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Why I Joined HubPages, Writing Online and a Big Thank You to My Fellow Hubbers

Updated on August 25, 2013
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Vespa's recipes have appeared in "Midwest Living" & "Taste of Home" magazines. She belongs to "Cook's Recipe Testers" for Cooks Illustrated.

Panna Cotta with Wild Berry Sauce
Panna Cotta with Wild Berry Sauce | Source

Why I Joined HubPages

I joined HubPages in December of 2011 after accidentally stumbling upon the site. After completing my first novel, a middle grade reader for children, I wanted to gain more experience by writing online. After all, without any publishing credits to my name, no agent would look twice at my book. But besides writing for children, what did I have to share with the world?

When I browsed HubPages' site, I was pleased to find high-quality content on a variety of subjects. I noticed some writers specialized in food and cooking. Now that was right up my alley! Although I haven’t received formal training, I've spent long hours in the kitchen cooking for small groups and loving it. Most of our friends are foodies and I’ve received hands-on training from some of the best. I decided HubPages would be my food writing platform.

My first hub published in January 2012, a recipe for Italian Wedding Soup, didn't receive many views. But I enjoyed a warm welcome from the community which boosted my confidence. My second hub, Chewy Butter Caramels with Pink Sea Salt, was awarded Hub of the Day and later went on to win a HubNugget. I was thrilled! I had never expected recognition, let alone any awards.


Horchata Ice Cream With Bananas & Butter Caramel Sauce
Horchata Ice Cream With Bananas & Butter Caramel Sauce | Source

Five Reason to Join HubPages

So would I do it over again? Most definitely! Although Google's latest Panda update hit me hard, it also made me reflect. Why did I join HubPages? I hadn't expected earnings in the beginning; I joined for the writing experience. But I have gained so much more! Let me explain:

  1. The biggest reason to join HubPages is the generous community. I've been overwhelmed by the outpouring of genuine support. I had to experience the camaraderie to believe it. When I write, I often contend with a critical inner voice that tells me no one would want to read what I have to write. But my 400 followers prove otherwise! All you loyal followers have helped me gradually squelch that critical voice and gain new confidence. And that's something money can't buy.
  2. HubPages has taught me loads about online writing. When I first joined, I didn’t understand much of what I read in the Learning Center. As a matter of fact, I had trouble even finding the Learning Center! What in the world were SEO’s, keywords and backlinks? I’d browse the forums and leave feeling confused and frustrated. Although I still have much to learn, ten months later I can read and understand technical information. And I’ve even learned how to put some of it into practice.
  3. Writing on HubPages has sharpened my skills. It’s a well known fact that the more you write, the better you write. Constructive criticism helps me improve. My followers' comments build my confidence, and that keeps me writing despite the ebb and flow of internet traffic.
  4. Earning residual income came as a surprise to me. Although the earnings didn't come right away, by my six month anniversary with HubPages I received my first payout! And although I only average 1.5 hubs a week, I earn enough money to pay for a few bills and enjoy some special treats, too.
  5. I enjoy writing on HubPages. Although I'm usually intimidated by contests, June's recipe contest was a lot of fun. To my surprise, I even won a cash prize for Horchata Ice Cream With Bananas & Butter Caramel Sauce. Besides making new friends, I’ve learned so much by reading high quality hubs. Here are some of my recent favorites:


Five of My Most Supportive Followers

  • Alocsin, from Orange County, California, was one of the first to welcome me on HubPages and is a loyal reader even though he doesn't cook. He writes about everything from jobs & salaries to visiting unfamiliar art museums and was voted Most Likely to Become a Millionaire in the 2012 Hubbie contest. I learned a lot from his series about how to make money on HubPages and the internet. One of my favorites is Over 220,000 Unique Visitors a Month: Learning from the Most Visited Hubbers.

