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Sharing The Lessons, Tough And Sweet, That I Have Learned From Being On HubPages For Now Four Years

Updated on July 10, 2013

This is not me, but it's what I do

When preparing to write a hub.
When preparing to write a hub.

Now "this" is me

Two years ago when I was able to socialize in my favorite restaurant: Huddle House, in my hometown of Hamilton, Alabama
Two years ago when I was able to socialize in my favorite restaurant: Huddle House, in my hometown of Hamilton, Alabama | Source
PHOTOS OF FRIENDS SUCH AS THIS ONE OF MY FRIEND, DAVID HOLLIDAY AND I AT CHURCH ARE ACCEPTABLE ON HUBPAGES
PHOTOS OF FRIENDS SUCH AS THIS ONE OF MY FRIEND, DAVID HOLLIDAY AND I AT CHURCH ARE ACCEPTABLE ON HUBPAGES | Source
THIS IS MY CAT, "FESTUS," AND PHOTOS OF PETS ARE FINE TO USE ON HUBPAGES
THIS IS MY CAT, "FESTUS," AND PHOTOS OF PETS ARE FINE TO USE ON HUBPAGES | Source
PORN OF ANY CATEGORY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE ON HUBPAGES
PORN OF ANY CATEGORY IS NOT ACCEPTABLE ON HUBPAGES | Source

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.

Sincerely, Kenneth

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.



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    • lupine profile image

      lupine 

      4 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      Kenneth, I can't thank you enough for your kindness, friendship, and entertaining hubs. Lots of love and get-well wishes.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Cathi,

      Thank you, good friend for the much-appreciated support.

      God bless you and your writing richly.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Jodah,

      Thank you, cool friend, for your input. I deeply appreciate you, your hubs, and your friendship.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hugs, LisaMarie,

      I appreciate your warm words and thoughts.

      May God bless you richly.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, LongTimeMother,

      Thanks for the sweet wish.

      I pray that you and I and my followers make it four more years.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Lupine,

      Ditto on my meeting you here. I'll say it this way: a Thank you, Lord. For allowing Lupine and me to meet on Hubpages.

      It's friends, good friends like you and all of my followers who have made my time on HP a grand experience.

      Love you, dear friend.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Dwight,

      Thank you very much for your sincere comments on this hub. I appreciate your work as well.

      And have a great day.

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      Cathi Sutton 

      4 years ago

      SO well writen! Great information! Voted up!

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Kenneth,

      Great informative hub for newbies like me(though I've been a member for 3 years, I've only just realized what a wonderful community this is and hence have become suddenly proactive).

      I am gradually making my way through your hubs, and enjoying the experience and embracing your valuable advice. Thank you.

    • LisaMarie724 profile image

      Lisa Stover 

      5 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Congrats on making it to 4 years!

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      LongTimeMother 

      5 years ago from Australia

      Hi Kenneth. Happy HP birthday!!!

    • lupine profile image

      lupine 

      5 years ago from Southern California (USA)

      Kenneth, my friend, Congratulations for achieving 4 years on HubPages. So glad I met you here! You put a lot of thought into your hubs...your personality is what makes them great. You express yourself in a unique way that only you can do. I look forward to more of your hubs... Keep in touch!

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      DwightMann 

      5 years ago

      Reading various hubs to get some idea of what works here. You fit that bill. I just published my first hub, and it is all about me and how I see the world. and how I explain it. It is going to be great fun. . .

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Ketage,

      Thank you so much, dear friend, for your loving remarks. I've also learned that writing for hubpages is a process--and it's really worth the time and effort.

      Thank you for being in my life.

      Peace.

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      ketage 

      5 years ago from Croatia

      Great Hub, I had photo problems when I first started writing on hub pages too, I went digging through all my old photo albums and cracked my head until I found the wonders of wikipedia commons :)

      Voted up useful and interesting, I wish you had written this hub when I had first joined :)

      Hope you feel better soon Kenneth.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, dear lovedoctor,

      Thanks a million for your sweet compliment. I hope I'm worthy of your kindnesses.

      And I love your hubs too. Oh, my super hero hubs? Thank you. I have a new one about Superman in the works --will write it when I feel better.

      Later, dear LD.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi there, Dear Sueswan,

      Thanks dear friend for your sweet words. You were one of my first followers and friends on HP. I won't forget your influence either.

      Take care and have fun with Vinnie.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dear Catgypsy,

      Thank you too for all of your great advice and mentoring. I would be in trouble without your patient manner.Remember telling me how to write "tags" when HP used them?

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      5 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, MsDora,

      Thank you so much for this Ndvall of your input during the last four years. It's writers like yourself who make HP a fantastic place to be. God bless you.

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      lovedoctor926 

      5 years ago

      Hi Kenneth, this was a fantastic hub and one of your best ones although I must say that I like all of your hubs especially the ones on the superheroes. Congratulations on your four year anniversary! This is a big accomplishment.I was going to say that the older man sitting in front of the computer is way too old to be you. I'm going by your avatar. Anyways, these tips and suggestions are helpful. voted up useful.

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      Sueswan 

      5 years ago

      Hi Kenneth,

      Great advice my friend. Hope you are well. I don't spend much time on hub pages these days but will pop in when I can.

      Take care

      Voted up +++

    • Jean Bakula profile image

      Jean Bakula 

      5 years ago from New Jersey

      Hi Kenneth!

      Hubpages was the first site I ever wrote on. I remember worrying so much the first time I hit the "Publish" button, wondering if anyone would respond and what they would say. But after 2 1/2 years, I have my own blog, write on two other sites besides here, and self published a book. These are all things I always wanted to do, but never had time. I wouldn't probably have done them had it not been for HP. Great hub, and I hope you are doing OK, my friend.

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      catgypsy 

      5 years ago from the South

      HubPages is a great place to write and one of the simplest, which is very important for newbies. Great hub on why to write here!

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Congratulations on completing four years! Thanks for sharing lessons learned in your experience. Voted Up and Useful!

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