I'm currently trying to get my husband to help me write some hubs. I'm happy to type them up and edit them, I basically want his input on topics that I know nothing about - because the more topics you cover the more chance you have of getting a great niche.
My husband is half won over on the idea I can make money on HP & online. We've made a deal that if I'm able to make enough within five years I'll never work again - just stay home and have lots of kids!
Just wondering how other people's families deal with their writing - laugh, believe or just say nothing but act doubtful?
My wife like to say "you are wasting your time" but I think that it is more a case of interfering with her time on Facebook playing Farmville.
I not only use Hubpages i also have a website some blogs, Lenses on Squidoo and a vShop on an auction site that i have to look after and would love my wife to take more interest in it. The only time she shows any interested is when we make a sale or get some revenue from the other sources and even then is just to know how much we made.
I personally do not discuss my hubbing with my family much. I DO, however, discuss the sites on which I am PAID to write. Besides, it's hard to keep up with me anyway . . . for reasons i would rather not go into here-LOL!
This is a GREAT question -- and I've loved reading the heartfelt answers (my own answer is wayyyy down below...
I do make some money online on a regular basis but not enough to make a living off it. However, I do nothing else to make money too. I have somehow made my family/relatives to believe that I will either start making money of it and if I can't I can do a lot of other things.
I'm writing a book on the paranormal. Page by page and posting them on Hp. Yet, my older kids think I am doing nothing -- just playing on the computer! On Hub pages.
When is writing not work?! Especially when you are writing hundreds of pages and posting them!
Family and friends needs to know if you are writing you are working! Lol. Everyone with me on that one?
I was introduced by my bro here. He is a good writer and now after more then a year here I have learned the trades and tricks here. It feels good and even bro feel that I have picked up well. Btw he is my younger bro
I have one son (grown) who writes (degree in fine arts, works in publishing - the whole bit). He has considered trying writing a few Hubs, I think, but I'm not sure if he has or not. For all I know, he could have hundreds of Hubs up and not be saying anything about it. The same with my daughter (another writer-type). They like to keep a lot of their "personal doings" private, for one reason or another.
One son isn't one to write much.
Their father would (as he puts it) "rather kill himself than write".
My sister isn't far behind in that thinking. My brother's someone who could be a Hubber and I'd never know it. (It's that "keeping private" thing again. ) I've mostly lost touch with people like cousins and former in-laws. It was only recently that I posted links to my stuff on Geni. Who knows - maybe some long lost cousin read something. None of my friends writes. So, as you can see, this writing thing is pretty much my own "private thing". The ones in my day-to-day life know I pick up a part-time income from it, so I guess they think it's a reasonably worthwhile endeavor.
my husband thinks i waste far too much time on hubpages, as i am kinda addicted to it.... He spends far too much time watching sport, so that is life.... he certainly would not be interested in writing at all. He actually would be great at it, but what's the point if the interest is not there.....
I think pretty soon I'm going to find myself single again because my partner is sick to the back teeth of me being on the computer all day, every day.
Neither of us is working, but at least I am trying to make money. If I was sitting here playing daft games I could see his point, but I'm not, I'm writing and backlinking and learning everything I can about SEO to try to make a living. I'm also doing freelancing. He was tolerant for a while but now we are barely on speaking terms, and he can't help me with this. He doesn't speak English.
My OH knows that I write on Hub Pages and I've shown him a couple of my hubs (the ones which are on topics I know he'll be interested in).
My earnings on HP have turned into a sort of standing household joke: "Wooohoo, I earned £0.04 while we were out at the pub quiz tonight! Go me!! Rich beyond the dreams of avarice!"
I know, I know, I know.
I have encouraged my wife and my daughters to get involved. They say they have no time.
My wife doesn't even even read most of what I write - she reads the little blurbs I post to Facebook and will comment if she likes one of the little cartoons I sometimes put with them, but seldom clicks in :-)
Too busy, she says, and if it's important, I should just tell her about it.
My daughters read more and so does a cousin, but the thing I find odd us that none if them will leave a comment at the post - they always go back to Facebook!
I have had people comment back to Tweeter. I find that really, really odd, but there it is.
As to the money thing, I already earn significant money at my main site, so they all understand that I am doing worthwhile work, but of course they don't understand how it all works. A "writer" should write a book or a magazine article and get paid. I've been paid by magazines, but overall I have made much more through the Internet, but it's different to them. They don't see it the same way.
