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How much time do you spend writing a hub?

  1. Lena M. profile image54
    Lena M.posted 9 years ago

    I'm new to Hubpages, as I joined about two weeks ago.

    I've been looking around and  there are many quite prolific hubbers.

    I know that quality is what matters, but out of curiosity, how long do you spend writing each hub? Including any research, writing, editing.

    1. anjalichugh profile image75
      anjalichughposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It entirely depends on what you are writing about. I normally take anywhere between 60-90 min in putting a hub together. That includes the research work also.

    2. The Real Tomato profile image64
      The Real Tomatoposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I am new to writing so it takes me longer than a few hours. I also have constant interruptions with three small children and a husband with chronic pain. With my informative Hubs I triple check all the info I know and usually add info that I discovered to make sure I am giving comprehensive and interesting info. Others that are just my opinion about something just a few hours. Then after that I give it a day ( don't read it )  then go back and read it ( aloud) - I always catch grammar and spelling mistakes that need to be changed. Finding the right pictures/videos can take anywhere from 10 minutes to hours depending on how difficult they are to locate.
      I am baffled by those who whip out several a week. This time next year, I hope to be putting out several quality Hubs a week - I am not there yet.

      --I am also collecting information for future Hubs. When it is time to write those it should only take a few hours.


      1. Sally's Trove profile image80
        Sally's Troveposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I also am baffled.  I think it would be great if those who turn out multiple Hubs in a week, and good quality Hubs, too, would share their methods.

    3. JPeaslee profile image64
      JPeasleeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      I've written two hubs, and the first one took me about two hours (maybe even longer, because there was a ton of research involved), and the second took me about one and a half hours. I'm actually surprised, because neither felt like it took that long.

      I also have no idea if they're any good. I hope they are...

  2. WeddingConsultant profile image68
    WeddingConsultantposted 9 years ago

    It actually takes me a bit longer than that. Typically for my longer hubs it takes me 3-5 hours including research and such. I think what takes up a good chunk of that time is gathering the photos (because I don't want to "steal" someone else's work) and sometimes even creating/tweaking photos in photoshop.

    So if I were to take all that out of the scenario and just make a picture-free hub, the research and writing part takes considerably less. Maybe 1-2 hours depending on the subject.

    Hope that helps!

  3. kerryg profile image87
    kerrygposted 9 years ago

    I would say I probably average about two hours per hub, counting research.

  4. WHoArtNow profile image85
    WHoArtNowposted 9 years ago

    It all depends on the content. If I'm writing about something I do for work, I can write from memory, and can do a hub in 30 mins to an hour.

    However, if I'm doing one of my Top 10's (or Top 50's) they take a lot longer! My Top 50 Fastest cars took the longest. Think over 3 days I totalled about 9 - 10 hours, but there was a lot of research and sourcing stock images!

    One thing I have noticed, is as I've published more, I've learnt little tricks to speed things up, like using the "re-order capsules" feature, very helpful if you need to add 50 text and 50 image capsules!

    Everyone will be different, best to take your time and like you said, aim for quality over quantity!

    Oh, and welcome!


  5. Dolores Monet profile image98
    Dolores Monetposted 9 years ago

    the question is how much time do i waste writing hubs that i throw away or lose, taking copious notes for subjects that i drop....i think mental organization probably helps write quickly...then, you have to find the right picture...then you get sidetracked by all the crazy stuff on youtube

    1. WHoArtNow profile image85
      WHoArtNowposted 9 years agoin reply to this


      I hate Youtube, but can get so easily sidetracked! Oh, and I agree with you on wasted time, I must have half research for at least a dozen hubs that I've just lost all motivation to finish.

    2. kerryg profile image87
      kerrygposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      LOL, too true! I didn't count the time I spend getting sidetracked by interesting/pretty stuff in my two hours! smile

  6. Sally's Trove profile image80
    Sally's Troveposted 9 years ago

    Most of my Hubs have required around 5 hours each.  A small handful, just 2 or 3 hours.  Then there are the mother-lodes that take as many as 14 hours spread over 2 or 3 days.  The ones that take the longest are the ones that have the most content plus the greatest number of original photos and drawings. 

    I agree with WHoArtNow...aim for quality over quantity.

  7. Eric Graudins profile image61
    Eric Graudinsposted 9 years ago

    Anywhere from several minutes to many hours.
    It depends on the subject matter, and how much information is already in my head.

    I don't use that many pictures, but sometimes finding the right picture takes longer than writing the hub.

    On average, I guess that a hub would take about an hour to write.
    Cheers, Eric G.

    1. Lena M. profile image54
      Lena M.posted 9 years agoin reply to this

      How do you write something in several minutes?

      1. rmshdc profile image61
        rmshdcposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        As pointed out by Eric Graudins, from several minutes to several hours depending upon the topic and subjct you are writing.

        If you are writing on a subject that had happened in the recent time and you personally went thru' it, then writing that happening wouldn't take much time.

