Facebook, Hub Pages, and the Friends Who Live inside My Computer
This one is close to my heart and so may not exactly fit into any category. I hope Google Forgives. If anyone can tell me how to work it into one of the many categories on the list, I will change that.
Facebook is an amazing place where I have been able to hook up with friends who, like me, were in a self-imposed exile from Hub Pages and the forums. While on my sabbatical, I met many others who were having a similar difficulty with other sites, and those forums.
Forums are a wonderful place to interact with like minded people for word games, or chatter. They're also great for debate, if that is what you desire. If you have a problem at home and need well wishers and emotional or spiritual support, you will find that as well. Especially the forums here on Hub Pages.
At other times you may run into a serious individual who has decided to take you apart from the inside out without benefit of anesthesia, and without warning. The worst part of this non-elective surgery is that it is often performed after you have logged off for the night. You come back the next day, or even a week later, and find out that people have been poking fun at your comment, sometimes for days, without you knowing it.
This is childish, happens on every single site on the internet, and is one of the most prevalent types of posts there are. You go and comment on a video, and you don't know that sixteen others made fun of your comment. Here, at HP, you may find out. When you comment on other sites, you may never go back. Here, in the forums of Hub Pages, if you are a forum poster, then odds are, sooner, or later, you will find out what's being said behind your back.
These things can be hurtful, it's shameful that a group of adults would choose to use their writing skills to torment each other this way, but I prefer to refer to it as sibling rivalry. It's like when your brother or sister made fun of the way you talked. Believe it or not, the fact that they noticed you enough to comment should be considered a form of flattery. I mean it does take more work to come up with a scathing remark than to just ignore and move on.
Friends are those who can outlast a multitude of disagreements!
I have made some very special friends here, and on Facebook, and they all know who they are. This Hub is dedicated to them. For the tears I cried, that you came and dried, for the pain that you shared with me, letting me lift you up too, this hub is for you.
The names are so numerous, I have, from day one, Stevenix, and Pinkylee, Earnestshub, and Cosette. Some have left, Wordscribe, Sophs, and Crazdwriter. Some have multiple incarnations, Lyricsingray left and is back as Kimberlyslyrics. There are many who have more than one name here on HP. AEvans, Cagsil, Figment! Figment is the one who wrote first about those friends in the computer. If you feel forgotten, don't, these songs are for my friends, even those who I don't speak to every day, like Epigramman, the 60 day challenge team, and so many others who have come and gone, here at Hub Pages.
On Facebook I have some special friends who are from other countries, such as Nour and Bray, Robert, and some from here, such as Faith, Love Story, and Russell. Some of these know each other, and some don't, but for me, when I am crying, and need a shoulder, they are there. I even have friends on YouTube, and there are trolls there who pick apart what I say, but I get it now. I understand it all. We are one big social network. I have Hub Pages friends on Facebook too, Heather and Stephanie, and so many others. Please forgive me, but naming all of you would take all night. There are quite literally so many that it will take hours just to cover the names and make the links.
I would not be the writer I am, not even be writing this hub, if not for the debates, and the virtual hugs. I wouldn't even still be writing, if it wasn't for these friends, who chose to go out of their way to help me edit, to criticize me when needed, to pat me on the back when I deserved it. I am sitting here, in my living room, writing because it is what I love to do, and the people I have to thank... Well, it's
So if you are reading this, you are now one of my friends who live inside my computer. I hope that in time I will become one of your friends who live inside the computer.
Looking at it from my point of view.
The world is changing as we speak. It gets smaller day by day. Where once I knew only people who thought as I thought, believed what I believed, now I am meeting people who do not, and they challenge me, and I challenge them.
The debates are varied from whether or not our government is in the right hands, to whether we can be friends even though our religious beliefs differ greatly. I have a new friend on YouTube who would genuinely despise a friend on Facebook, and vice versa. They are too different to ever get along, but that doesn't mean I don't get along with both of them.
Think about what it was like when you were in school, with the cliques, and you will see that our kids already know how to deal with this incredible shrinking planet. Our schools are a microcosm of the planet, with each group, each faction, separated from the others by their differences. As long as we can see each other, we don't need borders to keep us apart. Our differences do that quite nicely, without any help from the leaders of the world, and the laws they impose on us.
Erase the Boundaries
When we erase what divides us, it's amazing what joins us. I have three songs to round this out and I can't decide which to put, so I guess, as I am the most decadent one when it comes to adding videos, I'll put them all. Two of these you probably know by heart, and one you may have heard, maybe not. If you haven't then I have brought you something new, my favorite thing to do, next to spending time with the friends who live inside my computer.
What does this mean to Hub Pages Writers?
There are really only two types of people in the world, the satisfied and the dissatisfied. This means there are two types of writers, those who make you happy with what you have and those who make you want more.
As a Hub Pages writer, your job is to create traffic. You cannot do this if all you are is satisfied, and you can't do this if all you are is contrary.
The contrary hubber will argue with everyone until no one wants to come back. The complacent one will say, yes you are right, or that you are entitled to your opinion. Some will just not respond to your comments at all. I have seen that, and also seen some who would argue that since my comment didn't express their exact same view, then it was deleted.
Comments are what keeps a hub alive. The more comments, the more the hub becomes a living thing! I know that many of my hubs do not inspire comments, and that's because I want you to learn something to make your hubs shine!
Our own Pink Umbrella had a hub which garnered almost 300 comments! Quite impressive! She actually had a top hub when she was relatively new to this place. You must walk the fine line between contrary and complacent. This way you will gain in readership, and in friendship. Bonds have been formed here on Hub Pages, and on all of the other social networking sites, by some of the most polar of opposites. That's how we grow.