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My first 5 months on Hubpages. The journey so far.

Updated on April 29, 2013
How many of you wanna be here right now?
How many of you wanna be here right now?

In the beginning.....

Wow, 5 months already?!?

Where has the time gone? I really feel like I blinked and I'm here now.

How did I find Hubpages in the first place? Well to be honest with you, it was almost a fluke.....I wasn't looking for it but I was looking online at some job postings for a friend of mine and the funny thing is, there was a posting for a part-time writer at Hubpages.

"What the heck is a Hubpage?", I distinctly remember asking myself out loud. So I kind of took a hiatus from looking for jobs for my friend and decided to give this a look. I was somewhat impressed by the stories I read of the supplemental income that could be made from just writing quality work online and I'd always had a knack for writing stories in particular so I decided to give it a whirl.

Another reason I decided to do this is because I've had people my entire life tell me that I have a gift of teaching and leadership. While I say this with the utmost humility, I think it's perfectly fine to be confident in your own abilities.

I wanted to help people with their problems in general and provide solutions with any experience I may have in given areas. I've been around the world many times and seen many amazingly wonderful things in my travels. I'd like to think I could offer helpful advice at times.


And as they say, the rest is history.

Haven't you just ever had the urge to drink a shark ?
Haven't you just ever had the urge to drink a shark ?

Amazing people.

That's the only phrase that comes to mind when I think of how to sum up my time here. How amazing the people are that I've met while I've been here.

Thus far to date, I've written only 14 hubs, with many other ideas and half-written hubs still sitting there. If you want to know the truth, the very first hub that I started on.....I still haven't finished!

Now to some of you, 14 hubs isn't very many in 5 months time.....frankly it's quite the meager amount. But I'm someone who likes to take time with what I want to say and I want to make it count. I want every word and phrase to have meaning and not just be there to take up space. I want every picture, everything that I throw into the details to be helpful, funny, or deeply reflective so that you, the reader, will enjoy yourself for the entire ride through.

I'm also a man with a schedule just like the rest of you. I have to manage my time accordingly and I tend to be involved in many things at once. I really do write this as I can, when I can. I'm sometimes gone for days at a time either traveling or just busy with life in general. When I do check on Hubpages, I want it to count and I want to spend time with it because I consider the people's work that I look at worth my "quality" time. I don't just want to skim over an article and then just say I read it......I sincerely care about someone's work.

You people matter to me, what you write matters. You write it for whatever reason you decided to, but it's written so it matters. Have I ever skimmed? Sure, I'm guilty of it, I'm human. But I sincerely try not to. I try to make sure that I get that quality read-through so I can give an honest appraisal at the end. So just know, if I comment on your article, there's a 99.9 percent chance you got a full read-through.


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5 months of Hubpages.

Have I made a ton of money? Nope. Have I made some? Yep.

As much as it would be nice to make a good living doing something I enjoy, it's not the main reason I started writing anyway. So it doesn't bother me much that I haven't done as well as some. I haven't put the time in anyway to really bolster the big bucks if there's any to be had on here.

My passion is honestly seeing people's lives changed for the better. If I can contribute to this in any way, I'm thankful. I pray the Lord will use me in some mighty ways to bless the lives around me.

I have much to learn still and I love the fact that the experiences of others can educate me at the same time! So for those of you I've learned from while I've been here I want to thank you for all that you've taught me, whether that's been through a hub or an email. God bless you.

Shoutouts.

There are wayyyyyy too many people on here to give a shout-out to but I want to try to highlight a few that have really made me feel welcome in many ways.

Tammyswallow. Most of you know her and I am thankful that she was my first follower, she really does go out of her way for people and was my very first comment! Thanks alot.

BillyBuc. This guy has the amazing ability to be one of the most openly opinionated people I've met so far on here that I actually agree with 98 percent of the time! He's a passionate man at heart who gives a lot to so many. He deserves your follow and recognition as he writes quality stuff man!

CloudExplorer. Just a real class act. You are a poet at heart and the way you followed me was amazingly poetic. It made me feel welcomed, honored, and flattered all at the same time!

Alastar Packer. Hilarious man. I love the hubs on history brother. It's definitely one of my favorite things to learn about.

Rajan Jolly. Our resident health guru. You've taught me alot about the benefits of food in general, some that I may eat. I'm thankful to have someone who is well-researched on the subject.

Alocsin. I call you another faithful commenter. I appreciate your insight and your votes as always!

