My Hubpages Anniversary
A Memorable Year
Today is my one-year anniversary on Hubpages. It was exactly one year ago when I published my first Hub, Developing Healthy Habits in Toddlers. What a year it has been! I'm a totally different writer thanks to all I've learned, but I still have the passion for the same things to write about. A year later I'm still writing Hubs about children and other topics that I am knowledgeable about and concerned with.
For me, this is a time to both look back and look forward to my future in writing. Hopefully, some of what I've learned will be beneficial to new Hubbers to inform or encourage them. Believe me, I remember how overwhelming it was when I first found the site and read others' posts. It's still overwhelming when I see where my mentors are at compared to where I am. But I know I can get there if I am dedicated.
What I've Learned
I know more about writing Hubs than I did a year ago and while I don't concern myself too much with the finer points of page ranking, I do still try to use keywords in my articles and make them search-friendly. This was something I was totally unaware of a year ago. I don't do a lot of research on those things; I just ask myself what I would type in if I were searching for this information and work with that. It's probably not the most scientific method, but it's still an improvement from a year ago.
I've also learned that my best topic is activities for young children. I've had more hits on my Hub about a backyard beach party than any other. I never would have expected that. How to Make Your Own Dollhouse is one of my newer Hubs that continually gets traffic from Google. Another shocker!
I owe much of my learning from just writing, but also from other Hubbers who have written helpful Hubs such as alocsin. His Hub about the highest paid Hubbers was informative and inspirational. I've referred to it more than once to learn how to improve my own efforts.
Rebecca E has written numerous Hubs on being successful here and provides many tips that I have tried to follow. There are others who have been an inspiration to me this year and supportive in my attempts. That is probably the biggest lesson I've learned this year: no matter what kind of writing you do or where your wriiting takes you, find a supportive group to spend time with. That is what Hubpages is for me. It is a place to learn and grow, to refuel from the rest of life, and a place where you can give back. It's a great place to be if you're a writer.
What I Hope to Learn
I've just been accepted into the Apprenticeship Program so I'm sure I will learn a lot in the next few months. I would like to get more involved with affiliate selling and writing ebooks so I'm sure I can learn more about those topics right here on Hubpages.
I've expanded my writing from Hubpages in the last year and am making a decent part-time living as a writer now. I hope one day to make it full-time and I know at least part of that success will be because of Hubpages. I will always be part of this community because I love writing.
For those that are just starting out, don't ever give up on your dream. Don't let others discourage you (there will be plenty of those) and don't let anything tell you that you can't do this. It may take some time, or a lot of time (I've wanted to be a writer since I was ten) and some false starts. Look at every experience as a chance to learn and grow and a way to refine your talent. Most of all, remember that you are a writer because you write. Call yourself that and others will, too.