Thanks to HubPages Founders and Followers

To The Founders and Staff

While planning to celebrate 10,000 views to my work, it occurred to me that this excellent writer-friendly site could not design itself. Therefore, I celebrate the creativity and vision of its three co-founders:

  • Paul Edmondson,
  • Paul Deeds,
  • Jay Reitz.

I also register my gratitude to the staff members who contribute to the daily operation of the site. Based on my experience, they are a very supportive bunch, and are continually working to make HubPages writer-friendly. By extension, they make it easy for writers to present articles that are reader-friendly. Professionalism is one of the reasons that I find HubPages attractive.

Members of the HubPages Team (2011) with hubber Lela at lunch.  Left to right: Paul, Robin, Pia, Lela, and Jason.
Members of the HubPages Team (2011) with hubber Lela at lunch. Left to right: Paul, Robin, Pia, Lela, and Jason. | Source

To Fellow Hubbers

  • PegCole17 was the first hubber to recognize my presence on HubPages. By that time, I had written my third hub, Why Did I Not Get Married?
  • Dashingscorpio and Mindyjgirl also gave me great encouragement.
  • FloraBreenRobinson was the first hubber to comment, “Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination," before I even knew what that meant.
  • Denise Handlon was the one who advised me that my hub won second spot, I still did not know how to find the other nominations.

Since then, I have learned to ask questions. I have also gained much knowledge from the forums, as well as questions and answers from the many helpful hubbers who share.

Where Have All These Hubbers Gone?

Many of the hubbers mentioned in this article have disappeared, but Glenn Stok is still hubbing strong, and received the HubPages Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.

Special thanks to the first hubbers to recognize me, and continue to read me fairly regularly.:

  • Cardelean,
  • Travel_man1971
  • Glenn Stok
  • Treasuresoftheheaven
  • Isin82
  • Sky9106

I do not know how to mention everyone who has contributed to my positive experience on HubPages, but please accept my appreciation.


To Followers

Thank You for Your Support

Photo by Petr Kratochvil
Photo by Petr Kratochvil | Source

Some of my followers are not hubbers. When I joined HubPages, there were at least ten friends who signed up to follow me, just because I asked them. They read and commented on my earliest hubs. Since then, other non-hubbers have enlisted and I celebrate their support.

The comments left by followers at the end of my articles encourage me to offer my best. Some of my articles have fewer comments than I expect, but one comment means that I touched a life.

Besides, according to a survey of 1,003 households by Adagestat, 37% of readers never comment on news articles or stories, 28% rarely, and 20% sometimes. Only 6% always comment, and 9% comment often. These statistics remind me not to be discouraged when comments are few.


For Personal Growth

When I started writing on HubPages, I had already published some devotionals and religious articles; plus, I self-published two books. At first, I thought that I would spice up some of my old topics and serve them like fresh fodder to my new readers. That idea soon lost its appeal.

Hubbers like Patty Inglish, Homesteadbound and others who seem to write on numberless topics with ease, encourage me to keep learning something new. In fact, the more one reads on HubPages, the more one learns.

Poetry was always something beyond me, or so I thought. Imagine my surprise to discover that my hub which receives the most reads (in 2012) is Poem and Prayer: Dedicated To My Daughter In Law. Almost six months after it was posted, it still receives regular reads. I have written five other poems, which have done well enough. They all feature the same devotional and personal development themes which are my regular topics, but I celebrate my brave venture into poetry.


For Lessons Learned

My thoughts exactly!
My thoughts exactly! | Source

There are some other lessons I learned about writing and my attitude as a writer. Among others, these four are etched deeply in my mind as I continue to write on HubPages.

1. Choose clear and simple hub titles.

I laugh at myself when I remember my first title of an early hub, Why A Father Called His Son A Donkey. Nobody wanted to know. However, when I renamed it, The Power Of Metaphors in Family Conversations, my readers thought I had something to offer. Now I know that a straightforward title is far better than a sensational riddle.

2. Don't lose sleep over the scores.

I began to have anxiety attacks when my hub score began to lower. I thought it had to do with poor quality writing. Then I noticed some errors in a hub I read: “could of” (could have), “should of” (should have), “gone a rye” (gone awry). Both the hub score and the author's score were higher than mine. I realized that the scores could not be based solely on the author’s ability.

