ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Do You Ask For Advice?

Updated on August 11, 2012

 

For what seems like months on end, I find myself being asked for advice.  I have to tell you, it wears me down a bit, because I wonder do people really listen?  Do they actually hear what I’m saying?  Do they really care what I think?  And better still, do they take my advice and follow it?  It has occurred to me that perhaps I should entertain writing an advice column.

Thinking

photo by silegl69 at sxc.hu
photo by silegl69 at sxc.hu

I Think I Want to Write an Advice Column

I like to think I have a good head on my shoulders. I like to think that in my decades here on earth that I have actually learned a few things, and that what I’ve learned is of some value not only to myself, but also to others.

There was a period of time, back when I was very involved with chat rooms when I happened to meet a young man. In my profile back then, I was very heavy into quotes, and I’d often have 3-5 at a time in my profile. I had one quote, which sadly, for the life of me, I cannot recall at the moment, only that it was rather deep, that piqued this man’s interest.

He contacted me and asked, could you please explain what that quote means? I didn’t know who this person was, and I looked at his profile and found that he was a young man of about 20. My first thought was just to ignore him; he’s just a kid. I didn’t feel I was up to chatting or explaining myself. Well, he persisted until finally, I decided to answer him. I explained what the quote meant and he thanked me profusely.

With that tiny bit of a conversation began a very long friendship. For someone so young, he came across as very intelligent and a bit more mature than his young years conveyed. At the time, he was going through a rough time with his work, not sure if he wanted to start his own business, and also not sure if he should marry his girlfriend. I offered my thoughts, ideas and just simply my time through those years, and voila! It paid off big time for him. After thinking long and hard about all we talked about through those years, he got his head together and started his own business. Also, after many ups and downs with the girlfriend, they were able to work out their differences and they married. Through the ensuing years they had a child, and the last I heard, he was a very happy young man. I received so many thanks during our friendship; in fact, he even sent me a gift a few times to show his appreciation for my just being there. Talk about warm fuzzies! This is one example of why I feel I may have stumbled upon something I’d like to pursue.

What Are the Challenges in Writing an Advice Column?

I off-handedly commented to my best friend that perhaps I should start writing an advice column. I mean, with quite a few people asking for my advice recently (very flattering by the way), maybe it’s something I should consider. Her opinion was a heartfelt ‘of course’.

Life is all about decisions. Every move we make and every thought we have involves a decision. What makes some people very good at it, and others not? My belief is that it is definitely a learned skill. Perhaps there are a lucky few who come by it naturally, that their decision is almost always the right one. But I think they are few and far between.

Research, Research, Research

So, as I sat and digested the idea, I came up with questions. What happens if the wrong advice is given? What if a reader follows the advice and it turns out badly? Given the litigious nature of our society, could the columnist be sued? Is licensing a requirement? Could one make a decent living doing this? So, here again, decisions. And, as I sit here putting down these thoughts, one comes to mind, and that is to do some research first. Here’s an articles I found to be helpful, found on Ehow.com, How to Become an Advice Columnist Online. I’ll be doing more research before I come to any final decisions about pursuing this idea or not.

My purpose in writing this is to get a feel for others’ thoughts about writing an advice column, and what better place for me to find out than right here in our wonderful HubPages community.


Are there people out there who actually rely on advice columns? Are they faithful readers? Is there an age range of people who read this sort of thing? For the ones who do read or rely on it, is the answer useful? Are the people who read an advice column doing it strictly for entertainment? Is there any real value appointed to it from its readers? A lot needs to be considered.

I Need Your Help

What are some questions you folks would ask? What would you want to find answers to in an advice column? What would prompt you to write to an advice columnist?

Feedback would be greatly appreciated. Please use the comments feature below to share your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by!

Take My Advice

working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)