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2011-07-20

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Let us know in our (new) monthly feedback survey!

HubPages exists thanks to all of the amazing writers who have joined us on the site, yourself included, so your feedback means a lot to us.  This is why Jason Menayan has put together a friendly (and conveniently short) survey in which you can help us make sure we're on the right track.

The survey only asks one question: How likely would you be to recommend HubPages to a friend?  

Let us know by submitting your answer!

We'll be asking this same question on a monthly basis, and we hope to get your continued feedback.  It only takes about 10 seconds to fill out the survey, but it helps us a great deal.

In other news, the Share and Share a Like contest is chugging along at a very healthy clip.  Robin Edmondson and I have been absolutely stunned by the entries. The weekly Fan Faves finalists for week 2 of the contest are now open for votes, so we invite you to vote for your favorite by visiting the Fan Faves tab to the left side of our Facebook page.  Fan Faves voting is open until Friday at 4:00pm PT, and your vote may make the difference between a Hubber just being nominated and winning $25, $50, $100, and even $500. 

We also encourage you to enter in the contest. Visit our official Share and Share a Like page for all the details, judging criteria, and rules.

Finally, we invite you to shift your HubPages account over to a subdomain. You can find more details on that in the Pro Tips section of the newsletter.

Until next week, happy Hubbing!

Simone Haruko Smith
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Switch your account to a subdomain!

Have you moved your account over to a subdomain yet? If not, now's the time!  

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bbnix

bbnix, From Southern California, 136 Fans, 33 Hubs, Joined 6 months ago

W. B. Isley Interviews bbnix

A man of many talents shares how he found his place on HubPages

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you bbnix. A creative genius extraordinaire. If you can see it he can draw it, model it, or build it for you. His hubs reflect an amazing depth of feeling and grace.

Thanks, William. I like that intro very much, and even if, perhaps, I may be all that, I would add the caveat that I am very adept at being a profound idiot as well...

1. I've been wondering, in the short time that I've known you, what brought you to HubPages?

Surfing the net, I stumbled upon a hub by Cheeky Girl, who, by the way, is an absolutely incredible writer. I was so struck by her, and her close friends, who she wrote so beautifully about, and then I read their Hubs, and then I stumbled upon other writers, and others, all of whom who were just as incredible as the last. I mean it was like tripping and rolling down a snow covered hill, everything just got to be a larger and larger snowball, until, finally, I posted a couple poems of my own that I had loosely written a year prior, and then, the response I got was just so overwhelmingly wonderful and supportive, I was hooked. And have been ever since,,,ever growing as well.. just breathtaking...

Cool, it sounds similar to me. I was lured away from Facebook by a HubPages ad on Facebook.

2. You have such a big heart, what are your plans for affecting the rest of the world in positive ways?

My goals are simply: Peace, love, happiness, excitement, charity, empathy, empowerment and ecology... And it seems the most productive means of achieving those ends is to take a page from the corporate playbook... vertical integration I believe the term is... where I combine, overlay, matricize, and integrate several of my well-established skill sets, specifically art, sculpture, writing, drama, stage, animation, engineering, design, and marketing, to name a few, all to achieve those ends of cultural, long-term significance, and hopefully, humbly, pay a few bills along the way, secondarily of course... but hey, a person's got to eat...

From what I've heard. Eating is a good thing if one wants the strength to change the world.

3. You've done a wonderful job of stepping up to those four friends challenges. How have the various subjects changed and enriched your life so far?

I love a prompt and a challenge, both of which I've benefited from in our friendly competition. I have to tell you though, it's a humbling experience. These people are a hell of a group of writers....like many on HubPages. More than anything else, I'm a student here of all this incredible talent...

4. I know that you've been clean and sober for a while now. Care to share with us how you did it and how it has affected your writing style?

That's easy... for me at least, it's a self fulfilling prophecy. The better I feel with my work and my life, the less I need external sources of artificially feeling so... simple. Keep in mind though, it took me many decades to work through that... soooo... it was easy in concept, but, a real bear in implementation.... and I did have a lot of support from a couple key people in my life...

Yes, those key people are so important in all of the clean and sober part. You've done well for yourself.

5. What kinds of gifts has your higher power given to you as a result of figuring out that there is more to life than you?

Hmmmm...I don't know much about higher powers other than the gift of life itself, and not only of myself, but all the life surrounding me. What a gift all that is, it's incredibly humbling to consider all that I should be thankful for. In terms of my gifts, I am very lucky, but then again, they also represent an insatiable desire to learn and a gift of available knowledge that includes: libraries, public education, incredibly giving teachers and professors, and the unimaginable freedom of knowledge on the internet... all at risk with the budget slashing right-wing politicians and profit-driven motivations... That's my goal...that we can strike a balance of controlled government and corporate control, but also have a system beyond corporate profit that attends to common needs and guarantees all humans a right to the base necessities of food, shelter, health, and education.

Well folks, that sums it up for an incredible man. One of many talents, not just writing. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I have.


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