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Two Years on HubPages: Our Second Anniversary!

Updated on May 19, 2016
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A Second HubPages Anniversary!



How to celebrate my second HubPages anniversary?

What better way than by writing--writing a hub, of course?! ☺

Celebrating A Second HubPages Anniversary!


After a bit of celebration, I realized that all the cliches about time passing quickly apply to this anniversary and it really is hard to believe that I've been a part of this writing community this long.

That much time makes for an interesting and amazing journey no matter where you go or what you do en route. HubPages has been no different in that respect.

One thing I know without a doubt here on my little anniversary is that after two years with HubPages I’ve still got a lot to learn!

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A Walk in the Park to get to the 2nd HubPages Anniversary?


This journey, however, has certainly taken me more places, given me opportunity to learn from a wider variety of people, and stretched my abilities as much as any other trip I’ve ever taken.

The trepidation with which I began this experience was a mixed bag of intimidating confusion and honest questions. Could I do this new-to-me web writing? Did I really want to expose my writing to literally the whole world and risk the input I would get?

What were my primary and secondary goals? Would the effort be worth the time investment? Did I even understand what it would take to succeed in meeting my goals?

I started anyway. I’ve lived long enough to know that learning by doing is one of the best ways to really learn, and that mistakes don’t have to be the end of my world but, as a matter of fact, they can be a super learning experience.

Plunging in, I found that good help is available through the information that HubPages provides its members. Hubbers themselves have proved to be very helpful and encouraging--see my Milestones hub.

Reaching some milestones was exciting. 10 hubs published, 50 hubs published. 10 followers was even more amazing! 50?! Would I, could I ever have 100 followers? Pretty soon I begain figuring out how and why to look at stats, and I was indeed learning from my own mistakes.


The HubPages Journey to an Anniversary Is An Adventure


On this anniversary I am thinking of some of the experiences I’ve had with reading and writing on HubPages. For one thing, learning to read the English of people who do not know English very well has been interesting.

Some of this is neat because wonderful accents can come through and I can hear their meaning even if the grammar is not exactly English. I often wonder if they would be confused or if would they smile at hearing my southern accent.

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Other hubs, though, were just a difficult learning experience for me. Sometimes I’ve tried to read posts by people even from my country that are indecipherable. I decided they must be on something that I’m not familiar with. It’s ironic that some of these writers are the ones who criticize people from other cultures for their earnest attempts at writing English.

A look back at some of my initial work quickly reigned in any haughty thoughts that may have developed in my thinking. Looking over my own beginnings I almost asked myself who wrote those hubs. Yikes--very embarrassing. Some of my early hubs still need work, sure, but others simply had to be deleted--love that button.

Then I came across some of my past comments on other’s hubs, like the ones in which I meant to write something like, “So glad you posted this information” but instead wrote, “So gald you posted this information.” Of all misspellings to use--one that sounds like that is over the top!

Then there are the times I’ve answered questions or commented on hubs when I should have been asleep. Trust me, don’t do it, not even to answer a quick question. I’m sure readers thought I was demented at times.

Of course, dealing with truly mindless comments from others is a part of life on HubPages. One never likes to be unkind, but sometimes those get the best of you. One hubber responded to a commenter’s, “Very informative hub” on a poem she had written with, “Oh really?” Perfectly priceless.

Only in the last few months have I begun to grasp the importance of comments in the HubPages community. Now that I do understand the concept better, I’m enjoying that aspect of hubbing much more.

I’ve come to realize that thoughtfully participating in the comments as they are intended is an opportunity to meet a need of today’s technological society. Educators, sociologists, and youth workers are all concerned that thoughtful communication is being lost to an entire generation.

Encouraging contemplation of written words is important for everyone, not just the generation we are trying to salvage from the debris of technological communication. Carefully thinking through what we read online and how best to respond to it is an exercise that we should all stay involved in if we want discernment regarding issues we face.

Forums can be fun if you can read the exchanges objectively, sincerely trying to look at both sides of the issues. They can be funny, too. People who get really angry often make comical mistakes. I just read this line: “First of all it insults anyone with an once of intellect!” Besides the typo and no comma after “first of all” there was nothing more to the post. (I would’ve read the rest of the list, too!)

