My First Year on Hub Pages

Distance I have covered and the direction I plan to take

A force of magic brought me to Hub Pages. It was surrounded by a warm glow that includes all the colors of the rainbow. I was determined to begin making a living as a writer in order to support my journey of home-schooling my daughter. My objective was to set up as many sources of passive income as I could while I spend more and more time with her, instead of so much time at the computer. I wanted to use what I earned here to support all of our exciting home-schooling activities. What happened was very different, yet it approximated my vision.

Inviting Magic along for the Journey ~

A Fairy House built by my daughter and I
A Fairy House built by my daughter and I | Source

In the beginning...

When I first signed on to Hub Pages in August of 2009, I created my profile and obtained affiliate accounts with Google AdSense and Amazon. Then I set to building a few hubs. The title of my first one was Karen Szklany Gault: A Seafarer Mama. Being welcomed warmly into the Hub Pages family by "Sufidreamer" encouraged me to publish more of my work, so I wrote out some of the poetry I had been performing at local poetry open mics in Boston and Cambridge. Those poetry hubs are Moon, and other Acrostic Poems and Dark Forest.

In September, I began home-schooling my daughter, and started writing a hub about what our schedule was like. Between home-schooling activities and writing, there was a stretch of about 6 weeks before I published another hub. In October of 2009, I published two on the same day:A Hole in My Ceiling, based on a sad experience as a new homeowner, and Teaching My Daughter at Home, about our entry into the world of home education.

After that first rush of hubs, I took a hiatus from Hub Pages to write a gardening guide book about growing your own fruits and berries. This process lasted from November 1, 2009 through July 4, 2010, when I sent the final revisions to my editor. It is exciting to anticipate the book finally making it to print by December 1, 2010 - almost thirteen months from the day I began. I have written another hub about that process, titled An Adventure Called "Writing a Book.

Creativity

All of this would not have been possible without my keeping in close touch with my muse. The muse that inspired my completing a book manuscript also inspires me to keep the hub ideas flowing from my brain onto the page.

This relationship with my muse is strengthened by my connection to others. The muse is all about relationships, both temporal and spiritual. Our friendships keep us going, and so does our involvement with community. The Hub Pages community is one that I love being involved with. There are others as well, including my fellow musicians and other artists.

We are all meant to be Co-Creators of our world ~

Creativity: Touching the Divine (With Discussion Guide)
Creativity: Touching the Divine (With Discussion Guide)

The world is a living organism, constantly in the process of evolving and being re-created. As humans, we are meant to be co-creators with the divine, and this book guides you on the path to making creativity a spiritual practice.

 

The Middle...

When the job of writing my book was complete, I turned back to Hub Pages as my main creative outlet as a writer. There were lots of ideas brewing at the back of my brain, but there were a few pieces hiding in my "works in progress" file that needed some dusting off, revision, and a "home" found for them through publication via Seafarer Mama. Those were Angel in My Closet, which I published in May of this year (2010), and The Evolution of a Relationship, which I published in August (2010). The "Angel" piece was submitted to a few angel-themed magazines, then purchased by a Canadian Catholic magazine. Yet, it was never printed in an issue of that magazine because the editors were obliged to print the work of Canadians first, before publishing the work of authors who live in other countries (a grant requirement). I am grateful that they paid me for my work in the first place, and that I can also publish it for wider readership here at Hub Pages. The "Relationship" piece was submitted for publication in response to a call for essays about relationships for inclusion in Chicken Soup for the Bride's Soul. It didn't make the editor's cut for that book, but I am glad to have had the chance to publish it, too, on Hub Pages.

The challenge...

When I decided to return to Hub Pages and write full force in the face of the prospect of making more money, I read some hubs about how to most efficiently approach the task. One hub mentioned Sunforged 's 60 Day Challenge. I thought that this was one way to generate a large body of hubs in a short amount of time, in community with other writers doing the same thing. So, I went public with my goal of meeting the challenge with My Participation in a 60 Day Challenge. In this "hublog" is listed the 30 hubs that I wrote for the challenge. The topics covered included parenting, spirituality, creativity, home-schooling, travel, co-housing, recipes, and living an eco-friendly lifestyle. Some of the hubs I wrote for this challenge were also submitted for entry into the X Marks the Spot travel writing contest. It took me somewhat longer than 30 days to come up with all 30, but I know that I have been promoting them in tandem with the writing, and have been spending time reading hubs by my fellow hubbers, too. Of course, I have also been balancing the writing with promoting my book and spending precious time with my family.

The Types of Hubs Published My First Year ~

Title
Category
Views since written
Moon and other Acrostic Poems
Poetry
4,281
Karen Szklany Gault: A Seafarer Mama
Developing our personal gifts
3,662
10 of the Most Brilliant Places to Visit in Ireland
Travel
1,426
A Hole in My Ceiling
Home Repair
1,032
10 Ways to Procrastinate and Accomplish Something at the Same Time
Creativity
686
Rainy Day Family Fun Activities
Creativity
596
Our FIrst Year of Home-Schooling: How Far We Have Come
Home-schooling
529
Recipe for Tasty, Refreshing Sun Tea
Summer drink recipe
500
Evolution of a Relationship
Relationships
483
Cooking for a Large Group of Neighbors, Cohousing Style
Co-housing
395
10 Great Things about Cohousing
Co-housing
375
Haikus for New Parents
Poetry/Parenting
367
Teaching My Daughter at Home
Home-schooling
295
I am Ready for the New 60 Day Challenge
Hub Pages/Writing
295
Interview with a Mermaid Princess about her Adventures with Rubber Duckies, Bath Books, and other Water Toys
Children's Literature
295
How I Build My Hubs
Hub Pages/Hub Design
205
Angel in My Closet
Spirituality
194
Recycling Saves both Money and Lives
Envronmental Stewardship
186
Responding to the Call of the Wild
Nature
152
My First Year on Hub Pages (this hub)
Hub Pages/Writing and Design
131
The table above was created October 21, 2013, sooner after Seafarer Mama reached her 4th anniversary. It reflects the current statistics for Seafarer Mama's hubs listed within it.

