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A 5th Anniversary at HubPages

Updated on October 11, 2017
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Robertatalloni means creativity. Whether in writing or in more typical art forms artistry (and a bit of fun) must be part of the work.

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Anniversary Time Again?! What's New?


Again this year my HubPages anniversary snuck up on me. Last year I let traveling, holidays, and more keep me from getting a celebratory hub published but missing a festive beginning for this 5th year can’t happen.

While thinking through how to theme the anniversary post I came across a question from a new hubber who was asking how to do something I had wondered about way back when for much longer than she had and voila! an idea was born.

In the spirit of a small party, I hope sharing a few things from the perspective of my experience will be useful to anyone new to HubPages and, since I need to learn more than I now know, I hope that other long-term hubbers will add something of what they've learned in the comments section below.


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Early Days with HubPages


Or, Pay Attention to the Obvious might be as good a subtitle here as any. Writing my hubs meant a good deal of driving blind at first, but established members were kind. Some of the writing methods I knew but had not practiced, other things I was clueless on.

How many new members initially have a “yeah, yeah, yeah” response to practical advice on writing and posting hubs, interacting with hubbers in the community, and other matters related to hubbing, I don’t know, but to a certain extent I sort of felt that way and I didn’t know why at the time.

Partly because all of online writing with its strange terms was so new to me, and partly because I had heard things about doing it that simply weren’t true, and also, it is difficult to know how to find information if you don’t even know what questions to ask, it would have been best if I had taken the time to learn more before posting my initial hubs.

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Newbies will learn the hard way, or not, but for the serious it’s a good idea to take the Learning Center to heart right away. Avoiding avoidable mistakes should be a main objective. In order to do that, remembering that though we may be familiar with most concepts, it is usually imprudent to think that old applications can be used in new ventures.

Picking up some tips along the way makes the process easier. HubPages members are a generally helpful lot and more than willing to share info. If I had understood the need to take advantage of all the good advice available back then I could be much farther along than I am in the benefits offered by this site.

But on that same note, I felt that many questions I could form would just be irritating to members who were working on their own hubs and I didn’t want to take advantage of the generosity of those who had dug out the information for themselves.

This post is not about technical advice on composing a piece or how to post a hub in the still relatively new and definitely evolving brave world of online writing. Let’s chat about some down-to-earth advice on profiting from the opportunities at HubPages.


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Some Practical TIps


It is wise to take advice about reading and continuing to refer to the Learning Center (though I think it may need updating in places). Don’t let yourself dismiss this valuable information. Any activity that ends successfully starts with an attitude of teachableness.

• Read hubs already written on topics you have questions about before making a query, being careful to check bios and read from established writers to get the best answers, as well as searching other avenues for answers to meet your need.

Look over active member’s hubs and peruse the comments from writers who have been around for a good while, even if you are not interested in the topics. You will get a better feel of how others generally approach their work at HubPages. It can help you define your own goals, develop your best responses to methods, and more.

Keep in mind that misunderstandings can come from the fact that not everyone at HubPages has the same goals for their work. Being wise in comment’s responses includes being charitable where others are concerned. Help weed out uncharitableness by not letting yourself be taken in by tirades that are actually charades for ignorance. We all make mistakes and have our good and bad days, but keep raising the bar for all of your own writing and others will have a chance to learn from your efforts.

Carefully proofing your writing will be a key part of your work that you will most benefit from because too often we see what we meant to write, not what we actually wrote. When ideas were whirling I've even crossed similar ideas for two separate hubs in the middle of writing one while trying to work too fast rather than take the time to proof correctly. In proofing I did not see the actual words, only what I knew I intended. And yes, I posted it… :-| Viva the edit mode available for use after we post!

You'll notice that seasonal hubs as well as culture trendy topics have their issues and you need to decide if they will help you meet your goals. Though you may not see it now, thorough research on evergreen topics will save you time in deciding whether you want to bother with hubs on those themes. You will then be free to work your unique voice into what you decide to write about.

