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26 Hubbers Who Have Inspired Me

Sharilee has been writing online for four years, starting with Hubpages. She now has several blogs and websites.

Thank you for the inspiration!

Thank you for the inspiration!

Inspirational Writers Here On Hubpages

I have been on Hubpages for eighteen months now, and have just gone over the 100 hubs mark. In order to commemorate this special milestone, I recently wrote a hub called My Hubpages Mentors.

On this hub, I wrote about those writers that I have learned the most from during the last year and a half on this site. My Hub #99 was also a type of tribute, to Hubpages itself: 99 Reasons I Like Hubpages.

I have one more Hub Love type of hub up my sleeve. This is a hub that talks about the Hubbers on Hubpages that have inspired me. There are many, but these are 26 that have especially inspired me in different ways.

So, this is the second part of my tribute to the hubbers I appreciate on Hubpages, in honour of my 100th hub. I appreciate them all. And I couldn't mention everyone. It makes me nervous that I might forget someone that inspired me but please understand that this list is not exhaustive but just a sample. I am glad to show my appreciation to some of those hubbers that have truly touched my heart. Thank you so much.

And the ones that have touched my heart the most are those that have given me comments and just kept reading my hubs. That has meant the world to me. When I signed up a year and a half ago, I had no idea what to expect and I have been blown away the community and the supporters. Thank you to all of you.

Some writing soothes the soul.

Some writing soothes the soul.

These Hubbers Are All Around Inspirational

One of the things I really enjoy about Hubpages is the inspiration I have received here. These next hubbers are ones whose writing is beautiful and inspirational. I love their writing and every time I read something from one of these writers, I am prepared to be moved.

  • onegoodwoman is my favourite writer here on Hubpages. Her work is so well-crafted. She is a true storyteller. I recommend everyone to read some of her pieces.
  • HappyBoomerNurse is a retired nurse with one of the biggest hearts anyone could ever have. She has been a support to me from almost the day I started at Hubpages. She writes about social issues and medical situations with great compassion. She is pursuing her dreams of writing and photography now, and we are blessed to have her here.
  • AEvans is a very gifted, lovely person. She is well-known on the site, as one of the Elite, and she is also known for compiling the "Top 100 New Hubbers" List every year. Although she has been given the name, "elite," she is not a snob. Instead, she writes with such grace and poise that she truly does remind me of the avatar that she used to use: Audrey Hepburn.
  • Billybuc has just recently made it over to Hubpages but what a difference he has already made. Bill writes directly from the heart: about alcoholism, writing and living a dream. He and I share a love of the North, of teaching and of the simple life. I am moved every time I go to his special domain of the web.
  • Rolly A. Chabot is another former Northerner whose works touch the heart with great precision. Rolly, or the artist formerly known as Quill, is a friend as well as a fellow writer. He reaches out to those on Hubpages and is involved in ministry in other places, as well. As a former Albertan, I also love seeing his pictures, both with text and photo, of my home province.
  • Victoria Lynn has been such a support to me here at Hubpages. She is a sensitve poet and a lover of fine arts. She shares about deep issues and important topics that need to be talked about. I love her honesty and her writing style.
  • FloBe was one of the first writers I met upon coming to Hubpages. I loved her stories crafted with a touch of irony and sadness. Flobe hasn't been writing much on Hubpages lately but I have to mention her because she played such an important part of my early Hubpages days.
Some writers help my faith.

Some writers help my faith.

These Writers Helped Me In My Faith

One thing I enjoy about Hubpages is that there are some great Christian writers who have helped me grow in my faith. Sometimes I was amazed to hear just the right word when I opened up my Hubpages "new hubs."

  • Whidbeywriter has many great articles about the Jesus and his love. She writes with honesty and directness and I am always refreshed when visiting her pages.
  • Lambservant is very skilled in teaching the Word, and her hubs are full of wisdom, knowledge and discernment. I have learned a lot from this woman of God.
  • LIfegate is a pastor from a Baptist church in Pennsylvania. He writes directly and strongly about issues of the faith life. His work cuts to the soul and spirit and I appreciate his reminders to honour God.
I love reading about people's pets.

I love reading about people's pets.

