Thanks to HubPages Founders and Followers
To the Founders and Staff
While planning to celebrate 10,000 views to my work, it occurred to me that this excellent writer-friendly site could not design itself. Therefore, I celebrate the creativity and vision of its three co-founders:
- Paul Edmondson,
- Paul Deeds,
- Jay Reitz.
I also register my gratitude to the staff members who contribute to the daily operation of the site. In my opinion, they are a very supportive bunch, and are continually working to make HubPages writer-friendly. Their professionalism is one of the reasons that I find HubPages attractive.
To Fellow Hubbers
- PegCole17 was the first hubber to recognize my presence on HubPages. By that time, I had written my third hub, Why Did I Not Get Married?
- Dashingscorpio and Mindyjgirl also gave me great encouragement.
- FloraBreenRobinson was the first hubber to comment, “Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination," before I even knew what that meant.
- Denise Handlon was the one who advised me that my hub won second spot, I still did not know how to find the other nominations.
Since then, I have learned to ask questions. I have also gained much knowledge from the forums, as well as questions and answers from the many helpful hubbers who share.
Where Have All These Hubbers Gone?
Many of the hubbers mentioned in this article have disappeared, but Glenn Stok was among the first hubbers to recognize me in 2011 and is still hubbing strong. He received the HubPages Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015.
Among others who recognized me early, and contributed regularly to my first 10,000 reads were:
- Glenn Stok
Sadly, most of them no longer participate in the HubPages experience, but most likely, they still benefit from the positive lessons they took with them.
To My Followers
Some of my followers are not hubbers. When I joined HubPages, there were at least ten friends who signed up to follow me, just because I asked them. They read and commented on my earliest hubs. Since then, other non-hubbers have enlisted and I celebrate their support.
The comments left by followers at the end of my articles encourage me to offer my best. Some of my articles have fewer comments than I expect, but one comment means that I touched a life.
Besides, according to a survey of 1,003 households by Adagestat, 37% of readers never comment on news articles or stories, 28% rarely, and 20% sometimes. Only 6% always comment, and 9% comment often. These statistics remind me not to be discouraged when comments are few.
For Personal Growth
When I started writing on HubPages, I had already published some devotionals and religious articles; plus, I self-published two books. At first, I thought that I would spice up some of my old topics and serve them like fresh fodder to my new readers. That idea soon lost its appeal.
Hubbers like Patty Inglish, Homesteadbound and others who seem to write on numberless topics with ease, encourage me to keep learning something new. In fact, the more one reads on HubPages, the more one learns.
Poetry was always something beyond me, or so I thought. Imagine my surprise to discover that my hub which receives the most reads (in 2012) is Poem and Prayer: Dedicated To My Daughter In Law. Almost six months after it was posted, it still receives regular reads. I have written five other poems, which have done well enough. They all feature the same devotional and personal development themes which are my regular topics, but I celebrate my brave venture into poetry.
For Lessons Learned
There are some other lessons I learned about writing and my attitude as a writer. Among others, these four are etched deeply in my mind as I continue to write on HubPages.
1. Choose clear and simple hub titles.
I laugh at myself when I remember my first title of an early hub, Why A Father Called His Son A Donkey. Nobody wanted to know. However, when I renamed it, The Power of Metaphors in Family Conversations, my readers thought I had something to offer. Now I know that a straightforward title is far better than a sensational riddle.
- Stats, HubScore, and Hubber Score
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2. Don't lose sleep over the scores.
I began to have anxiety attacks when my hub score began to lower. I thought it had to do with poor quality writing. Then I noticed some errors in a hub I read: “could of” (could have), “should of” (should have), “gone a rye” (gone awry). Both the hub score and the author's score were higher than mine. I realized that the scores could not be based solely on the author’s ability.
3. Be involved in the hub community.
There are days when my work on other projects consumes all my writing time, and I ignore my HubPages notifications of new posts, new questions and so on. There are also days when I cannot decide what to write. Now, I know that on such days, reading a few hubs and answering a few questions not only erases the lazy feeling; it also reminds me that I am an active member of the writing community.
4. Focus on writing.
When I'm not writing, I'm thinking about writing. Nothing is too simple to write about.
Nancy Edmonds Hanson, newspaper article writer, book author and editor for various periodicals states, “You don’t have to be in New York to come up with ideas for the kinds of stories that remain. What you will do is listen closely to the people around you—your family, neighbors, and business associates—-for indications of the kinds of joys or problems that concern them most.”
She adds that even an overheard random comment can stimulate an article. There's a good reason for eavesdropping.
© 2012 Dora Weithers