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.
Photos taken inside of Magnolia Hotel in Houston, TexasClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
Framed art in Houston's Magnolia Hotel
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.
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
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.
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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!
Houston, Texas downtown
Sampling of other sites in and around Houston...
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- Pictures of Goode Co. Texas Barbeque A feast for Kings or Cowboys!
Slide show of downtown Houston daytime and at night.
© 2011 Peggy Woods
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