I've Been Inspired By Their Animal Stories

I am the designated human of three cats and a great animal lover. I have met many fellow pet lovers here, and here are some that have inspired me the most with their stories:

  • Kashmir56 writes a lot about health and his dogs. He has been so kind and supportive here on Hubpages and I appreciate him so much. The stories he has written about his dog are so beautiful. (UPDATE: Kashmir is no longer on Hubpages)
  • Paw Paw John is involved in cat rescues. I so much appreciate the work he is doing for felines and the stand he is taking. He writes about the cats he is rescuing with such compassion and interest.
  • Stephanie Henkel is a fellow cat lover who has written about her cats and her travelling. She has inspired me with her cat stories and with her stories of crossing the country in an R.V.. How inspirational is it to actually live out of a motorhome and go where your heart desires?

I travel vicariously through Hubpages!

I travel vicariously through Hubpages!

I've Been Inspired By Their Travels

It has always been my dream to travel the world but I've never quite been able to do it, so I love reading the fascinating travel hubs of these following hubbers:

  • Prasetio30 is an elementary teacher from Malang-Indonesia. His hubs on a wealth of exotic locations are fascinating and resemble a virtual tour of the world.
  • Travel_Man1971 has now been on Hubpages for two and a half years. He has a grand total of 503 hubs at the time of this writing. Now, he is called the Travel Man, and that name truly suits him! This former Filipino sailor has "been around" and now he's sharing it with us. I find his work absolutely fascinating, as I live vicariously through his vast travel experiences.
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These artists display great artistry.

These artists display great artistry.

I Am Inspired By Their Artistry

These are people whose artwork is inspiring. While some of us "look" for photos, these writers "make" artwork and their dedication to truly original work is incredible. There are many talented photographers and artists at Hubpages, as evidenced by last summer's creative contest. These are some of my favourites:

  • Maria Cecilia, the sweet writer from the Philippines, who illustrates all of her articles and they are delightful.
  • Sofs is an imensely talented photographer whose microphotography is amazing. Her photo galleries are second to none.
  • Oceanssunsets is also a very talented picture-taker. She can't seem to stop clicking and I am glad she can't. Her photography is first class and inspires me to get out there and try it myself!

I Am Inspired By Their Poetry

I love reading poetry and was amazed by the number of very talented poets here at Hubpages. These are three whose poems I find particularly alluring. Read them and you will see.

  • Pearldiver: The first time I read his poetry, I couldn't stop. I read pages and pages of it. His talent really does explode off the page.
  • Poetic Fool is a poet with a big heart who writes about people with compassion and sincerity. I love the way he puts the phrase together and find his poetry very moving.
  • The Surburban Poet has poetry that will grab your heart by the collar and rough it up a bit. His writing is raw and honest. I am very moved by his work.

I Am Inspired By Their Intellect

There are some writers on Hubpages that are just so darn smart you can't believe it. When I read their stuff, I am bedazzled by their minds and their class. It's like going to a sophisticated dinner party and meeting some of the brightest and the best. Here are a couple of these, although there are many more:

  • Docmo is one of those. He is a doctor who writes about a variety of topics, from comic books to medical conditions to leadership. But whatever he writes, you can definitely see why he's a doctor. He's just plain smart!
  • Tonymac04, the teacher-historian from South Africa, writes about history, social issues and politics. He is knowledgeable and as a former teacher, reading his work is like taking one long, interesting Social Studies class. And there's no charge.

Some hubbers make me laugh out loud!

Some hubbers make me laugh out loud!

I Am Inspired By Their Humour

These hubbers are the funniest ones that I found on Hubpages: These writers have all made me "laugh out loud," more than one time, for sure. There are many more other hilarious writers here, too, but these are a sample:

  • Stan Fletcher is hard to describe. He writes the unexpected. He takes you on rabbit trails and makes you love it. He is funny and mysterious and you have to read his "stuff" to understand what I mean.
  • Sharyn's Slant came just a few months after me, and I feel like we learned the ropes together. I love her honesty and fun way of writing. And she's hilarious!
  • Arlene V. Poma used to write for newspapers. She's a pro at words, from way back, and her skill shows. She tells a story that keeps you spellbound, while making you laugh and laugh and laugh. I can often be heard laughing very loud when I am reading her pages.

In Conclusion

The first thing I loved about Hubpages was not the well optimized layout or the Google ranking. No, I loved it because it was a chance to write about real, important things and to read about life, love and ideas. I thank every reader that bothers to stay on my pages. I have valued every comment and vote up. I have met so many amazing people here and I couldn't mention them all. It has been much more an intellectual experience; it's also been a heart experience, both as a writer and a reader.

I thank all the good writers on here who share of themselves, through the written word, for the benefit of us all. For me, Hubpages is just as much a place to read, as it is a place to write.

