3 Year Anniversary at HubPages: From There to Here

Happy Anniversary!
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Celebrating 3 Years with HubPages!


Thinking about how I got to this point helps me make forward plans as I take another look at the various aspects of writing at HubPages. These milestones are a great chance to frame a strategy from the perspective of reflection and write a hub to share a bit of our journey with other writers.

Three years ago I had no idea if I could write for HubPages. The adventure began with a good bit of trepidation for I did not know what many of the words about writing on the web meant. Defining them did not always help for I didn't know what many of the words in the definitions meant!

The only thing I confidently knew was that I wanted to write and I wanted to write better. This journey continues to allow me to grow as a writer and I also get to broaden my knowledge on several other topics of interest.

Happy Anniversary to me! My 3rd is an occasion to celebrate--thanks for joining me!


Coming from Nowhere to Here on HubPages


Perseverance with all those initial definitions and with experimental use of the site allowed me to begin writing hubs, but I often found myself bogged down with mystifying questions about how to accomplish certain tasks. Besides the then mysterious HubPages Learning Center, other hubbers were kind enough to share information and little by little I was surprised and encouraged by what I learned to do.

I've decided and undecided to expand my reach by promoting my brand more times than I can count. (Why, I feel positively expanded by just using the words "promoting my brand" with knowledge of what I mean when I write them!) My problem is making time to learn to do it, but this time I'm determined that if life throws me no new curve balls my next year on HubPages will get me there.


What I'm Doing Right Now and Some Future Plans


Besides continuing to write various new hubs while working on all the projects that I eventually want to write hubs on, I'm updating old posts. The recipe hubs are a top priority. Switching to the now not-so-new recipe format is important, but I did not make the time to go back into old hubs and do it. I finally had to decide to start getting them done in spite of time issues.

Learning to make the most use of any critical notices that pop up in my account is interesting work. Though I don't understand everything, I appreciate that there are systems that alert me to certain needs a particular hub may have. I expect to learn a lot through the process, though I will likely be hitting the unpublish button on a few.

Celebrating a 3rd Anniversary!
Celebrating a 3rd Anniversary! | Source

Soon, I need to go back to the hubs intended to be a series and rework them. I plan to start with my denim skirt handbag series. Life was crazy when I was trying to write the last one and I could not go back and learn the best way to post a series. To be honest, I had a pity-party about it--may I blame at least some of the reaction on the craziness of life at the time?

Well, I'm long over that so I want to rework that entire hub and have a fresh beginning with those projects. I've seen a few hubs and at least one forum with helpful information on how to write a series, and perhaps something in the Learning Center about it. That elusive companion called time will have to be dealt with, but I am hoping that by the middle of next year I'll be going strong on that new beginning with those hubs.

I'm thinking, too, that I need to increase the number of topics I follow and be a little more involved with the different aspects of HP. The real plus to doing so is that I learn so much when I read other's work. The problem with that is the temptation to get sidetracked on something new!

Oh, by the way, here's a real question. At the top of my feed a blue worded notification might say "at least 14 new stories are available (click to read)" but when I click the notification only 1 or maybe none comes up. Do you know what my problem is? (Don't be funny--I know that's a loaded question!)


Goals for Continuing Work on HubPages


Setting longterm goals is helpful as long as we don't beat ourselves up if we do not meet them. I still have an ongoing goal of posting 350 hubs. The fact that I may or may not make that goal is not going to keep me from looking forward to what the next year will hold.

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On this anniversary my main overall goal is to take the time to learn what I simply do not understand regarding web writing so I can meet that 350 mark with a flourish. I then want to hone those skills while keeping in mind that I have to balance what I learn with the changes that come up as the web and HubPages continue their never-ending evolution.

Having patience when there are transitions, maintaining a willingness to continue learning even if I only make slow progress, and making better choices about topics are all a part of the big picture. Perseverance really is the key word to remember.

I've seen 100s on both hub scores and the hubber score, and recently I saw the biggest dip ever in those incidental markers. Misery loves company, they say, but I'm not truly glad that others have experienced the same. Those drops can make us feel incendiary, but we watch them anyway, don't we?

Then there's money. To tell the truth, I never expected to make dollars writing, and when the first cents showed up I was truly surprised. If it weren't for my husband I might not yet be signed up with the financial stuff and such the right way.

However, I'm to the point where I want to learn what I need to know in order to make a real income. It's not going to be easy to focus on that aspect of things, though, because I just want to write. Old story, yes?

It will be a neat day when I feel like I can apply for the apprenticeship program at a time that I can get the most benefit from it. That HubPages option is at the top of my wish list and I intend to explore that opportunity in the not too distant future. My anniversary hub that year will be great one!

So much to write, so little time, but times have changed! Now, it's more like so much to write, but so much to learn! I guess it's best to remember that the process helps keep us sharp, agreed?


Our 3rd Anniversary!
Our 3rd Anniversary! | Source

Favorite Hubs from My Profile Page


I don't think it's a stretch to think that hubbers have most and least favorites from their own work. Surely I am not alone in wishing I had done better work on some of my posts and I can't be the only one with as-yet-unfulfilled plans to go back and take care of those that are lacking qualities they should have had before now.

