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My First Year with Hubpages: Igniting My Passion

Updated on December 24, 2012

My Introduction to Hubpages

As my first year on Hubpages drew near, I began to wonder about how I would commemorate this significant event. Let me start by sharing how I came to know about Hubpages. My mother, hubber Denise Handlon, had been a hubber for about 9 months when I joined. She had been sharing her writing with the family and had been nominated for a few hubnugget awards and Soul Work: Joy, won one of them. Clearly she was enjoying great success on Hubpages.

At the time, I was busy with “life” as a full time elementary teacher and a mom of my two and three year old children. Extra time was not on my side. Although she encouraged me to join (knowing that one of my life goals is to write and have published children’s books), I hardly had a moment to read her hubs let alone write any of my own.

Fast Forward

Around November of 2010 I started doing some major life reflections. As I said, I am a teacher and LOVE being a teacher. However, in this day and age of teaching in the United States, especially in an urban district, teaching is not about teaching anymore. I began to think about what I was truly passionate about. The answer was writing. However there was a problem. Even though I had experienced success as a young writer in elementary school, I did not have the confidence to put my writing “out there.”

Although I don’t really make New Year’s Resolutions, I do try to set goals for the year to come. I decided that 2011 would be the year that I would make my writing happen. So at the tail end of 2010, I joined Hubpages. Now you would think that the first thing I would do would be to call my Mom and tell her, but alas, there goes that confidence thing again and so I SECRETLY joined.

Once I was “found out” my Mom was excited to have me along and continued to encourage me to write and shared my writing with many of her followers. And my love of Hubpages was born. So how has this changed my life over the last year? Well, that could probably fill a whole book, but let me share with you a few of the highlights.

Encouraging Words From Fellow Hub Friends

Of course one would expect your Mother to encourage your success, and mine definitely did, but there have been many others along the way as well. The family support continued as my aunt, hubber Danette Watt, also shared encouraging words for me as I began my journey. My first recognition that I was actually somewhat good at writing was my nomination for a Hubnugget award for my hub A Lesson for the Teacher. Not only was it nominated, but it won for that category. Thus my love for Hubpages, and my addiction, was born. With each hub I wrote, my confidence grew.

One of the things that I love most about Hubpages is the community. I have really enjoyed getting to know many of the other hubbers through the exchange of comments on hubs and in the forums. I really feel like I have made some great friends, even if we have never met. I know that many others have mentioned this same feeling, but it really is a wonderfully supportive writing community and one that I am proud to be a part of.

Yet even with the win, I'm not convinced that I would have continued to write if it had not been for the uplifting words that I have heard from so many other hubbers. I have greatly appreciated the support from some of the Hubpages staff, like Simone Smith and Robin Edmunson. Their feedback makes me feel like I have something positive to contribute to the community.

I can always count on some thoughtful and caring comments by Happyboomernurse who I knew was one to cherish when I first started reading her hubs, especially How My Swimming Pool Party Became a Civil Rights Lesson. She has a lot of wisdom and caring spirit that we can all learn from.

I have also gained some personal growth through Hubpages, particularly in cooking. So along the way I have baked chocolate pumpkin muffins from RTalloni, veggie buns from Joe Macho, and canned jelly from Leah Lefler.

Photos from Stephanie Henkel and sofs have inspired me to take a photography class in 2012 to gain a better understanding of how to use my camera more effectively. In addition, randomcreative has kept my creative juices flowing with her many hubs, by reminding me that creativity is an important outlet not to be ignored, and it's fun too!

Playing around in the Sandpit has led me to meet some great and supportive people like thecleanlife, Beth100, and klarawieck. Although I have only known them "virtually" for a year, they feel like an extension of my own family.

First Year Accomplishments

So as I mentioned earlier, my first accomplishment was winning a Hubnugget award. But there have been so many other things that I have been very proud of over the last year. Some of my hubs have been selected as the Hub of the Day. A couple of these include The Best Online Interactive and Educational Games for Kids and The Impact of the Beauty Industry on Young Girls.

I have also become a Hubpages Elite as a Hubpages Greeter and I was voted as Most Likely to Become a Hubpages Employee and Best Hubpages Best Teacher in Hubpages first annual Hubbie awards.

What I've Learned and the Year to Come

So what have I learned in this past year? That I really can write and I have set my sights on larger goals. I've learned more than I ever knew I wanted to know about SEO and keywords, along with Google's big, bad Panda.

My confidence has grown and I am now going to send in that manuscript to the publishers even if I get that rejection letter. I am going to develop that blog that I have been toying with for the last several months and even look into developing a website for children. Lofty goals? Maybe. But even with the possibility of failure, I know that I will never know if I don't put the effort in to try. I have Hubpages and all of its Hubbers to thank for leading me to this point.

