My Love Affair with HubPages - My Hub with Logo Included

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Sit down a spell and let me tell you a story. This is the story of how I found HubPages and started writing for this phenomenal group. It was three years ago this past November. I stumbled upon the site while surfing the Internet for work opportunities. I’ve always loved writing so I thought “Hey, I wanna do that too.” I wasn’t even thinking about making money – I just wanted to make pretty hubs filled with my words and my thoughts. Then I learned the term content writing. What? Doesn’t all writing contain content? Ok, so I learned a little more about gaining traffic and writing what other people might want to read. I even had one of my articles chosen as a HubNugget! I was so proud of myself. I was commenting on other people’s hubs, people were reading my work, and I had a creative outlet again. Then my runaway funny car smashed into a brick wall - hard. Someone very close to me didn’t appreciate my HubNugget hub. That person decided he/she didn’t approve of my writing anymore and discouraged it in every imaginable way. To keep the peace I stopped writing and removed the HubPages link from my Favorites list. And though it broke my heart to do so, I even deleted the hub that caused so much trouble. Much to my surprise, without continued writing I still earned money. YES! Peace had been restored, my hubs still existed, my words were still being read, and I was earning something for doing nothing. I think that’s called passive income… Anyways, life was good.


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Goals

Goal 1 Become a Greeter

Goal 2 Gain 500 Followers

Goal 3 Write 50 Hubs


Then this past summer the checks stopped arriving in my little black mailbox. What gives?! Ok, I broke down and made a cyber-trip back to HubPages to see what the heck was going on. I realized my traffic was pretty much nonexistent! I read and read and read before I finally figured out what had happened. Doh! It was time to revamp the old hubs and make them Google-friendly again. During the course of the reconstruction I started looking up my old favorite hubbers – only to realize many had disappeared! I sent an email to my favorite poet on HubPages and learned that many hubbers had left and started new ventures. This wizard of words helped me reconnect with the old gang and I decided to start writing on HubPages again. I forced my writing because the desire to write had died all those months ago when my evil hub had explosively disrupted my quiet, little life. I forced myself to write some stupid holiday hubs (note to self: go delete those) and published them. They were awful! But they did reignite the fire to create. From there I made myself 3 goals to ensure my continued participation on Hubs.

I became a Greeter after submitting hundreds of comments to elevate my status. I love meeting new writers - there are so many talented people out there! I also got the email telling me I now have 500 followers and this is hub number 50. I know it isn’t a very interesting hub. But my mind is consumed with thoughts of the number 50 so I figure I should just write about it, get it out and hopefully then I can move on.

Since I have accomplished my mini-goals I now need to make myself new goals. I am NOT going to disappear again. The HubPages community better get used to seeing me because I am here for good. Since coming back I have found old friends again and I have made so many more new friends. I love feeling like I finally found where I fit in.

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Feline Prophet 4 years ago from India

I didn't know you when you were here earlier - but welcome back! :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you very much! I was silly to leave before :D


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I enjoyed reading your experience. Setting goals is a really good habit. I think a lot of us had to change our Hubs after Panda. It stinks that someone did that with your HubNuggets article. Well, we are glad you are here to stay and I look forward to reading more of your Hubs. Happy Greeting!

JSMatthew~


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thank you JS Matthew :) I was more upset with myself for caving so easily over the HubNuggets hub than I was at the other person for discouraging me - if that makes any sense. I have heard a lot of stories about Panda and it's sad (but understandable) that so many people gave up because of it. BUT I am SO glad to be back and Im glad Im getting to know you and the other Greeters too.


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Cris A 4 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I remember THAT hub and I remember how it caused you trouble then. Anyway, it's nice to know you've given HP a second thought like I have just recently. And you're a greeter now?! How is cool is that? :D


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Cris - Yes, THAT hub. It was a mess here for a while.

I am a Greeter - you should do it with me and Bela. Get that Commenter Level up!


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Vapid Maven 4 years ago from California

Don't let others discourage you. I have had some dis-agreements with others over a few of my hubs and I am pretty new to the community. Just keep writing and expressing your thoughts! It's a wonderful art form!


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Barbara Kay 4 years ago from USA

Welcome back and stay a spell this time.


