Confession of a Writer: "What makes me a better person online?"
Travel Man as emcee of various occasion in the community
There's no denying that we exist in today's world via two-way street: the virtual and the reality. If we can base our existence by the interpretation of Johari's window (usually divided into four identities of ourselves), I can add the cyber enhancement of an individual as we thrive in the computer age and actively participate to the cutthroat competitions involved therein. One of the most challenging part is writing.
I confess that I find joy and fulfillment while I'm writing online. It's a paperless world. With just the use of the tools offered by this very famous virtual writing site, HubPages, I can link, add photos, videos to promote the veracity of my work. I've been through the rough edges of re-editing my hubs due to similarities on other hubber's works. What could I say; maybe we're just thinking about the same subject or our minds are controlled by unseen waves of telephatic messages that we can absorb and decipher then put it into writing.
An argument about Duplication and Plagiarism abound in the writing world. Who wrote and published such novels, poems, articles and all that pertains to writings, even famous writers are not exempted with the accusations of having plagiarized or duplicate phrases or the entire book.
With all those factors hovering and clouding our writing niche, I only smile and ignore such controversies because of my desire to write.
The BIG QUESTION is now challenged by a monthly contest on this site that questions our existence: So You Think You Can Write Online?
My answer to that question? "Yes, I can write!!!"
Travel Man as community participant to positive change
What makes me a better person online?
With the aid of technological conveniences and modern electronic gadgetry, like computer and broadband connection, I am virtually connected with the world. It gives me an opportunity to maintain an writing site and pour my ideas on it with a major goal of contributing worthy articles that can change lives of people who are sharing my sentiments.
My first contact on virtual writing is blogging. It's just like an online diary but I didn't limit my site on personal experiences. I also delve on issues that I feel worthy of discussion.
Then, HubPages came. Three years after its launching, I accidentally discovered that there's a very convenient site where I can hone my talent on writing. I was searching for new hubs or electronic gadget when Google Search directed me to the first page of the result and there, right before my eyes, HubPages.
The invitation of signing up, writing an article and monetizing it literally baited me to write online. Why not give it a try? If others can write, why can't I?
I don't want to use the picture tool by solely using it to publish hub and earn Hub Score. I explore the easy-to-use tools on HubPages, although they are implementing changes on the rules of publishing our articles.
Travel Man as former high school school paper's editor-in-chief
Opportunity knocks many times online. You can be somebody here by establishing your presence as writer among other things.
As a writer, I am ready to face the praises and criticisms that will storm my site. I always am. Being a writer, you must be positive on acknowledging reactions from other writers and readers so that, you can learn a thing or two from them. Earning accolade is an added factor to my work and keeps me inspired to continue my craft.
The challenging factors that limit a writer's existence online is time and health. There are many roles that I assume aside from being a contributor online. First, I am a son to my mother; a brother to my kins and an organizer in the community. My being single is long overdue but I plan of making my life more complicated once I get married. It will also add luster to my being a writer and challenges to be a father and a husband once I meet my future wife.
Travel Man as an inspiration to others
I appreciate the encouragement of my former colleagues, cousins and friends to write online. With my presence that is visible on social media, like Facebook and Twitter and also YouTube, I am able to promote my works: hubs, photos and videos.
In return, they answered my campaign to join HubPages and contribute their expertise here, one way or another.
I can proudly say that with my presence online:
- My article on Cyber Bullying was used by two prominent television stations in the Philippines, ABS-CBN Channel 2 and GMA-Channel 7 on their weekly documentary programs. I wrote similar article and even made a group page on Facebook when I became a victim of bullying online. Really, some words that were brutally written can hurt us internally and can trigger our outburst online.
- Overwhelmed parents bombarded me with questions on how to enroll their sons and daughters who are gifted at Philippine Association for the Gifted. This is because of my hub asking them if: Is your child a gifted one?
- Americans are amazed to know that they have so many strange places that they should visit in the USA via: Strangest Places in the USA. Although, the facts are already there, I sees to it that it will still be interesting not only for them but for the rest of the world.
- How can I forget my first hub: Hot Springs in Albay to ever hit the perfect HubScore! I can say that if you write your own experiences online, you can draw a lot of readers and receive nice comments and admiration from the readers.
- Sad comments, mostly painful experiences on having a family member with Brain Tumor moved me. I shared this hub because having such disease usually affected some of my relatives.
With my articles visible online and linked with Facebook and Twitter, my friends and family are able to reconnect and know my activities.
Some of my former editors way back in college publication posed me a challenge: Why not make a book out of your various experiences?
My answer is still hanging on air.
In the next two years, I can be one of those hubbers who widened their horizons by publishing their own books.
Travel Man as a writer
My recent hub on PNP-Media Protocol in a Crisis Situation paved the way of introducing myself as online writer, particularly on HubPages.
I rekindle my relationship with my former colleague with the local media personalities. Some are gone but few of my friends are still thriving, although some are conniving with the prevailing political bigwigs.
With my involvement as a hubber, I am able to open their eyes on the possibilities that writing articles online about the issue can ignite sentiments from readers not only in my country, Philippines but also in other parts of the world.