It's My One Year Anniversary on HubPages!

I can't believe it's been a year!

I can't believe it's already been a whole year since I joined HubPages. It has been an awesome experience so far. I had no idea when I signed up how "hooked" I would become! I didn't really know what to expect but one thing I surely did not expect was to be sitting here one year later thinking about how grateful I am to be a part of HubPages. There are lots of online communities out there and I've tried a few but none of them compare to HubPages, in my opinion. My ex sister-in-law is the one who introduced me to HubPages so I definitely owe her a big thank you.

First of all, for me, writing on HubPages has enabled me to meet so many nice people from all around the world. I'm kind of a loner right now so it's nice to be able to get on the computer and connect and meet different people. I love how we are free to write about whatever we want whether it be a poem, tutorial, recipe or just if you are having a bad day. I have a few hubbers that comment on just about everything I write and that feels really good.

That brings me to the next reason why HubPages is so great. Just being honest here folks but I'm not the most secure person in the world (did I just say that?) Yes, that is right... I'm pretty insecure sometimes but I've gained a lot of confidence just through getting comments and it really lifts my spirits when people like my writing so much that they would actually follow me. It helps me to feel good about myself as most of this past year I've been in a depression and I have to say that writing on HubPages and the awesome community here has really helped me so much.

In November of 2010 one of my hubs called 10 Crafty Paper Projects was nominated and actually WON the Hubnuggets award. I was ecstatic! That really motivated and pushed me to write more hubs. I know, I know... I'm 37 years old but the last time I won any award I was in second grade and it was in art class for a poster contest. I was SO happy to have been nominated but winning the award was such a nice surprise! In the scheme of things I guess it's something small but it sure was a big deal to me. Thank you whoever nominated me and for all who voted... it really felt good to win that.

Something else that has helped me here at HubPages is the ability to make some extra money through AdSense and the HubPage Ad program. When I first signed up for these I figured I wouldn't make enough for it to matter but I kept on going anyway. Also, a few months after I signed up for AdSense and started getting hope as far as my earnings, my AdSense account was disabled but long story short, my account was reinstated again. That with the HubPages Ad program my earnings really started to add up. I have to tell you my husband had been on my back for spending so much time on HubPages but I told him I liked this place and I would be getting paid eventually. He thought I was living in a fantasy world but I wish I had a photo of the look on his face when I got my first AdSense check a few weeks ago.

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One thing I've noticed lately about myself is that I'm not reading as many other hubs as I used to. When I first signed up I couldn't get enough and was reading tons of hubs everyday. So to everyone I apologize for this. I've been trying to step it up a notch lately and get more involved as far as reading more hubs. I used to go Hubhopping. I'm going to try and start doing that more too. I truly appreciate those who read my hubs and leave comments. I need to return the favor.

Before I end this hub, I want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all of the HupPage community especially people who follow me and read my hubs. Thank you to all who leave comments and leave such awesome feedback. The positive feedback really keeps me going. Thank you to everyone who has helped me out when I asked questions. I've learned that many people here at HubPages really care and love to help. I plan to keep writing here and meeting more awesome people along the way. Who knows what the next year will bring?!

Thank you HubPages :0)

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

digitalduck- Thank you! I bet you will love it here.. it's truly a great place to write. I'm amazed at all the new people I have met. It's great to "meet" you :)

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digitalduck 4 years ago from Colorado

Jamie, congratulations on your one year! I'm brand new to HubPages, having written only two this last week, but am looking forward to reading yours!!!

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Jamie Brock 4 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you KoffeeKlatch Gals! I have really enjoyed it here at HubPages and plan to stick around a while.. thank you for stopping by and for your kind comment :)

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KoffeeKlatch Gals 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

Jamie, you've had a great year and learned alot. Your second year will be even better. Keep on writing - we'll keep on reading. Up and interesting (actually inspirational but there was no button for it).

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Rebecca E: Aww.. thanks! Yes, it's been rough at times for sure but I'm feeling better about everything now. Thank you for all of your awesome and helpful hubs. Its because of hubbers like you that I've been able to make progress here and I still have so much to learn. Happy New Years to you!

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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

you will need to forgive me for being so late, but welldone for one year, I know you've had ups and downs in the past, but here's for a great year 2.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

K Kiss: Thank you for stopping by and reading my 1yr anniversary hub! I'm happy to "meet" you here. I've met so many nice people here. I just didn't have any idea how much I would enjoy it. I plan to stay and keep writing as long as I possible can. Many blessings to you and thank you again for stopping by!

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K Kiss 5 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

It was really nice reading about your journey in hubpages. It does, indeed, have a great community. It was great knowing that you won the hub nugget. I have been on hubpages for 2 years now and I still have anything to win here other than the random pay cheques :P. Don't feel bad for not being able to read as much as before as long as you do as much as time and life and desire permits you to.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

bangingbeauty- Thank you so much :0) I really appreciate the compliment about my hubs. It motivates me to keep on going. I really do enjoy writing them. I'm one who starts projects but I have a difficult time following through to the end but with HubPages it hasn't been that way. Each hub finished is one more I can be proud of and I've met such wonderful people here too! So keep on the look out there's more hubs to come! Thank you again :0)

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bangingbeauty 5 years ago

Hi Jamie, congrats on making it to 1 year! I see that you have a lot of great hubs so please keep them coming. Cheers to a great year and many more to come!

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

tsmog and homesteadbound- Thanks for commenting on my one year! I do love it here. I've enjoyed getting to know the both of you too. "See" you around! Good evening to you both :0)

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homesteadbound 5 years ago from Texas

A little late, but congratulations none the less. I have really enjoyed hubpages also. Glad to have shared good times with you.

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tsmog 5 years ago from Escondido, CA

Inspiring Jamie. Congrats on the event of a one year accolade/anniversary & have a few ducats to celebrate it with. Awesome, indeed!

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

RTalloni, Aww... thank you so much. You have been one of my main supporters here.. I LOVE getting comments from you! You have been an encouragement to me and I really appreciate it.

I know what you mean about not having enough time.. and there are just SO many people to keep up with! It's worth the time and effort but still we have our lives to live outside of HubPages so I definitely understand what you mean.

Thank you for the congratulations and here's to our next year on HubPages.. Cheers!

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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Look at you!!! Congrats on your anniversary! :)

We all owe your sister-in-law a big thank you! HP is indeed an opportunity to build our confidence in more ways than with just writing. You're right, it gives us lots of opportunity to be creative and explore our own writing. Thanks to HP I love writing even more than I did before joining.

I always enjoy your work--it is hard to keep up with everyone, though, isn't it? :) We've got to stay balanced! I try to check back with those I've followed on a regular basis to see what they're up to, and with those who follow my work, as well, but whew! I'm rarely sorry I took the time, but it can be hard to find the time. Organization helps, but life doesn't always stay organized unless we live in a bubble.

Looking forward to more of your interesting hubs--your work is great!

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Thank you Doodlebugs :0) I love to hear about peoples success here.. it reassures me that I am in the right place. Best wishes for even more success in the future!

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doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

Keep up the great work. I've been here 3 years and it has been a lot of fun, plus a good source of income for me.

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

Minnetonka Twin: Awww... thank you so much! See, it's people like you that make me so grateful to have found HubPages. Many hugs and blessings to you :0)

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Jamie-congrats one your one year here. I don't think people realize how unbelievable this site is until they get going. It's changed my life too-So glad your here Jamie and continued joy and success at Hubpages :-)

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Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas Author

DeborahNeyens: Thank you! Yes, it feels good to still be here a year later still writing AND also having received my first AdSense check! Best wishes to you Deborah :)

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