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Poetic Muse 4 years ago from Lucerne Valley, CA, USA

I came by to 'high five' you and encourage you to do the next 50 in under a year.


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CodeMaster 4 years ago from Alaska, Anchorage

Okay... I am overwhelmed with curiosity. It pleases me to hear that you've had a hub chosen as a Hubnugget and it should do the same for you. If It was chosen, it was already acknowledged yes? I love your writing! I'm pretty particular when it comes to who I decide to follow. I really CAN say I don't do it out of obligation for one who has followed me, I follow those that have something I find interesting in the writing style, not necessarily because of their content. I was overjoyed when you first greeted me and even more so when you had material that I could read. You are an asset to this website and should be proud that you've toughed it out for so many years. Keep going and I agree with Poetic Muse. 50 MORE!!


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

well, for one if it comes from you it must not be evil...people only acknowledge it as such if they too are one...i'm glad that you have made your way back and found you eventually...Keep it up...


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Yowza, I wasn't prepared for this reaction. It feels great to get such support :)

Vapid Maven, thanks for reading. You're right, I need to write for myself and ignore the bashing or negative reactions I get. I will do just that if you promise to do the same!

Thanks Barbara Kay, I think I will!

Poetic Muse, thanks! I will work hard to make the next 50 in under a year. I looked at your hubs, you have so many! I can learn something from you :D

CodeMaster, aren't you a sweetie. Thanks for such kind words! For that matter, I only greet people after I read their hubs and find something promising ;) Thanks for returning the support.

Raciniwa, hello dear :) It wasn't really that evil of a hub hahah it just rubbed this person the wrong way. Such is life, right? I'm glad I came back to find YOU!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Hi Ardie,

I for one am so happy you are here. I am learning alot and trying to write from my heart. It is so hard to please everyone but if you do what you love that is what counts. Have a wonderful Christmas and New year!

Hugs,

Sunnie


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Sunnie, I always love seeing you! I'm glad I'm here too because I've made so many new hubber friends :) I am learning just like you. I need to write and remove negative influences! And you can do the same. Have a great Christmas.


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RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

Good for you fro becoming a greeter! Glad you came back, Ardie!


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sweetzara 4 years ago from Mumbai, India

Hi Ardie!

Greetings from a new hubber and welcome back! I enjoyed reading your latest hub and look forward to reading many many more! Now back to my own personal goal of 50 hubs :)


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Earl S. Wynn 4 years ago from California

I've come and gone from Hubpages a few times in the past myself, mostly because I was only netting a few dollars a day, which was less than I was making through the magazines I run and the books I write. One of my hubs kept drawing me back though. 101 Reasons to Stay Single periodically spikes and encourages me to jump back into the mix! :)


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Morning Ardie.

Merry Christmas.

A very interesting hub. I haven't heard of your problem before today and it saddens me to think there are these type of people out there.

I think i must have become one of your followers on your return and although we can't read every single hub that is published the one's i do read have found enjoyable or at least interesting.

I am just short of my 50 hubs and my 300 followers. In my 12 months here and i've only had one set-back where the content was not good enough which i found a ridiculous reason, against some hubs that are nowhere near to having correct English as content.

Still, i enjoyed your hub and look forward to reading many more.

Have a wonderful day Ardie.

LOL Ghaelach


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GoGreenTips 4 years ago from Indianapolis

I haven't made any money and since I really started my online writing efforts after Panda, I didn't see the effects of it.

Congratulations on 50 hubs and 500 followers!


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I didn't know you before your return so didn't know about the problem with your hub nugget, probably just a case of the green eyed monster.

We need to push any negativity aside and ignore it, as I have learned recently that the friendship far out weighs the negativity.

I am pleased though that you came back because I so much enjoy reading your hubs.

Being a greeter as well as a writer must keep you fairly busy.

Congrats on your 50 hubs and 500 followers.

Looking forward to the next


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Nice Hub. Glad you are back and doing well. I am relatively new here, but have found it a good community to be part of. Merry Christmas.


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Attaining dreams is never easy - that's why they are dreams! But, I can't tell you how much your words meant to me when I was first starting out. In many ways I still don't consider myself a "writer". But I'm having fun on HubPages and will continue to do so. I love researching and I love writing my thoughts down. People like you keep me going. I've enjoyed reading several of your hubs and so I will return the favor: you're an amazing writer and HubPages just wouldn't be the same without your presence! Thank you for what you do!


