I Wish I Could Write Like You... Can you make money on Hub Pages?

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While perusing hub pages recently, I was struck by the number of great writers contributing here. The profound insight of Ken R Abell.  The poignant poetry of Micky Dee. The thought provoking commentary of AEvans. Painful personal growth shared by Oneputt. And I felt way out of my league. 

I am glad I began writing hubs before I began reading them. The great quality and sheer magnitude of the writing on hub pages is not only overwhelming, but intimidating. My ego mind would knock me for a loop if I let it. I have no business here, sharing my pitiful ideas. Fortunately, I started writing first.

I know why the caged bird sings. It's the same reason the writer writes. Because inside, our hearts are free. Regardless of the external circumstances of current situations, or the trauma or drama of past experience, we writers write to free the song that wells within.

To the great chorus of voices on hub pages, I add my small, squeaky voice. Although it may sound out of tune when taken on it's own, it reflects who I am. When added to the many already singing, it takes on it's own life. And I write because my heart is free. 

Write on friends. And Namaste.

Six years later, and still writing

I didn't begin writing on Hub Pages to earn money. In fact, I wanted input on a book I was writing. Initially, I read other blogs and got a feel for what was happening here. Six years ago, I didn't believe it was possible to earn money from blogging.

My, how times have changed. These days, we hear all about "Mommy Bloggers" earning millions while they sit at home, taking pictures of their latest cake creation and writing blogs about cleaning dried boogers from the bottom of the counter. Yuck.

Still not my style.

As I said, I initially began writing on Hub Pages to get input from real writers about a book I was working on. I posted each chapter as a separate blog. The comments began pouring in, and soon I was inundated with advice that I had solicited.

I continued working on my book, and eventually published it, The Married Girls Guide to Great Sex. While it's not yet a best seller, I do sell a few on Amazon and in local book stores.

What the book did for me, however, was it allowed me to see myself, for the first time, as an actual writer. And then I began writing blogs on Hub Pages. Currently, I have just over a hundred blogs. And my head is always swimming with new things to write about.

My second book. You'll be on the edge of your seat!

Did you ever make any money writing blogs?

For a couple of years, I mostly forgot about Hub Pages, as I worked on publishing my book and working at a local newspaper.

And then, one day, I started receiving lots and lots of comments in my email in box. I decided to go back and check on my blogs, since it had been a few months.

Imagine my surprise to see that one of my blogs had gone viral. It had nearly one million views. I couldn't believe it. And the other blogs were also having a large number of views. Since then, I have regularly contributed to the Hub Pages community.

I realized that being a part of a writing community means more than just writing an occasional article. It means participating in conversations, reading other people's work, and being a part of what is going on.

And yes, I earn a few dollars every month. Not enough to retire on, yet. But the big one is coming.

And in the meantime, I've published my second book.

Have you made any money from your writing?

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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Ego be damned; don't listen to it, every voice is important and should be heard.

I started writing years ago mainly to get things out of my head so I could stop thinking about them.

I write fictional crime and mystery novels and I too have a little voice that pops up every now and then to say how dare you. When compared to the greats such as Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Ruth Rendall, Collin Dexter and other luminaries; ‘How Very Dare I ?”

But I dare, I write because I enjoy it, some of the people who have read my stories are kind enough to say they enjoy them and bring something new to the genre.

But not just Fiction; some of my other Hubs and Blogs try to encourage everybody to write of their life and their experiences. We are privileged to be living in an era that has seen the greatest leap forward in the evolution of mankind.

For sure not everything we have achieved is for the greater good, and equally much of what we have done and are doing is wrong.

Children of today have little or no knowledge of what it was like to in the 50’s, 60’s and dare I say it even the 70’s. Everything they hold dear and essential are things many of never had or even dreamed of at the same age.

If we do not write it down it will be lost forever. Many might say; “ Who cares ?” But don’t we owe it to history to at least try ?


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Thanks for your insight and encouragement. I look forward to reading your stories.


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Merlin Fraser 6 years ago from Cotswold Hills

Welcome Deborah,

However I feel I should warn you in advance that I am a Pagan and you may find some of my thoughts and notions out of step with your own.

I don't normally respond in religious hubs because I accept that what a person chooses to believe is for them and them alone. I certainly don't preach but if bitten I do bite back.


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Lee B 6 years ago from New Mexico

I did the same thing, Deborah! Just clicked Publish before I read anything else, even the directions about how to create a hub page. I didn't even really know what a hub page was--I thought it was the same as a blog. Anyway, I'm glad, too, that I did it that way. But the more I write, the more I improve. People give plenty of feedback and help if you ask for it. Go for it!


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Thanks for the encouragement Lee.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Thank you for swelling my head. :>)

And thank you for sharing from your heart. This is a great Hub. I really appreciated this passage: "I know why the caged bird sings. It's the same reason the writer writes. Because inside, our hearts are free. Regardless of the external circumstances of current situations, or the trauma or drama of past experience, we writers write to free the song that wells within."

Amen. You have a beautiful voice. Keep writing, keep Hubbing, keep setting the caged bird free. Peace & much encouragement to you in all your writing endeavors.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Hey! I was wanting to write like you. Out of your league?! I was hoping you'd give classes!

(thanks for saying nice things about me- where do I send the check?)

Yo Merlin Fraser- welcome aboard. I believe in God but truthfully brother- I have pagan friends who live a better spiritual life than a lot of Christians. I have pagan friends who adhere more closely to the Golden Rule than many Christians. The Golden Rule is THE LAW for Christians above all other laws. Thanks for being candid!

Jesus said to obey this law, the Golden Rule, above all others. I'm going to love pagans. I'm going to try to love everybody but you know that's an undertaking that's made improbable sometimes. There are some folks who claim to be Christian and they ARE NOT. A Christian is Christlike. I'm not sure I am a Christian by the "projected definition". I'm going to try to be Christlike!

Thanks for a great hub Deborah!


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Thank you for the great encouragement. I appreciate the insight you all have shared.

As for Christianity-paganism-spirituality..... I think religion has gone and ruined a good thing. Too many rules imposed by men, that God never intended.

I try to be kind. And I do believe in a higher, creative power. Aside from that, each to his own, I say.

Namaste friends


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Truth From Truth 6 years ago from Michigan

I really don't think your out of your league, I enjoyed your writing thanks.


sophs 6 years ago

Great hub, and you're a brilliant writer, you don't need to wish you could write like anybody else. I love the last two paragraphs of this hub, lovely use of words, great work Deborah. Namaste :)


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Thanks Truth, and sophs, I appreciate your encouraging words.


MFB III profile image

MFB III 6 years ago from United States

"Surprise!!"...

you do..you write extremely well,

you are just your own worst critic..

take it from me, I have read some

of your work and it is worthy to be

added to the list you have above

of writers you admire. ~~~MFB III


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

It appears that you're doing pretty well with this many hubs in 2 months. I kind of felt the same way about 6 months ago. But, I have learned, and my writing comes from the heart so I give it all I have.

Thanks for sharing


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billybuc 20 months ago from Olympia, WA

So, Deborah, how is life in Wyoming today? I need to get back to your beautiful state. I need to see the Yellowstone River again soon.

I am grateful every single day that I am a member of HP. Not only are there some excellent writers here, but there are some quality people as well, people who are my friends regardless of the fact I have never met them.

People like you. :)


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Deborah Demander 20 months ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD Author

Thanks Bill,

I look forward to seeing you, in the Great State of Wyoming. You have at least one friend there!

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