If I didn't mention you or you feel neglected in any way, not my intention at all to leave you out, I just have to end this hub sometime. I appreciate all of the folks that comment on my hubs. It means alot.

As for me, I'm excited to see where this takes me, it's been a great ride thus far!

Thanks alot for reading, God bless.

Ice cream.....there's really no point to this picture.......it's ice cream man!
Ice cream.....there's really no point to this picture.......it's ice cream man!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you aud99. I'm glad to see you're back and that you enjoyed my story so far. I'm definitely planning on continuing for as long as I can and I hope you continue to bring more to the table as well. Thanks for dropping in!

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      Audrey 4 years ago

      Well, I hope you will continue writing here and it is a privilege to read your story. For me, although I joined 4 years ago, I hardly drop by here. I wrote a few hubs back then and after that, I didn't bother coming back until recently. I certainly hope this time, I can find the motivation to write more.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks alot Happy Mike. I'm thankful my story is giving you inspiration to stick around and push through. I never want to let something like this stress me out or I will hang up the towel. It's not meant to stress us or worry us. Just have fun, write about what you're passionate about and if you're trying to make extra money on the side, follow the SEO protocols and you'll do just fine. Thanks for dropping in!

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      HappyMikeWritter 4 years ago

      Woow! I love reading personal experiences of hubbers. I am at the start and your personal story helps me a lot. Apart from great hubs you also have a great friends in here who support you. I wish you a many many more hubs :-) Glad I found your article :-)

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks alot Bill, I'm working to make sure I can be an asset to others. I'm praying I can get better with what I'm doing! I understand that you're busy, for example, selling an article to a magazine! I get it man and I appreciate you stopping by! God bless.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm really slipping up, buddy. I'm sorry I missed this and thank you very much for giving me a shout out. I picked up some new work lately and it's put me so far behind in hub reading. Anyway, I am so glad you are here at HP. I see you as a definite asset and a giving member of this community, and I appreciate you.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks alot Alastar. I appreciate the kudos and encouragements. I do like your history hubs as I think you take an unbiased approach to them and report on the good, bad, and ugly of anyone including our founders. While I don't consider them to be perfect, I think they were amazingly great men with flaws just like us. That's why you get my vote of confidence. Appreciate you stopping by!

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      Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Good going my man- your just the kind of writer that folks respond to and your definitely an asset to HP's, or anywhere you choose to write for that matter. Alastar predicts good things for you in your excellent writing endeavors. Very happy and humbled to hear some of my history one's are your faves; your hubs are certainly some of mine!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I'm the same way tebo, I enjoy reading people's experiences because it's interesting and something that can teach me. I'm also appreciative of people like you who try to faithfully read what I write. Sometimes I'm sitting here wondering.....is this good enough for the people to understand, have I said enough.....did I say too much? Those kind of questions crop up, but then I just drop it and publish once I've taken my time editing. I have to let go of perfection at times and just do the best I can and be happy with the results! Thanks for making it worthwhile.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks so much Crissp! I hear ya on being MIA at times, I was busy with business 2 weeks ago in Texas for a straight week and didn't have a lot of time to spend on here.....so I fully understand. I'm pleased to know you as well and to read your hubs as I can! Thank you.

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      I love to read about peoples experiences here on hubpages. I have read many of your hubs and I like your style. Good to hear you are enjoying your time here. It is hard to keep writing and finishing articles. You have done well in your time here.

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      So, here's my sincere comment (no skimming nor skimping, just smiling)...Yay, congratulations! You've made it and I look forward to reading more from you.

      I've been MIA lately and only catching up now...'Am not so good with time management. Actually, I was busy dancing like a butterfly metaphorically speaking. :) Truth is, work outside HP is quite overwhelming.

      Anyway, back to you...yes, "it's perfectly fine to be confident in your own abilities." So, keep writing. Pleased to know you and to be following you.

      Happy hubbing!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Livingsta! I appreciate you and your comments! I agree with you and I think this could really turn into something very fruitful. I'm thankful for people like you that take the time to read what I have to offer. You're much appreciated!

      You have a great one!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Lol, moonlake you're awesome! Thanks for the encouragement. I'm usually not someone who likes to give up on things. I try to press on until the last possible moment.......and then I try to keep on going then. I am thankful for the people on here who share their experiences that encourage me to keep going as well!

      Thanks for the stopby and the votes!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      It's an honor and privilege to meet you Michael. I'm thankful you find my hubs so broad and helpful.

