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What Our Hubs May Reveal About us

Updated on December 16, 2012
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What The Hubs Do

Something I realiszed about this forum when I started almost 3 years ago was that it provides a seemingly endless network of people with the talent, interest and/or questing spirit to write and to want to write about and to share various subjects in which they find merit. This makes for both good reading and people which whom to share one's own writings.

As a new kid on the block who'd just sort of landed here in HubPages out of nowhere, in order to keep up with another writer's works, I soon realized the wider values here. So I plunged in with gusto to try to flesh out some things I'd jotted down in other arenas for other purposes. I suppose those and subsequent efforts are revealing some things about me.

 Hub System's Challenges Reveal Personal Facts


At first attempt, the most jarring factor for me was needing to compartmentalize or classify any of these tidbits into a category from a list of prescribed categories, none of which truly felt like a good fit to me. I've been accused of a kind of "global view" of things, which tends not to fit easily into local categories. So I was happier to discover that, once one major category was somewhat arbitrarily selected, there were subcategories which promised some hope of a little less confinement to the general and a tad more customizing to fit the hub. But I was becoming more convinced that I'm some sort of maverick. So?

I've written things over time which do fall quite obviously into typical categories, because I have a range of practical and creative interests and take delight in sharing some of them on occasion.

But many of the areas in which I prefer to focus my writing interest (so becoming the subjects often chosen to be expressed) are not those so easily pigeon-holed areas of interest. Often category lists have a way of omittng all possible categories whihch may have suggested themselves to my mind for my stuff. It's been a bane of my existence to often be just outside the prescribed forms. Or so it seems. Possibly I simply lack the discipline, but - face it - I'm way past the training stage and besides, I kind of like the way I am. I've learned that I'm better at it and that I'm seldom all that proficient at others' specialties. I still laud a friend who explained that she avoided telling people she'd like them better if they were different. A most noble and sensible attitude, in my estimation! And when it comes to liking and applying oneself to the best advantage, an even more essential one.

But the Hub categorization seemed an arbitrary condition to be able to proceed, which I wanted to do, so I've tried to discipline myself to somewhat pinpoint a man category for each of my few hubs thus far, as much as possible. Maybe that's a kind of progress.

But then reading over the list of categories and sub-categories has led me to consider them in a broader light as I realized that if they are accurately used by the majority of Hubbers, - which obviously they are -, then there are surely some very personal factors, interests, intents, directions and life-forces which people reveal as they're writing here and finding acceptable fits among the categories. Many are quite specific, which to me, in itself seems to reveal certain characteristics of those selecting them, some of which I relate to better than others. Maybe I should see what I could do starting with any random category and writing to fit it. Or is that what people do? Hm. I hadn't thought of that possibility before.


A New Kind of Writing Experience

This could be a psychologist's laboratory, perhaps, just pursuing people's hubs and making the evident personality connections revealed! Now there's a thought!

I confess that the Hubber neighborhood into which I was introduced felt immediately comfortable, in spite of much more polished and sophisticated writers than myself whom I found here. Even so, I felt I was among kindred spirits somehow, and they were most kind to me. But since then, as I've browsed further afield, I've found myself reading not only more and more fascinating articles by writers I want to (no, I'd beg to) - follow, but also find many Hubs about things ranging from reporting information and experiences of scant interest to me or with such obvious agendas to promote beliefs, causes, products or interests that they're a bit more overpowering than they are inviting. Also quite revealing!

I realized how lucky I've been to land on here where I did, among writers with wit, vivid imaginations, wide experience and interests, keen observation faculties, all enhanced with winning writing styles.

But also there's just the fact that people do reveal themselves so transparently in some instances that there could seem little reason remaining to follow them further, when their capacity seems all laid out at the start and it either rings one's chimes or else it just lies there like a tin can being kicked along the sidewalk. The prospects of surprise can seem all too slim and being inspired or even jolted into new enriched thought territories is potentially going to be stymied by lingering there further. Naturally, this is just one opinion.


No Masks Around Here!

However, in either case - whether there are wit and style about interesting subjects or whether there are just relatively trite flat words about relatively mundane subjects, yet overall, there is an amazing revelation of where writers are coming from which adds value to all the writing; and in the majority of Hubs, there is much value so revealed. This is no great surprise, either, is it? We truly do describe ourselves and our current states of being quite freely with whatever we express in whatever manner - or in whatever we withhold and in whatever manner! There are scant places to hide successfully.

