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Updated on May 15, 2017
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As a poet, therapist, and observer of human behavior, Janis has a keen awareness of what makes people tick and behave the way they do.

New Online Writers Feel Clueless: "What's My Niche?"

Trying to figure it all out as a newbie writer can be frustrating.
Trying to figure it all out as a newbie writer can be frustrating. | Source

Writing Online Content: A New Venture

If you're new to HubPages, meaning you joined under six months ago, this is written in honor of you and all newbies on other internet writing sites. I stand united with you, as an online writer, in ignorance, as we muddle through this place I affectionately call "Hubberville."

It's a term of endearment to describe a place I've grown to love, and still hold dear after three years. It's a community of writers who come from one side of the globe to the other, with many neighborhoods in between.

The writers represent many cultures, languages, religions, educational backgrounds, and personal histories. But as one, we share aspirations for the love of writing.

Becoming familiar with the diversity in the forums on HubPages is a lot of fun. However, I often get lost in these neighborhoods as I attempt to navigate through the streets, trying my best to follow the directions of many street signs.

Although I do well most of the time, I sometimes feel like a stray, clueless hubber trying to find her way around Hubberville. Who knew that online writing could pose such a maze to the newbie online writer?

A Measure of Hubber Cluelessness

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It's All in the Learning Center

Hubber cluelessness is both a blessing and a curse. It makes you want to pursue knowledge and learn more about how to hub.

At the same time, it makes you keenly aware of how out of touch you are with how online writing really works.

The more questions you ask, the more you begin to think, "Gosh, they really must think I'm dumb."

Fellow hubbers are so gracious in answering your queries but at the end of their posts, they sometimes give you the dreaded Learning Center URL, and you gratefully thank them.

You then begin to think that they are thinking, "Why didn't she just read the darn Learning Center?" But unless you're able to inhale the entire Learning Center through osmosis, it ain't that simple.

The Essence of Hubber Cluelessness

It is said that EVERYTHING you need to know about online writing on HubPages is in the Learning Center (okay, whatever). But when you're feeling clueless, you want to connect with a real live person to get an answer.

Clueless hubbers are not always sure what they are looking for, what they're asking, or where to find it, so they pose questions first.

Clueless hubbers also don't process or retain written instructions very well and all the jargon that it contains. Sometimes they just need a hubber with a clue to break it down for them with the least amount of words as possible. The clueless hubber's head is in constant reeling motion as it attempts to process many things simultaneously:

  • Maneuvering hub tools
  • Getting a grasp of SEO and the unique method of online writing
  • Gaining Adsense approval
  • Thinking of original content and search-friendly titles
  • Deciphering the meaning of hub statistics, hubscore, and hubberscore
  • How not to inadvertantly get banned for making a mistake, and
  • All the while maintaining a growing excitement for what is slowly becoming an addiction.

Hereto, the clueless hubber cannot think straight enough to read, retain, or apply information from the Learning Center as efficiently as a good hubber should.

Newbie Writers Try Hard to Learn the Ropes

Making time at home for online writing takes focus and discipline.
Making time at home for online writing takes focus and discipline. | Source
It takes a lot of study to grasp the terms and strategies of online writing.
It takes a lot of study to grasp the terms and strategies of online writing. | Source

Language and Terminology in Online Writing

Recently, as I was reading forum posts, I couldn't figure out the meaning of the acronym, OP. I understood the context of the particular forum after reading for a while but what the heck was OP? Other Person? Obnoxious Punk? On Probation? Why are they calling this hubber 'other person?' Why not use the hubber's name?

Then my cluelessness decreased a little and I thought, okay it must mean "Offending Person." I still don't really know, but I digress. My point is that there is a subculture here in Hubberville and within the online writing culture that uses a language that is somewhat foreign to me.

Sometimes I pass through a forum where they're talking about Squidoos, Penguins, and PANDA bears, Redgages and Reddits, backlinks and page views, rankings and recoveries, algorithm changes, Google updates and creepy crawlers. What? I just grab my cluelessness and leave.

It feels like I'm reading Greek . . . and I don't know Greek. I have actually searched "online/blog terminology" to help me become more familiar with the internet language.