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• Another really useful piece of advice at HubPages is don’t be thinned skinned about your work. Be willing to receive constructive criticism. Even the worst contributor to comments on a hub can often teach us something. It’s not always best to deny rude criticisms. Think that through. Also, letting them stand can say a lot about the commenter, just as your hub comments and replies speak about you.

• Ignoring/deleting comments (whether from within or without the community) intended to be ugly (there won't be very many at all) is fine, though. There's a real mix of people to deal with and not everyone wants (or is able) to think outside the box. Some want to be spoon fed information or just made to feel good no matter what they do or say and a small few are just angry-at-life people.

When leaving comments keep in mind that it’s not a good idea to offer a thoughtless one or one that just sounds like flattery. Engage with what the hub made you think about and you’ll have a chance to exercise your writing in new ways, which is an opportunity worth taking! Practice responding with thought and it will become easy (and it will help you avoid becoming like trite, careless water-cooler coworkers).

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You will make them, so don't beat yourself up for mistakes. Just learn from them and forge onward, thankful for the lessons, even if they are repeated ones. You can’t remember everything at once. Worrying about what others think is useless. Learn by facing mistakes the best way possible. Along the way, you can rework your posts according to what you’ve learned. Mistakes are just that simple.

Regarding keeping it simple, seriously, that’s harder to do than you might think. Few words really can be as hard to read as a long post, but a long post can be written so simply that readers don’t realize it is long. For people who love words this truth can get complicated. If you think you might need to address the issue, you probably do. Taking a long break and going back to examine your hub to see how it could be simplified before installing and posting it is a very good idea. The extra time and work is worth it.

Review your goals once in a while, plan to review your older hubs periodically, and most of all, have fun researching your topics and improving your writing. It takes time to develop your work into what you want it to be and good writers are always striving toward their next level. Reviewing old work is a great way to learn about your weaknesses and plan future improvements. Even some serious topics can be fun to write about if in the process you separate the subject matter from your love of writing and use the effort to stretch your abilities.

Trying to make a reader figure out what you mean is a useless endeavor.

They will stop reading.

A Final Word for New Hubbers


This last practical tip really encompasses them all, but I can’t take credit for the quote:

“No power on earth can neutralize the influence of a high, simple, and useful life.” --Booker T. Washington

How that quote can effect our writing is multifaceted. Seeking the highest measure of excellence no matter what we write, keeping it simple while working to try to make what we write useful, motivating, entertaining, or visionary helps us cultivate worthy writing.

Unless you stay focused on a niche like auto repair, electrical appliances, or crochet, you’ll write about a variety of topics. Nothing’s wrong with doing one or the other. It all depends on your goals.

Learning to examine personal ambitions and resulting work with high purpose in mind can help us not only reach for higher levels, but do work that will last, work that will stand the test of time. A rewarding goal to work towards is to not be considered commonplace after the initial sparkle wears off.

Elevate your writing at every chance, mark a path for those who want to influence others for good so they can follow in your footsteps. Work at your writing until it is the best it can be so you can look back from a more mature writer’s perspective and be satisfied by seeing effective progress.


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My Future with HubPages


In all my experiences here, I’ve set goals, met a few of them, and had to reassess some of my objectives. Because I love writing, learning about writing, and improving and expanding my writing skills, I am fine with the process that works it out for my circumstances.

The thing is, HubPages provides the opportunity to learn, practice and review, then rework our posts, and explore interests all at our own pace. That means a chance to grow in a variety of ways. For people like me, all that is a stimulus. The prospect of enthusiastically exercising my ideas when I can and exploring techniques is like a party in itself.

What the opportunities here will mean for my writing future are yet to be seen. I may make more plans that dovetail with what I have learned so far, but today, I smile. Looking back at the fact that in spite of what life has otherwise held, I find it is something to celebrate 5 years of being part of HubPages.

