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HubPages Helping Hand

Updated on January 22, 2015

That's what friends are for....

A tad bit of history about me. I have a tendency to just jump head first into something that interests me. If it's appealing I stay around and wade in the water exploring the environment. I find instructions boring. I prefer the challenge of discovering how to do things on my own. I don't read instructions, that's too time consuming. I don't follow a game plan, I just do.

Yes there are many, many times that I had to go back and start from scratch because I did it my way. Sure, my method could be aggravating at times. Yet, when my method works in my favor I'm overjoyed.

I'm more of a hands on learner. I head towards the middle and look around at my surroundings and try to figure out a way to head in the right direction. Most times it's a challenge that I enjoy, but can be overwhelming. Often times I throw my hands up and ask for assistance. That's just me. I tend to enjoy making things difficult for myself. I've never been one to take the easy way out. Well, not all the time.

Helping Hands
Helping Hands

With A Little Help From My Friends.....

This is how I began my HubPages Journey...

I came across an article that someone had written and it caught my interest. I did some research into hubs and decided to give it a try. I wrote my first one. Then I proceeded to write a few more. I found it interesting yet extremely confusing as to whether I was following the rules and guidelines correctly.

Do you think I would have stopped and read the guidelines? I did stop and think but still told myself I can do this without direction. Since then I have gone and read some of the guidelines. At times we all need a bit of guidance. It's beneficial to get the job done the right way. At least that's what I continue to tell myself.

I then received a message that contained a compliment about one of my hubs. I was thrilled. My self confidence received a bit of a boost and I responded. It was from then on that I began to truly learn how to hub in this club.

With the helping hand of a hubber I went full steam ahead and dove right into more hubs that even impressed me, which isn't easy. He's taught me tricks of the trade that I had no idea existed. The time and effort put forth by my fellow hubber has been much appreciated and I promise to pay it forward.

I've learned that there are good people out there who will do things for others just because they choose to. They don't expect anything in return, it's just in their nature and that makes me happy. Being there for a stranger or a friend is commendable of any person. I'm honored to say I've had the pleasure of knowing my fellow hubber.

I have confidence that he will be there for my next roadblock or bump in the road. No question was left unanswered. I was steered in the direction I needed to be. I was guided when I thought I was lost. I wasn't ever ignored even if I did get me I can be.

We are all in this boat together. We throw out the life saver when fellow hubbers need a helping hand. We drop the anchor if need be to get our ducks in a row. Hubbing is a world of it's own and I'm happy to be a part of it. Thank you cogerson for your guidance and patience! This hub's for you!

I have since met many other hubbers who have gone above and beyond to reach out to help fellow writers. That's what friends are for.


© 2011 Linda Bilyeu


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    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      PS, Directions? I need to try those once in a while! :)

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      Patricia Scott 

      3 years ago from sunny Florida

      I had to smile as I read because I hate to admit it (having been a teacher all of my life basically) but my motto tends to be 'when all else fails, read the directions'....heeheee and that was true here too...but more than that it was the help of mainly one hubber who had my back and gave me tips that I am not sure I would have found the answer to otherwise.

      HubPages is a welcoming friendly community and I like that about writing here.

      Well said...thanks for sharing Sunshine Angels are winging their way to you this morning ps

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Mary615 ~ bdegiulio ~ Stephanie Henkel ... Thank you for sharing some of your HubPages journey! :)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      5 years ago from USA

      Helping hands from veteran hubbers when we're first getting started on HubPages mean so much! But the wonderful thing is how you've payed it forward and help so many more along the way.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Well put Linda. I've been here for over 8 months now and am still learning. And that's because there are so many wonderful hubbers willing to share their knowledge and expertise. And of course, you are right up there with the best and most helpful members of this community. I like your style and it works for you. Have a great day.

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I swear I learn something new every day here! Right now I'm trying to learn how to make those neat dividers I see everywhere. I just got PhotoShop and when I have some time, I'm learning that. I do enjoy learning new things, and HubPages has been a real challenge for me.

      I voted this Hub UP etc. will share, Pin and Tweet.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Linda! Thank you for sharing your experiences. I'm still learning even after 19 months on HP. It's always an adventure! :)

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      Sunshine, I am so glad you visited one of my hubs and left me some bread crumbs to follow here. You and I are much the same. I never read instructions until I've screwed up. And, I was given the same courtesy you received from a more experienced hubber. Billybuc did for me what Cogerson did for you. It has been invaluable.

      This is a beautiful hub and tribute to your experience. Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi James, I also learned by other members spreading the hublove and helping others. We pay it forward with what we learn. Thank you for your comment and for sharing!:)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Old albion, I still don't read instructions. I'm still a hands on learner. Thanks for sharing Graham!:)

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      Olde Cashmere 

      6 years ago

      I'm the same way with how I became a hubber. I joined 3 years ago and just started doing it my way (not the best at what I was doing.) I learned how to be better by reading the work of others and asking questions as well. Thank you Linda for this hub, great reminder of why I joined. Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting!

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      Graham Lee 

      6 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      A great hub full of really helpful content, with some great links. I have to say after years of 'can do' I always read the Instructions these days - boring eh!


    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you teaches and RTalloni for your comments. I appreciate you both sharing your thoughts with us:)

    • RTalloni profile image


      6 years ago from the short journey

      Such a nice piece here. I am also thankful for the help others give here on HP. I would be lost in the lingo, not to mention the www without their help! This is a continual learning process--new things come before I've learned the old, but step-by-step the learning does come. As long as I see that light at the end of the tunnel I just keep going forward.

