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The Value of New Writers - Why Older Hubbers Should Check Out the Newbies on HubPages

Updated on May 20, 2014
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How do all writers get started?

Okay, so I’ve been on HubPages for nearly a year now. I’ve read a ton, learned more than I knew I didn’t know, and have written more than I ever thought possible. I was a scared newbie once, someone who had no clue, someone who had just heard about HubPages, who checked it out but was scared to death to actually get started.

After hearing about HubPages at a training taught by a local Lela Davidson, who has written at HubPages for years, I was inspired to sign up--about five months later! Lela inspired me, as she told about her journey of leaving her accounting job to pursue freelance writing. HubPages gave her a start, and she was successful at it as well as other endeavors, including a parenting website. Since then, she has become a published author. And, yes, she still lives locally.

As a newbie on HubPages, I was scared. Scared to death. I was trapped in a full-time job but knew that I had always wanted to be a writer. Wanting to start somewhere, I researched HubPages for about five months after my class with Lela before signing up. I visited the HubPages Learning Center and read other hubbers’ hubs about how to even create a hub! I had no clue how to even start. I read so many hubs about how to put a hub together and how to add pictures. I was clueless.

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We write, we share, and we learn.

I finally got the courage to finally hit that publish button. I had no clue what my first hub could be about, but I felt free (and kind of clever!) when my first hub was entitled “How to Get Over the Fear of Writing Your First Hub.”

I attracted a few readers and was encouraged. I started slowly adding hubs, reading hubs, and getting to know other hubbers. I was so appreciative of the hub greeters who made me feel welcome. I had lots of topics I wanted to write about, and sharing my boxes of closet poetry was the last thing on my mind I planned on sharing. I started with writing about saving money, about pets, or about grammar. After a while, when I started sharing poetry, too, imagine my thrill when poets such as Epigramman andVincent Moore, formerly known as SaddleRider, made comments on my poems to encourage me!

And so the story goes. I can’t believe I’ve been at HubPages nearly a year. The time goes, the experience grows, and we gain followers, skills, and confidence. As we gain more followers, we get to know the hubbers that we interact with regularly. At some point, as we grow, we can no longer call ourselves newbies, even though there is always, always so much more to learn. Believe me, I am still learning about things. I just recently was stoked when I learned how to use RSS feeds to link my hubs and save time in manually inserting links.

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So why follow new writers?

Perhaps as a growing writer, and maybe, too, a freelance writer who begins to get really busy in writing from home full-time, sometimes there is less time to read and respond to comments and hubs. I know that many hubbers like to try to read a hub of someone who leaves a comment. It is tempting when one is busy to just respond but not visit that hubber, too. That is understandable.

Still, I remember how I felt as a new hubber, and how thrilled I was when a seasoned HubPages writer visited and commented on my hub. When I get a thoughtful comment from a hubber I haven’t heard of, or a newbie on one of my tutorial hubs—those about tips on hubbing—I now make even more effort to click on that hubber’s profile and look to see if they have hubs that I can relate to.

Sometimes, it might not be a mutual connection. That hubber may gain value from what you, as a seasoned hubber, are sharing, although they may not choose to follow you further. That may be the same with the seasoned hubber, too, as you look at the newbie, and they really have no hubs yet, or they write on a topic that holds no interest for you. There are times if the writer has no hubs and little to say about my hub that I will wait to see if I get another visit from this person, if the newbie is following me because of a like for my hubs. If I see the name again, I will usually check out this new (or "older" one that I haven't met before) writer.

There is no reason to follow anyone who writes about things that don’t interest you, but I think we owe it to ourselves to check out new names who appear on our comment sections. That’s the way we find new writers on HubPages whose writing we enjoy, that we relate to. It’s how we perpetuate the awesome HubPages feeling of community and support. It’s how we network and find new friends.

It takes everyone to make a community.
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Hope for Newbies and Oldies!

Newbies, I hope you find hope in this, as HubPages is a great place to get started, a great place to network, to build your portfolio, to be “discovered” online for more writing gigs, and to find really, really good friends. Seriously, you will. And for the long-time hubbers, it’s a way you also find new writing friends, because you have checked out the newbies who leave comments on your hubs. No matter how busy you are, I think most of you would agree that if you hadn’t checked out that newbie who appeared in your feed because of a related topic or who had commented on your hub, then you would have missed out on a talented, interesting writer, and a perhaps lifelong new friend.

I know that’s true for me. I am grateful to the “old” hubbers who took a chance on me, as I am glad I checked out some newer hubbers who I now consider friends. And I’m hoping that I will never get too busy to keep checking out those newbies who have similar interests and show talent as writers. I hope this hub helps to remind all of the “older” hubbers, as well as myself after a year, to remember where we all started and how important and invaluable the support and encouragement of other writers is in getting started for newbies on HubPages.

