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Revealing The Other Side Of Me On HubPages: How A New Hubber Should Be Treated

Updated on February 26, 2012

Lesson Learned

Revealing the other side of me on Hub Pages has got to be one of the most complicated reveals that a person can do. Spending 15 months commenting, following, interacting in the forums and writing has taught me lessons on Hub Pages. There are hubbers who are inspirational, full of comedy, will push you to continue your writing and those that just drop into to say hello. There are those who will turn the other cheek when you are a new hubber, hoping for many to join there fan club, but in turn they do not acknowledge your mere existence.

Most of my traffic was from outside sources mainly from Google and Bing. A handful was from the people on Hub Pages who chose to follow me and press me to write more. A few hubbers knew of this experiment and were sworn to secrecy, never revealing what was transpiring. Others did not have a clue what was really going on, the only thing they knew was that I was someone they enjoyed following.

Lessons learned on Hub Pages can be hard and they can also provide you with a look into a new hubbers world. We can tell a new hubber to interact but are we committed to guiding them? We can tell them to comment on other hubbers work, but are we also reading the words that they write? We can tell them to follow other hubbers , but are other hubbers really following them back? How many aspiring writers have given up and gone somewhere else because they have been treated poorly by their own peers?

IN 15 months I was on a very long journey of many lessons as an established hubber with Hub Pages; however no matter what I tried as a new hubber on Hub Pages with a second account the fish were just not biting. There were many new hubbers who followed me that appeared to be separated from the rest of the group. In turn I followed them back and found that they were profound writers' with words to say. They chose to stay away from the forums and write about life, religion, making money, tributes and how-to's . They are some of the best hubbers I have seen on Hub Pages this year. Although I cannot name all 111 of my followers on my other account, what I can say is they are what Hub Pages is about.

Revealing the other side of me on Hub Pages is given those an opportunity to be heard and seen and even though I only wrote 7 hubs on that account I was able to see a new person struggling to get noticed. Why does it have to be so complicated? We are a unique community so there isn't any reason for the struggle. If anyone runs across a new hubber, embrace them. If they ask for you to mentor them do it. If you find they forgot to use spellcheck don't complain about there work, let them know what they can do to improve it. All of us were new to Hub Pages and just because we have been here for awhile does not mean we should not forget our manners. If you find a hub to be offensive, e-mail them and remind them of TOS. If you are flagging something do not go around and brag about it, be an adult and respect the privacy of another. If you are upset with Hub Pages, saying negative things is not necessary all of us get upset at one time or another but instead of being hell bent on letting the world know how you feel, turn it into a positive by remembering why you became a part of the community.

Being a new person was hard work I read , took the bad with the good, had hubbers tell me why Hub Pages was not a great site but yet they continued to write. Does any of that make any sense when a person is new on Hub Pages? Feeling like a duck out of water every-time I wrote was stressful.

What I have learned through this experience is , when a person is new be by there side.. When they e-mail you a question, do not ignore it. Instead of bashing them for becoming involved with the community , respect that they have a fresh opinion. No matter how large your following grows take sometime to stop by and say hello.

To the hubbers who followed me under WhiteOrchids I thank you for being a mentor, making me laugh, making me cry and for reading every little hub that I wrote. Ehern33 for making laugh with his hub, What a way to make a living. I was in stitches when I read that hub it was hilarious or ezzy1512 and his hub Choosing a Stockbroker. Stephensaldana for his knowledge based hubs which are amazing or even Coolmon2009 for her wonderful biographies and Island getaways and Stephane86 for being a beacon of light to new hubbers always supportive and very responsive.

To all of the rest. You are what makes Hub Pages and I hope that all of you continue to strive for what you believe and keep on writing. As for me I will continue to be me and will write as White Orchids for commercial purposes.As easy as it seems handling two accounts can be complicated and trying to be two separate entities is hard especially when you do not wish to be revealed. But the next time a new hubber is reaching out to you, it would be proper etiquette if you reached back and gave them a helping hand.


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    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Rusticliving: I have taken down all of the hubs but two on that account and I am moving them to this one. Handling two accounts was so hard. But I had to feel what a new hubber felt when I wrote this hub. Oh there was an uproar over it with some hubbers, but it was an experiment so that I could understand what they were going through.

