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Jeani's Top 5 ~ Things I've Learned My First Week

Updated on July 25, 2012

Hubs...and forums...and questions...OH MY! I am quickly realizing where my father has been all those times my mom has been looking for someone to take out the garbage, engaged and totally engrossed with the HubPages Community.

As a new Hubber I am coming to a quick understanding of how rewarding, and addicting this whole experience can be. In just seven short days I have gone from three days of total frustration trying to figure out how to get that first hub posted and setting up Adsense and other earning opportunities, to the adrenaline rush of receiving a furry of emails letting me know that comments are being made on hubs, forums and questions I am now a part of.

Looking back I have come up with my top 5 things I've learned my first week

1. Talk With Other Hubbers

I popped into forums and started answering questions posted by other hubbers in hopes of gaining some insight of how they got to where they were. I tried to talk with a wide range of experience levels, some that had just started, and others that have been around for awhile. There are many reasons why people come to HubPages, take time to find some with similar interests and goals as you and then seek out suggestions and advice. I am a firm believer that you can still carve your own path without re-creating the wheel.

Most importantly, be willing to take take constructive criticism and advice when offered. I have been fortunate in having a couple hubbers point out when I have made a mistake, or posted something incorrectly, or posted something that might be against the rules and regulations. Everyone is going to make some mistakes when getting started, don't let that deter you from jumping in and posting. The only way you are going to improve is to be writing, mistakes and all.

2. Set Goals for Yourself

I am a list person. I like lists, I like setting goals for myself and I love crossing them off as I achieve them. Getting started with HubPages is no different. After learning how to post hubs I quickly decided that I wanted to make a go of this and see how far I could take it. To achieve this I set the following daily goals for myself.

  1. Write 1 hub a day

  2. Read and comment on a minimum of 2 hubs a day

  3. Participate in at least 2 forums daily

  4. Respond to at least 2 questions a day

  5. Write a minimum of 2 questions a day

  6. Respond to all comments on hubs, questions and forums I have authored

I should point out that I am currently unemployed and am looking to use the writing I do here for examples when applying for future online writing positions. I have the time to work on these goals and feel the time I am spend establishing my site will hopefully benefit me in the end.

3. Take Advantage of the "Extras"

Understanding that learning something new can be stressful and overwhelming at times, The Learning Center provides a wealth of information for new and old hubbers alike. Whether you are just starting out and are looking for advice on how to set up your account, or you are an advanced hubber looking to add some pizzazz to your work the Learning Center can provide you with the answers, including other activities available to you on the site to further enhance your experience. The two I have explored follow.

New and old Hubbers alike can partake in one of several challenges created and supported by their peers. Challenges vary in length and intensity, making them attainable for most. Being able to start these challenges at your convenience and repeat as often as you like is an added bonus.

The Apprenticeship Program is not quite as open as the challenges. You must apply for the program and only a select few are accepted. I have submitted my application to this self- proclaimed “rigorous” six month writing program designed to help you develop your online writing skills while providing additional paid bonuses.

Set Limits

Recognizing the importance of balancing the ability to develop, expand and maintain an online portfolio of my writing for future employers to view with the rest of my life was a factor I quickly realized I needed to do. As I came to the end of the day today I realized that a large amount of time was spent checking, responding, and checking the site again. It's fun watching as your hubs and questions get comments made on them, but don't forget about the rest of your life.

For me this means that I will set aside a certain amount of time each day to devote to HubPages and developing my site. I know this may take more time in the beginning, but also know I need to walk away. As a teacher I always prided myself in quick response time for student work, and I found myself not wanting anyone to feel like their comments were not noticed by me. Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to respond to people, maybe make a goal of responding within 24 or 48 hours. This still shows your peers you respect their comments and time, while respecting your own as well.


Most importantly, have fun with this. Take any and all opportunities to learn something new each day, whether it is from a hub you read, or a link from The Learning Center that you explore. HubPages provides us with contacts around the world, take full advantage of all that it has to offer.


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      Jeani Nugent 5 years ago from Cumberland, Wisconsin

      The positive energey I get from HubPages is definitely a main reason why I visit it so often. I have always said I am a huge fan of constructive criticism, but have no time for mean or malicious. I have been so amazed at how supportive and interesting this whole experience has been!

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania


      You have all ready come a long way! I am impressed. These are some very good things you have learned, they will get you far here on hubpages! We are a loving community and we long to support each other! Thanks for sharing what you have learned so far Jeani!

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ...well it goes both ways Jeani - I was honored by your visit because you are special and unique in your own right .....and the lady above your comment at my hub please check out - her name is Ruby aka always exploring -also here are a few other buddies and just tell them I sent you if you decide to leave a comment:

      Martie Coetser

      Vincent Moore


      Amy Becherer



      Lord De Cross

      Lucky Cats


      A.A. Zavala

      Deborah Brooks

      Gypsy Rose Lee

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      Jeani Nugent 5 years ago from Cumberland, Wisconsin

      Thank you so much for your kind words, suggestions and advice. I was somewhat nervous starting this, I have no problem with constructive criticism, and often look for it, but am also aware that you may run into people who are more malicious. I have been so thankful not to find any here! I look forward to reading some of your hubs :)

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      epigramman 5 years ago

      ....welcome to Hubpages and you have a wonderful contagious attitude and so much enthusiasm plus you can write like a hurricane before hurricane season ....... I would suggest in the beginning to make lots of comments but in your chosen field - most creative writers and poets stay in that group - and article writers stay with that crowd - writers tend to cross over more - but if you come my way - feel free to follow or make comments on some of my followers - they are all very good and talented people - well just like you - sending you warm wishes and good energy from lake erie time ontario canada 11:54pm