Point of View for a Hub: 1st Person or 3rd?

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  1. Susan Cowsar profile image61
    Susan Cowsarposted 12 years ago

    Hubs are articles, right? And blogs are journals or personal commentaries. So I'm confused.

    Perhaps it's the fact that I've been an English teacher and want to ensure that I am writing the correct way for the correct audience.

    Whatever my excuse, please explain to me why I see so many "blog-like" hubs. Am I missing the whole concept behind hubbing?

    I am relatively new to the community, and you'll quickly see that I only have two hubs posted. But I'm planning to increase their number as I can. (I also write three blogs, a curriculum, and spend quite a bit of time doing other online marketing activities.)

    Anyway, I would greatly appreciate input from you Hubberus (Hub Gurus) with regard to writing hubs in 1st person (me voice) v. 3rd person (about voice).



    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I think it depends largely on the content and how your style is best presented. A well rounded author will mix these up, depending on the situation and mood.

      I write in many perspectives, personally.



      1. AEvans profile image75
        AEvansposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Susan, I am with GM on that as well, it honestly just depends. smile

    2. Lissie profile image68
      Lissieposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      This is the internet -there are very few rules :-) You will see blogs written very professionally in the 3rd person http://thekeywordacademy.com/search-eng … imization/ and you will see hubs written hilariously in the first person by a very clever author (not me !) http://hubpages.com/hub/My-Big-Fat-Sexy … oobies-Hub

  2. bgpappa profile image79
    bgpappaposted 12 years ago

    Depends on the topic and the point trying to be made.

  3. Susan Cowsar profile image61
    Susan Cowsarposted 12 years ago

    Thanks to both of you. I need to revise my definition of a hub then, to a blargticle. :-D

    I will write to my current audience, which requires the third person point of view; then create some new hubs -- oh, say about my rotund pussy cat, Bartholomew J Furburgher, Esq., in a blogsy voice.

    Sounds like fun. Thanks again!

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      No prob. smile I'll be looking through them to give you points as I can for ya. wink Mind you, I'm not an english major. But I've been writing since I was nine...so I have a prolonged sense of importance. wink

      Good luck. smile And don't be afraid to branch out! It takes years to develop your own personal style, but when you do, you'll feel confident as ever. smile



  4. profile image0
    girly_girl09posted 12 years ago

    I write both types of articles. I just worked on an I-Search paper for a US History class (you probably know what an I-Search paper is, as you're an English teacher) and had a lot of fun using that method. I used it for one of my latest articles and have had a pretty good response so far.

    For those that don't know what an I-Search paper is, it's basically a method used to keep a journal that outlines what you know about a topic, what you'd like to know what a topic, your search for information on the topic as you find it and a summary of what you learned. It's fun! Google "I-Search" for more info.


  5. lowlycook profile image60
    lowlycookposted 12 years ago

    Ma'm, just write your piece. Just share with us what's in your heart, because we're eager to listen to everyone here.

    As for me, I often include myself in my writings. Except when my editor tells me to refrain from doing so. But I always feel so comfortable just releasing what's in my heart when my fingers begin typing stuffs for sites like hubpages.

    If you feel like writing in the first or last person, do so. But do tell us what you think. We're interested.

  6. reggieTull profile image60
    reggieTullposted 12 years ago

    Very interesting forum question - it caused me to go back and reread some of my own hubs to understand my own style.  When a hub is based on responding to a request, the "I" slips into the writing quite easily.  We are being asked a question.  A researched hub is different but there again - it's all about style.  I tend toward the first person in order to come across as being more approachable.  But I will try more of the third.  Thanks for the thoughts and opinions.  I agree with lowlycook - just let your heart flow through your fingers and onto the keys.

  7. livewithrichard profile image80
    livewithrichardposted 12 years ago

    As you can see, I'm very new to hubpages. I just posted my first hub a couple days ago.  This was an interesting question.  I have to agree that it depends on the subject of what you are writing.  I guess you have to ask yourself before you write, are you sharing friendly knowledge or expert knowledge?  You can't go wrong here on hubpages as long as your hubs have genuine substance.  Good luck with your hubs.

  8. profile image0
    Rakyposted 12 years ago

    Please don't call us "Hub Gurus". We are like family..

    1. GeneriqueMedia profile image60
      GeneriqueMediaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yup, I'm more of a HubPages Evangelist than anything else. wink


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