ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • HubPages Tutorials and Community»
  • HubPages, the Community

How to Benefit from HubPages - An HP Writer's Perspective

Updated on February 23, 2015
lawdoctorlee profile image

Ms.Treadwell is a licensed attorney and the author of "How Do Hurricane Katrina's Winds Blow: Racism in 21st Century New Orleans."

Me taking a break during a hike.
Me taking a break during a hike. | Source

"Hi Lawdoctorlee,

You have hit a pretty impressive milestone—your 3 Year Anniversary on HubPages..."

The above is a tidbit from an email I recently received from HubPages (HP). I find it hard to believe that three years have already passed since I started writing on HubPages. Quite frankly, the novelty has not worn off for me.

Why did I start writing on HubPages and why do I continue to do so? Here is a bit of raw honesty for you: three years ago, when I was frozen by post-traumatic stress disorder, my therapist suggested that I write. Just write. Period. It does not matter if anyone sees it or likes it or agrees with it. Just write. So I did, first in diaries by hand, then out of boredom I revised old college term papers, and then published many of the re-writes as hubs. I had no goal to become a writer. Truth be told, I needed another avenue to express myself because I was tired of hearing myself talk; and I needed to exercise this massive brain before I would suffer from cerebral atrophy. (That's a joke, People.).

Perhaps you are new to HubPages or you may have been here for several years like me (maybe longer). Maybe you want to learn how to be successful as a newbie or maybe you are trying to figure out whether HubPages is worthwhile. It is with this in mind that I write this Hub. Allow me to share how you can benefit from HubPages as a contributor (from an HP writer's perspective).


The Benefits of Writing for HubPages

Become a Better Writer: If you always dreamed about become a writer, this is your opportunity. The more you write the better you become. "Writing is such a important skill to develop, particularly in this information world." The use of proper "grammar, spelling, and the ability to be articulate are valuable skills." (Lugo.).

The Opportunity to Share: There is a tremendous amount of freedom on HubPages to share an endless stream of information. Here is where you get to write about the topics that matter to you the most. I write about law, politics, travel, parenting, and personal growth. I can ask questions and answer them. I can read hubs on topics that interest me, share my opinion, and comment. It is a stimulating, positive, and healthy way to interact with other like-minded people instead of having random conversations in online chat rooms. It is here, on HubPages, that you can share your life's experiences and teach others. And, yes, HubPages can be the medium that allows you to simply vent.

An Encouraging Support System from Other Writers: Let's face it...everyone needs at least one cheerleader in their life. Here is your opportunity to get dozens of cheerleaders. Whether it is from a fellow hubber or someone on the outside who decided to read your work on HubPages, many people share your views, leave comments on hubs, vote the hubs up or down, and let you know if they think the hub is "funny", "interesting", "useful", "awesome", and "beautiful." Other writers can decide to "follow" you or leave "fan mail." I must admit that every time I receive feedback it puts a smile on my face: someone out there in the world thinks that what I write is not only important enough to read but worthy of commentary.

Develop an Audience: Particularly, if you are writing about things that matter to a lot of people, you can develop an audience and following. There are over 82,000 published users on HubPages. That is a good start. Share what you are doing with the people you know. Many will be interested in what you are writing.

A Permanent Way to Keep Your Writings: Many of us have our work (poetry, stories, and the like) written in notebooks or journals. Many of us have our writings stored on thumb drives, hard drives, or computers. Uploading your work onto HubPages is a way to keep this work "digitized, unlike hard copies that tend to be lost or destroyed over years if not kept properly." (Dip Mtra).


The cover of my first book.
The cover of my first book. | Source

HubPages can lead to professional opportunities.

In a relative example, I email my friends and family regularly. When I started writing on HubPages it gave me something else to talk about with them. The emails included a link to my latest hubs. It was in this way that a former professor of mine learned about my hub "Affirmative Action: Is it Still Necessary in the 21st Century?" He loved it and asked me if I was interested in expanding the hub for a book he was writing on the topic. He assured me that I would get publishing credit. Who knew that writing on HubPages would lead to real-world, academic publishing? Well, it did.