So, imagine with me. See colorful confetti floating down happily from skyscrapers, swirling with snow-white helium balloons rising from the parade below. Listen to my thanks to all who’ve been so kind in their responses to my hubs. And, if you are new to HubPages, dream big but keep it simple. Be brave and work hard. Reach for the loftiest, most honorable, classiest influence with your writing that you can possibly offer to readers!


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Real Experience Speaks Volumes to Listeners


Maybe it’s that writers love their work and, so, are willing to share information, but searching out tips from experienced authors is an option worth taking advantage of in today’s world of easy access to information. The following links can help you get started:

Less is more, sometimes, and other great writing tips.

Just for writers, 5 life hacks to consider.

• Don’t miss these tips on how to proofread!

Edit and proofread like a pro.

Check and double check your work!

A 10 step check to give your writing a passing grade.

Prove your point by using evidence.

Not really a surprise to writers, but useful info for everyone.

Use logic to reach conclusions.

Check out the downloadable guide, 180+ Power Words for Writing Emotional Headlines.


A Bit About Earlier Hubs


Though I don't think I'm suited for product reviews, I do think I've developed a talent for recipe hubs. I like writing about social/political issues because I like to try to look at them from a perspective that most are not thinking about. Children are important and I like to write about them and for them, not as in children's stories (yet), but on topics related to them and crafts to do for and with them. I like writing with a practical perspective on my topics and adding a zing of fun in some way wherever possible.

• One of my earliest (and favorite) hubs is about being a southerner.

• Thanks to a writer's contest years ago, I've enjoyed a writing a series of Home for the Holidays posts.

• Though it's simple, I still like my coast to coast photo hub written for Flag Day.

Slice-of-life pieces can be a lot of fun to write.

Poetry can express our deepest feelings about life's ups and downs.

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      RTalloni 5 weeks ago from the short journey

      So appreciate your visit and I thank you kindly for sharing how this post gave you a ideas for refocusing–something we all need to take time to do periodically.

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      Nancy Owens 6 weeks ago from USA

      Thank you for sharing your wisdom here. Although I have been around for a while, this article helps me to refocus my lens, so to speak, and to be mindful that words have power, and to always check my intention in all my activities as I walk through life.

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      RTalloni 23 months ago from the short journey

      MarleneB:

      Thanks very much! Sharing your tip about your habit of reading through the LC is huge. So appreciate that you added it here. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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      Marlene Bertrand 24 months ago from Northern California, USA

      These are all excellent tips. I will reach my five-year milestone next year and for me, the best tip is referring to the Learning Center. I read through it on a regular basis. It's the one thing that makes writing here easier. The better I understand the rules and expectations, the more fun I have writing hubs. Congratulations on your five-year success.

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      RTalloni 24 months ago from the short journey

      emi sue:

      The way you feel is the norm, I think, so keep on learning. Thank you for taking the time to read this hub and for letting me hear from you!

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      Emily Lantry 24 months ago from Tennessee

      I love how you refer to your beginning at hubpages.com as 'driving blind'. I've been here for a year now, and I still feel like this.

      Congratulations on year number 5! I hope it is the best yet!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Thelma Alberts:

      Thanks kindly! Each of my anniversary hubs have been fun to write and I appreciate that you let me know you enjoyed this one. We hear from friends in Germany (some visiting several cities and some who live there) that you are having a similar heat wave as ours in the southern USA. Hope you are having a safe and restful weekend that keeps you out of the hot spots!

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Belated Congratulations for being 5 years here at HP! You have written this well and there are lots of good informations. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your weekend!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      melissae1963:

      Thanks kindly. One of the things I like best about writing is that there's always room to learn and grow!

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 2 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      You have made some excellent points here. I am still learning to write stellar hubs. What I like to write and what others like to read are not the same thing.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Au fait:

      Thanks kindly, and congrats on your anniversary! I appreciate your letting me know that you found the advice in this hub worth responding to.

