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8 Things I Have Learned from (and Appreciate in) HubPages

Updated on May 4, 2012

As the year draws to a close, I look back from the time I started to write in HubPages. I have been writing here for six months already, producing 89 hubs (this being my 90th), gaining more than 40,000 views and generally enjoying myself.

Prior to my HP days, I have been writing online (for other people) for more than six months already. While the part-time earnings are okay, there’s just something different when you write for other people rather than for yourself. Even back then, I was actually looking for a site where I can write my own stuff, read other writers’ articles (hubs) and communicate with my readers or other writers. Needless to say, I have found all those (and more) in HubPages.

With this hub, I just want to share some of the things I have learned while writing and publishing my hubs in HubPages. I’m sure some of you have learned the same things, while others have learned a lot more. Some may still be on the verge of learning these things (and I wish you good luck in HP). Whichever point you are now, I do wish you’ll enjoy reading this hub as I’ve enjoyed writing it and going down my (short) memory lane in my HP experience.

I have learned…

That I can write whatever I want in HP. Of course, within boundaries (read HP’s FAQs). I have written about my profession, accounting, such as: why is it important to learn the basics of accounting, what the tax season entails for us accountants and what are some of the scandals that shook our (accounting) world.

I have also written about my alternative career choices, the perils of social networking sites to one’s employment, some online writing sites for Filipinos, tips for managing time for freelancers and tips for writing proposals online.

Being a Filipino residing in the Philippines, I have also hubbed about the beauty of my country through my hubs on my hometown, Butuan City, my favorite city, Davao City, my favorite island resort, Amanpulo, the 7 natural wonders of my country and the beautiful island of Camiguin. I’ve published hubs to tell the world about what happened to my country during two of the most devastating typhoons this year, Ondoy and Pepeng, and how Filipinos from around the world came through to help our Filipino brothers and sisters who were severely affected by these two typhoons. As a citizen of my country, I can’t also help but write about our politics and about the state of our economy.

If I can play favorites with my hubs, I’d say these are how to stop procrastination, the things I hate while driving, domestic violence against men, bad study habits of students and my food hubs.

That I can try my hand in writing a lot of things. Except for poems and stories, I have tried my hand on writing a lot of things here in HP. There are my ranting hubs such as making up my mind, my complaints as a boss and what I hate while driving (2 hubs on this one). I’ve also written informative hubs about my country, our traditions and my profession. Hubs targeting Amazon sales? I’ve definitely written those. Maybe in the future I’ll try writing a poem or two and a short story or two (I hope).


That I can write hubs that people will read. I refrain from saying lots of people because this may seem like I’m bragging, but I’m really happy to see that I’m getting some readership here in HP. It shows that I’m writing stuff people actually want to read and even comment on. I love it when I receive comments from my fellow hubbers and even, from outside readers. These comments show me that there are really people out there who take time to follow me, read my hubs and write to me that they appreciate what I wrote.

That I can communicate with other hubbers…around the world. This one is a bonus. I’ve always wanted to communicate with other writers (something that I couldn’t do when I was writing for other people). And being able to communicate with them brought me closer to understanding other people, their thoughts, their words and their feelings.

I’ve met other Filipino hubbers here such as ripplemaker, dayzeebee, bingskee, General Howitzer, Cris A, Maita (prettydarkhorse), mommyfreelancer, the husband and wife hubbers, Papa Sez and Mama Sez, IslandVoice, MM Del Rosario, Lita Malicdem, jill of alltrades, CelinaMac and zylla3philippines. I’ve met hubbers who are in other countries that I have not yet visited such as Uninvited Writer (Canada), Shalini Kagal (India), myownworld and Lady_E (U.K.), Princessa (France), frogdropping (Portugal), Sufidreamer (Greece), earnesthub (Australia), Art (HealthTip) from Belgium and Pearldiver from Bumbletown, New Zealand (if I forgot anybody, and I know I forgot a lot of people, sorry).

That I can read (and appreciate) other hubbers’ hubs. Being in HubPages has certainly broadened my horizon as I have read and learned a lot of things. I have read the wonderful poems of Cris A, poetlorraine and walrus (I mean Ralwus), the haiku of Pearldiver, the very interesting (and sometimes very sensual) poems of Tantrum, the short story (series, that have me glued to my seat) of Dohn, the valuable tips and advices from darkside, relache, Mark Knowles, Lissie, sunforged, ryankett, Ultimate Hubber and frogdropping, the interesting (and sometimes naughty) hubs of Anath, the touching hubs of Kimberly (lyricsingray), the interesting products in Nelle Hoxie’s Amazon and eBay hubs and the all-around, wonderful hubs of KCC Big Country and Hal Licino (ooooppppsss, definitely forgetting a lot of hubbers here, sorry again, guys).

That I can learn new terms, new concepts, new stuff in HP. Okay, I have to face it. Before joining HP I have absolutely no idea what SEO stands for. I didn’t know how to apply for Google Adsense and Amazon and, in general, monetize my hubs. I have absolutely no idea how to do backlinking (I’m still learning) and how to get a blog up and running (I’m still learning this one, too). I do not know what the sites Xomba, shetoldme, redgage, etc., etc. are for. I have learned how to check if my hubs were copied and what to do if these were copied. And, in general, I do not know that there’s really such a thing as real (even full-time) honest-to-goodness earnings from writing online. Lots of stuff I was ignorant of and I have to thank HP for opening my eyes (and my mind) on these things.

That I can read a lot of interesting (sometimes controversial) topics from the forums. Need I say more? Okay, just because I don’t participate in the religion and politics forums doesn’t mean I don’t read them. Sometimes, I agree, sometimes, I disagree, but most of the time, I just sit back, relax and watch (I mean read) the fireworks going off.