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Food hubs are something I never dreamed I would be doing. Family and friends would fall in the floor laughing if they knew I was writing recipes. What little I’ve done has been well received, but cooking is not my forte. I find that my key is to learn something new about food or cooking it and then share it with others.

A hub that included the phrase “edible cooking oil” made me giggle. Need I say that my first thought was, “I suppose we could cook with non-edible cooking oil, but why?” My sarcasm melted away, however, when I remembered how some of my own sentences sounded after publication--sigh. Seeing lines like that encourage me to proof my own work better!

HubPages can be a real opportunity for humor. Taking something written the wrong way, or having a different perspective on it is sometimes funnier than expected. I came across info on trying self-hypnosis. To me, the obvious response is, “You’ve got to be kidding. Really now, who’s gonna bring ya’ out of it?"

Surprising things can happen when you do creative writing, like the hub in which I wrote about Christmas lights under the snow, and lo and behold, they do make such a thing and it’s for sale on Amazon!

More importantly, creative writing is very satisfying, particularly when you’ve given some happy thought and careful effort to a piece and then a reader is kind enough to leave a comment. It’s a creative outlet worth working up the courage to try!

I’ve recently gotten around to improving my profile page, thanks to reading about the importance of doing so. I imagine there are other writers who haven’t thought much about how important it is to set it up nicely and keep it updated, but I was clueless until just last month. I imagine it will need to change with time, but it's a good opportunity to evaluate one's own work.

Personally, I do not like third-person profiles, but I will keep trying to read them. This isn’t a criticism--I promise--it’s just a preference because I find them distracting, confusing, and scratchy. You may have an explanation for them that helps me!


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Web Writing Is An Unending Learning Experience: HubPages is a Great Place to Learn


There are still some opportunities that I want to take advantage of, but doing the research to learn what I don't know and then implementing what I learn takes away from the little time I have for the writing I want to do--and there's a lot of that!

I have finally decided to Twitter. Now that I’ve decided, the reading I’ve been doing looks different. One of the major drawbacks that kept me from green-lighting my plans to join the world of Twitter finally dawned on me. Too many people already think I’m a twit. Do I really want more of those people in my life?

Well, web writing is a world that comes in a package containing both a learning curve that must constantly be updated as well as loads of opportunity that can help us benefit from what we learn. Maybe I’ll get it all together one day--in the meantime, I’ll just go one step at a time.

If you are interested in learning about online writing, HubPages is a great place to start. All in all, I have to recommend that you give it a shot!



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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      moonlake:

      Thanks for your congrats! I appreciate your visit and comments very much. Continuing to learn and grow will keep us on our toes! :)

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I also have to say happy belated anniversary. Like you I have read some old comments I made on hubs and I was shocked at how bad they were. What was I thinking. Enjoyed this hub. Voted up.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      CyberShelley:

      Thanks very much for letting me know you enjoyed this hub! I hope that your continued journey with HP will yield the achieving of your goals. I know the involvement has benefitted my writing greatly and I'm glad for the learning experience!

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      RTalloni, I really enjoyed reading this hub and the way your brought the reader through each part of your journey. I have been on hubpages for two years, wrote one hub and then didn't write again for over a year. I am now back and hoping that involvement, writing and commenting on hubpages will improve my writing.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Heather Jacobs:

      Thank you for checking out this 2 year anniversary hub and for letting me hear from you!

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      Heather Jacobs 5 years ago

      You make some very good points in your article. I personally am guilty of leaving comments, responding to comments, and even writing hubs far too late at night! Thanks for SHARING!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Tams R:

      HubPages has been a welcoming community to people who like to write, no matter how inexperienced. :)

      I especially enjoy learning from writers who strive to raise the bar in their writing, particularly when the topic is important.

      Learning to write online continues to be a process for me, and loving to write is motivation to keep working at the process.

      Appreciate your visit and comments very much--thanks!

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      Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

      Truly inspiring to see a 2+ year hubber who still enjoys writing here. Scrolling to the bottom of these comments is proof that creating a presence is of utmost importance. Great job!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      cabmgmnt:

      Thank you for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed reading about my experiences and I look forward to watching your journey develop. Most of all, have fun writing! :)

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      Corey 5 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Thank you for your insights. I enjoyed your journey through the 2 years of hubbing. I have been a member for two years but consider myself a newbie since I had forgotten about joining this site and have only been actively publishing over the past 2 weeks. I look forward to my journey over the next 2 years as an active hubber. Thanks.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Millionaire Tips:

      Thanks kindly for your belated greeting! :) So glad you enjoyed the hub and that this was interesting to you.