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Ardie, I enjoyed reading about your HP journey and I'm thrilled we are friends. You are one awesome hubber, person and one smoking' redhead! :)

Merry Christmas!!


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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

Ardie,

50 Hubs, 500 followers, and (you didn't mention this one) -- 100,000 page views -- are great accomplishments.

Receivng a HubNuggets accolade is an honor that CodeMaster and I share with you. It's something to be proud of. Is there any way you can republish that Hub? At any rate, add the fact that you're a HubNuggets recipient to your profile.

I'm looking forward to reading more of your Hubs.


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jerrysaliu 4 years ago from Warri, Nigeria

Welcome back hey :)


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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Linda! Smoking redhead? You just read my mind..oh God! Ardie is unique...she would've been Miss Ohio before having her daughters. The incident from that hubnuggets is in the past and you are a new girl now. Wait a minute!! Did you say 50 hubs? I better go back to write more. I'm setting my goal to 500 and then quit...I mean quit my job..LOL! Wishful thinking but, hey! You never know! Merry Christmas dear friend...!

LORD


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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

She would've been Miss Ohio and but she can now be Mrs. Ohio! Rock on Ardie!!!


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Cardisa 4 years ago from Jamaica

Well, I am sure glad you came back or I wouldn't have had the opportunity to meet you! Congrats on 50 so lets make it 500...lol


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Triplet Mom 4 years ago from West Coast

Great hub maybe because I can totally relate with the ups and downs of being on Hubpages. I came back too and now I need to get back to writing!! Welcome back.


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I didn't read the hub in question, so I don't know what they problem was.

Regarding my own writing: I was not on this site until after Panda. What I do when people disapprove of my writing , in general, is say to myself "I write for me! You can read my writing or not." I have on occasion wondered about deleting a hub that caused problems, but then I learned it was possible to delete the comments capsule entirely OR set the comment capsule to accept no more new comments.

I have had to moderate all my comments because I was getting spam comments and others were able to read them before I did. It's bothersome because perfectly legitimate comments get moderated too, but I simply can't have one real comment among ten spam comments.

Congratulations on achieving your goals. Merry Christmas.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks RedElf!

Hi sweetzara, greetings new hubber! See, it can work both ways! I eagerly await your 50 hubs.

Hello Earl, Im glad you stopped back in to comment on my little hub. I will have to check out your big traffic generator – Heck, I could probably add to it hahah

Ghaelach, always wonderful to see you :) I don’t usually bring up the infamous evil hub because it caused so much drama at home. You’ve done great getting 50 hubs and 300 followers in 12 months! I am so proud to be one of those followers. I can’t imagine you having a hub removed for ANY reason – let alone your content not being good enough…odd.

Hey GoGreenTips, Thanks! I’m glad you weren’t impacted by Panda. It actually did me a favor dropping my traffic because it dragged my lazy butt back here. Keep writing, it takes time to build up fans and readers to get money.

Hi Rosemay! It wasn’t so much the green-eyed monster as a person thinking all the negative remarks in my hub were directed at him hahah Thanks for all the support you’ve given me since my return!

Phdast17, thank you so much! You’ll love being at HubPages. I never had a negative word from hubbers – just people IN my life. Stick around and get to know everyone :)

Cclitgirl, you’re too sweet! Im glad I came back because it pains me to think about all the great WRITERS (like you) who I would’ve missed out on had I stayed gone. Keep writing those words because I will be there to read them.

Sunshine, you’re so funny. I AM pretty smokin’ huh? Haha Im glad we made friends too because now Im in your awesome group and have the pleasure of following you and so many other phenomenal hubbers.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

There is so much to learn for your experience. Couple of months back I sent an email to JS Matthew asking how to become hub elite. He said I have to be at least six months old on hubpages.

I have set my goals for the 2012. I hope to write about once I achieve that.

Congratulations for 50 hubs and 100 hub score .


