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Hubpages.com - Where New Writers Become Better Writers

Updated on July 07, 2013
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My journey into the world of writing

I've been in love with words since I was a kid. I couldn't read enough books to satisfy my obsession with how words put together in the right sequence could paint a picture or, tell a story. As I got older, I enjoyed expressing myself through letters to the editor of my local paper and writing for the newsletter of a non-profit organization I ran. That was the extent of my writing experience. In my mid 40's I enrolled in a creative writing class at the community college across town and the world of writing opened before my eyes. I was blessed with an instructor who knew how to pull ideas out of her students without intimidation or fear. She convinced me that I had talent but I wasn't sure what to do with it. So, I did nothing.

Fast forward fifteen years.

My discovery of Hubpages was accidental. After losing my job to a lay off, I started looking for a way to sustain myself. I replied to an on-line ad for writers knowing I did not have the experience they were looking for. I just wanted someone to tell me that I had potential. Yeah, a bit of wishful thinking on my part. Well, I didn't get the writing assignment but I connected with an editor who encouraged me and gave me some wonderful tips for exploring the world of writers. Following that advice, I started searching the Internet for opportunities to blog. I stumbled upon Hubpages and am so glad I did.

The writers and staff of Hubpages are some of the most generous, caring people I've ever met. I've only been here a little while but I have been given a lot of encouragement and support. Here on Hubpages, I found professional writers who wanted to help me learn. They made me feel welcome and encouraged me. I wasn't long before I knew I could trust them to tell me the truth about my writing and to give me good advice on how to improve my skills. I may never be an award winning writer but the people I have met here have given me a home.

10 More Reasons I Love Hubpages

Thankfully I've had no problems with my hubs here but I know that Hubpages doesn't tolerate abusive writing or spammers. That makes them a winner in my book. I know that when I log on I will have access to only the best in writing. Whatever the genre, I know that I will learn something if I read it. The Hub Police do a great job of keeping out the riff-raff and preserving the site for serious writers (or wannabees). Logging in here reminds me of slipping on your favorite old worn-out shoes. They just feel better than all the rest. And so it is here too. I log in and I feel good.

So what makes Hubpages better than the rest?

  • It's easy to learn how to use it.
  • The format is controlled just enough without feeling restrictive.
  • The forums are simply awesome. There is nothing that can't be answered in the forums.
  • The Help screens are well laid out and easy to use.
  • The tools for monitoring your success are readily available.
  • The opportunity to make money is here if you are willing to work hard.
  • The accolades are fun and inspire me to be a real participant in the Hubpage community
  • Other writers can rate your work or leave feedback.
  • I own my work, not Hubpages. I can unpublish here if I want to publish an article somewhere else.
  • Backlinking from other writers and sites brings traffic to my work.

Hubber Score, Ratings, and Accolades

I love watching my numbers grow and I am obsessed with watching.

Hubber Score:

Although I don't completely understand it, my Hubber score is important to me. I strive to keep it above 87 but I really don't know why. I'm still a newbie and trust I'll learn more about the Hubber score in time.

Ratings:

The majority of readers don't rate my hubs and it bothers me. I want to think that my hubs inspire or teach something. As a newbie, I don't know why more readers don't rate my hubs and maybe I'm obsessing about it too much. Do other hubbers care as much as me? Who knows but, I try to rate every hub I read just in case they do. Okay, I'll admit it. I don't rate every hub. I frequently explore other hubs and sometimes they simply don't hold any interest for me or the format is just a bit too cumbersome for me to get in to. I don't rate those hubs. You got me.

Accolades

I love it when I get a new Accolade. I don't even care what it is most of the time. I just want them. When I visit other hubbers profiles, I am so impressed when I see lots and lots of Accolades and I want to be like them. I want my visitors to go - Wow!

My Goals

In my opinion, Hubpages is the gold standard for introducing good writers to the world. It is also a classroom where world class writers motivate and inspire newbies to become world class writers.

For those of us hoping to become better writers, this is a community of people who love words and phrases, grammer and punctuation and are willing to lead by example. Some have the extradordinary skill of generating creative titles; titles that grab you. Others have SEO writing down to a science. And some just write beautiful, inspirational hubs without care of gaining scores or financial reward. They are some of my favorites actually.

No hub about Hubpages can be written without mentioning the recipes. Hubbers must also be incredible cooks because the recipes and photos are enough to make your mouth water. This is an area that I have yet to contribute to because I'm not willing to put all that time in taking step-by-step photos of the process. That takes a real commitment. Good job you hubbers who document your cooking. I'm envious and surprised that a Hubber's Recipe Book hasn't been published.

I started this capsule to talk about my goals. They are very simple. I want to be a part of the Hubpage community for a long time and I want to become a respected contributor to the many forums and categories. My niche is yet undefined and may never be. I write from my heart and if I don't feel it, it's hard to write. So, my short list of goals as a writer looks like this:

  • Write more
  • Participate More
  • Learn, learn, learn more
  • Become a more professional writer

Thanks Hubpages. You're starting to feel like home!

© 2012 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

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    Jenna Pope 4 years ago from Southern California

    You are a good writer. Keep writing and you will see some income and some accolades! If you need any assistance, I'm always available. Keep writing! Voted up.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Jenna, you gave me chilly bumps. I needed that today. lol

    Thank you so much for reading. And please, feel free to critique. I love the feedback, even when it's not so great. I really want to be a good writer. Thank you so, so much for commenting and for following.

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    Crazy birdie 4 years ago

    I am a potential writer and I have no clue how to publish! Can someone make a hub on that???lol:)

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Crazy birdie. Go to the prmary hubpages site (hubpages.com) and enter "how to get published" in the search bar. There are many hubs written on the subject.

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    Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

    This hub is great and useful and beautiful and awesome and wow I just gotta share. I totally agree with you. Hubpages is the best. I wasn't sure when I first came here so I didn't write much in my profile, which I still need to update, but I feel like I have met some wonderful people here. The community is friendly, welcoming and helpful and i really feel like I know my fellow hubbers, like we are friends. Great job! Welcome and I plan to read more of your hubs!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Kellyteam ! You are so right and hubpages is a place where friendships are formed from a shared interest. The novelty of hubpages, that I've discovered, is that there is no negative competition. Everyone I've met here encourages me and inspires me. I think that's quite unique. You've spent quite a bit of time on my hubs today. I want you to know that I have noticed and am grateful for your presence in my circle of friends here. Thank you kellyteam, for sharing, commenting, etc. And yes indeed, I am happy to call you my friend.

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    Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks Irc7815. I just believe if you gonna follow somebody, then do it. I enjoyed reading your work. Glad to make your acquaintance friend. Have a good evening.

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    billd01603 3 years ago from Worcester

    Thanks for writing Lrc7815 You and I have a lot in common! I stumbled upon HubPages when i was out of work 15 months agonand I'm really glad I did.

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Helo billdo1603! Welcome. It's nice to have you visit. I'll stop by and visit some of your work in the next few days and see what else we have in common. Like you, I have really enjoyed my HP experience. Thanks for the shout out.

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    Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

    Wonderful write up and useful tips. Reading your hubs gives me inspiration to stay on here and work hard for more impressive achievements. You are a good writer. I am sorry I couldn't notice and follow you. It is compensated by clicking the follow button this evening. Best of luck !

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    Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello sunilkunnoth2012. Thanks for stopping by. Hubpages is a great community of people who are not only great writers but are also great people. They will help you be the best writer you can be. I still have a long ways to go but I'm here to stay. I don't understand the problem with following me. Maybe it's just a temporary glitch. At any rate, I appreciate your comment and wish you all the success in the world.

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