      Third person is a literary tool that can be useful, but it's definitely not my favorite style for these profiles. It took me a long time to post more than a few lines in my profile, but once I understood the purpose of it I couldn't go the third person route.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Happy belated anniversary! I enjoyed reading this hub and giggling over finding mistakes you made in older posts and comments. I do that too! I enjoy learning about the things you learned.

      P.S. I prefer first person profiles too. Third person seems like a lie, since it is not written by a third person.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      thelyricwriter:

      Thanks very kindly!

      HP really has been a fun learning experience--and a continual chance to meet nice people. :)

      I have a lot to learn about the pays off part, but I haven't taken the time to check it out like I need to...I keep intending to...One of these days I'm gonna'... !!!

      I do appreciate that you came by with your generous comments because it's always a lot of encouragement to hear from readers. So appreciate your visit!

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      Hey there RTalloni:) Congrats on the accomplishments here at HP. There is a lot of hard work and research put into two years of writing and by the number and quality of your work, I would say you have put in more then a fair share. I notice many people don't talk about that, but when you put in a quality hub, it takes some work. I am trying to get to "hard work pays off". I commend you for that hard work. I believe it is a great feeling to get thanked when you worl hard at something. Good tips too. Votes us, congrats, and best wishes now and forward. Take care.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Ipanfil:

      When you love writing, well, you love it, and you can't get away from it, can you? :)

      I'll look for your 2 year anniversary hub--thanks for stopping by.

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      lpanfil 5 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      I write for a local paper. So, why write for Hubpages? Writing about who is running for school board and the most recent grant awarded, doesn’t always satisfy my creative yearnings. It is also enjoyable to veer off the journalist style page of newspaper work. I’m looking forward to hitting my 2 year anniversary. Continued success to you.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Dolores Monet:

      Thank you--your work and input inspired me from the beginning of my journey here!

      That is such a neat experience you had with the hubber's manner of speaking/writing. Thank you for sharing that!

      Besides sometimes being a real help in understanding something, as you mentioned, one of the best aspects of communicating with people whose language is different from ours is that it makes our brains work, giving us mental exercises. I don't want a blobby, floppy, lazy brain! :)

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Congratulations on 2 years at HP ! I do love this place and it's amazing how kind and helpful the community is. You mentioned people who are not native English speakers. Well, when I stared, I had so much trouble figuring it all out. There was one hubber, whose English sounded accented, and may have been a bit off-putting to certain people but, for some reason, I was suddenly able to understand concepts that I just could not pick up elsewhere.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Sally's Trove:

      Thank you! Your evolution on HP has been filled with informative and helpful hubs since long before I arrived...thanks for your encouragements along the way! So appreciate your kind input.

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Congrats on your second, and thank you so much for sharing your thoughts as a writer. New and old members here have a lot to gain by reading your experiences. Through time, here, we can learn a lot about ourselves and others. Up and awesome.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      wilderness:

      The 2 year mark is interesting--both "whew, I made it this far" feeling and a "shouldn't I know more than I do" feeling! Hope you'll be writing a hub about your anniversary, and sharing what you've learned.

      Our wonderful friends across the ponds bring a richness to our HP experience that can't be topped. Without them HP would not be the same. I've enjoyed reading the work of people as varied in their cultures as we are in ours. It's been neat to meet warm, wonderful people from all over the world and to relish their nationalities with them.

      Well put--HP is about more than money if we but look for it!

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      Dan Harmon 5 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I still have quite a few months to go to make your two year mark, but have some of the same enjoyable experiences.

      In particular, I like the accents, and choice of words from around the world. I knew what a "loo" is but what in the world is a "nappy"? And the spelling! Those awful Brits and Aussies keep my eyes snapping back to verify that the word was what I thought it was. LOL

      You are certainly correct about the learning curve,too. Although it has flattened somewhat from my early days, it will always be there - there is always something new happening on the web.