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Daisy, you got me! My 100,000 views are there too. Another goal I made (but have no reached yet hahah) is I want 200,000 views! I am slowly making my way there. I can’t republish the hub because I didn’t keep my notes and it was deleted a couple years ago. I CAN rewrite the idea again though – I didn’t think about that!! Thanks :)

Hello jerrysaliu, I appreciate the warm welcome!

Lord and Linda, you two are so funny! I am one unique person but it’s not always appreciated hahah! I prefer to walk backwards and I wear my shirts inside out more often than not. Lord, you are right – I am totally different now. I am a much stronger person. Did you say 500?! Holy cow – you’re working your way there. Merry Christmas my Lord.

Cardisa, Im glad I came back to meet you too! I love reading your poems. 500? That’s a lot…I will work for it :)

Triplet Mom, you were one of my faves back in the day – I’m glad to see you here. Thanks for the welcome and I extend the same to you. Welcome back girl!! I cant wait to see more hubs from you.

Flora, another of my favorite poets that I read in silence. I dont always comment but I found you through Epi :) I never thought about turning off the comments or closing them. I will have to keep that in mind. Before I would write for approval. Now I write for me. The evil hub was about noticing red flags in a relationship BEFORE you made the mistake and got in too deep to get out haha it didn’t sit well at home sshh

Vinaya, Im glad you posted! I always welcome a visit from you. Thanks for noticing my 100 score too :) You would be a great addition to the Greeters! As soon as you hit 6 months send that email again. I cant wait to read about your goals for 2012.


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incomeguru 4 years ago from Lagos

Thanks so much for encouraging others. If you don't have a realistic goal then you can never achieve success.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hello incomeguru! I agree with you - you have to set goals so you have something to work towards and you also have to make those goals realistic :D Thanks for reading.


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Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

This is an AWESOME hub Ardie! You are pretty much a Hubpages celebrity. I appreciate you sharing your story and congratulate you for finishing your goals before the end of the year. Well done indeed!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Robert :) I'm so glad to see you here. The support on this hub has made me dizzy to be honest. It only reaffirms how great the people here are! And you are icluded in the mix even if you are number 1. Thanks for reading and congratulating.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Ardie,

Like you I stumbled upon HubPages by accident and also knew nothing about SEO or what type of writing would attract readers or earn any money. Still learning new things all the time, but one thing is certain. There are so many wonderful writers and people willing to help each other and as far as income...if people stick it out and keep learning and writing...it does grow over time. Welcome back to HubPages and congratulations on hitting your target numbers.


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Shalini Kagal 4 years ago from India

Welcome back Ardie! Here to 50 more and more!


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary

This place would never be the same again without you, Ardie. You belong here and we won't let you go. Not just because you have all the qualities that make one a good writer, but also for selfish reasons - as you light up the day of everyone you talk to. I can only say, way to go! And you will most certainly have more to say when the time comes. :D


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Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

I am glad you didn’t get discouraged for good; would have found it really sad to know someone’s opinion made you quit all together. Nevertheless, I can completely understand, sometimes I get really discouraged too by the fact that I am not getting money out of my work in HP, even though I have done my very best. Despite the downfalls, it seems like you have done really well and I wish you do even better next year! All the best for you Ardie.


kelleyward 4 years ago

To a new hubber this was a great read. Thanks


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epigramman 4 years ago

...I can see epi is asleep at the wheel on this most fantastic hub - lol - just arrived home from night shift at lake erie time 4:00am with high winds on this side of the lake - and to two well fed pussycats and some outdoor time for them and Queens of the Stone Age and some jazz samba with a whiskey and a beer (my reward for driving home in my one hour commute) and some snacks too - and yes this most spectacular hub which will be posted most proudly and reverently by yours truly to his Facebook page with a direct link back here and a top ten too:

TOP TEN REASONS WHY ARDIE IS ELITE: (in no particular order)

10. she has an elite mind

9. she has an elite open mind

8. she has an elite sense of humor

7. she is an elite beauty

6. ...meaning, duh, she's elitely hot!!!!!

5. she has an elite attitude

4. and she's an elite team player at the Hub

3. she's elite because she's my neighbor across the lake

2. she's elite because some people gotta work on it in a lifetime - she had it in a split second

1. I feel elite when we connect .... and it's rubbing off on me - and me love it!!!

lake erie time 4:48am


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saddlerider1 4 years ago

I didn't know or follow you when you were first here, I see many of my friends and followers are also following you now. So I welcome you back and wish you all the best with your scribes. Nice to see you FB as well, keep a visible profile and we will all keep in touch through the hubs we create and the friendships we acquire. Nice to see you come back.


