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Thoughts on Ten Thousand Views

Updated on May 30, 2013

Milestone Reflections

There is an important reason for writing "milestone" hubs. It is too easy to carry on doing what you always do, and never stop to think and reflect. If you stop to reflect, you may learn something.

"Time spent in reconnaisance is seldom wasted", and time spent on reflection is seldom wasted. At milestones you should stop to reflect.

What am I doing?

I may seem a little bit ahead in writing my 10,000 piece, because it will be another few days before I officially get there. I had said in my "50 hubs" reflective piece that I was going to try writing some Amazon hubs in another identity. Adding viewers from that identity in, I am now over 10,000 views.

I have proved to my satisfaction that I can write Amazon based hubs, but I am not so bored or so desperate for money that I intend to spend much time on that project. It is not difficult work, and if I work at it I can maintain an average of 2.5 hubs a day. I admire and respect those who have the grit to churn them out at the rate of 10-12 a week. You earn every penny!

My major personal effort over the last year is my book "Guide to Packaging and Labelling Law 2011" , which should publish next month. It has spun off or inspired 5 hubs. I have also set up a web site for the book.

There is another book waiting in the wings, about Chess for Children, and then I will be looking for something to write about. I had thought to write hubs about immigration, but in a few weeks I start working as an immigration lawyer again, and so my immigration writing is being prepared for the launch of my new employer's Immigration web site rather than for Hubpages.

Socialism 101

In my discussions with conservatives and Republicans I have been struck by the level of ignorance about socialism. I had been contemplating a series of articles - a Socialism 101 - to put forward socialism proactively rather than reactively. I was writing a list of topics for hubs, - got to over 20 and said "whoah!". This is not a task for one person. It has to be a shared activity. By linking the hubs together we get the cross strength of a woven cloth instead of a collection of loose threads. I have launched the thought in the forum to see if there are enough takers. May Day seems a good day for an early target.

I see Socialism 101 as a monument of which one day I will be proud. If we could pull together a couple of hundred articles on Socialism it would be a body of writing that all of the contributors will be honoured to have been a part of.

Who Reads What?

About one third of all viewings is for "How To Be a Good Student", and about one sixth is for "What is Domicile?". "Good Student" is a piece I was coached to write by the friend who introduced me to Hubpages. "Domicile" is one of three hubs carved out of my LLM thesis on "Domicile of Refugees and Illegal Immigrants".

The next largest readership is for a campanion piece for "Good Student" called "How To Be An Excellent Student". After that I have five pieces about law, one on how to change a tyre, and a recipe for Eritrean Spaghetti.

My biggest disappointment is a number of whimsical human interest stories from life as a lawyer. I intend eventually linking them together into a humorous book. The funniest result is that the crassly commercial identity I put together for my Amazon hubs won a "hubnugget" award! The score of my alter ego is almost as high as my personal score with only 10 hubs!


I have by my conduct demonstrated that making money is not my top priority.I am fortunate in my wife, who is a good earner and supports my writing. If the packaging law book takes off I will have a good income for some years to come, in addition to anything I earn as a lawyer.

I am still discovering good writers and I will celebrate some of them in my 100 hubs reflection.


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    • weholdthesetruths profile image


      7 years ago from Western Flyover Country

      I see you got your 10K views! Congrats.

    • Charles James profile imageAUTHOR

      Charles James 

      7 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      I agree with you that 2.5 hubs a week is good going if you are doing it part time. I am not expecting to get rich off Hubpages. I see how to do it, but I have other things to do with my time than to compare wrenches for an Amazon hub.

      As a house painter you have been productively employed on socially essential work. Most of my law work was socially essential but it was very badly paid because I worked for the poor. If your son has got into Cornell University he is obviously a bright lad and I wish him well. There is much more money in being a lawyer for the rich!

      If you are interested in Amazon type hubs have a look at frogdropping (a hubber)

    • profile image 

      7 years ago from upstate, NY

      Congratulations on your accomplishments! Maybe all this writing success will convert you to a capitalist after all lol!

      For me 2.5 hubs a week would be a good pace. I wasn't aware there was such a thing as Amazon Hubs, it sounds interesting.

      I think I should have spent more time in reflection on my past career choices, maybe I would have gone into law rather than house painting. My son is now planning on going into law school at Cornell University here in New York.

      I look forward to reading more of your work in the future.

    • Charles James profile imageAUTHOR

      Charles James 

      7 years ago from Yorkshire, UK

      weholdthesetruths - now you see the importance of reflection. You have learned something useful from a socialist at last!

      I do not expect to convert anyone to socialism. I hope with others to set socialism out properly and then people can decide for themselves. If all people see is a garbled version as presented by the Right they are not being given a fair choice.

      marshacanada - the 30 hubs was to become a coordinator, not to write hubs on socialism. There are people on the Left who want to dominate and control but they do not actually do any useful work. The 30 hubs barrier was to deter those oppportunists, not to deter useful contributions.

      If you look on the forums you will see there are people there with thousands of forum postings but who have written virtually no hubs! I do not want them involved in coordinating the project because they do not actually write the hubs we will need.

    • marshacanada profile image


      7 years ago from Vancouver BC

      I volunteered to do some writing about socialism-but now I think I dont meet your criteria since I havent written enough Hubs. Sorry.

    • weholdthesetruths profile image


      7 years ago from Western Flyover Country

      Also, I did want to say, much to my surprise, that I recently spent time with google, and discovered that several of my hubs have been linked, quoted, even reproduced in whole, on political blogs, websites, and aggregation sites I had never even heard of before. In some cases, some words from the title or subject of the hub, gets you from 1st hit on Google to first hit on 3rd page, with others being in between.

      I thought that quite surprising.

    • weholdthesetruths profile image


      7 years ago from Western Flyover Country

      I have 81 hubs, been here 6 months, have 6200+ views, and I didn't do any of this for profit. My only "promotion" is that I have linked about a half dozen of my hubs to political site, a site which is just a collection of links, to stories, news, opinion, etc.

      I did sign up for google, and as such I've made about 12 dollars! HAH! That's $2 per month. It's a bit of a joke.

      In any case, I see you want to write about socialism, and think that we fail to understand it. No, you can write, you can add material, you can "explain" it in 4000 hubs, and it will still be a completely unworkable, intellectually bankrupt ideology. That part cannot be overcome with rhetoric or mis portrayals of the phantom benefits.

      In any case, do you think you're going to pursue earning money on HP, or are you going to continue for entertainment?


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