      Some nice thoughts here, and a good indication that HubPages is about more than simply making money if you but look for it.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Howdy anginwu:

      Thanks so much! :) So appreciate your visit and comments. New friends are one of the best aspects of HP and your wide variety of hubs are always interesting!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Congratulations on your 2-year milestone--sorry I'm a little late. But better late than never, i know--another cliche. You've done fabulously, writing more than 139 hubs and counting. Keep up the good work.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      rairieprincess:

      How kind of you to remember and mention that! You've got a super start with hubbing-looking like a pro and teaching what I need to learn now. :) Thanks much for your congrats!

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      RTalloni, you were one of the first people I remember commenting on my hubs and I learned a lot from you. I loved this retrospective and your ability to see the good in everyone. I also thought that line about cooking was hilarious!

      So ... a big congrats!!! Two years and still going strong. Cheers, my friend.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      katrinasui :

      So appreciate your visit and congrats! I enjoy your work and keep thinking I'll get over to your other sites one day to check out how they work.

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      katrinasui 5 years ago

      Congrats on successfully completing two years at Hubpages.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      prasetio30:

      Thank you very much for your congratulations. So appreciate your kindness in stopping by with good wishes!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      sassyabby1:

      Thank you for the congrats. Just continue to refine your writing and keep on reading and learning to be as happy with your work as possible in 2 years.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks kindly, A.CreativeThinker. It's been a neat journey. So appreciate that you let me know you found the hub interesting!

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      sassyabby1 6 years ago from ATL

      Congratulations, two years is awesome! I am hoping to still be going at it strong in 2 years as well!

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      A.CreativeThinker 6 years ago

      Congratulations RTalloni! Wow 2 years at Hub Pages, that is amazing. Very Interesting hub. Best Wishes for continued success. Take Care :)

      Regards

      A.CreativeThinker

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Congratulations for you. Two years on Hubpages is great achievement for you. We should hard work among other hubbers together in the best community. Success for you!

      Prasetio

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Nice to see you again, my friend! So sorry, Petra, that it took so long for me to see this last comment.

      My day was rearranged by having to wait, wait, wait today with an elderly relative who needed medical attention. All is well enough tonight for someone 86 years old.

      How thankful I was for my little laptop so that during the waiting times I could answer the hub comments that came in today!

      Your first comment came through just fine and I'm glad you wrote again for I have been thinking...and you know how dangerous that is! ;>)

      Seriously, I've been thinking about how God sees all of humankind as one race--the human race--and of how He desires that we view each other as He sees us, of how His desire for us is to be united to Him through His Son, according to His Word. For those who believe what He says, that principle is a mandate.

      We live in a fallen world, and even though we all deal with sins that are common to mankind, there will always be those whose hearts are just filled with pride and hate and selfishness and rebellion to what God says. I am thankful to be able to tell you that I know many, many people who are not that way!

      Thanks so much for checking out this hub and for letting me know you stopped by! :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Jamie Brock:

      Your first project was inspiring to me, and more followed! You've got a great start with your first anniversary coming up. :)

      Thanks bunches for your kindness in dropping by and in your congrats.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      VENZKHVAM:

      Thank you!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Petra Vlah:

      Ahh, friend. How embarrassing to think that you have heard that term applied to yourself, however, I am sad to say that I know it is true. I've hoped you would not judge us all by "those" few. In all my circle of friends, hither to yon, I know of no one who feels as "they" do. In other countries I know that many people do not feel kindly towards Americans, but I do not judge their entire country by those few.

      Thanks kindly, dear girl, for your visit, your congrats and your good wishes! :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      sarovai:

      Thank you for visiting this hub and for your encouraging comments!

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      Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello again RT,

      It is either that HP did not take my comment or you did not aprove it LOL

      At any rate, congratulations for the 2 very productive years and many, many more

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      Jamie Brock 6 years ago from Texas

      Congrats RTalloni! Two years with HubPages is awesome. I've found HubPages to be a great community and you have been one of my best supporters. Thank you so much for that. Many blessings to you :)

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      VENZKHVAM 6 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      My pleasure and wish you all the best RTalloni

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      VENZKHVAM:

      Thank you kindly for your warm congrats!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Movie Master:

      It's best to start hubbing with a willingness to laugh at oneself, yes? :)

      You guys who do 53 hubs in half a year amaze me...I must be doing something wrong!

