Why Write a Hub
Why I Hub
Why Start a Hub or at Least Why I Did?
Hub Pages, “What’s that?” I hear this all the time from folks. Well, let me answer that! I would describe it as a gathering spot where writers come together in an enormous informational hub with terminals going everywhere. In this writing community, you can find many genres where several scripters allow entry into their world of imagination and reality. All you need to do is pick a destination and take off.
For myself, it was the landing spot for a writing ministry where I share my work with awesome people of passion and opinion. In Hub Pages, you’re free to read, encourage, and or criticize while sharing life, as long as you follow the guidelines.
The door to this library is always open, and all you need do is go inside. However, put on your armor, as someone is apt to get you discombobulated, but that can be a good thing as it keeps us in conversation and a state of openness.
To write a hub is personal, and each is unique for its purpose or point of connection. No one can truly understand the why of a Hubber until they take some time to get to know their work. I suppose this is why I put a picture of myself on this Hub. I am not a fan of photos as they leave a vulnerability of comparison, judgment, or attack. However, is this not what a Hub does as well?
Is it not a snapshot of sorts as the writers leave their imprint on the page? One gets to see their hearts, passions, talents, truths, and travels. Their ideas of how-to and how not to, leaving their work open to the world ready to pounce in a reaction of positivity or attack.
The personal motivators for a Hub page are as diverse as the ocean wide, as are the many reasons people share regardless of opinion.
You have a voice and the right to share it. No matter what others say, or how they tare down. You are free to share your heart because no one but you knows what is inside of it. You may be the one touchpoint someone needs to get through a day. The recipe they can’t conjure up, the how-to- they can’t figure out, the sense of purpose to get through one more day in the battle of life.
My parents would say, “to know and see the world, go to the library to open a book, and it will take you anywhere you want to go." They said, “Books teach you wisdom beyond what you can imagine!” In this generation, this could become a faded beauty. Places such as Hub Pages keeps the seeking of adventure, travel, and wisdom in the written word alive.
Hub Pages for me is part of my writing ministry. Back years ago, writing was a new venture for me. I prayed long and hard about my original work wanting the focus on my faith journey. My goal was and is to share a message of hope and life experiences, focusing on my faith in God - my Director!
I have heard when you write; you should write what you know. Using life experiences, I jot down my story as it unfolds, sometimes skipping a few chapters or picking up at different points. For this Hubber, my writing ministry began unassumingly and for personal reasons.
I was not a seasoned writer, nor did I intend to change the world with my prose, however, if one life could be touched, helped, connected in some way, then my story could have a purpose far more significant than myself.
My original writings were a memoir of sorts, basing my future on a prediction that I would possibly not be around for a significant amount of time. A prediction I now look back on with joy and amazement. My children were young when Doctors shared what to the best of their knowledge my health was a hopeless situation, and still, I stand on the point, But God!
In hindsight, I realize how ludicrous timelines of finality can become. Purpose and calls are by no means in our control.
I suppose I hurriedly began to spew my heart after hearing the assumptive outcomes they had shared with my prognosis. I also realize I had no preparation or expertise to share the written word. But I didn’t care! I just wanted to purge and help and share. Now years have passed, I have become seasoned as a person, perhaps not as a writer, nonetheless, I continue to write. Because I have today and I will use it!
Currently, I am learning to slow down a bit; the dim prognosis train has pulled into the station for the time being. While it requires intervention and maintenance, we have this day — this amazing one more to make something matter.
I hope I make someone feel that they matter. If nothing else that their today is important. Words make a difference, to someone, somewhere. We are designed to be the hope for the future, the hand in another, and the smile for the broken. I know we can at least take a moment of purpose worth sharing. Go out on the plank of life and pull someone back into his or her mission. Give them your uniqueness, and perhaps they will share theirs as well.
We all enjoy connections. People love learning and sharing stories along the way, and most want to continue to grow as a person. While none of us is perfect, we remain sponges for growth, humility, and forgiveness. God allows much within our day. In this truth, I hope always to continue as a writer and more importantly, a human open to new viewpoints.
The connection with fellow Hub writers affords a great venue to continue that process by providing encouragement and constructive criticism while meeting some fantastic people.