      Followers are something to appreciate, but everyone does have different reasons for valuing them. That the follower/following process is just an internal thing that Google does not care about I believe is true, but the interaction we have with each other is an opportunity to hone our thinking/writing skills.

      On the matter of questions like naming a favorite hubber, I just give everyone room to spend their time on what they want and move on to something more useful or more important. It is interesting to check out that sort of thing once in a while because it gives insight into peoples' thinking, but I try to remember that even in those posts someone may be interacting because they just want a mental vacation and they really aren't that shallow. If they took the time to think it through, most people participating in insignificant questions of any kind would probably choose to do something more useful.

      Yes, I agree with your note on over-sharing one's own hubs. Sometimes it might seem that I cross that line, but in truth, I share one of my hubs when it fits a holiday, for instance, Flag Day is coming up and I have 3 hubs on the topic, all different in nature, so I've re-shared one already, and plan to do the others before the 14th. Also, when I update a hub I will usually re-share it, as you mention. Sometimes all that happens at once, but then I will not re-share one for sometime, so I hope it balances out.

      Your point about reading and sharing others' hubs is one to always keep in mind, but you can't count on others responding in kind. Maybe they are newbies and do not know the value of doing so, or maybe they just don't care, but counting on others to do that is not profitable. Sometimes I get so involved in the topic of someone's else's hub that I forget to share and have to go back later to do that!

      Glad you shared your 2 cents because it's good to have real discussion about things like this once in a while.

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      You have a lot of good advice here. (I just passed my 4th anniversary here.) What I would say is that these long lists of following different people is perplexing to me. Of course it depends on why one is writing to begin with, but no one makes money if everyone just spends their time following. At some point there has to be some reading and writing and more reading and more writing. Google has no idea how many followers we have or how many people we're following. It doesn't send us more readers because of the number of followers we have. That is an internal thing. HubPages may care, but Google doesn't.

      Another thing I was thinking when I saw a question in the forums yesterday . . . Someone asked everyone to name their favorite hubber. How does this person think the people who are not named are going to feel about his practice?

      What if someone adores this question asker and reads everything he writes and thinks the world of him, and that huge fan's name is not on the question asker's favorite hubber's list? I think that might be a good way to lose a loyal reader/fan. Why does he want to hurt people's feelings who may be left out? He is leaving people out himself and has no way of knowing if he may lose a loyal fan by so doing.

      I see no purpose in choosing favorite hubbers and telling the world who they are, and especially who is not on that list. If one must engage in this activity then keep it to one's self to avoid hurting feelings and possibly even causing someone to quit writing because they were not chosen even once.

      Another peeve I have is people who continually share their own hubs. If they read other people's hubs, I know a good number of hubbers return the favor and thus hubbers give each other's articles publicity. Do they think we are all here waiting for them to publish so we will have something to do? No, we are all here hoping to be read and some of us hope to make some money, so a scratch my back I'll scratch yours attitude works a lot better.

      The only time I ever share one of my own hubs is when I have made a meaningful update to it and I put that in a comment so that interested parties will know there is new information. That happens about 3-4 times a year.

      I see some people share 3 or more of their own hubs daily. Why not read and comment on other people's hubs so they will return the favor and get things going to benefit all?

      Well, there is my 2¢. I continue to be Ms. Popularity here because I tell it like I see it. Anyone is welcome to disagree if s/he wishes.

