There are some writers who are working here for quite some time may be more than 5-6 years and at the same time there are some who have completed only a few years or have recently joined the portal for contributing their bit.
I want to know from the writers whether they are happy with their journey so far completed here or they have more aspirations here in the coming times. Please share your experiences and it will definitely also help the new authors or the new writers joining this portal.
I'm over 7 here. Buttomline: one had to work hard. But also smart and easy.
Am I happy to still be here writing articles on my favourite topics? Yes, no doubt, despite the recent turbulence and uncertainty my overall verdict is: HP is a great place to be.
I've been at it 9 years and can safely say I'm not crazy yet! I still write new material; I continue to earn a decent whack, as they say, and know that if I add fresh articles every so often, the rewards will be there.
I recommend HP for those just starting out on the writing journey. You can learn the fundamentals here and potentially earn money from publishing your own work. That's a goal worth pursuing. And if you're good enough you'll start to build up a stock of articles and perhaps reach payout on a regular basis. It can be a hard slog; you have to stick at it. There are some really helpful and friendly people around, some brilliant writers willing to share and guide beginners. If the social side of things is for you then HP has that too. Perhaps that's why it still appeals - there are many writers who love interacting, they're not here for the dosh, more the craich.
The HubPages community are great, so helpful and caring. I have been here 8 years and would definitely recommend it to writers who are willing to put the work in.
I totally enjoy writing here.
It is a welcoming community where one can meet with other writers.
Of course I have more aspirations & I am constantly working toward my goals, but this community has helped me vastly.
I might not have tried reaching out if not for my friends here on Hubpages.
The community here is wonderful.
Umesh the biggest USP of hub pages is the warm community of writers you find here and the kind of talent they have that makes one better and better everyday. I have been here for about 7 months and the kind of learning I have received from writers like Brenda,John,Bill ,Chitrangada and many others canot be measured in words.I write in hubpages just to savor this experience.
I just received an email congratulating me on my 12 years at HubPages. This site has changed a lot over the time I have been here, but even though I belong to a couple of other sites, this is still my favourite online writing portal. I find the community here very welcoming and consider many of the other writers my dear friends. That is my main reason for writing here. My income has risen slowly over the years but to me, that is not important and I would still write here for nothing. As soon as commenting on the niche sites is restored everything will be great.
You have put the whole thing so precisely in one sentence. Thanks for sharing your experience.
bhattuc, you're welcome. actually, both new and old writers have a long way to go, by learning from each other. Seriously, the hubpage site or platform is very engaging. You can learn from one another. The best part of it is that if an answer that bother technicality is not forthcoming from fellow writers, you contact team@hubpages and there you are.
You yourself have created a big network of poets through your weekly word challenges. Great and keep it up.
12 years is a commendable journey. Anyway, you are a source of encouragement for many of us. Keep going.
You have put it in such a warm way. Thank you very much for sharing your experience of such a short span.
I’ve been writing on Hubpages for 12 years and I must say it’s been quite a journey.
It is from here that I cut my teeth as it pertains to writing online. It is this site that served as my springboard.
Over the years, I started blogging, set up websites, got into social media(ing), and now publish books on KDP. I have learned sooo much and I have used this knowledge to create baskets of income here and there.
And it’s all thanks to my HubPages foundation.
I will forever cherish the day I ‘stumbled’ on this article writing site.
I was writing here with a great speed. I m glad all the community welcomed me very warmly. But I feel like people here comment on your work when you comment on their work whether you read/like it or not.
I found it like 'give some have some' type deal.
I have been weiting on Hub Pages for over 3 years. I enjoy the writing and the camaraderie with other writers. I appreciate their help and guidance.
I initially hoped to earn an income from my writing here. It took over 3 years and many hours work to reach my first pay out. Things seemed to be looking up, but views are way down again now. I took advice and set up on Pinterest. I reviewed my articles. Any improvements were short lived in terms of traffic.
So, at the end of the day, what am I left with? An enjoyable hobby and the friendship of other writers.
Any tips on how to improve traffic to my articles would be much appreciated.
Maybe, on the basis of the above comment, attention to detail and spell checking are key to success. 'weiting' should read as 'writing'!
Eurofile, thanks for correcting your typo. They're some online spelling and grammar checker. You can get grammarly at www.grammarly.com/ The above's a free tool. But there's also a paid version. Seriously, that you input 'weiting' instead of writing tells me (1) you've been writing and re-reading in the head. This is a common trend among us writers. By taking a break from a long or short writes, and doing any other things, unrelate to writing task. But of course I long in daily just to input comments. Honestly, spelling and grammar checkers software tools are not without any demerit. A software device cannot correcty check the words wes and weiting to mean west and writing without a context. So far, where do we go from here? The best thinng one can do is to regularly go through again and again over one's work.