      You are talented and a blessing to so many and you are truly a blessing to me. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 

      6 years ago from California

      AE, just when I thought you couldn't amaze me anymore than you already do. Two identities? I don't know how you manage to do it all. The experience you must have gained is priceless and to beable to pass that experience and information onto us newbies is remarkable.

      My goal is to beable to eventually gain half the talent you have in writing and to beable to share it with my followers as well. However, I may have to stick to one identity as I have enough trouble with just myself! LOL

      Voted way up! Lisa

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      jamila sahar: We are happy to have you here and I am happy you enjoy it here! Thanks for stopping by.:)

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      jamila sahar 

      6 years ago

      very interesting hub, i too am still adjusting and learning all the rules on hubpages. i have read a lot of very interesting hubs and i am happy to be here. thanks for sharing !

      voted up, useful and interesting !

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Dawn Conklin: You are right we are not running a competition and all of us should always work together. I am glad you will become more active and I am sure you have knowledge you can share with others. :)

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      JS Matthew is such a wonderful person and a great role model on HP. He is always helpful and so out going. Glad you enjoyed the hub! :)

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      Dawn Conklin 

      6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      This is an excellent hub! I was fortunate to have nice people around me here when I was new. I had not realized how some people were being treated. Although I have been here over a year, I still can't say I am a good go to person for questions here. I can answer some but I was not real active for a while. Love it here, just a lot of projects had me quite busy!

      I always try my best to help if anybody has a question or at least if I don't have an anwer, I can try to find it for them. We are not running a competition (well except for the contests), we should be working together!

      I do need to start following more people here, I am planning on being more active starting now :)

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      Cindy Murdoch 

      6 years ago from Texas

      I enjoyed reading this one AEvans. It is a whole different experience as a new hubber. I know when I first started stumbling around being a new writer and a new hubber all at the same time it was scary, and hard, and exciting and so many other feelings all at the same time. I so appreciated JS Matthew when he reached out to me as a greeter. We are all busy at times, but someone took the time out of their busy-ness when we were new to help us, so that really is not a good excuse. Thanks for a great hub!

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      sgbrown: I am happy that you find that for the most part, everyone here is kind and helpful. Being treated with TLC is the best thing and enables our community to grow. Glad you also enjoyed. :)

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      kelleyward: Thank you and it is good for both old and new; its a reminder of how we should be at Hubpages, but there are times when all of that is forgotten. Glad you enjoyed it. :)

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      cclitgirl: It is so nice to get comments and followers when you are new, its about sharing and interacting in the community. When I was new on HP there was only a hand full of us here so the Community was so different.

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      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      tammyswallow: It tool months to get this perspective and so much biting of the tongue, but there was so much that was learned in that time. :)

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      Sheila Brown 

      6 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have only been here for 4 months now, but I have found that for the most part, everyone here is kind and helpful. I have been very pleased with the way I have been treated here as a newbie. I hope that I have treated those who have come after me kindly as well. Wonderful idea and a wonderful hub! Voted up and awesome! :)

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      6 years ago

      Great idea! It's always great to remember being new here. I haven't been here long but I can still remember the first few weeks were full of excitement but also a lot of confusion. This is a great hub for both new and experienced hubbers!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      What refreshing words here, AEvans. I love this. I must vote up and share because when I was new, I SO APPRECIATED the comments and follows from others. I still do. Voted up and across. :)

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      6 years ago from North Carolina

      What a fascinating idea and a great way to get some perspective. I am a newbie. I am amazed at how wonderful the community is at hubpages. Very innovative.

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      sam209: Now you are digging deep into hubland. lolo! Thanks for enjoying my hubs.

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      6 years ago

      Now I'm definitely sharing this one! It was a pleasure to read your thoughts! Another great hub Ms Evans!

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      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you AEvans!

      There is so much to learn and your article is one of many that helps in that process. After 4 months I still feel new to this site and since, like many others, I work full time at one job and am developing another career, writing here is also an outlet for self expression that I cannot find elsewhere!

      I will embrace new hubbers though, and old ones too! I would and do encourage anyone to follow their bliss!

      Thanks for being whoever you are and being a part of this very unique community!

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      Jennifer Vasconcelos 

      7 years ago from Cyberspace and My Own World

      Insightful Article!

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      thesailor: I like the friendship too. Thank you for your beautiful comment.

