How and When HubPages Became My Favorite Writing Site

I'm A HubPages Addict Now

I'm proud of my shirt.
I'm proud of my shirt. | Source

The Path to My HubPages Addiction

I was not always a HubPages "addict." I was, in fact, a Squidoo "addict" when I first joined HubPages. I had heard HubPages mentioned by some "squids" who were also hubbers. So in August, 2009, I decided to join and see what this site was all about.

Like any visitor to a strange country, I felt a bit of culture shock. I didn't have any small group of friends that met regularly on Ning for support on HubPages as I did on Squidoo. Instead, I felt like a stranger, making my own way, without much help. I didn't go to the forums, and that first year I didn't write much either. In fact, by the end of 2009, I had only four hubs published.

It's was only in early 2012, almost three years after joining, that I became "addicted. "Up until near the end of 2011, I was still most active on Squidoo, and I still had three blogs I was trying to keep up with. I was getting payouts most months on Squidoo, though my threshold was only $10.00. I had lots of friends there and was quite involved in the community. I had Rocket Moms challenges to write almost every week, and I really didn't have much time to write hubs.

Then two things changed. First Squidoo introduced its monsters and points, and as more people joined the site, it became much harder to compete for the paying tiers. I was willing to roll with the punches on that, but then they disbanded Rocket Moms, my group of Squidoo friends I'd worked with for almost two years. When that happened, I lost my emotional connection to Squidoo. It became just another place to write -- not the "addiction" it had been. I was ready to compare it to other sites without the emotional ties.

HubPages Gives Back

Both the shirt I'm wearing in the first picture and this little black book were gifts from HubPages when I got my first Hub of the Day. I use the book to write down ideas and notes for hubs I haven't had time to write yet. Thank you, HubPages.
Both the shirt I'm wearing in the first picture and this little black book were gifts from HubPages when I got my first Hub of the Day. I use the book to write down ideas and notes for hubs I haven't had time to write yet. Thank you, HubPages. | Source

What Brought My Attention Back to HubPages

In September, 2010, I noticed HubPages was having a contest. I had not yet written a hub in 2010, but I decided to enter the contest with Great Short Hikes in North San Luis Obispo County and it won a daily and weekly prize. I realized maybe I should devote more time to HubPages. I gradually started adding more hubs, but only two more in 2010, since it was my busy season for the day job, which was followed by the holidays.

Between January and July, 2011, I wrote 18 more hubs, and in July there was a new contest. I was delighted to win another pair of prizes for Enemies of the People. The prize money was motivating, but I still had not achieved a regular payout. I was discouraged because I thought I'd never get to $100 on Google for a payout.

By this time, the HubPages Ad program was on the scene and I could see money adding up every day. Then HubPages had the creative writing contest in November of 2011 and I entered 16 hubs. I didn't win anything, but, I saw my earnings increasing because of the additional hubs I was writing. I began to write much less at Squidoo and much more at HubPages.

At the beginning of 2012 year I finally got my first payout and could see that more hubs would get me more payouts. And some time early 2012 I did begin thinking about HubPages first thing each day and checking my account to see how much I'd made the day before. A 2012 recipe contest motivated me to write more hubs and taught me that even if I don't win a prize, I still win because I have more hubs earning income. I also started to check forums, especially announcement forums, much more frequently. I realized that a few months ago, my emotional involvement had switched from Squidoo to HubPages and anyone who reads Should You Squidoo? will probably be able to discern why. In brief, I began to see that there was a better return on time investment here.

Now, in September, 2014, Squidoo is gone, merged with HubPages, but I have brought some of it with me in my new account of transferred lenses which have become hubs. But every time I'm tempted to write something for another site, I tell myself I want to reach my new goal at HubPages first, unless there are special circumstances. I was hoping to reach 100 hubs by the end of the summer, 2012. Unfortunately, life intervened, so I only got up to 89 by the beginning of September. I've had to move that goal of 100 hubs to the end of the year. But you can bet that tomorrow morning I'll be checking my account first thing and responding to any new comments. Because now I am a HubPages "addict."

How to Get Started Writing on HubPages

You, Too, Can Write on HubPages

Even if you already are publishing your writing on another site such as Squidoo, Wizzley, or Zujava, you can write for HubPages, too. For many kinds of writing, I prefer the HubPages format and some of the capsules it offers aren't available on other sites yet. I also like to be able to publish pictures beside my text, something I can't do on Squidoo. The video to the right will explain how to get started on HubPages. First though, you need to join HubPages here.

