The Connection Between Hubs and The Spaces in Which They’re Created

As people have shared their Hubbing spaces with us, we have been surprised by the extent to which they mirror the Hubs they create. Take, for example, this lovely nook belonging to ESPeck1919, which she introduces thusly:

I’ve always loved getting a peek into other people’s creativity spots and sharing my own. A little bit about mine – this is the final result of wanting to put together a more formal writing/crafting spot for myself for a number of years. Those drawers hold a variety of jewelry making and miscellaneous crafting supplies, and the thing in the upper left hand corner of the picture is my inspiration board. There is also a basil plant for fresh basil leaves and to enhance creativity, and my little oil burner for when I need some aromatherapy.

ESPeck1919, who writes about herbs and the Law of Attraction (amongst other things), reveals some of her interests through this space (what with the inspiration board and basil). We wonder if the crafting supplies are a sign of some crafting Hubs on the horizon, too!

ESPeck 1919 is certainly not the only Hubber to surround herself with objects that manifest themselves in her Hubs. Outbound Dan (who writes great backpacking and outdoors Hubs) Hub from park benches overlooking rivers and CyclingFitness (who writes awesome Hubs onc bikes and cycling) Hub from bicycles (at least, the brainstorming and outlining part of Hubbing). Clearly their Hubbing spaces tie in with their Hubs as well!

What does your Hubbing space say about the Hubs you write? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter (hashtag #YourHubbingSpace), and Google+, or send me an email at Simone.Smith (at) HubPages.com.

[Thanks for sharing your Hubbing space, ESPeck1919!]

Staff Hubbing Spaces!

We may be HubPages employees, but we have preferred Hubbing spaces as well! Here’s a peek at where some actively Hubbing HubPages staff members like to write their Hubs:

Jason’s Hubbing Space

Jason Menayan’s Hubbing space overlooks a beautiful hillside- isn’t that nice?

Mark’s Hubbing Space

Mark Painter occasionally engages with the HubPages community and writes Hubs from his desk, and in a particularly artistic manner, decided to give us a view of his Hubbing space from his laptop’s perspective.

George’s Hubbing Space

George Edmondson also does some occasional Hubbing from his desk at HubPages Headquarters, which he keeps relatively unadorned:

… Though note the easy access to coffee, one of the most precious commodities in our office! As you can see, this is the real seat of power.

Now that you’ve seen where we do our work, we’d like to see some more of your own Hubbing Spaces! Feel free to email them to simone.smith (at) HubPages.com or share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Extra! Extra! Read All About HubPages Exclusives!

While it is fairly easy to create high-potential titles with a bit of research, we know that many Hubbers (HubPages staff included) would prefer to focus mostly on Hubs themselves- not their titles. We’ve also heard again and again that if there’s one thing Hubbers would like more of, it’s writing prompts and title ideas.

Having worked long and hard to find an optimal feature to address these preferences, we are happy to announce Exclusives: high-potential titles that appear right on the Create a Hub page.

Exclusives are available to Hubbers with a Hubber Score of 80 or above, so once you reach that level, you will be able to access these titles by typing a keyword into the title bar of the Create a Hub page. Though you will only be able to hold on to four drafts of Exclusives at one time, there is no limit to the total number of Exclusives you can ultimately claim and publish.

The body of Exclusives from which you can draw is continuously growing, which means that you’ll see new and different titles over time. If you don’t like the Exclusives that pop up, you can rest assured that in a couple of weeks, there will be new titles draw from.

If you have a HubScore of 80 or higher, we hope you enjoy this new feature. If you’re not yet to 80, here’s another reason to build up your HubScore- you can do so by regularly publishing high quality Hubs. For some tips on doing so (and some inspiration), stop by our Learning Center guide to creating a stellar Hub.

New Amazon-Branded Buy Button on Hubs

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 11.11.42 AMTwo months ago, lobobrandon suggested that we make Amazon Capsules more attractive, observing that Amazon products presented on other sites for which he writes are more comely and also more lucrative.

We absolutely agree that better visuals can lead to better clickthroughs, and especially think that present that using more prominent Amazon branding and including a call to action to “buy” a product is one of the most important things to impact clickthrough rates to Amazon (though the single most important thing you can do is carefully choose just a small number of products that are directly related to the subject of a Hub- and give them insightful custom descriptions).

We have therefore updated the Amazon Capsule with an Amazon-branded buy button (as pictured to the right).

Should this update improve the performance of Amazon Capsules in your Hubs, we’ll stick with it!

