My First year on HubPages

Where did the Year go?

? I’ve been on Hubpages a whole 12 months and a highly enjoyable, interesting and educating experience it has been.

I have a friend who writes for Demand Studios and Helium. She told me about on-line writing and she makes a second income from it. I found the idea intriguing and I started writing for Helium then E-How. By the time E-How set up the policy that you had to join Demand Studios in order to keep publishing I had 24 articles there. I have yet to apply to DS but those 24 articles bring me a steady $2 a month without any promoting.

About a year ago I was reading through a “How To” by somebody when I saw a link to Hubpages. I followed the link, liked what I saw and signed up. I have no idea whose link I followed but here I am. One year later and 52 Hubs.

I’m very fortunate in having a good job that pays the bills with a bit left over so writing for money is not a big necessity. That gives me the freedom to write about the things that matter to me. It’s worth pointing out that in the area of not writing for money I have been extremely successful. I intend soon to start work on my first book. The plan is to use some of my Hubs, add and enlarge a little, write a few more chapters about my sideways look at the world and put it out there. If all goes to plan I’ll probably be just as successful at not writing for money as I have been here at Hubpages.

 

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This is the image of me I used when I first started writing here.
This is the image of me I used when I first started writing here.

Humble Beginnings

My first Hub was about something I came across back in Wales many years ago, a guaranteed way to win at the Casinos. The team who were working it were making a killing all around the UK and it wasn’t until they tried it on at at Vegas that the jig was up and they were kicked out of town. I thought it was interesting but nobody else seemed to.

My second Hub was about the unique doctrines of the Mormons. When I was 13 I met some Mormon missionaries back in Wales and after talking to them I went to my Grandpa, old Druid as he was, and told him that the Mormons said that Joseph Smith saw God in a grove of trees. My Grandpa said “When you are in a grove of trees, don’t eat the mushrooms.” Still their ideas fascinated me and in later years I took to examining them a little more closely. I found it interesting and unique but this Hub taught me something too. Instead of comments there happened a somewhat bitter debate between, mostly, two people. I have deleted the worst of the comments but not before the Latter-Day-Saint was chased off this site by a very unchristian Christian. I wouldn’t let that happen again, I know enough now that I would have firmly pointed out that the comments capsule is for comments, debates can be had on the forums. Then I was very much a newbie and I let it happen, today I regret it. Most of the comments are still there as a reminder to me of a lesson learned.

One day I may well go back to these and some other of my earlier Hubs and tweak them. So far I haven’t because by reading my early work here I can see how I’ve improved over this past year.

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This is the image I'm using wherever I write to brand my style.
This is the image I'm using wherever I write to brand my style.

Hubs and Community

The most heartwarming moment for me personally came about because of a writer, ShadesBreath. I was never one for the Forums, too much unnecessary condemning and not enough uplifting it seemed to me. Too many pointless arguments and criticism just for the sake of pulling people down, so I never had many fans because most folks didn’t know I was here. Any promotion at all that I did was away from Hubpages any way so I wasn’t too concerned. The people I followed were all people whose writing I respect and who are always generous with help and advice. Some of the people that I’ve seen on the forums I wouldn’t want as friends anyway, if we met in real life I’d want to take that crap outside.

Then Shadesbreath stumbled on my Hubs and enjoyed what he read. In fact he enjoyed them so much he wrote about them on the forums. Suddenly my followers doubled almost overnight and I’ve met really interesting and genuine people. I now find myself in the company of those who value this craft and put it to good use. I receive worthwhile comments and excellent advice. I cannot begin to express how grateful I am to the generosity of Shadesbreath in “Discovering “me and letting others know. His gift is one I may never be able to pay back but I can certainly pay it forward and do for others what he did for me.

Other writers have been of great help to me in this past year, so much so that I wrote a Hub on “Hibbers who help me” The list is by no means complete and there are many left out. I need to either add to it or start a “Part 2” but there are more than those listed there.

My most popular Hub is the one on the Halo 3 ODST game. I’m not a gamer and I’d never even heard of Halo until I was approached by a production company in Santa Monica. They contacted me through the CelticArtsCenter in Los Angeles. They wanted me to write a Welsh song for the promotional video they were making. We took a contemporary Welsh song, “Lament” by a group called Light of Aiden, Gave it a more martial sound and released it with the video. I spent a day in the studio refining the lyrics I wrote and coaching the vocalist on pronunciation. Not that she needed much help Kathy Fisher is amazingly talented and picked it up immediately. The video went viral on You Tube and continues to be my most read Hub. My third most popular is a Hub I wrote on “Lament” and the group Light of Aiden. It attracted a lot of attention because of Halo and I was deeply gratified at the comment I received from Daniel.