What is most wonderfully encouraging in it all is that people are enormously valuable in all their amazing diversity and that those who choose to express themselves are proclaiming their generosity with who they are and voluntarily demonstrating an admirable commitment to communicating honestly and to contributing their special expertise. Bravo!

Advantages, 95; Challenges, 5

What is most wonderfully encouraging in it all is that people are enormously valuable in all their amazing diversity and that those who choose to express themselves are proclaiming their generosity with who they are and voluntarily demonstrating an admirable commitment to communicating honestly and to contributing their special expertise. Bravo!

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

      I find it difficult to categorise my hubs too, largely because I tend to just ramble on about something that strikes me as interesting. I never plan a hub in advance so often I have no clue where it's heading till it's over!

      Welcome to Hub Pages Nellieanne...I'm sure your time here will be very enjoyable! :)

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      The problem here is that your obvious intelligence is so powerful and captivating, that you make me want to sit down with you with a cup of coffee and talk for hours. This is not healthy. You are 8.000 miles away. You are lucid and at the same provocative in the things you say. provocative in the sense that the things you say are so suitable for civilized leisurely discussion. When are you coming to the UK?? :-)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Feline Prophet - I just visited your wonderful sita again and - again - became so caught up there, I could have stayed and played all day! You've a delightful "take" on so many things and your hubs are so beautifully written and illustrated. It's a joy to visit!! Thanks for this reply - and it's nice to know i'm not the only odd-ball. hehe!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Ohmygoodness, De Greek. I'm blushing - certainly, partly with pleasurre. Now I know for certain that you're an astute observer. ;) It would be a pleasure to discuss things casually over coffee. I truly adore civilized leisurely discussion and enjoy exploring contrasting opinions and ideas, sans contention. Any subject can be "reasoned together" I believe.

      Fortunately the internet does minimize 8000 miles as easily as one and is healthy. But of course - there's nothing nicer than talking with interesting folks & kindred spirits "eyeball to eyeball". Perhaps I'll hop the pond sometime. Thanks for the inviting suggestion!

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

      Hold that coffee - I would love to join this leisurely discussion too! :)

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      Merlin Fraser 7 years ago from Cotswold Hills

      Quote : "This could be a psychologist's laboratory, perhaps, just pursuing people's hubs and making the evident personality connections revealed! Now there's a thought!"

      That truly is a thought Nellieanna, can you imagine what someone like Freud would have made of us Hubbers ?

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      So when are we going to organise the meeting in the UK? FP could bring some snake skin bags with her from India, just to make things more interesting for Nellie :-)

      Or we could open a three way chat line with the written word as our only tool and coffee for inspiration :-)

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      Lee Barton 7 years ago from New Mexico

      De Greek, I've just been on a wild ride checking out your recommended hubs.

      Hi Merlin--found any teenagers yet? Even the snotty ones like to show you what they know and you don't.

      Nellieanna, I am absolutely in awe of your work. I'm a fan right now!

      Hi Feline Prophet, I don't know why I haven't seen your hubs yet. They are my next stop.

      Can I have coffee with you all, too?

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Sounds like we'll need to rent a hall! Or if you have parks in the UK like we have here, maybe an outdoor pavillion for our coffee-klatch/get-together/salon. Would be so fun. And this will give the talented vocal people advantages unless we bring our computers & screen projectors to write on & display! LOL.

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      Ros Webb 7 years ago from Ireland

      What fun ; a hubbers convention! great hub Nellieanna

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, RosWebbArt. Apologies for the delay in replying. I'm under the influence of shingles and am not quite up to par. Yes - a hubbers convention would really be a hoot!! Perhaps it will happen one of these days!

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      Joanna McKenna 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      I say we meet under the De Greek's Robin Hood tree. It's outdoors but provides (some?) shelter, and we can be as loud and raucous as truly interesting hubbers generally are.

      Now about HP's pitiful attempt to come up with categories that this eclectic bunch's hubs will fit into... I've been here two years and they haven't managed it yet, so we just have to wing it as best we can. I've found, tho, that it really doesn't matter because great writing will be found no matter what HP category we stick it in! :D

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Sounds like the ideal setting! The feature allowing unbridled raucous enthusiasm cinches it!