Thanks for the great suggestion, lobobrandon! We appreciate your HubPages community activism. 😀

A Very Evocative Hubbing Space

It has been fascinating to have a peek into the Hubbing spaces of so many HubPages community members of the past couple of days. Each space in its own way is inspiring its occupant, whether it offers beautiful views or is designed around one thing: a focus on writing.

One particularly interesting space that has been shared with us by whowas. It has a splendid 19th Century feel to it- almost as though it were an oil painting.

Along with his photo, whowas provided a great explanation of his space:

This is my desk. It’s also where most of my Hubbing takes place. I do a lot of writing, reading and study here.

Originally, the idea was to have a vast, clean space…but that clearly didn’t work out. Despite the clutter, there is nothing here that distracts me. Every time I look up from the page, I see something that reminds me of why I am here: to learn, to read, to study, to write.

The whole room is deeply insulated by floor to ceiling bookcases in which the books are stacked two deep. There are also books and journals on the floor, piled in towers. I’ve read them all and they are only the ones I consider essential reference material. It would be reasonable to assume that I am slightly insane, perhaps a little obsessive.

The clock on the windowsill belonged to my grandmother, the teapot was a gift from a beloved friend and has never been used. The skeleton is a rock dove. The photograph next to it is of Firenze, my second home in Italy. The microscope, the starting point of many remarkable adventures.

This picture was taken at night. Most of my work takes place early in the morning and late at night. I dream awake in the nurturing darkness. I am always alone when working. It is a secret, private place, this. My grotto. Even in daytime, the view through the window is obscured by the overhanging branches of a large, evergreen shrub.

Writing, even a commercial piece or a light-hearted hub, is essentially a way of living, a dreaming, a way of thinking rendered tactile and immediate at the fingertips.

That’s what my desk is all about.

If that description doesn’t make you want to rush to your own Hubbing space, I don’t know what will!

Whether your Hubbing space is uncluttered and bright or loaded with fascinating artifacts, reference books, and objects of inspiration, we want to see it!

Share photos of your Hubbing space with us on our Facebook page, on Twitter (by using the hashtag #MyHubbingSpace), or on Google+, and  be sure to tell us a bit about it- why it works for you, how it keeps you going, and how you have customized it to make it your own. Should you like to have your photo featured on the HubPages Blog,  you can also email photos directly to me at simone.smith (at) HubPages.com.

 

[Thanks for sharing your awesome Hubbing space with us, whowas!]

Great Hubbing Spaces!

On Wednesday, I asked you to share your Hubbing spaces with us, and over the past two days, we have been getting the coolest photos on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and via email.

I’d like to share some of them with you.

GoodLady

GoodLady‘s Hubbing Space looks particularly comfortable and relaxing. It reminds me how much more creative we can get when we allow stress and strain to take a hike. Says GoodLady:

I always write my Hub articles resting my dislocating leg on my bed in my sunny studio-bedroom – with Tinka, a very old friend.  tap tap tap

We can hear the hawks in the sky tap tap tap and see the countryside from the window, nobody bothers us, tap tap tap. so we’re very happy and comfortable.




CrisSp

CrisSp‘s Hubbing space- particularly the Post-It that provides her with some inspiration, gave me goosebumps! As CrisSp puts it:
This is actually the office in the house. Doesn’t seem like anything special but I am facing the wall where I see my inspiration hanging, which says:
“Be Brave. Write.”
I don’t care where I would be writing- with that simple, powerful statement, I’d be all set to go!




Angie Jardine

I’m a big fan of composing Hubs and cozy spaces, and Angie Jardine‘s space may win the award for the coziest!! Wouldn’t you like THIS to be your Hubbing Space? Angie says:
I practically live in this space although the horse riders and dog walkers who wave at me through the window are a constant distraction.
I say that’s a lovely distraction to have.




Dianemae

Of course, we’ve been seeing some more exotic and unconventional Hubbing spaces, too, such as this particularly mobile Hubbing space belonging to Dianemae, who explains:

I do my best and most hub writing while on my sailboat.  The computer is at the navigation station. I have a  air card that allows me access to the net. Some ports have good reception while others have no reception. The view outside changes often and stimulates me to write.




Aren’t these great?

Big thanks to the Hubbers who are sharing these hotbeds of creativity with us! Keep them coming! You can send photos directly to me at Simone.Smith (at) HubPages.com.

Share Your Hubbing Space!

Hubs are fascinating on their own, but there is also much to be said for the craft that goes into creating them, hence there is much to be learned from the methods different Hubbers use, not to mention the timeframes they follow, the habits they form, and yes, the places where they write.