Similarly, I took my law school thesis on modern-day segregation in New Orleans, divided it up into a series of hubs, and received super feedback from readers. It was then that I began to gain the additional confidence I needed to reach out to my professor's publisher. I took down the hubs, revised them into chapters, and sent it out with a cover letter to one of the publisher's editors. Why not? If my professor thought my hub on affirmative action was worthy of inclusion to his book, perhaps the publisher would think that my thesis would be a worthy project. Sure enough, the publisher (ABC-CLIO) was interested; and the thesis became my first book How Do Hurricane Katrina's Winds Blow? Racism in 21st Century New Orleans.

With these two professional publications to my credit, other editors from ABC-CLIO were willing to publish my work (independent scholarship, not hubs) in its academic database. To date, I have seven academic articles in the ABC-CLIO academic database.

Do not let money be your motivation.
Do not let money be your motivation. | Source

What You Will Not Get from HubPages

High Earnings: True, HubPages has an ad revenue program. Do not give up your day job. This is passive income. You write a hub and you may get advertisers to place an ad on your hub. Nissan had an ad on my hub "Car Insurance: Having the Right Coverage," so did Geico. Readers will click on the ad and that generates ad revenue for the hub. I do not expect this hub to generate ad revenue. What advertisers are linked with this topic: "How to Benefit from HubPages?" Probably none.

The generated revenues are really pennies per day. For example here are a couple of days for me:

Thu, Jan 15, 2015, $0.42

Wed, Jan 14, 2015, $0.31

Tue, Jan 13, 2015, $0.36

Mon, Jan 12, 2015, $0.26

The average for me has totaled about $50 per quarter, sometimes more. But I don't do this HubPages thing for the money. I do it for the collective experience. Many hubbers have cried out against the low revenues. Some hubbers have not received a "payout"; and, while much of this could be improved by HubPages, for now, it is what it is.

Here are some tips to get better earnings:

  1. write about topics that will drive high traffic
  2. write in a way that drives high traffic
  3. broaden the topics of your hubs to reach readers outside of HubPages
  4. share your hubs via social media and email.

Here is how the above suggestions work: recently, I wrote a hub about the high-profile cases of research misconduct. I post links to my hubs on Twitter. To my surprise, The UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO), "tweeted" about this hub, shared the link, and called it "very interesting reading material." Within a couple of days, the University of Hawaii Office of Research Compliance and U.S. Office of Research Integrity, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services "re-tweeted" UKRIO's "tweet" with the hub's link. No, I do not know anyone at these agencies but I am grateful they believe it's good quality work. Of course, I sent all of the agencies a "thank you" Tweet.

There are so many hubs that explain how to increase hub traffic. Read them and implement the suggestions.

Instant Fame and Success: Truth be told, it takes time to establish yourself as a writer, years; and, if you want to be a pro, you need more than talent; you need the credentials and experience (and the connections) to do it on a professional level. Even the pros have to wait for their money. Publishing is based on royalties. You get paid a percentage on each book that you sell; and you have to wait for the book to sell.

More Personal Communication from HP Staff: I'm not sure what the 15 staff members do on HubPages. I don't think any of us know what they do. What can 15 staff members do for more than 82,000 writers? My guess is not much. We get a ton of automated messages. The most personal communication I received from the staff was when I was writing in their apprenticeship program. That was a short-lived opportunity.

How I can track my success?

Tracking your success on HubPages can be done a number of ways. It really depends on what your idea of success is.

  1. Maybe you like to interact with other writers.
  2. Maybe you like recognition awards or accolades (how many reads did a hub get, getting a "rising star" status, or you want to be popular among readers).
  3. Maybe you use writing as a therapeutic method.
  4. Maybe you want money.

Let me say this, no matter what you do academically, professionally, or for fun, if your motivation is money, you will not be successful. You are successful when you love what you do because that is where you are willing to put in all of your time and effort. Putting in all of your time and effort into what you love brings personal satisfaction and expertise. The more you do anything the better you will become. Practice does indeed make for perfection.