I am also sailing in the same boat. Enjoying my hobby. Thanks for sharing your experiences.
I've written for a couple of other content providers that claimed to care about quality but actually didn't. HubPages does have exacting standards and that appeals to me as someone who spent his life in journalism.
I write here because I think it keeps what's left of my addled brain from going completely over the edge. Doesn't everybody keep their keys in the sock drawer?
If there's a downside, it's the topical forum where dimwitted conspiracy followers rant and rave. I can't understand how that fits in with HP's commitment to quality. Must be something to do with revenue. Fortunately, it can be switched off.
Overall, I'd give a high rating to the platform and hope it can survive in the everchanging internet environment.
It's been a rollercoaster ride but worth the journey. I've been here 9 years and I continue to enjoy being here. I have met my goals in terms of writing articles and poetry and sharing with clients, friends, family and the HP community. Thanks to Brenda's word prompt challenge, I finally accomplished a long term goal by hitting100+ articles in the last couple months.
The rollercoaster was mostly about the many phases of changes and rules of the site and learning the particulars of online writing. My aspirations are to keep writing. I'm excited about publishing my first book, on track for release in November.
Lastly, the interactions with veteran writers over the years has been priceless. A lot of hubbers helped me along the way and I've tried to do the same. I don't make a lot of money on HP, but that's never been the primary goal. I appreciate the monthly payouts which help with gas and groceries. But being paid for my work, regardless of the amount, is a great feeling and worth it. Thanks, HP.
Nice words Janshares. Enjoy your journey and have a good time.
Ah, I love your words and find them very inspiring. I can say the same except I have few articles, not been around for a while and have only made a few cents so far (even that was exciting). I am having fun and I find that this place can be addicting.
Ten year veteran here. I'm still having fun, and I'm still earning occasional beer/pizza/CD money for writing the kind of heavy metal gibberish I used to do for nothing, so I have no complaints.
I'm one of those who came over from Squidoo several years ago. I wrote here for a while, then dropped out for quite a while, and have been back only a few months. I do enjoy writing here, and am glad to be back.
Welcome back and thanks for sharing your experiences. Hope your second innings will be much more fruitful here.
Maria, welcome back. I just post my first article on Squidoo, and realise it was about to be merged with hubpages. I've been HubPages ever since then. It's worth my time.
I’m trying to get back into the swing of things here and maybe one day I may even try to write something half way positive. Ha ha
I decided to follow you. Cause, why not.
I've been here eleven years. I enjoy the challenges of the writing and have met some great people!
I began writing on Hubpages in late 2009 and I've seen many changes over the years, nearly all for the better, which have made it one of my favourite writing sites on the Internet.
When I came to Hubpages, I knew nothing about writing, other than that I enjoyed it and was ok at writing poetry and stories. I was totally green and thought "writers" were people with fantasy trilogies. Thanks to the amazing people on this site, I learned how to write for SEO, then moved into my own Wordpress websites and eventually into marketing. I then used that experience to get a Master of Marketing and today have a fantastic career in digital marketing and training, all because of my start on this site.
I don't write here much anymore, as I have my own sites and content, but I still draw around $200 per month. When I do write here, it falls into three categories:
1. Testing content to see if it works before launching a full niche website.
2. Viral content which I want to write quickly and share, but I know will have low value for actual sales,; Hubpage's ad program will pay well for thousands of views.
3. Orphan content I want to write about, but don't have enough interest in to start a whole niche site.
Thanks to the knowledge I learned from this site, anything I write is almost guaranteed to get traffic from Google, because I know how Google works and how to judge the competition in the search results.
If you're new, keep at it; it's an amazing place and one of the easiest ways to launch into the digital space without the time and financial investment you'll need on your own website.
Trying to get back here. As an INFJ/ HSP who recently left an abusive relationship, I find it a welcoming place to express myself and meet others from all walks of life who have sincere empathy, but also who I am able to learn and grow from.
I’ve never written before this - except for articles for a site called blogmutt which was bought out by someone else. It was okay but boring and uncreative really.
It feels good here and I am grateful to be part of the community.
Still finding my way around once more.
Wanted to thank Kyler for his heart felt reply to one of my poems- which always mean so much to me.
HH, welcome back and I wish all good luck to you during your renewed term here. I agree one enjoys the community here. No doubt on that front. Stay blessed and have a nice time.
I've real4ze tha everyone's experieece...negative or positive is worty of note.
Bhattuc, thank you. But I so sorry for the typo. Repeat here for correction: "I've realize that everyone's experience...negative or positive is worthy of note."
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