      Thanks much for your visit and encouraging comments--they mean a great deal!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      VENZKHVAM:

      Thanks very much for your kind words and wishes. Your visit is much appreciated!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      stayingalivemoma:

      Thanks bunches!

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      Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      Hello RT,

      and thank you for mentioning the difficulties that some of us "damn" foreigners are faceing while trying to get a message across. You have been a big supporter of my efforts and I thank you for that.

      Congratulations for the 2 productive years you spent on HP and I hope you will be around for many more

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      sarovai 6 years ago

      Hi RTalloni ,first of all , congrats for celebrating second anniversary in hubpages. Some of your experiences applicable to me also. And hubpages really a wonder place to write and enjoy. There is no doubt about it. And experience hubbers guidelines also encouraging. Thank u for sharing.

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      VENZKHVAM 6 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SECOND YEAR OF HUBPAGES.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Cloverleaf:

      It's always so nice to hear that someone enjoyed your work as a writer--thank you for letting me know! You have a great start with HubPages--your topics are interesting and you've published a good variety in just 6 months!

      Thanks much for coming by and for your very kind comments!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi RTalloni, congratulations on 2 years with HubPages, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your journey and could relate to much you have written. I read a couple of my early hubs recently and cringed!

      It's all quite a learning curve but a very enjoyable one.

      I always enjoy reading your hubs and thank you for commenting on my hubs and your support. Best wishes.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      SusieQ42 :

      Glad you enjoyed this, and I appreciate your visit! I hate to think how many times I should've but didn't double check comments, proof more carefully, etc., but it helps to laugh and oneself and learn to do better! :)

      You've done an astounding amount of work in 5 months--I need to check out your latest work!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Sunshine625:

      Thank you for your kind congrats and wishes! The opportunity to meet new friends is just one reason to join HP. It's funny that I moved to these mountainous Carolinas from where you are now and thanks to HP, here we are! :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      thougtforce:

      Thanks bunches for stopping in all the way from Sweden! :) Thanks, too, for your very kind words. We often have the same experiences with HP, but since we love writing we write about them anyway, don't we? Really, though, we may have similar experiences, but we all have our own details and perspectives on them, don't you think?

      So glad we met via HP!

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      VENZKHVAM 6 years ago from Milk way galaxy, trying to find a more adventurous place in another galaxy with my great followers

      Anniversaries are always a reason to celeberate. How many sleepless hours you must have spend on hubpages and its family you only know.

      I wish here by congratulate you on your completion of 2 years successfully in hubpages with lots of fan base.

      With Warm Regards

      Dinesh Nair

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      miccimom:

      Thank you for such kind congrats. Your journey is just beginning, but you'll be here two years before you know it. I have to laugh when I think about how confused I was at the point you are at now...and it's true, the more I learn the more I learn that there's more to learn! New friends are one of the best aspects of HP--encouraging friends are tops! Thanks again!

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      Valerie Washington 6 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

      Congrats!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Genna East:

      Thanks much for your visit and for your encouragement!

      I'm already learning from ktrapp's hubs on hubbing and I may wait on Twitter until I get use some of her tips on my current hubs--that is if I can get figured out right! :) I will try to keep you posted--maybe your poems will be twitted yet!

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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi RTalloni,

      Congratulations on 2 years with HubPages! I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story so far. Sometimes when I meet other hubbers that have a couple of years experience I assume that they have always known what they were doing, so it's good to be reminded that you started at the beginning and that you continue to learn as you go. Your hubs are great and inspire me so much - I'm looking forward to reading many more!

      Cloverleaf.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      VirginiaLynne:

      Thank you kindly for such high compliments!

      I know what you mean about writing hubs being so much more interesting--loving to write makes everything else pale! I have one or two more hubs nearly ready, and then I think I will make myself try to get some hubs updated with what I am learning.

      You have put together a great variety of hubs in a short time and I'm looking forward to reading more of them.

      So appreciate your visit and comments here!

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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      Excellent hub about being a "hubster." I enjoyed the light humor...especially about embarrassing comments. I've learned to check out my comments before posting. It seems that I have the tendency to leave out words making them look and sound very strange!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      randomcreative:

      Thanks kindly for stopping in with your input! Even though you've been with HP a relatively short time, I've learned from your work, and I appreciate that, too!

