Sharing The Lessons, Tough And Sweet, That I Have Learned From Being On HubPages For Now Four Years
This is not me, but it's what I do
Now "this" is me
I AM NOT
an egotistical man with a burning desire for all of the world to see and know about "me." I wanted to use this means of showing all would-be HubPages members what you can learn to do if you come aboard HubPages.
And a means to tell you that I am not stuck on myself.
IF THIS MAN LOOKS LIKE ME . . .
I am sorry. Even I was amazed at how similar this man and I compare in looks. But I used the photo above to open this hub of personal reflection and realization of things real and not real in the world of HubPages that I love so much.
I have been a proud member of this free website for four years this past June and I have to say with all honesty, "what a trip this has been for me," because it is a trip of never-ending adventure, challenges, changes, and learning how to adapt, endure and overcome one's own weaknesses and learn how to happily-survive in the tech world that surrounds us even in the rural part of Alabama where I live.
I SHALL NEVER FORGET . . .
How I felt when I had finished all of the preliminaries of becoming a member of HubPages. Here is a short-list of what I, and all new members have to do before becoming a "Hubber."
- GIVING YOUR NAME, PEN NAME, AND FILLING-OUT PROFILE INFORMATION
- UPLOADING, IF YOU HAVE ONE, A GOOD PHOTO OF YOURSELF FOR YOUR PROFILE PAGE
- COMPILING A LIST OF SUITABLE TOPICS FOR PUBLISHING
- CHECKING AND RE-CHECKING MY FACTS, SOURCES, PHOTO CREDITS AND NECESSARY THINGS LIKE THIS SO MY HUBS WILL BE FUN AND ENTERTAINING TO READ
TOO BAD I DIDN'T TAKE THE TIME . . .
To do the important work of using my photo sources and credits as well as learning what a "watermarked" and "pixilated" photo really was.
I got a quick-lesson in both as the always-vigilant staff of HubPages, the editors, photo experts, and engineers would send me a "heads up" email as to why a certain hub that I had slaved-over didn't get published.
I was certainly upset. "What are these people talking about, 'watermark,' 'pixilated,' photos and such?" I asked while going to my hub of question.
I talked to their staff of whom are in the Community Forums to help you and I write and publish our very best hubs for the world to see.
Turns out a "watermarked" photo is a photo that the photo owner has electronically-stamped with their company or personal logo or signature that ensures that some joker (like myself) will not come along and use their photo without their permission.
"Pixilated" photos means they, in simple terms, are not sharp when "saved," in a hub/text format and when you hit "Publish Now," even an untrained eye can see how blurred the photo is, so with that piece of information, I began taking my time and either using "Royalty-Free" Images/photos, but publishing the website as a courtesy and discarding those blurred photos that would make any first-time hubber blush with embarrassment.
So by learning what "watermarked," and "pixilated" photos and images meant, I started being a lot more careful in what images I used. And when I found out that I could use ROYALTY-FREE IMAGES, I used them, but gave the name of the website on my hub as a courtesy.
JUST WHAT CAN "I" USE FOR MY STORIES . . .
And that, friends, is up to you. I cannot sit here and answer that for you. But I can share this short-list of "SAFE TOPICS" that you can use to make an award-winning hub:
- FAMILY PHOTOS
- PET PHOTOS
- VACATION STORIES AND PHOTOS
- WORK-RELATED STORIES AND PHOTOS (BY PERMISSION)
- POETRY, PROSE AND ABSTRACT
- COMEDY-BASED STORIES PROVIDED THEY ARE DECENT
- TRUE-LIFE ACCOUNTS PROVIDED THEY ARE DECENT
- POLITICAL STORIES
- FANTASY-BASED STORIES THAT ARE DECENT
I hate to use the term, "the sky's the limit," but "the sky's the limit," when writing for HubPages. I mean, if you have the time, energy, and means, go for it. Write as many hubs as you desire in a day, week, month or year. There is no set amount of hubs you can write or not write as some writer-based websites demand.
I know. I am a former member of another website for writers, but I will not call their name. I would get motivational-emails frequently telling me that "I" hadn't met my story quota for a certain period of time and what was the problem, blah, blah, blah. I know the song and dance too well. So without any remorse, I quit.
And started writing exclusively for HubPages.
BUT HOLD UP! WHAT CAN I NOT WRITE ABOUT? . . .
- HUBS WITH EXPLICIT SEXUAL CONTENT
- HUBS WITH PORNOGRAPHIC PHOTOS OR "BORDERLINE" PORNO
- HUBS THAT ARE LACED WITH PROFANITIES THAT THE WRITER THINKS IS THEIR "EXPRESSION" OF ARTISTIC ENDEAVORS
- HUBS ABOUT PROMOTION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE USE AND SALES
- HUBS ABOUT FIREARMS USED OUTSIDE THE LEGAL BOUNDARIES OF OUR OWN CONSTITUTION
- HUBS THAT DEFAME INNOCENT PEOPLE, OTHER HUBPAGES MEMBERS
- HUBS THAT ARE NOT ORIGINAL, BUT STOLEN TEXT FROM OTHER SOURCES
I think you get my drift. Actually, I would be afraid to try and get away with some of these rules that personally I agree with a hundred-percent because I do not want my three grandkids to waltz into my home-office and start reading stories (with above subjects and photos) and then ask me "those" questions that make any parent or grandparent cringe with fear and embarrassment.
