New Year's Resolutions - HubPages New Writers

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Happy New Year!

Out with the old, in with the new! A new year in which to begin fresh, make changes and look forward to the future. The holiday season and world events of last year are behind us, their memories still fresh in our minds and a new year stretches before us, unmarked and pristine, just like the first snowfall that magically transforms the winter landscapes.

Just waiting for your footprints...

Oh, the possibilities

Each new year brings with it a sense of hope, adventure and possibilities. "This will be the year that I can finally (insert personal message here.)" We all do this to some degree - some goals and dreams come to fruition, and some are left by the wayside. This does not mean that the goal or dream is unattainable, only that we, for whatever reason, have chosen to follow a different path.

...And that is what makes a new year so exciting! A blank slate just waiting for us to put our mark, our goals, our hopes and dreams, stretches out before us, tantalizing us with a myriad of possibilities and pathways.

It's a Wonderful Life

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Nugget resolutions

Some of the HubPages Team-members thought it would be a great idea to share some New Year's Resolutions with the HubPages Community in the hope that they would serve as an inspiration for the members - old and new alike!

Our glorious Community Manager, Maddie has graciously agreed to start things off.

Maddie Ruud - "My New Year's resolution is to stop having a headache... Oh wait. I have no control over that. Ermmmmmmmmm... I'd really like to set aside some time and actually start writing my first novel."

This resolution is one that resonates with the writer in all of us. After all, not only do we all hate headaches - I know I would never wish one on my worst enemy - the idea of penning a book is one of the reasons many of us started writing in the first place. HubPages was, and is, the perfect platform to hone our skills, providing a caring community to share ideas, learn new skills, and find an accepting audience who are more than happy and willing to read your articles.

RedElf - "I would like to become more consistent in promoting and monetizing my hubs. I do some useful things by habit now, (titles, topics [still a bit hit and miss there :D], keywords, long-tail keywords, formatting, links, rss, posting to social media sites) but have neglected others, and need to go back and "tweak" some of my older hubs. Perhaps my resolution should be to re-organize all those useful tips into one place, like a checklist, and follow through consistently. Rather than just writing a hub, I need to take the time to go back and look at all the additional things I need to do to make it more successful."

This is another great resolution that many of can adopt...I know I should! I have quite a few older hubs that need "tweaking". It's never a bad idea to re-read your past work with an eye to improving the quality, (and perhaps content,) as well as monitization.

ladyjane 1 - "I guess one of my resolutions regarding hubpages is to read more of my followers hubs. I try to read as many as I can but with work lately its almost been impossible and also to try to write more hubs. Happy New Year."

Wow! I bet there are a lot of us with similar goals to this resolution! It goes without saying, (but I'm going to say it anyway,) that it's tough to juggle work, home, family responsibilities, hobbies and writing, posting and commenting! Sometimes, something just has to be left behind, and many times it's the things that we had set aside for "our" time or relaxation. This year, perhaps we can prioritize our time just a wee bit better and take care of ourselves as well as we take care of others...

So please make a resolution to vote for your favorite writers in each of the categories found below!

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Which one of this week's Autos nominees is your favorite?

  • 27% Please Don't Text And Drive
  • 17% Why I love my 2008 Toyota Tundra truck
  • 46% 5 Really Stupid Car Names
  • 6% Nano diamond Lubricants And Motor Oil Additives
  • 4% Understanding the working of ABS
  • 0% What car suits you?
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Nugget resolutions

Our fearless "fixer of all things not working" Simone Smith is next up with her New Year's Resolutions.

Simone Smith "Sweet goals! On HubPages, I'd really like to work on improving the Answers section of our site, offering better educational tools, and making it both easier and fun for folks to earn more from their Hubs >_<"

This is a stellar resolution! Many thanks in advance Simone! HubPages already has great educational tools, like the Learning Center, Answers Section and of course, the forums, but the staff is always searching for ways to improve our writing experience.

Patty Inglish "Tho I don't usually make resolutions, I do resolve to obtain and make use of more types of useful technology now that I have the time and the increased fund$ [from my HP writing of course :)] - and to use it on HP!

With all the new technology that has become available to us in the last year, this might well be something that more of us (me included,) can utilize to improve our finances! I know my pocket book would be happy to squeeze a few more green backs into it...now if I could only get them to stay there and multiply...

