100 Hubs Into the Game: Reflection of My Experience on Hubpages.
The 100 milestone.
"Coming up the dang hill and you know we're in the game." Whoa! I just had a flashback to 2001 when I was doing some freestyle rapping with some friends of mine. Looking back at that period in time now, it feels like it was ancient history. I was never much of a rapper, or even a writer back in those days. However, things indeed do change, and writing has become something that I greatly enjoy partaking in.
After publishing a hub a couple of weeks ago, it dawned on me that this particular hub marked my 100th hub written here on Hubpages. I'll admit that I didn't notice it, nor did I pay much attention to it initially. It took another hubber(Karen Hellier) to point it out for me. She's also the person that suggested that I write what my experience publishing here on Hubpages has been like so far. Besides running a 5K, celebrating another birthday, and being busy with other things over the past couple of weeks, I pondered doing it. Well it's been two weeks later, so here goes nothing. When I say nothing, I literally mean nothing ha.
Time on Hubpages.
Alright, I've been apart of this community here on Hubpages for almost two years now(19 months to be exact). I've previously written and still do publish things on several other sites, but this particular community has been the one that I've had the most fun with. I've participated in two '10 Hubs in 10 Days' challenges, and one '30 Hubs in 30 Days' challenge. The latter was definitely an intense experience, one that I said I probably wouldn't do again.
I've made several friends off of Hubpages, some of which I've corresponded with outside of the site itself. Although I haven't had the success of some of the other members of Hubpages from a financial standpoint, I've still managed to earn more money on here than any other writing site that I've been a part of. It's sometimes hard to wrap my mind around the fact that I earned money for doing something that I disliked a lot in high school and college. Funny how that works out huh?
The Hubpages Community.
Hubpages is quite unlike any of the other content writing sites that I've tried out, and I've definitely tested out the waters here online. Hubpages doesn't really come across as a content writing site in my opinion. It feels like more of a social networking site, one that just happens to give us a platform for sharing our ideas and things we're good at. I mainly refer to it as a social networking site because of how hands on things are here.
The community of members here are so nice and friendly. In my almost two years on here, I've only received one negative comment from a member here. Even when I browse around and read others hubs, I always see inspiring and helpful comments. I think that says a lot about the majority of the people on here. This community is full of good people, and it's been truly a pleasure reading talented people's ideas. And you know what the best part about it is? Every single time that I log onto this site, there's always the possibility of discovering someone new.
Things I Keep In Mind When Writing on Here.
I definitely don't classify myself as a veteran 'hubber'. There is still much for me to learn, and more people to learn from on here. With that said, there are a few things that I try to keep in mind whenever I think about Hubpages.
- Write often: I know that a lot of writers here put out multiple articles a day. The only time that I've done that is when I was participating in the 30 day challenge. I try to write at least once a week. Maintaining a level of consistency in life, not just on Hubpages is important to me.
- Don't write overly long hubs: I know that some hubs have to be lengthy in order to get their points across, but I personally don't like writing long hubs. It's not that I'm lazy; I've definitely written my share of long hubs. However, I feel that someone is more likely to really read, and not just skim through something that I've written if it's not extremely too long. We already know that most people's attention span isn't that long.
- Never get caught up trying to write for cash: Of course the majority of us are here to make a few bucks. However, unless you're part of the group of people here making hundreds of dollars on a monthly basis, making a ton of money isn't likely. I view any time that I spend writing anything on here as a way to spread the thoughts that go through my mind.
I know that I put some of you through a bore reading this, but I think that I'm done rambling now. This definitely isn't the normal type of hub that I would usually write but since it's more of a celebration hub than anything, I think I should be able to escape with it this time around ya digg? I know that 100 hubs isn't that big of an accomplishment to those of you that may have written 'hundreds' of hubs, but it's definitely a personal milestone for me. It marks the first site that I've written this much for, and signals that I'm most likely in this for the long haul. Still in the game baby!
Thanks to any and all members that have followed me, and read anything that I've written. I know that it had to be excruciatingly painful to read through a lot of it (similar to this hub) right? All jokes aside, thanks for all the helpful advice and everything. It's been a fun ride that I'm sure will get better as time goes on. To everyone on here, keep on writing and creating. I definitely enjoy seeing what you all think. Prospect is definitely in the house, and the countdown to 200 has begun. Like Ice T said; "I'm up out of here like I stole something."