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suvitharoja 4 years ago from India

Hi!

I have joined Hubpages long back. However, I started loving this site from the last month. Everyday I spent more time on Hubpages when compared with other sites. Right now I am exploring traffic trends, income stats and other things.


jenubouka 4 years ago

Wow, 500 readers is very impressive but no as impressive as actually getting paid for the work, I am still making less that a sweat shop employee, oh well.

Ardie your writing skills, quick wit, and savvy topics would be greatly missed so continue to keep us smiling and engaged.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Peggy! Thank you for the congrats :) You are right, it takes hard work and time to make something of yourself here. I’ve talked to several hubbers who think the comments should come to their hubs without any work or returned support. I am still learning new things all the time too!

Thank you Shalini!!

Hi Haunty – long time no see here! You always have the nicest things to say – and the most interesting hubs to read.

Claudia, it was a weak moment for me. Then I realized the person was being a jerk and I was actually giving him permission to treat me that way. I don’t really make any money either hahah I just like the writing and reading! So please don’t get discouraged.

Hello kelleyward! Im glad you enjoyed reading it – and you can learn from my stupidity hahah stick with hubbing and you will be rewarded in several ways - friends, creative outlet, money, excellent reading material.

Oh Epi, you are too much *blush* I don’t know where you dig up all that talent – it must be that you set the mood with a stiff drink, good music and the best company possible! (The cats of course.) I hope the winds have died down and you are resting warm and snug now.

Saddlerider, Thank you so much. Im very pleased to follow your poetry from Facebook! There are so many talents on HP and I will maintain a visible profile now. I see how much I missed last time I left. Now I have good reading material to last me a lifetime!

Suvitharoja, let me know what you learn haha Im still working on building up hubs and relationships with other writers. I really need to read up on traffic and trends too. I will stop in to read your hubs now!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi jen! I love my 500 followers but I don’t really earn any money from this now. I mean – it’s something but not anything worth bragging over :D I’m lucky to get a penny a day on some days! Maybe after I figure out and finish changing my hubs that will change. I appreciate your kind words because they mean even more coming from one of my personal favorites! I will stay if you stay too.


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Haunty 4 years ago from Hungary

Nice to see that while I was away, you achieved those fantastic goals. Anyway, we've just returned from our honeymoon in Africa. We stayed with the Iboga (tribe) and we had incredible FUN!!! smoking local stuff (my wife is a huge fan). A hub is in the cooks about my experiences. As I can see you were kept entertained even with me out of the mix. :D


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Haunty and congrats on the marriage! I hope your honeymoon was fun for you too and not just for wifey with the local smoke addiction. You really should talk to her about that. I do have a hub all about addictions if you'd like to share it with her.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Thats an interesting hub story Ardie. Why someone would have a prob with your HubNugget is beyond me. Anyways I'm happy your here in the community. Yes, goals or the next step keeps things challenging and moving forward!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Alastar :) Im happy to be here in the community too - the people are great! The person who had a problem with the HubNugget thought the hub was about him :P It wasnt but the seed had already been planted so...

What are your goals? Maybe I can steal them to help me plan my own next steps.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Oh, that happens sometimes unfortunately, someone reading negative when there wasn't anything about them there in the first place. As far as goals go I'm going to try and get a movie memoir series in shape for a manuscript and just keep on writing the hubs. I would just say challenge yourself and try and keep the enthusiasm high Ardie. Its obvious you've got what it takes to go anywhere you desire with your writing!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Wow Alastar, thats a very BIG goal! Im guessing you have reason to think it can happen. I decided to push myself to double this year's goals. I want 100 hubs and 1,000 followers among other things :D You're so sweet to say such nice things. Keep me posted on your own goals!!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Ardie, since we've connected via Facebook HubHoppers, I can't imagine not seeing you every day in Cyberspace. You are for me like a colleague working in the same office as I, and you have such a nice personality. I could spend all tea breaks with you.

I wish you a Happy and Hubbing New Year.