        But if you have write something after some research means, it would take hours.  Sometimes you need to read and understand.

      2. Eric Graudins profile image61
        Eric Graudinsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        Well take this hub for instance:
        I"m very familiar with the subject matter, and an idea just popped into my head that the mostly unnecessary www prefix that most people still use for web addresses is just like an appendix - in most cases just hanging there and doing nothing.

        I had written about this topic in my newsletter before, so it just took about 5 minutes to churn out this twist to it.
        (I can type pretty quickly too :-)   
        Cheers, Eric G.

  8. thranax profile image51
    thranaxposted 9 years ago

    It depends on how focused and what the topic I think about writing is. Also, it depends on how much research (if any) I need to do to get the whole Hub accurate, and how long it takes finding pictures, videos, rss feeds, etc.

    In a general sense, I am thinking it is no less then 30 minutes, no more then 5 hours (so far).


  9. embitca profile image85
    embitcaposted 9 years ago

    Like everyone else, it really depends on the subject matter. If I'm writing a hub about something I'm very well versed in, it might take me only about a half hour or so. But most of my hubs probably take at least two hours.

    I find one of the most time consuming aspects is looking for relevant photos, Amazon products, videos, Ebay stuff, etc. and then getting it all organized so the hub looks good. Most of the writing doesn't take me too long at all, once I've done the research.

  10. LondonGirl profile image85
    LondonGirlposted 9 years ago

    I tend to get long and involved, so mine take much longer than most people's seem to!

  11. AEvans profile image77
    AEvansposted 9 years ago

    Now that is a good question., it all depends on the topic and if I have to do some serious research iy can take days.. If it comes right out of my head, 45minutes to an hour, if it was the longest article I have ever written, which was just recently it was 3 1/2 hours good grief it was lengthy. smile

  12. Lisa HW profile image72
    Lisa HWposted 9 years ago

    Depending on the kind/length of Hub, I take from as little as 20 minutes (not a long Hub, by any means) to a couple of hours.  Average, for me, is probably between 40 minutes and an hour - that is for the type of stuff I have on HubPages.

    I don't usually write Hubs that involve research specifically for any Hub.  What I more do with "serious" Hubs (that require solid information, rather than just opinion) is write them, based on things I've researched/studied over the years and have since assimilated the information.  Since I write on assignment in my non-HubPages life, I generally aim to stay away from things about which I don't already have knowledge.  Sometimes, too, I'll write a "serious" Hub in the form opinion (and don't pretend it's anything else), but an informed opinion, based on knowledge.

    If I'm writing anything and want to make a point that could be made with by citing a statistic or some other thing, I'll go find what backs up what I know (but don't happen to have an exact, latest, statistic on).

    Sometimes I look for requests that I know I can answer without research. Sometimes I whip up a "how to cook fake (soy) bacon" kind of thing.  Basically, I aim to write what I know simply because I write about stuff I don't already know "in the rest of my life".

    If you write about what you know already or ideas that your own, all you have to do is "put your brain on print" and your typing hands on "go" - and even some big, long, Hubs come out in 45 minutes.  I'll then use the other 15 minutes to do things like ad pictures or videos.  For me, this is the most fun kind of writing.   On serious subjects that require solid information, I'm always careful about how I present something.  I'm a big one for offering, "some believe this" and "but some believe that" - and then adding what I "suspect" could be true with something like, "given this, and given that, there is at least the chance that....".  It shares what I know without pretending what I don't know, lets people see the reasoning and thought process involved in my own ponderings; and yet does not present my own thoughts as fact.

    This approach to "fun writing"  is good because I never have writer's block, and am pretty much always interested in what I'm writing.   Of course, if I'm in the mood I may research and whip up a 25-minute, 500-word, article about something like, for example, umbilical hernias - but I usually only do that kind of thing if there's something like a request.  I'm not against laboring over some big, written, thing (complete with professional tone and references) if I have reason to write such a thing; but one of the reason I like HubPages is that writers get to write what they want or think should be said, with pretty much complete freedom.

  13. Ms Chievous profile image76
    Ms Chievousposted 9 years ago

    I'd say I average 45 minutes to an hour and a half on hubs depending on the research.  I usually do informative hubs on lists and different website.  It takes soem time to locate the links and pics to go with my topics.

  14. relache profile image87
    relacheposted 9 years ago

    Each hub takes as long as it takes...

    My quickest Hubs have been assembled in minutes and I'm sure there are a few in there that took weeks.

  15. profile image0
    multimasteryposted 9 years ago

    Anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on the subject.

  16. Bard of Ely profile image84
    Bard of Elyposted 9 years ago

    The shortest about half an hour and the longest about two hours!

  17. bgpappa profile image82
    bgpappaposted 9 years ago

    The academic ones took weeks.  The others were just rants that took a few minutes initially, then some time to edit over time.  Depends on the type of hub and what you are trying to convey.