Writers HubCamp Empowering Meet-up at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas

Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas


This last Saturday a HubPages writers HubCamp Meet-up was held in downtown Houston, Texas at the Magnolia Hotel.

This boutique hotel is in the heart of downtown Houston in a location very convenient to entertainment venues such as the Alley Theatre, Jones Hall (home of the Houston Symphony Orchestra), the Wortham Center (home of the Houston Opera), Minute Maid Ballpark (home of the Houston Astros), the George R. Brown Convention Center, Toyota Center (home of the Houston Rockets) and obviously many other terrific sites...too many to list.

Having lived in Houston, Texas most of my adult life, I had never entered the doors of the Magnolia Hotel and it was an eye-opening discovery!

The décor is unique utilizing upscale materials...some leather panels on the walls in the lobby for instance...while at the same time combining some retro furnishings such as the sofas and an old wooden press in the first room which greets one's eyes when entering this charming hotel.

One is made aware that one is in the great State of Texas with large pieces of art with the outline of Texas on the walls in case one is jet lagged and a bit fuzzy as to where one has landed. At the same time there are Oriental inspired floral arrangements in the lobby and the second floor where our HubCamp Meet-up was held which may be representative of our large Asian population in Houston.


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Logo furnished to us at HubCamp along with a bound notebook and 3 pages of helpful information.
Logo furnished to us at HubCamp along with a bound notebook and 3 pages of helpful information. | Source

Magnolia Hotel in Houston


A few pictures of the interior of the Magnolia Hotel are included below.

Completely refurbished from the days when it was the location of the Houston Press Dispatch newspaper and also the one time headquarters building of Shell Oil Company, the 314 room Magnolia Hotel is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Photos taken inside of Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas

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Lobby of the Magnolia Hotel in Houston.Interesting set of sofas in the Magnolia Hotel lobby.A wooden press utilized as a table in the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel.Fellow HubCamp attendee in front of the fireplace in the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel.
Lobby of the Magnolia Hotel in Houston.
Lobby of the Magnolia Hotel in Houston. | Source
Interesting set of sofas in the Magnolia Hotel lobby.
Interesting set of sofas in the Magnolia Hotel lobby. | Source
A wooden press utilized as a table in the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel.
A wooden press utilized as a table in the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel. | Source
Fellow HubCamp attendee in front of the fireplace in the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel.
Fellow HubCamp attendee in front of the fireplace in the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel. | Source

Framed art in Houston's Magnolia Hotel

One of the mixed media art pieces that were in a frame on the 2nd floor of the Magnolia Hotel.
One of the mixed media art pieces that were in a frame on the 2nd floor of the Magnolia Hotel. | Source

Decorative Wall Art


Some unusual and yet beautiful mixed media collages adorned the walls on the second floor as we made our way to the HubCamp Meet-up room. Old bottle-caps and inside foil pieces that once lined cans of peanuts among other assorted "found objects" made for beautiful looking necklaces by some creative artists and were displayed in frames.

HubPages


Robin Edmondson and Jason Menayan were the leaders of our HubCamp and are also pivotal individuals in the beginning stages of HubPages in the early days.

Robin who is the wife of Paul Edmondson (CEO of HubPages) told those of us attending HubCamp that after leaving Microsoft, Paul and some of his friends conceived of the idea of forming HubPages where writers could publish their original pieces of work in an online format on a variety of subjects and because of Google AdSense earn money for their efforts.

Those early days of entrepreneurship in 2006 were a time of nervousness. The Edmondsons had given up a certain sense of security like a regular paycheck, medical insurance (now they were paying the costs of Cobra) and to top it off, Robin said that she was pregnant.

Jason Menayan came on board HubPages as their 4th employee.

From those early days to now...my how things have changed!

Photos inside Magnolia Hotel - Houston, Texas

2nd floor of the Magnolia Hotel looking towards the lounge area of the bar.  Our meeting room for HubCamp was on the left.
2nd floor of the Magnolia Hotel looking towards the lounge area of the bar. Our meeting room for HubCamp was on the left. | Source
Another one of those mixed media pieces of artwork on the walls of the Magnolia Hotel.
Another one of those mixed media pieces of artwork on the walls of the Magnolia Hotel. | Source
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Making Money Online

Robin Edmondson and Jason Menayan and others at HubPages all started writing articles and posting them on the site.


Each additional person that found HubPages in which they could write anything from poetry to recipes to travel articles to financial advice and more slowly started growing HubPages and from those early beginnings, HubPages now has multitudes of writers coming on board each month when they find this user friendly site.


In any case, it is one of the few sites on the Internet where seasoned and professional writers as well as those who are novices can earn additional income by online writing.


It costs nothing but one's time and effort and the tools that HubPages offers those of us who are writing our hubs is substantial.