I'm going to keep harping at them )
They don't really know much about it, they are not techies (aside from my brother).
Mine does too. He likes the extra money coming in. What's not to like about that, you know? So he encourages me to write. Gotta love that.
My husband appreciates the extra income and encourages me to write more. I have him check over some of my health related hubs for accuracy before publishing, but other than that he doesn't usually read them. I tried to get him to join, but he only ever wrote one hub himself and I edited it and formatted it and added in pictures and other capsules. Nowadays I just use his account to write about one of my own niches.
I convinced my brother to sign up too, but he hasn't written anything, and one of my friends wrote a great hub about Prince Edward Island that did pretty well in HubNuggets that week, but she has been too busy with school and work to write more.
My husband has always been very supportive of it, but then I was living as a single stay-at-home mom thanks to my writing income when he met me. Obviously I'd already proven that I could, and continue, to make a full-time income off of my various writing endeavors. When my husband first moved here he did do a little bit of writing as well, though not on Hubpages, until he found an outside job, and so he has a very real appreciation for how difficult it can be since he was never able to match my productivity and rankings. However, since his knowledge base is very much in demand he patiently allows me to pick his brain and write articles based on his ideas, but my words.
That said, my extended family and family friends kept asking me for almost a year after my divorce from my first husband when I was going to get a "real job." Even though I was supporting myself and my son completely on my own, no one could accept that not only did I already have a real job, it pays better than about any outside job I could get in this area. Now many of those same people think my husband is supporting me and that I have no other concerns in life than my kids and home (which is enough, but not all that's on my plate!) to the extent that many have decided that I'm deliberately cutting them out of my life because I'm not making time for them. These are mostly other stay-at-home moms who have the kids and the house, but not the additional full-time job to deal with. I get the feeling even my mom thought I was pulling support from somewhere when I was single, because how else would I have been able to stay at home?
It's very frustrating sometimes because people wouldn't get mad if I didn't answer the phone if I were working at Wal-Mart, but they think I'm blowing them off because I shut the phone off during my work day at home. For some reason it just never gets through that even though I'm at home, I'm NOT really at home because I'm at work. It makes perfect sense. That said, I wouldn't change a single thing, and at least the most important and influential person in my life fully supports it and loves to brag that he's married to a writer .
My family knows that I write on HubPages, and my dad's impressed by the fact that I'm able to pay the rent from it.
But overall, I don't talk with them about it as 1) they already know all the things I am interested in, and share a lot of those interests with me, thus they don't need to redundantly read about it on the internet and 2) it helps avoid any of the unfortunate situations where someone's family decided to "help" someone earn money online and instead got their AdSense account banned permanently.
I contribute about half the family income for expenses, savings, and retirement from affiliate marketing and that's really all my husband cares about. The rest of the family and our friends know that I run an online marketing company. As with Relache, I've never shared the details of my sites or brought up HubPages specifically in order to avoid any "Help."
In all fairness my eyes glaze over when Leo talks about physics and engineering. Luckily we have lots of other common interests and hobbies.
I haven't told my entire family. I've told only one person. And, her response was - do what you want. I thought it was the best response I could get.
My boyfriend is all for it and even gives me some ideas on what to write. My Mom just sorta rolls her eyes and talks about something else. She doesn't believe you can earn much here. I don't really talk about Hubpages much with my friends.
To tell you the truth, I would love to spend more time here writing hubs, but what with my real life job, my studies (psychology degree) and my family, I can never find enough time to hub!
So far, my husband is only happy for me.... though I have to admit, he thinks the forums are a real waste of time - something I cannot understand, since he'll spend the same amount of time watching sports on t.v. which i don't, so how is that any different?!
Most of my family doesn't get it. If I tell them something that I'm writing about or mention a hub it like this with crickets chirping in the background. I do have one support my sister, she's composed a hub for me once.
I am like you Nelle. My eyes often glaze over when my husband talks about his job. Soooo boring. I don't talk too much about my affiliate marketing other than sometimes say I write articles online or I have a couple of websites.
So far I've only told my kids (who else is there for me to tell? An un-supportive ex-family) They're okay with it, but don't want to hear about it....lol Sometimes I push it on them, like if something wont leave my mind and I have to talk about it! lol
I think my situation is a little unique, in that my husband, me, and our three kids are ALL hubbers now, lol...
