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An Open Letter: Making Friends on Hubpages

Updated on August 29, 2014

I Keep To Myself

Before i started writing here on Hubpages, I had largely kept to myself. I work in a quiet atmosphere in a sleepy town, and while I consider myself pleasant and cheery, I'm not outgoing in any sense of the word. Since I was young I had kept a journal because it was easier to write my thoughts then to say them out loud, and that's been a constant decade after decade.

In college I dealt with depression and anxiety over having to deal with people. I would spend many hours in the corner of the library with my laptop writing poetry or spilling out my guys in a stream of consciousness. And then once I graduated, I stopped writing. I managed to numb the negative impulses so I wouldn't turn to my pen. And I started to learn to embrace the positive experiences but I hadn't understood how to put words to these new feelings.

While I'm somewhat tech savvy and definitely in tune with internet deals and using Google to my advantage, I also shied away from social media. I have a Facebook account which is mostly dormant but I'll sign in to play some casual games when I run out of other things to do. I started a Twitter when I decided to start writing again, and I mainly keep up with personal finance topics and major news outlets. I'm not posting pictures of myself, telling you that i just woke up from a nap, or chime in on the latest A-list star hookup. No Pinterest, no Instagram, nothing else.

So when I finally signed up for Hubpages, it was, in the words of Joe Biden, "a big f***ing deal".

An Open Letter

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What I've Gained: Writing

My goodness, if only I had known how it felt to pick up the pen again (or to really sit in front of a keyboard) and pour out my thoughts. At first it was unnatural, and if you've seen my first few hubs, you've probably noticed how awkward it sounds. IT WAS AWKWARD. I mean, here I am writing about things that matter to me, that maybe some of you are interested in, and the whole thought made me anxious but I believed that there would be a happy ending.

And once I finished a dozen hubs, I found my voice. Now I can sit down for 45 minutes and write a hub on something timely, or a personal finance topic, or cell phone games because that's the other thing I do in my free time... and once I've finished writing for 45 minutes I usually have a hub, or 80% of a hub that fills me with a sense of accomplishment and joy.

I haven't gotten to the point where I have a lot of readers, and Google doesn't think I exist yet, but I think if I become a better writer, and I strive to write things that are relevant and engaging, this hobby will become a required celebration of life like my morning chanting. I'll be writing and sharing hubs almost every day!

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What I've Gained: Mentors

I was very aware when I embarked on this journey that I would be jumping into a swimming pool with a Speedo on, and that pool would be full of Olympic swimmers training for the next competition. In my few months on the site, I've been amazed at some of the hubs that I've read. There really are great writers here, and regardless of the time of day, because of the huge international audience, I get great articles around the clock.

Where else can I get tips on raising a quail on an urban farm (Billy!) and then follow it up with some very heartfelt poetry, and then end my day by adding to the pool of collective knowledge with a short piece on Burger King or Tap Sports Baseball.

I've been really lucky to see and learn from some great writers here, and also learn the basics of making the page look nice, and all that jazz. Some of you have been mentors just by sharing your writing with me.

Thank You To All

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About DealForALiving

I believe that being frugal and making smart money choices is like any other exercise. As we continue to practice good habits in saving money where possible, finding deals for what we want, and having a good time at it, then we become better at dealing for a living.

I'm committed to sharing my experiences with getting the most out of using credit cards, saving and spending tips, and I might even add a slice of perspective without trying to be a psychoanalyst like some other personal finance folks out there.

Please let me know what you think and if you'd like to hear my take on a specific topic.

Most Sincerely,

DealForALiving

What I've Gained: Friends

My true reason for writing this hub is to thank those of you who have read my hubs, sent me comments, or replied when i comment on your hubs. Honestly, I'm still new to all of this, and it's difficult for me to put words to my thoughts, but you've all created such a wonderful, friendly environment.

It's an honor writing alongside you, an honor to be a part of the Hubpages community, and I look forward to spending years sharing victories and happy thoughts.

Sincerely,

DealForALiving

I Will Keep Writing

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      Dianemae 2 years ago

      The knowledge you gain from just reading hubs still amazes me. People write on just about every subject. The humor and the friendships brighten my day. thanks for writing.

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      Jennifer Arnett 3 years ago from California

      I have similar thoughts about the joy of writing on this site. I can't imagine being a writer without the support and guidance of everyone here. I too have gained mentors, been encouraged to pursue my craft, learned tons of useful information, and have grown immensely as a writer.

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      Loretta Livingstone 3 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      This is an interesting hub, DealForALiving, as is the clever poetry about time at the mall on one of your other hubs.

      Very insightful.