Babyboomer and Hubber Cluelessness

There is a percentage of clueless hubbers who were born prior to the 1970s whose hubber cluelessness quotient is multiplied by their lack of technical and social media savvy.

A huge part of why they find themselves lost in unfamiliar neighborhoods in Hubberville is that some of them are using internet technology for the first time.

A great deal of them were accomplished writers before coming to HubPages and now are having to learn how to expand their skills to fit into the online writer's internet culture.

As many hubbers have learned, online writing is a different beast and requires mastery of particular skills and tricks to ensure success. So hubber cluelessness is also defined by the decade out of which the hubber was born.

I have read posts from several hubbers like me who are admittedly unfamiliar with the technical side of online writing which keeps us in the slow lane of this fast-moving journey. A lot of us are also quite new to participating in multiple social media sites, having to grow our audiences and sell our online brands.

Online Writing for a Newbie Presents an Unfamiliar New World

Clueless whining results when attempting to find answers to the process and techniques of online writing and niche development.
Clueless whining results when attempting to find answers to the process and techniques of online writing and niche development. | Source

7 Tips to Beat Online Writing Cluelessness

As we go on our clueless, but merry ways in Hubberville, I would like to leave my fellow clueless hubbers and online writer newbies with a few tips on how to become better writers with a clue:

  1. Don't be afraid to ask a question, no matter how dumb it may seem to you or how dumb you think it may sound to other more experienced hubbers.
  2. Admit when you've made a mistake so you can learn from it (looking stupid now and admitting it will earn respect later); taking responsibility is honorable.
  3. Study the work of hubbers who have a clue; learn as much as you can from experienced hubbers by reading their hubs and taking mental notes about what makes them successful; note the use of techniques and use of capsules.
  4. Learn how to use all hub tools and several capsules to increase your chances of creating original, useful, high quality content hubs; presentation and visual appeal is everything.
  5. Visit online writing workshops and communities to learn, share, and pick up the basics of the craft.
  6. Check out HubPages Tutorials and Community in the Topic section to find hub articles that provide specific information in many areas, most of which is garnered from newbie experiences and newfound wisdom.
  7. Develop a niche area you enjoy or have a little knowledge about as you create hubs on specific topics within a particular category. HubPages recently rolled out "Niche Sites" on several topic categories, adding newly published hubs and pre-existing hubs to these sites. Decrease your clueless quotient by becoming a pseudo-expert on a topic. You might just increase your traffic!

Conclusion

Hubber cluelessness is a term I use in jest, as I refer to new fellow hubbers, as well as online newbie writers, and to myself.

I actually believe that writers are some of the brightest people on the planet. There is so much to learn when you're new to a situation, wading through unfamiliar territory.

I think that most of us took for granted the amount of work and study that goes into being a well-rounded member of Hubberville or whatever writing site where you have membership.

The excitement, coupled with being overwhelmed, can leave us a little disorganized in our productivity and ability to attain and apply the information that is readily available to us.

On HubPages, we reach out to more experienced hubbers and to HubPages staff because we are anxious about wanting to do the right thing. And we want our stay in Hubberville to be a lucrative and successful experience. And when do we want it? NOW!

Good luck, online writer newbies and fellow hubbers, on your online writing journey. Have fun as you create original and informative niche articles.

© 2013 Janis Leslie Evans

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      Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

      This was fun! You're approaching the mysteries of Hubpages with a lightness that will serve you well! Thanks from another clueless novice :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Funny and so full of truth! Well done, Jan! I can finally say I have left cluelessness behind and now am just average befuddled. :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much, Louisa. Very nice comment. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha ha ha, funny, billybuc. So glad you liked this one and found it funny. Thanks for the read and comment.

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Very entertaining and useful, thank you. If you want to truly appreciate Hubpages, try other sites.

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Nicely written hub ! Voted useful

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you kindly, mr-veg. I appreciate your vote.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you, Mhatter. Glad you enjoyed it. I don't plan to try any more sites, oh noooo. I'm happy right where I am :-)

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      Sallie B Middlebrook PhD 4 years ago from Texas, USA

      Voted useful and funny. Nice article Jan, and I'm sure there are many newbies who will benefit (and smile a knowing smile) from reading this. Great subhead titles, and substantial content. This is the type of Hub I enjoy reading most, ones where I feel "rewarded" for having read it, because I simply enjoyed reading it, or I learned something of lasting value.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      Jan - I found some giggles throughout this awesome hub as I was reading! I enjoyed relating to this 100%. I only joined in June and am still stumbling around a bit.

