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My Hubpages Experience (Or, Alternatively, 3 Reasons Why I Love Being a Hubber)
I am a hubber trapped in a freelancer's body.
No, seriously. What I mean to say is: I never knew I could actually be a hubber until I started writing professionally.
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I used to love writing. Used to, until I went to law school and got tired of digesting (as in summarizing) real court cases, day in and day out. In fact, I got so fed up with law school altogether I quit, and started teaching English to non-native speakers.
After a while I quit that too. The work was rewarding, but the pay wasn’t, so I was forced to find other means. Fortunately, my husband (finally) succeeded in convincing me to stay at home and work from here, so I went on to freelancing. I'm a member at one of the more popular freelance sites, and for some time now have been offering writing services, besides other things. That's when the appeal of writing came back.
At first I'd get a kick out of being paid to write, but later on I'd feel just a wee bit disappointed that, for my efforts, I wouldn’t be recognized as the author anyway.
So I joined Hubpages. And in my short stay, this is my rather simplistic yet joyful (joyfully simplistic?) view of Hubpages. On this wise, if it sounds rather naïve, I beg of you to please bear with me.
1. I get to write about anything!
I have a blog that I’ve sadly neglected, but only because I’m still trying to gain more insight, experience, and—sheepish grin included for effect—confidence before I actually go back to it full force. The one thing I am having difficulty coming to terms with is having to stick to a niche in order to get noticed in the blogging industry. I haven’t quite decided what I can write about except writing, and there is already an unbelievable number of writers who talk about writing!
With Hubpages, I don’t have to worry about all that… at least for now. In the meantime, what I do is “share” my interests and the information I know to the hub community. And there’s no pressure there at all.
2. I can write anytime I like, as often as I like, and as much as I want!
I have to admit, not all of my contracts are writing jobs. I’m a VA at some and customer rep at others, but writing is still my favorite. What takes the fun out of freelance work is that I have to wait for my clients to give me an assignment and tell me what to write, and when it should be done. At Hubpages, I’m my own boss, so to speak. I set the time, I set the topic, I set the number of hubs. No waiting on anyone except myself.
And you know the best incentive I get from all this? The hubscore and hub karma.
3. I still get money out of it.
Alright, I’m not being completely honest here as I haven’t actually earned anything up until now. But I haven’t yet heard of anyone not earning anything at all from Hubpages. (The affiliate programs are supposed to work after all, or they wouldn’t be there.) I’m happily looking forward to my first “paycheck”.
I went to reading some blogs about Hubpages and was quite surprised to learn that it’s been around for about five years. I sometimes regret that I hadn’t learned of Hubpages sooner, but then again if I had, I wouldn’t have been able to lose and rediscover the joy of writing. Thanks to Hubpages, I’m glad to say I’ve fallen in love with writing all over again.