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What to "Hub" About?

Updated on August 30, 2013

As a New Hubber...

Being new to Hubpages I must admit that I am enjoying the process so far.

I enjoy the community, I enjoy the interesting articles, and so far people have been relatively nice and helpful. That said I'm finding myself staring blankly at a screen wondering what the topic of the next hub I write should be.

After looking through many hubs, topics, and browsing the 'net for information on what to write I still get writers block. I'm not new to writing, I enjoy it as a creative outlet, as a hobby, and as a form of expression so surely it should be easy, right?

Not so much.

So I decided to ask my friends what they would like to read about, some of the answers are crazy (but these are MY friends so I'm not surprised), some of them seem very detailed, boring and just blah. But a few of my friends actually managed to surprise me.

Here are some of topics that they mentioned:

1. Relationships

Well this seems interesting I am no master on relationships, to be quite frank I'm more of a master on failing relationships.

As a divorcee two times over I am simply just not knowledgeable on the workings of relationships apparently. Seems like there would be a lot of preliminary research, which may be a good thing.

Hmmmmmm

2. Money

Another area I am not an expert in, while I like to spend money, I am hardly expert. I've made my fair share of money mistakes but also some decent ones.

Hmmmmm

This seems broad and boring to me but they mentioned it so maybe it's a good topic: for someone else.


3. Divorce

Yep, remember I mentioned relationships up there? Well this would be why. I am a professional divorcee.

Something I'm proud of?

Nope not really, but I have gained the talent of filling my own divorce papers through the years. So I'm sure I could discuss divorce with the best of them (Elizabeth Tailor comes to mind).

4. Parenting

I am quite sure through out my online writing journey I will be touching on this topic simply because this is something I know enough about.

However, I look at this topic as a "fall back" and am quite bored with writing about it lately.

Updated: I knew this topic would get me eventually see

5. Family

Nope, not the same as parenting, my actual family.

The family I had BEFORE I became a mommy.

The crazy people that I so lovingly get to claim as mine. However, I'm afraid that this may somehow come back to haunt me because inevitably I would write about the crazy times and surely someone would get mad.

Nope, don't wanna deal with it.

6. Politics, Religion, Sexual Orientation, etc.

Big red flag people, while I may be very over opinionated about these topics I choose not to get into a battle based on my differing views.

This is one of those topics you NEVER bring up with friends or family, let alone on a public Internet forum where discussions are encouraged.

7. Psychology related topics

"You have a degree, use it".....

Right because me having this degree makes me want to continue to write about it day in and day out.

I really did enough of this in college and to be quite honest I'm burnt on out on it. I'm sure I'll write something along these lines as my time here on hubpages moves forward but right now I wanna write for "fun".

Updated 7/2012: I knew this topic of interest would get me sooner or later:


8. Product Reviews

Yep, eventually I will write a product review or two. When I actually figure out what products to review.

Right now I can't think of a product that I'm enthralled with enough to dedicate 1,000 words to and sign my name to.

Moving on...

9. Real Estate

Quite frankly they mean buying a house, which I'm in the long drawn out process of doing at the moment.

While I've learned many things about buying bank owned properties I still don't feel I know enough about it (I haven't closed yet) to send someone off on their way to buying a bank owned home. Or to get emails, or anything else complaining about how what I did for myself didn't work for someone else.

This seems to fall under the category of "religion, politics etc." at the present moment.

10. Sex

Yep, that was a guy friend.

Isn't he unique?

I really should have known better than to ask him. I am certainly NO EXPERT on sex.

My bad.

Overcoming Writers Block

Overcoming Writers Block

So how do I decided what to write about? Well I do a few things, I look up "hot" topics via Google, Yahoo, MSN, CNN etc. Many of these sites supply more than enough topics to share my opinions on, and I have plenty opinions to share.

If I have a particular hobby I am interested in at the moment and am researching it for whatever reason I also like to jot down any pertinent information pertaining to it and "hub" about it later on. After all I did the research already why not share what I learned with you my fellow readers?

I also look at the "topic of the week" here at hubpages. By doing this it gets the creative juices flowing and although I may not choose to use the topic listed for whatever reason, reading the comments and looking it over help me pick something to "hub" about.

I also keep my eyes and ears open, hence the conversation I addressed with my friends. If I notice my friends have many opinions on a certain subject I formulate my thoughts on it and go from there.

A select few of my friends have actually spurred quite a diverse set of topics. Friends can be a great source of topics as they tend to be out and about in the community and discussing "hot topics".

If all else fails write about having nothing to write about. You will eventually come up with something that spurs your interest.

Good Luck!

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    • Sharkye11 profile image

      Jayme Kinsey 4 years ago from Oklahoma

      You are so brave! I asked my acquaintances that question and asked for video games. Which I rarely play. (maybe five minutes, once a year???) But that is what they wanted to read about.

      At least you received some topics that could be researched and expanded without having to completely change your lifestyle. And so far, you are doing a great job!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      I'm in the same boat as you, rfordin! I'm still new to the community and I absolutely love it here. It does take a little bit of time to get into the groove of things, but it's definitely well worth it :) With the writing part, you can write about what you know and your experience with it or you can go into the forums and look for ideas :) There are so many ways to figure out what you wanna write about!

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      See here's my problem. An idea "strikes" me at the times were I have zero free time to write a hub. So I run on over to "create" a hub and create it....however there it sits until I get a chance to get back to it ( think I have like 15 unpublished hubs just waiting)....life get's in the way ya know?

