Newbie Hubber: How we all started out.

The Introduction to Hub Pages

Finish reading the how-tos, and what-is-its, decide this is just the right place for you. No commitment? Sounds great. No deadlines? Even better. You choose the topics? This is your place. Your home. Your new endeavor. This is it.

Read seven and a half impressive success stories about well establish hubbers. Begin planning your early retirement.

Mentally, make a list of new furniture you would like to get for your house, and make a quick search on how much a vacation to Europe is costing these days, including a luxurious hotel suite in downtown Paris.

Get back to Hub Pages and read through a number of hubs with an, "Uh hu, uh hu, I can do just as well as this one, and way better than that one." Blow smoke off your fingers, set up an account and begin typing.

Remember you have a job.

Save the draft for your very first hub and get back to work with a heavy sigh.

Make a mental note on all the topics you can write about. Jot down a couple of ideas on your lunch napkin. Finish typing your first draft before the work day is over. Click the "publish" button, and rush home to check the results, and whether or not you will need a separate savings to hoard your new earnings.

The taste of success.

Rush home, tell the kids the dinner at the table is canceled for tonight, and boot up your home computer. Check the stats on your first published hub. Approve the first comment and wipe the tears of joy. With seven views and a comment you can see how you will be writing a resignation letter in less than a year.

Consider naming your next child after your 1st follower.

Begin typing your second hub. Click the "publish" button and go to bed.

The learning curve.

After one week and three and a half published hubs begin to wonder why your views are declining instead of climbing, why you still have no money in the your paypal account, and start reading boring hubs about hubs.

Spend 13 hours attempting to decipher the meaning of "AdWords" and "backlinks". Sign up, set up, submit, wait for approval, confirm your e-mail. Have coffee.

Tell the kids they can order pizza. Go back to the hubs you already published and add summaries, keywords and tags. Set up a couple of backlinks, consider using your Facebook account to share your hubs and decide against it. Wipe the tears of exhaustion. Go to bed.


Stick with it.

Get a hub taken down. Scream at the computer. Apologize to your coworkers and clean the spilled coffee off your desk. Wipe the tears of disappointment and consider deleting your account. Decide against it.

Stick with it.

Write. Comment. Write.

Write. Comment. Write. Refresh your stats.

Improve the quality of your titles.

Write. Comment. Write. Refresh your stats. Approve a comment.

Write. Comment. Write. Refresh your stats...

YOUR FIRST CENT!!!

Wipe the tears of joy. Review your early retirement plans.

Get savvy.

Observe your stats plummeting. Post a concerned question. Get a boring but reassuring response. Stick with it. Go back to your finished hubs and add links to various articles. Write. Approve. Comment. Approve. Write. Refresh.

YOUR FIRST DOLLAR!!!

Wipe the tears of joy. Review your early retirement plans.

Come to grips with reality.

Cancel the special savings account you set up for the Hub Page earnings. Watch your views climb to 112 on the days you publish the hubs and slide down to 14 on the days you don't. Accept that unless you are writing multiple hubs daily or become extremely knowledgeable about promoting your hubs, you will not be retiring early.

Begin using Google AdWords to make your articles more visible.

Click a "Share on Facebook" button for one of your hubs for the first time. Sweat. Breathe. Move on.


Carry on.

Continue your hubbing routine, and get back to family dinners. Realize that you don't have to write, but it sure is nice to have some change for your latte. Besides, apparently, you have something to say, and there are people who will read it, respond to it, and care.

Help a newbie out.

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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Welcome to HubPages! :) I'm pretty sure I've not met you, as of yet, which is why I said welcome, but this hub was quite funny. Yeah, I'm also pretty sure that a lot of people did just that, setup future plans and bank accounts to hide their future fortunes and shortly afterward realize that it wasn't going to come as quickly as they expected. A lot of retirement plans were definitely suspended for a lot people. LOL! Good Hub! Voted up! :)


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Rochelle Frank 4 years ago from California Gold Country

Yes, many of us have done it in a similar roller-coaster manner. I was probably the one who gave you a boring, but reassuring answer. Funny.


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

I was nodding my head while reading this...you nailed it! Great hub, voted up and awesome!


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

This was a very entertaining read! Super funny and oh so true.


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Bukarella 4 years ago Author

Thank you all. It's a beautiful feeling to know that you are not alone.

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