A Hubpages Success Story: A Party, A Cake, and the Ultimate Compliment
Each writer on hubpages measures their success in different ways. For many, success is measured by the monthly income their hubs produce. For others, merely seeing their name in print or having others read their articles is reward enough.
Like most people on hubpages, I would like to earn money from my writing. Of course, I enjoy writing and I have very much enjoyed learning about new topics and engaging in the community of writers that hubpages provides. And, I love it when I find backlinks to my articles. But, let’s face it, making some kind of substantial cash (enough for a daily latte?) is my ultimate goal.
A few weeks ago, though, I had an unexpected experience that made me rethink what hubpages success might mean to me.
How do you measure Hubpages success?
My Most Successful Hubs: Cakes
If you look through my hubs, you’ll see that one of my favorite topics to write about is cake decorating. Indeed, one of my first hubs on the topic, Decorating a Birthday Cake Like a Professional, won a Hubnugget Award. I have also published many hubs on how to decorate specific types of cakes, such as a Construction Site Cake, Outerspace Cake, and a Butterfly Garden Cake.
Surprisingly, these cake hubs are my most consistent ones, wracking up anywhere between 10-30 hits per day. While these 30 hits per day (and the corresponding $0.10) is not enough for me to retire on, I have been impressed by the staying power of these cake hubs.
I’ve also been surprised by the reach of these hubs. Most hits are from the US, but many are from around the world - New Zealand, Australia, England, and India.
A Three Year Old’s Birthday Party Surprise
Recently, I went to a birthday party for a three year old in my daughter’s daycare. I am friendly with the mom, who lives a couple of miles away from me, but, up to this point, we had never discussed parties, much less cake cake decorating.
When I walked into the party, my jaw dropped open as I saw the homemade cake she had beautifully decorated. There it was - an unmistakable reproduction of my construction site cake. Sure, a few details were different - a palm tree instead of a fir tree and green sprinkles instead of frosting grass, but the design was definitely mine.
MY Construction Site Cake
HER Construction Site Cake
I was a bit shocked. How was it that with the thousands of hits out there in the WORLD, a neighbor, who I saw on a weekly basis, had independently found one of my cakes and decided to replicate it for her son’s birthday? Just to be sure, I asked her where she got the cake idea. “Oh, just online” she replied, a little sheepishly.
Giddy, I texted my husband and a few friends, including a photo of the cake. A friend wrote back, “I wonder how many Laura Construction Cakes there are out there in the world?”
That’s when it hit me for real. People were reading my hubs. What’s more, they were using them.
What's True Success on Hubpages?
So, yes, it would be nice to make millions on hubpages. But, for me, perhaps, the real success in hubpages is making a difference. Have my hubs made people think? Did my recent hub about books for preschool girls encourage someone to purchase more empowering books for their children? Did my critique of 50 Shades of Grey make someone rethink their view of the role of fiction in society? Did someone’s life improve when they read my tip about waking up before the kids in order to have a more peaceful morning?
Perhaps the reproduction of a birthday cake is not the most impactful change my writing can make in the world. But, seeing “my” construction site cake at this party made tangible the idea that my hubs were being read, used, and absorbed by others. I hope that, besides inspiring the production of delicious food, my hubs are also inspiring others to expand their thinking on a variety of topics. To me, that is the real success.