  • LetitiaFT, also known as Letitialicious, is a native Californian who has spent most of her life in Paris. Although natural history is her original field, she's also created many original and mouth-watering recipes inspired by her life in France. Her hub, Alpine Ibex:The Wild Mountain Goats of Mont Blanc & Where to See Them reflects her love of nature and won 2012's Most Awesome Hub award. I also find her a kindred spirit. After all, who else could think a spider is cute?? Don't miss her unique recipes such as White peach & lavender creme fraiche ice cream.
  • Suzanne Ridgeway, otherwise known as SuzieHQ, was born and educated in Ireland and has a vivacious, contagious energy. An Apprentice, her interests include gardening and European travel among other topics. So You Want to be Irish? is a hilarious read that reflects her quirky sense of humor and will have you queuing up to become one of the honorary Irish.
  • MamaKim8, or Sasha Kim, is an enthusiastic and supportive stay-at-home mom from Oregon, USA. Her passions include crochet patterns, tips for moms and recipes that reflect Asian influences. Don't miss her own creation: Coconut & Tropical Peach Sweet Rice Cakes. Although the process requires a little patience, the little cakes are so delicious and worth the effort.
  • No list of supportive Hubbers would be complete without a mention of Billybuc. He hails from Tacoma, Washington and boasts over 1,000 followers! Very popular on HubPages and one of the most honest souls you'll ever meet, his passions include social issues, day trips, alcoholism and living simple. Don't miss his hub about growing up in Midwestern America: Small Town American Values.

Of course, there isn't enough space to mention all of my supportive followers this time around. I want to thank you for regularly reading my work, taking the time to comment, share, Tweet, pin and vote! I couldn't do it without all your support.


Five Tips for New Hubbers

So what are my top five tips for new Hubbers? I just wish I'd known all this when I joined ten months ago!

  • Write about what you love. Find what you're most passionate about in life and tell the world about it.
  • When someone follows you, check out their hubs. If you like what you see and decide to follow them, periodically pay them a visit and read what they’ve published. Be a loyal reader and leave meaningful comments. They’ll do the same for you.
  • Regularly visit the Learning Center. Learn about SEO’s, keywords, etc. If you're new to online writing like me, it will all seem like “Greek” in the beginning, but you’ll begin to understand more with time.
  • Write quality content. Use spell check and review your work before hitting the publish button. Add original photos. Use capsules and break sections down with bullets or numbers. Tweak your titles with the title tuner. Later, when you start receiving traffic from Google or Yahoo!, research keywords to improve titles and bring in more traffic.
  • Be patient and persevere. Internet traffic ebbs and flows like the tide. Don’t get discouraged. Remember why you joined and write, write, write! It takes time to see results from all your hard work.


Top Five Milestones

So what are my proudest achievements here on HubPages?

  • Fifty hubs is a huge milestone for me. Originally, I projected writing 50 hubs in one year. I can thank all of you for the motivation to reach my goal ahead of time.
  • Recently, I received the Level VIII commenter accolade. Only 2% of Hubbers reach this level. Does that mean I talk too much?
  • I just reached 400 followers! When I first joined, I admired Hubbers whose achievements included hundreds of followers. I thought, could that ever happen to me?
  • One night my Hubber score hit 100. I was up late writing when I saw my score miraculously rise from 98 to 99 to…100!
  • I remember my shock at reaching 100.000 views. Now that I’ve passed 250,000 views, I hope to see it continue to rise.

Thanks to all of you who helped me reach these goals!


You Can Write on HubPages!

Writing at Hub Pages means instant gratification. You can publish as often as you like, when you like and earn money on the side. You receive plenty of support from the friendly community and learn to polish your writing. Hub Pages provides tutorials that walk you through the world of online publishing. And the longer you’re with Hub Pages, the more confidence you gain. Intrigued? Please click here to quickly and easily create your account: New Member Sign-Up

In Conclusion

I'd also like to mention three behind-the-scene supporters: my hubby and our dear friends and neighbors, Joe and Karen. My hubby patiently assists my photographic efforts while dinner gets cold, reads my hubs, gives me a "high five" every time I publish and listens with interest as I share the latest HP gossip. Joe and Karen enthusiastically read new hubs, sample recipes and test them in their own kitchen. Karen often helps brainstorm for new dishes and was my cooking partner for hubs such as Homemade Butter Caramels with Pink Sea Salt.

