OK, I've Been Here A Year - I'll Bite

Seems like a rite of passage

I don't know how many times I read hubs by writers who are commemorating the completion of an entire year on HubPages. Now that I've reached that milestone, I'm giving in to the urge to do the same. What sage advice can I offer to hubbers who are newer than me? Here's my best shot:

I found HubPages in the process of looking for a job. If that is how you came to the site, and that is your only goal, keep on looking and good luck to you. Yes, there are ways to make money here, but it is not easy, quick, or guaranteed. You can be extremely popular in the HP community and never see a dime. However, if you've already broken the code to making money on line, HubPages is probably going to be a great addition to your portfolio.

There are amazing writers and amazing people in this community. They are the true value to the site. I've learned a great deal. I've changed my mind about more than one issue because of what I've read here. And my husband will testify to this fact: that is almost unheard of. I've made some good friends which, at this point in my life when I am spending more time by myself than I ever have, has been a God Send.

I have been encouraged here, and I have been humbled here. Both experiences make me a better writer, not to mention, a better person. I've received more appreciation in the last twelve months than I have on some jobs I've spent years devoting my best efforts to. I've had some heartbreak, as we all do, from the offhanded remark I'm sure was never intended to hurt. But we put ourselves out there on this site, partially because of the cloak of anonymity, and we take our chances good or bad.

I know I am unashamedly stealing from other hubbers by giving credit where credit is due. But I can't resist copying their idea in identifying hubbers who have gone above and beyond by embracing the spirit of HubPages in its truest form. In recognizing those who have encouraged me in my inaugural year, my greatest fear is the chance I will be leaving someone out. My inclination is to simply say, "You know who you are." But I'm afraid you might not.

My first comments on my first hub, "Are You A Good Mother," came from Betsy Clark, K9keystrokes, orangecountyjill, and Ultimate Hubber. Without that feedback there surely would never have been a second hub. One hundred-plus hubs later, I still live and die with the comments my work generates. Without them I might as well be scratching limmericks on a public bathroom wall.

The hubbers who were my first followers were telling me I had something to contribute, and they were ready and willing to read whatever I had to say next. That encouragement can only be described as throwing gasoline on a fire. I am indebted to chuckandus6, parsleysage, K. Burns Darling, and literary chimp.

Fan Mail could not be a better name for the notes people leave you, especially in the early days. It makes you feel like trying. Mighty Mom, maven101, Kenneth Avery, Real Housewife, and monetteforJack put into words just what I wanted to hear when I most needed to hear it.

I've written about some of my most intimate feelings, and I am in awe of those who have so empathetically responded to them. Frog Prince, it will surprise many that you are the first one who comes to mind, but you are. Phdast7 has been a friend since back before either one of us could drive. (No, I'm not saying how many years that has been.) One of the best returns on any investment I've made in another person has been the keen critical sense accompanied by the generous sympathetic heart of this dynamic woman.

For fear of not recognizing others who have influenced me, let me just say I believe at the heart of the HubPages experience is the fact the writers here care about perfecting their craft by producing the best work they can and by helping other writers do the same. Those who don't share that intent, I believe, quickly move on.

If you had told me a brief 365 days ago that I would be read by the numbers of people who have read my work through the course of this year, I would have laughed out loud. But HubPages is no laughing matter.

It's a priviledge.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Congratulations on a great year!


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

It has been a wonderful year with many surprises and new friends. Thanks for being one of them.


Faith Reaper 4 years ago

Congratulations Kathleen! Well done. What beautiful sentiments expressed here. In the short time I have been on HubPages, it has been a pleasure to read your hubs. Now, I want to search back and find your past gems! In His Love, Faith Reaper


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

I hope you find some that speak to you. Thanks for the thoughts. Feels like my birthday!


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john000 4 years ago from Superior, Arizona

Congratulations Kathleen.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

John000: Welcome to my hubs. Thanks and I hope you enjoy more of my work.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Congratulations on your milestone! You are an excellent writer and I wish you continued success! Thank you for the support you have given me.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Being thanked for supporting another great writer is the best comment you can get. Thank you - back at ya!


KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Congratulations are in order! Excellent job, kathleen :)


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

KDuBarry03: My pleasure. And thanks for the comments.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Think I already replied. This answering in two places is too much for me. But I'm glad to say thanks twice!


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

A moving tribute to many great hubbers here, Kathleen.

Congratulations on being here a year ... and good luck with the next one!


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Angie: Thank you for your encouragement today - and often! I looked at the 4 hours ago - then remembered where you live!!!


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Angie Jardine 4 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

I know ... you're not on your own, I get so confused with the time thingy!


