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How HubPages is Helping Me Follow My Writing Dream

Updated on July 19, 2018
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Karen Hellier is a freelance writer and eBay entrepreneur. She lives happily in the mountains of North Georgia with her husband and her dog.

Writing at my computer, following my dream!
Writing at my computer, following my dream! | Source

HubPages is a Huge Boost to My Writing Dream

Since I was in elementary school, I have always wanted to be a writer. I won a poetry contest in the fifth grade due to a poem about my dog, a Golden Retriever named Brandy, and I think the writing bug has been with me ever since. It was one of those poems that start,

"I had a dog

His name was Brandy,

I think that he

Is really dandy..."

type of poems, which may sound rather corny, but for a 10-year-old, it was good enough to win an award, and start a dream!

Over the years, people would comment on my writing, and tell me it was good. I had a high school Poetry and Song teacher, Wally Lamb (yes, THAT Wally Lamb of Oprah Winfrey's book club fame) who was encouraging as well.

I wanted to major in English in college and write a book some day. I took many of those career interest surveys, and they all came back that I should be a writer, teacher, social worker, or minister! My father, being the realistic voice in my life, told me that I couldn't major in English because there would be no jobs when I graduated. He told me I would have to pick another career. Since he and my mom were paying for part of my college education, I was the dutiful daughter and chose Social Work as my major.

But I didn't stop writing. I wrote many poems and tucked them away in journals and notebooks over the years. As I got older, I found I enjoyed writing newsletters and tried to include developing newsletters in many of the different jobs I had over the years. I even developed my own newsletter at one point, with ideas to help moms save money.

My mother has repeatedly told me over the years that I should write a book. That sounded great, and that was still the dream, but I never knew what to write the book about. I used to stand at my kitchen sink, washing dishes while my children played at my feet, dreaming of the book I would write someday.I started writing a newsletter with events for kids and families, called, "Macaroni Kid." I had to find activities that were going on in my community, and add them to a calendar template which would be published online once a week. I could also include articles each week, about anything I wanted, but it fit into the newsletter best to write articles about families, parenting, motherhood, etc. I enjoyed writing the articles, more than discovering what activities were going on.

HubPages Helped my Writing Self Esteem

And then I found HubPages! Wow, what freedom there was in being able to pick what I wanted to write about. It was absolutely amazing to be able to write to my heart's content. And people started to notice. I started to have followers. People commented on my hubs, and for the most part, the comments were positive. This totally boosted my self-esteem and fueled the dream of writing that book. I found out about Google Adsense, and also the HubPages Earnings Program. I started to actually make money through HubPages. Not much at first, but each penny that I earned was thrilling. I feel like maybe writing could be an actual profession for me. And it's a very exciting feeling.

HubPages Statistics

At this point, after four months and 13 days, I hit 10,000 views! It was a thrilling moment for me to hit the 10,000 views mark. I am currently earning approximately 56 cents per day through the HubPages Earning Program and Google Adsense. I am averaging 110 views per day, and of course, I see the number of views soar each time I publish and promote a new hub. I have completed one 30 Hubs in 30 Days Challenge, and have another one coming up in 3 weeks. I am hoping to reach payout for both the HubPages Earnings Program and Google Adsense in June, but that's just a start. I have gone about this slowly as I have learned, from the rest of the rubbers on here, that success with HubPages is a marathon, not a sprint. And so, I trod along, reading whatever I can on how to write quality hubs, how to promote my hubs, etc. and slowly, but surely, I am making money on HubPages. And other hubbers, such as Jimmy the Jock, SMD2012, and SusieQ42 are all very encouraging to me, showing me the way to go to be able to make a living at this writing thing!

Working from Home

Another one of my dreams, besides writing a book, is to work from home. I have had a few careers, as my children were growing up, where I managed to work from home. And I loved every second of it. I like being able to work when I want, whether that's at midnight, or 5:00 a.m. But since I am a night owl, the usual time for me to work is anytime after 10:00 p.m., NOT the wee hours of the morning! But that's just it; when you work from home, you can pick when you want to work, and not miss out on the important things in life.

I was able to volunteer in my children's classrooms, go on field trips, pick the kids up from school during the day if I needed to, and would just complete my work at night. Or take a Friday off to do something fun, and write a report on Saturday. It was so liberating for me to work like that. I am not a good 9 to 5 person and am a worse 7:30 to 3:45 person which are my current work hours at a local high school. That schedule is a very hard schedule for a night owl to follow. And so, I want to be able to create my own schedule and work from home.

My new dream, which still incorporates my original dream, is to work from home as a writer. This will include writing online as I am doing with HubPages, and Text Broker (which I am just starting with), and also writing that book finally. And Hub Pages has helped me determine exactly what I want that book to be about. I will let you all know when it is published, but for now, I am very happy to be able to write on Hub Pages, each day getting one step closer to making my dream of developing a paying career as a work from home writer!

Thank you, HubPages, and all the hubbers out there who are so encouraging to those of us with the dream of writing for a living!

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    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Thank you. Hopefully the practice that writing on Hub Pages has given me will help me write my first book. It's in the works now.

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      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      That's so nice of you to say. I greatly appreciate it. Thank yo so much.

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      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Wow, what a nice compliment. Thank you so much. I will keep forging ahead, I promise!

