Just want to say hello and introduce myself. I'm new and just published my first hub. I think I will recognize some of the writers here from Squidoo and Bubblews.
I would love to write more, but I have a cat on my lap who is demanding attention and I need to get out to do some Christmas shopping for my kids. However, first I need to check out some hubs from other writers. I look forward to being part of this community.
Welcome! Just a word of warning - "being part of the community" on HubPages is NOT part of the money-making formula here. (unlike Squidoo and Bubblews).
You don't need to curry favour with other writers to get votes (they do exist but barely count), and views from other Hubbers contribute very little to your income. Some of the most successful writers here are almost unknown to the community because they follow hardly anyone, don't comment on other people's Hubs and rarely post on the forums.
If you think of HubPages as a magazine and us as staff writers, spending time with the community is like goofing off with your colleagues around the water cooler. It's a great way to stay motivated and support each other, but your customers are not within the community. If you put your focus on the community and ignore your customers, your Hubs won't earn.
Welcome! We look forward to having you as part of our community. If you need help do not be afraid to ask, someone will be glad to answer. I hope that your cat does not interfere too much with your writing. Good luck with your shopping Santa!
Welcome to HubPages, WriterJanis! Congrats on your first hub, have fun learning the hubtool and writing more. It's a fun place to write and the community is awesome. Enjoy your stay! (Love the spelling of your name, by the way. )
Welcome! I understand about the kitty -on- the lap thing. Isn't it wonderful!? I recently adopted a 6month old kitten. Midnight gets along with my older cat. ( whew!) But sometimes Midnight just wants to cuddle with me....with his little head right under my chin. ( Honestly, I think he was taken away from his mommy too soon...perhaps he was orphaned?) Oh my! I'm just jabbering away here...Welcome to Hubpages!
You know what you can do here that you can't there?
Write a decent article that gets steady if not huge traffic. Leave it alone. Quite possibly forever, if it's an evergreen topic. Wander off and do something else entirely. EARN MONEY *gasp*.
Remember that whole "passive income" idea we started with all those years ago? That idea that each article wouldn't earn much at first, but if it was good content, over time, the residuals would add up to a reasonable ROI on time/effort spent on each page? It still works here without your wasting all your time on maintenance, updates and hoop-jumping to keep rank from slipping. So you won't go crazy maintaining all your old articles at the expense of writing anything new. I hit my limit somewhere around the 400 mark, and these days mostly leave content to sink or swim as it will.
I'm not putting all my eggs in the HP basket, of course, but it's working as well as anything these days.
Hi Janis, and welcome to Hubpages, I'm fairly new here myself but good to see new people also joining daily. There are many Hubs here on just about every subject you can think of. Enjoy your time here.
lots to learn here! I signed up a while back and haven't been on for a long time and now so much has changed ey - with more stricter rules. Looked at Bubblews today! Great opportunities out here in this virtual world. Enjoy!
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