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Thoughts on Ten Years of Hubpages Participation and over 2 Million Page Views.

Updated on January 14, 2020
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Don is a Writer and a Storyteller. He has published over 9 books on varied subjects along with many articles and commentary on his blogs.

Write, inform and shed light for others.

Write well and and shed a little Light on things important to others.
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2.3 Million Page Views on Hubpages

I remember my decision over ten years ago, to not just write in my notebooks, but to try and write quality works that I could share with others.

People would often tell me I was a "good Storyteller" and I would even occasionally be asked to repeat one of my stories for others. Of course, this was good for my ego and I would eagerly sit down with these friends and tell my story to them, again.

In fact, I would even write some of these stories down in one of my notebooks, hoping that someone else would ask me to "tell us about .....".

So, it was only natural for me to eventually look for a writer's site on the web, in hopes of finding a place I could share moy stories. As I researched which site was the best for myself and others like me who were eager to improve our skills and could communicate and share our works with the world.

Well, after experimenting with a number of sites that, at first, showed promise but who eventually turned to be not what I had hoped for, I found an interesting writer's site called HubPages

Since then, I had been happily trodding along, writing and learning and evolving my skills, via the HubPages System.

And then one morning, I realized that I had passed a landmark of sorts with over 1.5 Million views of my Hubs.

Even though this is not an officially recognized milestone with HubPages, it was an accomplishment that I was quite proud of marking down, on my "bragging list" if you will.

Continuing to Grow as a Writer

Over the period of time since that day, I have written many more Hubs.

Honestly, some of my early Hubs were good; but at first, most of them were pretty bad.

It was along this period of time that i concentrated more on reading my fellow Hubber's works and as I did so, I picked up on some tricks and new writing skills that made my Hubs more popular with readers.

Of course as I got better, I became more and more aware of the ugly writing errors that were sitting on HP, in my older writings. Over time I actually deleted some of them, mostly out of embarrassment. But i rewrote the majority of them over time to make them not only a better read, but also more informative.

So yes, I am proud of the Millions of eyeballs that scanned across my articles and I like to think, they also stayed long enough to finish reading my works, because they were interesting,

I am now a Senior, with white hair and a lot of bad habits, but I am also arrogant enough think the next Million or more views of my writings will come a lot sooner for me.

“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”

— Stephen King

College advice on writing

Long ago, after I got out of the NAVY, I got married and settled down to a family life. And during those first years, I used my GI Bill rights to attend college.

For 14 years I worked a full-time job, and helped my wife raise three children, and I continued taking my College courses. At times I could only carry one class while at other times, i might take two or even three classes at a time.

During one of my classes, an American Literature course, if I remember it right, I received a low grade from the Professor on one of my papers that I had submitted to her and it upset me.

It was just a short story about an experience of mine in the past while hunting deer and I thought it was pretty good.

But the grade on the paper was a "C", which was probably OK for most people, but I had put a lot of time and sweat into writing and rewriting that story. Well, I felt the story was pretty good. So, in my arrogance, I raised my hand and asked my professor;

Just what do I have to do to become a good writer, I felt I had written a really good story and you put a "C" on it.

My Professor (looking back, I now feel she was one of my better teachers) slowly turned to me, dropped her glasses from her eyes and said;

Don, the first thing you need to understand is that the world is full of Good writers, in fact Good writers are literally a dime a dozen as the old adage goes.

I assumed you and your fellow classmates are all here in my class to learn the basic skills necessary to grow yourselves into GREAT writers.

And let me tell you now that you only need to do a few things to be a great writer; you need to Read the great writers of the past and you need to read the popular writers of today. Reading what others write and learning how they get their stories across truly helps a novice writer grow and improve their own writing skills.

At the same time, you have to Write.

In fact you need to write so much and so often that you reach a point where you're almost sick of the sight of that pencil and blank piece of paper lying there on your desk.

That's the point where a real writer picks up the pencil and writes even more.