Let’s face it, hubbers. We ALL need the support!

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      Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

      Great Hub and super advice -- I was warmly welcomed to Hubpages two years ago and now find myself anxious to welcome new Hubbers as encouragement is everything at that point in time. Best/Sis

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 4 years ago from Texas

      Well said Vickie. Funny thing, just this morning I was looking over Lela Davidson's website and trailer for her upcoming book. What an inspiration. I bet her workshop was amazing. I agree with what you have said. It is important for all of us to learn and share with each other. We all come from diverse backgrounds and sometimes some people tend to forget that our lives did not 'begin' when we signed up for HubPages. Newbies here are very likely seasoned elsewhere in their respective careers. I too was lucky to have Epi and Vincent comment early on and they continue to be a source of true inspiration and example for me. Know what? You are too. You have been a joy to follow and although I do not get to comment on each and every hub I highly respect you. Thanks for being you.

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      Joshua Zerbini 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Vicki,

      Awesome hub, great advice! Nice attempt at Microsoft Paint, better than I could do. LOL Yes, clever idea for a first hub and it is cool how you heard about HubPages! :) Thanks for sharing Vicki! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt about it...if it had not been for the encouragement of some old timers early on, I would have quit. This is a community that helps each other....or at least it should be.

      Well done Vicki!

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      teggie10 4 years ago from Evansville, IN

      As a new Hubber, I really enjoyed reading this! I have felt very lost and not so sure about myself at times in beginning this journey. I love writing but sometimes wonder if this is really for me.

      Your Hub gives me a little bit more courage. I know I'm heading in the right direction, I just need to keep on the path.

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Vicki, I will never forget the early encouragement I received from epigramman and Cogerson, among others when I first started on HP 11 months ago. I agree that as a community, we should all try and do our bit for one another and maybe, especially for new hubbers taking those first tentative steps as online writers.

      Great hub!

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Great work here Victoria. So true that we really can learn from each other. I don't think I will ever stop learning - and I get excited about that! I vote up, awesome, and sharing as well.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      I look at about 600 new Hubbers' Hubs every week. :)

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      Sherry Hewins 4 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I received a lot of encouragement as well when I first came to HubPages, especially from Millionaire Tips who featured one of my first hubs on her favorite hubs of the month, it gave me a real boost. After being here for 7 months, I love watching the progress of new hubbers and encouraging them to live up to their potential.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      So was I, Angela--just a year ago nearly. It means the world to a new hubber to feel that support. Thanks for being the first to comment!

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      If I see a new Hubber (or at least new to me) that has made a comment on my Hub, I go to their profile. It they are new, I read something they wrote, and comment in a positive way. I know how important it is to be supported by those who have been here a while.

      I have had support all along, and I like to "pay it forward".

      Great Hub. I voted it UP, and will share.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      missolive--Funny that you were looking over Lela's website. Her workshop was great! I might see if she's having another one soon for a refresher course. At the time, I was so overwhelmed with all the information that I'm sure there is a lot I missed about writing online. It would be fun to go now since I know a bit more than I did them.

      I appreciate your commenting here. I know you have a lot going on. I feel as you do. You've always been an inspiration to me, very helpful, supportive, and all that, and I can't read everything, either. I guess that's normal. I respect you, too, girl, and I know you're always there. It means a lot for you to say what you did. Thanks so much!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      josh--Great to see you! Microsoft Paint is a challenge. Try holding that paintbrush straight. LOL! Glad you read this. Glad I discovered you as a newbie, too! :-)

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      Randy Godwin 4 years ago from Southern Georgia

      HP is now a joke of a site for hopeful writers. The disdain it is now given is well deserved especially for its recent actions towards those who carried the site through hard times. It has now abandoned most of it's veteran writers in favor of those they are molding into yes-members who will only abet their new changes. I'm sorry they chose to take this path but feel sure they will get what they deserve.

      One year? Not even enough to realize what is going on here, Victoria. Do a little more background on HP if you are going to recommend anyone write here. Sorry, but the truth is the truth! I've absolutely no respect for those who are in charge now!

      SSSSS

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great Hub Victoria. Were it not for the help, tips and advice from some of the seasoned veterans here I would be no where near where I am today with regard to HubPages. As I grow and learn more and more here I feel it is my responsibility to share what I have learned with new hubbers. Sort of like paying it forward. Great job.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Me, too, Bill! I don't know how we would keep going without the encouragement. Otherwise, we're writing in a box. Thanks for the comments! :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Jools--Thanks for the input! It does make so much difference--for all of us--to have the support!

