Faybe Bay's 100th Hub:: Hub 100:: My Top Hubs

When I joined Hub Pages

I joined Hub Pages on January 28, 2010. What a roller coaster ride it has been! I feel as though I have lived more in the past 71/2 months than I have in my whole life.

I wish I'd kept a diary, and if you are new here, I would suggest you do that. It can be an unpublished hub for you to mark your ups and downs so that when you reach your 100th hub you will have it to look back on and refresh your memory. 100 hubs is a milestone I should have reached in half the time if I had not gotten caught up in some silly emotional situations.

One of my friends on Hub Pages, Qeylor, wrote a hub called "There's always another site." and it is that and Facebook that actually saved my Hub Pages career. I had just about given up. 

I tell you this because, sometimes in our lives we feel like giving up, and it's at those times that you really are closest to your success. We just don't know it at the time. 

Faceless Names, Nameless Faces

At hub pages we have so many friends whose avatars are not their faces, or whose names are changed to protect themselves from the scrutiny of the outsiders who do not understand what we are. We are writers, poets, artists and marketers. We are Gypsies, we are entrepreneurs, and not everyone can understand that.

Some of us use our real names, while others have screen names, and some even have multiple personalities! Some have screen names that are made from an old nickname, like mine, or that are representative of a beloved character from a book or a movie. Some are even named after their pets.

We are a motley crew with members spanning the globe, with languages and interpreters that make communication unbelievably difficult at times! There are corporate CEOs and housewives who never finished High School, there are chefs and "Microwave wizards" as my daughter likes to call herself, there are "psychos" and psychologists, yet we coexist here. We befriend each other and support each other here. It should come as no surprise then, which of my hubs are the best and which are the worst.

The Hubs

With over 1400 views since its publication on 2/14/2010:

Winter Olympics 2010 - Lone Olympic Athletes

is my most viewed hub. According to the hub metrics 50% of the views in the last 30 days were for the word "Ethiopian" which is sad really as the hub is actually about going out there and giving it your all, even if you're the only one running in the race. See, watching the opening ceremonies, I was amazed to find out just how many countries were represented by a single athlete rather than a team. With the sudden accidental death of one athlete before the games even got underway, it is even more astounding to imagine being the lone athlete representing your country. How can you hope to win? But these athletes aren't there for the medals (i'm sure they wouldn't turn one down though). That's what I learned, and that's what the hub is about.

My Second most viewed hub is Gypsy Rose Lee, Madame Rose and Baby June with 755 views to date. I attribute this to several things, one of which is the death of "Baby June" actress June Havoc within weeks of my hub being published. The only living relative of Gypsy Rose Lee would now be her son. With Sigourney Weaver slated to play Gypsy Rose Lee in an upcoming HBO movie, this hub will get hotter. I just don't have a date yet on the release of the HBO movie.


Best Hubs

Published 4 months ago with 421 views is Paralyzed by Anxiety, Has This ever Happened to You?

While I did not expect it to repeatedly return to the top, this hub is consistently rising back up. Apparently there are a lot of people who are searching paralysis with a whopping 27% of my views coming from that single word. Who knew my disorder could bring me traffic. Now I know that this only boils down to 100 views per month on this hub, which is not exactly correct and does not constitute a really hot hub. The point is that in these three hubs we find a trend. 

Ethiopians, paralysis and death. No that's not it really. People want to read about what is currently an issue to them. The reason the Winter Olympics hub had a resurgence last month is because of the Youth Olympics in Singapore, where some Ethiopian athletes did well.

Anxiety is an ever increasing problem with the current state of the economy and the world, and of course the death of someone whom you've written about will always make for more views. What I see though is a trend toward desperation.

People need to know they are not alone in their desperation, or in their death. That June Havoc should  be written about and remembered is a comfort to a long time fan, that I have paralyzing anxiety is a comfort  to someone experiencing it.

That there are places in the world where people can become equal and compete without race, color, creed or religion being the deciding factor, nor who has the bigger guns, nor whose country has the most money, nor whose clothes have the designer label... That's a comfort.

