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Ode To Hubbers

Updated on March 7, 2015

"Writers write." But good writers have given a lot of thought on where and when those thoughts get published.

Is HubPages a place where you will want to publish your thoughts and efforts?
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Ode To The Individual Hubber

While an “average” writer/photographer who joins HubPages.com (HP) cannot be defined with any degree of certainty, there are aspects of writing and publishing photos with the facility which HP provides that define the participants who are most active on HP.

Ernest Hemingway defined the dedicated writers, when he was asked the question “What do writers do?” Hemingway replied simply that “Writers write.”

The typical newcomers to HP have not only had a desire to write and be published, but more often than not they are already writing and have been doing so for many years with or without publishing professionally.

How the newcomer first gets started on HP will depend somewhat on how much they have written before coming to HP. If they have written a lot, they may spend their first weeks on HP simply transcribing some of those writings into their first articles called "Hubs."

If they haven’t written individual articles before, those newcomers will wisely spend a lot of their time learning how to publish their own materials and how to get help settling in for the future.

HP has a training program intended to promote the quality of the materials posted on HP. In the past there has been a waiting period for acceptance into the program, and the training is primarily designed to promote the creation of articles which keep readers spending longer periods viewing the articles, and not coincidentally the outside advertisements from which HP derives its income.

As the newcomers become more familiar with HP their next step is usually to become a “Follower” of other writers whose materials they enjoy, and pray for established writers to begin to follow their own material.

They will write their Profile page, choose a photo or drawing to go with it, and participate actively on an almost daily basis.

At this point they are in danger of becoming addicted to checking their computer regularly for the latest “Notifications” that a new Hub has been posted by a writer (Hubber) they are following, a response to a comment they have made, and best of all a new “Comment” or “Fan Mail” that comes in response to an article they wrote.

They will learn how to use “Hub Statistics” and what to do to protect their copyrights of materials they publish online, as well as how to promote their materials and perhaps earn something in exchange for their efforts.

Initial earnings are typically low. For many Hubbers their earnings continue to be low until and unless they create truly popular materials which receive a wide and regular readership, as well as learning how to benefit from choosing their own ebay and amazon items which readers will be inclined to purchase as displayed together with their articles for added income.

Encouraging others to join HubPages can be an extra benefit, as any newcomer can learn, and doing so also typically adds to the readership likely to enjoy their own published materials.

And what best describes established Hubbers?

Some have been with HP since it first entered the online publishing field. Many are read by several hundred followers, while some have more than 1,000 followers.

Obviously, if any Hubber writes popular articles which are read by a steady percentage of their readers, and the number of their readers steadily increases, they can eventually earn a more healthy level of a steady return for their efforts.

Hubbers who have stayed with HP, can also be writing and publishing on other sites, or may have come from those sites to HP for the well-organized system HP has invested in.

Newcomers or Old Hands, either group can tell you their own reasons for being here. Enjoy their efforts, encourage their growth (for both groups see the value of getting better and better at what for many is thought of as a craft) and expand your own horizons by reading deeply and often.

© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

Guy or gal, young or old, practiced or beginner, HP has a satisfying mix.

Sharing the fun and concerns of life, and pointing to its beauty and failings, are all part of any day's offerings on HubPages.
Sharing the fun and concerns of life, and pointing to its beauty and failings, are all part of any day's offerings on HubPages. | Source

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    • Ericdierker profile image

      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well done explanation of HP. Writing for a living can be lonely and HP makes it less so.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Ericdierker - That observation is certainly a large part of what explains the success HP has had. That we find writers here who have published successful books, as well as writers taking their first steps toward writing careers, just adds to the wealth of associations here.

      Out of curiosity, and perhaps other commenters will also respond to this, how many times each day do you check in with HP?

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      b. Malin 2 years ago

      Hi Persycadious, An Excellent Hub. I like your point of you, and quotes...As a Writer, it does have it's challenges. I don't find it lonely, as I am working on my first Novel. But "Time" I find very challenging...Never seems to be enough of it. I've taken a break from HP, but I will be back!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Enjoyed reading your explanation of HP. Like most writers, I wish I had more time to set aside for just writing. HP brings me joy and satisfaction as well as an opportunity to hone my craft.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The "first novel" is much more important and HP has some advice from experienced writers about getting a first novel published. Come back and read some of those. Good luck.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      vocalcoach - Joy and satisfaction sounds like a pretty good return on investment to me. Money sure ain't everything!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      HP provides my greatest form of relaxation as well as giving me the inspiration to write more and more. I check HP on and off throughout the da and try to publish at least two hubs per week. I used to write a lot years ago but became disenchanted and life took over...twenty years later and I am writing more than ever with true passion, thanks to Hub Pages and the wonderful community here.Good hub, voted up.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Jodah - Not only are you writing more, you are accomplishing more with your writing. Thanks for being part of my evening.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very nice hub and a good tribute to HP and its wonderful community!

      Like many others, I enjoy every single moment spent here at HP. Besides writing my own hubs, I enjoy reading others work.

      With HP community, you never feel alone.

      Thanks to you and the wonderful and supportive community of hubbers.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      ChitrangadaSharan - Thanks to you for adding to our understanding of life and living. Keep on writing and publishing here. You are appreciated.

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      Twilight Lawns 2 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      Good hub, I wish a few more people understood the simple rules that you have set out so clearly.

      There are so many people who not only write poorly but, unfortunately, carry on churning out poor quality hubs on a daily basis, but also think that they can gain any number of "followers" by following others in name only; never bothering to read the work of those others.

      I don't think I need to tell you that there is far too much sycophancy on this site. Too many hubs of poor, or even deplorable quality are commented on in far too kindly a manner.

      I know I am being hypocritical here, but I wish I had the nerve to actually write in a comment the truth and say something like, "Before you write another word, make sure that you can not only spell, but also that you understand the most basic rules of punctuation".

      But maybe I'm too much of a softy, and would want to hurt anybody's feelings.

      Yeah, Right!

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I enjoy writing on HP. It is the community that keeps me here and the great reading available. I only hope the newcomers will understand the purpose of the site and enjoy interacting with other hubbers.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      teaches12345 - And give us their best that just gets better and better, right?

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      very nicely said. I think we are all on here for the same reason--to write.

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      aviannovice - And to have a daily chance of writing to dear folks such as you are.

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