Why I am Writing On Hubpages
This is my first hub. I don't know if this is something I should admit to or not. Actually, I don't know much about writing hubs at all. Hopefully, things will soon change.
I stumbled upon Hubpages whilst searching on the web for sites about writing. You see, I absolutely love writing. I always have done, ever since I was about nine and I read a Ladybird book about some fictional vegetables, written by a twelve year old. I remember thinking at the time, I am going to be a writer...This is me...This is what I want to do... With the idealistic dreams of a child, I always expected it to happen.
Yet time has passed. A lot of time. I am now thirty-seven and so far it hasn't happened. It's not because I've failed. I just haven't tried hard enough. Life has an uncanny way of floating past, while you are caught up doing other things. Then, before you know it, you are suddenly very much aware that you are no longer the youthful optimist you once were, and that time does not last forever.
It's not that I haven't done any writing at all. I'm currently writing a book for young adults and it's going along pretty well. I try to write something for a short period every day, either when my 22 month old son is having a nap, or else in the evening when he has gone to bed. But writing a book is long term and competitive, and there is no guarantee of publication at the end of it.
So, because we are desperate to move house as our second child, the aforementioned toddler, needs a bedroom that he doesn't share with his parents, I began to look for ways to make money from home. Not a lot of money, necessarily, but enough to put towards a bigger mortgage. I typed 'freelance writing' into the search engine and several sites came up which allow you to publish articles and earn money generated from the ads appearing alongside. It seemed perfect. I can publish my own work without having to land a lucrative job with a magazine. Wonderful. Every writer wants a voice, and sites like these give you just that.
Out of all the sites I came across, (Suite 101, Triond, Buksia, etc.) Hubpages felt as though it was the right site for me. When I write, I don't like rigid rules and uniformity. I'm not one to write a technical article about a gadget. I like to create; to express myself right from the heart, and Hubpages has that feel about it. Ideas that can be written about pop into my head all the time - whilst watching my toddler freefall from the sofa arm onto the cushions; whilst walking along the streets of the lovely city in which I live; whenever I go somewhere new or watch a play or film that moves me. Writing is another form of art; a way of catching a moment or a thought in time, like painting or music or photography. If you are a creative person, the creative urge is an innate part of you. It never truly goes away. And, in the 21st century, our ever-expanding internet, free from boundaries, gives you the biggest voice of all.
So I am going to write some articles for Hubpages, in the hope that a little bit of extra cash might come my way. But, most of all, I am going to do it because I have always loved writing.