Years With Hubpages, What I've learned, and What You Need to Know

My husband and myself. The rare moment to see us!
My husband and myself. The rare moment to see us! | Source

The Years Flew By

I recently received my 4 (update I've been here 5 years now and my advice is the same) year accolade and was caught by surprise. FOUR YEARS!?!? Where did time go? When I started here I was a work from home mom who's two children had both started school. I was bored in between chores and work. So I sought out something to do with my time. I never would have guessed that I would build friendships and end up loving time spent on a website so much!

Time has passed, I now have another child, who is often on my lap as I type away. Her beautiful blonde hair falling over MY eyes usually blocks half the computer screen. At the age of 3 she doesn't grasp the concept of her head not being see through, but that's okay because HubPages wouldn't be the same if I actually saw both sides of it at one time.


My 3 Year Old Daughter. Glimpses into my life.
My 3 Year Old Daughter. Glimpses into my life. | Source

Tips For Newbies on Hubpages

When I started here I would have never considered myself a writer. I'm not sure if even now I really qualify for the title. The most I had done when starting here were some poems back as a teen. I'm pretty sure my constant obsession with making lists really didn't qualify me as a writer either. With time though I have at least caught on to the general concept. Put relevant words together, try not to misspell anything, and hope the random thoughts in my head made sense after being compiled together for my readers.

When it comes to HubPages, I'm not sure the learning ever ends. So here are my recommendations for everyone:

  • Read the Learning Center when in doubt. Let me say this one again, READ THE LEARNING CENTER. Everything you need to know about HP is there!!!
  • Ignore the number on your profile picture. This is even more important with the recent changes to the hubber score. Try somehow to get it to 85 (but that may be harder than ever with their crazy ways that make no sense in calculating it) so that your links are follow. I want to give this one a little more attention. There are many here who feel they are too good to get a score so low. They feel their years in writing entitles them to be disgruntled at the low score they receive here. If you happen to be one of those people let me give you some words of advice. If you are so good that you can't take the crap that comes with writing here, just move on instead of complaining about it all the time. If you are that great I'm sure finding a different basket to place your eggs in won't be so hard. Not being rude, just realistic!
  • Learn all you can about keywords.
  • Don't feel obligated to follow everyone. If you don't have time to read their stuff then following them is kind of a moot point. And don't get your feelings hurt if someone doesn't follow you back, maybe you just write about topics they know they won't read. Not a bad thing and it doesn't imply anything personal.
  • Do NOT write about anything involving child abuse awareness and expect to keep your ads!
  • Serial Killers are also a No-No if you like providing detailed information for your reader AND having ads. Also pretty much anything else that may require you to use words that google and HP don't want associated with their ads.
  • Be prepared to get caught in some sort of Google update.
  • Don't freak out when statistics aren't updated for hours. Maybe days!
  • Likewise don't panic when one day you end up with statistics that are going backwards instead of forward. I promise it is just a glitch and HubPages staff will fix it!
  • Don't expect to get Google Adsense approved in the first couple of weeks. Give it time, write quality articles that are Google friendly, and be patient!!
  • Love it or leave it! If this place becomes more stress than fun, then maybe you should reconsider your platform. With everything we love, comes some stress, but it should never be more of an annoyance than it is enjoyable.
  • Remember you can make money with a less than perfect hubber score. Mine has dropped into the low 80's and I still make more money here than the majority of hubbers. (not bragging because I promise it still isn't much)


What Do You Enjoy Most About Hubpages?

  • The writing platform!
  • The people!
  • Everything!
See results without voting

The People on Hubpages Are GREAT!!

One thing is for sure, every web site has that person that is annoying. I know 100% that I am that person for a few people. When it comes down to it though, this site is full of heartwarming, kind, generous people. I hate to sound so cold, but I really am not a people person. In fact I typically dislike all people. Well at least until they give me a reason not to dislike them. Many here at Hubpages have hit that soft spot in my heart. Here are just a few.