From the various capsules such as text, photos, links, polls, videos, maps, and even amazon and eBay...all is furnished for our use and tutorials are readily made available for anyone wishing to learn how to use them to best advantage.


In the forums, other "Hubbers" readily offer free advice if one needs extra clarification on just about any subject.


HubPages consists of a friendly group of writers from all over the world and friendships can be formed between people that one would probably never have met in any other way.

Money

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Would you be interested in attending a HubCamp if it came to your area?

  • I have already attended one! (Smile)
  • Yes...definitely!
  • Had not given it much thought but I'll consider it.
  • No interest in making extra income by writing online...so
See results without voting

How to Make More Money





Step one...join HubPages!


Step two...Just take a breath, flex your fingers and with some thought and perhaps a bit of research start writing.

The articles that are written belong to the author, not HubPages. They can be amended at any time and as one learns how to use all the tools available, one can go back in and fine tune one's hub.



Step three...Google AdSense ads are automatically generated on one's hubs and if one wishes, Amazon and eBay ads can also be added. HubPages is also slowly adding some ads (if one opts in to that program) and from all of those advertisements, one can grow income.


Be advised...this is not a get rich quick proposition.

It takes some time for one's online writing to be noticed but with time and consistent effort, one can develop a residual income from authoring articles known as hubs on HubPages. Obviously if one learns how to polish one's online writing skills this also helps.


This is the beauty of what HubPages offers in a nutshell. A free venue where one can express oneself and write about things of which one is interested; great tools with which to make one's hubs attractive to readers, and wonderful help from the HubPages staff and other Hubbers. Oh...and lest I forget...a venue for making money online!

Houston, Texas (downtown allure)

HubCamp = Making Money Ideas


HubCamps such as the HubCamp Meet-up for writers hosted by Robin Edmondson and Jason Menayen at the Magnolia Hotel in Houston, Texas was a joy and a delight.


Putting faces to the names of such amiable folks such as Robin and Jason including those of other writers in the area while learning skills to make our hubs more polished and hopefully generate even more income makes it well worth the effort to attend these free seminars. Robin and Jason even hosted an after seminar get together in the Magnolia Hotel bar where they purchased a drink and even furnished appetizers for the attendees.


Thank you Robin and Jason, and thank you HubPages!


A markerMagnolia Hotel -
1100 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002, USA
[get directions]

Location of our HubCamp Meet-up in Houston.

Houston, Texas downtown

Slide show of downtown Houston daytime and at night.

Sampling of other sites in and around Houston...

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© 2011 Peggy Woods

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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Au fait,

They were holding these HubCamps prior to starting the Apprentice program. I believe that the Apprentice program has replaced the regional meetings. Am sure that it is much more economical for them to do the Apprentice program since from what I gather, the graduated ones mentor the new people entering the program. They are quite possibly seeing better results as well because the people in the program have to turn out a certain amount of hubs...and they are undoubtedly more polished.

We met people who had driven all the way from San Antonio and Austin as well as more local folks who came to the meeting which only lasted a portion of one day. I was so uneducated at that point in time as to what I then knew about online writing...but it was still interesting.

Everything can be learned from the Learning Center if one spends the time to do that. I believe Jason is now gone from HubPages, but obviously Robin is still there. It was nice being able to meet and interact with them on a personal basis.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Interesting hub. Don't know how I missed seeing it sooner. Which writers did you meet and were you at all surprised by any of them? Did you have a lot of classes in various strategies etc.? Was it just for the day, or longer? I would love to know exactly what went on and I bet a lot of other hubbers would too.

The hotel sounds and looks pretty snazzy. They need to have one of these 'camps' in Dallas sometime, fashionable N. Dallas actually. Or maybe OK City.

Very interesting hub and I hope you write another about the next camp or even another about this one with more details on the camp itself. Voting up, useful, interesting, and will share!


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Rajan,

I have not heard of any HubPage meetings since they started the Apprentice program. I suppose that they think they will be able to reach many more people from around the world that way and mentor them teaching them more than what can be learned from one meeting. That being said, it was nice meeting some of the home staff and people who were there from the start of HP. It is always nice to feel like one has a personal connection to HP. Thanks for the votes and share.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Hi Peggy, it is awesome to read about this Hubpages meet in Houston. I think such an opportunity for us living so far away looks improbable. However given the opportunity I'd love to attend it and I'm sure it would be a lifetime experience to meet other hubbers as well as the staff from Hubpages. The photos are indeed awesome.

This is a wonderful write up that I'm sharing. Voted up, awesome.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Stacy,

I'm not sure if they are still doing HubCamps since starting the apprentice program, but people interested in organizing meetings for Hubbers in their area...it can happen. Go to the forums and check under the Hubpages Official to Hubpages Community. You will find info there about possible meetups in your area...or you could even organize one.


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