We almost all enter HubPages as sort of an "experiment." How long were you here before you decided to "stay?" Or are you still waiting? What were the determining factors?
I signed up to comment in the forums. 2 months later I ran across a reference to making money here and was instantly hooked. Unemployed at the time, with lots of time to write (and figure out how it all worked) and feeling very poor it didn't take much.
I almost immediately felt it was worth my time; primarily because of the tools and how you can put together an attractive article. I wanted to share my writing, knowledge and insights, and HP was the perfect platform. Then I began to learn more and the forums and Hubs are a great training ground for someone like me who didn't have experience or knowledge in terms of writing online. Then I found out that there is a financial reward, eventually. Mostly, I have never thought anything happens overnight. I never have thought that way, not even when I was young. That's why I've always been willing to put work and time into anything that truly captures my attention and that I love and want to do.
I came to HP when a friend told me about it and I thought it would be a better place to write than a blog because there's more exposure here. I figured I'd give it a month and then decide if I'd stick around. I'm still here after seven months. Not only am I seeing more of my writing being read and commented on by other HP members, I'm also getting much more traffic from outside sources. My writing has also improved because of the more strict standards set by HP. I love it here!
I started screwing around with HP in early 2011 just for the sheer hell of it. I still treat it as a hobby rather than a revenue source, it's less stressful that way.
I'm still in the experiment stage (only been here a few days) so I guess I'll have to get back to you on that one
Ideally I'd like to re-assess after my first month here (aiming for a good amount of Hubs) and then watch it over months following. I'll probably give it an entire year before a say a definitive yes or no.
I'm loving it so far anyway!
I've just made my 4th Hub. It's too soon for me to decide. I'll need more time and Hubs.
I don't recall exactly but it was early on (under 2 months) when I realized that despite the many frustrations (no Adsense approval, slow progress, and low hubberscore compared to others with less work), my love of writing and promotion of my business through my HP articles, made it worth it to stay. It did eventually pay off but took a long time, a good year and a half before I saw real progress. Patience is the key along with being clear on what your purpose is for being here. If it's quick money, it won't feel worth it to stay. But if it's growth as a writer, the pay offs will come.
Almost immediately, for practical reasons. You get $50 faster from Hub Pages than you would get $100 from a blog. Also, you get to have a very nice community of co-writers.
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