My 3-yr Report Card

Number of Hubs
Page Views
Comments
51
98,000+
647
 
 
 

My Hub Feedback

"130 Useful; 44 Awesome; 96 Interesting; 23 Beautiful; and 7 Funny."

Share your experience

How long have you been writing for HubPages?

See results

I am just one of over 82,000 published users on HubPages. This hub is just one of more than 950,000 hubs. You are one of "36 million people who explore HubPages every month." (HubPages).

I hope that if you are new to HubPages that you enjoy writing here. I hope that if you have been with HubPages for a while that you continue to stay. Write whenever you want about whatever you want. Make no mistake, what you have to say makes a difference in this world. Continue to do wonderful things. Stay encouraged and stay blessed.

Works Cited

Dip Mtra. Comment dated January 20, 2015, on "How to Benefit from HubPages: An HP Writer's Perspective.'" Liza Lugo, J.D. HubPages.com. Jan. 3, 2015.

HubPages. "What is HubPages?" http://hubpages.com/about/us. Access date: 1/19/15.

Lugo, Liza. "The Benefits of Keeping a Diary." HubPages.com. April 13, 2012. http://lawdoctorlee.hubpages.com/hub/The-Benefits-of-Keeping-a-Diary. Access date: 1/19/15.

By Liza Lugo, J.D.

© 2015. All Rights Reserved.

Ms. Lugo retains exclusive copyright and publishing rights to all of her articles and photos by her located on Hub Pages. Portions of articles or entire content of any of these articles may not be used without the author's express written consent. Persons plagiarizing or using content without authorization may be subject to legal action.

Permission requests may be submitted to liza@lizalugojd.com.

Originally written and published on January 19, 2015. Latest corrections and edits made on February 23, 2015.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Alison-Jean, I'm so glad that you read my hub and commented. Thank you for your praise. All of us have a life outside of HubPages, no doubt. But it's like I was told: "Just write." Write whenever you can about whatever you want. There's no pressure here, as you know. So glad that this helped remind you why we all write on HubPages: there is a great deal of satisfaction in hitting that "publish now" button and there is always someone on the other end ready to encourage you and your work.

      Wishing you much continued success in your future endeavors. Stay blessed.

    • Alison-Jean profile image

      Alison-Jean 2 years ago from Egypt

      Excellent hub. You have really put into perspective the reasons for writing on hubpages. I've been busy with other projects and have been wondering whether and how to slot hubpages back into my life. You helped me to remember the satisfaction I get from pressing the 'publish now' button! Many thanks.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Chriswillman90, thank you so much for stopping by to read this and for your comment. I really appreciate your compliments, especially, since you are such a wonderful writer. Indeed, when one writes with passion and effort the rewards will come; sometimes, when one least expects it.

      Thanks for voting this hub "up." Keep doing what you're doing because I think you're a quality writer. Blessings to you and yours.

    • Chriswillman90 profile image

      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      This is such a wonderfully informative, well-written hub and it taught me a lot. I love how you shared some of the personal information regarding earnings and the entire 3 year report card summary.

      I agree that this site isn't about earnings rather it's about doing what you love. I do believe that if you write with passion and effort that eventually you'll reap the rewards but that should never be the cause, it can only be the effect.

      Great Hub!

      Voted up.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      You're very welcome, CornelieaMldadenova. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read this hub and for your comment. So glad that, as a "newbie," you found this hub "encouraging."

      Wishing you much success on HP. Hope your day is wonderful!

    • CorneliaMladenova profile image

      Korneliya Yonkova 2 years ago from Cork, Ireland

      Thank you very much for this hub. Really encouraging for us newbies :)

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      VirginiaLynne, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. You really got me thinking now about getting up to the 100-hub mark. I'm only halfway there! Thanks for the tip. I can't wait to read some of your work now.

      May the new year bring you many wonderful things.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      ladyguitarpicker, thank you for reading this hub and for your comment. Glad you found this hub "interesting and useful." I believe that you are right. Many writers have been through traumatic experiences and learn how to heal through writing. No life experience is a waste.

