What to "Hub" About?
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:
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.
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.
This seems broad and boring to me but they mentioned it so maybe it's a good topic: for someone else.
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).
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
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:
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- What is Your Personality Type? Type A, B, C or D?
Start by taking the quiz and then read your personalized results to see if you are considered....
- Introvert or Extrovert: Who are You?
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- Overview of APA Format
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- Depression: Is it Mind over Matter?
Depression or Sadness?
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.
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.
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.
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.