  • Billybuc- This is the only person on all of Hubpages that I have on my personal facebook page. I'm usually very protective of my identity, but there is just something about Bill that I think many of his 1800 and something followers find comforting. He's kind, smart, a wonderful writer, and the man has been through a lot of crap in his life and turned out pretty damn awesome! So that makes me respect him, and I consider him a friend. You will find his articles on his city farm and adoption an enjoyable read.
  • LongTimeMother- Those of you who follow me know that my family hit some really rough times. When that time happened this wonderful stranger went out on the line and made a forum thread for me. She rallied around me while my family got back on their feet. She is a beautiful person who I will likely remember for the rest of my life. I had never had a stranger show that amount of kindness to me. It will not be forgotten. On top of that she writes about all sorts of great topics, including my favorite, off grid living!
  • fpherj48 - She's a wonderful writer, levelheaded, and something about her screams wisdom. She is a very common sense no nonsense type replier.
  • ChristinS - I'm not exactly sure what it is about her, but I like her. She writes about wonderful topics, and she's the one female writer here that I almost always agree with. She's just got a lot of common sense to her!
  • dashingscorpio- Based on the hubs and opinions of Dashing, I have always assumed that dashing is a male. Though I can't say 100% that is true. He/She writes no non sense hubs about mostly love and relationships. He/She always writes questions that inspire me to use my brain. I enjoy any writer who can do that.
  • jonnycomelately - This is a man of wisdom. Though his hubs are few, his comments are meaningful, intelligent, and well thought out. I enjoy reading anything he writes, even if it is simply a forum reply.


The list is short. I am sure I left someone out and will later regret it. The writers here are often what keeps the balance between stress and enjoyable for me. I don't follow many, but those that I do I really enjoy.

Just Me

The biggest thing I have learned in my 4 years here has nothing to do with writing. I learned to just be me. I'm opinionated, confused religiously, and some times a loudmouth. There are plenty of reasons for many of you not to like what you see. Sometime between the second and third year here I figured out I don't really care. I stand for what I believe in. I express my thoughts. I do my best to be respectful. When it comes down to it, this is the internet. I can't expect to like or be liked by everyone. I'm just going to be me and if along the way I meet like minded people, then I welcome the opportunity to enjoy my time here on HP with them.

I hope that all of you are enjoying the benefits of the Hubpages community as much as I have.

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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I had no idea you had been here that long, but congratulations. Thank you so much for the kind words. I am honored, and I truly mean that as you know, to be on your personal friend list, and I consider you a friend as well. I have always gravitated to the survivors, the ones who have been through some serious shit and yet manage to be good people. You, my friend, are good people, and you will always have my respect and friendship.

bill


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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Glad you stopped by Bill! I meant every part of it!


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

peeples....I too, was quite shocked to learn you've been here for 4 years. Congratulations! Just in my 3 years here, I have seen so many come and go....and I've never been one to like "Good Byes."

You & your cute hubby are an adorable couple. He looks so "proud" to be standing next to you. You look like you are very pleased to be his bride. Can't blame either one of you!

I want to reach into the screen and hug that beautiful Angle of yours.

Due to the disappointing marriage/divorce statistics in this day and age...to see sweet, happy young couples makes my heart sing. I always notice in your hubs that you often declare how very much you love your husband. You two have obviously discovered some secrets.....how fortunate you are.

You literally bowled me over, peeples, with the shout-out!! Thank you so much. I am honored and humbled.

Here's to your next 4 years......Much success to you!....UP++++pinned & tweeted


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Blond Logic 2 years ago from Brazil

Congratulations on your 4 year achievement.

You are right there are some wonderful people here. Through their kind words, it has given many of us the courage to keep on writing and more.


Motown2Chitown 2 years ago

I think we often underestimate the depth of relationships formed online. You have been an inspiration to many in your time here, especially during this past difficult year. Shine on, my friend! Just you is just awesome! Thanks for sharing her with us.


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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Fpherj48 Glad you read and I appreciate the shares. I hope you are well!!

Blond Logic I truly love that we are a community that can help each other grow!