      It's a lovely thing that others help us along the way, but also that each of us can learn and work at our own pace. If life requires a hiatus from writing, we can pick up where we left off. If it takes me longer to understand something than it does another writer, that's okay, I can keep studying it out. If time and inspiration allow it, we can write till we drop if we so desire. Now, if I can just learn all I need to learn, this will be the perfect win-win. :)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I am also one that does best by just jumping into it. I love your thoughts on writing and can relate to your experience. Glad that you have found it to help you balance out in life.

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I appreciate your kind words Audrey. Thank you for all you do also!:)

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      I have to echo Vinaya! You are such an asset to this community--and so helpful to all of us! And if I have never said it to you, I thank you!!!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts Jamie, Keith and Vinaya! I appreciate your comments and you!:)

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      I have been writing newspaper articles for more than 12 years, but it was only after I joined Hubpages, I discovered the writer in me. HubPages is a wonderful community.

      Sunshine, you have always been a great help to me.


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      6 years ago

      Linda, you and I are on the same page! I read an article on here and found it very interesting. So I joined hubpages and published a few articles and found myself in your position and Jamie's: the community is very friendly, helpful, and there's a huge amount of freedom to write whatever you want. Sometimes, fellow hubbers message me on FB to give me some heads up! You are definitely right, Linda, this community is definitely helpful and worth it :)


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      Jamie Brock 

      6 years ago from Texas

      That is what I found so neat about HubPages, Linda... the community here really is so friendly and helpful! My friend Leslie introduced me to HubPages but she's doesn't come to HubPages anymore..but I stayed and I'm so glad that I did and I plan to keep sticking around. Great hub, voted up and awesome!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Stephanie, Ambassador and Incomeguru ... Thank you for your comments and thoughts! I still don't read directions :)

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      Oyewole Folarin 

      6 years ago from Lagos

      This is an awesome content. Thanks for sharing this informative and educative hub.

    • ambassadornchains profile image


      6 years ago

      This is a great hub!! That is very true how just one person can give so much encouragement to keep going!! I've most definitely been encouraged to keep going in my hubs, I just don't have much time to write right now with it being the last leg of my senior semester in college and preparing to start grad school! I had a similar experience!! Manthy was my cogerson! haha =) Although, I didn't ask him questions, I don't think, but he had many hubs that gave me very useful and important information that I never would have known otherwise!! (I'm a bit of a doer, myself!) =)

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      Stephanie Henkel 

      6 years ago from USA

      I'm with you, Sunshine! If all else fails, read the directions! Lucky for me, Hubpages has some very tactful people who have gently directed me in the right direction! And great tutorials, too, when "all else fails." :)

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you Frank!

      I have learned that the hard way marellen!

      Hi Paula!!! Yep I'm paying it forward :))

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Well, Hi there stranger!! You sure have acted upon your decision to "Pay it Forward." If not for your help and patience....and the little P U S H you tend to give (tee hee) I'd still be sitting at my desk, babbling in confusion. Thank you Oh Hub Guru..& I thank Cogerson for helping you so you could pay it forward! See how the world is suppose to go round? Now, if we can just get the Politicians to do the same!! HA!

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      6 years ago

      There is nothing wrong with asking for help. I usually don't read anything and I just jumped on Hubs and started writing. Another hubber was nice enough to give me some pointers and that was it.

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      Frank Atanacio 

      6 years ago from Shelton

      You express yourself extremely well and clear you are up and awesome too

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for commenting and following...I'll do the same :))

    • legitimo profile image


      6 years ago from UNITED STATES

      awesome hub,now I am following you hope you do the same.

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      apurva joshi 

      6 years ago from INDIA

      nice one.

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      6 years ago from Malaysia

      Touching. Appreciated the help we received from others and remember them forever. That's good to me. Thanks for sharing.

    • Jrandol62 profile image


      7 years ago from Where ever the road takes me....

      HAHA...You know it!!

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I highly recommend to follow cogerson, he's one a kind! Us peeps who dont believe in instruction smuction could use his help :)

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      7 years ago

      Good hub....not too many people like Coger left in this world....I'm the type to pay it forward as well, and instruction smuction....just build it or do it, then look at them if needed...LOL

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Way to go Fay you picked up on my link! :) He's one in a million! Thank you for the up

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      Fay Paxton 

      7 years ago

      I was reading you hub and oooing and ahhing and thinking how wonderful that someone should extend themselves in that way. Then I saw who it was...Cogerson...but, of course.

      A worthy tribute to a very worthy hubber. up/beautiful

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for making a pit stop at my hub while hopping! :)

    • freecampingaussie profile image


      7 years ago from Southern Spain

      Interesting hub , found you while hub hopping !

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Same story here. My husband reads the directions and I pretend they don't exist. haha! Thank you for the UP! :)

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      7 years ago from Virginia

      Very nice hub, I am glad that you are enjoying your time on hub pages. Everybody learns new things wife is a "read the whole instruction booklet before we start person"...I am more the "use the instruction booklet only when we are stuck on a problem person"....keep up the great work...voted up

    • Sunshine625 profile imageAUTHOR

      Linda Bilyeu 

      7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm happy to meet another hands on learner! Maybe you leave things unfinished because they don't truly interest you. Unless you "feel it" you can't do it. At least that's what I learned about myself. I don't offer critcism but I do offer advice. Message me with any questions and I'll do my best to answer them or steer you in the right direction :)

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      7 years ago

      I like this hub because I can relate, in the sense that I am a doer and hands on learner. The upside is that I often find great opportunities that only happen if you nab them quickly enough. The downside is that I leave a lot of things unfinished since I don't really count the cost before starting. I hope that I continue learning how to write useful and inspiring hubs, as well as make some money off of it one day. Any criticism greatly appreciated if you have time.


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