      Writing helps clear my mind too. Continue to write wonderful things. Wishing you much continued success.

    • ladyguitarpicker profile image

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

      Hi, That was an interesting and useful Hub. Online writing is fun and gets a lot of thoughts off my mind. Sorry you had PTS, but half of the people that write do. Stella

    • VirginiaLynne profile image

      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      Thanks for telling your story on HubPages. I think that you do a very good job of explaining why online writing can be meaningful even if it doesn't add up to a steady income. Like you, I wanted to just start having my writing read online and I did learn a lot from the apprenticeship program. I have been able to make a steady stream of income, primarily from my articles relating to how to write essays, and how to do science fair projects. For the past two years, I've made about $500 a month average, but I'm having trouble getting much more than that. I would say that the traffic seems to increase significantly once you get past 100 Hubs.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Welcome to HP, Sara. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this hub and for your comment. Glad you found it "insightful." The only way to really understand how any platform can work for you is to learn from the experience of others and your own. I wish you much success on HP, however you so define it.

      May the new year bring you many blessings.

    • Sara Sarwar Riaz profile image

      Sara Sarwar Riaz 2 years ago from Michigan, USA

      A very insightful article. Thank you for sharing your experience and perspective about this platform. Having joined hub pages only recently, I find such hubs extremely helpful.

      Congratulations on all your achievements. I hope my journey here would be as fulfilling and commendable as yours.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Imogen French, I so appreciate you taking time out of your day to read my work and for sharing your comment. I, too, think HP is a "great platform" on many different levels. I really do enjoy writing here. Glad you feel this was a good summary of how to make HP work.

      I wish you nothing but the best always. Stay blessed.

    • Imogen French profile image

      Imogen French 2 years ago from Southwest England

      HP is a great platform for writers of all calibers. This was a good summing up of how to make it work for you, whatever your level or expectations. Glad to hear you are still enjoying writing here and getting the most out of it.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      RTalloni, thank you so much for taking time to read my work and for your comment. Indeed, the most unexpected benefit is how writing helped with my PTSD. Glad to hear that you enjoyed this one. Yay! I've got advertisers on this hub...hahaha!

      May the new year bring you and yours many blessings.

    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Great perspective here, and reading about the feedback from the universities and how your old professor reconnected with you was quite interesting. The best thing, though, is how writing has helped with the PTSD and how that has taken you so much further than you expected. Congrats on your perseverance and successes! And thanks for sharing some of the journey with us. Btw, at the moment Blendtec is advertising on this hub, as well as TheRealReal. :)

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Welcome to HP, Elsie Hagley! Thank you for taking the time to stop by and read my hub and for commenting. I'm glad you found this one interesting. Wishing you much continued success! If you want to write a book, I say, go for it!

      May the new year bring you many wonderful things

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting article. I'm a exsquid, had been writing there for over three years.

      In the last four months here on HubPages I have changed my style of writing to challenges, short stories, I'm enjoying this very much. Supportive members here that are encouraging me to lead up to writing a book. I'm looking forward to it.

      Wishing you all the best for 2015.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      mdscoggins, thank you for stopping by to read this hub and for your comment. I thought it was important to share my experience. It is good to know that the earnings are typical. I think many hubbers felt like maybe they weren't doing enough to earn more. It really is average. Glad you enjoyed this hub. Wishing you much continued success. Blessings to you & yours.

    • mdscoggins profile image

      Michelle Scoggins 2 years ago from Fresno, CA

      Great and realistic look at HP. Many of us here benefit from the relationships rather than the small monetary compensation. My earnings are very similar to yours and seems to be typical. I am glad to have came across this hub and will look out for more of your work :)

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Sallybea, once again, thank you for spending time out of your day to read my work and to comment. I'm glad you enjoyed this one and feel that it is an "honest assessment." Have a super-wonderful day!

      Special shout out to Faith Reaper: Thanks so much for sharing this hub with Sallybea!

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      peachpurple, after taking a look at accolades on your HP profile, it looks to me like you are doing VERY WELL. I'm going to have to try some of those recipes you posted. They look delish! Thank you for taking time to read my hub and for commenting.