      I hope you get lots of readers.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thank you so much for your kind words Nadine. I feel like Hubpages has been one of those online "hubs" that people had so many reasons to join and start writing. It definitely makes sense as a marketing tool, and for folks like myself it's just an easy outlet that encourages me to write. I appreciate your vote and share too!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      It was truly great to get to know you better from this hub. Many thanks for sharing. I joined in order to find a marketing tool for my own novels and also to encourage our authors ( being a partner in the publishing business) to use Hubpages for the same reasons. So far after one year I'm the only one who has found the values for being a hubpages writer. No matter how often I share Billy's or my own post our private kima authors Facebook group page, none have really bothered. Voted up! and shared

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I really need to amend my open letter since my hubs are now taking a big longer to write (60-75 minutes) but I'm a fast typer so that might explain why I'm a bit quicker than some others. Then again, reading through the hubs that the more tenured HP writers put up are so eye-opening and well-researched that it makes the idea of a 45 minute hub seem out of place. I guess there's room for all of us whether we're writing haiku or term papers. Good to "meet" you and best wishes.

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      Jemjoseph 3 years ago

      I'm pretty much a keep to myself person as well, I joined social networks only after writing online and even then with limited use. It's nice though to be able to connect on sites like these with people who share an interest in online writing, sites like these really do give a sense of community where members try to help each other out and show a genuine interest in each other's writings. I wish I could complete a hub in 45 mins though, I'd be happy just to start and complete one in a day. Maybe if I start writing poetry again I can improve my speed.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Exactly, it's the warm faces and encouraging words that have been the greatest reward since joining Hubpages.

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      VioletteRose 3 years ago from Chicago

      Very nice. It is not just about the writing, but it is more about part of a friendly community that encourage us. Thanks for sharing your experiences :)

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Keep doing what you are doing. Look at how well it is working for you. Many followers and comments. My goal is to get good enough to do a hub in an hour.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      I'm sure that your hubs are vastly superior to my own! I can only really focus for about an hour at a time so that's generally how long it takes me to write a hub, or at least half a hub. Since I started challenging poetry, it's definitely taking twice as long so I may have to go in and edit my open letter.

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      45 minutes! I'm jealous it takes me 4 to 8 hours to do each hub, and a lot of that time is spent on the pictures. I'm getting faster--it used to take 10 to 20 hours. I do a lot of research and that takes a lot of time.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      It really is nice! I suppose I could have started with my own blog, or written for some other sites, but now that I've started here I want to keep digging in this one place.

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It is so nice that venues like this let us share our thoughts and experiences and at the same time teach us to become better writers. Hard to push the genie back into the bottle. Enjoy your writing! ☺

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Why thank you for the kind words! I'm finding my voice and trying to keep up with all these thoughts in my head~

      Frugality is so underrated and you're right, it's like a second job except that it ends up being very important on weekends and on vacation too! So nice to meet you and look forward to reading your hubs.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      DFAL.....I am certainly impressed with a new comer who already has 48 hubs under his belt! Way to go.

      But....you really got me heart & soul when you used the word, "Frugal!" I'm a wheeler-dealer-penny-pinching-balance-the-books-kind of lady from way back. It has always been like a second career for me.

      Nice to meet you and I'm glad you are finding HP a nice experience, because we're so happy to have you here...Up++++ Peace, Paula

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thank you so much for the welcome and the encouragement. It never ceases to amaze me how many people have taken me in with open arms here on Hubpages. I'm in the right place!

      And I am going to be reading your hubs on birds so keep 'em coming~

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Welcome to the community and keep on wiring. This piece flows well, and once you get a little time here with us, get to know us, you'll find things even easier. Besides, I would love to teach you about birds...

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      Deal what a way to set a positve tone bless you :)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That time will surely come! :-)

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thank you very much for the encouragement! I'm having plenty of fun on here even without Google so I'm excited for what the future holds if that piece comes together. So glad you take the time to read my open letter. Take care!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm glad you found your writing voice again! Google will find you! It took me 18 months and a lot of hubs for a regular payout on HubPages. There are many other things to enjoy about the site until then. I gave you all the votes on this one. I really enjoyed reading your hub. And I'll enjoy reading more about frugal living--one of my favorite topics!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thank you, and I'm so glad you enjoyed reading it. I'm hearing from so many writers here on Hubpages with similar sentiments so I know I'm in the right place.

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      Susie Lehto 3 years ago from Minnesota

      This is a refreshing open letter to read. I hope that Goggle will find you as you enjoy doing something that you love. Write-on!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Hi Glenn, and thank you for sharing your encouragement and experience with me. Honestly this has been a new journey for me learning about writing and attracting readers, and I'm 100% satisfied with how things are going. It's been a joy and making friends along the way has been the best perk of all.

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Welcome to HubPages. You've written a lot of hubs already in the seven weeks since you opened your HP account. You mentioned in this hub that Google doesn't know you exist yet. It took me a whole year before I started making any monkey from my writing on HP. Give it time, keep doing what you're doing, and you will be realize more than just your satisfaction of writing.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Glad to be writing alongside you and meeting another new person. Best wishes!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      I couldn't have said it any better. Thank you!

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great hub, wishing you all the very best in your writing endeavors. Have fun writing out here and great meeting you!

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      Colin323 3 years ago

      Writing allows you to be more the person you are inside. Keep at it.

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      Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      This is the first hub of yours that I've read. I hope to read more of them. I love that you're finding new strength with writing for HubPages.

