Fairwell to Simone Smith aka Batman
First and for most I would like to say thank you for all that you have done for this awesome hubpages community. You have not only single handedly inspired a world of writers to write with a flare of originality, style, professionally, with shear class and the likes. You have also showed us the way through this darn tunnel of an online world.
When I first touched surface onto the hubpages writers network, it was most definitely a different arena to write at, and the community was flourishing with great writers from all around the planet, about 220,000+ authors back then, which was close to 2 years ago. I was a lone soldier type, still in search of my destiny, still hoping and wishing to locate humans online that cared, that actually weren't behaving as drones, or robots.
A blast from hubpages past, I wasn't there for it but I didn't have to be to experience this awesome informative video by Simone
Low and behold I found this place known as Hubpages, and the very first thing I had done is look around by way of using the navigable links in my account, and from my hubpages profile, which by the way back then looked a great deal different then the awe inspiring fashionable appeal it has today. I use to look for the top hubbers, those who had shown to have the infamous 100 hubber scores, and I eventually made it my way down the list to those who had 99, 98, 97, so on and so fourth.
This hot pursuit to figure out all that makes this hubpages network tick was paramount for my knowledge I needed to gain and acquire.
The very first person that had caught my eye on this writers networking community was Simone Smith. She was dressed up in the finest looking elegant black hat I had ever seen online or off, and I must say she looked like a movie star wearing that cute thing. She instantly caught my attention, and I new I had scored an instant jackpot by finding her hubpages profile location.
Time sure does move fast
Months began to pile up, and you better bet I studied her hub writing techniques and content delivery approach, because she was my first ever hubpages role model, and someone to look up to, and no matter if she had a nice H symbol next to her 100 hubber score that helped me to locate her here.
This is something that made all the difference for me, and I repeated this process down the hubber score list, finding powerful writer after powerful writer.
I was completely blown apart mentally after finding so many awesome articles they had all written, and this then lead me to check out the hubpages success stories a great deal, I had no clue what I was up against to try and emulate these fine tuned thorough breads. High class writers that know how to tap into the SEO powers high above these online clouds, many of them had accolades showing that were literally mind blowing to stare at. Some with 1 million views, and others with 10 million views stats.
Welcome all newbies please say Fairwell to Simone in your own way you see fit, and veterans I don't need to say a thing
Now, friends if you are new to the hubpages writers network and have never had the pleasure to experience such a thing, rest assured I kid you not, this is the stuff that motivated us all. Many of us may be looked at as stats counters, nit wits, ding bats who care to watch others succeed or the likes, but I was able to follow the top hubbers to learn to master this thing, and today I am on my way to the top of the web thanks to them all. (Mainly on Youtube, I took my presence there and knowledge of how the web works, more about that below - read on!)
They're what I call the super hubbers, which I wrote a pretty extensive somewhat substandard hub about it long ago, and to them it must appear as gibberish, but to me and many others who are trying or tried to figure out their secrets to online digi-fame, these folks know how to do it.
Now, following Simone Smith aka Batman at night, in particular took me to places online like Vimeo, where I was able to locate a great deal of the Hubpages official videos and tutorial guides that helped to not only enhance my knowledge 10 fold about the hubpages system, but I also used many of them to compliment my community hub articles I wrote to help others along the way. (Tutorials is my specialty online and off, community development is what hubpages and even Simone has also helped me to learn.)
Writing is tough especially for me :) Simone helped me to realize my weaknesses and I tried my hardest to improve on myself
None of this I stated in the paragraphs high up above, could ever help me to improve my grammar skills, or accuracy of titling my hubs, nor could it help me to master the art of communicating effectively. Nope I had to work on those things myself, but I must say listening to Simone talk in each video assured me that I was on the right path, and I thank her for her courage, her use of professionalism in everything she has done online and off. (She is a queen at what she does online hands down.)
She has made this course of learning online everything much easier for me, and if anyone else had done what I did by following her all throughout the web, and even onto Youtube, or Facebook, Google Plus etc. Then you would also begin to not only see, but notice much wiser clear cut path and trend she had set for us all to follow, which was and remains noble all in itself, with the UGC Alliance she had worked on (Content management and quality control type stuff for content publishers, which means for us all).
I'm sure she's done so for years on end behind the scenes maybe in various professional career type positions, while being truly dedicated to help writers and content publishers to learn and master their craft.
She was instrumental at communicating to us all, and on so many platforms with good intent to help us all achieve success online and off. This is what exemplifies her presence online, she is the truest role model for a 21 century world class leader and we shall miss her presence here on Hubpages for sure.
If you new to Hubpages this one is for you, this isn't no ordinary website or social community its an adventure & a place that cares
How Simone helped me
Most folks would never know how she helped me personally, and especially if I didn't type all this here, but it was by two things she had done towards me and my online activities here. First she had contacted me via email back in 2012 around August or September, about potentially being placed into the Hubpages Newsletter, thanks to my good friend Bill Holland who had selected me out of over 200,000+ authors back then to be interviewed for it all.
The other indirect way she helped me is, once upon a time there was a cool thing known as Hubpages Elite, well they since transformed such a program into the Welcome wagon team and into a more automated system as opposed to a human organized voting method.(This may not exist anymore as I tried looking for it, and will ask for sure and update this farewell article to reflect the accurate info and details)
Well to make a long story short, I decided to go for it and apply for the Hubpages Elite program, I got rejected due to my poor English and grammar skills :) the funny thing is it done the reverse for me, it helped me to realize my imperfections rather then create or stir up any potential animosity towards Simone. She was only the messenger in the mix of it all, and not the only person or factor involved.
I felt good to know that I needed improvement, and so I was truly determined to better my writing skills from that point onwards. Again I thank Simone for not having any fear of me retaliating towards her, because this online lifestyle takes big balls when communicating from a staff position and of a much higher authority on many various levels for sure.
Did I mention that this lady can write her ass off! she blew me away with many of the articles she's written and I admire her drive to set the example of shear excellence in all ways she could. "Go get em Simone, I know you will succeed anywhere you decide to land your Batman keyboard and mouse like reflexes onto, and even if there's 20+ Catwoman there & any silly Jokers or Penguins." LOL :)
Your budd Mike Pugh aka Cloud Explorer