Thank you to all those that have directly impacted my first year on Hubpages, including all of my followers. Even if I did not mention you specifically, you have made a difference in my life and I appreciate every one of you. Here's to another year writing on Hubpages!

Happy New Hubbing Year Everyone!
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    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      You're welcome teachertalking1, it has been a great experience. Yes, I am pursuing the next chapter in my life and wishing I had more time to dedicate to it! Good luck in your time at Hubpages. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do.

    • teachertalking1 profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your first year highlights! As a new HubPage member, I am encouraged by your success and look forward to exploring more of your Hubs! Congratulations and kuddos to you for pursuing your passion!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      It was fun, you should consider doing it. Yuck to those dr. appts. I have a friend who is always there with her son. I was really cranking some out around Christmas since I was off of work. Thanks for the comment!

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      Leah Lefler 

      6 years ago from Western New York

      Ah! I'm glad you mentioned it - I did miss it! I've been up to Rochester with Nolan (medical issues are not fun) and missed several hubs around the new year. Maybe I should write a 1 year anniversary hub, too!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks ddaider I appreciate your comments. I look forward to seeing you around Hubpages. I hope that you have great success here as well!

    • ddaider profile image


      6 years ago from Michigan, USA

      Congratulations on your first year. Your accomplishments are very inspiring to new hub writers (like me). I look forward to reading your future hubs!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Bobri Dobri I appreciate the well wishes and am glad that you have enjoyed my hubs over the last year. Thanks for your kind comments.

      Thanks Mom, so glad that I finally took the plunge! :)

      Thank you Tina! With each day I find new inspiration and I can't wait to see what I can write about in this next year.

      Welcome ForLoveofCupcakes! I hope that you find this community as wonderful and supportive as I have. Best of luck to you in your hub writing and thanks for reading and commenting.

    • ForLoveofCupcakes profile image

      Jamie Jensen 

      6 years ago from Chicago

      Congratulations and thanks for sharing your inspirations! I love writing and just joined hubpages. I'm really excited to learn more about it!

    • thougtforce profile image

      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Congratulations on your first year and I wish you continued success during the next year!


    • Denise Handlon profile image

      Denise Handlon 

      6 years ago from North Carolina

      At long last I have more than three seconds to sit, read and enjoy. It's such a pleasure having you here with me. I've really enjoyed this 'one more' area that we have in common to share together. I've loved all of our 'hub talk' conversations.

      Aside from that: Congratulations! It has been a year of well deserved accolades for you. I couldn't agree with you more that we are supported in a wonderful writing community. Here's to many more hubs from you! Cheers!

    • Bobri Dobri profile image

      Bobri Dobri 

      6 years ago from Oklahoma

      Congratulations! It is always a big pleasure for me to read your hubs! I wish you all the best and good luck with your goals! Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks MM! It has been an exciting year and I look forward to what is yet to come. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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      Movie Master 

      6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary and all your achivements to date!

      Good luck with your future goals and I wish you and your family a very Happy New Year, my very best wishes MM

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks so much Millionaire Tips! I appreciate your kind comments.

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      Congratulations your 1 year anniversary on HubPages. I look forward to reading your hubs for many more.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Aww, that is so sweet Robin. Trust me, time flies when you're having fun! I've had a blast my first year and can't believe it has gone so fast. I'm looking forward to writing many more hubs and hopefully making money like I've been here since the beginning! :) If I'm ever in the SF area I will definitely contact you. Please do the same if you are in Michigan. I think your girls and my two munchkins would have a blast together.

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      Robin Edmondson 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      I can't imagine this community without you, Cara! You, and Hubbers like you and your family, are what makes this such a great place to be as a member and employee! I can't believe it's only been a year; it's seems like you have been here from the beginning. I look forward to reading many more of your Hubs and hopefully, some day, meeting you face to face! ;)

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Thank you Gail. I always look so forward to your comments because like this one, they are always so kind and heartfelt. I appreciate all of your encouragement over the last year. Merry Christmas to you and your family and I can't wait to see what beautiful pictures you share with us next!

      Thanks Flora. It is such a different world today and it really takes the joy out of teaching. Your one year will be here before you know it. Keep up the great hubs!

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      We really do need to make that happen Aunt Danette. I think it would be helpful to all of us. I've been fine tuning one of my stories and I plan to start sending it to publishers after the first of the year. I'll keep you posted.

      Thanks nwonderlin! I hope that you find Hubpages as supportive as I did, good luck in your hub writing!

