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Down and Dirty with Hubpages...Our Two Years Together

Updated on October 18, 2016

Feeling the Hub Love

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The Beginning of a Beautiful Friendship

Well there I was wondering how to fill that yearning space deep inside me that screamed out for creativity. Like so many other people my 'must be done' list far outstrips my 'craves to do' list. As I turned to the all seeing, all knowing Google I found my answer. A writing community called Hubpages. I felt it was my chance to walk the hallowed line of choosing my words not for purpose but purely for pleasure.

That's when I first met Hubpages...and in the time honoured tradition of kiss and tell here is the torrid details of our first two years together.

As the Discerning Audience Eagerly Awaited My First Offering

Publishing your work online is sharing a little part of your soul with the world.
Publishing your work online is sharing a little part of your soul with the world. | Source

Writing at Hubpages and other Online Sites

Skinny Dipping with My First Hub

There I was, a girl with enough written work to fill a small library but still I had that familiar unease of sharing my work so publicly. Was it good enough? Would people like it? Was it interesting? Tentatively I skinny dipped my little baby toe in the Hubpages pond. With a Scottish finger ceremonially hovering over that publish button and the eyes of a woman focusing on her first born, I stalled. My quirky little 16 line poem was suspended in the space between my mind and the World Wide Web. The knowledge that the world would be given a full frontal view of my imagination was enough to send me racing for the lock screen. After much strong coffee and confidence chiding I finally hit that sacred button and my poem hit the internet for the first time.

Poetry Lives Loud on Hubpages

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Do You Hover Over That Publish Button?

Everytime you publish a new article do you spend a few moments hovering tentatively before publishing?

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Publishing Poetry

Well after I hit that publish button I found out Hubpages big secret. The people. The very lovely Audrey Howitt left my first ever comment. Being not only kind but also encouraging. Just what a new girl needs. I have now published over thirty poems on Hubpages so I suppose you could say it kind of opened my word laced floodgates.

Should poems be published here? Is it worth publishing them here? I hear you. I know that it is a bit of grey area and I ain't talking as in shades! No, the grey area is whether you can actually make any money or get any traffic from poetry. Not to mention the ever discussed hub scores for them?

Now for the down and dirty lowdown. The discussion of actual scores is strictly forbidden and off course I would never divulge our intimate secrets, however let me whisper quietly to you. Out of my published poems there is a double figure difference between some scores and others. So yes they can score highly and stay high even after a long time. One of my poems have more views than some of the factual articles. Some don't have many at all. Poems are an amazing expression of creativity and absolutely should be published here. So hit that publish button.

Fiction Runs Freely

Fictional writing although not the most profitable is healthy, well and clearly visible on the site.
Fictional writing although not the most profitable is healthy, well and clearly visible on the site. | Source

Do You Poll Your Readers?

Do you like to get the low down on your audience by polling their thoughts?

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Short Stories and the Mighty Google

After I found my mojo for publishing my poetry, I then moved on and shared a number of short stories. They are longer word counts than my poetry so the scores they were given was higher on the legendary Hub scale. They received constructive comments and kind words from my fellow hubbers but external traffic is slow. Lets be honest, no-one searches for a specific story title so after the initial flurry of reading they will be sitting pretty, waiting for attention like wallflowers.

So the down and dirty lowdown on the short story shenanigans is that they can score well and the loving hubbing community will provide feedback, which is always good to hear. However don't plan your retirement on their profits and remember they need to meet the guidelines of acceptable content. Definitely worth writing though and great practice for longer projects.

Factual Writing Can Still Come From the Heart

Topics which interest you are great to write on.
Topics which interest you are great to write on. | Source

Writing From the Heart

Writing about the topics you know and instructing on the things you love are the most viewed paths on this site for me. The hubs I have scribed in those areas have the most views and the highest scores consistently. They seem to sustain traffic much better than the beautiful words of poetry or the thrill of fiction. With this type of factual writing there is a lot bigger scope to add enhancements to the writing with the use of maps, polls and quizzes making it a much more interactive experience for the reader.