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Well, I'll only confuse you more. I get up at 5 a.m. EST in the States because my husband is an old soldier and can't break old habits. Most of America is still asleep, I assure you!


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Well, from the outside looking in it appears as though you have accomplished quite a bit within the last year. You have given accolades to those who have inspired and apparently helped you along your HP journey and that is to be commended. Although I signed up here 2 years ago it wasn't until around January that I started writing on this site and I am so glad I did. It certainly is a learning curve here and I'm finding it takes a bit of time to build up followers, but the ones I have so far are super. Congratulations on your one year milestone.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

pagesvoice: Thanks for your congratulations. I would wish for every hubber the first year I've enjoyed. I certainly have not hit big numbers in followers, views or scores, but those are not my goal here. From what I've read of your work, I gather you have higher goals as well. Hope to continue to keep an eye on your offerings.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

Congratulations, Kathleen! I plan on staying with you through the next year (and beyond). Thanks for all your wonderful hubs and keep posting them for us.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

teaches: Your handle is very apt. You've got the teacher's knack of encouragement. It's appreciated!


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FatFreddysCat 4 years ago from The Garden State

I recently crossed the one-year mark on HubPages too. I'm not rolling in the $$ but I'm still having fun with it and that's what counts to me. Congrats on your milestone.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Right back at ya! Sorry it's taken me a year to find you. I'll have to take a look at your work too. Thanks for commenting.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Congratulations! A very well-written "Milestone" Hub. It is hard to believe you have been on HP a year and I have been here for eight months. In my memory you had already been on HP for at least a year when I joined, although my mind can look at the dates and knows that is not true.

Perhaps it is because you spoke so warmly about HP from the beginning that it seemed like you had been on a long, long time. And thank you for your kind and very generous words. Without your constant encouragement I wouldn't be here at all and would have missed out on so much. Thank you. Theresa


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Happy anniversary on HubPages. This is a great recap. Here's to many more.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Millionaire Tips: Welcome to my hubs and thanks for commenting.


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rebeccamealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This sounds so sincerely written. I agree, HubPages has a fantastic community of readers, writers and commenters.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Rebecca: Sincere. Thank you. That's the best compliment.


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rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

I enjoy reading milestone hubs, and yours is truly from the heart and full of the real heart of HubPages. Whatever brought us here, it's a great place to find! Congrats on your first year, and may the next be even better. :))


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

rebekahELLE: Thanks for the read and the sentiments. This is one of the best groups of people I've ever gotten to know. Of course my past includes a career in newspapers, which attracts the seriously strange. (I fit right in! Miss it every day but pay day.) Thanks again.


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Gulf Coast Sun 4 years ago from Gulf of Mexico

Congratulations on your one year anniversary. I too found HubPages while looking for work and it became a catharsis for my writing, which has filled a void (having too much time on my hands). I look forward every morning to opening HubPages, reading new Hubs, posting comments, and learning how to write. You have a new follower. Kathleen Collier aka Gulf Coast Sun ; )


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Melis Ann 4 years ago from Mom On A Health Hunt

Nice piece on your HubPages experiences. My early feedback was also overwhelmingly encouraging and I'm thankful for the support to keep going. Congrats and keep on hubbing!


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JayeWisdom 4 years ago from Deep South, USA

Congratulations as you mark the one-year milestone on HP. You've been prolific during that year, with 100-plus hubs and more than twice that many followers/fans.

It's been terrific working with you on THE JOURNEY, and now that I've found you, I'll be reading your hubs.....Jaye


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

JayeWisdom: Thanks so much. The best part of participating in The Journey has been meeting so many great writers who are new to me. I'll be reading a lot of new hubs as well. I had about 130 hubs but I've recently unpublished a lot of poetry that nobody was reading and 20 chapters of a book I'm writing because I'm looking for a publisher and doing my second edit. Thanks for seeking out some of my work. Hope to return the favor for all my collaborators.


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Melis Ann and Gulf Coast Sun: Thanks for the encouragement. That's the best thing about HP, isn't it? I have some new hubbers to look up. Can't wait to read your work as well. And another Kathleen! We K's must stick together!


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Well I have been here 3 years now even if my accolade doesn't say it yet and have I come a long way. I wrote a hub a day for the first year or more and it was like a drunk with his bottle, lol. Now I am relaxed and play it by ear!

Well here is hoping you another enjoyable year and then many more!


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Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia Author

Pollyannalanna: Congrats on three years! Wish I'd found HP two years earlier. Looking forward to more of your work. I'm aiming for two hubs a week now after piling them on in my first year trying to establish my brand. Also I'm working on my third book, so that's taking me away from hub writing a little. Good luck to you and thanks for commenting.

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