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It is that time of year when votes are being cast for the top 100 new hubbers for 2010. After a long hiatus, I am back and ready. The deadline is December 31,2010 to cast your vote so think long and hard when it comes to voting. Start reading and reviewing and send me your list of favorites. All winners will be announced on January 7th, 2011. Also send me there Hub Page links which will save me time with tracking all of them down. I will not be voting it is you the community who will be nominating and I will not disclose the votes until Jan 7th,2010. Send an e-mail and get reading!
You can vote for yourself. Up to 10 individual votes per hubber.
AEvans, it's good to see you again! I hope you are doing well.
I have two questions and two suggestions about the nomination and voting process.
Questions: Do you want a link specifically to their profile page or just to any of their hubs? Is there any limit to the number of people one Hubber may nominate - or is a nomination in this case the same as a vote?
Suggestions: Since we know the Hubbers best who have been around and posting in forums for the longest, I would love to see a new forum thread that mentions some of the great newer hubbers who have not participated in forums very much. I don't want them to get lost!
Also, since some great hubbers join near the end of the year, their chances to become known are less than those of the hubbers who join early in the year. (Example: Cecilia Beltran - when I checked to see whether she was new in 2010, I saw that she apparently joined late in 2009.) I think it would be great to have this recognition process every six months OR expand the "year" to a 14-15 month period. That is, "2010" would begin in October or November of 2009; "2011" would begin in Oct.-Nov. of 2010, etc. Otherwise, I can see a lot of great newer people being overlooked. Is there any way to prevent that? Or perhaps (instead) make one special category in the voting for the best new hubbers of the last quarter of the year?
Yes, it does make you feel rubbish - still some people get real joy out of making one feel crap and that is positive, right (for them)? It obviously makes them happy - some people love issuing hate campaigns.
Okay, here's another question about this contest and voting -
What if we recommend/ nominate/ vote for someone whose account (the one we are voting for) is actually a second, third or fourth account for someone who has been here longer than a year?
I thought about this when I was checking out some of the newer Hubbers and saw that someone who has been here on one account for nine months has been here on a different one for four years! How would that situation be handled?
I can think of a few I would vote for (and yes, Mark Ewbie is one and not because he mentioned me). I think Wrylilt started this year and there are a few others i need to go check both to get their names right and to see when they started, but that duplicate account thing bothers me.
WryLilt, I am SO excited to see you back!! And I hope this means that some of the crap that has been flung your way recently is getting cleaned up. But, even if not, it's wonderful to see you here.
I think actually that I'm the one who first mentioned the duplicate account question, and it came up when I started taking note of all the new Hubbers from 2010 that I hadn't seen before.
In making a list, I came across one that was a new account in 2010, but the same avatar was used on an account that was 4 years old. (And it wasn't like an Indian Auntie avatar - it looked like the Hubber's personal photo.) I also remember that a number of very famous Hubbers have numerous accounts, and I just wondered whether there were any sort of safeguards in place to avoid selecting someone who has actually been here for a while. I know it would create a whole lot of extra work for AEvans, and I really have no intention of doing that! But I also don't want to waste any of my votes either. My comment was definitely not a reference to you or to any other account of my own either.
Maybe the best way to avoid wasting votes would just be for me to send 5 for WryLilt, 5 for SpaceyGracey, 5 for Website Examiner - but then what would I do about PCunix, Edweirdo, sweetsusieg, and Rafini? and Mark Ewbie, saleheensblog, psycheskinner, raisingme, nell79, Jeff Berndt, couturepopcafe? And so many others that I would love to nominate! I haven't sent in my votes yet, I'm just voicing my admiration of many great Hubbers here.
Yesterday I narrowed my list of nearly 300 down to 60 or so that I am considering! So many good Hubbers, so little time....
I understand completely what you're saying, Izzy. I didn't jump into the forums right away either. I'm not going to claim to know everything because I know damn well I don't know it all. The New Hubbers of the Year, in my opinion, is mainly to encourage the newbies to stick with it.
really something like those exist? when I started at hubpages I was not aware of the forum, I think I started visiting forums a few months since I joined... and you think if one is inacative in the forum, it will make him or her unpopular in hubpages? just plain curious?
Not unpopular, just unknown. How can anyone vote for an unknown - even though their hubs are excellent. Not that I know a hubber who has excellent hubs...all I'm saying is, on a site such as this, the winner of this comp will be the one who has posted more than anyone else. Forum posting has nothing to do with writing ability.
I looked at last year's contenders. The winner, Habee, is well-deserved. Even right now, she is one of Hubpages shining lights.
But a huge number of the also-rans have left Hubpages, and quite a few of those struggled to speak English, never mind write it. Yet others spent their lives on the forums and wrote hubs in their spare time, and it showed.