If you need more information, you can learn even more about why I like HubPages here

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The Finance Hub 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

Hubpages is awesome! I think we've all become addicted! Great hub! Voted Up!


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peoplepower73 4 years ago from Placentia California

Great hub. I too am a hub page addict. It sounds like something out of an AA meeting. With all of your hub page accomplishments, I'm sure you serve as a role model for many of us newer hubbers. Voting up, useful, and sharing.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Finance Hub, Welcome to HubPages Anonymous, except that we aren't trying to hide our identities. Thanks for voting up.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Peoplepower, I hope you'll be smarter than I was as a new hubber and start writing a lot of hubs from the beginning. If you do, you'll probably be getting payouts very soon, if you aren't already. Remember, in my first two years, I only published 27 hubs. On Squidoo I wrote 50 lenses in my first seven months, and I think it takes 50 hubs to be off to a really good start. Of course, if you write only really popular hubs, it might not take as many.


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iefox5 4 years ago

The Hubpages logo T-shirt is cool. Did you make it yourself or buy it online?


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

It tells you under the picture. Both shirt and notebook were presents from HubPages.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America

Enjoyed reading your hub. I guess I'm addicted also. Right now I'm just tired and heading to bed. Voted up.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Moonlake, thanks for stopping by even though you are tired. Just shows you're an addict, too, reading one more hub before bed.


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Daughter Of Maat 4 years ago from Rural Central Florida

"Hi, my name is Daughter of Maat and I'm a Hubpages stats junkie."

"Welcome to Hubpages Anonymous Daughter of Maat..." :D

That's a total joke, but I have to say, I don't know how many times a day I check my stats, it is the definition of addiction!

This was a great hub! I started out over at squidoo but the lensmaster thing never really caught on with me. Hubpages was like an instant addiction!! lol Voted up and shared!!


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Great Hub.

I became a writer on Hubpages long ago, wrote some 15-20 Hubs and then forgot this website. After 4 years, in September 2011 I again started to write here and became an addict.


kelleyward 4 years ago

What a fantastic answer to my question. I'm glad I got to read your story. Voted up and shared! Kelley


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Very interesting -- and encouraging for the rest of us. Thanks for sharing your progress -- and success with us. Best/Sis


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superpipoy 4 years ago

I was also a squidoo user before. But when i first used hubpages as my blogging device, i was totally amazed! It is more fun and easy to use. Its components are user friendly and easy to use compared to squidoo.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

It was very enjoyable to read about your experience with HubPages. I joined in August 2009 too, and only wrote three hubs back then. I came back here last year and I have written a few more hubs now. If I only had the time I'd love to spend hours on HubPages every day. I have to confess I'm an addict too. :)


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Welcome to the club, lol, I became a hubpages addict in the first week or so, and ever since then I been going at it, day and night. I think I only took a three day break at the beginning of my hubpages career, and that time period I noticed my hub score had dropped tremendously.

What got me to become an addict so soon was the fact that I had been nominated for a hubnugget award in the first week of hub writing, and I was blown away by such a super quick success as that, I wen't on to winning third place in my category, but I was a true winner, and from then on I been lighting up these pages as much as possible.

Awesome story, you have motivated me to write my own, and I will take my time for sure with this one when I do release it, I think it shall be published on the night of my first year on hubpages.

Thanks for the inspiration, and for being a true dedicated hubpages addict, LOL. Voted up and out.


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Julie DeNeen 4 years ago from Clinton CT

I'm a hubpage addict too and I've only been here a month! I think I need the tee-shirt :)


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Koshaugh 4 years ago from Indianapolis

Interesting article. I'm always curious to see what other writer's experiences have been with other sights, because although I love hubpages, as you said, none of us want to put all our eggs in one basket.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

DOM, I do use the term addict rather loosely, but I do check my stats on HubPages much more often now than I check them everywhere else. And I do check my earnings first thing in the morning because they are motivating and give me my daily high. Welcome to HubPages Anonymous.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Jainismus, I still have a sprinkling of articles on newer sites than I plan to add to someday. But it makes sense to build up HubPages hubs first to at least 100 before spending more time on these newer sites. I may also weed out Squidoo lenses that are obsolete or non-performing lenses that were Rocket Moms assignments with appeal only in the Squidoo community. Glad you have returned to build your portfolio here. Isn't it wonderful that it's never to late to dig in again?


