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Welcome to my Hub Party!

Updated on October 6, 2010

Welcome to my Hub Party. Please excuse the mess for I have not yet had time to clean. The dishes are still piled in the sink and the coffee is just about empty. (But I will make a fresh pot if you care to join!) I am a busy woman with three kids, a husband, and a full-time job. Either way, today was the day I decided to have a party and you are invited.

Today I am your host, and while this is my first party, I hope there will be many more in the future. You see, I am a writer. I have always been a writer. This party is the start of my escape; an escape into my imagination.

While I am not a newbie when it comes to writing, I am however new to the many online writing communities available on the web. In the past, I was in the military as a photojournalist. For five years, I wrote for a military newspaper and was published weekly. I did several different stories, ranging from hard news to feature articles. I was also responsible for the layout and design of the newspaper, taking photos, making the occasional graphic, and editing (which I apologize for because that is my weakest area). I have had my stories read by several people; I have even been lucky enough to win a few awards. It was my passion and my joy. I was able to turn my hobby into a job.

Now I have been out of the military for several years, yet my passion for writing has never dwindled. I write for the pure joy of writing. When I learned that I could actually make money by writing online, that was just icing on the cake. I started my journey when I signed up at I have been a member of that community for just short of 10 weeks. I have learned several things from that site in that short time, and I am sure I will continue learning as my journey progresses.

I learned that having a place to post my writings was a motivational tool. I found I was once again excited, knowing my writing would be read by someone other than just my husband. I started writing, making it a goal to post at least one article a day. I can’t say I have reached that goal (but I have tried), after all, I am a mother of three and sometimes my writing has to be put on the backburner. I found that my obsession for Facebook final took second to checking how many people have read my posts and my articles.

That is where my disappointment stepped in. While my main intent was not to make money, I finally had my Google Adsense account setup, and I saw the money was not rolling in. That ultimately wasn’t bothering me. So I did research to find out how people got more reads (which would end up in more money). This is what bothered me. The articles that should be read - that had meaning, that had heart and soul, would really only get a few reads. Maybe someone on the site found the title interesting. The only way to maximize your reads (resulting in more income) was to step down your skills as a writer. This was were people would do bookmarks directing others to links, coupons, videos, and even products. This is where I found people making the money, because those bookmarks would come up on Google hits.

While doing the occasional bookmark doesn’t bother me, I prefer to write intelligent articles that push my mind to think and maybe push others as well. That is why I have come here. After doing my research, I have found HupPages to have a community type feel. A place where others are willing to read and follow your writings. While I haven’t given up on Xomba, I feel the writers there do not have a regular following.

While making money through writing would be great (so I can stop my full time job and just write), I want to connect to other people. I want my words read. I want people to comment. And even though you can’t see me, I don’t want to be invisible!

I have several goals through what I hope to be the start of a freelance writing career.

1. To keep actively writing articles that will entertain and inspire others.

2. To actively support others on the writing communities I have joined. I feel karma is effective. Therefore, I will take the time to read your articles if you take the time to read mine.

3. To eventually be published. While I have already been published (technically through the military newspapers and online), I would like to eventually publish a book. Right now I have two in the works, which I hope someday will be on the shelves of your local bookstore.

4. To make writing a full-time career. While I understand earning in this field can be difficult and at times tiring, I hope to push myself enough to become successful. I am not looking to be a millionaire through my words and thoughts, but I would like to make a decent living where I can potentially survive and raise my family off the income.

I am hoping being a part of a writing community will help me push myself through my goals; encouraging me when I feel like giving up; supporting me while I take this step! I want to be interactive. I want to make friends that have the same interests. I want to achieve my goals and I need your help. Since I am new to this website, I appreciate any comments or tips you can give me to help me on my journey.

Thank you for coming to my party and I hope you have enjoyed your time here with me so far. I hope to see you again in the near future. Next time it is your turn for the coffee!


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    • barbergirl28 profile image

      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @Brett.Tesol - It is funny that you asked that. In about a month or so, I will have actually finally reached the goal of publishing my book. I am super excited. I am even writing a second one. Now all I need to do is start getting paid for it so I can call it a career!

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      Brett Caulton 4 years ago from Thailand

      A nice introduction ... although I am a little late lol. How are your goals coming along? A friend of mine was also a military photojournalist, small world! Definitely an interesting job though.