      Congratulations are hanging in there for 5 years!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Larry Rankin:

      Thanks kindly for stopping by with your positive comment! Evaluating success depends on one's goals… :)

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Great advice! I hope I'm as successful as you after 5 years.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      prestonandkate:

      Thanks much for checking out this post and letting me know that you enjoyed it. For such an enjoyable process, one would think we would make more time for it, yes? :)

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      Preston and Kate 2 years ago from the Midwest

      I'm glad I read this hub. I haven't jumped 100% on board with hubpages yet, but this hub was an encouragement to do so. Thanks for offering so many great tips and reminders. Lately I've enjoyed writing again, and I hope to continue making the time to keep up with it. -Kate

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Glenn Stok:

      So appreciate that you stopped by. Congratulations on your 5th anniversary and thanks much for your positive, confirming comment. Improving will help take us where we want to go!

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      Glenn Stok 2 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I'm also at my five-year mark here on HubPages. I like the thoughts you came up with for this hub. Every point you made is useful and important.

      I especially relate to your point about reviewing our older hubs periodically. I noticed that when I’m proofreading I tend to see what I thought I meant rather than the actual words. This was also one of your points, and I’m connecting it all together.

      When reading my own hubs many months later, I usually find things I can improve that I would not have found when it was fresh in my mind.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      ladyguitarpicker:

      Thank you very much! I appreciate that you came by for a read and that you left your feedback.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      The hub you wrote makes it clear we need the Learning Center. I love reading hubs and this really is a necessary one. Thanks, Stella

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Pamela99:

      Thanks both for the congrats and for your feedback on this post. There are indeed those times when it's just not possible to get caught up on the reading we would like to do on HP, but it will be good to see more of your work when time allows.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Anne Harrison:

      Thanks very much for letting me know that you read this hub and for your generous feedback!

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      Pamela Oglesby 2 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on your 5th anniversary. You gave a lot of helpful tips and I learned many things the hard way also. They do have more help for new writers now that wasn't available when I started. I am not here as often now, as time is a problem. I miss reading the hubs when I am absent. The sheer number comments is proof of your quality writing and popularity. I'll look forward to the future and hope to get online more often.

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      Anne Harrison 2 years ago from Australia

      A well written hub with great points. I particularly agree with what you say regarding the learning centre - I always something to find there, even it's just as a gentle refresher. Plus your point on comments - so true. THe best way to raise the level of commentary/hubpages (and I apply this to all my social media) is to make a comment which contributes, rather than just reproduces what is already there.

      Thanks for the hub, and congratulations on 5 years

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Thanks for stopping in with your congrats and feedback on the tips. Yes, cheers to the continuing journey. :)

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      Peggy Woods 2 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Congratulations on your 5th anniversary writing here Roberta! I started 6 years ago and it was my first time venturing into online writing. Your tips are good ones for beginners. Cheers to the next many years!!!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      billybuc:

      Thanks much for the congrats!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Happy Anniversary! This is a great read for anyone just starting out at HP. I happen to love this site and all the benefits it gives me, so thanks for listing the reasons why you enjoy it here.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      sgbrown:

      Thanks kindly for stopping in with your kind congrats and for letting me know you enjoyed this and found the tips to be sound ones.

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      Sheila Brown 2 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Congratulations on such a great milestone! 5 years is quite a long time here. You have written a really great hub here with tons of good advice. I wish you another wonderful 5 years here!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Sunshine625:

      Thanks bunches for your congrats and kind comment!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Barbara Kay:

      Thanks very much! Maybe you'll come up with a theme for your 5th anniversary hub and we'll get to read a little about your journey. Remember the feeling of dubiousness that enveloped the first year at HP, then that feeling that came when you realized, hey, I might actually learn something about this process! :) Viva that 10th year!

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      Barbara Badder 2 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your anniversary. My 5 years here will arrive soon. It is good to see those that have stuck it out. We've seen so many ups and downs over the years. I hope you continue and I see a hub on your 10th anniversary.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Suzanne Day:

      Thanks bunches! I have to agree with your note on the questions that come. So appreciate your visit to this little celebration and that you let me know you found the hub useful.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy 5th HP Anniversary. Your hubs have always been a hubbers delight to read and learn from...keep on hubbin'! :)

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      Suzanne Day 2 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Your hubs are so well laid out! Congratulations on achieving a 5th anniversary here. I find that no matter what forum scare is happening this week, if you track earnings month by month, you'll see improvement as long as you keep writing and keep your hubs up online. The proof is in the pudding and no amount of questions about "what is the future of Hubpages?" seem to dim the actual results. Definitely worth doing and voted useful!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      AudreyHowitt :

      Thank you for coming by and for letting me know that you found this informative!