© 2012 Sharilee Swaity


Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on March 04, 2017:

Thanks, @peachpurple! I did vote but I can't remember if they were the ones in this hub or not. I am glad you enjoy some of the same hubs as I do. I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. Take care!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on August 22, 2016:

I am a follower for some of those hubbers that you had mentioned, they had produced interesting hubs never bored me. Did you join the hub voting already?

You could put their name into the votes

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on January 16, 2015:

@Phyliss Doyle, thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed the article, and your kind comment. There are so many great writers here on Hubpages, and I am glad to have "met" them. Take care!

@suzettenaples, thank you so much for coming by to read the article, and such a lovely comment. Have a wonderful day!

@The Examiner-1, thank you so much for reading, and appreciating these hubbers along with me. I wish you a great day, and thanks so much for the comments and the votes. Take care!

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on July 20, 2014:

Wonderful article and a great tribute to so many wonderful and talented writers here on HP. They truly are inspirational.

The Examiner-1 on July 19, 2014:

You are a few months ahead of me but I have learned a lot since I have been here too. Your Hub was beautifully written and made me thankful for the ones who follow me. I enjoyed reading it Sharilee. I voted it up.


Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on July 19, 2014:

Prairieprincess, you chose some very good writers to pay tribute to. This is a lovely thing to do. I enjoyed reading your hub. It is good to know you have stayed with and doing well.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on June 14, 2014:

Peg, I am so glad that the article on inspiring hubbers gave you a few new ideas. And it's not surprising that you were already familiar with many of them, who have touched so many of our hearts. Thank you so much for the kind comment, and I do apologize for not getting back to you sooner. Take care!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on June 14, 2014:

@izetti ... thank you so much for the comment! I am glad that I was able to remind you of the great community we have. I don't come on here very often, either, but there I have also met such awesome individuals here. That is so neat that you were able to make such a close friend from someone who made a comment on your hubs. I do apologize for not responding more quickly to your comment. I have been so busy at work, that HP has been neglected. Have a wonderful day!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 22, 2014:

I chose your inspirational hub about other hubbers to find some new writers to follow. You've chosen some of the same ones that I like along with some new and interesting people to check out. Thank you.

L Izett from The Great Northwest on September 24, 2013:

I had to see if some of my faves, are your faves. And yes you have a few I love on here...AEvans, Prasetio30, Docmo, Sharyn's Slant...and some I never heard of even though I've been on here for years so I'm going to go check out some. I loved how you categorized them too. I had one person/hubber in particular who helped me out in my faith and a commenter (not writer) on one of my hubs who I've had email contact with nearly every day. I've made some great friends. Your hub reminds me how this is a great community. I don't get on here as often as I used to but I still appreciate it and all the great hubbers like yourself.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on March 17, 2013:

Epigramman, you are so right! Hubpages really is about getting inspired. Thank you for your kind words, my friend. And greetings back from Canada, as well. Take care!

epigramman on March 12, 2013:

Yes it's true isn't it - Hubpages is all about inspiring each other - and it truly makes the world a much smaller and better place. You have a lot of inspirational hub presentations yourself my friend - so it's true about that old adage - it takes one to know one.

Sending you warm wishes and good energy , my fellow Canadian from Colin and his cats at lake erie time ontario canada 6:34pm to a most esteemed colleague as well

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 15, 2012:

Denise, I am not surprised that you love many of these hubbers, as well, because I have often seen you around their pages, too. Have a wonderful night and thanks so much for the comment.

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on November 06, 2012:

Beautiful tribute here and a list of some of my favorite hubbers as well. Rated up and A :)

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 30, 2012:

Stan, thank you! I appreciate such kind and eloquent words.

It was an act of love, but it was not hard to do, because I truly have been blessed by so many here.

And it is nice to "meet" you on Hubpages. Thank you so very much for coming by!

stanwshura on July 29, 2012:

What a gem of an idea for a hub! Numbers are one thing, monetary reward (as fleeting as it is) is also motivating. But for a fellow hubber to deliberately and craftfully pay tribute to those who have sparked your muse, informed you, their poetry sung to you - that's a labor of love. And to labor so in writing - well, not only is it deliciously meta, it is a flatteringly perfect homage to use your space on this cite to pay tribute to them and theirs. VERY classy. :)

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 28, 2012:

@AE, I am so glad that you had a chance to read it. Since coming on Hubpages, I have always been moved by your graceful writing, and looked to your portfolio as something to aspire to. I am so very glad for the success you have enjoyed with your writing.

