One Year on HP and Counting
I received an email from HubPages saying congratulations on your one year anniversary. One year, already? I couldn't believe it. I checked and yes I've been on HubPages one year. What's even more unbelievable is that I've written 128 hubs and I'm still writing. I never thought that would happen.
When I found HubPages on the Internet I thought I'd try it for a lark not knowing I would get totally sucked in! It's like my daily bread, if I don't check in at least once a day (usually much more) I feel like something's missing in my life. There are just so many new hubs to read every day and they cover so much. Sometimes I'm just totally surprised at the great topics people come up with. Other times I choose to read a hub on a subject I know I like and then I enjoy that hub all the more. I know HubPages suggests hubs of 1500 words to be successful but sometimes when I'm in a hurry I look for a shorter hub to read just so I've gotten the chance to read something new. There are so many hub pages on HubPages!
If you are reading this hub and you're not a member of HubPages you might be surprised at what actually goes on here! If you'd like to join click here.
I truly enjoy the original poetry as well. I've learned so much about Haiku since joining Hubpages. It's funny, most people don't read a lot of poetry once they get out of school (sorry poets but it's true). Visiting HubPages you can find all kinds of poems on so many subjects.
I've learned a lot about keywords too. I keep reading all the hubs about keywords and each one teaches me something new. Now I do check and try to have at least two or three listed key words in my hubs and I think it's actually helping. You can do a keyword search using https://freekeywords.wordtracker.com/ or better yet you can search google keywords at https://adwords.google.com/ Still better you can type "keywords" into the the search option on HubPages and read some really fantastic hints and explanations from fellow hubbers. Oh, and it's probably not a bad idea to have at least one keyword in your summary ANd I just read a great hub that suggests putting a keyword in your title! I'm ALWAYS learning on hubpages!
Speaking of summaries they are really helpful in hub promotion too! Reading that little blurb (summary) about the hub may just peak your interest enough to want to read the entire hub or it may peak someone else's interest to read your hub.
There are writing tips galore on HubPages and I've learned a lot from them but I think the best experiences I've had have been with fellow hubbers that follow me and I follow. Over my first year here on HubPages I've garnered 187 followers and again the best part is I'm following them and I feel like I now have 187 new friends! We read each other's hubs, we recommend each other's hubs and we make comments that are about the hubs and sometimes about the hubbers themselves. You soon get to know them and they you. You're now part of the hubber community.
Hubs about special hub anniversaries abound. They start when you've reached your 10th hub or your 50th hub or your 100th hub. Then, there's your followers, your very first follower, then your 10th follower, or 50th, or 100th. Each time you see a new hub follower it's actually a thrill. You can then go and read their profile and follow them and read their hubs. It's really a wonderful mutual admiration society. Of course there may be things your not particularly interested in but still the hubs may just be exceptionally well written and worthy of a comment or a share. Keeping the dialog flowing between you and your hubber friends is not only educational, but fun too. I've really met some great people and am honored to have them following me.
Over this past year I've learned a lot about SHARING hubs. (Everyone knows Brett.Tesol has been instrumental in promoting sharing.) When we comment we share because our comments are listed on our pages. We can hit the share button on the bottom of the hub and share the hub we've just read in any number of ways from sharing with our hub followers to posting on our Twitter and Facebook. Now there's Pinit. I have to admit, I'm new to this one. From what I gather it's actually called Pinterest and is "an online pin board to collect and share what inspires you." Voila, another place to share good hubs! I'll have to check into this one further, I'm sure someone's written a hub about it!
There are so many humorous and imaginative hubbers you can't imagine!
Speaking of sharing I'd love to share the hubbers I follow and who follow me...if you go to my profile page you can see some of my followers on the lower right side. If you click on See All you can see all ten pages of them. They are the best of the best. I can't thank them enough for all they've brought to my life. I truly enjoy them, their writings and their comments. I think I like reading their comments about my hubs more than I like writing my hubs!
While this hub isn't 1500 words, I think it's long enough to get my point across. This is my "Happy Anniversary to Me" hub! I've enjoyed hubpages and my fellow hubbers and hope this is just the beginning of good things to come for me and my fellow hubbers.
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