KoffeeKlatch Gals - "I resolve to do more to promote and monetize my hubs. I also aim to write one hub a week. Besides that I need to get back to losing weight so I would like to lose a pound or two a week. Maddie, I resolve that your headaches leave you alone. Happy New Year everybody."I resolve also that Maddie gets rid of her headache (I hope that will happen, anyway) and that the Answers section is kicked up a notch; with Simone's every eye on the project, it has no choice :)"

Here is another goodie, and one that I can, and should, sink my teeth into...and perhaps my waistline! I definitely can stand to drop a few pounds this year and improve my health and wealth. I also think (sometimes this can be a dangerous adventure at times,) that if we all resolved to get rid of Maddie's headaches, that it would have a significant and positive impact. I know my teammates second the notion...

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Which one of this week's Education and Science nominees is your favorite?

  • 9% How to Implement Reader's Workshops in Your School
  • 30% Meanings of Gemstones and More
  • 4% Math Help: How To Do Long Division Of Polynomials Easily (Synthetic Division)
  • 24% What are Cells Made Of - Eukaryotic Plant Cells (Part 2 of 2)
  • 16% The Eight Most Important Rules for Surviving in Prison
  • 18% Easy Learning Genetics: Part II-Genetic Disorders and Genes involved.
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Nugget resolutions

We were fortunate enough to catch up with our elusive Director of Marketing, Jason Menayan to get his thoughts for his New Year's resolution.

Jason Menayan - " I am targeting to lose 30 lbs as part of a campaign to help a friend's charity (At the Crossroads). Yep, I've packed on way too much weight over the past decade. ;)"

I could only hope to achieve that goal! To be honest, I'm not quite that dedicated, however, if he were to lend me a smidgen of resolve, I think I could manage 10! Seriously, though, this is something that many people resolve for the coming year, and it requires dedication and in many cases, a lot of will power. Most folk who decide to lose weight feel they have failed when they don't reach their goals, however, any weight loss is a success, so don't let that be the reason you leave this resolution on the table.

ripplemaker - " "I resolve to keep on understanding that my feelings and moods are determined by my thoughts. And to remember that thoughts can be transformed. I will continue to pay attention to what uplifts me and that which increases my joy and love for life. I choose to engage more of that and create ripples of happiness for others as well."

Words of wisdom from our esteemed cheerleader and HubNugget welcoming committee! What a wonderful, positive resolution to ring in the new year. I'm all for creating ripples of happiness! I think if more people adopted this philosophy the world would be a kinder, happier place.

Enelle Lamb - "I have several changes that I want to make this year. One is to lose anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds and improve my health. Another is to get rid of tobacco, and improve my health. (Maybe I should just say improve my health!) And a third resolution is to make more time for my writing and community involvement with HubPages. I don't know if my work will allow me to write a hub a week, but I would definitely like to publish at least two a month."

I am sure there are many people who have similar difficulties managing their time when it comes to writing, publishing and commenting. I figure that if I can spend at least fifteen minutes a day, undistracted by emails, that I can comment on many of the wonderful hubs that have been published over the last year. I love reading, and decided that this was the year to catch up and reconnect with it.

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Which one of this week's Gender and Relationships nominees is your favorite?

  • 16% How to Deal With Someone You Can't Stand
  • 4% Should You Dream of Perfect Relationships?
  • 4% Romance - Pen Pal Heartbreak
  • 62% A spouse with Chronic Illness
  • 7% Romantic Getaway to Bali - Temples
  • 7% I Still Do
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Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

Yes, yes, I voted and I'm playing with my new digital camera, videocam, electron microscope, and 4-dimensional compass.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

Super hub, Enelle! I love the polls about resolutions. I see some others feel the same as I do about them. :D Most excellent round-up and a great crop again this week!

Do I hear a 4D hub coming, PI?

Congrats to all the nominees! Get out there and promote your hubs!


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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Awesome Patty, thanks for the quote :D am looking forward to your hub :D Sounds like a supercalitechnolicious hub for sure!

Thanks RedElf, New Year's resolutions go hand in hand with interactive and I might have gotten carried away a little...oooh...sparklies....


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Enelle, I voted in all 3 categories, and yes it was hard to decide. I thought the polls were great. Not to mention seeing all of the resolutions.

Congratulations to all the nominees.


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Enelle what a wonderful hubnugget hub! It's a great way to start the Hubnuggets new year! I also enjoyed reading the new years resolutions by the team and your own thoughts too! :) :) :)

And congratulations to all the nominees! Will be savoring the hubs and then voting as well. Happy and blessed new year everyone!