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      Linda Bilyeu 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Congratulations on your anniversary! What an exciting and interesting journey you've had. Your hubs are always a pleasure to read and learn from. Here's to another 2 years...etc....etc...etc :))

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      ktrapp:

      So glad you enjoyed this--that's very satisfying to a writer, as you know!

      It's kind of you to stop by and let me know! :)

      You've only been with HP 2 months, but I see that the experience you bring to the community is going to be beneficial to people like me. I see I need to take some time to do more reading. I'll be checking out your HP hubs--regularly I hope. (Yes, that's a hint--more please!) :)

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      Christina Lornemark 6 years ago from Sweden

      Congratulations to the two years! What a milestone! I so agree on the things you write here, the early hubs, (uhu, they do need some fixing) and the late written comments; sometimes it would be better to turn the computer off. I love the way you described how it is to write here and it sounds very familiar to my experience too.

      I wish you continue to write for many more years and that you have much success in doing so. This hub is a joy to read and I think you will inspire many to start write here!

      Tina

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      homesteadbound:

      You are so kind--thank you for the encouragement! You have a wide variety of hubs for a great start hubbing. Before you know it, you'll be writing an anniversary or milestones hub! I appreciate your visit and input very much!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Rachelle Williams:

      Thank you kindly! :) Coming to terms with keeping up with the different facets and updates for web writing can be overwhelming if we don't simply enjoy the writing and go through the learning process step by step! You've got a great four month start!

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      miccimom 6 years ago from U.S.A

      Congratulations on your two years RTalloni! HP is a fun place to be. Best wishes and looking forward to more of your writing!

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      Genna East 6 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Congratulations on your 2-year anniversary! I enjoyed this interesting retrospective on your journey here, on the Hub. You are a good writer, T., and I have always enjoyed your hubs. I have not yet joined Twitter; it’s an unknown quantity for me I guess, and I’m not sure if I have the time. You’ll have to let us know your thoughts on this new frontier. :-)

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      Virginia Kearney 6 years ago from United States

      Love the way you bring the reader through your process of learning to write on Hubpages. I think this is a great introduction for people interested in starting to write here. I agree that it is something you continually learn to do better. I've published in print, but this is an entirely different medium. I love the fact that I do get to hear comments and then clarify my posts. One thing I struggle with is that I know I need to go back and do a better job in linking posts and adding more to them, but I keep on having ideas for new hubs and that seems more interesting!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Congrats on your two years here! I've enjoyed reading your hubs and look forward to more of them. I know that I still have a lot to learn, too, but that's life...it's a continual process to get to the top in places like this.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hi sofs! Thanks so much for your kind comments. :)

      I checked your profile again and it's quite nice to read--the third person part is not long and then you are speaking to me about your work in the next section.

      I do have difficulty getting through long third person ones, but I read them anyway--it's good for me! I would love to hear others' perspectives on them because reading about the reasons for doing that might help me get over my confusion with them. It's probably as simple as different personalities like different styles.

      So appreciate your visit to this anniversary hub. The benefits of meeting encouraging friends is just one more reason to write with HP! :)

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      Kristin Trapp 6 years ago from Illinois

      Congratulations. This hub made me laugh. Some of the actual examples cracked me up like, "an once of intellect" and "first of all" without a second or third point to be made. Very funny!

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 years ago from Texas

      This was a great hub! I thoughly enjoyed reading about your journey. I enjoyed how you put your words together - flowed well, easy to understand, excellent grammar, etc. Your hub gave me hope...that in two years I may be able to write a summary of my two years and be able to say it as eloquently as you have done. I am inspired! Voted up, interesting and useful!

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      Rachelle Williams 6 years ago from Tempe, AZ

      This is an excellent hub! And yes, web writing is indeed a never ending learning experience.

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Congratulation...and I wish you many more years of online writing and much success.. I loved the section on comments and mindless comments.. lol. Recently I was advised to rewrite my very ordinary looking profile in third person and your view of it brought a smile to my face. I agree with you totally when you say HubPages is a great place to start .. if not for HP I would have quit online writing a long time ago. Great hub:) and great knowing you!!