PS: I can relate with that awful experience you had. Misjudgment and disdain coming from someone close to us are painful and devastating. The killers of spirits... certainly we can write volumes about them.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Aaw Martie, you are too sweet!! And that's why I love you :) Im glad we are FB friends too and sometimes I visit your hubs through fb more often than I do on Hubs.

Im sad to hear you had to deal with the spirit crusher too. I think it just helps to make us stronger writers - which is hilarious since the spirit crushers seem to only want to stop us.

Have a Happy Hubbing New Year dear Martie!!


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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Hey Ardie, sorry to hear what you went through on your first trip to HubPages. Having to deal with people who are close to you taking issues with what you write and be disheartening to say the least. None of my family reads my pages(Hubs) and they clearly have no interests in them. But, then again, most of the time I bring up the fact that I have written about specific topics when those topics come up in conversations. I always go on to explain what I wrote. Sometimes it's annoying, because I seem to be repeating myself a lot. LOL! Good Hub! And I'm glad you came back, because if you didn't then I wouldn't have had the pleasure to meet and get to know you. :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Cagsil, I appreciate the read and comment. When I first started Hubs I loved it until I dealt with my little issue here :P The rest of my family reacts like yours - most dont even know I write and only one who does reads (my Mom). Im not worried about it though. At least this way I can avoid any drama :)

Im also glad I came back. My first time through I didnt get to know many hubbers because I didnt (and I still dont) participate in the forums really...so now I've met so many wonderful people who keep me motivated to return day after day!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Ahhh Ardie - well I'm so glad you didn't let it all bother you to the point that you never came back:). You are an excellent writer! I have had my bad days here too - rude comments, omg! Once Daves girlfriend from 18 (yes 18 YEARS) ago left me a few comments. I didn't say nice:) lol.

I'm glad you're here!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

omg, RealHousewife - 18 years?! Are you sure thats not a typo? 18...can we say psycho? I decided not to let anything get to me this time through - I was so sensitive before. Now I love the rude comments so I can retaliate and point out what's usually stupidity hahah Internet trolls arent always the brightest


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Congratulations Ardie!!!


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catrus 4 years ago from Philippines

Beautiful hub! This reminded me to set goals for the coming year as well. Looking forward to reading more of your hubs while I try to create my first 50!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks Audrey! Always great to see you :)

Catrus, thank you so much! I hope to make 50 more this year (at least) so we can support each other in that goal. I look forward to reading your first 50 :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Hi Ardie,

I could totally understand how one hub that "caused problems" could rock the boat so much that you put your writing on hold. I, for one, am glad that you are back. Congrats on 541 current followers. That is awesome. And it's so great to have another Ohioan so close on HP. BTW, did you see the Lake Effect forecast for Sunday -Tuesday? Whoooo Hoooo Ohio!

Sharyn


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poshcoffeeco 4 years ago from Cambridgeshire

Glad to hear you are sticking around. I love this hub. Isn't it a shame that people close to you don't keep their opinions to themselves. I have stopped doing things to please other people before, even when I have been close to a breakthrough. Now I only listen to me !

My little goals are the same as yours. Next hub 50th.

I am a way off 500 followers though and my pv's have been a bit stagnent lately. 10,000 page views seem a mile away when you are only on 4000.Need to get some momentum back I think. Maybe I should do a hub about it?

vote up / awesome


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BeatsMe 4 years ago

I wonder, is that hub still published? And why would it cause you so much trouble? Anyway, I'm glad you're staying here for good. Best of luck. :)


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA

Welcome back. this hub was on the hot hubs page, so it looks like you are really being acknowledged for your writing. I too am really curious about the hub you took down.


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

A brilliant hub and welcome back,maybe it was not quite the right time before but is now.

Here's to so much to share in this coming year.

Take care

Eddy


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maxravi 4 years ago from India

A nice hub.you can probably break your hub into some paragraphs and it will be easier to read.


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sabrani44 4 years ago

Great hub! Glad to know you're back on hubpages, and I hope you stay.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

It's great to meet you thru Poshcoffee. I love your hub. next some upsets you with their bad comments just unfollow them.