3. Be involved in the hub community.

There are days when my work on other projects consumes all my writing time, and I ignore my HubPages notifications of new posts, new questions and so on. There are also days when I cannot decide what to write. Now, I know that on such days, reading a few hubs and answering a few questions not only erases the lazy feeling; it also reminds me that I am an active member of the writing community.

4. Focus on writing.

When I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing. Nothing is too simple to write about.

Nancy Edmonds Hanson, newspaper article writer, book author and editor for various periodicals states, “You don’t have to be in New York to come up with ideas for the kinds of stories that remain. What you will do is listen closely to the people around you—your family, neighbors, and business associates—-for indications of the kinds of joys or problems that concern them most.”

She adds that even an overheard random comment can stimulate an article. There's a good reason for eavesdropping.

© 2012 Dora Isaac Weithers

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cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

First, let me congratulate you on your 10,000 views! I remember when I reached that milestone and was thrilled. I will say that the views come much faster now!

Second, I am honored to have been included in your thanks. When I read your hubs, I know that they will always be very uplifting and inspirational, so I thank you for that.

Third, I literally LOL when I read the line about deciding what to title your hubs and why no one read the one about the donkey. It really is a lesson in keywords and one that I am still struggling to learn. :)

I am so glad that on this quiet Sunday morning (my kids are gone right now!) that I had this opportunity to catch up on my HP reading and saw this hub. Congratulations on your achievement MsDora and best of luck to you with your future hubs!


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Trsmd 4 years ago from India

Congrats MsDora, congrats for 10000 page views from the pages you have published. Wishing you many more page views from your followers. Thanks for sharing:)


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PegCole17 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

Ms. Dora,

I'm honored to be mentioned in this well written tribute to the folks at HubPages and to your success here. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement of 10,000 reads. I completely agree about finding your way around at first.

When I look back on some of my early hubs I realize there are many ways I have grown in my writing, my choice of titles, subject matter and readership. You've summed up the Hub experience quite nicely here. This is a great place and it is truly a pleasure to follow your work.


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sarovai 4 years ago

Congrats MsDora for achieving 10,000visits. As such hubpages is different from any online sites , I agree. Hubpages is really helpful and encouraging the each and everyone hubbers, by all means. Thank u for sharing.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, cardelean, for your continual support. I treasure your input and encouragement. You're an inspiration.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

PegCole17, I have never forgotten your welcome. Thanks for your encouragement then and now.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Trsmd, thanks for your good wishes. I appreciate you.


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QualityContent 4 years ago

That's a big accomplishment, good luck to you in the future. Thanks for sharing this hub.


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hazelwood4 4 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

I am so honored to be mentioned in your article. Thank you so much! Hubpages, is a wonderful site for writers for sure, and congrats on your milestones here on Hubpages! I do look forward to reading more of your work.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Sarovai, thank you for your affirmation. Looking forward to more sharing between us.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

QualityContent, thanks for your good wishes. I appreciate you.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hazelwood4, you did a great job on the article I mentioned in this hub. I'm also looking forward to more quality work from you. Thanks for your encouragement.


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relawshe 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Congrats on reaching this prestigious category! Keep up the great work!


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, relawshe. It's a good feeling, and I'm encouraged to move forward.


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Dee aka Nonna 4 years ago

Congratulations MsDora. You have provided much inspiration and encouragement to your readers and fans. I have benefitted tremendously from reading what you are written. Many blessings to you today and always.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Dee for supporting and commenting. You make me happy to hear that my writing has inspired and encouraged. God bless you, too.


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Lady_E 4 years ago from London, UK

Well Done MsDora, that's a great accomplishment in just 8 months. I enjoyed reading your progress and wish you more success on Hubpages.

Cheers. :)


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you, Lady_E, for your support and good wishes. Will strive to continue writing what you enjoy reading.


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Cloverleaf 4 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

Hi MsDora - congratulations on this wonderful accomplishment and thanks for the mention of my SEO hub, I'm glad that you found it useful on your HubPages journey. I too have learned so much from Darkside's hubs, they have been a big help to me. I wish you continued success and look forward to reading more of your hubs.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A great achievement MsDora; I look forward to reading many more of your hubs on here.

Sincere congratulations from my little corner in Wales.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Cloverleaf, I plan on seeing more of you, too. Thanks for all the help you have given through your expert hubs.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks,Eddy. Such a great feeling, to be in contact with someone from Wales.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

Congratulations on your 10,000 views!!