Call me old-fashioned. Call me what you will. I support these sensible policies and standards designed by HubPages creators and designers because they are not designed to keep us "chained" and inhibited from our artistic expressions, quite the contrary. They are here to make HubPages a wonderful experience for everyone.
THE BENEFITS OF BEING A HUBPAGES MEMBER . . .
- MEETING AND MAKING LASTING FRIENDSHIPS WITH OTHER WRITERS FROM MY OWN BACKYARD OR FROM AROUND THE WORLD
- GETTING INTO VARIOUS FORUMS ON HUBPAGES THAT WILL HELP ME BE A BETTER WRITER
- A PERFECT OUTLET FOR MY INSPIRATION OF A STORY THAT HAS HIT ME IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT
- EASY-TO-DO SET-UP OF HUB FORMATS, TEXT, PHOTO AND OTHER "CAPSULES," IF USED, CAN MAKE YOUR HUBS NOT ONLY ATTRACTIVE, BUT HELP YOU TO MAKE SOME EXTRA CASH
DID YOU SAY EXTRA CASH?
Yes. HubPages has a wonderful program that if you follow their directions, and exercise some patience, you can make yourself some extra money with your hubs. You have to learn what AdSense, Google, Amazon, EBay and other interactive websites are and how they act with HubPages in order for you to make money,
But do not write to "just" make money. That is a big mistake. Now unless you have all the time in the world, and can hire four full-time writers who write on eight-hour shifts for you, then you need to just relax and do what I learned to do: "enjoy the ride" on HubPages.
WILL OTHER HUBPAGES MEMBERS READ MY WORKS?
Yes. And some will be your "follower," and visa versa. This is where the sharing of creative ideas and notions begin. I find it a great way to keep in touch with my followers from Texas to Dothan, Alabama.
Keep in mind that NOT every hub you write will be award-winning to other hubbers. Just because you think your hub is "the" ideal hub doesn't guarantee in any way, that your hubs will automatically win the approval of every hubber on HubPages.
Pace yourself. I had to do this due to me having Accelerated Fibromyalgia and Neurothopy, two incurable diseases of the nerves and muscles. Four years ago, I was turning-out as high as three to four hubs a day.
Not anymore. I am so thrilled at doing this, my THIRD hub of this entire week of July 8-12, 2013, because this is the first time I have felt up to doing this many hubs.
SIMPLE HUB TIPS FOR YOU . . .
- BE YOU. DO NOT WRITE LIKE OTHER WRITERS. IF COMEDY IS YOUR NICHE, DO IT. IF DRAMA IS YOUR CALLING, WELL, YOU KNOW THE REST
- DO NOT STEAL FROM OTHER WRITERS--PHRASES, PHOTOS, CREDITS AND SUCH. NO ONE LIKES A THIEF AND IF YOU ARE CAUGHT DOING SUCH THINGS, YOUR ACCOUNT WILL BE CLOSED IMMEDIATELY AND YOU WILL BE BANNED FRO HUBPAGES
- WRITE ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW. YES, THIS IS OLD STUFF I HAVE PICKED-UP IN MY YEARS IN THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER IN MY HOMETOWN WHERE I WORKED FOR 23 YEARS, BUT IT STILL STANDS TRUE TODAY.
- USE PHOTOS, GRAPHICS, DECENT OF COURSE, THAT WILL ENHANCE YOUR HUB AND MAKE THE READER'S EXPERIENCE A DELIGHTFUL ONE
- DON'T BE FOOLED. THE RULE OF "THE LONGER THE HUB, THE BETTER," IS NOT NECESSARILY THE NORM. ALTHOUGH THE MINIMUM HUB WORD COUNT IS 500 WORDS, A LOT CAN BE SAID IN 500 WORDS OR LESS
- BE GRACIOUS TO YOUR FOLLOWERS. FOLLOW THEIR JOURNEY'S THROUGH HUBPAGES AND READ THEIR WORKS. WHEN THEY COMMENT ON YOUR HUBS, REPLY AS SOON AS YOU CAN. DO NOT BE ONE WHO LIVES IN "AN IVORY TOWER."
CLOSING STATEMENTS . . .
Do I like HubPages more than Facebook, Twitter and other social websites? YES. Not that there is anything wrong with the other social sites, but HubPages gives me the space and time to write about things and people that have touched my life. The other sites are so limited as to what you can do with your creative sides.
Would I join HubPages four years ago if I had it to do over? YES. No explanation needed.
Do I recommend HubPages for everyone? YES. HubPages to me is a clean, creative, adventurous website that writers and non-writers can enjoy.
If you are reading this and have been considering the idea of joining HubPages, then I suggest that you do it. What have you got to lose?
I am not a paid spokesperson for HubPages. I haven't been paid by anyone who runs HubPages to say this in my hub.
My ideas and opinions in this and all of my hubs are mine.
Hope to see you soon.