Motown HP much like facebook is a place where we watch our long distance friends grown and change through life. I agree. I think that relationship is underestimated. Thank you for your kind words.


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LongTimeMother 2 years ago from Australia

Hi peeples. Great photos! I was admiring your list of helpful hints and caught by surprise when you mentioned me. No need to remember me ... just remember that there's lots of people in the world who will happily help you if you give them the chance. :)

I am s-o-0 happy to see you active on hp again. I have always admired and respected your hubs - and I look forward to seeing many more of them in coming years. (I don't always comment when I read hubs, but I leave votes. lol.)

Happy hp-birthday. :)


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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

Congrats on your four year anniversary at HP, peeples. I enjoyed this very much. I appreciate your down-to-earth expressiveness about your HP experience. Your learning points list is spot-on. You are definitely a unique voice at HP and I love the way you own it and say it like you mean it. Beautiful pic of you and hubby and gorgeous little girl. Thanks for sharing, voted up and awesome.


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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi LTM! You've been beyond awesome, and that is hard to forget!

Janshares thank you very much for your kind words! They are appreciated. I write like I talk. Even years after being on HP I still wonder if that is a positive or not! Thanks for stopping by!


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i am getting to like your hubs, get to know u better


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favored 2 years ago from USA

Thank you for listing some of the things we need to know. I was wondering though what the number meant by the photo and if it changes. Appreciate the information and looking forward to writing here.


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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

The number by the photo is speculated on by many and none of us know the exact formula that goes into it. Do not put too much thought into it. It changes as you write and is supposedly related to your activity here and in the scores of your articles. Good Luck here at HP! The learning center is a helpful place to find almost anything you need to know. http://hubpages.com/learningcenter/contents


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favored 2 years ago from USA

Thanks peeples I have been scouting around for answers. I figured it changes when you make new Hubs. Appreciate the welcome! Blessings


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ChristinS 2 years ago from Midwest

Peeples, I'm blushing :). Thanks so much for the mention. The feeling is mutual by the way; you're one of the coolest hubbers here and I've admired your resilience and level headed patience that I often lack. I agree with all your points for new hubbers too. Also, you are an authentic soul and I love people who aren't afraid to be who they are and who can do so in a way that is both respectful, but matter of fact. We need more strong women in the world - you're one of them and I'm glad to "know" you. :)

You know a quirk with hubpages - I don't always get notifications when you publish new hubs! This happens with a lot of writers I enjoy; including those on your list. (also all my faves and I follow all of them too) I get notified when you publish questions and the forum post this morning. I can't remember seeing an email notification with a new hub from you. hmmm. I'll email staff to find out because I know I've missed several hubs.


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peeples 2 years ago from South Carolina Author

Christin, I have the same issue. I get notifications about forum posts and such but nothing when it comes to new hubs. Once in a while though I will find a notification about a new hub in my spam folder. Even that though is only once in a while. Glad you finally made it by!


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AustralianNappies 2 years ago from Australia

I'm glad you wrote this article, congrats on your 4 years at HP and thanks for the tips in this Hub!


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mk-globetrotter 17 months ago

Great Hub. I will note down all those tips for sure! Can i ask u a favor, Peeples. Can you got through my hub Top Cities in the World and tell if i am on the right track also do comment and provide some useful criticism.


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Kathleen Cochran 17 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

" I can't expect to like or be liked by everyone. I'm just going to be me and if along the way I meet like minded people, then I welcome the opportunity to enjoy my time here on HP with them."

Words to live by!


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TheMisterWriter 16 months ago from Karachi, Pakistan

Good Hub, Peeples! I am new and have followed u. Follow back perchance and please give a glance on my hub. is it upto the mark? :)


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CatherineGiordano 15 months ago from Orlando Florida

Congrats are hanging in there for four years.I'm only here one year so far. I find the biggest challenge is weathering all the changes on HubPages. The pace of change has picked up and I'm the kind of person that hates change. You offer some good advice. Newcomers to HubPages should definitely read this. I wish you continued success.

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