My husband Tom, was first, then when he started writing a sci-fi story in chapters, our oldest son, Dustin, signed up so he could comment. Then he started messing around, writing some "stories of his life" type hubs.
I joined about 13 months ago now, and love it. Our youngest son, Larkin, joined but has only written two hubs so far, and our daughter Leia joined up, mostly so she could comment on our hubs, I believe, 'cause she's pretty busy with her little ones to write herself yet.
Soooo, in our family, you can hear "You should do a hub on that" on a daily basis, haha...
Our extended family thinks it's kind of neat, though, and are very supportive.
If you mean family as in Ma, Pa etc / with the exception of my sister they just don't think.
My husband and my three children love what I do but it bores them. I talk about stats too much
I don't let it get in the way with life and so they aren't bothered by it.
I posted already in this thread about how my being online so much is causing problems in our relationship. He's just after coming in and telling me I should write a book instead of writing on hubpages! Seems he'd been speaking to a Spanish-speaking English person in the village who always read my blog and thinks I'm a great writer and told him so! Now he wants me to spend even more time at the computer! Huh?
I don't think I could write a book although I'd like to. Article writing suits me fine
My husband and children are very happy that I have found HubPages as an outlet for my writing. Many of my friends, via facebook and through my email contacts have been cheering me on as well. So far three friends have signed up on HubPages themselves and others will be following suit in the near future. I am sold on HubPages not only for the opportunity to write but also because there are those on HubPages who go out of their way to create a safe and supportive environment for all of us!
Supported by spouse, children, family, friends or not, if this is what you like to do then HubPages is a great place to do it. You will get all the support and encouragement you could possibly wish for from your fellow Hubbers.
I think mine are slightly bemused. My husband, I'm sure, regards it as just a hobby, though he knows I am perfectly serious about writing. He hasn't seen any of my hubs though, as I don't really like people I know reading my work (crazy I know!) My son is not interested in the writing, just in whether I have made any money!!
My wife is vaguely interested ("There's no money yet? It's been two weeks already!") but the rest take little note. Although I asked for and received some good hub ideas from my son and his wife. My brother (programmer and writer) joined but hasn't written anything. Perhaps one day he will - he's already published a couple of successful books and understands the net far better than I do.
My wife and kids seem to like the extra money that I bring in and spend on them when they least expect it, leaving me with just enough to buy the odd book or a pair of socks, but hey the online earning can only get bigger and it is, so my family are pretty supportive, they wouldn't be if I didn't bring in any money after 8 years of being online though!
Well my parents like it and my brother actually wants to join it now!
My family supports me 100% on my writing and they believe I can make money on here and just online period. My boyfriend definitely supports me and he knows my goals and want me to make them. I do believe if I start generating money online from writing he will join as well. I feel that he writes better than I do and he may be the one that can generate money on here quicker than I can, lol..
A former single mom, my sons are tickled their mom is a internet 'star' and recent b/f ..thinks I'm awesome, parents and siblings are supportive but a tad skeptical same time. Can't win everybody I guess,
I have mentioned my writing to my friends and family, but few have read my articles. It almost seems they think the internet is just a place you go to look up things without ever once thinking of how the content gets on there in the first place. It's just almost too much to get their heads around. LOL
My husband and daughter love it. My husband actually has one hub posted on his own account. My daughter will begin hubbing when she turns 18 in November. They both understand the power of hubbing because they see the income I've been generating.
Not sure my hubby knows about hubpages, although he is very supportive of 'my hobby', (as he likes to call my writing). I started with a correspondence course which aimed to get you published, and I did get one article published in Dogs Monthly!!! I then discovered hubpages. I am really enjoying it, but need to try to figure out about generating traffic etc, as I have only made £1.41, which is laughable really On a more positive note, I have read some fantastic articles and I hope one day to be able to tell my hubby that I have generated a small income from my writing.
My Hubby is the only one who knows about my Hubbing. I don't think he has ever read any of my hubs, tho.
Other members of the family could be quite incensed if they knew -- my sister-in-law, especially, as she is the topic of quite a few of my more scathing hubs!
This is why I write as Mighty Mom rather than my own name -- to avoid being sued for libel (even though everything I've written is true!).
My husband is extremely supportive although if I get entrenched in something like the hubbalicious deal, not so much! He of course was possessed with PAINTING the house at the time but in my case I was the one who was obsessed. I love the give and take of marriage 101!