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      Linda Jo Martin 3 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      This is the first hub of yours that I've read. I hope to read more of them. I love that you're finding new strength with writing for HubPages.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thank you MsDora. I felt late in sharing my thanks, but I guess late is better than never~ Glad to be here writing with stellar companions.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thank you for the well wishes! Good luck to you as well~

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      Dora Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Deal, Welcome to HubPages! This may be the first time I read your writing, but I am impressed by your attitude toward community. Not everybody says "Thanks!" Thank you for sharing and all the best going forward.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have made worthy points here and good luck in your journey of writing.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Welcome to Hubpages! I'm sure you're going to enjoy writing here and meeting the folks as I have. Take care!

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      mumsgather 3 years ago

      I'm new here as well. I can relate to what you've said here. Writing, especially online writing opens up a whole new world to me. I'm a taciturn person by nature but not when I write. I also get the same satisfaction and joy you mentioned when creating a hub.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thanks so much for the praise! I look forward to reading your hubs.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thank you for the kind words of encouragement! It's been so nice finding my writing voice again and to join this community.

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      Linda Bilyeu 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      In the words of Joe Biden was awesome!! You obviously have a great sense of humor too! Welcome to HP...this community is a whole lotta fun :)

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      Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

      Hi, its lovely isn't it when you get that writing back, I left writing for a while a few years ago, and felt totally lost, its something I have always done, with pen and paper, then an old typewriter! its great you are here, and I look forward to reading loads more, nell

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thank you Pam, and welcome to Hubpages! My experience so far has been stellar, and I'm sure you'll feel the warm welcome as you publish some hubs and get involved in the forums. Awesome people on this site~

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'm new to HubPages too and so hopeful from the welcoming feel of things here. Looking forward to becoming a part of this online community. Enjoyed reading your words here. :)

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thank you~ I love it here and hope it only gets better.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Welcome to Hubpages DealForALiving, I am sure you will like it here. :)

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thanks so much for dropping by, and for sharing your kind words. Best wishes!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      I'm with you! Let's improve together and keep up the good writing~

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      Cheryl Paton 3 years ago from West Virginia

      I loved reading your open letter. Nice to read about your progression, accomplishments, and grattitudes. : )

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      Like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get. So keep on writing. I need a lot of improvement myself, so that is my plan.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      I could not agree with you more. So many warm writers have stopped by to comment on my hubs or sent me a kind fan mail. For a new writer like myself, it makes all the difference.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      You have captured the experience of so many people here at HubPages, especially mine. It is a joy to be here. What I like most about HubPages is the encouragement that comes from the vast pool of wonderful and caring writers. I really enjoyed reading your hub.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thanks for your kind words, Mary. Isn't it nice how we've gone from misunderstood to sharing our understanding through writing?

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      That is so sweet of you Shyron! I have so much gratitude and appreciation for you and my other new colleagues here at Hubpages.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I have always been an introvert. My classmates in high school though I was a snob, but I was just painfully shy. Like you, I found writing helped me a lot (and it still does).

      So nice to meet you here, my best to you, Mary

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      DealForALiving,

      Now that you have become a butterfly

      You can fly so high

      And make us hold our breath

      Or make us sigh

      And maybe make us cry

      There is no way that the butterfly

      Can go back into the cocoon

      Voted up, UABI, and shared.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thanks CrisSp!

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Welcome to HP! Great expression of your gratitude in this hub but most importantly is the idea of coming out of your cocoon.

      Write on!

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I'm glad that you've joined HubPages and that you're sharing your writing, DealForALiving. Thanks for sharing your experiences in the first two paragraphs of this hub, some of which I can definitely relate to.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thank you for writing, FlourishAnyway. You're so right about it being a community of talented writers, and I'll do my best to fit in :)

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thanks Joyce and congrats on writing your first hub! I hope you find the writing and community as rewarding as I have.

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thanks Jodah! I only wish I had found Hubpages earlier... but no regrets!

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      Joyce T. Mann 3 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      Thank you Jodah!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Welcome Joyce. I'm sure you will do fine here as well.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Glad you're here, DealForALiving. HubPages is a welcoming, active community of talented writers, and we're proud you're a part of us.

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      Joyce T. Mann 3 years ago from Bucks County, Pennsylvania USA

      I only joined Hubpages recently and am awaiting approval for my first hub. Reading your story about your first few hubs gives me confidence that maybe I , too, can do OK for myself here at Hubpages. From one earthling to another, thanks!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi DealForALiving, thank you for this wonderful hub that is a kind tribute to your fellow hubbers. I for one am please that you plucked up the courage to join the great community of Hub Pages and to share your valuable thoughts and advice. I have only just become aware of you recently but it's good to know you. Love the Hub Page dance too :)

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      Thanks for chiming in Billy. And when writing this, I just couldn't get the quail raising hub out of my head! It felt really good to write this open letter and say thanks to you and the other Hubbers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love the personal experience you shared early on. I think a lot of writers can relate. We all just want to cloister ourselves in a dark room and never interact. LOL Or maybe it's just me....but I, for one, am glad you came out and took a chance. Thank you for mentioning me. That was nice of you.