An Open Letter: Making Friends on Hubpages
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
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!
What is your favorite thing about Hubpages?
What is your favorite thing about Hubpages?
Hubpages Community Gratitude Dance
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
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.
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.