Well, I decided to write the title but not the hub, lol. Seriously, what kind of traffic would it get anyway, . So I decided to celebrate my 2-year anniversary in a forum post by sharing tidbits I've learned along the way. Hopefully, it will help HP newcomers/Squidoo transfers on the journey to a successful run on HubPages.
Hunker down and write a LOT of excellent quality hubs; you will save yourself a lot of time not having to come back and do a lot of fixing and editing later.
Understand the "bigger picture" as far as the business side of online writing; don't get upset when things don't seem fair or go your way; it's so much bigger than one writer; it's big business.
Be the best you can be, strive for professionalism, take the craft seriously when it comes to punctuation, grammar, and spelling.
Pace yourself, don't get burned out or discouraged; it will get better if you take your time and hang in there like a trooper.
Allow yourself to make mistakes AND improvements; even the best hubs can stand a little dusting off.
Gain, retain, and put to use all the knowledge you can from the Learning Center and the forums; it will pay off.
Expect things to change just when you thought you finally had on handle on this beast called online writing; it has a life of its own.
Surrender to all things you have no control over and let it go (fluctuations in hubscores, hubberscores, and traffic; understanding HOTD and EC; attitudes in the forums). Focus on what you do have control over - - writing articles.
Thank you, HP community for your support, help, and unique online friendships.
My but the time does fly, two years! I joined three months behind you and hoping against hope that I make 100000 views by then:) Thanks for the good advice given here and I hope that your next twelve months will be your best yet.
Happy Anniversary Jan. What you did there was very clever, spelling out HubPages with the first letter of each paragraph. But more than that, you hit the nail on the head with your advice. I've used an old saying I've used before about this kind of thing: I may play here, but the playground belongs to someone else. Of course, not meaning actual "play," but I'm sure you get what I mean. We don't get to make the rules, but if we stay, we must abide by them. I hope you've enjoyed your 2 years as much as I enjoyed my 4+ on Squidoo. I learned a lot there, and I expect I will learn here too. Thanks for a great read and I'm going to follow you so I can see how you do it. (smile)
Congrats jan and Happy Anniversary. Excellent tips, informative and helpful too. You are a good writer and fine presenter. Hope and pray you have more success in the coming days. But rather than a forum post, it would have been better if you had done a hub as surely it will bring you more viewers and attention. Anyhow your attempt is welcome. God bless you.
Thank you so much, sunnilkunnoth2012, for your vote of confidence. I just didn't think it would make a hearty hub of quality but I still wanted to share and celebrate. Oh well, maybe I'll do a hub at 3 years.
Thank you for this. I have not read the Learning Center as much as I should because of information overload. Thanks for the reminder to look into it. Your advice is sound advice for a newbie on HubPages just coming over from Squidoo.
To be honest, mumsgather, I found the Learning Center overwhelming when I started here and would avod it like the plague. But now I understand its value. I still think it's easier to ask questions in the forums. Visit specific areas a little at a time.
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