Sharing Your Support and Advice

While it can be very helpful to share your beautiful photos with others on HubPages, some of the most valuable commodities on HubPages are support and advice. Simply by giving a Hubber a helping hand, you can do an immense amount of good. Those who were met by a friendly face on HubPages will know what I’m talking about!

If you would like to share support and advice on HubPages, but don’t know where to go, consider…

  • Sending a Hubber an email letting him or her know which Hubs you like most and what it is you liked about them (you can send Hubbers emails by going to the Fan Mail tab of his or her Profile (pictured above) and clicking the “send [Name] an email” link”).
  • Leaving a comment (that you ask be deleted) on a Hubber’s Hub when you notice a typo so that the Hubber knows to take care of it.
  • Leaving a friendly, welcoming comment on a new Hubber’s Hub.
  • Going to the Improving Your Hub Forum and giving constructive advice to those seeking help with their Hubs
  • Stopping by the HubChallenge Forums and cheering on people who have pledged to meet new HubPages goals.

Updated Hub Layout

Unused boxes

We are in the process of implementing an update that will remove the questions and forums boxes from Hubs to give them a cleaner, less cluttered interface.  The Q&A and Forums sections of the site will, of course, remain unchanged.

One of the most interesting things about design is that the elements that are left out are just as important as the elements left in.  A great example of this concept is demonstrated through the ma seen in traditional Japanese aesthetics- which is very present in some of the best design around- Apple products, for example.

For this reason, the HubPages team has been very careful to keep the site as streamlined as possible- removing any elements that are more distracting than functional.  After analyzing some of the features that show up on the right-side of Hubs, we found that several of them were not being used by a vast majority of visitors.  So we are removing the questions and forum boxes from Hubs to provide a more engaging and enjoyable experience for visitors to your Hubs. If the Hub is an Answer to a Question, then other Hubs answering the Question will still be listed.

The updated Hub layout rolls out today.  We hope you like it!

5 Ways to Fight Writer’s Block

There comes a time in every writer’s life where ideas don’t flow quite as easily as they once did.  Being faced with writer’s block can put a huge damper on life, but luckily, there are ways to fight back!

Here are some great ways to fight writer’s block on HubPages:

  1. Participate in the weekly HubMob: Every week, the HubMob team shares a new topic and challenges Hubbers to write Hubs on it!  These topics are search-friendly and perfect for getting your writing back on track when you are running out of inspiration.  To see each week’s new HubMob theme, simply go to the Forums section of the site – the weekly topic will be stickied.
  2. Participate in HubPages contests: HubPages periodically hosts contests related to a particular category.  Participating gives you something to write about, plus you’ll have the chance to win prizes! Our current upcoming contest, Money Grows on Hubs, is related to the Personal Finance category.
  3. Try your hand at keyword research: By doing a bit of keyword research, you can discover absolute treasure troves of great subjects to write on.  Check out our Learning Center to learn how to get started.
  4. Get academic: We recently launched a page for Students on HubPages and are showcasing new academic Hubs every week.  Why not research something interesting to you and publish your findings on HubPages, or edit and publish some of your old school papers on the site?
  5. Read the work of other Hubbers for inspiration and ask for ideas in the Forums: The HubPages community is wonderfully supportive and always willing to give helpful advice, plus reading other Hubbers’ Hubs may give you some ideas for your own!

Other simple actions such as working on something else for a while, going for a walk, talking with friends, and simply taking some time to relax can make a big difference, too.

The best thing about writer’s block is that it is temporary – and it might be just what you need to refresh your style or start exploring a new subject!