Before, I started, I struggled with the idea, was I doing it for the right, reasons? Would it be self-serving? If it was, I wanted nothing to do with it and considered letting it go into the abyss. Was I following God’s plan for me, or was this a distraction from my faith journey. I suppose I was becoming confused until some dear friends directed me to these Bible verses, 2 Corinthians 3:1-5. These verses in a nutshell state that we are a letter to be read by everyone, proving you are a letter from Christ. Not written with ink but rather the Spirit of the living God. Not on tablets of stone but tablets of human hearts.
See, the Bible says, you are a letter, and thus your purpose matters to God’s purpose!
When reading those verses, I felt that whisper of the Holy Spirit, knowing if my story could help one person, it would be the ministry for Christ that I hoped. I was encouraged to share my journey as I wasn’t expected to have the best outcome, and yet, I am still here, and I can praise God for that.
Though life is an ongoing challenge, I enjoy the blessings of each day. I have an incredible team of friends here on Hub and in my life, along with my fabulous family. Yes, I am still fighting the good fight and learning along the way, taking in every breath one at a time. I hope to share the journey with others on their ride.
- Write because it’s fantastic to share your thoughts and feelings.
- Write because it’s therapeutic.
- Write because you can!
- Write because you have the right!
- Write not to be perfect but, instead, for the love of writing!
- Write on Hub Pages because it is a beautiful community of writers.
- Write because you are a letter from God and your purpose matters!
- Write to allow conversations and openness.
- Write to keep people reading; we need our libraries of works to continue!
Listen for the Whispers
We are a Letter to be Read
Allow God to use all things that come from you for a purpose. It has been a few years since my first writings, and I have to say, “It has been a ministry.” I know that we all have a story and I shared mine hoping to learn others on their journeys.
It has been a blessing to meet new people seeking God or trying to re-focus on their direction. Faith is the focus of my Hub. The life journey has brought me to many hurts and joys. However, life strengthens us regardless of ourselves.
Writing has brought me to a place where I feel God continues polishing me, and for this, I’m grateful. I consider Hub Pages a blessing, interacting with people from everywhere is incredible. Keyboard to keyboard connecting through ideas! How awesome is that?
Connection, community, and building on the hope for our future, smiling at the joys surviving and learning from the brokenness while making our moments matter! The hopeful goal to shine our lights in a dimming world so that others back off their plank, and into their purpose.
It is well
It Only Takes A Spark
Why should you write? Well, because you are the spark for someone! We have only one voice in a vast world. We have but one set of ears to listen to the cries of many, one set of eyes to see the good and also see the sad destruction of our humanity.
Regardless of trials, there are blessings when we have faith in the storms of life, and yet we realize we live in the flesh. How we wish our flesh would not control our thoughts or feelings for even one second, hoping for complete surrender to God our loving Father. Knowing Him, we can rest in the peace that He dwells inside of us, and it is well, yet we see war is raging, a spiritual battle that attempts to root us in this world.
We wish the hurdles would no longer present themselves, but that is not possible here in this earthly world. We must accept our trials and learn to do so with grace and forgiveness, we walk in faith, and in the example of Jesus Christ, our Savior. He catapults us over the hurdles if we trust Him.
But, our flesh limits complete peace! Every day we fight against the rage of the world that becomes part of our earthly body. This worldly destruction presents itself in many simple ways, in a harsh word, impatience, frustration, and the many things we are in our imperfection. So, my friends, we will wait here for God's perfect plan to unwind.
Be the challenge to humanity, don't judge one another, instead reach out and link arms to be a force of strength for God's promises. His example was amazing. He wrote some awesome stuff, you may want to take a look at it, in the Bible. Stop comparing your difference, stop hurting others believing your touches are without consequence, get out of your comfort zone with your circle, and reach for others who need what you know.
Welcome others to your understanding. Sharing Hubs is one small way to connect and link with others. Listen to others, read their hubs. Maybe then we can all live with the awareness of one another.
Write because you can, and be open to the opinions of others. Learn from one another. Write from your heart, be passionate, stop judging another long enough to see into their world.
This open library allows us to experience differences, likenesses, surprising places, and wonderful exploration. I love Hub Pages for that reason!
Do we get discouraged? Sure! But that is just another stage, be excited for each journey, and for learning the journeys of others.
Close your eyes for just a moment and imagine a world of only love and kindness. Now open those eyes! That is what heaven will be like I want us all to be there! We can step it up I know we can. It only takes a spark! Share your spark in Hubs, I will be checking for you whenever I am able. Everyone's spark is vital to keeping the fire burning. So, why not start a Hub, or check one out on occasion!
© 2011 Kathy Henderson