      Great advice.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha great to hear that, shiningirisheyes, so glad you had fun reading it. Thanks for the visit.

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      savvydating 4 years ago

      lol - Baby Boomer Cluelessness - that's me. Savvy in dating, I am, but savvy in internet stuff, not so much (at all). Thanks for writing this very useful hub!! Voted up and awesome.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Okay, I'm proud of you! Great job! You were able to maintain yourself, yet, present yourself in a lighthearted manner. Not too serious, not too light, similar to a teacher that would gain the attention of her students by exceeding the norm and presenting the material in a manner that is easily understood and appreciated! A+ You've come a long way since we first met! : )

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      So glad you found it funny and can relate to it, savvydating. Thank you for stopping by and for your votes.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Aw Rich, thanks so much. That means a lot. Ha ha ha, yes, I've come a long way and still have a ways to go. I'm grateful to have this platform to branch out and try different things.

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      visionandfocus 4 years ago from North York, Canada

      Er...there's a Learning Centre? And...um...tutorials? Why haven't I come across them by now? Because I'm CLUELESS, that's why! Geez...I guess it's about time I mosey on there to learn something. Duh!

      Great hub, very helpful and entertaining at the same time. Thanks for sharing. Much appreciated.

      Oh, and voted up and everything else, and sharing too. (Just so you wouldn't think I learned nutting in 2 years, darn it!)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Ha ha ha ha LOL, LOL!!! Too funny, visonandfocus. Seriously? I'm so tickled, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for sharing, the votes, and the follow. I really appreciate it. :-)

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      Violet Flame 4 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Congratulations janshares, that's one nicely written, very informative and refreshingly humorous hub, and all about this common symptom a lot of us suffer here on a day to day basis! Bravo! Uh....can I dare showing my cluelessness and ask.....how on earth did you put that pretty ribbon like banner between sections of your writing?

      -- well and truly belong to the forever clueless club, moi!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Violet Flame, what nice things you have to say. I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub and can relate to it. I'm very grateful for your comments. Thanks for coming by and for the follow. Regarding the banner, google separaters, line separaters, dividers, if I remember correctly. Treat it like you would an image, put it in a capsule, and insert it where you want it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Lovely hub and so true. As newbies here we all are all at sea with online terminology and it is through interaction with fellow hubbers in Hubberville that we slowly start to get a hang of things in this part of the world.

      Very enjoyable read.

      Voted up and awesome. Sharing.

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      Loving this! What a great writing voice!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, rajan. Glad you found this hub enjoyable. I appreciate the votes and the sharing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you kindly, sarashuihan. I appreciate the nice comment.

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      Violet Flame 4 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Yay! Thank you so much for solving The Mysteries of The Pretty Banners! Now I can put them EVERYWHERE! :-D :-D :-D

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're quite welcome. Another hubber passed the secret to me so I passed it to you. Enjoy!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      My cluelessness just got a clue. I appreciate what you wrote......it's a whole new world for me as this is my first foray into online writing. I'm glad to see how many people out there are as clueless as I am. Very fun read, voting up!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Kasman. Welcome to the club :-) I'm so glad you can appreciate it and not feel alone. Thank you for you vote and for stopping by.

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      LOVED this Hub! How comforting to know that others born before 1970 have 'technical' challenges. You wouldn't believe mine! The social network thing that everyone else seems to manage with such aplomb is a foreign and rather strange business to me. I have voted up, and shared. (how's that?!) but I don't know who I shared it with! Great writing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Lol, Vickiw, glad you enjoyed it and can relate to it. Thank you so much for your vote and for sharing :-)

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      Leanna Stead 4 years ago from North Carolina, United States

      I found this Hub after seeing your milestone forum post (congratulations on the 10K!), and voted it up immediately. It's very well-written with just the right touch of humor.