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      8 years ago from Seven Seas

      Thanks for the revelations, AEvans. It's not at all heavens in HubPages...but what I like the most here is FRIENDSHIP.

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      DeBorrah: Thank you for your warm and wonderful comments. I agree there are many great topics and discussions, when you venture into the forums I believe you will be fine. You have God on your side.

      Joy56: The objective is to just keep on writing. It is an experience.

      the pink umbrella: It is all about perserverance and following to quickly as you know people tend to shy away. Keep up the great work and I will make certain that I check out your hubs too.

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      the pink umbrella 

      8 years ago from the darkened forest deep within me.

      yea, it took me three months to get more than 10 followers, but i was following people like crazy right away!

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      8 years ago

      it is an on going learning experience for sure, thanks for sharing.

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      8 years ago

      AEvans, This was an interesting, helpful and encouraging read. You have brought out some great points! The Hub Pages can be a bit perplexing at times…

      There are a diverse number of hubbers from all walks of life here. I think there are so many topics of discussion. I do not venture into the forums… perhaps that is something I should consider? I make it a point to answer and respond to as well as reach out to others and read their hubs as well… many who as you say never respond… All in all I realize that since I write about life and issues from a spiritual perspective the interests level definitely varies.

      Thank you for being you and for giving us all a bit more insight!

      You have given me some things to think about? Thank you for sharing In HIS Love, Peace & Blessings!

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      kellieshell: Never be afraid od those who would upset you, it is only a virtual world and you can bet that if you were to ever meet them in person, they would not be the same way. Enjoy HubPages and never worry about what others think, focus on yourself that is all that matters.

      vrbfmt: Don't worry about commenting etc. all of us make our rounds and we are a community. Each person understand one another and many, many hubbers are accepting that we cannot always get to everyone in one day. It is nice when all if us check-in. Hang in there and continue to enjoy HubPages.

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      Vernon Bradley 

      8 years ago from Yucaipa, California

      I have been going through some trying times in the last week relationship wise. Been sort of in shock. I'm having a difficult time focusing to write, so I decided to check out my fans and focus on reading their hubs and leaving comments. Not sure sometimes where these fans come from because I don't think everyone leaves fan mail. And when I saw your fan mail, I just assumed I must have responded, but obviously I never did. So I checked out one of your hubs tonight and it was THIS one about being mutually supportive here! So a tad embarrassed that I never acknowledged your fan mail from 1892, but I'm here this evening. Very interesting experiment. I like that kind of "stuff." Hubs has been a great discovery for me and a place I can write and publish often.

      Thanks for an important reminder that we are a community. Whether or not one beieves in community, if you are writing here, you're in the community!

      Thanks again for the hub and the support


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      8 years ago

      You are a inspiration to me. There are so many people here at hubpages willing to help and give their advise and I am thankful for them, including you. But there are also those who do seem to be just like you described in this hub. I am almost to scared to ask for advise. but knowing you are around really helps. thanks so much!

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      loriamoore: I have to agree with you.They are the best. :)

      stephane86: You are welcome and thank you for being a positive presence on HP. :)

      Lita C. Malicdem: Never let anyone or anything hold you back from expressing yourself on HP. I will be visiting this weekend many hubbers and reading there work. You are one of them. Keep on writing. :)

      Petra Vlah: I do agree with you when it comes to reading, commenting and being here, and it is also wonderful to see someone like yourself also making a great impact on HP. :)

      redelf: Sometimes people are only frustrated and choose to take there anger out on the next closest person on the Internet. Those words are always forgiveable. It is hard being a new hubber and I hope this has enlightened many. :)

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      8 years ago from Canada

      I have to agree somewhat - I have been slammed as a newcomer, and have taken some abuse in the forums, but have generally been very fortunate. I have always tried to be positive in my comments, and am usually received as honest and open(I thought) although it would seem now that at least one person does not think so: cosette - "i find it funny that people who are honest about their activities and feelings become pariahs and people who aren't become 'elite' hubbers."

      Comments like that make me wonder why some need to strike out indiscriminately.