The down and dirty lowdown on the factual writing is that is does do well here and this site is set up to make formatting your work into something pleasing for the eyes. If you are up to speed on your SEO then I am sure you could make it work very well for you.

Keep Your Creative Tanks Overflowing

Don't limit yourself to one type of writing. We all learn continually and it is good to try different genres of writing.
Don't limit yourself to one type of writing. We all learn continually and it is good to try different genres of writing. | Source

All Types of Good Writing Find a Home on Hubpages

I have found that each type of writing has a place here and that there are benefits from sharing each of them. It is good to write, it is great to share and it is even better to be able to help or entertain others with what you create.

There is no wrong or right and never a correct answer. As long as your spelling and grammar are correct and your aren't crossing into off limit territories then you have pretty much a free reign of your content.

So go with the flow and write just what you feel like writing at the time, there is no limit to the amount you can publish here, only the constraints of your time.

What I Have Learned to Include

Dress up Your Hub
Use lots of good quality photographs (note the source where applicable.)
A Poll (We all like to be included.)
A Quiz(A bit of fun.)
A Table(Highlights lists or data well.)
Double check all spelling and grammer and then check again.
A Map(Great for showing specific locations and making it real.)

Loving and Hubbing

What was the biggest surprise for me? The people. You know who you are! Everyone has been very nice whom I have encountered and I haven't experienced any negativity. The site is lucky to have a supportive and interesting collection of individuals.

At no point before going on the site did I I realise that I would be so interested in reading another writer's gripping paranormal tale, a rallying call for social justice for the voiceless or a funny and clever story about gravy! Who knew? The topics are as diverse as the writers and I just wish I had more time to read their work.

Hubpages allows not only a platform for your own work but also a very comfy seat to read, learn and grow as a writer because checking out other people's work allows you to improve your own.

Building Bridges Across the Land

We all need reassurance and we all need goals. Hubpages does provide a good support network of other scribe totting types.
We all need reassurance and we all need goals. Hubpages does provide a good support network of other scribe totting types. | Source

Building Bridges and Finding Support

That all elusive feedback can be harder to track down than an ice-cream in December. The way to receive comments and feedback is to give them. I don't mean random little 'nice work' or 'great hub.' No, we can do better than that. Reading, ingesting and questioning the diverse and wonderful world of the other writer's work is a real pleasure. I don't have time to read and comment often but when I do, I read it properly, and I question, and I try to leave specific and helpful comments.

Relationships work both ways so just like in real life Hubpages is a place where respect is strong and interesting people pop in to colour your life.

The Path Goes On Ahead

I see many more happy steps in my Hub journey ahead.
I see many more happy steps in my Hub journey ahead. | Source

Our Time Together Laid Bare

Well that is it, the bare facts. Hubpages is a good platform for whatever your chosen genre. Poetry and fictional prose have a home here. In truth it is a flat rather than a mansion but a home nonetheless. We all know that with writing it is 'how it makes you feel inside' not 'how much it make you' that matters. Although the Adsense programme does slowly trickle some revenue your way so it is worth setting it up. Factual writing is a more visited genre and luckily you can write about anything that is close to your heart so the scope there is pretty wide.

The site provides a good platform and makes it easy to construct well formatted and presentable articles. They provide the frame and all we have to do is fill it with a well crafted masterpiece.

As the legendary Mr Holland says it is the people who are the biggest asset of Hubpages, and I feel the platform isn't too shabby either. It isn't going to bankroll me, I won't find a book deal here but it looks the part, it is easy to use and the people here with their eclectic and very interesting works really do make it a pleasure to visit. So Happy Anniversary Hubpages and thank you for the last two years.



© 2015 Anna Haven

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      DJ Anderson 2 years ago

      Anna, it is so good to see you again.

      Your article is both insightful and informative.

      However, I could not get the voting to work properly. Could be operator

      error. LOL

      You are so right that sharing something so private as our creative works

      can be most intimidating. But, as we grow, we realize that we are among friends and our confidence begins to emerge like the tender shoots in spring.

      You have captured the determination and refinement that occurs with

      each new publish. Always moving forward - with friends to encourage

      and support you.

      Great article, Anna!