I'm also happy to announce the arrival of my new fellow Hubbers and friends Lemonkerdz. A British husband and wife team living here in Peru, they cook up some of the most delicious food we've ever tasted! Please join me in welcoming them to the community.

Here's to another great year on HubPages!


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    vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

    Lindacee, I agree that it is difficult to keep up with a job outside of the home. I'm in the same situation and sometimes after a long day, the last thing I feel inclined to do is write a Hub. I enjoy your work and hope you can continue to find time in your schedule.

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    lindacee 3 years ago from Arizona

    This Hub caught my eye and I agree with your assessment and advice. I have learned a great deal from my writing here and other online ventures. Having a part-time job outside the house has definitely slowed my production, but I still occasionally post a new Hub. HubPages is a great place to learn as well as meet and support fellow writers. My time in the HubPages Apprenticeship program was a huge turning point for me. It definitely increased the quality of my Hubs. Now, if I could just get nose to the grindstone again! ;)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    sunilkunnoth, thank you for your kind words. I do think HubPages is the best platform of its kind, and we have such a supportive community. I hope you have as good an experience here. Thank you for taking the time to read.

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    Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 4 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

    Wonderful. It gave me an interesting reading. Your language is touching and flowing. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge here. Hope to hear more from you by way of advice, tips, etc. Keep on writing confidently. All the best.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    RajanJolly, thanks for reading. I wrote this a long time ago, before I started reading and enjoying your Hubs. Now I should definitely add you to the list!

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

    Wonderful hub, fine tribute to some outstanding hubbers and it's always a pleasure reading your recipe hubs.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    KoffeeKlatch Gals, what a nice complement. I'm glad you enjoy my Hubs--I feel the same about yours!

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    Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

    You have accomplished so much here on Hubpages. I enjoy all of your hubs and tend to go back to reread to enjoy them again. This is an awesome hub for old and new hubbers alike. Thanks

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    DDE, thanks for your nice comment! Yes, we do have such a friendly community. It makes being a Hubber fun. : )

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    Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Well done on writing here such a friendly community and you have such good recipes

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Sarahshuihan, you're already gaining valuable experience so keep it up! The time will fly by and before you know it, you'll be reflecting on your first year. Thanks for coming by.

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    Sarah 4 years ago from USA

    Good for you! I hope to have the same successes you have! I've been here two months and I still feel like I'm a newbie lol

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Suzzycue, thank you for your kind words. One day you'll wake up and your views will have skyrocketed. That's the way it seems to happen--suddenly. So I'm glad this inspired you to keep going! I appreciate your comment. : )

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    Susan Britton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Vespawoolf have you come a long way in one year. All the way to 400 followers and 250,000 views. I am impressed and you are my inspiration to keep going. Thanks for all the tips. I am a lot slower than you are but I will get there to. Slow and steady wins the race.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Glenn Stok, I really appreciate your encouragement. I've learned so much my first year on HP and hope to continue that trend in 2013. We have a supportive community that's hard to find elsewhere. Thanks for coming by!

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    Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

    I have to agree with you that writing on HubPages is a great way to improve our writing skills. Like you, I also published a book before writing on HP. And I wish I started writing online first, because my book would've turned out better.

    I continue to learn new things writing online, and it's like a constant battle with Google. But it's also enjoyable to discover the tricks and put them into action, such as interlinking our hubs within a common niche, which I see you have been doing too.

    Congratulations on the accomplishments you've achieved.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Missy Mac, I'm glad this hub was a source of inspiration. It does take a lot of persistence to keep up with our goals, but we have an encouraging group here on HP that give us a hand. Thanks for coming by!