      Thanks for a thoughtful and thought-provoking hub, AE

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      Petra Vlah 

      8 years ago from Los Angeles

      When it comes to following other hubbers, I believe we have to make a choice since for most of us HP is not a full time job, so reading and commenting becomes selective, according to personal interests, test and available time.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      I'm not on the fast lane at hub writing. I'm in no hurry writing my next, that's why. But I am, in joining forums and commenting back my commenters. It's real fun. You greatly influenced my desire to write again with your helpful personal ideas in this hub.

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      8 years ago

      I read your post in full and I have to say I am touched by your motherly tongue. It gets me thinking as to what I am really doing and trying to accomplish on Hub Pages. I think you really are the beacon of light on Hub Pages. Thank you for having welcomed me and for your availability.

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      8 years ago

      I've tried other sites, but like HubPages the best.

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      kimberlyslyrics: Thank you

      drcrischasse: Aww, Thank you and I am also happy to be your fan too! :)

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      Cristopher Chasse 

      8 years ago from Boston

      You were one of my first fans, and i always read them. They are all wonderful!

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      8 years ago

      I am thinking of you all the time

      Well maybe it's white orchids

      I wanted you to know your on my mind all the time and no need to respond

      I will add, whatever name you write under I still love you


    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      starme77: Thank you.

      jillofalltrades: I am so glad that you enjoy it here, all of us are happy to have you here. James Watkins and CoffeeSnob are fantastic hubbers and very supportive. Keep on writing and thank you for yout thoughts.

      Faybe Bay: It was a journey and an unsurpassable one at that, there is so much a older hubbber can learn, when they are a new hubber again on a journey. Being a new hubber is hard so we learn to appreciate them even more.

      sweetie1: I am glad you enjoy being here, HubPages is a wonderful community. There is something so uniquely different, that it is addicting. I believe it could be because the owners and the employees get involved with the community and then they have other hubbers get involved too. It is a terific site and truly it is great that you are here. Enjoy!

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      8 years ago from India

      I know it is very difficult to keep up with all those you follow on the hub pages and i dont find time to even be here much on hub pages ..and i have seen it needs much more time to follow others. but on +ive side i get to read all kind of hubs on all subjects and on subjects i didnt know there were. so i m liking being here

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      Faye Constantino 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Wow, I was out of the loop on this, I mean I knew White Orchids started as your sister... Anyway, this is great! Truly great. Took a long time to get to the bottom of the comments section, though!

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      jill of alltrades 

      8 years ago from Philippines

      WOW! That is so inspiring!

      You are right about being a new hubber - for weeks (or was it months?),I was lost. I didn't know what I was doing or what I have to do. I just wrote and bravely shared part of myself. It's good some hubbers most especially Coffeesnob and James Watkins reached out and stayed with me through those trying weeks. Everything changed when one of my hubs (on tea) became a hubnugget. Now the rest is history. I'm still here (one year after) and have gained more fans and even some close friends.

      I love it here!

      Thanks for sharing yourself and your other self (selves?)!

      God bless!

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      8 years ago

      Brilliant :)

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Mickey Dee: At least you stay in shape and exercise everyday, what a wonderful passion to have. :)

      Kimberlyslyrics: You are funny! That is flavored tobacco you are seeing. lololo Anyway thank you for undstanding. :)

      Karanda: You are welcome and I am happy you gained information. :)

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      Karen Wilton 

      8 years ago from Australia

      So glad I stumbled across your hub -- can't wait to read more. Thanks for the insights.

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      8 years ago

      AEvans, just a few things, thanks for clarifying I really didn't understand but my gosh no need for an apology. I have been a fan of white orchid for some time and will continue to be, but thank you, again you show your inability to be rude. Only an example as to what a hubber should be and we can inspire to


      I cannot go on any longer without telling you, in kindness, you really should cut down or stop smoking. Every time I see you, you are smoking. You can do it, but I must admit I am jealous of that cigarette holder.

      Good Luck LOL LOL LOL



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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Great hub! All kind writers should be supported. I don't go to forums. I guess I haven't even researched enough of forums. My experience turned me off and I found it fruitless. So I don't see new hubbers come in I suppose. It's hard to imagine starting another hub. My head is so stuck in cycling and basic ethics. This is great insight. Thank you Ma'am!

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Research Analyst: You are welcome and thanks for stopping by.:)

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      Research Analyst 

      8 years ago

      Wow you are inspirational and thanks for sharing your story with us hubbers.

