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Updated on November 13, 2015

My Writing Corner

Where It All Started

A movie about Julia Childs was my inspiration. Don't we all have SOMETHING we can write about? I can share my life with others! It took about three months for me to muster enough nerve to write and publish my first hub. It was the beginning of a long process.

Writing my first hub felt like I was putting my toe in a huge ocean. It felt overwhelming and too large a challenge to tackle on my own. I was so afraid of making a mistake and feared any error that I made wouid stand out like a sore thumb.

My first hub topics came one at a time. I had an idea and then formulated my plan mentally before tackling the actual hub. Soon, the ideas began to come in twos or threes. I would experience two or three events in my life over a weekend and have to plan which hub came first. My iphone has helped more than anything else. It goes everywhere with me and thus some spontaneous ideas were birthed while living life.

Yes, I have days when there are no fresh topics bubbling around in my mind to write on. By waiting patiently, something usually presents itself as a noteworthy topic within a few days. If I can get excited about the topic, it will be fun and worthwhile to write about. Oh, did I mention that I am writing because I enjoy it?

Navigating Hub Pages

Hub Pages is relatively simple to navigate. With practice, I mastered the format and downloaded photos without too many difficulty. It took some time, but gradually I developed a method for writing my hubs.

Reading other hubs about Hub Pages gave me insight about Adsense, Google and Amazon ads. With a little effort, I was able to begin placing ads on my hubs. Reading other hubs, writing comments, and building a fan base helped me become part of the hub community. By reading other hubs, I sometimes discovered something I could do better and was able to make changes to previous hubs with that new information. As a result, I think my hub appearance has improved.

Many tools have been added since I began my journey with Hub Pages! They continue to make improvements that make it easier to write hubs and build hub community.

Some Level of Success

I don't usually count hubs. One day I noticed that my number of published hubs had grown considerably. Leaving my hub count at 99 was too difficult. I have no new topics perking in my brain at the moment. I think it is a good thing to look at the journey that you have been on and see how far you have come. This hub is dedicated to the road that I have traveled.

Some of my hubs are doing very well. I am amazed at the number of people who have a need to fold towels or organize a cabinet under their sink. Other hubs sit idly by while occasional visitors peruse their pages. To think that my viewers are local, across this nation and in other countries inspires me to write more. Still locked inside are many more hubs to be written and information to be shared! Lord, help us all to be writers of integrity and to share what you would have us share!

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    Paula Kirchner 4 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Elizabeth, don't you dare give up! Keep on writing!!

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    Elizabeth Mara 4 years ago from New Hampshire

    Hello, PaulaK,

    Thank you for this hub; it reasures me that I am on a road someone else has successfully travelled! (okay, many 'someones' as every hubber has to start somewhere!) Your voice is clear, encouraging, and captures exactly my worries and anxieties as I consider the opportunity and challenge of writing here. You've helped me relax a bit! Congratulations on you success!

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    Paula Kirchner 6 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Prairieprincess, thanks for the encouragement, very appreciated.

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    Sharilee Swaity 6 years ago from Canada

    This is beautiful and inspiring! 100 hubs is quite a few, and that's great that you are constantly thinking of new ideas. Great hub!

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    Paula Kirchner 6 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thanks for stopping by tamog and sharing!

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    Tim Mitchell 6 years ago from Escondido, CA

    Hello PaulaK , , ,I can both identify and empathize with your feelings of "putting your toe in the ocean." It took me three months before writing my first hub. Now I am so excited about it I realize as you said time managment skills are needed. Thank you for sharing and giving insightful hope.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thank you HappyHer!

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thank you HappyHer!

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    HappyHer 7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

    Congratulations on your 100th hub! I know you'll find much more to write about and I'll be looking forward to every topic you bring up.

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    2besure, I can just encourage to keep on writing. You are over halfway to your first one hundred hubs! Thanks for sharing!

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    Pamela Lipscomb 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

    I joined Hubpages 2 years ago, but did not start writing until this past December. I really enjoy writing hub and could kick myself for waiting so long to jump in!

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    akirchner, you would know. You are way ahead of me!

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

    Congratulations - it is amazing how quickly it all types by!

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thank you Specialk3749 and EnergyAdvisor!

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    EnergyAdvisor 7 years ago from The nearest planet to Venus

    Great number! Congratulations

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    Karen Metz 7 years ago from Michigan

    Congrats on your 100th hub! I look forward to reading more of your hubs!

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    Thanks breakfastpop!

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    Congratulations!

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    Paula Kirchner 7 years ago from Austin. Texas

    You are almost to your 100th hub drbj! I hope you enjoy it as much as I!

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    drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

    Paula - This is the first milestone in Hubpages for you. I am certain there will be many, many more. Just keep enjoying and writing.