“Lament” is my third, my second most popular is the one I wrote about swear words. I still am in a state of shock about that. That Hub is fast catching up with Halo in overall views. I wrote it as a fun thing to do when the weekly Hubmob was all about things English. It seems there is a lot more interest in cursing than I expected.

 

They say this is what you get with the money

Now for the Money

So now I begin my second year. It occurs to me that perhaps I should sell my soul to the Gods of commercialism and write purely for money. I think I know enough and I’ve certainly gleaned a great deal of free information. Mark Knowles once gave me the sage advice; “Don’t spend a dime until you know what you are doing.” I’ve followed that advice and I still don’t intend to spend in order to make. The gurus at Hubpages have shown me that there’s more real information here for free than I can get spending thousands of dollars on books. So my plan for the next twelve months is to open a second account and write for the money and see how well I do. I wonder what I will write at the end of the next twelve months.

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Sufidreamer 6 years ago from Sparti, Greece

Really glad that you have enjoyed your first year here, ianto - your willingness to learn and quest for improving your art is an inspiration to us all.

Good luck with the commercial account - sounds like you are a man with a plan. As long as you promise to keep writing the odd random hub about the beautiful Land of the Druids! :)


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robie2 6 years ago from Central New Jersey

What a wonderful, personal and honest account of your first year on hubpages. I totally agree with you about the forums and about Shadesbreath. I never want writing on Hubpages to feel like a job, and while I try to pick evergreen topics for hubs, I don't write about anything I'm not interested it-- that said it took me two years to make my first hundred dollars from adsense, but I gotten things money can't by from Hubpages. Congrats on your first year anniversary and here's to many more


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Hello Sufidreamer; Yes I have enjoyed this year it's been fun and an opportunity to write things I've been wanting to express for some time. The great thing about writing is that it's like talking for a long time with no one interrupting you.

This next year I do have plans, but uit's hard to type with your fingers crossed. I'll uncross them to write about the old Druid ways


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you robie; Here's to writing from the heart, and to us both being around for many more years to come.

Best Wishes..........ianto


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Hi, ianto, congratulations. Stick around, the best is yet to come.

I agree with you about the Forums - not much that is constructive there. Prefer to comment (hopefully, helpfully) instead.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Hello drbj; Thank you, Yes I'm sure the best is on it's way. I hope you too are enjoying the very best.


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febriedethan 6 years ago from Indonesia

Thank you for sharing your genuine and honest feeling of your first year in Hubpages. Congratulations!!


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you febriedethan; I appreciate your encouragement.

Best Wishes...........ianto


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ahostagesituation 6 years ago

Interesting, glad to read this, and I want to read your popular ones now. Thanks for sharing!


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

ahostagesituation; thank you very mich for reading and commenting. I hope you do enjoy some of my other Hubs.

Best Wishes............ianto


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D.A.L. 6 years ago from Lancashire north west England

ianto, well done sir, whatever you do in the coming 12 months I will be there to read your work. Thank for sharing his hub with us and good luck my friend for the future.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

D.A.L. May I say I am glad I discovered your beautiful Hubs. So here's to many more years of reading each others work.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

Thank you for sharing your first year here on hubpage. I found it very interesting. I seem to be following the same path.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Hello KoffeKlatch; It's always good to know i'm not alone. Best Wishes........Ianto


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liljen23 6 years ago from Shreveport,LA

Great hub on your first year on HP, very inspirational.. Thanks for the read.. Thumbs up..


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

liljen23; You are most welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

Best Wishes......ianto


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Elefanza 6 years ago from Somewhere in My Brain

My apologies if it seems like I'm blog stalking. Just fascinated. It is horrible how Christians treat Mormons. I also got into a discussion with some Mormons, a friendly debate, and it was sad to hear them talk about how many mean experiences they've had with Christians. I still appreciated the debate as it was the most civil one I've had the privilege of experiencing (and it's fun to have your own ideas challenged). And I can't help but respect Mormons so much more for the kind of grief they are given. By Christians. Thanks for the post.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

I wish someone as pleasant as you would stalk me :) Thank you so much for reading my Hubs.