The great thing or the sad thing, depending on your perspective about this personal need to write is, you'll know if you're a writer; because a writer just has to write.

Everything a real writer sees and hears excites him. It excites him because it puts ideas in their head, an idea for yet another story or poem they can't wait to write down.

Then she looked around at all of us in the classroom and finished with;

It's unavoidable really.

A writer has this feeling inside themselves; a feeling that they just have to do that one thing a normal person ignores; which is put down their thoughts and stories on paper.

And I see that look in yours eyes. The question you just asked me; How can I become a Great Writer?

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.”

— Anias Nin

What is a Great Writer?

And I have to stop here. I have no answer to this question of how to be a Great Writer.

Sure, I write, I have to, it's in my blood, and I take such joy in writing.

Am I Great Writer? Well, I don't think so. I do think I am a decent writer, but a Great Writer, that answer has to be answered by someone else, probably long after I am dead..

But Lord, I do enjoy telling a good story, whether it brings tears or smiles to my audience.

I'll keep writing my stories down and someone else can determine whether they're from a Hack, or a Great Writer.

Is HubPages the best tool?

Here I sit, bragging on how many people have read my writings.

I can say that I honestly believe HubPages and my fellow Hubbers have helped me as a writer, and not only can I now write better works than I did ten years ago, but I can give a lot of the credit to HubPages for being there, as a tool for me to use.

HP has been there as a tool I needed and used and will continue to use as long as they're there for me.

Steven King on Creative Writing

Writing Fiction

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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    • Gurpinder Vir Singh Rai profile image

      Gupi 

      16 months ago

      Amazing article. Very interesting read and well written.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      17 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Linda - Thanks for the kind words. They say you should learn from your mistakes and most of my RV articles are the result of my personal " lessons learned". LOL!

      Have a Great Day,

      DON

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      Linda Chechar 

      17 months ago from Arizona

      Congrats on the 1.5M page views. I'll be checking out your articles especially the ones about RVing. Great Job!

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      22 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Jeff - And yet we continue! LOL! DON

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      Jeff Zod 

      22 months ago from Nairobi

      @Don

      Yeah, I concur.Writing is more of a calling. I write sometimes to clear my mind after a long stressful day. Other times I write to inform, educate or entertain. I also write to preserve knowledge.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      22 months ago from Ruskin Florida

      Jeff - Thanks for your kind words on my article and your own observations as a writer.

      It's an obsession, this writing thing, but we just have to do it, don't we?

      Have a great day!

      DON

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      Jeff Zod 

      22 months ago from Nairobi

      Hi Don,

      You have really writing a heart touching article. It epitomizes what every writer goes through. It is true that one may be a good story teller but not a good writer. Writers also have to be masters of psychology. We have to understand that viewers are different. There are visual readers, audio readers and kinesthetic readers. We have to cater for all of them in our articles. This is one of the reasons that some people are good writers while others are great.

      The great ones have discovered the secret of engaging and immersing the readers into their stories.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Aldene - Thanks for the kind words.

      Have a Great Day!

      DON

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      Aldene Fredenburg 

      2 years ago from Southwestern New Hampshire

      You're one of the best!

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      Oyewole Folarin 

      2 years ago from Lagos

      What a riveting article from a terrific writer!

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Liz Westwood -

      Thanks and have a great day!

      DON

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 years ago from UK

      Congratulations on your achievement, which deserves to be marked. I read your comments about writing with interest.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Rachel Alba - Hey, I have used a couple of your recipes, being a Diabetic and they are pretty good; easy to prepare and delicious.

      And I assume that the great recipes will continually draw new readers as well as good articles on RV's draw new readers.

      Good luck and have a great Day, Rachel.DON

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Linda Lum - Thanks for the Kind words Linda.

      Actually, I started writing about the world of RV's because I felt I could help people with some the problems they run into, especially considering the fact that it seemed to me that I had run into them myself.

      Experience is the bst teacher of all, and I have experienced a lot with different RV's.