      Certainly you're right. As a matter of principle I've resisted categorization of all kinds. One can't commit to stick to just one, even if it starts out more or less in sync.

      In reading others', I for one look at the hub itself rather choosing from a list of pre-classified offerings, anyway. The entire aura & setting of the hubbers' site attracts one's interest (or not); then one can choose the hubs of interest to delve into.

      But this was one of my earliest attempts at writing a hub & it was frustrating as a newbie to have to choose the category before being allowed so much as to proceed to eventually get to a blank page! Now, though. I just pick one & get on to the good stuff!

      Thanks for reading and commenting,Jama. I THOROUGHLY enjoyed your hub I read and can't wait to read more! Easy to see why you have so many followers! :)

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      Joanna McKenna 7 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Nellie, don't worry about picking a category for a new hub before you write the first word; you can change categories at will. I sometimes put older hubs in new categories just to shake things up a bit. ;D

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      AHA- clever! Thanks for the tip!! ;)

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      Jane Bovary 7 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Nellie, I'm so glad I found your site, which I found through looking through de Greek's hub, which in turn I found through someone else's.. so many chain reactions here and yes, the diversity IS amazing.

      Cheers

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Jane. Yes, indeed, it is truly amazing what multiple chain reactions are possible here! Sometimes they might almost seem to be a tangle of them! haha.

      Hope to see more of you! And welcome to Hubpages. My, but you're a prolific hub writer & in so short a time as you've been a member, too! I'm awed. I glanced through your hub list & was intriqued, -as well as eager to read some of them.

      The problem with the maze of connections becomes that there's scarsely time to read all the wonderful hubs, write one's own & still find time for real life! ;)

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      Jane Bovary 7 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Nellie,

      That's the catch!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      : >

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      Juliette Morgan 7 years ago

      Interesting hub - I'm new round here too and just getting to know my way round, but so impressed with the diversity of reading, thanks.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I appreciate your finding and reading one of my hubs, Juliette! You're right-on - it's impressive reading the enormous array of incredibly good hubs available here. I loved yours about Anthony Hopkins - among my favorites. Anyone who likes Anthony Hopkins has to be a kindred spirit!

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      lauralolita 7 years ago from Florida

      Really cool hub! I suppose my hubs show that I spend way too much time playing games of Facebook. Thanks for the read!

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Nellieanna, What a beautiful soul you are and how lucky we are to have you in our hub family. Loved this what our hubs reveal about us hub, it's fantastic. Thank You and Peace :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      lauralolita - haha - had to smile - we do somewhat bare our hearts and souls to what we most enjoy doing, don't we? I'm always amazed how easily I slip into those things and with what heaving and hoing and effort I get onto - say - taxes! LOL. Luckily - once onto most anything, I get into it - but if I don't just clamor TO get into it - it's a drag! LOL

      Thanks for the nice post. I saw it when you posted it and I thought that I'd replied. Apologies! Not sure what happened! Not much I prefer to replying to nice comments!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      katiem - thank you from the bottom of my heart for visiting my hub and for the lovely comments! I'm visiting your site, as well and see that it is full of many wonderful hubs. I'm a believer in the kinds of foods and lifestyle you apparently prefer too.

      Hope you visit again!

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      Shadesbreath 7 years ago from California

      Oh, I can see you are going to be fun to read. I will resist the urge to post more optimistic stuff based on this one (technically, I deleted it, lol... but at least I admitted that, which is cool in its own right). I'll just quote the following with a delighted grin and move on:

      "I've been accused of a kind of "global view" of things, which tends not to fit easily into local categories." (Yep, get it.)

      "I still laud a friend who explained that she avoided telling people she'd like them better if they were different" (This is F-ing poetry)

      "But also there's just the fact that people do reveal themselves so transparently in some instances that there seems to be little reason remaining to follow them further, when their capacity seems all laid out at the start and it either rings one's chimes or else it just lies there like a tin can being kicked along the sidewalk." (just, ... well, you've read just enough of my stuff to know what I simplified this to in my language, and then I just LOL'ed and love how "old school" is so awesome the way you dance it. Grace does what I must work with a meat cleaver and laser.)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Not to worry about whatever you saw fit to delete. I'd only want what I'd earned anyway.

      For sure, friend Freda could have been a poet but for her extreme brevity! She's have enjoyed your recognition!