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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Thanks Gals - the easy part was writing them...the harder part is following through :P (at least for me anyway lol)

ripplemaker, there are some great resolutions and nominees! A great way to start the new year :D


Patty Inglish, MS profile image

Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

Technology...technology...heeheeheee :)


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jeyaramd 4 years ago from Mississauga, Ontario

Voted for all the nominees under all the categories. Many of them are exceptionally well written. The polls were so much fun. Enjoyed reading your resolutions as well.

Thanks for the nomination. It comes as a pleasant surprise. I feel honored to be among such great talent. Thanks so very much Ripplemaker for informing me of this hub. Great entry to the new year.


Enelle Lamb profile image

Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Congratulations jeyaramd a great start for the new year! Glad you enjoyed the polls :D They were fun to write!


Dale Hyde profile image

Dale Hyde 4 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

A very well done hub! My first time around voting. I ran across this from reading in the forums. Great lay out and easy to read, understand and vote. Love the polls as well!


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ripplemaker 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

Read and voted and invited the nominees to visit this hub! Whew...tough choice as there are so many wonderful hubs to choose from!


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DougBerry 4 years ago from Abilene, TX

Yeah, thanks ripplemaker for inviting me over. I was actually a little surprised to be nominated, but I won't argue.

5 Really Stupid Car Names would be my baby. Thanks Toyota! Sitting behind a Sequoia on the way home made me start thinking about how dumb automakers can be.


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KrystalD 4 years ago from Los Angeles

I love this hub and I am also surprised and pleased with my nomination. Thank you for the encouragement. It feels good to be counted amongst the wonderful writers nominated here. I voted and it was tough! Hubpages has brought a new outlet for my passion and I am grateful to be a part of this community.


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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Welcome Dale, I sure hope it won't be your last! Follow this format and I'll bet we'll be seeing you very soon!

I totally agree ripplemaker. It gets harder and harder to choose.

Welcome and congratulations Doug! Personally, I always liked "Dat Soon" but they changed the name...no wonder really!

Welcome and congratulations on your nomination KrystalD! Keep that passion going!

Congratulations to all the nominees, and remember to get out there and promote your hubs! Tell all your friends to vote ;)


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wordscribe43 4 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

Okay, I read and voted. Thanks for the great hub and recognizing these awesome new hubbers, Enelle and team. Congrats to all the nominees and thanks for the great reading!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

I really enjoyed reading everyone's resolutions. Great idea for a hub. I also enjoyed reading these marvelous hubs and voting. Ah the power!


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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Thanks wordscribe! Always great to show off the new writers to the community :D

Millionaire Tips, now we just have to stick with them! Muwhahahahaha...ahem...sorry...the power goes to the head lol...


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videogameviking 4 years ago from California

I enjoyed the article, and the polls. Great Hub choices!


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

Absolutely awesome hub but how difficult to choose just one in each category:) Thanks for the time and effort invested into pulling this together.


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everymom 4 years ago from Massachusetts

It was _extremely_ difficult to choose just one hub from each category! Is there any chance that we could vote for two in each? There were at least two articles in each category that I thought deserved my vote!

Thanks, too, for the fun polls and for the Resolutions. Great to help me re-energize and re-direct; I've only been here a week, and already work and life are interfering with my "HubJoy!" :-)

Best,

Everymom


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I find resolutions don't work for me. I tend to set goals that don't start Jan. 1st instead as I am more likely to reach them. But I had to pick the distractions in the poll because I found it funny. Oh sparklies!


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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

videogameviking, I'm glad you enjoyed the polls - sure hope you remembered to vote :D

I agree Donna, it is tough to choose just one!

everymom, unfortunately, you can only vote once in each category...unless you happen to use a friends computer...or get your friend to vote for you lol...that works too! I also have difficulty with work and life interfering with my writing :P am working on that one...

Hi Flora, I find the distractions most intriguing...ooohhh...sparklies....


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

It really was a tough choice voting for some of these... I'm really curious to see which Hubs come out on top!


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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

Me too Simone! I can hardly wait :D


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Maddie Ruud 4 years ago from Oakland, CA

Everyone's resolutions were so fun to read. Not to mention all the great Hubs. Another wonderful week!


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ladyjane1 4 years ago from Texas

Enelle sorry Im late seems thats the way I live these days. Great hub and thanks for including my resolution Im still working on it. Cheers.


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Enelle Lamb 4 years ago from Canada's 'California' Author

No worries lj :) You and me both! Glad you made it!

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