Worst ever hubs

Naturally my worst are my first. Ironically they were the ones I thought had merit. How I was going to help people! Quick cash Income and How to Feed your family in this Economy. They should have gone through the roof, if that's what people were looking for, and Put Away the Papers, Finding Work again... Well, these scrape the bottom of the barrel for views.

Yes of course I was new, and I didn't know that my brilliant ideas were tried and used up by millions before me. What exactly could it be that people really want? What would draw them like flies to honey? What is more important than a job, quick cash, and feeding your family?

With 119,000,000 on Google, How to become Famous is one of the top searches. So writing about famous people should be a no-brainer. The other with 96,000,000 is how to kiss, and with 507,000,000 How to Get a Girl To Like you...

So, I have been writing about the wrong things. I know that's funny, but so have you!

My truly remarkable success (for me) with Steve Carlson, The Most Beautiful Music I Never Heard published 8 weeks ago is what opened my eyes. This hub has 465 hits and 39 comments. While that is not the highest, that is in 8 weeks and many of those were in the first days after publication. More importantly, most of the traffic is organic, and that's a big start in the right direction.

So, who is Steve Carlson? Maybe you should read the hub and find out. He has a huge fan base is all I can say, and if you've ever watched a television show, or a movie, there's a chance he had something to do with it. He is in the background where it's unlikely that he'll be noticed. Usually on stage, playing his guitar.

Final Words

For my 100th hub, I must say it has been a long strange trip and I hope the road continues to stretch out before me. I never knew that the point was to become famous, but maybe that's it. The most successful people in the world are those who give people what they want, and apparently what people want is to be entertained, and to believe for one small moment that if they try hard enough one day they will be the entertainer

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Mutiny92 6 years ago from Arlington, VA

Woohoo!!!!!! Here's to 100 more! I am close behind at 96. Nice job! It's always surprising which ones do well and bad.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Mutiny, I look forward to your hub 100 as well, maybe we should have an RSS feed for that! Yeah, I was surprised that people are more interested in sports, kissing and popularity than eating or working or having money... LOL. No wonder there's so much anxiety and depression in the world! We all want to be liked, and that's just not going to happen with everyone we meet!


mioluna 6 years ago

I joined Hubpages only yesterday. But already today I have your advise for new people here:) Thank you for your advise Feybe Bay and congratulate - 100 hubs!!!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hello Mioluna, and Welcome to Hub Pages! You will love it here! You an always count on me, if you have any questions I will be glad to help or refer you to someone who can help!


pinkylee 6 years ago

Faybe-

I must say that I have kept up with you since day one. You joined about two weeks after I had and you bopped in and befriended so many of us hubbers and helped out so many more of us newer hubbers. You are a wonderful lady, friend, and mama. You have been there for me more times than I can count and have understood my every thought as if they were your own. I am truly glad you and I are friends and I am so proud of your accomplishments here on HP. I hope to pick up my hubbing again soon and be back on the roll I was on so many months ago.

Congratulations girl, you deserve it!!! Love you.


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Cagsil 6 years ago from USA or America

Hey Faye, what's this I hear about you leaving HubPages? LOL! I didn't think you had in you to leave, because deep down inside you are not a quitter. This I knew from our chats in the forums and from comments left on each other's hubs. You've managed to make your 100th Hub and you deserve all the credit, so with that said- CONGRATULATIONS! It could happen to a more wonderful, sweet and caring lady. And, I use the term "lady" with the utmost respect. Glad to see you'll continue to haunt HubPages. :) Glad to be your friend and always a pleasure. :)


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viking305 6 years ago from Ireland

That is a great achievement, 100 hubs Congratulations Faybe. I made a few mistakes writing about what I thought readers would be interested in too at the beginning on HubPages.

After a big learning curve I am finally getting the traffic.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

@ Pinkylee, Hi my honey! I was thinking of you when I mentioned the movie character, lol. I figured you'd get the message, and we have another hubber who may be along whose name comes from a book. I will never forget the early days of the fun of the forums, or how we ran screaming to other sites for our virtual drinks! I am so glad we have all had the times we've had here. I wouldn't have made it without you and your mama, among others.