      Yes, I can imagine what you simplified that to in your own language! Guess old school does try to dance it, as you say. But one style is as good as another, so long as it gets the main point across! And some things only respond to meat cleavers and lasers!! That's possibly why there are ever new generations with new tools to work with!

      Thanks for the gratifying comments for my hub, Shades! Your attention is appreciated.

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      dianacharles 7 years ago from India

      I stop a little longer at others hubs to read your comments Nellieanna. You have a very wise and refreshing perspective to many things.:)

      "I still laud a friend who explained that she avoided telling people she'd like them better if they were different. A most noble and sensible attitude, in my estimation!" I loved this part. I have been trying to make it a part of my life....easier said than done...but getting there :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Diana - in so few significant words, you communicate such major things about the person you are! I'm so pleased to get to know you! And yes - I think that Freda's attitude about accepting others as they are is the first major step in becoming all oneself is and can be. In fact I suspect that more often than not, what we think we detest in others is more a reflection of what we detest in ourselves. It's human nature, perhaps, but we are probably here to improve on it! ;) Surely if we were perfect we'd have no more challenges - or fun, for that matter!

      Thanks so much for your very kind comments! In a lot of ways, old as I may be, I feel brand new every day, but with a lot of experience to call upon. It's not that bad a feeliing! :)

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      Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

      If you and De Greek ever have coffee together then I must be there too, because I was thinking the same thing! I must have coffee with you so I can continue to listen to your mind!

      I agree about categories, and it's something I now refuse to labor over. I'll simply choose "Entertainment" if something more appropriate doesn't strike right away because it's broad enough to cover just about anything. ;) lol!

      This is a marvelous piece Nellieanna, just like you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Pam! Well, one never knows! Even a virtual coffee could be nice! ;) Thank you for thinking it would be nice to do, and for the good things you said!

      I like the idea of "Entertainment" as a choice. Clever idea! And, yes, I guess it is broad enough.

      I wonder at times if people actually go looking for hubs in certain categories! Good Grief! That must be confusing, if they're not specifics like "recipes" or "gardening"! So many original subjects just occur to a person to write, not to fill a need or category - but to express a feeling or perspective. Those can't be categorized!! sigh.

      Oh well - when everything gets perfect I don't want to be a part of it (not that I'd fit in anyway!) LOL.

      Thanks for the comments & vote of confidence, Pam!

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      This is a great piece of writing which I thoroughly enjoyed! There is so much to read and experience here on HubPages I wonder how people find time to have a "real" life!

      I think we all reveal a great deal about ourselves in our writing, and, in a sense, that's what it's about, really. We write because we want to make a human connection, we want to share our ideas, and that means sharing who we are.

      I agree that some of the more propagandistic Hubs are not that inviting to me, but then that's who those writers are. I would like people to learn something new from my Hubs, I want people to experience something when reading my Hubs, but what they learn or experience is up to them!

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank YOU, Tony. Your hubs are a joy to read!

      And yes - this can monopolize a lot of one's time! One has to manage it as sensibly as possible! LOL.

      For so many years I was very involved in my "real" life when my beloved George was alive - and then when he became ill and was forgetful, I was constantly with him and involved in every phase of his day. We had been very "together" and mutually supportive, though we respected each other's "space".

      To do my online things I usually just spent a lot of my sleeping time, to be honest. It was then that I could concentrate too. Now I have more discretionary time, of course, but also other different responsibilities.

      I still use a lot of time for my "own stuff" when the rest of the world is silent.

      It's nice to have opportunities to express ourselves and know others who do likewise such as we have here in HP! And, yes - we do have to leave it up to the person to do with it as they will. Not that different from other situations, right? ;)

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      AdvisoryTab 7 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

      Finally I am here Nellie...and this is the first title that attracted me to itself. Of your sterling qualities of head and heart and writing abilities I don't have a thing to say having known u, as if from another world....meaning too long. It took me a long ime to get thru the accolades but those were rewarding too because I met an intellectual with a name indicating some relationship to Socrates but living in Bwitain(that is how I like to pronounce it) and some wonderful ladies with movie star looks.

      Let's c what I can come up with as my first original contribution!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, Tab!!! I was so thrilled when I was going through my email notifications of comments and new hubs - and saw "Advisory Tab" had left a comment on here! Oh yes - you will meet some excellent people here!