That I can have a great time while writing things on topics I am genuinely interested on. Enough said.


And these are the things I’ve learned from and appreciate in HubPages. Thank you for reading!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      @UH, of course. I always read your posts and hubs. You give insightful comments :).

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      Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

      An interesting hub. I am glad that you found my tips and advices useful.

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      George Poe 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great info!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Oooopppps, sorry I forgot to respond to the other commenters. My bad!

      @Wife who saves, thanks. Hope you enjoy my other hubs.

      @MOW, you're welcome. Always glad to see you, your beautiful avatar and your comments in my hubs :).

      @Anath, wasn't sure you'll agree with my description :). It's always a pleasure to read your hubs. Thanks.

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      Anath 7 years ago

      What an interesting hub, it made me think about all the things that I have also learned while writing here and of course, I am delighted to be mentioned as the naugthy hubber :) thanks!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Such a wonderful way to sum up the 'experience' of HP itself! I share many of your thoughts too...! Thank you for mentioning me...and for sharing all this! wishing you a great, even more creative new year ahead! all my love x

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      Wife Who Saves 7 years ago

      This is a wonderful hub. I'm going over to read your hub on the food that are unique to your country. Happy New Year.

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      @Duchess, thank you. Thanks for the wishes :). May you also have a great year ahead and may we be graced with more wonderful hubs from you.

      @travelespresso, thanks. It was a busy year and I expect it to be busier in 2010. :) Happy New Year to you and your family. :)

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      travelespresso 7 years ago from Somewhere in this exciting world.

      Gosh Emie - you have been busy in your six months of wonderful writing whilst doing your accountancy work! Your tribute to all the good things about hubpages is certainly echoed by me and I am sure many others. Great hub.

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      Duchess OBlunt 7 years ago

      What a nice way to bring in the New Year emievil! You've mentioned most of my list of favorites too. Good job, in sharing the love!

      May peace break into your home & thieves steal your debt. Your pockets be magnets for $100 bills & love stick to you like glue. May laughter assault your lips & happiness slap you across the face & your tears be only those of joy. May your problems from 2009 forget your address. Make 2010 the best year ever!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow Cris, that is the nicest thing I've heard. Thank you. Happy New Year!

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      Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hey thanks for the mention - and as Ate Vi would say, not just once but twice! Haha

      And among the many things that I learned on the past year here on HP is that accountants are not just number-crazy people, they can be writers to reckon with! And I'm proud of your many accomplishments here, insignificant though they may be to nonhubbers. Go go go Pinoy! :D

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      @Lady_E, thanks. Happy New Year!

      @2patricias, thank you. Hope you will have a wonderful 2010.

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Interesting Hub - and a refreshing perspective.

      Hope you write loads more in 2010.

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      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Great Hub. It's nice to reflect once in a while. I must try out one of your Food Hubs in the new year.

      Wishing you a Happy 2010. :)

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      @shazwellyn, thank you.

      @ryan, thanks and you're welcome. It's the least I could do for the free link in your blog roll :).

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      ryankett 7 years ago

      Wow, great hub and thank you for the backlink!

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      shazwellyn 7 years ago from Great Britain

      What a lovely tribute to some key hubbers here. Brilliant!

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks mtsi.

      @GH, actually I have reached the payout amount but I have to wait I think about two months before they approve the actual payout and send it to me. It will be a nice gift for Valentine's Day, don't you think? :)

      @Lynne, LOL, I'm losing hope actually that's why I made this hub even though it's just my 90th. I'm gonna be busy during the next few days with a new (offline) project. But I'm still thinking of cranking up some new hubs. Hope we'll both make it. Good luck to us both! :)

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      lynnechandler 7 years ago

      Great hub! Wow, you are catching up fast. I need to get busy only a few more days until the 31st. Are we gonna make it?

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      Gener Geminiano 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

      Great emievil!!! Hehehe with 40,00 views I am sure you already have a check payout with that hehehe, I have 33,000 already and I hope I will receive the hard earned incentive sooner or later if God permits nyahahaha, treat me ha hehehe... :D

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      mtsi1098 7 years ago

      Very nice dedication to a great place to write...thanks

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      emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

      @Hello, thanks. About the fans / followers, I honestly don't know. I'm just thankful that you and all the other hubbers are following me and reading my hubs. :)

      @dohn, Happy New Year too! Thanks for your comment. You're one of my most favorite hubber here you know :).

      @Laura, you're welcome. Thanks for reading my hub and Happy New Year!

      @suziecat, you're welcome. Thanks for dropping by.

      @create a page, thanks for your wonderful comment. I love HP and I love reading all those hubs. Just wish I can read more :).

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      create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

      This is a great hub emievil. Thank you for sharing the wonderful things you have experienced since you have joined hubpages. Hubbers really make hubpages what it is. I look forward to reading your hubs and others on a daily basis. Thank you for your valuable contribution.

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Nice tribute to fellow Hubbers - I love HubPages too - lots of great folks here.

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      Laura du Toit 7 years ago from South Africa

      Very interesting to read about how other Hubbers experience HP.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York

      Wow, Emie. I enjoyed reading this, and reading about all of the Hubbers you admire and appreciate and not coincidentally, my list is of such Hubbers is practically identical! I admit, I still have more work to do in terms of backlinking my hubs, but that'll come in time. Most of my traffic comes from the HP community as well!

      Thanks, Emie for the plug! Happy New Year! (in advance)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      A super hub and very informative. How do get so many fans?