I agree with you Izzy. Given that most of my 'repertoire' involves bigging myself up while giving inaccurate information I am probably a prime example.
You may be surprised to learn, although I hope not, that I don't like the beauty contest deal either. Some of us, ie. me, are more natural show offs than others - but in my few weeks here I have already seen some real quality hubs from writers who put time and effort into their work.
How to judge? And on what to base that judgement? Impossible.
If however, I do scrape into 97th place, I will be rewriting my profile and planning an early retirement from proper work.
Hey, Izzy! I found the forum not too long after I joined. I think I stuck my foot in my mouth first thing too. Haha! I will be the first to admit that I don't even know close to everything, but I'd sure like to one day! Maybe when I'm dead? LOL
Anyway, I do get your point and hope I haven't offended you here with any of my posts
This is a classic example of what I was trying to say. This guy has only been here two weeks - I have not seen him post before, but he has 14 hubs, which is a lot more than I had at his stage. This best hubber of the year or whatever its title doesn't reflect on anything except those with the biggest mouths who just had to jump in at every opportunity, sometimes even before they'd written a hub. How can anyone vote for someone who doesn't forum post? Do the forum posters make the best hubbers?
I don't comment on the forums. Matter of fact, I just found out that they are here for anything other than the normal "help me do..." kind of topics. However, I'm a commenter. I try my best to comment on all of my followers (and other hubpages too) Hubs. I try to leave fan mail, etc. When people comment on my Hubs, I try to comment to theirs as well. So I was assuming that the votes would come from close Hubbers.
you have some great hubs. that's why it's helpful to make an appearance in the forums now and then, but many of the very good writers don't frequent the forums, which is fine!
as far as finding new hubbers worthy of nomination, Hubnuggets is a great place to find them. it doesn't have to be those who post in the forums. getting nominated can help someone receive more exposure if they make the top 100 because Juliannna will have links to all the profiles in her nomination hub.
good luck everyone!
check out medora trevilian and mutiny92, denise handlon those are 3 on my list. also d.g. smith.
When this thread first started, I began paying more attention to Hubbers that I felt were not very well known, and I started a spreadsheet so that I could keep up with newer Hubbers. I now have a list of over 200!!!
Actually, the list includes about 20 or so who joined near the end of 2009. It's one of my personal beefs that some of them may not have been well-enough known for the 2009 voting, but now they are among the best Hubbers we have. So they are in the spreadsheet too.
I would be happy to share the list, if anyone here would like to see some names of Hubbers they may not have checked out yet. I have turned it into a Google Doc, but I am new at the whole Google Docs thing and learning as I go.
Google Doc Mentors of Mine (you know who you are), if you have the time, would you please let me know how to "share" the Doc with anyone, but set so that it cannot be altered? (Or, is there any possibility of allowing only certain columns of a spreadsheet to have additions and alterations, but not the entire worksheet?) Other knowledgeable folks are welcome to explain this to me too - my grateful Thank You for this!
One note - the "time" listed in the spreadsheet refers to the time I saw when I first added the name. Since HP updates time on anniversaries, many of these may have changed already.
I think AE's work is wonderful. She shines a deserving light in so many cases on writers who need a little boost or who deserve it. I don't know that it's meant to be a completely impartial evaluation of every new hubber. There's no way to do that, really. We all gravitate to certain people, and we form friendships and alliances which often keep us focused and keep us going. Hubbers will always come and go. There will always be sock puppets. So what. The point for me is to vote for people whose work you admire and whom you feel are deserving of a day-brightening boost. That's all it needs to be. We're not all hoping for a Pulitzer, we're just being good neighbors in the neighborhood, so I say just keep it simple, discover a new hubber you think ought to have a light shined on them, and enjoy supporting the process that AE has started.
It's Christmastime. What a nice thing to do for others.
Thanks AE. I'm so glad that you are coming back to life and it's so good to see you here again. I'll send votes in a bit.
I think that all of us who know AEvans are delighted that she's doing this (even if my posts have focused on what seem to be hurdles, more than on my appreciation). It is a huge task, and she does a wonderful job, as all can see by looking at her hubs from last year.
I was sorry to see IzzyM earlier say that she will not vote, and I hope she has changed her mind. She is one of the ones who joined near the end of 2009, and for all of the time I've been here she has been one of the most brightly shining lights!
I think that this voting is pretty much what we make it to be. It can be nothing more than a popularity contest; and if that is all it is, that would be sad. Going by last year's results, the best use of this would be to focus on those who write terrific Hubs, who participate well in the forums, who reach out to others with help and/or with friendship - in other words, good members of the HubPages Community. At least, that's the way I see it. I do also think it's a good opportunity to seek out and get to know some of the lesser-known Hubbers.
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