Hitting the Big One-Hundred Mark: I'm Strangely Disinterested
Going with the flow here, I figured I'd do a, "one-hundredth article," piece to celebrate, or at least acknowledge, my incessant need to hear my own opinions on a plethora of different topics. If it weren't for HubPages, well, I don't think I'd have much to do in my day other than exercise profusely and play with my son. So this is also a thanks, I suppose, to the staff and owners of HubPages for giving me a place to fluff my own ego! May there be many more pieces to come, and even more income that is allegedly getting slashed continuously on our end!
Set the Mood
I've written about my family, their abuse perpetrated against me, my subsequent mental problems, and oh so much more. If you have been following me then I needn't expand, and if you haven't then you don't care anyways and I respect that so I'm not going to expand. Nonetheless, I figured since I write about such things, some of you may appreciate an update on my overall progress in life.
Well, not much to talk about other than I will most likely be moving to a new place in the next three weeks. Currently posted up with my girlfriend and son in an abusive household where we must avoid the other occupants, but we have swiftly reestablished our assets and are ready to make a daring escape!
I've also been getting into really great shape, sticking to my healthy diet and losing lots of fat while gaining muscle and endurance, and my permanent, degenerating spinal injury has only been acting up on the days where I can't leave the house.
My girlfriend and I have developed our business plan, and all we need now is to get an investor or a loan, and we'll be on the tracks to riches and fame! Things are looking up! Still no progress on finding a dedicated illustrator, nor a group of illustrators who want to work on a graphic novel series, but I'm sure that will come in time.
Keep your fingers crossed for us!
The Community Positives
The HubPages community is, generally and as a majority, one of the nicest communities I have ever been a part of. From the good times to the bad, these past almost three months have been made that much more splendid by many of the community members here who have gone out of their way to make it an inclusive and accepting experience. I could not ask for a better place to share my thoughts, experiences, opinions, and beliefs.
To be able to produce an income from my writings, a meaningful one at that, is a privilege that I consider to be invaluable. HubPages has allowed me to be a stay-at-home parent with an income, and for that I am eternally grateful. As a male it is often expected of me to be a bread winner, the business man, the provider, and HubPages has offered me the generous opportunity to uphold my normative gender roles.
HubPages has given me a new facet of my life, and my undying gratitude is not enough to express just how much that means to me.
The Community Negatives
I'll start this section off by saying not once, not a single time even by chance, had I ever stumbled upon a HubPages article, nor any from its niche sites. That is to say, until the day I typed into Google, "self-publishing sites for articles," and found this site listed at somewhere around number four or five on an article about publishing sites. Why HubPages is so unpopular continues to be an enigma to me, and asking around doesn't seem to glean much knowledge on the topic.
Which leads me to my next gripe, the experience of asking questions, generally interacting, or browsing within the forums. Condescension, unjust criticism, performative cruelty, and overall what I'd describe as regression is ever-present in the forums. Granted, I could be perceived as part of the problem, and I'd agree with certain fair assessments that conclude as such; but I still think more could be done in the way of turning the forums into a welcome and accepting place. A place where new writers of all skill levels can go to immerse in this mostly-wonderful community.
To close this out I'd like to add my recent discovery of being able to ask yourself questions anonymously, on your own articles, without any real moderation. This led me to browsing the questions on "popular" Hubbers' articles and I found many of the questions written in the same writing style as the author themselves. Perhaps it is a way to take a poorly worded question and rewrite it yourself to have more clarity, but it doesn't appear to be utilized that way often. Of course I only surmise this because people who have never used this site don't seem to use the "question section," rather they, logically, head straight to the comments section to ask questions. I'm afraid to ask about this in the forums, lest I get hassled by one of the regulars as is so often the case when I request information.
Not a lot of real complaints from me, other than the lack of organic attention brought to HubPages. This is almost the perfect place to self-publish.
What the Future Holds
Looking onward at my future, whether it be writing and all that entails or just general life choices, I'd say that my future is quite bright. When I find some investors for my girlfriend's business, or illustrators for my graphic novel series, I will really get to branch off into the greater facets of life and bring all my friends and acquaintances with me. It is exciting to know that real progress is one proper step away from coming to me at a rapid pace. I would hope that all my friends and acquaintances would want to come along with me for the ride as well.
If you have any advice for my future plans, capital that needs investing for the sake of diversifying your portfolio, or just generally want to take a more active approach to our interactions then go ahead and hit my inbox. I'm always looking to network and expand my horizons, and adaptable individuals are always more than welcome to get in on the success my life continues to pour out for me!