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Kelleyward, thanks for asking a question that inspired me to answer with a hub. And thanks for sharing the answer.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Angela, I hope this does encourage people to keep writing hubs. Going years without a payout can be discouraging, and it does take most of us some time to build enough good hubs to start earning. But HubPages gets credit, too, for making it easier to earn faster and get paid faster with the HubPages Ad program, the subdomains, which were added after I came, the ability to upload videos directly for embedding in hubs, and the new ability to earn from questions you ask. I can't think of one other writing site that offers these features.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Superplpoy, I think Squidoo has some very nice modules that don't have counterparts in hub capsules. The problem is that they don't always work right. It's a pain when part of your article doesn't load, especially if they are your Amazon modules of various types and the images won't appear. I also like the text capsule better than the Squidoo text module, since I don't have to know or work hard at adding formatting such as bold, italics, links, lists, etc. in html.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Made, I'd suggest you set a reasonable goal, such as to write one hub a week. As you go about your other activities that consume time, look at it from the perspective of how you could turn them into hubs. Keep a camera with you everywhere you go to build up your own stock photos, especially when you do things or see things that might interest others. You would be amazed at how the pictures can inspire a hub when you don't have other idea.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

CloudExplorer, thanks for sharing your story. I can hardly wait to hear the rest of it when you write your hub. I have to admit that winning something does get one's attention and motivate one to keep working at HubPages.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Julie, the trick to getting a T-Shirt, I believe is writing a hub that becomes Hub of the Day. I think that's how I won mine. I'm not sure that it always happens. But I think that's how I got my shirt and notebook. I don't know if they are for sale anywhere.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Koshaugh, it is good, though, to try to methodically fill baskets instead of spreading yourself too thin. I did become a Giant Squid 100 before I started really building up the number of Hubs I had. I currently have nine articles on Wizzley, which is also holding a contest on "how-to" articles this month, but I'm not entering because all my "how-to"s that come to mind are recipes and the prize is better here. The contest on Wizzley lasts until June 30. If you decide to give it a try, I'd appreciate your using the referral link in my profile. I only have two Zujava "leaves." So you can see I like to build up sites one at a time before making a real effort on a new site.


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penlady 4 years ago from Sacramento, CA

I like your enthusiasm for Hubpages; I feel the same way. I tried Squidoo a couple of times and just never had success with it. I’m starting to see more success here at Hubpages. Also, it’s some really great people here.

Hubpages is a great place to either begin writing or add a supplemental income. It’s also a fun site to meet great people like you and read interesting work such as yours.

Voted up and awesome.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

WannaB Writer, thank you for your tips. I have so many ideas for hubs and I try to take pictures (with a camera I don't really like). It's a good idea to try to write one hub every week. I really appreciate that you took time to give me some great advice.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

penlady, I agree. The more I hang around HubPages, the better I like it. Happy to meet you.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

That's what's so nice about HubPages. We can help each other out.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Hello and join the croud. I became addicted to Hubpages after my first post. This is such a wonderful community..Cheers


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Ruby, you are part of the reason it's such a great community.


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catman3000 4 years ago from England, UK

Great Hub. I have to agree that there is too much competition on Squidoo these days.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Catman, I have to admit I've been neglecting Squidoo terribly. I hate having to make unnecessary updates just to keep in the running. It's like the busy work we had to do in school.


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Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

WannaB - What a great journey! It is always enlightening to read the path other Hubbers have taken. Good luck on reaching 100 Hubs, I hope you make it and can't wait to read more.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thank you so much, Jeff. Sorry I didn't get to answer you sooner. I was away most of Tuesday and had a lot to catch up on today. I hope I have time to get to 100 hubs before the end of the summer.


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Sturgeonl 4 years ago

For someone like me who only knows hubpages, and not squidoo, it is nice to know you like it here. Great hub!


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

I like HubPages better every day as I see my Squidoo lenses falling into lower tiers every day and my earning there decreasing.


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travmaj 4 years ago from australia

Found this fascinating - am finding my way around hubs slowly - hmmm taking my time but enjoying the journey so far. Your story does inspire..


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

travmaj, I hope you find your way around and get more active faster than I did. Thanks for commenting.


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mizjo 4 years ago from New York City, NY

I found your hub so motivational, WannaB. Now I know why I haven't had any payout - too few hubs, too slow in coming! Trouble is, something else always seems to need doing first and the day is ended before I know it. Still, none of those things gives the satisfaction that a published hub does.

Let's see if I can ramp up the output.