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Congratulations on your 5 years! And this hub has lots of great information and for that, I thank you!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      ezzly:

      Thanks kindly for your congrats and your comment.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Congratulations on your 5 years at HubPages. Thus is a very good hub for showing new hubbers how to write better hubs. I liked the video of the hamburger, and the one about run on sentences. Thank you for good advice.

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      ezzly 2 years ago

      Excellent hub, congrats on 5 years! Yes I agree nasty comments can often say more about the commenter !

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Lots of good information in this one. I believe the key to great hubs is in the proof reading. No matter how well I look things over, once I hit that publish button, I see a typo that needs correction.

      Congratulations on celebrating your fifth year at Hub Pages.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      CorneliaMladenova:

      Thanks bunches for letting me know that this hub was helpful to you! I've enjoyed looking over your first hubs.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      lawdoctorlee:

      Thank you for your generous feedback on this anniversary hub. So appreciate that you let me know you found it interesting and useful.

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      Liza Treadwell Esq aka Liza Lugo JD 2 years ago from New York, NY

      RTalloni, congratulations on your 5-year anniversary! This is a great hub. I love your practical tips. Yes, thank God for the ability to edit once a hub is up! I consistently review mine and make corrections. I've even had a few that I thought "Good grief! What was I doing?"

      It took me several months to appreciate the following lesson you share: "Look over active member’s hubs and peruse the comments from writers who have been around for a good while, even if you are not interested in the topics. You will get a better feel of how others generally approach their work at HubPages. It can help you define your own goals, develop your best responses to methods, and more." This is perfect advice. Thanks for the reminder.

      You are a great writer. What you have to say is important. Keep up the great work. Many blessings to you & yours. Voted this one "up," "useful," and "interesting."

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      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Congrats on the anniversary and thanks a lot for this article. I am a newbie here and your tips are precious for me :)

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      CrisSp:

      Thanks very kindly for your response to this anniversary hub. So appreciate that you shared the tips on writing. Happy New Year to you and yours!

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Congratulations and I look forward to reading more from you.

      This is an excellent hub and thank you for your generosity in giving away useful tips to becoming a successful (HP) writer. I'm not going to flatter you with "blah-blah-blah" but I am absolutely sharing this hub simply because it's worth reading.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Susan Recipes:

      Thanks kindly for your congratulations.

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      Susan 2 years ago from India

      Wow... Congratulations to you. It is a very big achievement.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      pstraubie48:

      Thanks much for your kind comments/greeting. Being able to exercise my writing and interact with others doing the same is one of the best benefits available at HP. It will be interesting to see what the new year holds for everyone here!

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      If it is for you like it has been for me the time here flies by. Six years goes by quickly when you are deeply invested in an endeavor. Every time I come to your pages, I find things of interest that I wish to know about or that I did not know that I should. And I appreciate that. I know that is why I keep coming back.

      I huge CONGRATULATIONS and here's to many more years, Rtalloni

      Angels are bringing you many blessings this morning ps

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

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      Thank you.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      techygran:

      Thanks very much for your congrats, along with your generous feedback. What more could an author wish for!

      Certain aspects of HP/online writing are tedious to learn about, particularly when what we want to do is write! All the learning is worth the effort, though, no matter what one's goals may be. It's tempting to go back into this hub and add your tip about reading real books…so important! I am trying to make myself take time to do the same thing this new year.