      Not to mention the other similar sites I play around with...one day I will have nothing but time.....ahhh one day :)

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting I like your cute little "pun" additive!

      ~Becky

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Great tips out there and I like the twists. Humor always work and uh.....wait, what is that again? Oh, writers' block!

      That's why I tend to rush and write whenever the ideas come up or else, my brain will be wandering like a penguin.

      Welcome to HP! Happy hubbing!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I'm certainly no expert, but I would advise writing articles people are interested in, i.e. "Evergreen" articles that people will search for all year long. "How-to's" are always good.

      Good Luck.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Nice thoughts! You have a taste for humor and sarcasm that you could develop and not make any money like many of us. Or, you can go the How To route, be bored, and enjoy the benefits of Google. All depends what you're looking for. In creative writing, the best thing to do is to start writing something. It doesn't matter what, as most of the time, it's only a warm up exercise for what's coming. I've got easily 100 hubs partially done that were interrupted by an idea worth immediately pursuing. Perhaps, that may be a hub in itself. I'll be anxious to see what you come up with! Good Luck!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I always try to skim through headlines about what's going on while most of the time I get a brainstorm of what I'd like to write about. What I really should do is follow another hubbers advice and keep a notebook handy for brainstorming.

      You seem to have a pretty good grip on topics, so your already off to a good start :).

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      Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Useful topics you've listed here. Some days it feels like there's simply too much to write on, and some days nothing feels good enough to write about! I'll keep your list in mind for future hubs topics.

      Thanks for sharing! :)

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Hey aa lite,

      You know your probably right. I should take some "right winged" stance on a controversial issue and wait for the masses on the Internet to tell me how dumb I am. Interesting idea.

      Thanks for stopping by to see me.

      :)

      ~Becky

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      aa lite 4 years ago from London

      I reckon you could make a whole series of hubs about divorce. I reckon people would flock just to read about somebody who'd gone through whatever they are going through, not necessarily for official advice.

      As to social, political etc. topics, go for them! Controversy is good on the web. You might be amazed at how much traffic you generate if people disagree with you. They will flock here to tell you how wrong you are!

      However, I agree with you about not writing about family members. Tempting though it is, they might not enjoy reading about themselves and feel that you violated their privacy. On the other hand, if you just write about the good things, people would be bored.

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      Christina Lornemark 4 years ago from Sweden

      Many good advices here and it is a great idea to ask your friends even though some topics seem to be more difficult to write about:) Most writers have writers block now and then and we must find new way to get inspiration. Thanks for sharing yours and you wrote this with great humor too. Inspirational! Voted up,

      Tina

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      Garifalia 5 years ago

      AWESOME, USEFUL, INTERESTING, BRAVO

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      Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi TJ,

      I'm glad it gave you inspiration...when all else fails check out Yahoo's top stories and run with it for the day. If I ever get "dumbified" again that's gonna be my next stop....although right now I seem to be trending on psych topics. I'm sure it'll change (Im not really a creature of habit).

      Thanks for stopping by!!!

      ~Becky

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      Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

      Morning Josh,

      I was reading somewhere (probably a hub as this is my new obsession) that if you have nothing to write about write about having nothing to write about.....crazy idea but it "sparked" some interesting discussions and debates among my "friends".

      Thanks for stopping by!!!!!

      PS. can you write something angled at 21 things to get out of going to work? That would be greatly appreciated (and hyseterical I'm sure).

      ~Becky

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      Teresa Davis 5 years ago from Moscow, Texas

      Good hub and good ideas. I actually have had a block all this week. I've been trying to figure out what to write. Now I have some ideas..lol

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Rfordin,

      Awesome ideas, and very funny presentation of them! I enjoyed this read for sure! Thanks for sharing this informative hub and for giving me a good laugh as well! I am sharing with my followers!

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      SkeetyD 5 years ago from Barbados

      Great hub. I recently asked a question about how other hubbers deal with writer's block and I was met with some very positive suggestions on one hand and some very rude comments on the other. It's nice to know that I am not alone in searching for topics to write about.

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      Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

      Hey Jeff,

      Thanks for the laugh, I agree snary is not necessarily a bad thing and tends to spice up the inevitably boring :).

      Thanks for stopping by!!!

      ~Becky

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      Jeff Gamble 5 years ago from Denton, Texas

      All good topic ideas. Looking forward to reading the "21 ways" piece and your beginner's guide to getting a divorce - snarky is not necessarily a bad thing

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      Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Victoria,

      As far as making them funny I often find my personality shines through once I get about 200 words in. Usually my schooling comes into play first and then the further I get into the topic the more enteratining rather then knoweldgable the info comes. I find this to be true in my life as well.... I'm usually very factual until I get to know someone then I tend to become a tad bit "snarky". Thanks for stopping by!!!!

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      Rfordin 5 years ago from Florida

      Hey Morning,

      I know what you mean entirely. I will be driving in the car and think of a series of things to write about....life takes over and I forget those things (but boy were they "good). Then I actually sit down to write and am complelty stumped. However my new trick is using the handy little voice recorder via my cell phone. If I come up with "the best idea ever" I hit the button on my cell phone record it and it allows me to remember what I was thinking about and elaborate on the subject. Thanks for stopping by!!!!!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good ideas, plus you made them funny! I enjoyed reading. Voted up and others. Sharing!

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      morningglory24 5 years ago

      Those are 10 good topics. Sometimes 5 or 6 different ideas pop into my head (I gotta start writing them down!) and other times, like when I actually want to write, I can't think of anything! Good hub :o)