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When I first read the news on my Squidoo Dashboard that HubPages is acquiring Squidoo, I did not welcome the news. Like most of us, I do not welcome change if I am not sure if the change is for the better. However, as of today I know this change will be a positive change with regards to my writing activities.
I joined Hubpages about 11 days ago without waiting for the transfer of my 23 featured lenses in Squdoo. I joined Squidoo in 2011 but after publishing my 23 lenses, I decided to be inactive. I had been inactive with Squidoo since 2012.
I did not have any incentive to continue writing in my Squidoo Account. I earned less than $20. in my account since 2011 and I can care less because I am writing not for money, but for the pleasure of writing and meeting other writers who shares the same passion as I have for the written word.
The first day I joined Hubpages I wrote my first hub on the subject of Home Refinancing. The hub was a personal experience, thus it was written from my heart not from my mind. I was surprised when it made Editor Choice the next day. As a new hubber, I was not familiar with the capsules, format, styles, and other features to avoid monotony such as polls, quizzes, videos, links and maps. I am only familiar with photos. Now I am aware of these features and have incorporated it in my second hub published a couple of days ago. The subject of my second hub was on Feasting with Oysters and it also made it to Editors Choice less than 24 hours after I hit the Publish button on my HubPages Account.
I also joined a forum on the subject of the Squidoo Acquisition. The questions and answers were very informative especially to new hubbers like me. I started following old hubbers and made some comments on a few hubs that I found interesting. As a result of this activity. I have now 10 followers and six comments in my two hubs.
Based on my readings on the forum, I concluded that the Hubpages editorial Staff are more proactive than Squidoo. I had two questions in the Forum that received an immediate response from one of the HubPagers Staff.
I received two welcome notes in my Fan Mail box from two veteran hubbers. This was indeed welcome and had inspired me to write this hub. Again thanks a million, Danette Watt and The Hole Story for your personal welcome. I also realized that HubPagers have hubbers from all over the world. To my delight and amazement I found out there are several hubbers with Filipino roots or are residents of the Philippines. Being a Filipino-American and a citizen of both countries, my association with HubPages will turn out to be a very positive change in my writing activities.
Another point, I want to emphasize is my great chance to earn more pocket money for coffee here in HubPages. I signed in the Earnings Program just yesterday. When I checked my earnings this morning I was surprised I earned 0.05 cents. I hope this positive trend continues upward as I published more hubs in the future , Speaking on the earning program of HubPages, one of my FaceBook friends from India asked me recently if she can earned money by writing for the Site. I told her I am new to the site, but based on what I know now, she has to write more than 100 good Quality Hubs and sign in their Adsense, E-bay and Amazon programs. I have not heard from her. I guess hearing from me that she has to write 100 hubs will discourage almost everyone except for a few souls whose passion for writing is their way of life.
Again, I welcome with an an open heart and mind, HubPages acquisition of Squidoo. I am 110% sure this change will bring a positive change ( if not lucrative) in my writing activities. I salute HubPages and its 15 industrious staffs and looking forward to write more hubs and the completion of the transfer of lenses from Squidoo to HubPages by the end of September.
I almost forget to mention that the most important thing do first before writing your first hub is to visit the Learning Center. If you have additional questions feel free to post it in your Feed Page. Again. may I wish you a pleasant discovery, creation and connection in this writing site. Happy Hubbing!
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Boot Camp-What is this a Military Unit?
When I first heard of boot camp, It gave me a negative feeling of hard work and military style of operation. However, after reading the Learning Center, I realize it is an excellent policy and welcome it with an open mind. So what is boot Camp? Here's a summary from the Learning Center.
The period before one has published five Featured Hubs will be known as Boot Camp The Hubbers who have yet reach the five Featured Hub milestone will need to engage in some training and hard work before passing.
While this policy is designed primarily to help us deal more efficiently with spam, we hope it will provide new Hubbers with a gentle notice of HubPages’ high quality standards and to help them produce the sort content that is likely to succeed.
Until you have published five Featured Hubs and passed Boot Camp, Hubs that would not otherwise be Featured will be moved back to an unpublished state after going through the QAP.. This is how I works
Before you have met the five Featured Hub minimum, Hubs you publish that pass our Quality Assessment Process will still be published and Featured on the site. Only Hubs that do not pass the QAP will be transitioned back to draft mode.
Once you have five published hubs and have passed Boot Camp, Hubs you publish that do not pass the Quality Assessment Process will no longer be blocked from publication (though until you improve their quality, they will not be made available to search engines or be shown on related Hubs and Topic Pages).
Hubs that were unpublished because of quality reasons before you met the five Featured Hub threshold will remain unpublished until you change them and re-publish them (we recommend making significant improvements or else they’ll just not be Featured, which is somewhat of a waste).
Should you reach a point at which you have five Featured Hubs but then dip down to a point at which you only have four Featured Hubs, you will still be able to publish Hubs that aren’t Featured (in other words, you only have to prove yourself once).
This new policy will keep spammers from progressing on HubPages by preventing their work (which very rarely passes the minimum quality threshold required to be Featured) from being published.