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      Victoria I didn't know you met Lela. I love so many if her parenting hubs here but have never ran across her on the forums or elsewhere. It sounds like her career has exploded since Hubbing. I agree that it's important to remember when we were new here. I've only been here 7 months and I can't imagine not checking this site at least once a day. This place is full of supportive people like you. Thanks for the reminder.

      Voted up and shared! Kelley

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Christy! I agree--We never stop learning! Thanks for the votes and share!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I've always try to go on hubs by new hubbers and leave comments. I know when I was a new hubber I received some very nasty remarks but one older hubber encouraged me to keep going and that is what I did. Voted up on your hub.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Oh, my, Patty! You are amazing! How do you do that? I'm impressed. Very!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Sherry, that's great! Yes, Millionaire Tips is great to do those hubs! Thanks for commenting. I'm glad you're doing well here!

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      Joyce Haragsim 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Your hub is great. You always interesting hubs.

      Voted up and interesting, Joyce.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's great, Mary! Paying it forward is an awesome concept. I love that! Thanks!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Randy--Sorry that you had a bad experience. HP IS a good site to get started on. Ask a number of people who have been here longer than you have even. At any rate, I respect your opinion, but I'm talking from my own experience, which I hope you'll respect, as well. HP has helped me to gain confidence and networking, and the ability to get further along in my freelance career. It's been a real jump start for me, as it has for other people. I'm sorry it didn't work out that way for you.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      bdegiulio--That's a great attitude! We all learn as we go along. Paying it forward is great! I like to do that with some of my hubs. Thanks for the comments!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, Kelley--Yeah, meeting Lela was great. She is so perky and vivacious. I'd like to take one of her classes again to refresh myself! She's probably too busy to get to HubPages much with her writing--websites, books .. . . She's had book signings and launch parties around here. She has done really well!

      I can't imagine not checking this site at LEAST once a day (or most of the day!). You're very supportive, too. I'm glad you're here. Thanks for the comments, for voting, and sharing.

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      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Hi, Victoria -- Between Hub Hopping to see what's newest on HP, I see several hundred newer Hubs every week in the HubNuggets Program process in which I've volunteered for about 3 years.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      moonlake--I'm sorry you got some nasty remarks when you first started. That's awful. I'm glad you were encouraged and didn't give up!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Joyce. I'm glad you think so!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      That's great, Patty! That's so valuable. Very cool!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      This is great advice - I like to read hubs from any Hubber, not focusing on the amount of time they have spent on HubPages, but it is a special joy to discover a new special talent, like Sherry, and like you. I've been here less than you have but I was happy to have "discovered" you.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      I think this is shows a great community spirit. I too have been encouraged by the seasoned hubbers who have taken me on as a "follow". Great advice and one that I will have to follow through upon. Voted way up!

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      AEvans 4 years ago

      What a refreshing spin on Hubpages! I have been here for an eternity and have came a long way, since I began. I have a list of kudos all because of HP, which I hope I can get published this week. HP is an amazing place to begin and I could not imagine ever leaving. People will come and go on HP; but the strong will persevere! I apologize for not commenting as much I have a list of writing I am doing all because of HP. Keep up the great work and you have a warm and wonderful spirit! Thumbs up! Shared!:)

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Well, back at ya Victoria,

      You have hit the nail on the head. Your math is simple but definetely so truth. We all started from zero, and we all did terrible at the beggining, I attest of friends that gave me a hand to grow. Actually sister AE pushed me over the cliff.....help!!!

      Thanks for this hub, right on time! You are such a wonderful hubber and hope you win at the hubbies!

      Lord

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      Augustine A Zavala 4 years ago from Texas

      We should try t ogive back as much as we can. It's difficult, because some of your followers are religious about following you, yet their writing isn't interesting to you. We should still try to foster enthusiasm when ever we can.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Millionaire--I know what you mean. Thanks for saying that. I was glad to discover you, too. Discovering talented writers is always fun, no matter how long someone has been here. Thanks!

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      Rfordin 4 years ago from Florida

      Thanks for this article. As a new hubber it can be discouraging but at the same time it's the other "hubbers" (seasoned or not) who keep me motivated!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--Thanks. You are always so encouraging!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      AE--I love hearing from those of you who have been here for many years and still appreciate the value of HubPages. I love your comments anytime. I know that you have a lot of other writing going on. I think that's great. You've done well. HP can really help us to get there! Thanks for recognizing a "warm and wonderful spirit." I hope to keep it that way. Thanks so much! Great to hear from you!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      lord--I'm glad you had AE to help! She's awesome! You're a wonderful and encouraging hubber, too, my dear Lord!

