Welcome to hub pages! (Now what?)
6/2/2011 If you have already read this, I added more starting at the heading "Now What?"
Welcome to hubpages…
So, there I am minding my own business when I stumble upon Hubpages. I start having a look around and see what it’s like.
Before long I decide that the pages seem to have more diversity than the majority of the website creators I have seen before. (at least to us who are not trained in HTML and or CSS)
So I give it a whirl.
I sign up for an account. Cool. Now what do I do?
Well, I want to do something fun. So I think about what aspects of me I want to share with the internet world.
I start browsing a bit to see what is out there and popular.
“I have it!” I think to myself. “I’m goin ter share mi inner pirate! And mi twisted multiple personalities!”
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Then I stumble upon this guy: (edit - alas he is gone... again)
“Thas jus great! This lubber be usin Jack Sparow’s picture!” I think frustrated. “Mus be another pirate. Thar goes mi original idea. Les ave us a looksee.”
Sure enough, he’s talking like a pirate. And then I see that he is also talking to himself! “No way!” I think to myself. “He’s not only a pirate, but he’s crazy too!” Now all my ideas are gone. What do I do now?
My practical side says, “Dude, (is it scary that my practical side sounds like a stoned surfer? … probably.) Chill. It’s not like he’s the only one who talks to himself. Just go with it. Ride the waves of life and all will be okay.”
Negative Nancy whines, “But if you don’t come up with an original idea, no one will care enough to read it!”
“Yer missin the point lass.” The pirate says quietly, “we need ter keelhaul that pirate and take is loot!”
“Whoa! Tie up the dingy dude. There’s like, no need to flip out. Check out his post.”
“Aye. Tha be a funny piece-a work e as.”
“How do I compete with that?!”
“Stop waxing your board little chicky. We’re good. Just chill and do what comes natural.”
“Check this hubber out”: blondepoet
That’s an awesome profile.
“Yeah, dude. She’s like, rockin, funny, and insightful. That’s totally righteous. Check this one out:” http://hubpages.com/hub/WhatAWomanWants “Good info about understanding women dude.”
Wait. Am I just showing off other people’s hubs now? What was my point again?
Ah yes. Despite the diversity already out there… well, actually that is the point. With all the diversity out there, there is plenty of room for another hub. In our grandiose information age, you can talk about whatever you want. As long as it is there, there will be an audience for it.
In closing, just come up with something that you enjoy and talk about it. It may not be the best hub and that’s okay.
To steal words of wisdom;
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.--Albert Einstein
Thank you for reading.
Welcome to hubpages.
Now that I have been here a while, I joined 2 years ago?! To be clear, and fair, I started this account not knowing what I was doing. I was also trying to find a good network marketing business to work. (I'm REALLY not pushy about sales. I'm also not fond of selling product to people who do not want to hear about it, which seems to be everyone.) Then I worked a sales job to try and get myself comfortable with sales. Next, I took some college classes and did an internship which occupied all of my available time. So here I am. I took spare time here and there to think about what I wanted to share with people and how that fits here.
I've had a chance to publish a few articles and do some research. I have a pretty good idea how to find what I am interested in writing and how to find the traffic to read it. You'll notice if you look at my profile that I do not have a vast number of followers, articles, or high traffic yet.
This article is in a way my public journal of my efforts to learn this system and my efforts to make some extra cash by writing what I believe in. The things I have learned will be posted here with links to some good resources and tips to find your own.
So please understand I am still learning and will update as we go. Feel free to check back on this article as I will update it again.
Follow Your Passion
Write about what interests you. Even if you do not get great traffic to it at first, it is more rewarding to do something you are proud of. This also makes it all the more gratifying when you receive positive feedback.
Write what comes to mind. If you do not have experience and your work could use some polishing, there are always people willing to lend an opinion. You can always find someone who has posted articles you like and ask them to give you their opinion. The worst that can happen is they say "no".
Walkthrough to Find Public Domain Images
Make It Eye-Catching
If you want your article to get and keep attention, it needs to be fun and visually stimulating. One way to enhance this aspect is with pictures. Of course, you can take, or draw your own. But many of us either do not have the time or skill for this option. Online, you will find many resources from many talented artists. Some of them are free. The best way to find what you like, is to search for it. Here are a few resources to do just that:
- Wikipedia has this article with a few links.
- Public Domain Pictures .net Has a variety of good free images and access to cheap images.
Sometimes you simply need to do a good old fashioned Google search.
Or You Can Buy Royalty Free Clip Art
My biggest pet peeve is reading an article that looks like the person did not care about the subject. If they don't care, I don't want to read it. These are the big ones that will kill your article before the reader even starts. Watch out for:
- No Paragraphs
- Spelling errors
- Poor grammar
- Poor Punctuation
We all make mistakes. Don't feel you have to be perfect. With practice, you will always get better.
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