      DJ.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi DJ

      Hubpages has been freezing and sticking all morning as I have tried to write this and not letting me amend it, etc... So your poll problem is definitely not user error!

      I know, people seeing your work in written form is somehow different than on a webpage. Not sure why? Vastly wider audience I suppose.

      Thank you as always for your interesting comment and kind words.

      Anna :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy Anniversary, Anna! If your first comment was from Audrey, then you were in good company for sure. I love what you wrote and endorse it for sure. I know one thing for certain: this community is stronger and richer because you are here. :) Thanks for the mention and Happy Monday to you.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Happy Two Year Anniversary Anna. I love and agree with everything you wrote here and couldn't have said it any better myself. It's a great place to write and a wonderful community. I also like your comparison to publishing your first hub here to skinny dipping. It sure is a bit like baring it all. Well done, voted up and shared.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Happy Anniversary, Anna! I agree with everything you say here. Poetry doesn't do all that well, although I have a few that have drawn Googlers to read. They may not comment, but the page views are proof in the pudding, so to speak.

      I love reading the short stories our fellow Hubbers post. Creative writing is a true test to a writer's ability, in my opinion. However, you're correct about the search engines. Unless the titles contain a common keyword, they are likely to see traffic within the confines of the HP community and not much else.

      I find my how-to articles (especially those that relate to technology or write-for-hire) and product reviews are SEO magnets.

      Overall, HP is a great place for writers to show and practice their versatility. And, as so many have said before, the community is awesome.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      A nice soothing, well-written and instructive, caring approach. Happy 2nd Anniversary!

      Yes, have faith, it is always possible that a book deal can come from here. Best wishes

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks Bill that is very kind. You deserve a mention as I have said before you are a huge pull to Hubpages for many of the writers. Happy Monday to you too. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Jodah. I felt it was a fair analogy. When people read your work on paper it is different than it being laid bare to the wide world. Good to hear you understand. Thank you. Anna. :)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Anna,

      Happy Anniversary! I have missed you and your writing and poetry. I agree with all you have stated here. It is a wonderful community, and I have many poems that score a lot higher than other hubs. I have one on my grandson to be, which is up over 4,000 views now. So, there you go. You just never know. However, most of my writing, including poetry is non-fiction or based on real life, so not sure that makes any difference.

      When I first signed up, I could not believe it was all for free and I did not have to pay them to allow me to use up their space with my hubs, which some are very long LOL, and my long commenting ... I figured I would have to pay them, especially for the wonderful format and how it all works. I have no complaints, but I do have a full-time job is where I make money to live on.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      You are loved here!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Amen to all the above, especially to you for all of the wonderful poetry to have published here!

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I think you already know how much I love your writing Anna and that is another wonderful thing about HubPages and sharing each others worlds besides our loves and personal feelings. I hope many continue to walk into your world here.

      Congratulations! ^+

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      Congrats on your second year here. I have written a few poems and also a couple of short stories. They don't earn much money but I have enjoyed writing them. My "how-tos" earn the most traffic.

      Voted UP, and shared.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Congrats. It is interesting. Keep on writing. All the best.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Faith Reaper you are very kind. They do make it easy to publish online because all the technical side is already in place for you, which really helps. Well done on all those views for your poem, that is a fantastic figure and good testimony to Hubpages being suitable for poetic work.

      Thank you for reading, sharing and mostly for being so kind.

      Anna :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Audrey. Your work is a great example of how beautiful poetry makes Hubpages a much better place.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much Jackie Lynnley. :) You are absolutely right it is very interesting and also widens out perspectives as writers to see the world through other writers experiences or imaginations.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Mary

      Thank you for reading, voting and sharing. I have enjoyed reading your stories and I am waiting to see if 'Grandma' has a second adventure. I hope so. :)

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      Anna, I must say your work is cool and encouraging. Keep it up.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi sunilkunnoth2012

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Yes, I will keep on writing. I think writing is something never leaves you. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Uzocukwu Mike. I am glad that it came across as encouraging as that is really what I was trying to say. It won't make you rich but there are some very positive factors for wanting to write on Hubpages.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi Bravewarrior

      Absolutely short story writing is a fantastic way to flex your creative bones. As the direction it takes it limitless there is so much scope for the fantastic. You can't beat it. :) Fictional writing is my first love and always will be.