      Cheers to more years on HP! Stay blessed.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      jrpierce, thanks for taking the time to read this hub and for your comment. I'm glad you found this "informative and enlightening." May the new year bring you many blessings.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Kathleen Cochran, that's very cool that phdast7 published her dissertation here. Yes, write about what you know best; we can all benefit from shared knowledge. Thanks again for following me, reading this hub, and for your comment. I so appreciate it.

      Wishing you nothing but the best always.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Faith Reaper, congratulations on your upcoming 3-year anniversary. Indeed, one of the best perks at HubPages is that we can write what we want as much as we want for free. Another is that we can read the work of others for free. Thanks for taking time to read this hub, for your comment, voting this hub "up," and your willingness to share it with others. I am so grateful.

      Have a marvelous day!

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      MD Muniruzzaman, welcome to HubPages. I'm glad you decided to join this group of talented and thoughtful writers. Thank you for taking time to read this hub, for your comment, and for voting this hub "up." Yes, focus on the quality of your hubs and you will do well.

      Hoping this new year brings you many wonderful things.

    • sallybea profile image

      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Very interesting, I am glad I found myself on this page - my thanks to Faith Reaper who shared this. A very honest assessment of what one can expect here.

    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      I really enjoyed reading your hub, i can never write this well, i am five years old alreafy and yes i earn nine dollars per month, takes five months to reach the fifty dollars

    • jrpierce profile image

      Jaymie 2 years ago from Ellijay, Ga

      Great Hub and comments! Informative and enlightening.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      A good friend of mine (before HP and after), phdast7 has also divided up her dissertation and published it here. It is now also available on Amazon and she's done very well creating a niche market for herself. First rule of writing is to write what you know.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wonderful hub. Congrats on your three years! My three years will be at the end of March this year. I truly have enjoyed my experience here on HP. I have meet many new friends, and I was thrilled that anyone cared to read what I had written and much less leave a comment. I have made true friendship here.

      I do not write on HP for money, as I have a full-time job as a paralegal. I enjoy writing and have learned so much from reading so many wonderful writers here.

      Here's to many more years on HP. There seems to be a lot of negative talk about HP, but they way I look at it, is that they allow me to take up their space and as much as I want for free and allow me to write what is in my heart.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning and sharing

    • MD Muniruzzaman profile image

      MD Muniruzzaman 2 years ago from Rajshahi, Bangladesh

      Thanks Liza for sharing your honest experiences. I am new in hubpages and articles like this will help me consolidate my self and focus on quality writing. I voted it uP!

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Thank you so much, Tillsontitan, for taking time to read this hub and for commenting. I feel the same way you do, "where else could this happen but HP?" I love my "new-found friends." Thanks for the positive votes.

      Continue to write wonderful things. Blessings to you & yours.

    • tillsontitan profile image

      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      I'm here a little over three years and totally amazed at how many people read my hubs and how many friends I have made. Where else could this happen but HP?

      You've hit the nail on the head. This isn't a place to make money but a place to do your writing and hang out with your new found friends.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Patkay, thank you so much for taking time to read this hub and for sharing your comment. Congratulations on being at HP for 3+ years and counting. HOLY SMOKES!! Nearly 1,000,000 views!!! That is incredible!

      Wishing you much continued success and many blessings.

    • Patkay profile image

      Patrick Kamau 2 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      I have been here on HP for more than 3 years too and I like the going so far. I am holding my breath in the coming 2 weeks or so as I head to 1,000,000 views mark. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      DzyMsLizzy, thank you so much for reading this hub. Your comments always make me smile :) Sorry about how the ceramics business turned out for you. Allow my legal head to make a disclaimer: I try not to speak in absolutes such as "all/always," "none/never," etc. Not everything we love will turn into a great business venture.

      No worries on your "rant." I'm happy that you found the article interesting and useful. Cheers to you, as well, and keep on writing. Blessings to you & yours.