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Cosette: I do have a sister and allowed her to utilize my account for a little while. She did decide that HP was not for her, so I continued on my journey with my own account. I have always been honest about my feelings through all that I have experienced in my life. I do not continue to badger or harm people. I let go of the negative and keep with the positive. Who said you were a pariah? I do not know a soul who would think that of you. I certainly do not. Nor have I gone on any of your hubs and wrote any negative comments. Whatever you are feeling you need to let it go and focus on the inspiration you are to so many. :)

      ehern33: I will never forget abut repossesion of vehicles, it was hilarious! :)

      kimberlyslyrics: WhiteOrchids is getting used for commercial , but I did notice a few things. Regardless if we had indifferences at one time, I am glad that we did become better acquaited. Sometimes we just have to listen to the other person in order to understand.

      kimberlyslyrics: There was a posting a long time ago, that was done by my sister. I have four of them and I allowed her to use my account, she was naughty on the forums and made a smart ass comment toward you. That is what that was about it. I apologize if it was something that offended. :(

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      8 years ago

      AEvans just curious what does a 'lyrical' poster mean that upset white orchids? Just don't understand the use of that word for someone or a hubber? In Cosette's comment, honestly I just need to know.

      Thank you

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      8 years ago

      AEvans you always seem to be the rhyme to reason, with class, talent, and extreme compassion. It was you who got me through 2 really tough times, but more importantly reminded me the importance of forgiveness. And oddly enough it was white orchids who I was able to share something else with that no one else knows.

      Talk about experiments! It's hysterical, I have since closed all my accounts except for prey and I believe there was 9 at one point, only 4 active. My honest motive was to create a character I could write and be anonymous - that caused major upset, it was unbelievable, those wanting to 'out' me, and did so = but I understand now people don't want to find out after committing to a hubber for some time to find out they are someone else, maybe someone they don't like. I know so many multiple accounts and pay no mind to who they are = It for me boils down to the work and input into the community, and as writers I believe one of the most creative talents we possess is the ability to make your imagination come alive.

      Thank you for this inspiring hub

      Thank you for you


      Kimberly [and prey] LOL

      and thanks to white orchids for all her support!

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      8 years ago

      There is so much to be learned in your writing and I thank you for the mention. As Whiteorchids you first introduced yourself as AEvans sister and it was a funny comment which I appreciated so much; and from that date forward I have followed both. You are a gem!

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      8 years ago

      wow. i remember when i first saw white orchids. you emailed me, saying she was your sister. then white orhids viciously attacked another "lyrical" poster and you emailed me again, saying "your sister" was "pulling out all the stops".


      i find it funny that people who are honest about their activities and feelings become pariahs and people who aren't become 'elite' hubbers.

      well, thanks for the chuckles.

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      ralwus: Thank yu and big hugs back! Don't stay awayfor to long, you would be missed terribly. :( xoxox :)

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      8 years ago

      You have always been good to me Juliana, and I love you girl. xox Charlie

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      frogyfish: You are not a little guy, you are a quite person with wonderful writing skills. Thanks for stoppping by it is always a pleasur when you do. :)

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      8 years ago from Central United States of America

      A delightful surprise you gave here, and some true words too. Now I will have to go meet White Orchids too. I'm just one of the 'little guys', but I do enjoy HubPages.

      Thanks for sharing your heart!

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      vox vocis: I do have another account and it is different from this one. Thank you for your encouraging words it gives me a great feeling inside. :)

      Minnetonka Twin: I must check her out and thank you for referrig her, It is always great to find someone new. Yes we are on this journey together and all of us gain so much from each other. :)

      SundayMoments: Thank you.

      jayb23: I was happy to become your first fan and from what I see , you are doing a great job and you yourself are also an inspiration to others. :)

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      8 years ago from India

      Wonderfully written Aevans. I must say I have learnt a lot from you. You r a woman of immense strength and the personal problems that you have faced says alot abt u as a human being. U r special to me coz u are my first follower. I look up to your hubs and writings. It surely inspires me alot. Keep up the good work Aevans!!!

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      Matthew Dawson 

      8 years ago from United States

      AEvans I keep saying each time I drop by that this is your best yet; however it seems that when I come by you have out dne yourself and without a doubt you have succeded in out doing yourself!!!

      You are a wonderful caring person and compasionate in your writting!! I see why you are on the elite team!! Keep up the good work and the good writting!!!