The rest of my family thinks it's great - but they think you should be famous in 2 seconds. None of my family seems to 'get' the concept that they are actually supposed to READ what I write and as they watch the numbers go up on my hubs in terms of those I've created, they are already so far behind, how the heck will they catch up?
I would seriously love my husband even more if he researched things for me or did stuff to help me out on writing. I have broached the subject to him but I don't think he's buying it - even though he is kinda sorta retired and has more time to do that while I'm still working full-time. I'm grateful though for all the indulgences - he knows that if I get a bug and want to write about something, I'll be back! It bothered me at first that my friends and family didn't read me constantly but now I realize that is pretty hopeful! They do encourage me though and support me 100% - so this is good! This is great!
If you figure out a way to get your hubby to muscle up and help you, let us all know how you managed it!
Hello fellow Hubbers!
I've never been an active hubber unlike lately though I've been here for about two years now. So far, I'm enjoying writing contents everyday that I consider somewhat a regular work that have to attend to mostly everyday. Even though I never earn a few bucks yet from HubPages.. I think I'll be needing a couple of topics to top the earnings I already done to Squidoo. My whole family member knew what I was doing online for almost waking hours. I guess, I am taking all this seriously ever since a few years I started.. Keeping my fingers cross!
Honestly, most people in my family don't understand it and don't really care to take the time to learn about it either. That's all fine by me as it creates my own little personal escape and hobby when I need to get away from it all!
Hi Mighty Mom, at least your sister in law is talking to you, mine isn't, not sure why though? I would love to write about it, but I dare not. Not that I think she would find the hub (the in laws don't know about it), but I don't want to risk it. I guess it's not worth the grief. She is my hubby's little sister after all! Boo!!
The ones who know are too kind to put into words what I guess they are thinking.
I guess they are thinking it is a bit of an odd thing to do.
I sometimes look at my Adsense account and if it is a good or bad day for me I call out how much I have made. (I am ticking over but not in the big league or the responses might be different.)
The usual response I get is that it is a slow or hard way to make money for the amount of time and effort I spend on it. The way I think about it is that instead of spending time watching TV I write, so how is that wasting my time? Anyway I am coming up to my final hub for thirty hubs in thirty days, so I have a sense of achievement about that.
I am not quitting writing, I enjoy it and if I can make a bit of money as I write, then that is even better. I just needed to see this in writing, especially the last sentence, so it does not matter if no one responds to it.
Making money or not this is the most fun I've had trying to make money anyway, other than writing two books. This place is fun and my husband is all for it.
well, my soon to be ex didn't like it - but then he never liked anything that made me happy - my kids and my mother in law - they get a kick out of it and are great to go away and let me have my quiet writing time - I'm fortuante there - only thing is - I haven't taken advantage of it as of yet - but I plan on it They actually encourage me to write so I really am lucky
My hubby is supportive & encouraging. He knows that I enjoy writing. I don't broadcast too much anymore. I did in the beginning - but now I just don't talk much about it to anyone. I did try to convince my daughter to join, but she has no time.
Ditto what Nelle and Relache said. My family knows that I make a living as a freelance writer, but that's it. When it comes to HubPages, I'm afraid that my friends and family don't know enough to not try to "help" by clicking on things they shouldn't be. It just avoids a whole lot of complications.
Hubpages is my secret pleasure. I don't tell anyone about it. I might some day but that's far off in the future.
My parents found out and now they don't talk to me. The shame was too much.
I don't think my hubby quite "gets" it. He's kind of like, "So... you write something... about whatever... and people find it... and click on stuff... and you get... pennies?"
And so far, that's about it. Hehe. I haven't gotten a payout yet, so maybe whenever that rolls around, that'll help. Hehe.
No one gets rich here but it is a place to have fun (within the limits given)and that is sometimes more important than making money. Providing a place for others to advertise for free--as we do here--doesn't impress anyone all that much. When I open my pay pal account and show my one son that I got paid by other sites for my actual writing THAT impresses him.
I like the attitude someone else expressed about this being "a secret". That's the best way to look at it; I'd say.
My wife is very supportive and is the only person that knows but thinks i spend too much time on the computer doing backlinking and bookmarking other sites. She thinks it's something you can do in a spare 10 mins.lol But she was well pleased when i sold my first Amazon book.
by healthmom 6 years ago
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