Your writing about your Mom was so touching to me, and I related to your loss. I am not surprised that the two of you looked alike because it sounds like you were close in so many ways.

Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. Have an amazing weekend!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 28, 2012:

@Kelley, thanks for coming by. I would highly recommend all of them. It's funny how there are so many people here at Hubpages and there are always new people to learn about. Have a wonderful weekend!

Julianna from SomeWhere Out There on July 27, 2012:

I don't know if I missed this or not; but what amazing compilation of hubbers. You are such a joy to have on HP and FB I count you as an online friend. Thank you for a tribute and people at church tell me that I remind them of Audrey too. I believe I am like my late mother and have now realized what a blessing that is. Beautiful hub and this one will surely be visited over and over again. You put your heart and soul into this list, I commend you. :) Thumbs up and shared! :)

kelleyward on July 27, 2012:

I know some of these great hubbers but there are also a few new to me. Thanks for writing this I'll check the others out soon! Kelley

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 27, 2012:

@Jainismus, I am so glad you enjoyed the hub. Have a wonderful evening and thanks for the comment!

Mahaveer Sanglikar from Pune, India on July 27, 2012:

Interesting and inspiring Hub, thank you for sharing the information.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 22, 2012:

Phdast, I am so glad that you know many of these people, too, and it'd be great if you were to "meet" a few more. Thanks again for reading, and have a wonderful week!

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on May 20, 2012:

What a warm and lovely hub. Some of these hubbers, I know...others I will have to get to know. Have a great week. :)

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 19, 2012:

Audra, thank you so much for your kind comment! I was glad to be able to give back some appreciation to this group. Have a wonderful day and sorry for the delay in commenting back. I have been away from HP for a couple days. Take care!

iamaudraleigh on May 17, 2012:

I love reading tributes! They are a great way to show how much they care about the work of others! I like how you catagorized them too! Well done! Voted up indeed!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 14, 2012:

SS, thank you so much! I finally made it to 100! And that's okay, no pressure. You don't have to be funny all of the time, ha ha!

Thanks for the Mother's Day wishes. Yes, I went to my husband's mother's and we went bearing gifts. It was very nice. I hope yours was good, as well. Take care, Sharyn.


Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on May 13, 2012:

What a great tribute PP. Thank you for including me among other inspiring writers. Congrats on 100, make that 112 hubs :) Ummm, I don't have anything funny to say right now? Next time! I hope you enjoyed Mother's Day.


Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 10, 2012:

@Vinaya, you have impeccable taste in hubbers! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

@Whidbeywriter, thanks for your very edifying hubs! Have a wonderful day.

@Cardelean, that's really makes HP special, isn't it? Above everything! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Take care!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 10, 2012:

@Poetic Fool, I was so glad to show honour to your wonderful poetry. And your hard work definitely shows in the finished product. Have a wonderful day!

@Ruchira, thank you so much. That's great that you are familiar with all of these writers, too. They are a good bunch. Have an amazing day!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 10, 2012:

@Sunshine, thank you so very much! I had a wonderful birthday and I appreciate so much. Take care!

@Hey Suburban Poet, I am so glad you found this. Yes, I absolutely adore your poetry and you definitely deserve any notice you get. Have a wonderful day!

cardelean from Michigan on May 09, 2012:

Another great list of hubbers! I agree, it wasn't the google ranking or page layout for me either, it was the people.

Mary Gaines from Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island, Washington on May 09, 2012:

So beautiful of a hub and thank you for including me, this humbles me so much. I am so glad that my hubs are an inspiration to you. Blessings and much success here on hubpages!!!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on May 09, 2012:

Interestingly, most of the hubbers on your list are also my favorites.

Ruchira from United States on May 09, 2012:

beautiful tribute. i agree most of them I follow and read and they sure are gifted writers.

Poetic Fool on May 09, 2012:

Prairieprincess, I am humbled to be included in your wonderful hub. It is very gratifying to be even mentioned with all these fine writers and to learn my words have touched you. It makes the labor of writing so very worth it. Thank you for making my day!