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      This is great information. Some of us have learned these things the hard way. LOL

      I'm with you; I'm lucky to make the payment threshold quarterly. Oh well. It's a bit of pocket change I would not otherwise have, and I save it up--it has helped me with things like affording my car's registration renewal.

      As far as that old saw of "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life," I call BS. The moment something you love(d) becomes a full-time JOB, the fun and enjoyment goes away.You fall under orders, deadline pressure, and all that goes with it.

      It happened to me with my ceramics hobby. I enjoyed it; it was fun to paint the pieces; I only cast those items I liked, or which I knew family might like as gifts. It was a leisure-time activity.

      Then, we got the "opportunity" to turn it into a business, and it turned from fun to drudgery. Orders did not match the things I liked; they were for P-I-T-A difficult molds, and things I found ugly...molds I never would have bought for myself, and those orders were for quantities of several up to 20 each.

      Our back room in the garage became taken over by mold and finished bisque storage; our shed we bought for wood storage was likewise taken over for molds; our woodworking equipment was shoved aside to make room for slip tanks and pouring tables; we could no longer do woodworking, as the fine wood dust is incompatible with the ceramic slip. It was a 4-year-long nightmare.

      I finally closed the business, got our partner to take all the molds and equipment, except for just a few molds of mine I had originally chosen, and we reclaimed our space.

      However, I've not done anything with any of it since. It's left a sour taste in my mouth for ceramics.

      So, I write here, in the vain hope that things will get better vis-a-vis compensation, I take care of my husband who is disabled by heart disease, and I have been writing on Bubblews since last September, more for the social interaction than to make any money.

      I am dabbling with the idea of writing some e-books.

      Despite my 'rant' (apologies)--I found your article most interesting, and so voted, as well as up and useful. Cheers!

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Thanks, Sandra, for stopping by to read this and for your comments. Wishing you much continued success in all you do. Blessings to you!

    • Sandra Eastman profile image

      Sandra Joy Eastman 2 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      Enjoyed reading your perspective on hub pages. I too love to write but must prioritize to get everything done. Haven't decided how much I'll be writing for them at this point. Thank you for sharing your opinion and experience. Blessings to you.

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      No you can't fix it. If you change anything (even a comma), all the votes are lost.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Thanks, Catherine for taking the time to read this hub and for sharing your comment. Writing is definitely about the personal satisfaction, at least for me. I'm off to fix the gap in the poll...sorry about that! :)

      Wishing you much continued success.

    • CatherineGiordano profile image

      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I very much enjoyed reading this hub. It is nice to know more about other people's experience on HP and that my low earnings may not actually be low, but about average. I had a problem with your poll. I'm on Hub pages more than 6 months, but less than a year. Advice for hubbers, make sure your poll answers don't leave gaps. Anyway, great job and congrats on your book. I'm not surprised you got a book published. You are a good author. I agree with you that for most hubbers, writing is for personal satisfaction more than money.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Thank you so much, Jodah, for reading this hub and sharing your comment. I can totally relate to what you are saying about how no one would have read my work if it were not for HP. I, too, will stay with HP. This is a place where you get encouragement unlike anywhere else; and, believe me, I need it. As I mentioned in the hub, I write professionally as well. However, the professional level does not provide a forum to interact with others about my work. Sure, I receive plenty of feedback from my editors but that is very different. Every so often, I receive feedback on my professional work via Fb, LinkedIn, or Twitter but, again, it's not like the feedback I get on HP. HP also provides an avenue for me to test out my work before submitting the ultimately polished version to an editor (like the series on segregation in New Orleans).

      Thanks for voting this hub "up." I wish you much continued success and a wonderful 2015.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub, advice and thoughts Liza. There has been a lot written lately about Hub Pages and much of it has been about the things they could do better. For me personally if it wasn't for Hub Pages no one would have read my work (apart from my wife) and I would only be writing maybe one or two poems a year. Like you I owe this site a lot and even if I don't get paid I will still stay here as long as HP exists (or I do). I have only been with adsense about about 10 months and have made payout once so far so money isn't a driving factor. I could make more filling out online surveys. I just love that I can write whatever I like and practice my craft and the biggest bonus is the wonderful community and the great feedback. I never get such encouragement anywhere else and some of my hubs have been accepted for publishing elsewhere or led to other work. Thanks for sharing your perspective, voted up.

      i

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Awesome, Dip Mtra! That's another great reason to write on Hub Pages. I'm going to revise this hub and add it to the hub. I'm so glad that you enjoy everything about HP and that you are here for the long haul. Thanks for voting the hub up & useful.