      I'm not really sure how to classify myself -- I'm still in the "clueless club" to a fairly significant degree. I've only written six Hubs, and those within the last month. Yet only yesterday I answered a question with a Learning Center URL. I felt kind of odd doing that since I've been active such a short time, but I've read through a *lot* of LC material because I know it's the best way to get acquainted with HP particulars. :)

      My learning curve is kind of mixed. When it comes to learning about the HubPages tools -- well, I'm getting there. :) Now that I revisit my first Hub with the knowledge of capsules I've gained in the past few weeks, I find myself thinking, "Wow... that *really* needs revision." Yet there are things about HP that go completely over my head -- for instance, trackers. I have *no earthly idea* how to work them and am pondering where to post my question about them in the forum. I read the LC entry, but .... yeah. I'll have to search the forum first and make sure I'm not asking a duplicate question. I have a feeling I'm not the only one to feel muddled by trackers.

      My biggest struggle right now is the process of writing for online publication as opposed to print -- it's so very different, and gaining traffic online is far different from sending written work to a target market for publication. I didn't even know what SEO *meant* until I looked it up -- and as soon as I did, I wrote a Hub about to it teach myself a thing or two and try to help others in the process.

      Thank you so much for sharing this!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Poetic Vine, you are a gem. I can so relate to you. What's a tracker? You see, I'm still a little clueless so I continue to join with you in solidarity as we figure this out together. My best advice is to familiarize yourself with forum headings and ask all your questions there. Someone always pops in and answers. Now you also have me too, to bounce off stuff, even if I still don't know :-) Thanks for your votes and for stopping by.

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      Leanna Stead 4 years ago from North Carolina, United States

      Jan, thank you. :) I went to the forums and -- voila! -- someone had asked a question about trackers. The universe works in mysterious ways....

      Here's what I've learned. A "tracker" is a unique ID assigned to each Hubber which is intended to track referrals. As I presently understand it, the simplest way to use your referral tracker runs thus:

      When you author a Hub -- or you read one you really enjoy and want to share -- you are able to go to the bottom of the page containing that Hub and click on the option to "link to this page." A pop-up window will appear on your screen listing two sharing options -- the URL and HTML. The URL is a straight link -- the HTML, or "hypertext markup language", is the code behind that link that can be used to put the image on a blog or other site which is HTML friendly. (If you have a personal web site, for instance, you could use the code from the "link this page" option to generate a link to your or another Hub that you can display on any page of your site.)

      I used the tracker today to share a Hub on my Facebook page, because I have a lot of friends I believe will really love the idea behind the article. I did this because those same friends might be interested in writing for HP -- if they sign up and create their first Hub within 30 days, I receive a percentage of what HP earns from their revenue. The author gets their full -- I think it's 60 percent -- and I receive either 9 or 10 percent of the remaining 40.

      Doing this for your own Hubs can generate traffic for you, but doing it for others helps everyone, since you're helping the other Hubber get traffic, you help HP get additional traffic, *and* you have a potential to earn from any visitor who then chooses to sign up and become a new Hubber. You may also garner additional traffic to your own writing simply by virtue of association even if the reader doesn't choose to join HP. There is an article in the Learning Center about trackers, but I had to read through it a few times before I really got the gist. They talk about adding the tracker ID to a pasted link, and while that would work, I like the "link this" method because of its efficiency.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much, PoeticVine, for that detailed explanation. I will try to utilize the tracker. Feel free to email me with hubber shop talk. :-)

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      Leanna Stead 4 years ago from North Carolina, United States

      Jan, you are quite welcome, and I do realize that was rather long, as well as being shop talk. ^_^ Please feel free to email me as well, and I'm looking forward to reading more of your Hubs, as you are a very engaging writer!

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      Marvin Parke 4 years ago from Jamaica

      I find your article very articulate. When I started hubpages almost 3 years ago, I did not even know about using short paragraphs, much less keywording. However, after reading thousands of hubs then some basic techniques started to develop. All I can say is that your writing style is immaculate. I wish I had such an edge starting out. There is no shame for a veteran to learn from a beginner.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Oh my, rasta1, I'm touched by your words. Very generous of you to say such nice things. Thank you for reading this hub. I also appreciate the fanmail and the follow. We will definitely cross paths again. I saw your profile and look forward to learning from you as well.