@ Hey Cagsil! No, I'm not leaving! I'm an advocate for not leaving, we even had an I'm not leaving thread where we took an oath that no matter how bad it got, we weren't leaving. I might take a break, or have a breakdown, but I'm still not leaving.


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Debby Bruck 6 years ago

Dear Faybe ~ Why I liked this hub? Because I smiled all the way through. With a flare for words, writing down ideas that we can imagine thinking ourselves, with a splash of the best videos and songs, taking time to breakdown and analyze your progress, take a step back to review where you have been and where you plan to go; I will be visiting more of your hubs as time permits. Keep smiling and writing! Hugs, Debby [hubhop ~ ThumbsUp]


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

@ Viking305, I think it's ironic that we make that mistake because I remember hearing songs that I thought were written just for me, but we all know the songwriter writes what he/she is feeling. Trying to write hubs from the angle of what the reader wants is just not going to work. Not for me anyway.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Dear Debby, Thank you for the high compliments, I'm glad to know I'm in the hub hop because I never really checked to see if I was. I thought it was new writers that got the privilege! Thanks for rating me up!


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Wendy Krick 6 years ago from Maryland

Way to go! You should be so proud. You Rock!


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Congrats on your 100th... can't wait until number 200!!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Wendy and Chris, you may not realize it, but when I open my e-mail and see that you've stopped by, it really makes the writing worth my time. If HP was about the money I would have given up. It's about you, my friends, stopping by to say hi, and give me those pats on the back. Thanks again!


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Dobson 6 years ago from Virginia

I hear recurring themes from those who last on hub pages to write 100 hubs, Your experience falls within the boundaries of most experiences and i know you have grown as a writer due to the change in your style within your hubs. Knowing how to tame the hub pages tiger takes time, something this instant society will not accept.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Congratulations! Well done and here's to 100 more.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

@ Dobson, that's another similarity that I find intriguing. No matter what type of writer we are, it seems we go through the same growth stages within each site. Like blogging, we aim to do it every day, but don't. Later we wish we had, and some of us actually get to the point where we do blog every day... The sooner we blog and hub every day, the sooner and greater success can be our, so why do we put that off?

@ Breakfastpop, 100 was a famous number that only some achieve when I got here. You seemed to have no trouble making it to that magic number! I'll be over for breakfast, I could definitely use it!


DoorMattnomore 6 years ago

aww man!! 100 hubs! way to go Faybe, this one is great. Isnt it funny, the things you think are just you, being upset, are the most helpful words you can write sometimes? Im so happy to still see you here, what long stange trip is right.


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

You're a wonder, Faybe! I may be 70 behind, but you better watch out!! :)

Just kidding, Hon, this is such a grand accomplishment-congratulations!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

@ DoorMattnomore, It's so good to see you here! Yes, it is ironic that sometimes the lowest point becomes our highest help. I remember my mom telling me to write everything down, because you never know when you may need to look at it again. I found out that our moods cycle, and so do our ups and downs. If you write about them long enough, you can see the next "down" coming, and maybe acquire less "damage" from it.

@ Lorlie, your hubs are all quality is what it is, some of mine are crap hubs. LOL Thanks for reading and the well wishes.


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Congrats on 100 hubs. You have done well in 7 months. Good reading, too. I enjoy your writing, thanks.


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skyfire 6 years ago

Congratulations on 100 Hubs. Keep up the good work and don't forget to have fun. :)


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

That is quite the accoumplishment! I have to say, I am a ways from that:) I do believe you just challenged a great many hubbers to follow suit! Congratulations:)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

@ MPG, thank you, I'm glad you enjoy it. I have gone back and forth wondering if anyone did beside myself. I always get such nice comments, but I worry whether I do my job as a writer when I read such comprehensive hubs as yours.

@ Skyfire: I think I've missed you most of all, in my departure from the forums. Look me up on Facebook, if you're on there. Faye Constantino.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

@ Heart4theword, Thank you for your kind words, and congratulations. I keep saying we need an RSS for the 100th hubs, that would be a nice one. I don't know how to make an RSS feed, but if anyone does, please post it here.


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saddlerider1 6 years ago

Congratulations Faybe Bay..100 Hubs is certainly a landmark for anyone to achieve and you have done it. I just recently met you on Facebook and seeing you leave a comment here and there on some of my hubs.

