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)


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

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3 replies on “A Very Evocative Hubbing Space

  1. This is really funny, when I clicked on the link and first saw this picture (before reading about the hubber) I knew that was whowas’ desk!

    There’s a fine line between genius and insanity! I’ve been fighting a cluttered desk all my life! However, I’ve come to terms with a certain amount of clutter that is mostly books, just like whowas.

    Whowas, I totally understand your desk, and this picture was actually reassuring for me. I’m a bit obsessive myself, so it seems great minds think alike! Thanks for sharing this! I just had to smile when I saw it!

  2. You are very welcome. It has been fascinating to see so many other writing places so far and I look forward to seeing those yet to come.

    One thing that occurs to me while reflecting on all these different places – which have been as varied as the corner of a boat to an 18th century cottage to your own bed, Simone – is that writing can be done practically anywhere. No one would deny the advantages of having a truly dedicated working space but it is a luxury rather than a necessity.

    Many great works have been created at kitchen tables, in cafes, parks, on buses and even , I once heard, in the bathroom!

    Good luck to all writers and Hubbers and wherever you write, may it continue to be a satisfying and rewarding adventure.

  3. That’s so cool, Daughter of Maat! And I think this is one of the few cases in which it is entirely acceptable to come to terms with clutter.

    Austin, thanks again for sharing this photo with us- and you’re so right! Writing happens everywhere. Perhaps that’s the biggest lesson we can all learn from various Hubbers’ shares!

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