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    Missy Mac 4 years ago from Illinois

    I enjoyed reading a couple of your Hubs. The recipes look delicious and your journey is encouraging. For the 2013 year, I plan to keep up my writing goals. Thanks for the encouraging and delicious articles.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    sgbrown, thank you for your kind words. Yes, the community is wonderful and it really keeps us going. I really appreciate your support, as well!

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    Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

    I too happened to stumble on to HubPages. I agree that the community here is one of the best things about writing here. There are so many people here that will offer help and support. I have also learned a lot of writing here and have enjoyed reading the many various hubs that I find here. Congratulations on your achievements! I'm sure you have many more to come! :)

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Denise Handlon, thanks so much for your well wishes and kind words. We really do have a wonderful, supportive community here that keeps us gong. Thank you for your support, too!

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    Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

    Vespa-wonderful hub. Congratulations to you on your one year anniversary. You've given great tips for newbies. I wholeheartedly agree with your #1 reason for why HP works so well-the community spirit. Best wishes for another year of wonderful hubs.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    lemonkerdz, we're so happy to see you putting out some great hubs! Yes, at first you have to be contented with just seeing your work although eventually you will begin to earn some money. Thanks for reading!

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    lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

    Well how could i not leave a comment after receiving a mention on this hub. There is a lot of encouragement to keep on hubbing and plenty of tips for new hubbers.

    It really is nice not to be concerned about the money aspect but the joy of seeing some of your favorite recipes up there for all to see and enjoy.

    Thanks for introducing us to Hub pages.

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    vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

    Dancilla, HubPages is a great platform. Thank you for reading and I look forward to another great year here!

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    Priscilla 4 years ago from El Paso

    You do write some great hubs and I've enjoyed reading them. I joined hubpages last year and I, myself have seen much improvement in my writing as I keep writing more. Thank you for this hub, voted up!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Loveofnight, I had hoped this hub would inspire others to continue. There are lots of ups and downs with internet traffic, but if we keep writing we'll eventually find a degree of success. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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    loveofnight 5 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

    I am so glad that you shared that story,congrats. It somehow lets me know why I am still here. The idea of being awarded for something that you would do for free is awesome.Thank you for giving me strength through your experience.......Be well and happy hubbing

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thank you for your kind words, MillionaireTips. I feel privileged to get to know you a little as of late, and I really enjoy your hubs. Here's to another year at HP!

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    Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

    Congratulations on your success here at HubPages. You choose wonderful recipes to share, and they are always beautifully presented with all the steps, and wonderful photographs. Well deserved. Voted up.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Yes, Jackie Lynnley, you have quite a list of accomplishments to your credit! Thank you and I hope to have a positive experience the second year. We have a great community and so much support to grow in our writing.

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    Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Congratulations! I came here to complain about nursing homes and had never written seriously and since then have written hundreds of poems stories and articles; have published a children's book and a book of poetry. It is a great place to grow! You will love your second year even more I am sure! ^

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Michael, thanks so much for the kudos. Yes, the community is very motivating and I've learned so much here on HP. Thanks for taking the time to comment and I look forward to your upcoming hubs.

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    molometer 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Belated congratulations on hitting 50 hubs, you have hit so many milestones here on hubpages. More power to your elbow.

    It is an incredible motivating community.

    Here's to your next 50 hubs .

    Michael

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Very nice site!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    IndieJoe, enjoy good times and good food with your friends! And once again, thank you for all your support and willingness to both sample and test the recipes. : )

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    IndieJoe 5 years ago

    Vespa, Karen and I can't tell you how proud we are of all your accomplishments! Your HP milestones are inspirational. We love the opportunity to play a small role in supporting your writing...especially when that role includes tasting all these delicious recipes (horchata ice cream being at the top of the list!) Keep up the great work. PS - we needed a dinner idea and Googled "vespa pot roast" and are making a delicious dinner for our friends who are returning home this afternoon after spending the past month on the east coast. Ciao, J&K

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    alocsin, thanks again for being one of my supportive fellow hubbers. : ) Yes, it's a nice milestone. We have out-of-town visitors right now but plan to get back to writing in November.