      I understand rednickle. I am a mom of a 3 and 4 year old and work full time so time is not on my side either. Just do what you can and it will all fall into place. Good luck to you.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image


      6 years ago

      Congratulations on your anniversary. I just reached 6 months on Hubpages. I considered being an English teacher at one point, but now I am glad that I changed my mind. I do not think I would want to be teaching teenagers in this age.

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      6 years ago from South Carolina

      What a wonderful first year you have had on Hub Pages and I'm in awe of, but not surprised by, your many achievements and the number of quality hubs that you've written given the other demands on your time.

      I wish you much luck with the goals you've set for 2012 and am thrilled that you are taking your writing to the next level.

      Thanks for the shout out about my civil rights hub and for your kind words. It has been a pleasure following you and I look forward to watching you grow even more as a writer.

      Wishing you and your whole family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

      Sending Hub Hugs and Love Across the Miles,


    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      Me too randomcreative! It has been a wonderful experience. You have given me lots of "projects" to try. I look forward to each creative hub that you write. Thanks so much for your comment.

      Don't let anyone tell you that you cannot do something if you want to cclitgirl. My philosophy is to prove them wrong. This is such a wonderfully supportive arena for uncertain writers that are willing to learn and improve. Best of luck to you as you continue your hubpages career and I look forward to reading more of your hubs.

      Wonderful wolfee, I look forward to reading what you have to share. Thanks so much for your comments and good luck to you!

    • rednickle profile image


      6 years ago from New Brunswick Canada

      Congrats on your at hubs. I would like to achieve that but the other activities like schooling that i have to carry out would probably not help my case.


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      6 years ago

      So great to hear your experience with Hubpages! I am a new hubber and am extremely excited to continue growing as a writer and learning from some pretty amazing people. Best wishes for a successful 2012 on Hubpages :)

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      Danette Watt 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Congratulations on 1 year Cara! I've enjoyed everything you've written and can see how you've grown over the year here on Hub Pages. Looking forward to reading that children's book someday! One of these days, your mom and I will have to come to MI for a visit and the three of us will hone our writing skills together. Maybe have a "challenge" of our own, ha ha.

    • wolfee profile image


      6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I am relatively new to hubpages and haven't been able to devote a lot of time to it, I am planning on spending more time here and it is great to read about others achievements.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      Thank you so much for sharing this. I've only been a Hubber for three weeks, but I already love this community. I have been told I couldn't write by more than a few people, but I'm still at it, dang it. Those accolades you get keep me going and seeing the responses from my hubs are encouraging. Still, seeing hubs like this are so neat. I hope to be a full time Hubber/article writer someday soon.

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      Rose Clearfield 

      6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Congrats on your achievements, Cara! I'm so glad that you took the leap and started writing here. I agree the teaching is definitely not about teaching anymore. It's good to have another outlet for your passions. Best of luck with your goals! I look forward to reading more hubs from you during your 2nd year on HubPages.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      I'm glad that you found it motivational MissOlive, I hope that others do as well. I'm glad you liked the closing pic too. He's melts my heart and makes me crazy all at the same time!

      Thanks for your congrats DeborahNeyens. I am looking forward to the year to come.

      Thanks Ibrahim K. Shafin, I appreciate it!

      Time flies Mary, It's hard to believe it has already been a year! I can't even believe the wonderful friends that I have made, it is so amazing. Thanks for your comments.

    • cardelean profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Michigan

      I have Ktrapp, it has been a wonderful journey. Thanks so much for your comments.

      Such kind words Princesswithapen, I am so touched. I just try to reciprocate the warmness that has been given to me. Thank you so much for your congrats and I look forward to many more years.

      Thanks so much Daniella Lopez, I appreciate your comments.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      Congrats, Cardelean! I haven't been here a year yet, but I'm still loving it! I've made a lot of good friends, and look forward to the coming year at HubPages!

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      Ibrahim Kamrul Shafin 

      6 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh & Washington DC, USA

      Best wishes for your next year :)

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      Congratulations, cardelean. Best wishes for another great year.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Congratulations! Your hub is very motivational as well as reflective of your journey. Thank you for all you do on HP and for sharing your words. The closing picture in this hub is simply perfect and too cute!!

      Continued best wishes to you and Happy HubYear :)

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      Danielle Lopez 

      6 years ago from Spain

      Congrats on your one year achievement! Best wishes towards your future with Hubpages.

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      6 years ago

      Congratulations on completing 1 year at HubPages, Cardelean. You truly deserve all the warmth and appreciation the HubPages community has towards you. We all know that you often go out of the way to help fellow hubbers, and that's what HubPages is all about. Well done for a splendid first year, and good luck for many more to come!


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      Kristin Trapp 

      6 years ago from Illinois

      Congratulations on your year of writing achievements at HubPages; it seems like you have gained so much beyond just writing hubs. Best wishes with your future goals.


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