      I hope you win at the hubbies, too. I would love to see that.

      Glad you came by here. You ARE the one to know if my math is right on. :-)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      AA Z--That is so true that we might not be interested so much in some of the writing. Like you say, I think we just do the best we can to support an encourage.

      Good to see you!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Rfordin--I agree! It's all of us who keep each other going. Thanks for commenting!

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      Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      Good job Victoria, it is all about sharing in the community. New writers and "old" writers all working together and learning as they go.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      As one of those newbies, I really appreciate this hub. It is difficult to be new especially on HubPages as there is so much to learn and do. I am loving it a lot and I try to learn just one new thing a day..or I get overwhelmed. I enjoy reading and commenting on new hubs. I have started getting involved in the forum. Success takes a while here that is for sure...But what fun getting there. Voted UP.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Curiad. You're exactly right!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Tori, it's so awesome to read this. I've been on HubPages almost two months and I feel very fragile with whether I'll get followers or not. I can say that I felt the support immediately from this awesome community. I also have several seasoned hubbers following my works and I am humbled by their awesome comments and unbridled support. I totally love writing for this site and hope that my year comes soon. I wonder where I'll be at that point. So awesome to read this and I hope to see you around the hubs,

      -Aubrey.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great topic for a hub! I try to make an effort to check in with all of my new followers, as many of them are newer hubbers. It's a great way for me to keep meeting newer members of the community. I continue to be encouraged by the feedback and encouragement that I get from more experienced freelance writers and hope to provide that for others, too.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Victoria.. this is excellent.. I felt the same way when i first started writing.. Bless you for writing this.. it is important to visit each other and comment and share and help each other. I love the hub because we are like family.

      sharing

      Debbie

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      This is excellent advice Victoria! I published my first hub exactly one year ago yesterday. I sort of thought I was wasting my time, but literally within minutes of hitting the publish button I had a couple comments. I was intrigued that anyone would take the time to read what I wrote and to post such genuine comments. And so I was spurred on to write and publish another hub which I have continued to do for the last year. In that time I have never forgotten how much those first two comments meant to me and so each week I am sure to go to explore...hubs...latest and read some hubs by new hubbers and leave a comment.

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hi Vicki! I am so glad you went to that seminar! That is so cool! I am also very glad you did get over your fear and write that first one. It is the toughest one by far I think.

      I visit new writers and comment and I do remember how hard it was to figure everything out. I tend to interact most with those who engage me but there are so many talented people around here - great material is never a problem!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      This post on encouragement to encourage is good stuff!

      Fall 2012 will be my third year and though I am a slower study on some aspects of hubbing than many other writers I can encourage new and "old" writers because I clearly remember how motivating the initial comments I received were to my tentative efforts. Actually, that has not changed. Every comment encourages me.

      I'm thankful for the encouraging comments that came in on my early work because they helped me continue learning through to today. Every new follower surprises me and I try to respond to their work as quickly as I can. I also like to poke around and find writers that I've not yet read. It takes time so it's not always possible to do as much of that as I would like, but it's always interesting.

      Again, good stuff you have here! :)

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      CJ Baker 4 years ago from Parts Unknown

      Very practical hub! As someone who has only been here for 4 months I have definitely appreciated the support of the hubpages community. I have benefited from the example of more experience hubbers. Even though I am still relatively new, I also try to show support to newer hubbers as well.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      carol, it IS easier to get overwhelmed. Learning a little at a time is a great way to go. That's what I have done. And, yes, the path to get there is so much fun here on HubPages!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aubrey--Great comments! I'm glad you're encouraged. I hope to be around for a while, too. See you soon!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      random--I try, too, although it's hard to keep up. I continue to be encouraged, too by more experienced writers as well as the appreciation of the newbies. Thanks for coming by, Rose!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ah, Debbie, you are so sweet. You're right in that we get to be like family. Thank you so much for your ongoing support.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ktrapp--I'm approaching a year, also, and I remember how important those first few comments were! It was amazing, so I know it must mean something to the new hubbers we run into on a regular basis. Thanks for coming by, ktrapp. Good to see you!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      RealH--Thanks for the input. I remember, too, how hard it was to figure everything out. I interact with some people more, too, but I try to spread that out when i have time. It's hard to get around to everyone, but it's fun when I have time. So glad you came by, Kelly!