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    alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

    Thanks for mention, Vespa. I may not cook but my partner does and he gets your recipes. Your hubs always provide a big appetite for my brain as well as my tummy. And congrats on your 50th! Voting this Up and Interesting.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Wordsbymonica, I was also afraid to publish my first hub. It's kind of like jumping off a diving board for the first time. The longer you stand there, gazing over the edge, the more likely you are to back out. So take the leap! You'll get all kinds of support, your confidence will grow and with it your writing skills. I'll keep an eye out for your first hub. : )

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    Monica Lee 5 years ago from Maine

    Your positive voice of enthusiasm and gratitude struck a chord with me. As a new hub writer, yet to publish my first hub, I too am scared to death! Would love to receive your encouragement along my new journey. I loved how you expressed your thanks to your supporters along the way in this article, too.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Thanks so much for your kind words, CyberShelley! I'm glad this was inspirational...that was my aim. Happy hubbing!

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    Shelley Watson 5 years ago

    This is a great read and gives us hope. You write extremely interesting, and enjoyable hubs. Your numbers are terrific. Well done, Up and across!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Moonlake, thank you for your kind words. I really appreciate all your support! I enjoy your hubs, too, and look forward to many more. : )

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    moonlake 5 years ago from America

    Congrats on all your nice hubs. I always enjoy reading them and you always do such a good job. Voted uP!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Prasetio30, thank you for your kind words. I haven't published the book yet, but it's on my "to do" list. I hope this inspired you to continue here on HP!

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    prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Congratulations for you. Thank you very much for writing your big accomplishments here on HubPages and publishing your first book. Success for you. Cheers, Prasetio

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Crystal Tatum, you have a wide variety of interesting hubs. Your hub on time management blew me away. I'm sure with time and patience, you will start earning. Thanks so much for coming by!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    SavingKathy, I'm glad this hub inspired you. Right now views are down for me, but I certainly can't complain. After all, it's part of the ride. : ) Thank you for coming by!

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    Crystal Tatum 5 years ago from Georgia

    Congrats on this milestone! I agree that the best part of HubPages is the wonderful community spirit. I do hope, however, that one day I'll make a little money too!

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    Kathy Sima 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments and milestones! I'm impressed and inspired. Thanks for sharing your story and tips with us.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Peggy W, thanks so much for your support. I will always be grateful to HP and the community here for the continuing educational. : )

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Congratulations on your HP accomplishments and also on publishing your first book. I have been here a while and continue to learn things. You are correct in that this is one great and helpful community of writers and every day as I read other hubs I learn something new. Love that aspect! To your continued success and this has my up votes plus share and tweet.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Denise, it was the Homemade Mexican Salsa Recipe. Nothing special, but I guess it was in the right place at the right time. : )

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    Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Now I am more intrigued! Which hub went viral? Good luck with your next venture of publication. :)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Denise Handlon, I'm glad you enjoyed this. It wasn't until this week that I realized the 250K views was such an accomplishment. It was really because one of my hubs went viral. I'm actually feeling motivated to try to publish the book soon. That's the next thing on my list! Thanks so much for coming by.

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    Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

    I love to read stories like this...and, I loved the details you offered here. Wow-over 250k views? I've finally passed the 100k mark ! Congratulations on all of your fine achievements. Did you ever get your book published? Rated up and interesting.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    LetitiaFT, I'm happy to see you're back! We're also out of town but will get back into the swing of things soon. Thanks again for all your support.

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    LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

    Vespawoolf! Thank you so much for the mention! I've been out of HP circulation lately but what a way to come back. I'm delighted to be one of your best supporters and you're certainly one of mine. Thank you also for sharing your tips, which are useful not only for new hub authors, but for those who've been around a little longer as well. The number of happy followers you have says it all! See you soon, and thanks again!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Michael Tully, I'm glad this hub was inspirational for you. I look forward to your first "reflections" hub. Keep up the good work!