      If you haven't already ascertained it, when you read a comment by someone whose thoughts interest you, you can click on the person's avatar/picture (or the ID) and go to their hubpage and see what hubs they have written which might also interest you! It's a thrilling network!

      One of my hubs has been nominated for an honor called "Hubnuggets". Members can vote on one of several hubs in all of several categories. The category mine is in is HubPages (it's titled "Following Other Hubbers"). You might enjoy reading it, too and the link to go to the place to vote is on a comment by "ripplemaker" not too far from the bottom unless more comments have been made since then.

      I'll be watching for your first hub - and also for your picture or avatar on your profile

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      AdvisoryTab 7 years ago from Lahore, Pakistan

      Tab and Tabby had already been taken and hence AdvisoryTab with no gap between the adjective and the name.

      U know I am a computer illiterate and tho I seem to have understood all your instructions above, it may take me a while to make myself competant on this format.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      No problem, Tab. I did notice the gaplessness in AdvisoryTab but just typed it with one. Sometimes I change lower-case first letters to upper case in mentioning them or addressing them in people's ID names because it seems more personable somehow. Since the way it's listed is an active link, though, if it were necessary to type it to get to the person's profile, it would have to be exact. However, simply clicking the ID with the cursor takes one to it, so there's no confusion anyway.

      You're doing well! I can assure you that it's taken me all the time I've been here to know as much/little as I do and there are still things I've wondered about and don't know and things I hadn't even known to wonder about keep popping up! The site is very well designed and run, though, so one needn't be an expert to be able to navigate and do well.

      As with all online things, of course, there are surely glitches and also con-artists lurking about & games being played, I suppose. It's always wise to be aware and alert in any online situation.

      I am so pleased, though, to be able to recommend such great people I've found here. So be prepared to really enjoy yourself - and to find it a place to be able to express yourself and use your much skill with the English language! :)

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      Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

      Nellianne,

      I read by feeling, not pragmatic punctuation and carefully structured paragraphs. If I can feel it, I want to read it.

      I am always charmed by your unique ability to analyze and articulate. Something that suggests a sense of strength and focus you have as a person and author. I found this hub especially enjoyable as I moved from concept to observation, then back again--remembering those who can elicit the indefinable sense of 'it' that makes me go back and back to that author.

      Your neighborhood analogy is the best definition for 'it' I've ever heard. I believe we live in the same neighborhood.

      An engaging read for sure!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you Linda! Yes - I believe we do live in the same neighborhood. I appreciate your encouragement! You're such a well-seasoned author and you make any subject interesting! It is good to know you've enjoyed the read!

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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

      tonymac, I too like to bring somethinbg new to the table, but ahh I have tend to bore people becasue they don't even look at my hubs anymore. Such is life and I hope it is only a stage that I am going through.

      I also don't know where to categorize my hubs something like Feline Prophet states, We didn't used to have so many categories and it was kind of easier then. I don't have a title until the end of my hub. That has been a learning experience for me---getting a title first and most times it doesn't bring in readers.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I fully empathize, Lady Guinevere! I am famous for not titling things, or else for coming up with clever titles that lead nowhere!

      Perhaps we just resist confining restrictions. I know I do. I must battle against wanting to not do what I'm told to do or to do the opposite. I don't recall always being like that - but I suppose that once independence and "self" is won, we may guard it rather jealously. ;-)

      Anyway, I will happily read your hubs and comment when they're announced, now that I'm a follower - which I thought I already was! (blush)

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      Debra Allen 7 years ago from West By God

      Oh no you aren't the only one who thought they were friends already and found they weren't. Thanks for becoming my follower (used to be Fan).

      What I learned in English in College was to pull the first paragraph subject matter into the last one, but you can't do that if you have to figure out a title first. I know that doesn't sound right, but I don't know how to explain it right now.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Sometimes writing is like acrobatics, isn't it? Well - please don't be overly concerned! You write beautifully and I'm sure my mistake about having asked to follow you was my own presumption. I should have checked on it! I don't like to pull the "age" card - but at times I may be a bit absent- minded! Thanks for coming back and adding this comment!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Nellieanna - I've spent way too much time in the attempt to categorize some of my hubs. For those that just don't fit with anything, they should have an alternative such as 'Outside the Box.' Those are the ones I would most like to read.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I'd LOVE that category!!! I suppose it would contain most of the hubs that aren't contending for commercial success but are really writing fun or thoughty stuff! LOL Thanks for a great comment, Dolores!