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      SEXYLADYDEE 4 years ago from Upstate NY

      After 3 years I still research different topics to improve my hubs. I was born in 1960 and I'm not a boomer. That was the generation before me. But I find myself often lost in terms like "SEO'S" and backlinks

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      SEXYLADYDEE 4 years ago from Upstate NY

      Love this hub! After 3 years I still get confused in the maze that is "Hubpages" but I love the journey. SEO's & "backlinks" still have me in the ropes even after research and a limited understanding. My only advice to "newbies" is to keep writing. Join the 30 or 90 day challenge and write. And as you write read the rules, great hubbers and mediocre hubbers so you learn how to improve and grow. This is a great place to be and you are one of the reasons why. Much respect. Dee

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks, Dee. I appreciate your advice. Thanks for stopping by and reading this hub, glad you could relate to it.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I voted up all across the board! This is a wonderful article, and it's nice to read from the perspective of a "new" (under 6 month) Hubber. I have been here for about 2 months, and it is addicting. I spend a lot of time on here, and have learned a lot. But I am amazed at how much information there is. It is a lot for my brain to take in all at once!

      I have asked some relatively stupid questions before. I try to figure something out, many times even from the learning center, but it either doesn't work, or it it is not exactly what I'm looking for, so I finally put down my pride and ask. It doesn't usually take long to have my question answered, and I resolve the problem, or else feel good that everything is as it should be.

      I really like that we have the ability to edit Hubs even after they're published. It's nice to add information, photos, or a link in to freshen it up or add substance to. I am happy a hub is not set in stone once it's published!

      I have also been amazed at how many wonderful articles are on here, how many people from all over the world are here, and what a fantastic community it is. It fills in a gap in my life that I didn't know existed! And since I love writing, this is just an ideal way to write, and to learn and grow in the process.

      Thank you so much for writing this great article! It's nice to know that other people feel the same way when hey're "newbies", and to see tips on how to learn more.

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      Jim Miller 4 years ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      Obviously (from the comments), Jan, you've hit a mother lode here, mining what countless newbies have been (and will continue to be) afraid to write. Makes me wonder if we (yeah, I'm at about that 2-month mark, too) don't need a Google+ hangout all our own. Well done!!

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      Faythe F. 4 years ago from USA

      What a great hub...I feel like it was intended just for me...voting across and sharing..

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Glad you enjoyed it and can relate. Thank you so much for the votes and for sharing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much, Jim, for your generous comments. I wrote this hub for precisely the reasons you state. There are, and always will be newbies who can relate and I am happy to acknowledge them (us).

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Kathryn and welcome to hubpages. I very much appreciate your thoughtful comments. It warms my heart that this hub made such a difference for you. I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying the experience. Thank you so much for the votes.

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      Banned cause of pissants promisem and deantraylor 4 years ago from TWO OF THE MANY LYING LIB CRYBABIES OF HUB PAGES

      "Hubber Cluelessness" "Hubberville" LOL so true, so true - it takes time to fit in but this page and comments is so helpful yet entertaining!! YOU should be paid by hubpages!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Lol, lol, you're funny, so nice of you to say that. Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoying this hub. I appreciate your comments, fanmail, and follow.

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      ForEverVirtuous 4 years ago from St. Louis

      Hey! I'm a new Hubber myself and just being the person I am, I immediately went to the learning center first and learned the basics and then go back here and there when I want to get a deeper explanation or 'how-to' on here for something. lol But I love the fact that HubPages has unlocked a gift of writing I've always had that was suppressed due to my own neglecting of it. I'm also glad to know that I may be able to profit from something I enjoy (no, I have enrolled in AdSense yet because I want to see my earning potential first and get some 'experience'). Feel free to take a look at some of my Hubs (there are only three so far, lol) but I'm proud to say the very first one was featured within 24 hours! :) )

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi ForEverVirtuous. Welcome to Hubpages. You are on the right track with taking your time and learning all that you can. Focus on writng and learning to use the capsules and tools. It is a wonderful place to learn and grow. The community is awesome. I wish you success and doing what you love. Congrats on your featured hubs, I will check them out.

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      ForEverVirtuous 4 years ago from St. Louis

      Thank you Ms. Jan, I'll check out a couple more of yours and follow you! I read your profile. Check out mine and you'll see we already have some things in common! :) Blessings to you.