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    Michael Tully 5 years ago

    Thanks for the encouraging Hub, vespawoolf, and congratulations! I've been here close to a month, and am still learning the ropes. Stories like yours help me to keep my eyes on the prize. Have a great day!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    TheKatsMeow, I'm glad you found the tips useful! We have such a supportive community here. I hope you have a chance to try the caramels. They're especially delicious. Thank you for coming by!

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    TheKatsMeow 5 years ago from Canada

    This is an awesome Hub, you give great advice and a lot of your reasons for joining hubpages are the same as mine :) Also I was happy to read this article because from that I stumbled onto your butter caramel recipe.. yumm!

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    Jamie Brock 5 years ago from Texas

    Congrats to you! Your story is very inspiring.. and your hub has lots of great tips! Though I've been here a while, I seem to be a slow learner when it comes to this stuff.. I'm just now learning about sharing hubs (from the share buttons on others hubs) I think one of the main reasons for great success here at HP is the social aspect and getting to know other hubbers which is something I've been trying to improve lately too. Thank you for this hub.. voting up and sharing!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Christine Miranda, I'm glad this hub inspired you. The Google update has been hard on all of us, but I believe we just need to push through until it gets worked out. Thank you for paying me a visit!

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    Christine Miranda 5 years ago from My office.

    Congratulations Vespa. Thank you so much for taking the time to write this hub and encouraging others to have faith and write, write, write.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    SuffolkJason, I wish I'd had room to list all my faithful followers. This is such a great community! Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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    SuffolkJason 5 years ago from Ipswich, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

    Very useful hub. I found the list of helpful hubbers especially useful.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Tammyswallow, I also appreciate all your support and look forward to more of your hubs. We have a wonderfully supportive community that I never taken for granted. Thanks so much!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mama Kim, thanks again for all your support. I'm so happy to have met you here on HP and look forward to another great year. : )

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    Congratulations to you on reaching this milestone! You have 50 stellar hubs and you have really excelled here. I love your recipes. Wishing you much continued success!

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    Sasha Kim 5 years ago

    Congratulations! I'm so happy you've reached such fantastic milestones ^_^ I can't wait to see you hit 1,000 followers! Ooh and I could totally see you publishing a cookbook!!

    Thank you so much for your kind words, I consider you one of my most supportive hub friends as well ^_^ I've loved every hub of yours and always get excited when I get the "vespawoolf has published a new hub" email!

    Voting a bunch sharing and pinning ^_^

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Randomcreative, thank you for your kind words! I appreciate your support as well.

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Congrats on all of your success here! Here's to your next 50 hubs.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Julie DeNeen, I'm glad this inspired you! Thank you, too, for paying me a visit. : )

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    Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. Very inspiring!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Ishwaryaa22, thank you for coming by! Yes, we did join about the same time. You also put out some very well-written and beautiful hubs on a variety of interesting subjects. Thank you for remembering my HOTD...that was a long time ago! I appreciate all your continued support. : )

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    UnknownSpy, I hoped to inspire others so thank you for your kind words! You're one of the faithful Hubbers...thank you so much!

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    Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

    Wow! Congrats on your achievements, especially 50 hubs! Like you, I accidentally stumbled upon this wonderful site in Dec 2011 and all. Now, I considered myself fortunate to meet many talented & friendly people here. Also, I learnt so much from my fellow-hubber-friends. I enjoyed reading your tasty recipe hubs. I remembered that the first hub among your hubs I commented was your HOTD! Wishing you more success! Way to go!

    P.S. A special thanks to Julie (Jools99) for sharing this engaging & useful hub of yours!

