Updated Musings of A Hubber
I joined hubpages seven months ago and am totally amazed at how much I’ve learned.In my original hub entitled Musings of a Hubber I wrote about how hubs were always dancing in my head.What I didn’t write about or even know then was the same hubs were dancing in other hubbers heads too.For example.One night I had this great idea to write about the wonderful qualities of Baking Soda and all the wonderful things it can do around the house.I thought of all the uses I know of then researched more on the web.I had an outline and was ready to get started when a little voice in my head told me to check on hubpages to see if anyone else had written a hub like that.When I did I found there were only about twenty of them directly related to baking soda and more containing information about baking soda. As I said in the aforementioned hub, “think about it write about it.”Of course I didn’t realize you had to make sure no one else had thought about it and already written about it. However, even though those hubs were about baking soda I could have read them to see if mine would be different. Several people writing about the same subject will have several different views and several different writing styles so don't abandon a hub someone else has written about unless you think you can't do it justice.
Some of the animals I've written hubs about
I also wrote about how you write what you think is a great hub and it gets hardly any hits but when you write a hub you think is so-so it gets bombarded.There is absolutely no accounting for taste.I’ve written a few hubs that I thought were pretty good and evidently I wasn’t the only one because a week or so later I’d notice someone wrote a hub about the same thing but theirs was a featured hub and mine was not.Hmm, do I have a writing disability?
Now these things could give you an inferiority complex but that’s not what writing is about. It is about creating.Writing about things you know and or love, to describe them or share them.I wrote hubs about my animals, five different ones.The funny thing is originally they got a few hits then just sat there, but all of a sudden one day the hits on one went up to 100, then the hits on another went up to 300, go figure.Obviously I’m not making any money on this – I think I’m up to $2.24 with Google and almost $5.00 with Hubpages – but I’m writing.I’ve always wanted to write.I always knew I was no Erma Bombeck but that doesn’t mean I don’t love her writing or that I can’t write anything!Thanks to HubPages I can write whatever I want.Whether or not someone reads them is another story.
As for the money as someone once said, “I came into this world poor and I’ll go out the same way.”It’s not about the money.IF money should ever actually appear that would be a great added benefit but it certainly won’t pay the bills at this point.
Then there’s the hub community.The people I’ve met so far are friendly and interesting bar none.I did have one ‘wise’ comment once but that wasn’t from a hubber.These guys are really helpful too.Learning together and getting ideas from each other really helps to pave the way. It is great to be part of a community that welcomes you and hooks you on the community!
Following other hubbers can also make you scratch your head. I see a new hubber, start to follow then realize in three months that hubber has written twice as many hubs as I have and has twice as many followers.Can you have halitosis on hub pages?Maybe it’s time to take another creative writing course. Just saying.
Another of my great hub ideas has been sidetracked by weather.I thought I’d write this great hub about the area where I live.Pictures would make it such a perfect hub. So, for the last month it’s rained on and off and I haven’t been able to get out and get any pictures.
Will any of this stop me?Not on your life!I love writing and I love communicating with other hubbers.I’m determined to find the secret to hub success and will keep trying till I do.
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Places to learn on Hub Pages
I always wrote Post Scripts in my letters when I was younger, so here's a PS in this hub. Experiment with different types of writing and keep in touch with other hubbers; follow them and write comments and read others' comments. Don't be afraid to enter hub contests, they're a great challenge and you may find a new genre you've been afraid of before. Another really great exercise was the 30/30. Writing thirty hubs in thirty days really stretches your mind and you learn a lot by doing. Answer questions and join forums!
I have also learned that other hubbers are your friends as well as fellow hubbers. They cheer you, support you and guide you. They are more like a family than a community. Don't ignore that wonderful resource. Read about other hubbers, leave comments on their hubs and always answer comments on your hubs.
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