Mark Lecuona from Austin, Texas on May 09, 2012:

Hey Hey Hey! Thank you for this hub and for mentioning me. It's an honor. I truly appreciate being noticed on a website with so many talented writers. Great hub.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on May 09, 2012:

Well done tribute to fellow hubbers. You are very thoughtful.

~~~~~~ Happy Birthday ~~~~~~

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 07, 2012:

Docmo, very funny about not belonging! Thanks so much for reading. You are definitely in the smart category and I do find your hubs very inspiring. Thank you so much for your kind words and take care!

Mohan Kumar from UK on May 07, 2012:

I am really touched by your wonderful tribute. There are so many great hubbers here and I am honored to be included ( especially in the smart category - I can say you don't know me yet ;-)

I think it has to be said that it takes such a generous and gracious spirit to do this and I have no hesitation in saying you belong here with the best, Prairie Princess. God bless you !

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 01, 2012:

Victoria, I am glad to recognize you. Your writing has moved me many times. And I'm glad I could introduce you to a few more. There are some great people on here! Thank you so much for your kind comments. Take care!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on April 29, 2012:

PP--You touched my heart. Like billybuc, I didn't expect this today, and it has blessed me and lifted me. You are a lovely person and quality writer who is real, is a good writer, and writes a variety of interesting things. I am saving this hub to read about the other writers that I don't know, too. Thanks, sweet friend. I am so humbled.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 27, 2012:

Robert, thank you so much for the read and the comment. Yes, it is nice to show my appreciation, and point other people in their direction. Hub love is a good thing! Have a wonderful night and take care.

Robert Erich from California on April 27, 2012:

Prairieprincess, you write incredibly well and I can tell that I will enjoy reading more of your articles. I think this is an awesome idea to point out great people for others to enjoy. This article is voted up and shared!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 26, 2012:

@Cindy, I have learned so much here, from these HP pros and it's been so educational. I'm glad I could give back in this hub. Take care and thanks so much!

@MM, thank you so much for the votes and comment. Have a wonderful evening!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 26, 2012:

A beautiful tribute to some wonderful, talented and inspirational writers.

A lovely hub and voted up.

Cindy Murdoch from Texas on April 26, 2012:

What a wonderful way to honor those who have helped and inspired you on your journey! You are a blessing to many yourself!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 26, 2012:

@Living, thank you! They are a great group and I was glad to share with others. Take care.

Milli from USA on April 25, 2012:

Prairieprincess,You have a list of great hub writers. Each and everyone are my favorite too, including you. Voted up!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 25, 2012:

@Samson, thank you so much for the votes and the kind comment. I am glad to have shared these great hubbers and show my appreciation. Have a great night!

@Brews, thanks so much. It's nice to make your acquaintance. I will be looking at your profile, too. Have a great night.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 25, 2012:

@Lambservant, thank you so much. I appreciate your support and I have been very touched by your devotional work. Yes, I do tend to read a little bit of everything -- I'm always just interested in a lot different things. I'm glad I could introduce to some new writers, too. Have a wonderful evening!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 25, 2012:

@Vocalcoach, they are amazing hubbers, aren't they??! I have received so much inspiration from them and others, too. Thank you so so much for your kind words. Blessings to you, too. Take care!

@Stephanie, your hubs and your R.V. has always intrigued me and inspired me. I am glad I could let you know. Take care!

@Deborah, thank you so much! I am glad we have sharing some of the same favourites. Take care!

brewskitimeguy from Maine on April 25, 2012:

I know exactly what you mean. Since i have been writing my hubs, it is always gratifying when someone decides to follow you. I love your tribute, what a great idea. keep writing and I will follow

Sam from Tennessee on April 25, 2012:

What a lovely hub of tribute to those that have inspired you as well as a very good read. Voted up, useful and beautiful...

Lori Colbo from United States on April 25, 2012:

You have some of my favs on your list (not myself of course). I am going to look into several I don't know. I like it that you don't just read on one or two topics. You have well rounded tastes. I have learned to stretch my wings in the last six months, expanding the subject matter I read. Thank you for including me on your list, what an honor. Blessings Prairie. The feeling is mutual.

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on April 25, 2012:

This is a great list and includes many of my favorites!

Stephanie Henkel from USA on April 25, 2012:

I have admired so many of the writers that you've featured here today as they are an inspiration to all of us. I'm truly honored to be included in this list! Thank you for mentioning me in this lovely tribute to our fellow hubbers.

Voted up!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on April 25, 2012:

How gracious of you prairieprincess to create this lovely hub. I felt inspired as I read it. You have selected 26 absolutely marvelous hubbers! May your day be filled with rainbows. Voted up!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on April 25, 2012:

Billy, I am so glad! You have done the same to me many a time and I appreciate. Have a wonderful day!!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 25, 2012:

What a beautiful tribute to some extraordinary writers...and I am humbled and grateful that you included me in this. Thank you so much my friend! This is kindness I did not expect today and you have brought a smile to my face.

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