opinion on it, though. I think I sabotaged your objectivity by writing such a glowing review of your work. Next time, I'll chop it up, in the name fairness and balance.

      Hawkesdream - If I had previously known what a HubNugget was, I probably would have done this before. It was not until I was nominated that I actually looked into it. Does that make me narcissistic?

      BristolBoy, BristolBoy - I agree about the score. Luckily, I don't give a crap about the scoring, which is why my individual score is so low. I have littered links back to my personal site throughout my work and have double-published almost every article I've posted here. I won't bow down to the HubPages fascism. About your work - you said you don't "fully" agree. I'll bet it's my disapproval WITH WHICH you do not agree. What a shock. Maybe if I said your writing is perfect you would be more inclined to agree. Perhaps I'll hire Paula Abdul as a co-writer to help balance my reviews. After such a stinging review, though, I'm surprised you had the good sprortsmanship not to tell me to F-off. Thanks for the comment. I think I will start doing this on a weekly basis.

      k@ri - I'm surprised other people aren't already doing this. It seems like a natural niche, and I'm just the Hubber to fill it.

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      Kari Poulsen 8 years ago from Ohio

      Great idea! I do hope you continue with this on a weekly basis.

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      BristolBoy 8 years ago from Bristol

      Interesting idea for a hub and I am personally very surprised that it has a hubscore under 50 - maybe it has something to do with the number of links back into Hubpages and therefore the algorithm used by Hubpages is recording this as overtly promotional.

      Can't say I fully agreed with your review of my hub but each to their own!  I will try a bit harder in future, but I was never a writer and never will be. English was never my strong point and after I only got an A in both at GCSE I gave up English literature and English language. 

      Once again great idea for a hub!  Think you may have set yourself up for creating a review every week though!

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      Hawkesdream 8 years ago from Cornwall

      To critique other nominees is a wonderful idea, I will surely go and visit them, out of interest and learning potential , thanks

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      Cindy Vine 8 years ago from Cape Town

      Thanks for the positive comments and critique. You're what I try and tell my students to be when they edit each other's work - a critical friend. Very well put together hub!

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      Dink96 8 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Thank you very much for this. I extracted a lot of information from your critiques, not only of my blog, but the other nominees as well. I started on HubPages to do a little writing about what interests me. To be nominated is just "lagniappe" (or a little "something extra") going forward. Agan, merci beaucoup!

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      Shirley Anderson 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very expertly done, Schwag!

      Your reviews are non-biased and detailed. There is a ton of help and guidance for any writer here. Your critiquing is going to be helpful to many and I'm sure your fellow HubNuggeters appreciate the links back their hubs.

      Thanks for doing this.

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      Iphigenia 8 years ago

      Great Job Schwag - and a great idea for a hub. Your reveiws are concise, insightful and fair. I have read all of these hubs as well and I pretty much concur with you. Good luck in the poll you little Hub Nugget you !