Hubbing with Pets

NettlemereAlthough we wound down our Hubbing space series earlier this week, we couldn’t help but post this latest photo sent in by Nettlemere. It reveals so much of what we love about Hubbers and their approaches to the Hubbing process!

Explains Nettlemere:

It is the product of an untidy mind, poor housekeeping skills, and an indication that I could be the laziest Hubber ever since – yes – that is my bed I Hub from. I moved my bed downstairs so that my elderly dog Nettle didn’t have to sleep alone once he couldn’t manage stairs anymore (that was five years ago! Nettle is still going strong). Some days I have to squish in between 3 dogs to write a Hub – it just depends where they have decided to crash out. But I wouldn’t be without their company when I write or without their gentle reminders that there is a world out there which wants to be walked in. The piles of slide boxes shout at one of my other enthusiasms – photography – which is an essential feature of my Hubs too. I’m in the process of scanning then all into my computer, but incapable of tackling the task logically or linearly.

The things Nettlemere shares in her Hubbing space photo represent several approaches shared across the HubPages community:

  1. A love of pets: Though her explanation, we discover the Nettlemere gets her HubPages username from her dog’s name. We’ve seen that many Hubbers are inspired by their canine companions and like to write Hubs in the company of their beloved pets. We love it!
  2. A habit of Hubbing in bed: Nettlemere isn’t alone in enjoying Hubbing from bed- I do the same thing, and bet many of us do. Hubbing makes for a great leisure activity, and we love that many Hubbers turn to our platform and community to wind down and explore a fresh, creative corner of their lives.
  3. A pinch of great creativity: That Nettlemere is slowly scanning her photos into digital formats into Hubs is excellent. It also reminds me that nearly every Hubber incorporates some sort of creative element into his or her Hubs, be it in the form of original sketches, great photos taken throughout one’s life, cool camera phone pictures, or beautiful graphs and diagrams.

Isn’t it fun to see how the things we share in common show up in the lives of others? Thanks for sharing your Hubbing space with us, Nettlemere. ūüôā

The World is Your Hubbing Space

Jill KostowI used to think that most people wrote Hubs in formal home offices, sitting in normal chairs in front of normal tables and surrounded by normal notes and books. I was wrong. If the Hubbing space series has taught me anything, it is that Hubbing takes place in all kinds of interesting places- from boats to bike paths to… kitchens! This is the case with JillKostow, who shared her cool Hubbing space with me last night. Here’s her description:

My Hubbing space is located in my busy kitchen right next to the¬†refrigerator. I write most of my first drafts on notebook paper and then¬†type it into the computer later when I am cooking or keeping one of my¬†children company while they have a snack. This location also works best for¬†me because I am able to hear my children while they are playing in the¬†parlor or upstairs in their bedrooms. Hubbin’ Ain’t Easy most of the time¬†with four children and our hectic schedules, but somehow I manage to find¬†time for my writing and with luck it all falls into place!

It’s true that we don’t always have the luxury to sit down in a traditional office / writing spot, and I think it’s brilliant that so many Hubbers have found ways to write great Hubs despite very busy and active lifestyles.

SkeetyD

As we bring the Hubbing Space series to a close, I’d like to share an image from one more Hubber:¬†SkeetyD. This new mother and writer has the following to say about what might at first seem like a surprising Hubbing space:

This is my primary hubbing space. I usually start my Hubs on my blackberry. Typing out things that inspire me or random thoughts since I spend a lot of time of the road commuting.

SkeetyD is not alone in Hubbing on the go, as we’ve seen from many other Hubbers who have shared their awesome photos with us over the past two weeks.

What I love about SkeetyD’s photo is that it reminds us all that Hubbing is less about a physical space and more about a state of mind. We’ve found that true Hubbers are always Hubbing, whether they’re researching furniture, taking photos on vacation, riding a bike, or writing up drafts on one’s phone while commuting, as SkeetyD does (and as I do as well).

So long as you have a phone, camera, notepad, or even a good memory to record your thoughts and ideas, the world is your Hubbing space- and with the ability to share and earn from your passions and expertise online, we say the world is your oyster, too!

Big thanks to everyone who shared their awesome Hubbing spaces with us. You can find an album of all of the Hubbing Spaces sent directly to HubPages in the Hubbing Spaces Facebook album and on Google+.

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!]

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 Рwith 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!