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WannaB Writer 4 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

mizjo, I surely know about how all those other activities cut into one's writing time. Feeling connected can help motivate. I became much less active when the group I felt part of at Squidoo, the RocketMoms, was disbanded. Most of the female movers and shakers at Squidoo were in that group. When it disbanded, most of us stopped writing as much for Squidoo and drifted off to other sites. I think Squidoo got the message, since last month they formed a separate RocketMoms Alumni group to help get us back into the fold. I'm beginning to remember some of the things I liked about Squidoo, and I like being on a special Ning group with the old gang at RocketMoms again. I'm still determined, in the midst of my busy schedule, though, to write at least something on line each week.


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi wannab. Your hub got my attention to see what drew you to HubPages. I am following you and needed to read some of your articles. Like you say, it does take time to get used to a new site. Congrats on your accolades and for sharing experiences on this site and Squidoo. I am anxious to read more hubs, as it was such fun reading this one. Blessings. Audrey


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thanks for the follow. I wish you much success on HubPages. It does take time to begin to earn regular payouts, and it helps to get active on the site. I've been falling down on that job lately by spreading myself too thin.


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Hi Wanna - Your story about HubPages sounds similar to mine, except that I am only on this site now. I haven't checked my earnings lately, but just now I found I received payout and more. This must be my lucky day. Like you, I have an obsession to this site and to all the friendly people I have met. I don't see Facebook on the sites today; hopefully a glitch. Good luck with your writing. Sharing this hub. Blessings, Audrey


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B. Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Your HubPages experience, WannaB, gives me hope. Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

brake12, Lucky you! At the rate I'm going, it will be two months before I get paid again. Thanks for your good wishes and sharing.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

B.Leekey, HubPages is like any other writing site in that you have to write consistently and interact to stay successful. At least I've found that to be true. When I neglect it, I get only a few residual earnings and that amounts to a few dollars a month. I wish I had full time to put into writing, but I don't.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Cool hub i have been an addict since 2010 october but i had another username . Start over a fresh ;) from day one i found hubpages to be a delightful place


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Kathleen Odenthal 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

Great hub! I love your shirt and your ambition!


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Artois52 2 years ago from England

I too have dabbled in Squiddo and tried Bubblews but Hub pages just seems so much more 'grown up'. Thanks for the great hub.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

It is a delightful place, Lady Fiddler. It must be difficult to start again. I wish I had more time to be here.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Thank you, Kathleen. I love the shirt, too. It was a present from HubPages.I wish I had more ambition.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Artois52, yes, it is more grown-up. I've always liked that about HubPages. Unfortunately, I also have to pay my bills, and Bubblews is better for that at present. I write a Hub when I have something important and evergreen to write about that's worthy of the effort needed for this site.


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CherylsArt 2 years ago from West Virginia

Hi Barb, this was a refreshing read. Glad to see someone from Squidoo that's been here awhile. You knew me as CreativeArtist on Squidoo.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

@CherylsArt2 I know you by your avatar and been following you about everywhere since we met in RocketMoms years ago. I'm amazed at how well you are able to promote your Zazzle here. I'll be studying your techniques.


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David Paul Wagner 2 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Hello, Barbara. What I have come to love about HubPages, Wizzley and formerly Squidoo has been the "emotional connection" that you refer to: the friendly and supportive writers that you meet on these websites.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

That's true, David. Most people are very helpful.


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Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

This was a very interesting historical review of your path to becoming addicted to HubPages. The issues you've had over at Squidoo a few years ago indicates one of the problems that lead to their failure.

HubPages definitely has kept up with the latest requirements that Google has imposed on us. I have written on a number of other sites over the past few years and I do find that HubPages offers the best platform for writing online articles. In a way I have become addicted to it too.


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WannaB Writer 2 years ago from Templeton, CA Author

Over the long haul, HubPages has survived and become an even better platform than it was when I joined.


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Brenda Kaye 12 months ago from Texas

This article was very helpful and I agree taking photos can inspire hubs.


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Margie Lynn 5 months ago from Beautiful Texas Hill Country

Thanks for writing this hub, I am just getting into hubpages, I have yet to make friends here, I really miss Bubblews, my friends were such a blessing to me. I have yet to figure out hubpages, I am slowing trying to add hubs, I just had a total knee replacement, and have fallen behind. Nice to meet you!


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WannaB Writer 5 months ago from Templeton, CA Author

Margie, it's sure much here different than at Bubblews. It's not as social. If you want social, myLot is still good for that. Almost everyone I knew at Bubblews is there now just sharing and commenting and earning a few pennies. HubPages is more challenging, but it's exciting to produce what you know is a quality hub. I hope you enjoy writing here.


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WannaB Writer 4 months ago from Templeton, CA Author

Margie, you will get the hang of HubPages soon. I hope your knee is better now. I'm hoping I don't have to have my knee replaced. It appears to be in my future.

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