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      Trinity M 4 years ago

      What a thoughtful and caring hub. I so agree with you Victoria Lynn. Although I had registered with HP a while ago, I was not active until a few months ago. As I started becoming more active I started looking for great seasoned hubbers to follow. Many oldies were just too busy to bother with me, yet I found some who were so caring and helpful towards me that it made such a difference in my writing as well as in my HP experience. I now make a point of checking out everyone who takes the time to leave a comment on my hubs or follows me. Thanks for the great advice. Voted up and useful.

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      RTalloni--I agree that every comment is welcome and encouraging. I wish I could read more of others' work, too, but we can only do what we can, huh? thanks for coming by! I need to stop by your hubs soon!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      spartucusjones--I think that every hubber, whether a newbie or one who has been here a while, appreciates the support. Thanks for chiming in!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Trinity--Thanks for the input! There are some who are busy with other writing and such and probably really are too busy, but there are so many who can and do take the time. HP is a great community that way!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      What a great hub Victoria! It really is all about support! Thank you!

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Audrey! I totally agree! (Obviously!)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      You went to a training? Hehe...ya know, the community college where I teach Spanish is interested in me teaching about online writing articles. THAT could be interesting. :) It's so nice when you're a newbie and people come by and comment and encourage you to grow. Yes, it's good to be interested in the newbies. :)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      CC--Yes, I did! I love to be trained! Are you going to take the college up on their offer? I think that's cool!

      Newbies rock! I still feel like a newbie in so many ways!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Great write, Victoria. I still feel like a newbie. I have met some incredible new writers lately and they have mostly been very excited and full of questions. It actually reminds me of why I started myself and their enthusiasm is contagious. :)

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      Vicki L Hodges 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      TT--I still feel like a newbie, too, sometimes. And, yes, the enthusiasm is contagious! :-)

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      LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

      Hi Victoria,

      I actively try to encourage new hubbers. I am conscious of the fact that many of them are new writers, which is even harder than being an old writer who just decides to turn their attention to hubs. :)

      Voted up+

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      LongTimeMother--That's great that you do that. I do now and then, too. I know it helps to feel welcome and encouraged.

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      Tyler Funk 3 years ago from Waterbury, Connecticut

      Thanks for this article! Even though I am a newbie and this seems to be written primarily for more experienced hubbers, I found all of what you had to say about the community here very interesting. I'm still learning, but hope that when I gain some experience and some familiarity with the community here that I will be able to help out new hubbers as well! Thank you for an interesting article - I'm going to check out your other article on RSS feeds right now!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Tyler, and welcome to HubPages! I hope you enjoy being here. About the RSS feeds hub, it isn't applicable on HubPages anymore, as they moved that feature. It is used elsewhere, though. :-)

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      biblicaliving 3 years ago from U.S.A.

      Very encouraging hub! I think that we have a tendency to forget how discouraging it gets to write and have no feedback or encouragement. Or worse, it's negative feed back or just outright lame! I've been trying to make it a point to visit hubpages hubs even when it pops in search engine results and I'm not even doing anything with hub pages. Keep it up!

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      Vicki L Hodges 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      biblicalliving--It can be discouraging, you are right. And negative feedback is the worst. We just have to do the best we can to be supportive, I think. Thanks for your input!

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thanks for the idea of using paint to write a picture. I can't draw a bit. The pictures can take as long as the writing for me.

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      Vicki L Hodges 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Catherine--I can't draw a lick! Paint helps me have fun with creating something, however silly it might be! :-)

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank goodness someone on HP turned me on to PicMonkey. I use Paint and PicMonkey to turn stock free images into my original art. I used them both to create the first picture that illustrates "Tips for Writers", and then the hub made HOTD. First I used Paint to erase the part I didn't want, and then I used PicMonkey to create new "art" in it's place.

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      Vicki L Hodges 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Catherine--I've never tried PicMonkey! Thanks for the mini-tutorial on how to use it. Maybe you should write a hub about that!!! It would be very helpful.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      I learned about PicMonkey from a hub or in the forum. I thought I would pass it on. Once you use it--it's very easy--you will recognize it in so many of my photos. I use it to give more pizzazz to pictures and to add words. It's free, but you can pay to upgrade. The free version is good enough.

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      Vicki L Hodges 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'll check it out, Catherine. Thanks!

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      Audrey Hunt 18 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm glad I came across this hub Vicki. I haven't given as much time as I should with newbies. I'm changing this now! Your hub is just what I needed. I wouldn't be here today (5 years now) if not for the support the seasoned hubbers gave to me when I first joined.

      Great thoughts and thanks.

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      Vicki L Hodges 18 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Same with me, Audrey! There were a bunch of hubbers who took interest! We should do the same. I've got to get back in here more! Thanks for reading--and for the comments!

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