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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Aevans-I thank you so much for writing this most important hub on this community of writers. I read another hub by nellieanna that said many of the same important things. We are here to support eachother in this journey. Some hubs are better than others but we are all in process. Thx so much

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      8 years ago

      I didn´t know you were writing under more than one account. It seems that you have put a lot of effort into your writing and that it payed off, especially because you seem satisfied with all that you have achieved here on Hubpages and elsewhere. Keep on with the great work! An encouraging hub!

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      mtsi1098: There are many out there and for some there second account will not ever be revealed. They are treated differently, but just like Tigger they have to bounce just to be recognized. We enjoy you too! :)

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      8 years ago

      You know I started a list of people that I thought had a different personality but I could not keep up with it. I have read many of your hubs and will look at your other identity also but I do agree that people are treated differently in the forums. As for me, I enjoy the forums and the hubber community under my only id...thanks

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      geegee77: Aahhh!! I am familiar with them to and three is a great start! Writing hubs do not happen overnite. Some churn them out quickly and others take there time. There isn't any rus just have fun doing what you like to do. :)

      Guru-C: It is pretty neat! You can be naughty, nice or silent. It is an entire different character, but I agree with you, it is a lot of fun.:)

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      Cory Zacharia 

      8 years ago

      I tried something similar, opening a new Hubpages account and writing about some deeper, harsher parts of myself. It felt liberating to express those thoughts and feelings and see them displayed on the page, pulsating authenticity. I didn't get much of a following either and sometimes I even forget that those pieces are out there, like tiny astral chips on the edge of the universe. I feel like they are waiting for me to visit, to bring refreshment, to revisit my deeper self whenever I like. I thank Hubpages for allowing them to exist. :)

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      8 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

      Ive been on hubpages not to long now and I have to say you and many others on here have made me feel very welcome I plan on writing more Im working on my 3rd on so far I know that doesnt sound much, but you got to start somewhere. Oh and Ive got to give props to my sisters Ladyjane1, rose56 and whidbeywriter with out them I probably would not have started.:)

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      katiem2: Sometimes it really is amazing isn't it? How other people treat someone without even realizing who they are? I believe that some feel an empowerment and believe they have the right to make others feel small. How wrong they can be, many are made because of the people who love them and they can also become the downfall of those as well. Rude comments is unnecessary but constructive guidance is good. I am sorry your other user name was tormented. Thanks for always keeping a positive outlook. :)

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      AEvans, I agree with you and always try to remember the golden rule. I have more than one user and a 100 score top ranking hubber visited one of my new hubs, for the first time and ripped it apart making remarks that were not valid or helpful, just mean! It's a shame and I feel some people do it just because the must feel threatened by others. Hummm I vow to be kind under both my user names and alway lift people up! Thanks for your very thoughtful Revealing The Other Side Of Me On HubPages, I enjoyed every word of it. Peace :)

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      G L Strout: I am happy you are still here! I am also glad that you take a few moments to comment, sometimes all of us forget. We will read , rate and go onto the next so none of us are perfect. Thank you for enjoying the article. :)

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      G L Strout 

      8 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Thank you for being such an inspiration to me. You were the first to respond to my first article and I truly appreciated it. I have resolved to be much better at commenting on other's articles. I have learned so much from you! Wonderful article.

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Mike Lickteig: You do an excellent job at giving back and I personally enjoy your writing. Just keep doing what you are great at doing. :)

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      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I joined HubPages, wrote about a half-dozen hubs, and then disappeared for six months. When I returned, I was more ready to embrace it. I have tried to become known through my writing and through commenting on the works of others--when I venture to the forums, I will sometimes speak but never make waves. I hope that some writers appreciate the time I spend reading and trying to offer comments relevant to their work--that is how I try to give back.