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      Sriparna 7 years ago from New Delhi

      I loved your writing style, indeed a hub from where a writing aspirant like me can learn a lot! Thanks.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Sriparna, I visited your site; you may be an aspirant at some very high level, but you need no help from me! Thank you for a very gratifying compliment, though. And thank you for visiting my site!

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      Ever since the power of the pen was put into my hands, I used it often and varied. I would write nonsense on pieces of paper, until heaps became boxes full, and eventually they dissapear. (Irritated beloved ones cleaning house.)

      Hubpages does not accumilate in dusty heaps, forgotten, and eaten by rats in store rooms. Also, it does not add to the luggage if you move house.

      I love this place, because it is honest and pure, and beautiful people live here, like you. I love your hub. I just wish I could write as well as you do.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Well, hello! I took a peek at your hubpage and was quite impressed. I'll be reading more of it but for now all I can say is that you don't write 'as well as' I do - you write better! And it's YOURS, which is always the most unique and best. So I'm especially appreciative of your good regard of my writing.

      Your style is fresh and your perspective is delightful.

      I love HubPages too. I think it is as honest and pure as oneself is, like so many things and places are. Many things are neutral until we give them our personality.

      So if some are less honest and pure then that's their how they find their Hubpages, too, I suppose. It's what one makes it.

      Thank you for visiting and for leaving your comments here!!

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      equealla 7 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I'm still gasping for breath by the extreme kindness of your words. Thanx for this compliment, You've got my heart forever.

      I guess, then, that I'm lucky to have walked into hubpages and only have encountered brilliant minds.

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I know that feeling too. I've been catching my breath ever since I walked into this place. There are so many brilliant minds linked with generous souls and kindest of hearts here!

      By the way - thank you from the bottom of mine for the lovely words in my website guestbook! I usually thank the kind people who write in my guestbook via e-mail but didn't have that opportunity to do that for you. But I really appreciate your visiting my site and stopping to tell me! I'm quite aware that it's much too much for one sitting! Thank you!! You're welcome back any time!

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      I am so glad you found me girl. You're just awesome! I see some of my friends are on your wagon too. You are a sage among the wisest I think. I don't know why you chose to follow someone of my character, but I love it. Kisses and a hug to you dear woman. Keep writing, I do enjoy it. Charlie

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      You can't imagine how flattering that is to me. Your opinion is very much valued. If I'm a sage it's just fronm living long. I can't seem to not write, so I'll keep doing it. Thank you, Charlie.!

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      Marliza Gunter 6 years ago from South Africa

      Yes..I find this interesting...it is like a kaleidoscope of people here on hubpages...and yes...their hubs tell me a lot about them, especially for the observant eye...

      As a compliment...your speech and fine articulate manners remind me of those women who stands before God all day for the sake of the people down here...they are in the presence of Great Wisdom, Kindness and Patience and thus mirror the same personality...If I refer to them in prayer, then I call them the Spiritual Mothers of the sons of men...

      Many blessings to you.... :)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      You're correct. The observant eye - observes and sees.

      People are not exactly transparent but strong clues exude from live entities, both physical and spiritual.

      Thank you for your kind observations, Marliza!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It's the diversity I love - because even if we write on the same or similar topic there is always a slightly different edge or tweaking.

      By the way I wish someone would write about vinegar dumplings. Wow! (hint, hint)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      You're so right about that, BkCreative. I'll see a hub title and think "oh, yes - that subject!" - but then I have to go read it because for sure, it'll be unique in some way!!

      If only I had any inkling how Mother made the dumplings! As far as I know, there's no record; but I may have to dig deeper and try to find one.

      When I was a pre-teen and young teen - (those moodier years) she would soothe me by making vinegar dumplings. Surely they were either from her family traditions or maybe from Dad's, since his was Mennonite & they sound like they could be from such traditions.

      I'm going to really dig into it. I have a cookbook collection - surely one of them has a clue!! It would be fun to make some!!

      Thanks so much for the comments and for reading my hub!

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...ah the first lady of poetry - our first lady of the Hub scene - you have come to visit the epigramman - believe me it is indeed a honor to receive a comment from someone of your poetic pedigree. And you always put together such a nice presentation in your hubs and it's truly a labor of love as I can see.