      I have liked my 2 years on the site and it has only encouraged my writing skills and helped me to continue to progress. Reading the work of others like yourself has also been really helpful as it has introduced me to previously unknown local areas, traditions and styles of writing. So thank you. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi manatita44

      I like that you found the article soothing, that sounds nice, relaxed and easy to read which is should be as it is my personal perspective. So thank you that is encouraging that I managed to encapsulate that.

      I won't hold my breath on the resulting book deal... but I like the site anyway. :)

      Thanks again.

      Anna

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      SAQIB 2 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

      My experience of HP is great too. I gave your hub a read, most of the things I feel too. Particularly I loved the line:

      " Keep Your Creative Tanks Overflowing !! "

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      Sherri Tuck 2 years ago from Virginia

      The one thing I love about Hub Pages is the support from fellow members. Many people have encoouraged me to "keep on writing" when I felt like throwing in the proverbial towel.

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      William P. Gerace 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Greetings Anna,

      I must say this is a very encouraging Hub. I am new here to Hubpages and for a new writer your words are very encouraging. I am still doing research on my first Hub. But I hope to have it posted within the next 24 hours. Thanks so much for this inspiring Hub!! God bless you. :)

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      Bill, welcome to hubpages. My advice to you is not to relax after publication of your first hub. Keep on publishing.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      a very good share ann.. I been here four years and I feel less down and dirty...love that line.. happy two years.. and i hope you never stop pressing publish my friend

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi sherrituck

      It is a very supportive community and definitely an encouragement for continuing to let that pen flow freely. Thank you very much for taking the time to read and comment.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you for reading Bill Gerace and for your very kind comment. Good luck on Hubpages and I am sure you will enjoy the journey very much.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Frank. Although somewhat sporadic I do like writing on this site so I will probably be hanging around for a while yet.

      I appreciate your witty comments and kind words. :)

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautifully presented! Writing on HP has improved my work tremendously. All my best to you on your writing adventures.

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      Trudy Cooper 2 years ago from Hampshire, UK

      Really enjoyed your hub Anna, very true are the thoughts you share!

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Hi DDE

      Thank you for reading and for commenting. I think we all progress the more we write and this site does make it rather easy to format.

      Long may all our writing adventures stretch before us. :)

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thanks tlcs. The community aspect and easy formatting seem to be Hubpages biggest pull for most people, lets be honest it isn't the profits! :)

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      Happy anniversary Anna, I have enjoyed reading your poetry, stories and articles over the last 2 years. You are one of my favourites on this site, and I hope you continue to post your work for a very long time to come. I totally agree with you, it is the community that makes this a great place to share our creative efforts :-))

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you. You are one of mine too and I remember you were one of my first followers here way back then, and I really appreciated it. As I do you taking the time to read and comment. :)

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Quite frankly, I have enjoyed all of your material, and am slowly getting caught up. And you will be pleased to know that I made an authentic scotch broth. I shall next make a stew, and I hope it is as good as the soup. Never knew what I was missing until I ventured there.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Aviannovice.:) I am glad that you are enjoying some Scottish cuisine. If you drink alcohol the liqueur Glayva is excellent on ice or in after dinner liqueur coffee.

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      I love this Hub Anna! I am fairly new to HubPages but keep stumbling on great writers and inspiration..you are now both things to me. There is something about having a platform to just be who I am, regardless if anything I write ever goes "viral". I feel so privledged just to be in the company of writers like yourself. Voted you up and am now a follower!

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Thank you Tamirogers for your kind comment. It is good to just write about what you want and have a comfortable space for it.

      Nice to meet you. :)

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      So, I was driving down comment lane. I took an unexpected turn and ended up here. I agree with most everything said here, including Mr. Holland's legend. Happy hubbing.

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      Anna Haven 23 months ago from Scotland

      Thank you very much for the diversion to my words, and also for the kind comment. It is appreciated. :)

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