I'm going to follow you now.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi Sharon! Im so glad to be back too. I did see the storm warning – I just had to drive home from work in blizzard-like conditions. The snow was blowing into my truck so hard that it sounded like ice hitting the paint. It was NUTS.

Poshcoffeeco, great to see you! It is a shame that this person that put me down is someone who should support me the most - but instead he used the opportunity to smother my creativity. I still accept full blame because I let him do it. Never again! You totally did write a hub for number 50 and and it was fantastic. We can make and reach goals together :)

BeatsMe – The pub is not hublished – yes I really said that. Its been a long night. I unpublished it 3 years ago and never kept a copy. It was about red flags to watch for in a relationship and my husband thought it was all about him. It was not but it caused enough strife that I gave up and moved on.

Millionaire Tips, I explained the hub above. Thanks for letting me know my hub was on hot hubs, I missed it because of the New Year’s festivities! Im so excited for my first hot hub :)

Eiddwen – I sure feel like it’s the right time now! I’m hooked and I’ve made it known in my circle that this is my hobby/interest and I am going to pursue it. Thanks for coming in

Maxravi, I appreciate the feedback but I don’t see the problem. The hub has 4 paragraphs already…

Sabrani44, thanks for the read and Im here for good :)

Writer20 – now here’s a name I’ve been seeing all over the place lately :) I will steer away from mean people – I promise. Thanks for the follow!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Ardie,

I am so glad to know you 'now'. The older I get, the more I realize that we need to first please ourselves. When our work, our passion comes from our heart, as yours obviously does, it will blossom and thrive.

I know there will always be 'friends' and strangers who have feedback that might be hurtful. I try to get a little tougher and even more resolved to 'do my thing'.

From the comments I am reading, it sounds like you have so many more true friends and followers supporting you through your creative journey. I am thrilled to be one of them now!

Voted UP & UABI-- have a wonderful day, mar.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hello mar! You're so very sweet AND so very right. I need to please myself first too and take a cue from you and be a little tougher...I'm working on that :)

I'm truly amazed at the feedback on this hub - I never expected it in a million years and I am grateful for each person who stepped in.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Ardie to a new hubber this hub was refreshing! I must remind myself why I'm here because I love to write and create. I also live all the comments I've received from the community here at hubpages. Glad your back glad I'm here. Thanks!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hello kelleyward - Im glad to see you around these parts :) Im glad I came back and met you too. Now we can encourage each other to remember WHY we write and to ignore the Negative Nellies. Thank you for reading.


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BakerRambles 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Well, I see you have gained much in the ways of both the happiness and hardships of a writer, a couple of my relationships didn't agree on my writing habits until 5am everyday either. A Passion is a passion, and writers will be writers. Thank you for sticking by me in my struggles as a writer. You are a good friend Ardie, I hope you know that. :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hi there Mr Baker :) I love how you word that "a passion is a passion, and writers will be writers". I need to make a plaque of that and wear it around my neck!! I try to be a good friend and I hope you realize just how much I appreciate you too - even if it IS in my own goofy way. Writers need to stick together, right?


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BakerRambles 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Of course, I have found over this process that a writers best friend is the pen and another writer. Most people can't quite understand our ways. Although in this day in age I guess it's the keyboard and not the pen, but I still rock a quill from time to time just to let the world know. :)


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

You know, just after I made my last comment I went back to writing and making comments on hubs. My husband woke up, walked through the living room, stood there by the office door staring at me, shook his head and gave me a nasty look, then went back to bed hahah Maybe if I rock the quill he will take me seriously! Until then I will have all my crazy friends :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

congrats on Hub number 50! Don't disappear again. You're a great writer and commenter and you've become a friend as well. You're an asset to Hubpages and I appreciate all that you write and comment!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Thanks PDX! Im not going anywhere - ya'll better get used to seeing my annoying self running around :) I've gotten to know way too many talented people and I feel this aching need to keep up with their writing!!! Its an addiction I tell you :)


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

ardie, I agree, though it's often quite the daunting task! Glad to see you're not leaving!


