My Two Years On Hubpages: What I've Learned So Far
The progress I have made in my writing pursuits through this site
It has been two years.
In February of 2008, after getting fed up in my previous job and quiting in disgust, I was surfing the net looking for writing sites that would and help me get started on something that I've always wanted to do - pursue a writing career.
I happened upon Hubages through Google; when I saw that I could write and publish anything I wanted and that I could get royalties from it, I couldn't sign up fast enough.
I must admit though - I didn't really know what I was doing in the beginning. In fact, I was rather clueless, writing musings and rambles about sports on the comments section, thinking that I was writing in the article section, and believing that I was doing things right.
It was several months before I realized that I was going about posting on Hubpages all wrong. I found myself deleting about seven of my comment rants that I thought were articles by the time I finally got it; by the time I was finished with that, I had nine true hubs to build on.
After those false starts, I suppose I can say that I've hit my stride in writing over 40 hubs, especially after I figured out how to sign up for Google Ad Sense, which I did last year. I have actually made a little money in royalties - very little in royalties to be sure, but it's definitely a start.
What I've learned in the two years of writing on this site was that Hubpages is a good place to get started on a potential writing career, work on one's writing skills and expressing oneself through such, and for following what I consider the two writing commandments:
1. Always write what you know, and...
2. Get what you write out there; post it on websites such as this. Show it to people. Submit your stuff to publications, electronic and print.
For all those aspiring writers out there (of which I still am one, I haven't exactly achieved J.K. Rowling-like status just yet), I can definitely say that I recommend Hubpages as a way to start your writing aspirations, my biggest advice being that the more you write on this site and the more Hubs you publish, the more exposure and reads you will get, and the more money you can potentially make.
It's safe to say that I'm glad that I chose Hubpages as a starting point to (hopefully) a career in writing, and that I'm glad about the progress I've made. It is hard for me to believe that two years have passed so quickly, but then they usually do.
I'm looking forward to continuing my involvement with this site, as there are more topics, subjects, and newsmakers that I want to express myself about and get out there for folks to read and comment on.
There's not much more to say here but thanks to this site, the people who are on it, and the folks who run it. I'm very much looking forward to publishing more hubs.