      Shared, up and awesome.

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      Stacy Harris 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      @sweetie1 - By communities I mean communities like Hubpages and even Xomba. Both have good communities that share work and read work. There are also groups on Facebook that also share work as well, although some of those end up being graveyards for links. Mostly we just have to have patience and persistance! :)

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      Barber girl,

      Thanks for inviting to your party and With adsense, money is not easy to come.. I have only earned 3.5$ from my hubpage account but then I haven't been regular here. We need to keep writing and I liked your idea about joining the communities, so do you recomnd any such community?

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      Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Oh my goodness - it is so weird to go back to the beginning. I can say it has been such a fun journey. In fact, I don't know what I did before this! :) Now the only problem I have is that I have about 18 months worth of hubs to re-edit and fix! I will get right on that! :)

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      mythicalstorm273 5 years ago

      Wow your first hub was over 18 months ago... crazy how time flies and look what has become of your work! Amazing how you have even transformed as a writer from your first stuff. Very interesting to go back and look at the older stuff!

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      YOu are so full of good ideas. Thanks! Now I got to concentrate on Beds, Hub Envy and Fancien up da hub!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Yeah you should! That would be great! I had my computer dude come over last night to try to help me fancy up my hub! Now you should write a hub about that! Fancien up da hub:-)

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      Stacy Harris 6 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Yeah - the coffee is way cold... LOL... but that would be a great hub... write one on Hub Envy... ha ha! I can only imagine!

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Uhhhhh, I bet the coffee is cold by now huh?! Loved this - your hubs, if you will, are intelligent, funny and so professional! Hub envy? Yes!

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      Danielle Marie 7 years ago from Washington State

      Well that was a great party. Thanks for the invite! Well written and very original. I agree that the ones with heart don't seem to get read.

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      Silent Writer 7 years ago from Udaipur

      Thanks for inviting me to your party :)

      It was nice chatting you.

      I would love to join you for more parties like this one!

      Great style! Great hub!

      Enjoy hubbing!

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Thanks for inviting me to your party. I enjoyed it very much. I am looking forward to more parties with you. Coffee is on me next time!

      Wonderful hub! I like your style!

      God bless!

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      onegoodwoman 7 years ago from A small southern town

      What an imaginative hub!

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Thanks Peggy W - It seems to be a small world out there. I enjoy meeting each and every person I have so far on hubpages and I am looking forward to a long and exciting future on this website.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Enjoyed your Hub Party! As a child I grew up in Wisconsin. Very nice meeting you here.

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Hi Silva - thanks for the suggestion - that is an awesome tool! I think I did it write but I clicked on a few to add. Appreciate the help!

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      Silva Hayes 7 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Hi, barbergirl. I will be watching for more articles from you. Here's a feature that might (or might not) be useful. I just discovered it yesterday. Open one of your hubpages and near the top you will see these selections: edit, stats, delete, suggest links. Click on suggest links, and various words in your text are highlighted. If you see one that seems appropriate, click on it and view the suggested links. You can either choose one, or not. I also found that you can highlight other words or phrases that the program did not, and links will be suggested for your selections. Kind of cool; like I said, I don't know how much difference this will make but it does make richer content, so I will be using it. I have hopped all over the hubpages and the only nuggets I have come away with are "content is king" and "keep adding hubpages."

    • profile image 7 years ago

      Thank you for the "coffee" and the chat. I really enjoyed it. I am looking forward to reading more. Welcome!

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      FloBe 7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Welcome to HubPages...I have written for myself in a journal for years and really wanted to start writing "for others" and this is the perfect place to do it. I hope you enjoy it and I look forward to seeing you around.

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      Stacy Harris 7 years ago from Hemet, Ca

      Lorlie6 thanks so much for reading my article. I can't wait to start being more active. I haven't been a member long so I have spent most of the day stumbling through this site. But ahhhh, I will learn fast enoughing and I then I will be able to hub like a pro!

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      Laurel Rogers 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Hi barbergirl28-Thanks for inviting me to the party! I do understand your concern with AdSense earnings, yet depending on your content, money is difficult to make as a writer. I have been on HubPages going on 16 months, and I have made around $16!

      I enjoy the writing, and money is cream!

      I hope your success outshines mine.

      Take care and welcome to HubPages!