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Ardie, I am glad you shared this. I know some people close to me do not take writing as a serious cause. I have been told I sit in front of the computer too much - as if I am play games. I am glad your hubs did not disappear and you returned. This made me think about needing to scrub my old hubs, too. Thanks for sharing. I found it very encouraging to read your experience. Votes and Shares! :-)


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tsmog 4 years ago from Escondido, CA

First thank you Sholland10! Bringing this hub to my attention through the wizardry of who knows what is so cool! I haven't the words to say how important to me my favs are while exploring the new authors too. I vote and leave a cue click, but comment less. I comment more at night after a long day of work. In the mornings I feel hurried having to work etc - got'ta get things done. Besides I type like a mule walking up a mountain - lol.

This hub and the comments contained are a life lesson for sure. You chose three little goals that for many are insurmountable. Yet, full of encouragement we can see why you and the other elites are elites. Wow, a great hub idea.

This has grown too long, speaking of self, yet my desire is for you to know and the many others, the encouragement I receive with the many hubs, while wishing I could read them all, does 'help' me through the day while leading to a peaceful sleep too!

Thank you Ardie! (say hello to the little ones and your hubby)


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Came back for another read--Now that I have been here longer, all of this makes more sense to me--and I am glad that you are here and enjoying it!


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I can relate - this site is addictive! I'm so glad I found your hubs - signed: Follower for Life! Voted up and awesome!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

PDX! I missed this comment from 4 weeks ago – what a BAD Hub friend I am :( I could never leave all my new buddies!

Sholland I thank you so much for sharing this and for reading it. Can you imagine how other people think we just play all day?! It’s mentally exhausting to follow the writing process from start to finish. I’m glad you found some encouragement in this. Stick it out and one day soon you will have proof to show you are indeed working hard for perfection (I know this since I have read your Hubs.)

Hello dear tsmog! Thanks so much for reading this. I felt like it was my explanation for the extended leave from my original Hub-buddies. I left them high and dry and I felt awful about it!! I promise here and now not to do that again. Even if I do ever decide to leave I will also say a (sad) farewell first. But I just don’t see that happening :)

Hi Audrey :) thanks for a second read! Im glad Im here and I got to know you on HP and on FB!!

Hello Marcy! You are always so, so nice. This site is highly addictive and I have finally told my (dear, sweet) husband to deal with my addiction as I have dealt with his to baseball :P It actually went over very well hahah


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Inspirational, Ardie. Voted up and all over the place! :-)


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PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

Ardie,

You are the Master of your destiny, and that means do not let any negativity append to you. Or you will be a sponge for their negative vibes. When someone’s comment bothers you sing, ”I am Woman” and stick you head up and keep going. Good Hub.

Welcome back.

Bobbi


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molometer 4 years ago

This was very interesting. I know you deleted and re-jigged some hubs. Did it make a big difference. I often go over my older hubs and they do get more traffic immediately. I am still trying to figure that one out.

Great hub Ardie. Welcome back to hubpages.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

What a nice reminder that all good journeys have bumps in the road and even detours at times, but they're worth the effort. How great for all of us that you revisited your dream and you're back here - to greet newcomers like me!


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BizVT34 4 years ago from USA

Welcome back, it's the journey that's important. No of us ever really arrive or finish. I'm new but I can see how this process becomes an important part of a Hubbers life.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Victoria Lynn – thank you so much!! :)

Hi Bobbi, you’re right. And I know this now...so watch out world because my singing aint the best – but Im gone do it anyways!

Hello molometer :) I deleted the one that caused so much trouble and it is now lost in the wind – never to be found again… But my older Hubs do need a makeover BAD. I will let you know if that helps!!

Hello Marcy! What a perfect time for me to find this comment. Yes, bumps in the road yet we keep going. I will keep going. I made it once I will do it again. And with that I am off to greet more wonderful additions.

Hi Buyabiz :)I did indeed learn a lot from the journey itself and I came back a much stronger person for it. Thanks for reading


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rickzimmerman 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio

Glad to be a follower, Ardie. Here's hoping I can stay with HubPages for my next 700 or more hubs.


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

hahah Thanks Rick :) I can only dream of having as many Hubs as you!!


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Kalmiya 4 years ago from North America

The most important thing is that you had the courage to return. If there's one thing that works in the world, it's persistence, so keep on Hubbing!


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Ardie 4 years ago from Neverland Author

Hello Kalmiya :) I promise I will stick around - y'all cant get rid of me now.

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