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      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Distracted by hub Pages? How can that possibly be??? LOL! I definitely know the feeling. I have an appt. to interview someone for my first book at the end of April. Need to go on vacation first to gear up for it! Thanks for stopping by.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      Good for you for following your dreams! I also want to write a novel. I'm halfway through it - but now I've gotten distracted by hubpages. Ha!

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      Toy Tasting 

      8 years ago from Mumbai

      Hey Karen, its good to know that Hub pages is helping you follow your dream. Congratulations, on your achievements here!

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      Tirralan Watkins 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Karen, your hubs are always so inspiring, whether you're talking about your writing experiences or improving upon you marriage. Great work. keep up the good job!

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      8 years ago from Michigan

      Hi Karen. love the hub. you do have a knack for writing. Keep forging ahead and may all your dreams come true. Keep on hubbing!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      8 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks for your comment. I am trying hard and loving writing on Hub Pages. So there is something to be said for that in itself. Also, although I am not making a TON of money, who can knock earning money while we sleep? Last night I gained 2 new followers between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m.!!!

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      L M Reid 

      8 years ago from Ireland

      Yes there is nothing better than doing something you love and getting paid for it.

      I agree it is a very slow process to earn a decent amount of money from writing online but it gets better and easier as time goes by.

      Good luck with your new career and welcome to HubPages

      Voted up and shared on Twitter

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks Sparkle Chi!

      It's thrilling to be able to write as much as I want now that I left my regular job. I am keeping my fingers crossed that online writing will be my new career. Time will tell. I am sure I will be writing a hub about it!!!

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      9 years ago from Chandler, AZ

      It is fantastic to see someone following their dreams. I am thrilled to hear about your achievements already here! It is wonderful that you are sharing it with all of us.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Michaela J. Rapp,

      You are so right. I find Hub Pages very encouraging. And I love the freedom about being able to write about anything I want.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      9 years ago from Georgia


      That was so sweet of you to say. And I have been blessed so far. Hoping the same for you.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      9 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks for your comment. It's nice to read I have inspired someone else. Yes, let's hope we both reach our dream. I have only been on here a little more than 4 months, and write when I can, but I have just realized it would help me to have a 1 year goal of how many hubs to complete. Do you have one?

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Cosmic Bus,

      Thanks for reading and for your kind comment.

    • Michael J Rapp profile image

      Michael J Rapp 

      9 years ago from United States

      Karen this is wonderful! I'm glad HubPages is helping you realize your dream. It's great to have a platform like this to help writers publish their work.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      9 years ago

      So glad that you are following your dream. It is one that many of us hope to also continue to follow and be blessed through the journey. Your reflections are encouraging to me.

    • dannelmarchese profile image


      9 years ago from Hammond, Louisiana

      It's really inspiring to see someone going after what they want in life, especially considering we share the same dream. :-) Looking forward to reading a lot from you!

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      Cosmic Bus 

      9 years ago from Maryland

      Great job. Voted up!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      9 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks for the encouragement, both from this comment and over my first few months as a hubber!

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      9 years ago from Georgia


      Thanks for the comment. I am hoping to get to the point you are at soon...loving my life because I am following my passion. Regarding the result of being a construction worker...obviously those tests are not always accurate! LOL

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks bizwin. That's the dream and I am going for it! I am a huge fan of goal setting so am looking forward to reaching this goal. Are you writing from home as well?

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      9 years ago

      Bravo to you, Karen! I voted this hub up and interesting and awesome. I can't wait to read your book! God bless you in your "author's" adventure.

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      Bill Holland 

      9 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That was so nice to read! Isn't it wonderful being a writer and following your dream? I just love my life now that I am following my passion.

      You are doing well and you will do better. I remember taking those tests in high school and they always came back with the same result: I should be a construction worker when I get older.

      Ooops....missed that one!

      Great hub and best wishes on your journey!

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      9 years ago

      Oh this is very informative and what a coincidence. Going through old stuff to get organized for a yard sale, I found a poem I wrote about my dog - not dated, but I know I was between 8-13 years. Too funny - my daughter read it out loud ( it was very long and silly) and then said "Mom, so you haven't changed!". Although, I am more of a cat person now. Good luck Karen and I admire your ability to stick to it!

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      Theresa D 

      9 years ago from England, UK

      Great hub Karen. It is good to follow your heart, hubpages is really a place to start your writing career, the community is very welcoming and helpful. Yes, you can work from home and still earn a substantial amount of money writing online, the only setback is scheduling your time and knowing how many articles you want to write per day, week or month. i Wish you all the best.

    • Karen Hellier profile imageAUTHOR

      Karen Hellier 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks MelChi!

      Looks like we have a lot in common. I found Hub Pages in January as well.Do you still have your blog or are you just doing Hub Pages? I have a blog that I started at about the same time I found Hub Pages.

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      Melanie Chisnall 

      9 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Hi Karen, this is a great hub! I'm in the exact same boat as you. Working 7h30 - 16h30 every day at a desk job that really isn't what I want to do. My life is not about fixing up other people's accounting issues - but, at the moment that's what I need to do. I've always loved writing, I wrote many poems when I was in school as well. I had a blog running for 2 years and received good feedback from people that read it. Then, I found Hubpages in January this year. I know with all my heart that this is what I want to do with the rest of my life, what I'm supposed to do - writing. It's just frustrating to know that I can't do it right now - but I'm working hard at changing that! I wish you the best of luck with your venture. They say that anything is possible if you just put your mind to it, have faith and follow your passion. Voted Up and awesome! :)


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