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      Yvette Stupart PhD 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Jan, I am a new hubber too. Your hub is helpful. I agree with you that learning from more experienced hubbers is useful.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi Purpose Embraced! Thanks for stopping by and liking it. Also, congrats to you for being crowned a Rising Star! Welcome to the club :-)

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      Nadia Archuleta 4 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      So I am not the only 1 addicted to Hub pages?! My morning is not complete until I have checked what's going on. Thanks for sharing - great advice!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      So you can relate! You're welcome, nArchuleta. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Ceres Schwarz 4 years ago

      I can really relate to this hub since I'm still pretty new to HubPages. I've learned a lot already but there's still so much more to learn. And I know what you mean about the learning center. It's just filled with so much information that it can get overwhelming. You're definitely right that when people feel clueless, they'd want to be able to discuss things with a person and ask questions. I'm the same way too and sometimes, like you said, being clueless, we just don't know what exactly we're asking or where to find the answers so it really helps to ask people who know and who can provide the answers.

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      Yvette Stupart PhD 4 years ago from Jamaica

      Great hub janshares! I have had my ups and downs as a newbie hubber myself. I must say, though, that I have been enjoying my experiences at HubPages, since joining a little over two months again. Thanks for sharing.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      It's good to hear that you're having a good time here. Even with the ups and downs, it's a great place to write and learn. Thank you for stopping by and reading this one, Purposed Embraced.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you so much for those comments, Ceres Schwarz. So glad it resonated with you. Thanks for the visit.

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      Billionaire Brains 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I tried to do 30 hubs in 30 days, but "got busy" and didn't finish. I'm listening to a video called "Make an EX out of EX-cuses" on youtube and it's inspiring me to try harder!

      Great hub!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      At least you had the courage to try it. That video sounds good. Thanks for your visit, glad you liked the hub. Good luck to you.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I am still learning about all the hub tools, I am here for over a year now and still trying to cope with all you have mentioned. Great hub!

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Same here, DDE. I'm under a year and still don't understand a lot of things. Thanks for the visit to this one. It was my pleasure to validate the feelings of other new hubbers.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Very nice! I would really love the opportunity to talk to you and pick your brain. :)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thanks for reading this one, VVanNess. No problem, got your email, will be in touch soon.

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      helpavisitor 3 years ago from Germany

      Great hub, useful tips. Thank for sharing this.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome, my pleasure to be of help, thanks for reading it.

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      David Hamilton 3 years ago from Lexington, KY

      I'm still kinda clueless but I'm getting more information everyday! Thanks for helping me out.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Glad you liked it, no problem, anytime. Thanks for reading. It will all become clearer as you keep writing and playing with the hubtool. It really is fun.

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      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 2 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      You have done a great job with this hub. Very informative, useful with great tips. It is nice to note that you find time to share some ideas with sole aim of helping new comers here. I too have done the similar job. HP is nice a community and it gives us lot of experience to learn and teach. Thank you for sharing your knowledge here.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      You're welcome. I remember how it felt to be new and green so I wanted to support others who struggle as newbies. Thanks for taking the time to read it, sunilkunnoth. I appreciate it very much.

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      Tami Rogers 2 years ago from Seattle, Washington

      @janshares I am a newbie and I was born before 1970 so I can totally relate to this hub! It's so nice to know someone "gets it". I am a writer, trained in the advertising world of the 90's so it is A lot different. I'm hanging in..Thank you for the wonderful article!

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      Patrick Kamau 2 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      What a beautiful and truthful introduction. It makes one to sit back and visualize Hubpages in another perspective. This is a hub for everyone and I have enjoyed it.

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      Uzochukw Mike 2 years ago from Oba

      Janshares, I love you and the way you present your points here. I agree with you by saying that this community is made up of people from many parts of the globe.

      Thanks for the help offered to new hubbers, and Hubpages remains my best community.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      You are quite welcome, Tamirogers. It's a pleasure to know you "get it," too. I'm glad to know this article resonated with you. Welcome to HubPages, good luck, and thanks a million for stopping by.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 2 years ago from Washington, DC

      Thank you for those generous comments, Patkay. Glad you enjoyed it, good to see you.

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      XRumerTest 20 months ago

      Hello. And Bye.

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