    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      heart4the word: It was challenging but I learned so much and we do become more educated the longer we are here. :)

      itech: I am happy that I assisted , I was surprised at the amount of follwers with only 7 hubs. 99% of the readers were from Google and Bing. I was happy to have them but remember it took 15 months. :)

      Badco: I am happy that you were inspired by HubPage and created your own websites! ((Big Hugs)) all of us have grown more and the fun is still here just at a different level. You will always be my bud! :)Keep In Touch! :)

      quicksand: Your are doing well! I am also glad that you are still writing away on HP. It is great to have people like you who are a part of the community.:)

      Hello,hello: You are a good writer and your hubs are so interesting. I am glad just like many that you are here. I always look forward to seeing you on HP and hope that you continue with your success. :)

      Pamela99: I understand time and it can be complicated balancing so much. Being almost silent was so hard and a few caught on. It is hard being new and at times I felt a division but tried to overcome. When a person is new they just have to keep pushing and when we have been here for so long we have to be there for them. You are a wonderful writer to and I also enjoy your hubs. Thanks so much for commenting on this one. :)

      samsons1: Keep writing! And I am glad that I can encourage those who are wading through the waters. The objective is to hang in there. Thanks bunches for your comment. :)

      Vladimir: You are special to all of us too! :)

      tantrum: Thank you again for commenting, sometimes new hubbers do not venture into the forums and so they are left out trying to figure out how to get noticed. They read, the follow, and repeat this over and over to find that people do not always follow back. Some become disappointed and then give up because they only wish to be recognized. I have gone to quite a few hubbers and some have not published for over a year and others for a few months. Just like me you , support them 110% but it can't be just a small percent of us, it has to be each and everyone of us. We are a great community and that is what makes HubPages. :)

      RobertAllanSavage: You can make money writing on-line and thank you so much for your wonderful comment. :)

      allpurposeguru: Remember it took 15 months, and there were times when I would read for hours and comment on other hubbers work. Then I would go back and read them again. Quite a few were brand new hubbers so I would read continually and then follow. They eventually would follow me back. I have never made it a priority to gain many followers, it just happened and it really isn't an ego boost I am only grateful that people read my work. I do appreciate each and everyone of them and I do strive to read their work. I have also found that some of the hubbers have not written for sometime so I send them an e-mail checking into see how they are doing. I also SEO so that my income is created and write on other sites.:)

      lorlie6: They are all talented and all of us have one thing in common we love to write! You are doing a fantastic job and I am glad that you are a part of this community. lorlie , keep on writing and expressing your words. :)

      Dave Matthews: There is a lot to learn about what it takes and how a new person feels when the begin on HP. I agree just when we believe we know ourselves something comes along to challenge you. :)

      Raven King: I absolutely agree. :)

      shazwellyn: Your sparkling disposition always appears on HubPages and I agree with you, it is not hard to share the love. :)

      ladyjane1: I am so glad to hear that you have been welcomed on HP, it is always wonderful to hear those words. I am also happy that you assist the newcomers, keep up the great work! Thank you so much for commenting. :)

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      8 years ago from Texas

      AEvans very interesting hub. Since I have been on hubpages I have been treated very well and there have been people who have been very helpful. I try to help newcomers as much as possible because I know what it feels like. Thanks for writing this because it will make people stop and think. Cheers.

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      8 years ago from Great Britain

      It is easy to be critical of others and I am especially aware of how it is to be a newbie. I make sure that I answer questions to the best of my ability or refer them onto someone more knowledgable. It isnt hard to share the love, is it?

      Thanks for publishing this one! :)

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      Raven King 

      8 years ago from Cabin Fever

      This is good advice for both the newcomer and established hubber. This is nice community. :)

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      AEvans; thank you for a look at both the old and the new, you. I too find that as a person I have grown here on hub pages in many ways. Just when you think you know yourself, and just maybe others understand you even just a little, along comes a new wrinkle for you to have to deal with, building a new you.....Great Hub and thanks again.

      Brother Dave.

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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      How I wish I'd known of your other 'identity,' AE! But I've enjoyed your work as AE and you've been available to me as a newbie and I appreciate it.

      Now that I'm not so new, I've found it fascinating and sometimes challenging to 'befriend' new hubbers-most often very rewarding.

      People who come here are for the most part incredibly talented and I find it a joy to follow them!

      Great idea and hub!

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      David Guion 

      8 years ago from North Carolina

      A very interesting experiment. By contrast, I have been here 8 months, written 40 hubs, and have all of 28 followers and follow 31. I have never felt insulted either here or on any other site I write for, although part of the reason is probably that I avoid the forum threads most likely to be inhabited by trolls.

      So I wonder: how did you get 111 followers with only 7 hubs? Besides the ego boost, how important is it to have lots of followers (considering that income results mostly from search engine traffic)? I try to comment on others' hubs and participate in forums with some regularity, but I have never made a priority of getting lots of followers.