      So appreciate your response here. How anyone could take your comment as smarmy is beyond me. That you read the hub, engaged with it on a thought-provoking level, and responded in a straightforwardly useful manner is a delight to see today! Kind visits and responses are always nice, but a genuine riposte is not difficult to spot and is a gift not to be taken lightly.

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      sujaya venkatesh 2 years ago

      hearty congrats

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      Cynthia 2 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      RTalloni:

      Congratulations on your 5th Anniversary. This hub has a little of everything for the newby who takes the time to read it: wisdom gained from experience, helpful links to great writing resources (I will be 'bookmarking' these myself, even though I apparently have been writing here for 4 years?), your sometimes-quirky style and insights that I really appreciate, a plea for writing excellence that I salute but with a conjoined suggestion that the new writer relax and learn from mistakes, not stress over. In my eyes, you've covered about everything a new person to Hubpages might need to know.

      I certainly was a yeah-yeah-yeah person for the first two or three years (yes, I am a slow-learner), taking vast time away from hub-writing and community to do any number of other useless tasks. I am just now beginning to see the benefits of developing a supportive place in the Hubpages community, and of disciplining myself to spend time daily in the various learning and social activities offered by Hubpages, apart from writing. This year I am also getting back into reading books, something that I have not done much of since the advent of the Internet. I guess that might be my suggestion to new Hubbers: read a book along with the articles that you research online.

      Voting this fine article up (does that sound too smarmy and like the sort of flattering remark you disdain? If so, sorry-- it is meant to be genuine), useful, awesome, pinning, and sharing! ~Cynthia

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      jhamann:

      Thanks both for visiting and commenting.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      PurvisBobbi44:

      Thanks so much! You are right about time…whew! How lovely it is that the journey can be filled with the joy of Christ's love and provision for us in this life and eternity! Happy 2015 to you and yours as well!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Congratulations on your five year anniversary! Jamie

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      rebeccamealey:

      Thanks, thanks very kindly! :) And you are welcome.

      I keep forgetting--Happy New Year to everyone commenting at this 2015 beginning! :)

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      ChitrangadaSharan:

      Thank you very much for your kind congrats and feedback on this celebratory hub and its tips!

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      PurvisBobbi44 2 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      Happy 5th year and may you have many more wonderful years of writing on HubPages.

      Time soars by I will soon be here four years and I have learned so much and met such talented wonderful people.

      I wish you the best year ever in 2015.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Five years! Congratulations! I remember the Learning Center. Thanks for the reminder!

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      5 Years!!!

      What a wonderful feeling! Congratulations on your 5th anniversary on HubPages!

      This particular one is a very helpful hub for everyone, whether new or old. I learnt a lot from this one.

      Voted up and shared on HP!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      DDE:

      Thanks very much for your congrats and for leaving your comment.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Congratulations on your 5th anniversary. I am so happy for you. Learning the tips and ways here have surely improved your knowledge about HP. Well-achieved!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      ladyguitarpicker:

      Thank you for your visit and positive comment on the tips included in this celebratory hub!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Jodah:

      Thanks very kindly for your response to these tips on writing at HP and for your congrats on the anniversary. Having a place to enjoy exercising writing skills is the best part of being a part of HP.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Vellur:

      Thanks very much for your congrats. HP continues to be a learning experience on several levels.

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      stella vadakin 2 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      You have created a very useful Hub. Your Hub has given us examples of your past experience. Thank you for your valuable information. Best Wishes, Stella

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      First of all RTalloni, congratulations on reaching five years with Hub Pages, I reached that towards the end of last year. This haub was a wonderful way to celebrate the milestone and should be a must read for new hubbers. I enjoyed all the useful and wise tips. It's hard to believe we have both been writing here for five years and I haven't seen your work before. All the best and I look forward to reading more from you and interacting in this community. I see quite a few of your comments are from peope I follow. Voted up.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 years ago from Dubai

      Congratulations on your fifth anniversary, thank you for sharing your experiences.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Dennis AuBuchon:

      Thanks kindly for all of your positive response to this celebration with tips-for-hubbers post.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      PegCole17:

      Thanks very much for your encouraging response to this hub. It was a fun one to write and I appreciate the heartwarming responses to the post! :)

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      SANJAY LAKHANPAL:

      Thank you for stopping in.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Randy Godwin:

      Thanks for your positive response to this celebratory hub. Congrats on all your milestones!