      You have a great day,

      DON

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      Rachel Alba 

      2 years ago

      Hi Don. Wow! I'd say that was a great accomplishment. 1.5 million people reading your hubs. I don't think that will ever happen to me. I'm not a writer just a home cook. But I enjoy HubPages as away of people seeing what I do cook, no matter what the number. So, congratulations, I'm happy for you. I do enjoy reading your articles.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Don, I will never catch up with you. At my current rate, I will hit 1.5 million in 80 years. Congratulations to you. You have hit on a topic that many, many people enjoy. Even if we never actually set foot in an RV, you are always willing to take us on an imaginative tour. I've enjoyed the journey.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Mary Wickison - Thanks Mary for the kind words. I appreciate these ego-boosters from my fellow Hubbers.

      Have a Great Day!

      DON

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      Mary Wickison 

      2 years ago from Brazil

      Congratulations on your milestone. You have found a niche that you love, are knowledgeable in, and offer useful advice in a helpful manner.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Mary Norton - Thanks so much for the kind words.

      Thinking back, I never really paid much attention to this "counter" until I was approaching 1-Million. Then, I decided to go back and clean up a few of my older works.

      It was a great help for me and HP.

      As to reading? Yes, I keep a couple of books lying open near my recliner all of the time. Inspiration, you know,

      Have a great day,

      DON

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      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      What an achievement. I have not even reached the 100,000 yet and am still far from it. I love to read and I love to read great writers. This time, I am reading John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany and I am enjoying it so much but your teacher is so right, I feel like writing about my friends each time I read. Great writers do inspire.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Tim Truzy - Thanks for your comments and kind words. It is a constant battle for me to get all of these swirling thoughts out of my head and stored somewhere.

      My savior has been the growth of technology. I have an iPhone, with a NOTE section and the free PAGES word processor on it and on my MAC PC. This allows me to dictate thoughts that are recorded as raw text, and in turn I can see them on my PC when I have settle down at home.

      In fact, I probably have more ideas of 500 words or more than I will ever get to and either develop or trash. LOL!

      Anyway, Thanks again, and have a Great Day!

      DON

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      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Thanks, Don,

      This article took me down memory lane. I remember attending college, fortunately to be best friends with a daughter of a popular columnist in my area. I managed to earn my way on to the college newspaper staff, which led me to eventually becoming a columnist years later. Such wonderful memories.

      What you said hit it on the head. A writer has this need to write down the world he/she lives in, not just be a part of it. It's a hunger that only the laptop (or pen and paper) can satisfy.

      You may have earned a C back then, Don, but on Hub Pages you have earned your A+. You are a stellar writer. 1.5 million, and going, and going ....

      Thanks for the great advice and the trip to my laptop.

      Much respect and admiration,

      sincerely,

      Tim

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      2 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      You have to do that. Some people do it all the time, but the people who don't are the ones who tend to earn the right to pat themselves on the back the most. At least this is my observation.

    • Don Bobbitt profile imageAUTHOR

      Don Bobbitt 

      2 years ago from Ruskin Florida

      Wesman Todd Shaw - Thanks for the response to my mental wanderings.I just had one of those moments, my friend, when my arm was able to bend around and I could pat myself on the back. Kinda felt good, too!

      DON

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      2 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      My head was all swole up because in high school honors English I was the BEST writer there. I mean, I guess I was. My papers were read in front of the class while all the other students groaned and gave me sideways glances.

      I'm not so confident any more. At all. Talk to me again when I get to ten mil views, and I'll likely have a big swole up fat head again after that.

      Stephen King is nowhere near my favorite person these days, but he's still an extremely well known person for writing, and I sure can't claim to be better than him. His comment about writers, 'well, writers write.' is truly the best advice ever.

      You want to be a writer? Okay, well you'd best get to writing. There's no sitting around and contemplating it, writers write, that's what they do. If you are a writer, you write, if you aren't, you don't.

      Congrats on all the views. I feel like the water is fine here right now. It's a good time to put the effort in. I'm working at it consistently, if not rabidly.

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