The place where a person writes (or films, for that matter) can say a lot about that individual’s style, process, and personality, not to mention the content that he or she creates.

Where do you write your Hubs? On a window seat overlooking your backyard? At the local library or your favorite cafe? Or on the phone while you wait in line to buy groceries?

We would love to have a glimpse of where the Hubbing magic happens, so we invite you to share photos of these landscapes, nooks, and crannies with us through Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and our blog.

Here’s how to join in:

  • On Facebook: Visit our Facebook page and select the “Photo/Video” option, then upload your Hubbing Space image, with a little description of the place and why it’s where you write Hubs
  • On Twitter: Share your photo with the hashtag #MyHubbingSpace (and feel free to mention @HubPagesDotCom)
  • On Google+: Upload a photo and description of your Hubbing space and be sure to tag +HubPages
  • If you would like us to share your space on our blog and Facebook album: Email Simone.Smith (at) HubPages.com with the photo and some background on the space that we can share along with it

When we get a decent number of photos emailed to us, we’ll share them in another post! I’m quite looking forward to seeing where it is that you create your fabulous Hubs!

Help HubPages Change Modern Education

Though we have already submitted proposals to speak at SXSW Interactive (the tech-oriented conference of the world famous annual Austin, Texas set of festivals and meetings), HubPages would also like to have its voice heard at SXSWedu, the part of SXSW dedicated to educational innovation.

Both HubPages Head of Education Robin Edmondson and myself have submitted proposals detailing how user-generated content and online publishing platforms can augment teaching, learning, and the overall education industry.

To support a HubPages presence at SXSWedu, you can help us out by:

  1. Going to our proposals (Training Students in New Media and Reduce Reuse Recycle: Educational Waste Management) on SXSW’s Panel Picker interface
  2. Creating an account if you don’t have one already (it takes about 30 seconds)
  3. Voting by clicking the thumbs up icon
  4. Leaving a comment (It’s great to see your written support!)
  5. Sharing our proposals with your friends (should they like to help us out with some votes, too!)

Here are the official summaries of our proposals, for reference:

Robin’s proposal: Training Students in New Media

The world of publishing has drastically changed in the last 15 years. Online new media training is increasingly important to students, teachers, and professors. You may be the most eloquent writer since Shakespeare, but if your work isn’t found, who’s going to know? Learning the nuances of online writing can mean the difference between being an online superstar and your work being lost among the millions of similar articles on the web.
While our standards of high-quality writing have remained somewhat static over the years, the characteristics of successful online content have evolved significantly. Why, then, are we still teaching kids how to write for the old-fashioned print world?
Robin Edmondson will address common mistakes and best practices when it comes to teaching your students how to write articles that, while well-researched, well-written, and intellectual, will also cater to search engines, social media, and short attention spans.

Questions Answered

  1. What differentiates Internet-friendly content from traditionally good content?
  2. What common mistakes do people make when translating print / traditional content to the Internet?
  3. How can we better teach people to write Internet-friendly content?

 

My proposal: Reduce Reuse Recycle: Educational Waste Management

Educational institutions generate waste at obscene levels. Essays and research papers are submitted and graded, never to be appreciated again, students fail to re-visit and remember previously covered subjects, and worse still, many students fail to see the utility of knowledge gained in an abstract classroom environment.
As with conventional waste, educational waste can be addressed with the simple principle of reduce, reuse, recycle. We must *reduce* students’ workloads, focusing instead on engaging curriculum that contributes to online discourse. Students must *reuse* their work by sharing it online with the world at large. Finally, curriculum must be designed to *recycle* lessons by encouraging students to maintain an active role in online dialogue surrounding past work.
User-generated content enthusiast and HubPages Head of Outreach Simone Smith will offer tips on implementing these principles with helpful examples and pointers. Let the conservation of knowledge begin!

Questions Answered

  1. How do conventional educational approaches waste knowledge, feed disengagement, and leave students ill-equipped to enter the next stage in their lives (be it continued education or the professional world)?
  2. How can user-generated content and new media be leveraged to address problems with comprehension, engagement, and knowledge retention?
  3. What are some specific ways in which teachers and professors can reduce, reuse, and recycle wasted knowledge using new media that both augment the learning process and leave students more equipped to move on to the next stage in their lives?

We would really like to have our voices heard at SXSWedu, not only to get the HubPages name out there, but also to show people how our site and community, along with other online publishing platforms and tools, can revolutionize education.

Thanks for helping us out!