Yes what you say about christians and mormons is so true. In 2002 I was in Salt Lake for the winter Olympics. I saw a crowd of protesters around Temple Square calling Joe Smith a false prophet. I have no problem with that as such but I see it as moral cowardice that they are willing to do that but you'll never see them outside a Mosque calling Mohamed a false prophet. A double standard and moral cowardice.


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thesailor 6 years ago from Seven Seas

Happy first year anniversary, Mr. Ian. It is really a humbling experience to be with prolific writers in Hubpages. You're right, it's time to monetize our efforts. Congratulations!


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you sailor; There's plenty of room on Hubpages for those who write for fun and those who want to make money. Nothing wrong in enjoying them both.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Best Wishes......ianto


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I knew you had it in you when we first met. Keep after it!


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you James. As I recall you were one of the first to comment on my work and I have truly appreciated all your comments and support since my beginnings here.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Thank you for sharing this hub again. I have been on HP for a month now (even though for some reason it says longer on my profile) and I am really enjoying my new world. I'm able to express myself in a way I never have done before and this is so important isn't it. Da iawn eto ianto. Gobeitho byddwn ni fan hyn am sawl blwyddyn!


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you so much Eiddwen; It's amazing how quick and easy it is to become a part of this community. Thank you very much for your kind comments. Please keep expressing yourself, you have already touched many hearts.

Pob bendithiad gorau iddo'ch ac dwy'n cydfynd gyda chi i fod yma trwy i'r dyfodol hyfryd.


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

A year does pass by so quickly when you're having fun doing something you love.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Hello cindyvine: So very true. :)


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websclubs 6 years ago

Hi IantoPF,

Congratulations are in order, year pass quickly. amazing community here at hubpages.com ...expressing yourself really enjoying small beginnings truly appreciated.

Thank you for taking the time to hub, interesting comments. Thanks for sharing. to your success,discover the beauty of a man with a plan. Nice hub free information. Mark Knowles advice; “Don’t spend a dime until you know what you are doing.


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Trsmd 6 years ago from India

I am not getting that withe the money what I earned here...!!!!


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alqx 6 years ago from Singapore

Your hub motivates me. It's difficult when just starting out. Eventually I wish I'd reach my one-year anniversary at Hubpages to look back at whatever I would have learned and achieved.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you alqx; I appreciate those who take the time to read my articles. best Wishes to your future.


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Shona Venter 6 years ago from South Africa

Congratulations on your first year, IantoPF. Your hub is also a motivation to me, as I still have a lot to learn here on Hubpages as well. Keep the hubs flowing.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you Shona; I have noticed that these trips around the sun are going by faster as the years progress. Perhaps I'm picking up speed. I look forward to reading your Hubs as the year flies by.

Best Wishes.........Ianto


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Seafarer Mama 6 years ago from New England

Hello again, IantoPF...congratulations on also completing your first year with the Hub Pages community. I look forward to reading more of your writing...especially about the Druids! I spent a year studying in Ireland and learned some Irish Gaelic...and my husband bought me a "Teach Yourself Gaelic" set, which I hope to dig into soon! Anyway...your hub has inspired me to perhaps write my own 1 year review.

Thanks for the tip about the forums, everyone. Let me know if there is a forum where positive feedback prevails. For now, I will troll Hub Pages for great authors to read, and keep writing.


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

hello Seafarer Mama; Thank you very much. I'll probably be doing some more writing about the Druids and the old Welsh legends quite soon.

Unfortunately, I know very little Irish, my first language is Welsh and though I have a reasonable fluency in English as you may notice I often reply to Welsh Hubbers in our language.

It is unfortunate about the Forums, there are some good people there but the forum is spoiled, in my opinion, by non-writers whose only purpose here is to disrupt. You will notice them by the thousands of posts and 0 to 3 Hubs.


Baileybear 6 years ago

thanks for commenting. I've linked your hub to my new hub on my experience of the religious hubs - fortunately I wasn't a complete newby when I dared to venture in. Need to extract myself from that mad-house and write some more hubs


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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California Author

Thank you and I will reciprocate. Unfortunately my experience has been that participation in the forums robs me of creativity in Hub writing and it can wear down your sense of Humor.

Good luck and best wishes...........ianto

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