Hello everyone! I wanted to let you know today that we've got a nice, official HubCamp section of HubPages.com, where you can find everything you need to know about the different types of HubCamps (description, scheduling, etc...): http://HubPages.com/hubcamp
Also available on these new pages is the option to start your own HubCamp - just in case you are not close to any of the HubCamps we have scheduled over the coming six months. To become an officially sanctioned HubCamp counselor and host your own HubCamp, you need simply:
1. Go to http://hubpages.com/help/hubcamp-startyourown
2. Read the criteria for becoming a HubCamp counselor
3. Fill out the simple application form at the bottom of the page
We'll contact you shortly, and so long as you meet the HubCamp Counselor criteria, we'll help you schedule a HubCamp with Meetup Everywhere, provide you with the materials you'll need, and help with any other pointers or bits of advice you may want.
We look forward to helping you set these up!
great, I really loved the idea though its not possible to make a hubcamp in my country. Hardly any person from Bangladesh in HP, perhaps I am the only active member here from my place
Well, you can always introduce your friends to HubPages if they've never heard of it. We're creating special materials so people can lead HubCamps for complete newbies. Something to keep in mind
Wow, this is so awesome, I feel speechless!
Great idea, good going!
Great idea HP and Simone - this will help educate and inform even more people. The UK isn't quite the size of the US so I think we can get away with you guys coming - but ... 12 UK hubbers attending??
That's not great. I don't know how many hubbers are from the UK but surely we can manage more than 12?
can we help them?
Is London the best location- high fares, no parking, maybe somewhere outside.
I am going to start a thread asking UK hubbers where they live.
Remember in countries like the US or Australia 200 miles is pretty Ok whilst for us. ..... arrgh
I imagine more will sign up for the event when the date gets closer - this summer is yet a while away, no?
Though yes - London is an expensive place, and though it has the highest population density, hubber-wise, that we can get from what people say about their locations on their profiles, there might be some other good places in the UK to host HubCamps. I'll be interested to see where people would like to have HubCamps in non-London places, and we'll certainly take those into account!
Bristol really is a good place for exactly the reasons I have mentioned in previous threads - great train links, good road links, Bristol airport services lots of links to the rest of the country and the world (people can fly cheaply - I mean cheap, like on £30 Ryanair and EasyJet - from Paris, Tenerife, Dublin, Poland, Manchester, Scotland plus many others).
Bristol is a lovely beautiful place to visit - very cosmopolitan and a stone-throw from Bath. Accommodation is reasonable (compared to other cities) and central.
London is a complete nightmare to get into - the M25 is renowned as the biggest car park in the world (it has no beginning and it has no end). It is expensive in every possible way - to park, to drive, to get to, to stay, to eat and to hire function rooms.
So, you see Bristol is feasible - especially when you take the wider view of hubbers outside the UK as well as those within.
I'd love to do one in my area!
Only problem - does that mean the person who organizes it must do all the speaking? I HATE public speaking.
@WryLit Maybe you could team up with another hubber in your area, and present a hubcamp as a team effort. Just an idea.
WryLilt, workshops are easy if you have the material and believe in your product. I've done a few and was terrified to begin, but everyone looked at me with hope in their eyes. At that moment, I realised they were there to learn something new so I gave them what they wanted and all went well from that moment on.
From what I've seen of your Hubs and activity in the forums I have no doubt you will do extremely well. Adrienne2's response is great, to present as a team could be the alternative for you if you have concerns.
I LOVE public speaking - fly me in
Seriously, I have already done something like this in an unofficial way. I run a Computer Club here and two months ago I used HubPages as a meeting topic. There was a good level of interest. I don't know if any new Hubbers came from it, but maybe.
But, I am not eligible anyway. Not here long enough and I (gasp!) have had forum bans. Oh, well.
Alright. I put in an application. With a date like six months away.
Now if I can just annoy all my local referrals into helping out....
I like to be the 'behind the scenes' person, making sure things work. I don't like the up front bit!
Good for you, we believe in you, and we're cheering you on! Once you get your feet wet with speaking in front of people you'll be find. You will have your materials to help you keep the flow going. You'll do wonderful.
Nope. I've done public speaking before. Even tried to do more for practice. Still scares the pants off me.
Talking? I can do that. Nonstop. I never shut up. Ask my work mates.
But I'm far better one on one, sitting down or in small groups!
Sure. You just need to redefine your notion of small. I had to give a speech to 4,000 people a few years ago - ever since then, a hundred people seems quite intimate to me.
Besides, a HubCamp probably will be a relatively small gathering and you will have a lot in common with the people who come. You can do it!
LoL We shall see. Told my husband I applied and he looked at me with a look that said "Why? For a WEBSITE?"
I have a few referrals in town plus I know of at least one well known hubber here too. We shall see...
WryLilt - we're SO excited that you've applied, and I definitely think there are ways for you to organize the event without having to do a lot of speaking
We can certainly work on that as a team as you set up the event.
Like Karanda says though, it's a lot easier when you have good materials and speaker notes and the like, and Robin has been doing a stellar job putting really useful notes and slides and guides and checklists together to ensure that presenting is SUPER easy
It'll be great!
What a fantastic idea! I would love to help promote HubPages in Australia and with the beautiful Whitsundays (a tropical paradise for those who don't know) as the backdrop for a venue. We have some fantastic writers in the area but as far as I know I am the only one who uses HubPages.
I must get busy and write another nine hubs so I can qualify.
Hehee, awesome! HubCamps are great, even for those who are unfamiliar with the site. In fact, we're working on putting together a version of HubCamp that's designed for complete novices, so that might be the one to go with in your case.