      Thank you so much for reading my work and for sharing your comment. Continue to write. May 2015 bring you many blessings.

    • Dip Mtra profile image

      Dip Mtra 2 years ago from World Citizen

      I have been here for four months now and I write on topics that fascinate me. I take HP to be tool where my thoughts are digitized, unlike hard copies that tend to be lost or destroyed over years if not kept properly.

      I enjoy everything about HP, irrespective of the accolades or earnings, so guess I'm here for the long haul.

      Useful hub, voted up.

    • Dip Mtra profile image

      Dip Mtra 2 years ago from World Citizen

      I have been here for four months now and I write on topics that fascinate me. I take HP to be tool where my thoughts are digitized, unlike hard copies that tend to be lost or destroyed over years if not kept properly.

      I enjoy everything about HP, irrespective of the accolades or earnings, so guess I'm here for the long haul.

      Useful hub, voted up.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Ericdierker, thanks so much for reading and for sharing your comment with me. Definitely, write for the camaraderie and for the sheer pleasure of writing. The bonus is that we get to make meaningful relationships. Blessings to you & yours.

    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Excellent viewpoints you expressed here. You certainly covered where I am on HP. Write for the camaraderie and to write. We do make meaningful relationships here by showing ourselves in our writing.

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Thanks, Bill. Glad you feel that this was an honest and realistic look at HP. You're so sweet to let all of in the community know that our relationships are invaluable. So are you. Keep doing an amazing job.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A very honest and realistic look at HP. I had several people ask me last week why I stay here, that I surely get very little from the site. The truth is a have received a great deal from HP...the community. The relationships I have formed here are invaluable...and that includes you. :)

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Ann, your last comment made me smile. Do whatever works for you. I love your work.

    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      I am on twitter but confess I don't really know how to use it and am not worried. Facebook is a definite no-no; I don't like the idea and I haven't got time for yet more hours on the computer than I already spend!

      It doesn't matter for me because I'm not using hubpages for income, just for fun and the friendly community, so I'll just stick with HP and enjoy myself! Thanks for the advice though.

      Hope you enjoy the rest of your day.

      Ann

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      Annart, I so appreciate that you continue to read my hubs and share encouraging comments with me. Congratulations to you on your 5-year anniversary! That makes me look like a newbie! Let me encourage you to use social media like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. You should reach out to as many people as you can and not rely on just the HP community to read your work. You have an important perspective in your own writings.

      Glad you enjoyed reading this one. Have a super-fantastic day!

    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Great hub; I love writing on hubpages. As you say, it's the community that makes it worthwhile. I've been here for 5 years and I know my writing has improved in that time. I write much more often now and I always have my camera with me. I find having one's own illustrations helps enormously because you don't have to hunt for them and you don't have to worry about attribution.

      The one area I don't use enough is social media; I hardly use it at all but I do email a lot.

      This is an enjoyable read. Congrats on your 3 years and I hope to see you here for many more!

      Ann

    • lawdoctorlee profile image
      Author

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

      RonElFran, thank you so much for taking time to read this hub and for sharing your thoughts in the comments section. It really is all about the mindset; and that goes for anything we do in life. Expectations are the root of all resentments. Glad you found reinforcement for your initial motivation to write. Continue to write and share. It really does make a difference. Have a blessed 2015.

    • RonElFran profile image

      Ronald E Franklin 2 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I really love your perspective on writing here at HP. And it's great seeing how hubs on serious topics led to greater things. With all the angst that's recently been expressed about some writers here not making the money they expect, I sometimes have to remind myself that I didn't start writing on HP to make money. This hub reinforces that for me. Thanks.