      RobertAllenSavage: there are lots of other sites. If this weren't a comment on someone else's hub, I could give my impressions of some. The nice thing is that you can rewrite all of your hubs for them and don't have to come up with anything entirely new!

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      8 years ago from Buffalo, WYOMING

      I would love other sites to write on, I want writing to become my sole source of income. I love your hubs, keep writing, all the rude mean people mean NOTHING, what they do says more about them than it ever did about anyone else. I have not time for them. You welcomed me here, and I am grateful for that, keep doing what you do.

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      8 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

      Of course I read the hub ! I wouldn't have commented if not. I'm curious about all that secrecy about the 'experiment'. I really don't get why some hubbers had to be sworn to secrecy. That sounds so dramatic ! lol My point is, that you can come with whatever profile you want, and be good or evil, for in the end, nobody knows to whom they have to be grateful or not. What I see is that newbies are seldom treated badly. A lot of people are there to help them in the forums. And, of course, you are one of them. Cheers !

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      AEvns, thank you for being special for us.

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      8 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up & useful! thanks AEvans, for an excellent hub. Being new myself, it's so gratifying to hear the encouraging remarks from one so experienced & talented. Please keep up the good work.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Aevans, I had no idea you had two accounts. I too write some on other sites but just don't have time to do much more than I am at the point. I learned very slowly when I first started and I don't remember much advice except from on kind soul. It is hard being new but then there is the time constraint as I can't keep up with my mail now. I'll have to check out your other site because quite honestly I don't know if I ever saw it. Very interesting hub.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your well written hub and especially on manners on hubs. Sometimes it does luck a bit but not very often. I am enjoying myself here on hub and didn't do too bad for a non-professional writer. I must praise hub for is that it is the easiest website to write on.

    • quicksand profile image


      8 years ago

      Well I think you are on a pretty good turf. Having well over 1500 fans in just two years and thousands of comments to support all your articles.

      As for me, after enrolling with HubPages, it took several weeks to get my first comment and my first fan, and I have only 200 fans right now!!!

      However, I have read over 2000 articles written by many hubbers and "hubresses," and have benefitted a great deal from them, and ironically I am not even a fan of many of the writers here whom I admire. :)

      I think you are doing pretty well, and I think I am doing well too!

      Cheers! :)

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      8 years ago

      Nice to see you are still enjoying Hubs AE and you deff inspired me when I joined. I respect Hubpages as a website as I have learnt so much from it to go on and start my own websites but as for Hubpages now, the fun has gone. For me writing was always about fun, when the fun goes, the writer goes, enjoyed yer hub and good luck in yer future writing and thanks for supporting me as a newbie !

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      8 years ago from Dausa, India

      7 hubs and 111 followers on another account... Interesting!!! You've Mentioned some great ideas on how to interact with new hubbers to build good relationship with them.

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      8 years ago from hub

      The longer we've been on hubpages, the more education we get. In how the hub-community works:) Things can get hard, yet challenging:) Write On AEvans:)

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      @tantrum by the way thanks for stopping by.:)

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      tantrum: Did you read the hub? New vs. Being here for a long time and how people are treated.

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      8 years ago from Tropic of Capricorn

      So what was the secrecy and that 'experiment' about ? I don't get it. Nobody knows who you really are,so it's the same thing if you write under one name or another. It doesn't make any difference.If you're Joan Smith, or Patty Jones, what's the difference ? I don't see any.

    • AEvans profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Don: I write on several different sites too! On top of freelancing for a couple more. It can be time consuming but so much fun and the second account I had , there was a lesson to be learned in it. All of my styles are uniquely different some are very professional , while others are laid back and a type of free flow like this one. You can do it Don! You are a great writer! :)

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      Don Simkovich 

      8 years ago from Pasadena, CA

      Glad to hear you've tried two accounts. I've thought about it and yes I'm sure it is tough. I write on four different sites and have a hard time handling that even though I keep thinking about opening a second account here for different products and writing styles.

      Hubpages is the one community where I participate the most. I feel I'm just getting the hang of writing and hopefully I'll continue to churn out material now that family life is settling down again . . . at least for the time being!

      Thanks, AEvans, for all your encouragement.


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