I look forward to reading more of yours. You are definitely an inspiration to many of us here and I like your honesty and shoot from the hip approach to hubbing. You tell it like it is and from your heart.

We need more like you on the hubs. Good luck with the next 100 hubs you are appreciated here. Peace and hugs


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Saddlerider! I really thought I would reach 100 in my first two months, I was writing with such fervor then. Luckily though I found out that friends come first, I was the blind leading the blind in a very dark cave with no flashlight, lol. Friends like you have become the light in the darkness for me here and on Facebook. Now, I may not know where I'm going, but its really about the journey, and the friends along the way, not the destination.


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Faybe - sounds like you've been doing pretty well here. And it sounds as if you are using Google Analytics, which I have yet to sign up for. Some of my older, stinky hubs, I've gone back and attempted to improve. It can be done! Congratulations on your 100th hub!


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schoolgirlforreal 6 years ago from USA

Hi Faybe Bay,

I love your hub on anxiety. Ironically my best hubs are all on mental health- my 1st ones.

I love Bridge over troubled waters.

You have been a nice soul in this sea of hubbers

Hope to see much more :)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Dolores! Thanks for the well wishes and info! I seriously suggest joining analytics, but I don't really understand it yet. The information actually comes from the "hubmetrics" which you can access by clicking "Stats" in the menu bar above each of your individual hubs. The "stats" tab is right next to edit. After clicking on "stats" a new set of options will open, with "keywords" and "hubmetrics" being the far right hand tabs. That's where I got individual info on each hub.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Schoolgirlforreal! I love the new picture, looks much more current and realistic than the original! It's so nice to see your face. I feel I know you personally from reading your hubs. I was thinking that mental health is a good topic, but my hibs on that don't necessarily do well, just the anxiety one. I've talked to people about it and it is the paralysis. A lot of people did not realize it can actually prevent movement, by making it so difficult and painful. That day I was having trouble even typing, having to backspace because my fingers would hit more than one key, or completely incorrect keys. Imagine editing is hard as it is, think about editing when your fingers are all thumbs and your vision is skewed by anxiety. It was an exercise to see if I could write my way through it, and even though I could, I still couldn't write about anything else. My mind couldn't think about anything, couldn't concentrate or focus on anything else.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Congratulations on your 100th Hub. I wish you 100 more and all the success to go along with it! :D


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Kaltopsyd! I hope success comes with it, lol. I don't know what kind of success, but I can hope.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago

You were thinking about leaving? Omg, now I feel just awful for just having realized how close you were to leaving. I wish i would've known sooner, so I could've tried to talk you out of it. However, I'm glad to hear your doing better and that you decided to stay on hubpages. Besides, hubpages wouldn't be at all the same without you, as your one of the kindest people i know. plus, your a great writer. by the way, congrats on your 100th hub. :)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Stevennix, it was crossing my mind, but then I found a haven at Facebook where I could bounce ideas off of other hubbers, and just "hide out" there. I was using the forums here for that purpose, but you never know when a troll will attack, as you know. I can't actually take the stress of the attacks. I take it personally, especially when one accused those of us (like you and me) who were trying to help new hubbers, of "preying on the weak" and warned against becoming "friends". You and I both know we don't do that, so yeah, I did think I would leave and it tore me up inside, made me cry for days. Luckily Qeylor laid it out, and of all the sites, this one has the least troll activity. So I stay...

Good to see you, loving the movie reviews, keep them coming! I can't afford to waste money on films that aren't worth my time. I need you to keep me posted on what's good. I went to Inception twice, want to go again!


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epigramman 5 years ago

..well it was a good day for Hubpages and all of your friends and followers and fans - because we all love you very much - you are a good person and a great writer - and please know you have always supported me - and for that - my life here at the Hub because of people like you has been a gift - and a dream!!!


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Faybe Bay 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Colin! I miss you and everyone here. I have been working mad hours and staying away from home and have no internet service there. :( I will see you soon.


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Mike's Corner 5 years ago from Maryland

Sounds like a great year, Faybe, here's to a stellar 2011 for you as well!

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