Hubpages Vs Facebook
A former Facebook Addict
A couple of years ago I discovered Facebook. With it came the buzz and excitement finding many old friends that I had lost contact with during my many moves around the country. You see I would never count myself as someone who is an organised person who can keep in contact, write letters, send parcels, make telephone calls regularly an d even though I have made many 'real life' friends through college, work and church through the years, i have inevitably lost contact with them when I have moved on to a new place! Therefore the dawn of Facebook in my life has been brilliant. I've been able to find friends, private message them, and even have live chats with them for free! I have learned all about my friends' children and their lives that I have missed out on throughout the years.
Since then many other social networks have come across my radar including twitter and the local university forums but none of them captured my imagination and drew me back in the same way as Facebook.
However all that changed about four weeks ago when quite by accident, I stumbled upon Hubpages. I read some of the profiles of the more experienced Hubbers who claimed to have thousands of followers and also claimed to be making a decent little income out of writing about their area of expertise!
I became quite excited! Why couldn't I do the same. A stay at home mother due to illness, I have lots of expertise in my areas of study I hastily began to write. The idea of making money through Amazon and Google Adsense spurred me on. Soon my first article was ready to be published! I wrote about one of my favourite topics:http://hubpages.com/hub/Choosing-books-for-children. As a former Pre-school educator and a mother who loves reading to her two little girls I knew that I was an expert in this topic. I read and re-read my first Hub for spelling error and gramatical errors and finally I hit publish! I waited with baited breath. And then YES!! It was accepted! I had become a published author!
I checked back the next day to find that my Hub had reached a score of 60 and that I had a fan. Me - A Fan! I have never had a fan in my life! I dont even know if my husband is much of a fan of some of the things I do! Well he has to put up with me whether he likes it or not. My children dont have much choice either but now I have a real fan! I could feel my head getting bigger. This was much better than having multiple friends on facebook. I hastily got busy writing my next Hub.
Unfortunately I hit a bump in the road with article number two. I used material that I had previously used for a magazine article. Hubpages refused to publish my Hub. I tried to edit and change the material but no it still was not accepted. It was seen as duplicate. I began to feel deflated. What if everything I write has a duplicate? I decided to do some research and have a look at the learning centre on Hubpages before I continued.
Today I have 18 Published Hubs and 24 fans on Hubpages. I have a long way to go to reach the thousands of fans and Hubs that many other people have but I am already spending every spare minute thinking about my next Hub!
if you are starting out or thinking about joining Hubpages think about this:
- Having Fans is addictive and it can give you a big head :)
- You may not be able to stop yourself checking in to see if you have any new Fanmail or if your Hubscore has gone up. It's addictive!
- You will want to write just one more Hub so that you can get that little badge on your page! Or win the writing contest. Or complete the 30 days challenge!
- You will possibly start to see inspiration for your next Hub in just about everything!
- You will start to make friends from all around the world
- It's great fun and your writing ability will improve very very quickly.
One month on and I still have not made any money through Hubpages. I am still learning about linking, backlinking, promoting Hubs and so much more. I check into my Hubpages on just about every opportunity I can get so that I can learn a little more. I have even stopped watching my favourite TV programmes! My writing skills, grammar and attention to detail have improved enormously. My friends and family have heard all about it. Facebook has become a thing of the past for me.