Why do we Hub?
Why Do We Hub?
Do you ever ask yourself that question or are you so secure you never think about it? Of course the hub I am referring to is the one written for HubPages, no relation to a wheel or busy place. It could be considered a verb; to hub, hubbing or to work a hub.
An article, a poem, any writing to our liking. Why do we write hubs? What in the world draws us to writing on a computer for an unknown audience? Millions of people use Twitter to send and read messages called Tweets. You can use Facebook, a social network where you can keep in touch with friends and let the world know what you're doing. Many find Facebook a tool to rekindle friendships from the past. Obviously the list goes on. There are so many sites that let you write what you think, but are they really writing or are they jotting or just socializing? They don't give you the opportunity to let your creative juices flow. There are almost as many bloggers as there are computers and of course that's not to mention email and instant messaging, all ways to communicate. The number of bloggers is probably uncountable. You can blog to enter regular entries and commentary, many daily. Blogging also gets you other people's opinions in answer to your own and there have been people who refer to HubPages as a blogging site.
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.”— Mark Twain
Reasons for Writing Hubs
Why do we hub? Are we hub addicts? Hubs are a place where you can find information and often, entertainment. There can be a social aspect but it is mainly for the writing. So many love to write.... People who've always wanted to write; books, poems, articles, any type of writing. Writing can be a form of release, a way to show your abilities and get your thoughts out without having to burden someone else. Writing can also be your form of creativity, using your imagination and intellectual talents to pass on information writing about what you know or a way to create a fantasy world or imaginative situation. You can choose from anything! You are your own critic when it comes to your writing. Whatever you feel is what you write! Of course who reads your writing is another story all together. If you write about your favorite color for example, it may or may not be of interest to someone else, if they like the color they may like your hub.The style of your writing won't appeal to everyone but I always say that's why there's vanilla and chocolate, it's all about choices. If you don't write and post a hub you're not giving people the choice to read or not to read your hub. What you think is good may not be and what you think isn't may be!
People write hubs for any number of reasons. Some people write hubs just to get their opinions out there. We all have opinions and sometimes our family doesn't really want to hear them or there is no other way or place to express our opinions. Maybe it's something you have a very strong opinion about and you don't necessarily want to start a family discussion. What better way to get our opinions out there than to write a hub? Again, some will agree and some will disagree. Of course for the new hub writer, the newbie, there are times when you really question yourself and ask why am I writing Hubs? Are my hubs really any good? You need to get your feet wet, keep writing and keep reading before it all makes sense to you.
“Don't tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”— Anton Chekhov
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Being Social on HubPages
A great aspect of Hub Pages is that Hubbers challenge and support each other. Any good Hubber reads others hubs. You scout around looking at Hubs that relate to what you've written, or hubs on any subject that interests you. You can read hubs to learn about history or geography, or how-to hubs. You become fans of other Hubbers or sometimes you just leave a comment. Other Hubbers return the favor. So I guess you could add social networking to a reason for writing on HubPages but it's a different kind of social networking keeping you in touch with people who have the same interest in writing that you do and who are honest and unbiased... honest communication and often helpful hints.
You can make friends on HubPages, friends from anywhere in the world. Sometimes these friends become a part of your life and become very dear to you.
Making Money On HubPages
Is writing itself the only reason people write hubs? Not really. Many write hubs to make money. Yes, you can make money writing hubs. Some people make a little money, some people make a lot of money. There are copious articles on how to make money on HubPages. They include hints on how to enter keywords for search engines - particularly Google since Google is number one; how to choose your title, what subjects to choose, how to lay out your hub, how to choose tags...the list is endless. It's all right here on HubPages. If that isn't enough for you do an internet search on writing Hubs or Hub income.
I've added links at the bottom of my hub to other interesting hubs that support some of my theories. Some of these hubs are interesting, some are helpful as is the case with all hubs.
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”— Louis L'Amour
What Do You Do on HubPages?
You may want to read about your childhood or a type of dog you're thinking about getting. You may want to read poetry that hasn't been published in a book, or maybe a book review. All of these things can be found on Hub Pages, travel, interpretation, how-to, the variety is endless.
As I mentioned earlier, another reason for being on HubPages is Addiction. You can really get addicted to HubPages, both writing and reading. I find myself saying I'll just check my hits and the next thing I know I'm hub hopping or starting to write another hub and what was intended as a few minutes on HubPages turns into a few hours!
I guess there are as many reasons to write hubs as there are hubs, and that's why we write hubs. Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you think about this hub and HubPages!
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