Local Meetups for Writers on HubPages
In January 2011 HubPages announced Local Meetups, allowing anyone to organize their own local events where writers can meet and socialize.
I knew several other Hubbers (writers on HubPages) in my area so I decided to lead meetings in a local venue. It has been a great way to meet other Hubbers on a personal level and share new tricks for success.
It's really beneficial to get Hubbers together in the real world and share what is going on.
There is so much happening that affects writers on all platforms - new tools for writing, new SEO standards, the Google requirements that keep changing.
Choosing a Venue for Meetings
I chose a place for our meetings that sold food and had free WiFi so we could have lunch and go online with our laptops and iPads to check out our work.
Our HubMeets (as they were called) were very successful and we found them useful for sharing what we have learned about writing online and about HubPages.
Highlights Of Our First HubMeet
I discovered something interesting. Writers definitely have loads of things to talk about. And we don’t hesitate to share our feelings. I think that’s great!
The focus of our discussion was based on brainstorming ideas to write about. Everyone was eager to participate.
The attendees as shown below (left to right) were Bob, Rich, Jeff and myself (Glenn).
Bob spoke about his first article on HubPages and explained how difficult he is finding it to complete other hubs. That's something most writers deal with.
Rich told us about his interest in research and writing about his ideas. I found that he likes to ask questions that make people think. He presented a lot of interesting thoughts for us to contemplate.
We quickly discovered that Jeff had a lot to offer in our HubMeet discussions. He never wrote online yet but had expressed interest in putting his thoughts into writing.
Then there was me. Well, speaking for myself, I like to make my endeavors become successful, although I'm not always successful at it. Organizing and leading these Meetup events was challenging.
A Gift From HubPages
Robin Edmondson had sent me this T-Shirt to wear at my HubMeets. Thanks Robin.
Ongoing Monthly Local Meetups
After several monthly HubMeets, we had a few more members join. Although we had 12 members, only four or five attend any single event. But we always had so much to discuss that keeping it small was helpful, otherwise the discussions can quickly get out of hand.
Pictured from left to right in the image of us below...
I found Rita Nolan’s philosophical discussions of language very enlightening. Her ideas can enhance anyone’s writing.
Rich has been coming to most events and is notorious for feeding us ideas. Any writer stuck with ideas can take any of Rich’s cues and run with it.
Jim Bowden in the back who has been writing on HubPages for seven months. Jim writes informative and well-researched articles on health and personal finance.
Jeff always has a lot to say. He just needs to get down to actually putting it into his writing.
That's me again on the right. I always bring a list of ideas to use for discussion. I like to keep an ongoing list of latest HubPages announcements to discuss at the HubMeet.
We all have so much energy to share ideas with one another. I think that's great.
Sharing Success Secrets
Each one of us always has something to share that the others who attend can put to good use.
The latest of Panda requirements are always a major part of our discussions. There is so much on the Internet, in Google Blogs and other articles, that everyone misses something important. Our HubMeets provide a way to add all our knowledge together so we all benefit from it.
I had shared a number of my own ideas with everyone at the HubMeet, such as the requirement to remove dead links from our Hubs.
Ever since everyone is now being moved into our own subdirectories, many Hubbers are deleting poor performing Hubs because we are all responsible now for our own success. So if we link to other Hubs, we may need to remove those links if those Hubs are deleted. I noticed that we don't always get the "dead link" icon on our hub listing. So we need to look for them.
At one HubMeet, Jim was showing me his list of Hubs in his account on his laptop, when I noticed that he had a lot of unpublished Hubs. He explained to me that by letting them sit there for a while, their score goes up. So I learned from him the trick of starting a new Hub at a higher score than 50, which is where they usually start.
Celebrating One Year of HubMeets
We welcomed two new members at our 8th HubMeet on February 25th, 2012...
Sue B, who writes mostly about dream interpretation, has a flare for writing interesting and educational Hubs.
And Stuart McCallum, who writes photography related articles that are extremely useful for photographers.
In addition, Leesleez (Lee), who had been signed up as a member for some time, was able to join us for the first time. His Saturdays are usually booked, but I hope he continues to join us, as he writes fascinating Hubs with captivating humor.
Another member of our group who writes humor is Janet. She only wrote one Hub so far but she was very creative with it and I hope she continues her writing.
An active member who writes a lot of interesting and educational Hubs is Quilligrapher, his real name is Rich. He writes about history, politics and social issues.
After one year we had 16 members. Growth takes patience. Slowly but surly, people start noticing in the Forum and by word of mouth.
Our anniversary meetup was as invigorating as all the prior get-togethers. We discussed some new features HubPages has added in the past month, such as the ability to moderate comments and reply to them all from one page, instead of going into each Hub.
We also discussed the new monetizing link feature that lets one link individual words in a text capsule to a related Amazon item. We talked about the upcoming contest where Hubbers can get cash prizes for asking and answering questions under the Answers tab. We reviewed important search-engine-optimization tips. And we shared some hub-writing success methods.
Everyone was focused on learning from one another and sharing. Most of all, we had fun with the interaction between all of us.
As far as these meetups are concerned, few other Hubbers attempted to organize these events, and HubPages eventually stopped promoting it.
Our own group started becoming a social get together rather than a place to discuss new trends with online writing or sharing lessons learned to help one another with their hubs. So I decided to discontinue the events. Nevertheless, it was enjoyable while it lasted and many of us remained good friends.
© 2011 Glenn Stok