      You're right, I've covered a lot of ground in these but I've also experienced so much. I feel I have a good deal to offer to anyone who wants to listen. I appreciate you dropping in and giving your gracious comments to someone you just met! God bless and peace be with you too brother.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you so much Audrey, that's one of the nicest things someone's actually said to me on here. I will say this too......what you see with me, is what you get! I'm going to be as real as possible with people and I'm fairly transparent.

      I'm always wanting to learn from experienced people such as yourself and if I can impart wisdom that the Lord gives me, I'll do so. I appreciate you dropping in and following me, leaving wonderful comments and sharing!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well Careermommy, I think you'll continue to do just fine here considering what I've read of your work. I understand the schedule aspect of it all too well and I just have to make do with what I have. I pray you continue and just let your articles come as they can! I will continue to read. Thanks for stopping by!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you so much Kellyteam, I appreciate you coming and taking a gander at what I write! This may seem funny and it's just an opinion, but I think that because you have a few unfinished hubs, it shows me you're always thinking and letting your imagination run wild. Creative minds never stop.....so keep on going and get back to those hubs when the time is right!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, all the best Kasman. 14 hubs in five months with other works and schedules is great. Yes, hubpages is a great platform with so many wonderful people in here. I wish you all the best and looking forward to more of your hubs.

      Have a good day!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Congratulation for staying with it for five months so many people start and all at once they're gone. Voted up.

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      Michael Tully 4 years ago

      Good morning, Kasman! I just found this hub via a share from vocalcoach (thanks, Audrey!) and wanted to say that it's a pleasure to meet you. What impresses me is the breadth of your field of interests. You've covered a lot of ground in only 16 hubs, and I know my time spent reading them will be well rewarded. It's good to have you here, brother! Grace and peace be with you.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Ya know what? After 3 years on hubpages, I agree with all you've said. The longer I'm here, the more I realize what a blessing it is. And one of the biggest blessings is meeting folks like you. What a treasure you are! I only met you a few minutes ago when you left a comment that really grabbed me on one of my hubs.

      I'm now following you and after reading this hub on your journey of 5 months - wow! I've struck gold. Blessings and peace to you my new friend. Votes up and across and sharing. Audrey

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Kasman, this is a very cool summary of your experience on hubpages. I'm not too far behind you, and don't have as many hubs written either, due to my schedule, but like you this has been a very rewarding experience. How nice of you to share your journey so far. God Bless you as well!

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Hey Kasman, congratulations on 5 months. I thought I was the only one with articles started and not finished for quite some time:) Just want to say I enjoy reading what you write and the fact that you take time and put thought into what you write shows and is appreciated. Keep on hubbing!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks alot prospect for the encouragement and kind words. It's definitely a learning experience deciding what to write on even! I'm hoping and praying that I can lend more of my experiences to helping others as much as possible. That positive and uplifting spirit you speak of can only be attributed to one person, Jesus Christ. I didn't have it before him. Thanks for the votes, shares!

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      Bradrick H. 4 years ago from Texas

      Well brother, although I don't consider myself an expert or trendsetter on here, I will definitely say that you are doing quite well for your first 5 months in. My first five months on here were pretty inactive, but that all changed once I encountered people on here that inspired me to write more. I hope that you continue to stick around on here. You write great topics, give useful advice through your writing, and you have a positive and uplifting spirit that can be of use to everyone on here. Congrats on five months in, and best wishes for the ongoing journey. Voted up, rated awesome, shared, and liked on Facebook.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thank you shofarcall, I appreciate the encouragement to keep on keeping on! It's been a journey and it will continue to be one. I'm excited to see what happens. God bless you as well.

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      shofarcall 4 years ago

      Hello Kasman,

      Well, I have just discovered your hubpage, so am looking forward to exploring and reading some of your hubs. I have been here since early Dec 2012 - probably about same time as yourself. Watch out for comments on your other hubs. Keep on keeping on. God Bless

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Awwww MsDora, I do appreciate you. You have a godly wisdom about you that not many possess so I do thank you and I love what you write! I'm excited to see what the future will bring and I'm blessed to know you. Have a good one.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Well, you left me out but I still want to congratulate you on sticking with it for five months. Hopefully, you'll keep at it. The milestones come pretty fast and the money will come too.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Thanks Sheri, I appreciate your comments. It's a wild ride that's worth staying on. I enjoy reading yours too when I actually think to jump on your page, lol. You're one of the people's pages I make sure to jump on when I take my reading days and do it.

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      I am just a few months in too, and for sure there are some great people here. I enjoy your hubs and keep up the good work!