Coming Back to Hubpages - Hope I feel welcome This time Around
I was speaking with a valuable colleague and friend a few days ago, she and I used to write on another general writing site, and I have added some material to her web site, which discusses writing in general.
One of the things that is important when writing in any location is to be able to adapt to the style of that site. Perhaps a more important element to success is to ensure that you will have people read your material once it is published and to do that your material needs to be visible to all, yet that is difficult when no-one knows you, so before writing anything I felt it important to start looking around and perhaps find some followers - to my mind a vital start point (even if I have been a member forever)
First time Around!
When I first discovered Hubpages, I was looking into all of the sites that offered payment for publishing. I had earned some money by adding Adsense to my own blog, not that I felt a part of a community when writing my own blog - I knew people were reading it because the statistics showed this, but it was only on rare occasions I received any comment. I was looking for other sites to earn from, but was still unsure of myself as a writer (and perhaps still seeking an identity as a writer).
I wrote seven pages for Hubpages, then stopped abruptly, perhaps because at that time I started to interact well on Triond and did not get the same feedback on Hubpages.
Becoming a Wikinut!
If you know who I am you may recognise that I am a moderator on Wikinut, the location where I have done the majority of my writing over the past few years, indeed I continue to love that site, but more recently I have been looking around for other choices, hence the series about sentences that is part published on 2 Drops of Ink as part of a collaboration with other writers.
I am spending more and more time writing, including commissions, these days and I am hopeful that I shall be able to earn a full time living from it soon.
Second Time Around
I was encouraged by Marilyn Davies to return to Hubpages earlier this week and thought that there might be value in returning and so far I like what I see. The community seems to be active, although I guess the 7 articles that I originally posted have been lost in the backwaters of the site and are no longer featured - not surprising if I have not been present on the site at all.
In truth the time has come to start again, building on Hubpages with new intent, to make it work this time around and be taken seriously as a contributor, to connect with other writers and show what I am capable off.
It is necessary for a writer to look for many places in order to showcase their work, I am intending to cross pollinate material, that is provide links in all of my work in order to enhance its value on the web, and hopefully drive readers to read articles on many sites. Social Media also takes on special importance in spreading the word and gaining readership, so I will be posting the new articles on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google Plus and others. In a way this posting has been a manifesto to take Hubpages more seriously on my second time around.
The Necessary Edit?
Hubpages certainly monitors the material on the site, telling me that some of the links on this site were broken, then telling me that the article (which has been published for some time now) may be considered over promotional because it has three or more links to another site (something I would definitely disagree with - it would be possible to use more than 3 links when critiquing someone else's work) and there is a difference between another site and different articles on that site.
After editing I am told it contains violations - which it does not. Not sure that Hubpages knows what it is talking about.
The 14 Day Countdown to a New Eye
- Two Drops of Ink: Growing and Shrinking Sentences: The Art of Telling the Story
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