Write Your Passion - My HubPages Story

Learn to write from the heart.
Learn to write from the heart.

I have one good, really good, excellent reason to advise you to write your passion here on HubPages.

It feels so good.

Did you hear me? Shall I say it louder? Scream it from the top of the forums and whisper it in the comments on the most quiet, artistic and poetic hubs?

Write your passion. It feels so good.

If you are new to Hubpages, came here primarily to make money or push traffic to your other projects, or if you have been here for awhile and have lost your way in the midst of trying to find the great secrets to making money here, you may not yet be aware of the potential for HubPages to grow you as a writer.

Yes. HubPages can take you from a beginning writer, longing for an audience and peer support to a confident writer. Confident enough to take on paid writing jobs, turn down gigs that are boring or pay pennies, because you know you can do better. Given a little time, your work here can become your springboard to bigger things and a safe haven to return to when you need a little boost.

Hubpages has more to offer than money for your work (although it is an amazing opportunity). It can also be a training ground for writing online, perfecting your work, finding your voice or learning to communicate with authority and honesty.

I'm talking about me, but it could be you. I often write hubs to make money, but I haven't lost sight of the fun of writing about topics simply because I like it, because writing your passion feels good. And it can pay off.

Write with passion.
Write with passion.

January marks my three year anniversary at HubPages. I thought I would take a look back and share some of what I learned as a hubber, blogger, social media lover and recovering addict of all three.

I started out writing hubs that were practical, informative and evergreen, with a little bit of humor thrown in for good measure. Over time, I began to discover that my honesty as a writer was the most valuable gift I could give to my reader, even if it went along with a topic that was dreadfully boring. I found my sense of humor, and I lost it. I found my snark, and lost it. Then I found them again.

I learned how to write SEO hubs. I learned how to backlink. I built strong accounts on Digg, Mixx and Twitter to promote my work. Then I got bored. And although it all aids the success of a well written hub, it became a distraction from the creative process. I had less of those "I must find a piece of paper and write this now" moments.

And it all comes back down to one thing.

My most popular, most successful,most loved hubs are unique to me. They are infused with my voice, my heart. The are examples of writing my passion.

They are not always my most profitable. They may get the most views, but my readers leave a lovely comment and move on, satisfied perhaps by what they found and not in need of purchasing anything. And that's okay.

Looking back, the process of writing them made me happy. I giggled in my car as I composed the dog sled images and words in my mind for My Cup Runneth Over. I typed away furiously with a big smile as 10 Little Ways to Show Your Wife You Care poured out of me in 10 minutes flat.

Over the past three years, with many thanks to HubPages, I've been offered several writing jobs, asked to audition for a reality TV show and ultimately was able to land steady freelance work that actually pays well. Two of my hubs Finding Your Writing Style, Finding Your Voice and Winnie the Pooh Personality Test are being used in classes at two different universities, which is a huge thrill for me. And I had a blast writing them.

Writing about topics that I care about, writing what comes naturally, writing for the joy of it pays off for me. I doubt that I am alone in this.

Now, as I look forward to the year ahead, I plan on finishing my novel, starting a new blog and building on the ones I already have, but I know I'll be back here at HubPages as often as I can manage.

I'll be back for the friendship, the community, to read your passionate writing and to compose my own.

What about the money, you ask? Well, sure. I want to be a full time hubber someday, so I'll just keep building my collection of hubs until I get there. And I will strive to write with passion as often as possible.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year! :)

What about you? What has your experience here taught you? What are your writing goals for the New Year?

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workingmomwm 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

Thanks for this. Very inspirational. I first joined HP to make money, but I'm finding more and more that I actually just enjoy the opportunity to publish my writing, whether or not it makes me money. Although, of course, my ultimate goal is to make enough residual income that I can quit my day job and stay home with my girls. Don't see that happening any time soon, though, so for now I'm just enjoying myself. I really need to write more hubs, though! Wish I had more time.


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joinphp 5 years ago from Tunisia

I agree Thanks for that great Hub, And Successful New year too .


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amy jane 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Hi workingmomwm - I first joined to make money too and it took me a long time to see results. Time is a major obstacle for me as well and I wish I had more to devote to writing here. I have learned to research and write faster over time. Keep writing and you will get results. You may even find new opportunities pop up because of your efforts here.

I hope you reach your goal soon so you can be at home with your girls - I'll be cheering for you! :)

And thanks joinphp! Glad you liked it!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee

voted up and beautiful! Well written and challenging. My sentiments exactly...

happiest of New Years to you...


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simeonvisser 5 years ago

I must say I indeed joined to start making money online by writing articles. I want to do that but I also want to stay close to the things I know best. Writing about the things you're passionate about always works best.

Happy New Year!


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amy jane 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thank you both! Money may be the motivation, but growing and improving as a writer is a wonderful side effect. :)


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saket71 5 years ago from Delhi, India

Hi Amy, very nice and well written hub.


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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Amy, you are so right. When you write with passion, it shows. There's a truth that registers in the head of a reader...the reader knows the false from the true. And when you are true, you are credible, believable, and ultimately followable, because you are trusted.

February marks my three-year anniversary here. I have yet to realize the full potential of this site.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful new year. ~Sherri


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amy jane 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thank you Saket71!

Happy New Year Sherri! You are so right - it's about trust. I'm not sure I even realized that until you brought it up. :)

I hope we can both realize the full potential of this site in the coming year. Wishing you the best - Amy


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rpalulis 5 years ago from NY

amy jane, I had first started writing articles to help promote my family business and was introduced to writing communities like Hubpages. I never realized that I would enjoy writing as much a I do, and love the support that you find here on hubpages. I know that in time, and the more I write, will my writing skills improve. This is a wonderful place to learn, share, and make new friends. My goal for 2011 is to contribute to this community with topics that I am passionate about as well tend to my two neglected blogs. Hoping for a creative and productive winter, Thanks for sharing


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amy jane 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

I think many people have experienced the same thing here. Over my time writing for hubpages, I think I was least happy when I was writing about topics that meant very little to me.

I'm looking forward to a creative and productive winter too - that's a perfectly stated goal!


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robie2 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

Hi Amy-- my how time flies, I just celebrated my three year anniversary too and though I have not written nearly as many hubs as you because I got sidetracked by blogging and being social :-), I have to say that I totally agree with you that Hubpages is by far the most satisfying place to write on the internet--AND it has the greatest, most supportive community of writers I've encountered anywhere in either the virtual or the real world. So hoooray for Hubpages and for all us hubbers old and new.

The money is a nice bonus-- It takes awhile to start, but once you start getting more visitors fromm Google than Hubpages it moves right along. It doesn't get much better than getting paid for doing something you love:-)


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amy jane 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Happy Anniversary! It's been a terrific few years here on HubPages, hasn't it? I think we are so lucky to get paid for doing what we love. :)


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maticmagister 5 years ago from Slovenia

just love this piece of art you wrote. Glad i stumbled upon you. :)


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amy jane 5 years ago from Connecticut Author

Thank you maticmagister. :) I'm glad you found me too!I just read some of your heartfelt work as well and I'm now a fan!

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