At any rate, we're so pleased you're interested!
Wow, this is great. I will definitely take up this opportunity soon (Exam time here and also me very busy with writing christmas hubs).
Also, I hope Hubpages won't mind if I conduct the seminar in college. Any details as to what materials would we get. Hubcamp videos would suffice as well, was just curious.
Also, I would like some hubber from India to take this opportunity and organize it before me. I would try my best to attend it.
Imagine the amount of referrals you can get
Hahaa- yeah, holding HubCamps can be a good way to get referrals
But very cool - we love the idea of you holding HubCamps in a college setting, and like we say on our "For Professors" page (http://hubpages.com/help/hubcamp-classes), we can provide you with more targeted materials depending on the type of students you'd like to introduce to the site. Definitely fill out the HubCamp Counselor application: http://hubpages.com/help/hubcamp-startyourown
This is a good development, Simone.
My former radio colleague, who's presently teaching at Mariner's Polytecnic Colleges in Naga City (Bicol, Philippines), just recently joined HubPages. I am proposing to use the academe as the venue for the Meetup. He can be a good HubCamp counselor, too. I will also encourage college students to join HubPages through social media. I'm sure, if they hear our lectures on how Hubpages changed my outlook on virtual writing (aside from its monetization), they'll be joining the wagon instantly.
P.S. I filled out the application for HubCamp counselor.
Thanks for filling out the application! This is so exciting >_<
Yeah - HubPages + college students = AWESOMENESS! I wish I had known about the site when I was still in school and had someone to introduce and explain it to me.
We'll be in touch with you soon!
Another great innovation at Hubpages. Thanks Hubpages for bringing in exciting changes like these from time to time.
HP is really rocking! This is great. Thanks hubpages for continuously giving us tools to use in order to keep growing.
Wow, this is great news....anybody from the Philippines who wants to host a hubcamp? LOL I'll joining esp. if it will be in Cebu! Yay...
I did a quick search for "Australia" then selected "Hubbers", and there's quite a healthy list - although most of them I'd never heard of before!
The ones I've crossed paths with in the past are Salt, WryLilt, EarnestHub, Karanda, Eileen Hughes, agvulpes and MMdelRosario, though some of those have been pretty quiet of late.
Apart from the ones you've mentioned Marisa, I've also crossed paths with Dagsthedrover, Blondepoet, Kangaroo Jase, Dark Side, gramarye and AttemptedHumour. There are some really good hubbers here.
Ok just how many comedic routines do I need to bring or am I just a guest speaker
Another great innovation, well done Simone. Will try to get to the one that Wrylilt organises.
I hope that means you're nominating yourself as a speaker. Are you in Sydney? Not sure from your profile.
Yes I'm in Sydney and will speak if needed but not sure I know enough yet, it will depend on the subject matter. This needs more discussion.
So, if someone has been banned lately they do not qualify as being considered for a counselor position?
Well, I can see his point. People can get banned from simple carelessness and others, far more nasty, escape banning by being just a tad more vague in their statements. Now, certainly, there are bans and there are bans, but perhaps some of them really shouldn't be cause for exclusion.
Bans are useful tools too, Pcinix! LOL!
Well, I don't qualify because I am not here long enough, plus there would be no reason because we get a real HubCamp in Boston this spring anyway.. which I and my wig are looking forward to
Speaking of public speaking (or even non-public-speaking but speaking in groups)- are people in the Boston HubCamp going to be able to just sit like lumps and listen to someone else (or will they be expected to say anything in any groups)? (Just wondering because if attendees can't be "nothing but listening lumps", I'm re-thinking.... ) I'm great with one-on-one, but anything that even hints of talking in a group is a-whole-nother thing. Now that I'm thinking about this, I'm kind of sensing backing out of attending may be coming on. I was originally kind of picturing sitting in an audience and just listening.
Hi Lisa HW,
You are more than welcome to just sit and listen; there is no need to chime in to the discussion. The HubCamps are designed so that Hubbers can ask questions and get to know one another as well as learn from the materials, but if you would rather just listen, that's fine! We hope you can make it!
Thank-you for the wonderful hubcamp in Hollywood, Robin, Paul and Jason you did an excellent job with everything and I recommend that anyone who wants to learn more about how to be successful on hubpages should go to the camp. The labs were very helpful and next time maybe we could add on an extra hour. Understanding the Google titles and how to get the proper wording, that I need and entire day to figure out…lol
It was so great meeting you, dawnM! We had so much fun at HubCamp Hollywood! You were such an integral part of the discussions and making the camp work. I look forward to reading more of your Hubs!
If I published something today actually written by my daughter, can it be eligible for hubcamp, or hub something? I have no idea how everything's done, how to participate.
You've got plenty of hubs, which is what this site is about.
This thread is about starting training and meeting programs for both new members and old members in the real world. If you meet the criteria you can host your own OR you can wait for an official one in your area.
This is a very good idea, Simone! I'm new here in HP, but I'm loving it! What more if I will be able to build connections - like real ones - not virtual alone. I was ecstatic upon reading through the thread and finding out that there were already two from my country who are interested in putting up a HubCamp: Travel_man1971 and ripplemaker! I have another friend who's a Hubber. Hope we can meetup and spread the word to other people!
Cool idea, Simone - I hope to see Prineville (or as we call it Prinetucky) Oregon on there one of these days.....sure thing. How about Bend, Oregon?
Good luck with all the hubcamps!
Bend, Oregon would be AWESOME -especially since it is TOTALLY covered on HubPages. Heck, we could probably walk around the place blindfolded and know exactly where to go! I suppose we'll see how the first ones go and move on from there ^_^
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