Also well done for giving credit to the HubPages staff, I've not had much experience writing online, but from my personal experience so far on HubPages they keep the site running smoothly and efficiently.

I especially liked your guidelines in Lessons Learned.

A happy hub I enjoyed reading.


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Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

Congratulations on this milestone - that's fantastic! And a great list of hubbers and hubs that are useful. I'll be the next 10,000 comes to you even faster:)


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Debbie. I really like it here on HubPages. Hope you also find your experience pleasant. Will hop over to your site shortly.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Kris. Hope to see you there soon. I appreciate you for reading and commenting.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Yes! Congrats on your 10,000 reads! And congrats on writing such an honest hub about hubbing and writing. Writing for the love of writing is an amazing opportunity here at HP, even though learning how to "work" at it, and deciding how involved in the opportunities we want to be is sometimes complicated. I'm looking forward to checking out the links you mention in this hub. Thanks for taking the time to post this. :)


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 4 years ago

MsDora, GREAT! CONGRATULATIONS! What a marvelous accomplishment! Peace & Blessings!


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks RTalloni. You're right about the complications of pursuing writing for the love of it. I find comments like yours very encouraging.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, DeBorrah, for your continual encouragement in this comment, as well as in the inspirational, meaningful article your write.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

First, congrats on reaching the milestone -- I don't know when you got the views but it looks like in less than ten months, which is excellent. I appreciate your explaining the lessons you learned, which is helpful for those wanting to reach this number. Voting this Up and Useful.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thank you alocsin. Yes, I reached the milestone in my tenth month, for which I'm very grateful to my readers and fellow hubbers. I learned valuable lessons, and I pray that I also taught some.


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mts1098 4 years ago from InsideTheManCave

Based on what I just read here, I expect thousands and thousands of views and readings of your material. Very fluent...cheers and thanks


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teacherjoe52 4 years ago

Congrats Dora.

I too believe God can use us in this way for minisrty and we should thank those who have heped us and read our articles

Good girl

Congrats.

God bless you.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, mts1098. You're very encouraging. I appreciate you.


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, TeacherJoe. God bless you too!


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weestro 4 years ago from Virginia

Great hub Ms Dora, next stop 100K! Voted up and awesome!


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, weestro. Progress a plenty to you too!


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Congratulations MsDora... well done and yes a milestone has been reached...

Hugs and Blessings from Canada


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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean Author

I welcome those hugs and blessings today! Thanks for your kind remarks.


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Greensleeves Hubs 3 years ago from Essex, UK

It's a little bit late to congratulate you on reaching 10,000 views, because I certainly hope - and indeed am sure - you have very many more than that now! But still, it is good at a time when some have disenchantment with falling traffic that 18 months on, you are still publishing regularly here and still enjoying the experience.

Having looked at some other writing sites which have received a lot of publicity in recent months, I have to say that the layout and design of HubPages remains in my opinion, by far the most professional and attractive looking of all. One hopes fervently that HubPages continues as a great community writing site, and one hopes that your writing continues to grace its pages for many years to come. Alun.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Greensleeves, what a precious comment! Thank you very much. I arrived at 100,000 views already but didn't make a fuss about it. I really haven't seen another site with such a professional presentation. I plan to continue writing here. I have my share of complaints, but I'm working toward the day when they'll be too few to mention. Thanks again for a great boost to my day!


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Dee aka Nonna 3 years ago

Great hub Ms Dora. I enjoyed it very much. Congratulations to a wonderful writer and person! Wishing you much and enough. Be joyful, be blessed, and be grateful.....as I know you are.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Dee. Yes, I'm all those things, and plan to keep moving forward! The best to you!


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mathira 3 years ago from chennai

Good suggestions MsDora. I think I should follow it too.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Mathi, thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate you!


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Thank you MsDora, this is very encouraging, you are a trooper. You should be celebrated for writing here on hub pages. You are a living monarch. More blessings are heading your way.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean Author

Hi Word. I am celebrated every time I receive excellent feedback like you have given me here. Thank you.


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swalia 10 months ago

Belated congratulations on your achievement!


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MsDora 10 months ago from The Caribbean Author

Thanks, Swalia. I still cherish the memory.

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