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My Hubpages Experience (Or, Alternatively, 3 Reasons Why I Love Being a Hubber)

Updated on March 23, 2011

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.

That still didn't come out right. Let me try again.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What's your Hubpages experience?

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    • Literary Geisha profile imageAUTHOR

      Literary Geisha 

      6 years ago from Philippines

      hi Gypsy Willow and thanks for visiting! this hub was created before things started going sour with Google ;) i haven't actually received much income here myself, but i still find writing at Hubpages to be a unique experience.

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      Gypsy Willow 

      6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand

      I love the interaction with other hubbers and their comments. Don't hold your breath waiting for an income though. Best of luck.

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      Literary Geisha 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      thanks for the vote of confidence sueroy, and for the support! i'm glad you liked the hub. the interaction/connecting with other hubbers is indeed a great incentive!

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      Susan Mills 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      I completely agree. Hubpages are a great way to write, connect with other writers, learn a little something (when I can focus long enough) and one day.. in the far, far, distant future- make a little bit of money.

      I'm going to follow you because I think you're going to be SO MUCH FUN! This really is a great place to kick back, relax, and have fun writing.

      I enjoyed this piece VERY MUCH! Thanks!!!

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      Literary Geisha 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      @dearabbysmom thanks for the kind words! true, when what you love doing becomes a job, much of the fun goes out of it. but at least we have hubpages. ;)

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      dearabbysmom 

      7 years ago from Indiana

      I love your writing style! I know just what you mean about finally getting to write. It's what I'm supposed to be doing in my day job, but I often end the day without having done a lick of it.

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      Literary Geisha 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      @Fay Paxton, yes that too, it's exciting to meet new people who especially have the same love for hubpages. thanks for reading!

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      I'd say you pegged three of the best reasons to write at HubPages. Another is the great connections you make.

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      Literary Geisha 

      7 years ago from Philippines

      @barbergirl28 i haven't actually spent that much time on facebook to know whether or not it's addictive, but you're right, hubpages is something else! thanks for the support.

      @WillStarr i've been feeling the same thing exactly! i get that with my clients, sure, but they're the only ones who really know I wrote the stuff. thanks for commenting.

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      I love it because people read my stuff and say nice things.

      What more could a writer want?

      (Other than lots of money?)

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      Stacy Harris 

      7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Glad to here another love story with Hubpages. I am too in love with Hubpages. My favorite thing... I was able to write a few hubs about my dedication to Hubpages and people actually could relate. Not to mention, even though I dont' know a single soul on here outside of the wide world web, I have come across several people that I truly enjoy their company - even if it is internet based. It is almost more addictive than facebook!

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