How and When HubPages Became My Favorite Writing Site
I'm A HubPages Addict Now
The Path to My HubPages Addiction
I was not always a HubPages "addict." I was, in fact, a Squidoo "addict" when I first joined HubPages. I had heard HubPages mentioned by some "squids" who were also hubbers. So in August, 2009, I decided to join and see what this site was all about.
Like any visitor to a strange country, I felt a bit of culture shock. I didn't have any small group of friends that met regularly on Ning for support on HubPages as I did on Squidoo. Instead, I felt like a stranger, making my own way, without much help. I didn't go to the forums, and that first year I didn't write much either. In fact, by the end of 2009, I had only four hubs published.
It's was only in early 2012, almost three years after joining, that I became "addicted. "Up until near the end of 2011, I was still most active on Squidoo, and I still had three blogs I was trying to keep up with. I was getting payouts most months on Squidoo, though my threshold was only $10.00. I had lots of friends there and was quite involved in the community. I had Rocket Moms challenges to write almost every week, and I really didn't have much time to write hubs.
Then two things changed. First Squidoo introduced its monsters and points, and as more people joined the site, it became much harder to compete for the paying tiers. I was willing to roll with the punches on that, but then they disbanded Rocket Moms, my group of Squidoo friends I'd worked with for almost two years. When that happened, I lost my emotional connection to Squidoo. It became just another place to write -- not the "addiction" it had been. I was ready to compare it to other sites without the emotional ties.
HubPages Gives Back
What Brought My Attention Back to HubPages
In September, 2010, I noticed HubPages was having a contest. I had not yet written a hub in 2010, but I decided to enter the contest with Great Short Hikes in North San Luis Obispo County and it won a daily and weekly prize. I realized maybe I should devote more time to HubPages. I gradually started adding more hubs, but only two more in 2010, since it was my busy season for the day job, which was followed by the holidays.
Between January and July, 2011, I wrote 18 more hubs, and in July there was a new contest. I was delighted to win another pair of prizes for Enemies of the People. The prize money was motivating, but I still had not achieved a regular payout. I was discouraged because I thought I'd never get to $100 on Google for a payout.
By this time, the HubPages Ad program was on the scene and I could see money adding up every day. Then HubPages had the creative writing contest in November of 2011 and I entered 16 hubs. I didn't win anything, but, I saw my earnings increasing because of the additional hubs I was writing. I began to write much less at Squidoo and much more at HubPages.
At the beginning of 2012 year I finally got my first payout and could see that more hubs would get me more payouts. And some time early 2012 I did begin thinking about HubPages first thing each day and checking my account to see how much I'd made the day before. A 2012 recipe contest motivated me to write more hubs and taught me that even if I don't win a prize, I still win because I have more hubs earning income. I also started to check forums, especially announcement forums, much more frequently. I realized that a few months ago, my emotional involvement had switched from Squidoo to HubPages and anyone who reads Should You Squidoo? will probably be able to discern why. In brief, I began to see that there was a better return on time investment here.
Now, in September, 2014, Squidoo is gone, merged with HubPages, but I have brought some of it with me in my new account of transferred lenses which have become hubs. But every time I'm tempted to write something for another site, I tell myself I want to reach my new goal at HubPages first, unless there are special circumstances. I was hoping to reach 100 hubs by the end of the summer, 2012. Unfortunately, life intervened, so I only got up to 89 by the beginning of September. I've had to move that goal of 100 hubs to the end of the year. But you can bet that tomorrow morning I'll be checking my account first thing and responding to any new comments. Because now I am a HubPages "addict."
How to Get Started Writing on HubPages
You, Too, Can Write on HubPages
Even if you already are publishing your writing on another site such as Squidoo, Wizzley, or Zujava, you can write for HubPages, too. For many kinds of writing, I prefer the HubPages format and some of the capsules it offers aren't available on other sites yet. I also like to be able to publish pictures beside my text, something I can't do on Squidoo. The video to the right will explain how to get started on HubPages. First though, you need to join HubPages here.
If you need more information, you can learn even more about why I like HubPages here