By the same token, I think we all have those special few hubs that we are especially pleased with, hubs from our own Profile Page that we thoroughly enjoyed writing or which we think turned out particularly well--whether anyone else likes them or not!

Even those are not above being fine tuned so I am keeping an eye out for any improvements I can make to them. Though too many of my early hubs were not well-done, one of my favorites continues to be my third hub. How's that for a coincidence on this anniversary?!

It is the one about having a southern heritage and I enjoyed writing that lighter piece after my first two posts. After I got my feet wet on those three I began experimenting on all sorts of topics, but it was a while before I started writing project or how-to hubs. I found those to be a lot of fun, but time consuming.

I also enjoyed writing a series of very short holiday stories and it turns out that the third one is among my favorites from that sub-group of hubs. It is about a modern farm couple, titled The Gift of a Lifetime. These are quick-to-read slice-of-life stories. Maybe you would like to take a look?

If you have come this far, thanks for sharing my 3rd anniversary with me! If you are a member of the HubPages writing community, happy writing to you. If you have not yet joined us, check out the community. You really can start benefiting from the experience of being part of this writer's site!



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Where are you at on your HubPages journey? 92 comments

billybuc profile image

billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Congratulations on 3 years my friend! I am closing in on one year and it's been an awesome ride!


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Kris Heeter 3 years ago from Indiana

Congratulations on your 3rd Anniversary! That's fantastic! I'm quickly approaching my one year anniversary - just about two weeks away. I had no idea on what to expect when I joined or if I would really stick with it, but have found it to be a fun and rewarding experience!


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bdegiulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Congratulations. Three years is quite a milestone. I hope to someday celebrate the same anniversary although I have a ways to go. So much to learn. Congrats again and keep the hubs coming. Bill


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

Congratulations on 3 years! From the sound of your plans, you will be here successfully for years to come. Best of luck! I look forward to more great writing from you.


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Thundermama 3 years ago from Canada

Congratulations! Your story is inspiring. As someone who is only a few months into her Hub journey I found many pearls of wisdom here. Here's to many more years of writing.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

billybuc :

Thanks kindly. An anniversary hub can be an interesting piece to work on for several reasons. The HP community is supportive of its own and it really shows on this type of hub.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

Kris Heeter:

Thanks vey much for your congrats! Maybe we'll get to read something about your journey soon? :)


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

bdegiulio:

Thanks much--so much to learn, indeed. I just read a hub on hub house cleaning from lrc7815 that was good stuff for those with some posts under our belt.


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Julie DeNeen 3 years ago from Clinton CT

I love these hubs...I almost always read them all. Thanks for updating us!


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

lrc7815:

Thanks so much for your congrats!

Your hub on hub housecleaning is going to keep me busy for a while! :)


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

Thundermama:

Thanks bunches for coming by and letting me hear from you re this anniversary hub. HP is a continual learning process--more so for some us than others but that's okay, little by little I'm making forward steps. :)


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

Julie DeNeen:

Thanks for coming by with your comment!


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts

Send big congrats to you on your three year here on HubPages ! AWESOME !


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

kashmir56:

So appreciate hearing from you! :)


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

This is wonderful. You write very good hubs, and I am so happy for you. Congratulations!!


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

Michele Travis:

Thanks so much for coming by and leaving your greeting!


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DzyMsLizzy 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

Congratulations on 3 years. I, myself just reached the same milestone the other day. However, instead of writing a Hub about it, I'm weighing whether it's even worth staying...given all the changes that have been made negatively affecting the writers here.

I'm taking a serious look into moving to e-books instead. If I do "leave," I probably won't delete my account; just let it go inactive, and see what happens over time. Maybe articles will 'mature,' maybe it will all fall apart. I lack a crystal ball.

You have obviously decided to stay, and I wish you all the best. I've always enjoyed your articles.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

DzyMsLizzy:

Thanks much from across the continent! :)

Yes, I'll be sticking with HP at this point because I'm continuing to learn so much. In just the last couple of days I've seen new-to-me info and I've seen more familiar info that for some reason clicked into their place in my brain this time.

Also, I've lived long enough to know that with many situations, patience to let them run their course so things can be sorted out right often wins the day. Whether that will be the case with all the changes here I don't know for sure, but generally, I don't see why not if I work at learning what I need to know.

Thank you for your very kind congrats! I'm sorry you don't feel like celebrating your milestone, but I wish you the best, as well. I'll take a look at e-books soon.


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healthylife2 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

Congratulations! I feel so much better knowing that when you started out you weren't familiar with all the terminology since you are one of the hubbers that I learn from. This is my first time writing online and it took me a while to learn that the goal is to get indexed in google and there is still so much I have to learn. Thanks for sharing your journey so far. It helps many of us learn to be patient and enjoy the process.


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RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey Author

healthylife2:

Indexed in Google…I better look that up again. :)

Thanks much for stopping by and sharing this anniversary!

Have been working on improving old hubs…oy vey! I reworked a recipe hub this morning and all I can think is that I must have gotten distracted and saved the wrong version of a previous update. Part of me wants to say, "Why didn't somebody tell me???", but the mature part of me says, "It's my responsibility to make sure the hub is not badly written." :)

Do enjoy the process, friend, for in a sense that's the most important thing!


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