I'm still kind of new here but here are my bits:
-My best piece of forum advice for other newbie hubbers is, if you have a question to ask, search it up on the HP search bar or on Google to see if that question has already been answered.
-Don't judge the whole community from any negative experiences you may bump into with just one person. I've seen some friendly, funny and helpful people around here.
-Treat everyone with equal respect. I don't care if someone has been here for 7 years or 2 months, if they have been helpful, they deserve the same respect and gratitude as someone who's been here for years.
Your turn! I'd like to hear from the newbies too.
I agree Hamshi! Treat people how you want to be treated. Even though it states that I've been here for 3 years, I actually started writing last year around September or so, I have some newbie followers and a few people that have been here for two or three years. I can't stress enough to treat others with respect. Great articles by the way! Keep up the great and inspiring work!
I agree with each one of your points! As a newbie, I really appreciate how helpful and respectful the majority of hubbers are. I really feel that the level of support here is wonderful and I am encouraged to carry on writing for hubpages as a result!
I would say be patient. It takes a while to get accepted on Adsense, and it took a while for me to start earning.
My main advice would be to not take the forums too seriously. It is a good place to get advice from experienced hubbers, but Hupages is about hubs--not the forum.
Generally, the eyeballs rolling across the floors only occurs in the religion and politics threads.
When I detect an illogical or fanatical poster, I simply depart.
My advice is to avoid the political and religious forums like the plague unless you like to beat your head into your desk and see the same points argued over and over again with no one really trying to understand the perspectives of those who don't agree with them.
Those forums quickly spiral into confrontation and insult hurling, or at least they used to - and I choose to refrain from all that now and focus on more productive things .
I am new here as well. Literally signed up yesterday. I have to say that I enjoy the fact that there is so much to be able to read and learn from. A lot of great hubbers with how to videos and great advice. Everyone is very friendly and helpful.
Whatever you've been through, whatever you are going through and wherever you are going... this hub community is all about it no matter what the situation is so, welcome :-)
Hi Hamshi, welcome. I love your forum advice. You've hit on all the important points, especially the ones about respect. My advice: don't take anything too personally. If things get too hot in a forum or if attitudes lean negatively, exit immediately. It's not worth getting into a battle with an avatar or being exposed to the negativity of others. Save that energy for the people in your life with whom you are in relationship and have to answer to on a regular basis.
I see that 99% of forum interaction is really good so don't let the 1% take away the joy and useful advice this community can offer.
Edit: With 11 months on, I see where your wisdom comes from.
I agree with ChristinS avoid the political and religious forums. Newbies often come on acting like they're on facebook and looking for a fight in their comments on their hubs or on the forums
Speak your mind, knowledge and experiences with patience and in an organized way :-)
As a 24-hour newbie, I can't answer with any expertise on the forums here. But I can say I appreciate posts like this one that let us engage and get our feet wet in a comfortable way and give us the pieces we're sifting around for. So thank you!
I'm also enjoying already that the threads I've read so far are thoughtfully written and responded too, with a fun mix of practical advice and respectful levity. That seems spot on to me with what makes a quality forum.
from what I have seen in 2 years follows the same as I was taught growing up...shy away from politics, religion and sex ) cheers...
I've been blogging for years in various places but the things I stay away from are the subjects already mentioned above, religion, politics & work. It doesn't hurt to spread a little humour around either, unless of course it is a serious subject.
You can write about work if you're self employed or if you love what you do & show it in a positive light but some employers can get very touchy about certain subjects you write about as they can see it as a reflection of their employment choices.
As a newbie myself, I would advice everyone joining to go on forums with an open mind. Remember there are different people here from all over the world, so let's be open to that and respect each other because I truly believe we are all here with the same purpose to learn and grow from each other.
Just engage on different topics even if it's beyond your normal zone, but asking questions there and contributing is what will ensure you enjoy your time here and more importantly you grow in life.
Let's engage and have a blast everyone!!!
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