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Why I Write Hubs
My girlfriend asks me quite often why I spend time writing “my hubpages”. I’ve recently put a great deal of thought into why I do it. Here are my reasons…these aren’t in any particular order:
I love challenge. With Hubpages, it’s no different. I’m not going to lie…I want to get a 100 rating. So far, I’ve made 98. I realize that this is just an arbitrary number and ultimately doesn’t mean much, but at least I can finally say “I made 100!” That’s a challenge for me.
The real challenge though is the writing. It is a lot harder than I expected. I’ve had many “failed” hubs that I never finish. A lot of these are in various states of completion and I may never finish them. Also, I write a great deal for work and school – Hubpages challenges me to write on new topics. I also find it very challenging to organize my thoughts and communicate them effectively, especially on a lot of the abstract subjects I write about.
I also read other people’s hubs and wonder how they write so well! This forces me to learn more and try to step up my writing. I often feel “out of my league,” but this motivates me to get better!
One of the reasons I write is because I’m curious. I often wonder what people like to read about – what they’re interested in. I write on a very diverse set of topics – poems, “how to’s”, comedy, drama, etc. I never know if anyone will care about my topics. One of my topics – “Men’s Locker Room Etiquette” – is my most popular hub. I never thought it would be popular at all. I merely thought it would be something interesting to write about, based on all the crazy stuff I’ve seen in locker rooms. I have yet been able to figure out what people are interested in....so, I just write what I feel and see what happens. It’s sort of an experiment!
Just to quantify, I’ve made about $12 on Adsense Ads and about $4 on Amazon.com referrals since I started Hubpages about 10 months ago. Money, obviously, is not one of the main reasons I write. The thought of making tons of residual income from my articles, despite the probability, does motivate me though. I would love to put my work “out there” and receive a $1000 check each month to help pay my bills!
4. Fresh Perspective
I see the world differently because of Hubpages. This has been awesome! Every day I now think about how events or situations, that I used to care less about, can be written about or turned into a hub. All my experiences now are more vivid. I see them from the perspective of possibly writing about them. This new perspective forces me to vividly remember images, sounds, and feelings about each moment.
5. Something New
I like to try new things. Hubpages is a new experience. I enjoy stepping outside my comfort zone and “putting myself out there.” Hubpages provides this opportunity. I find new experiences the best way to learn about myself. I’m finding out a lot about myself through my writing and also through my reactions to comments about my writing.
6. Share Experiences
I think I’ve had a lot of cool experiences – traveled to a lot of places, done a lot of cool stuff, met a lot of interesting people, etc. I enjoy sharing these experiences on Hubpages.
I took a decent hiatus from writing hubs. I just recently returned. I find it interesting to go back and read some of my older stuff. I remember exactly where I was and what I was thinking about when I wrote each article. I can also tell what kind of mood I was in at the time, based on the subject matter. It’s a unique perspective to see myself evolve in a public forum, per se.