      If you were wondering about my piece '1392-2004' it's about vampires - and yes you are right I am very clever - only clever though because I have clever readers like you ....... I have just written another piece you may be interested in - it's called Unfinished letter to a fallen soldier - believe me, when you come over for a visit - my stocks go up and my reputation too! I sincerely hope all is well in your life!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Epi - the esteem is mutual and reciprocal! I'm most honored that you've visited my site! I love to read your hubs and your comments on others' hubs are works of art and thought. So you do me honor commenting here!

      I look forward to visiting your latest hub. I come to learn and to enjoy, for sure!

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      Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Well, Nellieanna, here you are, some time later, having proved yourself to be a wonderful writer, a kind and generous fellow hubber, as well as a maverick. Glad that you stuck around!

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thanks, Dolores! I had to smile at the "maverick" designation. I didn't know it was so apparent! OH, yes, now I recall - it was my inability to categorize my hubs. . .now I remember.

      As for tenacious, THAT I am very much! A little difficulty fitting into a rigid bracket has never discouraged me. It's the story of my life, practically! LOL

      But it has been awhile, hasn't it? WOW!! Long enough to have had a baby. hehe.

      Thanks for the most welcome visit!!

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      Jaye Denman 6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      My hubs don't always fit into one of the proscribed HP niches, either. I go ahead and post them anyway, hoping someone will come along and read them.

      I do enjoy reading your work. JAYE

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, Jaye! Amazingly this was the only of my hubs that ever attracted any HP attention from "up-above" level. It almost won a Hub Nugget award. I was so green I didn't even know what was going on till the contest was nearly over. I was very close to winning somehow, though.

      You and I must share a perspective. I don't really write to gather statistics and I'm always surprised and delighted when people I value seem to like it. I'll bet you're the same way! Hugs. Thank you so much!!

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Good morning my fellow Texas friend,

      I enjoyed this hub very much..it hit on several things I have been feeling. I really don't fit into a certain catagory and this may not win me big points but then that is not what I care about. I find my biggest joy is to write to inspire, bring something that will make someone smile and say that really helped me today..I don't think this falls into any real catagory. I do read others hubs too and find alot of wonderful writers and information out there. I am still in the learning stage. I try not to let that little number at the top bother me..I catch myself looking at it and wondering why it went up or down. I can't for the life of me understand it. I just enjoy putting my heart on paper and putting it out there.Catorgorizing is another thing..I have no idea where to put what. I tried last night to make some sense of them so hopfully I put them where they need to be..lol..have a wonderful Saturday Nellieanna.

      Hugs,

      Sunnie

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Ah - Sunnie - - your comments prompted me to skim through other comments to this hub. I recall several with advice about categorizing, as well as other information. There are some knowledgeable members who are quite helpful. Whether one can follow advice exactly, it widens the horizon and helps one think 'out of the box'. I stopped fretting about the category. The key words give more leeway, also. And I realize that a lot f these "tags" serve the commercial purposes and, like you, those aren't my motivation, so I just don't worry about them. I don't win a lot of contests either (none, to be exact) but my readers RESPOND more than just the routine "nice hub" etc. That's my reward, along with just expressing my genuine and authentic thoughts and ideas. So if one knows what one really wants from this, it's available. The purpose of the site may not be the same, but freedom to pursue what we want, for the most part, is here and there are thousands of fellow Hubbers, many who do share similar motives.

      So - do what you do! I will visit and I know I'll enjoy it! I appreciate your visit and comments! Hugs.

      I'm about to spend the day on a tour of the Ennis Bluebonnet Trail thing with my friend, Val. So I look forward to that!

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      Sunnie Day 6 years ago

      Enjoy those beautiful bluebonnets. Have a wonderful time.:)

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you! I did. Now I'm relaxing. I must download the pictures and see if any are good. Most were taken out the windows of the moving bus. So we shall see.

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      Brenda Barnes 6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      I am glad you found a place here on HubPages. I also felt welcomed and like I add value when I arrived. I still sometimes have trouble placing a Hub. I recently wrote about Superman, it was not really political or religious but could have been both. That one was tough.

      Thanks for a great read.

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      Nellieanna Hay 6 years ago from TEXAS

      It's been a wonderful 14 months so far, Hyphenbird. I will read your hub on Superman. What an interesting subject! Thanks for visiting several of my earlier hubs! What a journey! Hugs.

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