The rest of the story...

My journey as a writer on Hub Pages has just begun and I know that the ride will be filled with surprising turns. The more hubs I read by fellow writers, the more I am inspired. My next step in my work on Hub Pages is to get to know more of my fellow "hubbers," to follow them and send them Fan Mail. This hub is my "bridge" between where I have been and where I am headed as an author.

There is so much I'd love to write about. I have a notebook full of topic ideas for pieces to publish here on Hub Pages. Some of those topics include nature, parenting, travel, national parks, mythology, theology, and maritime history/culture. I look forward to the thrilling ride of learning new things. But for now, Slainte!

© 2010 Karen Szklany Gault

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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada

a well done, hub, a big joy to be here for a year and still plugging away, keep up teh good work.


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England Author

Thank you, Rebecca E. It is great to be part of the Hub Pages community, and successful in lifting my hub/profile scores. :0) Thanks for the encouragement, and all of your informative hubs.

Karen


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umairsheikh2002 5 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan

Congrats buddy for accomplished your first year in hubpages.


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England Author

Thanks, umairsheik2002. :0)


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sligobay 5 years ago from east of the equator

Slainte? what's that? some foreign language?

Alas, the Gaelic clings to this world like a drunken Irishman clings to a blade of grass for fear of falling off this spinning top we call earth. Gravity may be an immutable physical law of the universe, but we rebellious Irish refuse to submit to any laws imposed by the colonialist conqueror.LOL.

Thank you for following me and I will return the favour. Welcome back to Hubpages and know that I am newly repatriated to Hub, as well. I have no productive pursuit to define my absence and so, I will just begin again. Thumbs up and see you around town. Cheers.


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England Author

Thank you very much, sligobay. :0)

Slainte means "health" in Irish Gaelic (pronounced SLOAN tyah), like "salud" in Spanish...usually uttered as a toast when clinking pint glasses full of Guinness stout.

You are sooooo poetic. If you are ever in the Boston area, please stop by Out of the Blue art gallery on Prospect Street in Central Square (on the red line from Park Street, the "hub" station of Boston), and please check out my hub about the place.....On Monday ("Stone Soup") and Saturday ("Open Bark") nights there are open mics for reading your poetry aloud to very welcoming ears. If you play a musical instrument, there is usually more musicians who participate in the "Open Bark" event on Saturdays. Please let me know ahead of time so I can make sure that I am there that night. I live about an hour outside the city, now, and do not make it into town to visit my favorite urban haunts as much any more.


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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

Congratulations for your success in just a year at HubPages. You're a terrific dreamer-writer. Good luck to the second and more years!


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England Author

Thank you very much, Lita!


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QudsiaP1 5 years ago

Congratulations on completing a year you have been brilliant so far.


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England Author

Thank you very much for reading my work and for your kind words, QudsiaP1.


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Nicky Bantham 5 years ago

Wow, Karen, what a true inspiration you are!I've joined hubpages about 10days ago, and as someone who has taken time off from teaching to 'work on my craft', having spent the year travelling,I've acquired some amazing experiences that I wish to write about.Thank you for the direction you offer through this hub. I too am hoping to have work published for payment, in whichever way that is meant to happen. Thank you again for sharing your insight and vision!!!Perhaps a visit to the emerald isle soon?:-)


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England Author

Thank you, Nicky. :0) And whenever I visit the Emerald Isle, I'll write a hub about it.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

I see you are now coming up to your 2 year anniversary, congratulations!

I enjoyed reading about your first year achievements.


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Seafarer Mama 5 years ago from New England Author

Thank you, Movie Master, and I'm honored that you have decided to follow me. :0)


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Beth Pipe 4 years ago from Cumbria, UK

Thanks for the inspiration - I'm just entering the second month of my HubPages adventure and wonder where I'll be in 12 months' time?


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England Author

Hi Beth,

I'm glad that this hub provided you with some inspiration for your own writing. Thank you for taking the time to write. Good to know that something I have written a while ago is still relevant to other writers. :0) Best of luck to you and I will make sure to visit some of your hiking hubs soon.


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

Thanks for the inspiration. I just recently hit one year after, like you, starting much later. I spend way too much time on each hub and am hoping to pick up speed. We'll see where it goes! Thanks again.


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Seafarer Mama 4 years ago from New England Author

Hi Letitia,

Thank you for writing, Letitia. Glad that my hub is still inspiring new "generations" of hubbers. Yes, some hubs take longer to write than others, but I usually proof them several times before I hit publish. Then I feel I can move on to the next one without having to backtrack to fix mistakes on previous hubs. It is always thrilling to finally be ready to hit the "publish" button, isn't it?

So, best of luck, Letitia, and I'll be by to read some of your published hubs, too.

Best of luck finding your HP voice and


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia

Hi Seafarer Mama, I must have clicked on this hub by accident, but I am glad I did. Even though it is two years since the last comment. It was a very interesting read and I can relate to most of what you have writen. I look forward to reading more of your hubs. Voted up.


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Seafarer Mama 16 months ago from New England Author

Very serendipitous, indeed! Thank you for staying to read and write to me. Glad you enjoyed this hub and that you could relate to it. Hope you have a great Winter. ~:0)

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