    THANKS For SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & socially shared

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    IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

    Kudos!! That's a thoughtful and inspiring message from a great writer! Congrats and more hubs coming our way!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    SuzieHQ, I had to include my favorite bubbily Hubber! What a pleasure to meet you on HubPages. We really do have a nice community that keeps us going. I look forward to all the beautiful hubs you're going to continue to pump out now that you're with the Apprenticeship program! Great work and thank you for your meaningful comment. : )

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Jools99, thank you for your meaningful comment. I like your "get rich slow" slogan...it's definitely true. But the opportunity to write is irresistible and it's so nice to meet Hubbers like you! Thank you for taking the time to read and I look forward to getting to know you better!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Mhatter99, thank you for taking the time to read and comment!

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    Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

    Go Vespa . . . . . Go Vespa!

    Awesome hub, sincerest congratulations my friend on your milestone! WHAT a journey you have been on!!

    Thoroughly excellent read fro start to finish hearing how you got started, your first recipes and your thoughts on "can I write" echo with me too, on my own writing(not yours!!! LOL) so I can identify with that.

    Loved your tribute to your no.1 supporter (your hubby!) and friends and a mega thank you for including me here! WOW what a surprise and I feel so honoured amongst such incredible talent!!

    Here's to the next 50 hubs Vespa!!

    VU, everything, shared ans pinned!!

    CONGRATULATIONS!!

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    Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

    Vespawoolf, interesting and honest hub which hopefully some newer hubbers will read! I came her for the same reason as you - to write again and I have had 2 payouts so far in 14 months which is nice (I call it my 'get rich slow scheme') but I didn't come here for the money, it's been a pleasant little by-product of my creativity. This hub is very optimistic and encouraging and I think both are needed if you intend to stick around on Hub Pages. The community is wonderful too :o)

    PS - I have emailed you!

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    Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

    Congratulations on reaching this milestone and thank you for sharing your insights.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    KrisL, I'm glad you were able to monetize. It took me 3 months to finally open a Google AdSense account. If I only wrote for money, I would be disappointed as it's not a steady income. But the rest makes it all worthwhile. I wish you lots of success and thank you for coming by.

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    KrisL 5 years ago from S. Florida

    Veespawoolf thanks for a great overview of HubPages. I'm never going to write at your pace, but I recently monetized my account, and in a year or two can imagine making some spending money from it . . . the community, recipes, and learing are much more important though.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    DeborahNeyens, and I'm glad to be your follower too! Yes, I love your hubs and especially the chopped challenge which I hope to host one day soon. : ) Thanks again.

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    Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

    Congratulations, vespawoolf! I'm glad to be a follower. And thanks for the mention of my hub.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    GlimmerTwinFan, thank you for being a loyal reader. : ) I look forward to yours, as well. As a matter of fact, it's time I take a peek at your latest!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Flashmakeit, thank you for your kind words. I think it's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time. I appreciate your comment!

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    Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

    Awesome hub and I always look forward to your hubs!

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    flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

    Congratulations vespawoolf for all your quality hubs on tasty recipes and you do deserve the attention and extra money you receive. I am happy for you! :)

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Claudia Tello, thank you so much for your meaningful comment. Yes, HP came as a big surprise to me. I'm so happy to have found this community. I also enjoy reading your hubs and look forward to more! I know you have accomplished a lot here and are very popular. I'll head over now and check out your latest!

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    Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

    Interesting, thanks for sharing your HP-story. It’s nice to read about your progress and motivations. So I see you have been more productive and much more popular than you thought!!! If you ask me, you have also grown rapidly. Congratulations for all your big achievements in this site and I hope the fun, support, prices and accomplishments keep on coming for what is left of your first year and many more!!!!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    Donnah75, I really appreciate your loyal support as well. I can always count on a visit from you! Thank you so much.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    KoffeeKlatchGals, thanks so much for coming by and for your support. Several of your inspirational quotes are hung over my computer desk. : ) I hope to give as much encouragement to others as I've received here on HP.

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    kat_thurston, I think the best way to get attention when it comes to HOTD is to write hubs on the weekly topic. I haven't done very well with that, but it will help. I enjoy your hubs! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment.

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    Donna Hilbrandt 5 years ago from Upstate New York

    Congratulations! You have so many great hubs, and I hope you keep them coming. I enjoy reading your work.