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      Dennis AuBuchon 2 years ago

      Great information, I voted up, tweeted and google+ along with useful, interesting, awesome and beautiful.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Writer Fox:

      Thanks kindly!

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Congratulations on reaching your five year anniversary on HubPages. You've seen a lot of changes in that time. I'm right there with you. Great tips and advice within this hub, for newbies as well as old timers like me.

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      Sanjay Sharma 2 years ago from Mandi (HP) India

      Congrats and thanks for being here.

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      Randy Godwin 2 years ago from Southern Georgia

      Your advice is great for newbies and veterans alike. Happy Five!! Coming up on my 6th anniversary with HP and just now passed the 20,000 comments barrier. I should also pass the 2,000,000 views mark in the next few months also. It's tough but well worth the effort if you hang in there. :)

      Randy

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      Writer Fox 2 years ago from the wadi near the little river

      Congratulations on your 5th anniversary on this site. So much has changed with HubPages and online writing in general in the past 5 years. The tips you give her, however, should still be useful five years from now.

      Voted up and shared!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      FlourishAnyway:

      Appreciate your visit and comments very much!

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      5 years is impressive indeed, and some day I hope to be there! You provide superb, time-tested advice.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Perspycacious:

      Thanks for sharing your insights here!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      teaches12345:

      Thanks kindly! As HP has a wide variety of members who are interested in writing and their goals vary (sometimes from post to post) the community in in constant motion, making it a neat place to explore skills and grow. Reading others posts can be one of the best benefits and I enjoy reading your writing and appreciate your support as well. May you and yours also have a lovely Christmas season! Get lots of rest on your Christmas break! :)

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Fine Hub and certainly to some extent we are all "new Hubbers." HP has had some changes, even since I joined three + years ago, and HP's own tips for Hubbers have improved in quality. Furthermore, as new Hubbers join HP, they bring with them their own qualities, insights, and innovations. We are increasing both in numbers and in potential, and we need to keep drawing on that, if we are serious about realizing our own potential.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      Congratulations on five years of writing on HP. I enjoy your articles and your support. As you mention, the community offers to much help to members and I wish I had this on other sites as well. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas season.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      MsDora:

      Thanks very much for stopping by to read this hub. Hopefully, the tips will be helpful to readers. Thank you for your positive comment!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Sunshine625 :

      Thank kindly!

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      Dora Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      RTalloni, congratulations on your 5th HP Anniversary. Thanks for sharing these valuable lessons from your experience. I especially like that you mentioned reading other writers and openness to criticism. Very wise counsel throughout!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Neil Sperling:

      Thanks--the chance to write, post, and then consider/review my writing, as well as see other's work/styles has been an interesting journey.

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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Happy 5 Year HP Anniversary! Keep on shining! :)

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      AliciaC:

      Thanks much for the congrats and for the confirmation that this is a useful post!

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      pstraubie48:

      Thank much! Yes, this has been a fast 5 years! So appreciate your kind comments. I need to heed my own advice as I just corrected a couple of mistakes that I should've caught in editing… :) C'est la vie.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Genna East:

      Thank you for your transparent comment and for your generous response. So appreciate your visit!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      peachpurple:

      Thanks for stopping in!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      breakfastpop:

      Thanks kindly!

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      Neil Sperling 3 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Good tips - and a great way to celebrate you 5 yrs - High Five and hug for hanging in there (here)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an excellent article for new hubbers. It's filled with very useful advice. Congratulations on the anniversary, RTalloni!