I just passed my three year and 100,000 page view landmarks.
Thank you my friends and fellow word crafters for your friendship and constant support as I have grown in this discipline of writing. We're all busy people. Writers would be busy even if we had no family, social or work obligations, we would simply write more. You've shared with others here about how you do it, and I'd like to ask you to do it again. Remind me how to you cover all the bases? How do you give yourself to a large writing project and still manage to maintain your presence here?
In my first few years writing on Hub Pages I would spend an entire weekend on writing one article but I learned that the best way for me to make sure I did a thorough job was to spend more time on each one.
So I developed a practice of spending several weeks writing one article, because in my field of interest, there is so much disinformation and such a wide diversity of knowledge that as more data is revealed a clearer picture evolves.
So now I have around twenty different projects I'm working on, giving me the chance to go back and edit these projects and add to them over time.
Since the title to your article is paramount to page views (4 years = 300,000 PVs & 215 articles for me) then if you come up with a good one, start a Hub immediately and write a paragraph or two to have a theme to remember when you come back to it.
Pay attention to the questions asked in the comment section because this is what people want to know more about. Recognize that to get a page view requires that someone stay on your page almost 4 minutes, so make sure your article is long enough to accomplish this, especially because most people scan articles and read text capsules that interest them.
I stay here for the ease in which writing, formatting and adding graphics here on HPs is, I have found it easier than any other site of a similar nature. They also allow me the freedom to write anything I want and give me the ability to make sure they are well publicized.
I'm more about the message than the money and getting the truth out to as many people as possible in an attempt to wake up the slumbering masses that are unwilling to see the forest through the trees.
I can't help but work on a bunch of different projects all at once. I think it's just the way I tick. HubPages is an aid to other work because it gives me something to do when I get (what other people call) writer's block that gets me back on track afterward.
Anyway, I put my focus on the writing rather than on the social aspects of HubPages as much as possible when I'm primarily working on other projects for myself or others.
When I'm extremely busy with other things, I focus on only the hubs that I feel provide the most value to readers. I'm more careful with the upkeep of some hubs than others and it's intentional. The hubs I know have links in student lesson plans get top priority followed by the rest of my hubs on social issues. Serious tutorials and information pieces get the next priority followed by frivolous tutorials and then everything else.
I'm probably not a good example to model your behavior after. I'm autistic so most of my words come out in writing. Sites like HubPages allow me to express my personal voice so HubPages is already something I squeeze into my available time. I fit it into my day like other people fit their personal conversations into their time off.
Congratulations on the milestones. It's been cool watching you bud into a bonafide writer on this site.
In my personal experience, writing isn't something I can just turn on and off. It comes and goes in phases. And when it's on other parts of my life get neglected. I have to pull away from it, try get my life back together, and then it comes again.
Not very reassuring, but I'm sure it's different for you. You write way more than I do, so you must have found some kind of control or balance.
Firstly congratulations Chris on three years and 100,000 views. That is an impressive milestone. I am lucky to have a generous amount of time to devote to writing and at times give it preference to other things I should be doing.
In one month this year I have written six hubs which is probably more most productive effort so far. I doubt I can keep that up but it would be nice to think so. I get the most enjoyment out of writing for Hub Pages, so I try to only accept small paid writing assignments outside these walls.
I did receive an offer to write a series of children's books for a series (for more money than I have earned in all my other writing assignments so far) but I turned it down, saying I was willing to write one book, because I didn't want to be tied down to one project. I am a bit of a gypsy as far as writing goes. I don't like to be tied to one genre or assignment.
Variety is the spice... John. You write what you like and chances are you'll get an appreciative 'audience'.
John, thanks for those comments. You have produced some wonderful material on this site, and my HP world would be much less enjoyable if you were not a part of it. Keep up the great work.
Thank you Alan and Chris,you are both an inspiration.
Your passion is writing and I hope you are able to fit the children's books in some time too, at a later stage.
A very heartfelt congratulations Chris, on your astronomic milestone. "Three years" brings back memory of my unfortunate beginning here on HP being instigated by a friend at the time I didn't have any idea what HP is or stands for , the least why I am commenting ?!. I will never forget our first "meeting" as you told me , Michael it's obvious English is not your first language, why don't you take classes for beginners ... now I do, meanwhile not being sure what am I doing here anyway ?
Wishing you much success in years to come, healt, blessing and prosperity.
Michael, I know why you are here. You brighten my day every time you comment on one of my articles or stories. My little corner of HP is a much more human place because you are there. Thanks for being here. You are greatly appreciated.
Chris, dear friend ,let this be known to you: there are mysterious intervention during a course of our life, never been understood... February 2nd, 16 is one of them, as your reply has prevented my "exit", thus extending my life ... Thank you so much
Michael, I am not sure what happened today, but I am glad there was no "exit" on your part. If you can, please tell me more. If you can't, blessings on you my friend.
Today in your comment has been given meaning for my participation on HP. I was ready to leave , being discontent with my unproductivity in a full sense of the HP objective requirement.(My friend/mentor isn't with us , and he was bilingual in terms no
Michael, my feeling is that there is definitely a place on HP for readers and commenters like yourself. You seem to enjoy your time here and you contribute in a positive way to discussions . I for one would miss you if you ever decided to leave
Correct,I am aware of all given HP instruction/information. Though many terms which can't be translated , hinder my total understanding...( Can't say any more...)
Congratulations, Chris. It is a very great achievement to secure 100,000 views with 160 hubs in 3 years, as far as I consider.
I myself am very slow here, even though I have my own blogs and contribute time there also. I used to write paid articles on accounts and finance topics but discontinued it since one year to concentrate on quality writing at my own time.
I am more relaxed in my writings with my moods and here on hubpages, I write when I feel like sharing some topic that inspires me. I workout on the content with good research, but sometimes get blocked while putting things into words. I take 3, 4 days to complete an article without putting too much pressure.
I think I should practice more here for improving my creativity and expression. At my blogs, I write on finance and economics on one blog and lifestyle tips on other blog (dealing with morality, human values and prayers, etc.). They do not require so much effort as here on hubpages. But I love hubpages for its style and presentations.
Wish you all the best and more achievements in life.
And there's more mileage yet! Congrats are in order, Chris.
Write what entertains you, and on the grounds that no man/woman is an island you should cover the bases:
The controversial and the amusing, informative and reflective is probably a combination that'll pull the punters. Go-gerrem!
Happy for you. Just getting that kind of traffic is remarkable.
Congratulations Chris, I don't know how I do it! I just jump in early in the morning as time permits, then make breakfast do personal chores and keep appointments and work outside then make lunch if I am home from appointments then on here from nightfall to two in the morning sleep about 5 hours and start over.
I don't know if I will make to where you are right now but, glad to know someone did.
Blessings my friend
I aim for a certain number of articles per month to publish, so that it is an ongoing goal that I can achieve over time.
That is just wonderful Chris Mills. I am happy for you. Must feel real good, huh! I have been here a fair bit now, but am nowhere near that kind of level, so lucky me, I get to hobnob with the real writers! I wish I had the time to read your work and that of many others here. Alas, I just cannot stretch my time any more, however, I do read a story here, an article there, sometimes even a poem. I think we could not do better than read the work of our fellow members. So keep on writing, and I will keep on reading, and one day maybe. . .
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