I encountered an interesting phenomenon just a few days ago. I encountered a former 'hubber' who has moved to Blogger, she has 0 hubs currently on her account, and yet she repeatedly reappears to their friends' hubs to keep up their friendships. When asked, she appeared a bit ashamed about the fact that she has 0 hubs, and that she had willingly left HubPages after making eloquent declarations. After meeting her, I realized that my precursors were thoroughly correct: HubPages has become an integral part to some people's life. When I investigated further, I encountered more testimonials which support my initial hunch.
1. HubPages, as far as I know, is currently the best place (on the Internet) for expressing and sharing both long-term, and instant creativity. Besides, HubPages is a wise investment: in the sense that the creativity that you share and expose to the world (through HubPages) has a potential for generating a bit income as well.
2. HubPages is, to me, personally speaking, the second most interesting website on the internet. The first one being Facebook. HubPages is a great source of (intellectual) entertainment. As one hubber recently pointed out to me, HubPages' forums are a great venue for entertainment and learning: She said she finds HP forums more entertaining than watching TV.
3. It may sound funny, but I'm not ashamed of admitting this: the 'Religion & Philosophy' forums have fixed up my old, chronic and longstanding complexes related to the theory of evolution; and some other stuff as well. You may laugh at me, and do not hesitate, but HubPages, taken it as a whole, seems to have some therapeutic value.
4. HubPages has given to the retired age-group, a space to be in, in a very unique way. I think it's the first time in history that we're witnessing something like this. Retired people generally suffer from loneliness, lack of motivation, and an absence of the very reason for living. I know a few retired persons myself who spend more than 8 hours per day creating hubs and having activities that are meaningful to them.
5. There are more points to mention. I'll keep it brief here.
Thanks to the team. I'm grateful that I've found my place on HubPages.
Thank you for your kind words. It's always a delight to hear that we make a difference in people's lives.
The two main sites I visit regularly are Facebook and Hubpages. I visit others too, but probably those two sites more often. Have loved Hubpages for many reasons for the more than three years I've been here.
I make about a penny a month here. I come for the forums. Although it's not as busy and exciting as it used to be, it is still fun.
HubPages has appealed to me from the day I joined for a variety of reasons, too.
First and foremost, I love that an international community is brought together here through one language. It's an original concept and I've read some amazing articles from people all over the world because of it.
From an earnings standpoint, I get that there needs to be a bar set for the writing here. But let's never overlook the importance of the content. There are important revelations in the writings of people from Nigeria, India, China, England, Australia and just about everywhere else on the planet. Those are the stories that, as an American, I wasn't exposed to before joining HubPages. I'm more culturally educated for the experience.
From a writer's standpoint, I've learned a lot here. Though I went back to school (I believe in classroom instruction as the best option for learning to write better) to improve my English skills, we all get better by doing. Many of us have found our voices here.
I cherish the site and I still visit every day.
I agree wholeheartedly. This is the site where I devote 80% of my time on the Internet. It is far superior to Facebook as far as what I want from a social site. There would be a big hole left in my day if HubPage wasn't here.
In the first place, it's a top notch site. More than a million bucks went into its creation as I have heard.
And its free. I have been able to acquire much needed practice and exposure to the rules of grammar, proper spelling, definitions of words and how to write in a respectful and meaningful way with an awareness of the average reader, (not just a relative, friend in a letter or a teacher in a paper turned in for a grade. No grades! Yay!)
You can't get this feedback on a typewriter. I don't even think you can get it in schools at any level of education!
Yet, I read people complaining about every little thing. If you can make any amount of money here, that is great! If you can find a magazine or other way to make money from expressing your thoughts, more power to you … but can you?
The team of people behind Hub Pages seem like an outstanding staff with tons of intelligence/good will.
I say thank you, too.
I would like to edit that 'opening post' today. It's somewhat irrelevant now. Most of the retired population that were keeping themselves busy using this website, seem to have become rather inactive.
DasEngel, I'm not unaware of the sarcastic tone of our opening post but I choose to ignore it.
I am very thankful to HubPages because without this site, I would never have discovered how to earn money online. I learned most of what I know, not from HP staff but from the wonderful Hubbers who have been members of the site through the years (most of whom are no longer here, sadly).
I stopped writing seriously on HubPages a long time ago, but I haven't been able to abandon the forums. I remember all the help I got from other Hubbers and enjoy "paying it forward", and I like to keep in touch with other Hubbers whom I've got to know. I have only a small account now, but it still pays me every month.
I agree with you.
It has been virtually the best site that I have been writing.
Hubpages is the only site that has so far maintained the never-say-die attitude, when you see all other web-content sites buckling and dying one after the another. HP's presentation is top class, effort to improve the site's quality is continuous, sincerity and commitment fantastic.
Beyond all that, there is something (which you may call luck) which does not seem to be favorably placed on Hubpages many times, despite their efforts. It is something to do with Google's policies and practices or something to do with HP's decision-making and the timing of the decisions or both.
I don't know whether the current major dip that Hubpages is undergoing can ring the death knell for Hubpages too. We have to keep our fingers crossed and wait.
But one thing. At the back of every site closure (wherever I used to write in the past), what lingered finally was bitterness -- bitterness caused by the sites' utter selfish policy changes, lack of dharma, display of meanness towards contributing writers etc.
I sincerely hope that it will not happen so in Hubpages, because I have so far seen a very fair amount of dharma, sincerity and commitment at HP's management.
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