As you all have probably realized by now, I have a lot of new ideas that pop into my head ALL the time. Well, my latest idea is a little bit wacky, but I think that it will be great for the HubPages community.
Basically, each morning I get into the office about an hour and a half earlier than the rest of the HubPages crew, which allows me to get some things done and listen to some tunes while I get ready for the rest of the day. Well, since I have this hour all to myself each day, I thought that I mught as well make it an hour where we can all hang out together...so I've created a LIVE vide chat where we can chat, help out other Hubbers and basically just hang out each morning.
Basically what I can do is let all of you chat with me and ask questions while I *try* to answer them while on camera. I say that we give it a shot and have some fun with it - so here goes nothing. Today I'll have to be done in about a half hour or so, but I wanted to kick it off today.
All you need to do to join the video chat is click the link below - chat it up and let me know who you are once you're online and watching!
Click here to go the the Wake Up With Hup! Morning Q & A Hour now
See you online!
Jimmy was just in...but he had to go take his 3 kids to MickyDs.
Ok, I've got to get ready for a meeting here in a few minutes, so I'll kick this off again tomorrow morning stating around 8:00am, California time.
It's all set up now, so we should be ready to go.
Wouldn't it be nice to see Ryan post every night before he leaves the office when he's anticipating being in the following morning, so that we can keep out eyes peeled?
I'm so going to visit with you in the morning, Hup! 8am pacific is 11am for me, so I'll get to work and talk to you all at the same time!
Yep, it will be 8am Pacific Time, so set your alarms accordingly.
PFFFT!! I'm working before you're even dreaming about waking up!
How many members of the Hub community are going to know about this morning hour? Since you introduce it in the Hangout forum, and the people in the Hangout are an elite group, meaning that long-time Hubbers know to come to this thread for the pulse on the community, you are reaching only a small portion of those who could contribute to this site. Is that what you want to encourage, the participation of the longstanding Hubbers, while dismissing the contributions of people new to HP?
I suggest you advertise this Morning Q&A feature by building a Home Page for HubPages.
HP doesn't have a "Home" in its title bar. A Home page would be the perfect place to launch a morning hour and feature HubMobs, the HP blog, the philosophy of the site, the worth of the site, and god knows what else. Why doesn't HupPages have a Home page that outlines its purpose, features its news, highlights its blog, and, well you know what I mean, don't you?
I've always been perplexed by the lack of a Home page. Almost every other site in the universe has one, and HP doesn't. Yet, a home page is what surfers expect.
The purpose of a Home page is to anchor the reader in the foundation of the site and generate interest and involvement. When new folks come to HP, they have no anchor like this.
If you hover your mouse pointer over the Hubpages logo you'll see it takes you back to hubpages.com itself - where you can see your featured hubbers (those who've posted recently) and tag groups and a slice of your hubtivity. It is an invaluable tool!
Indeed it is a good tool. But it is not a *Home* page. Yes, you can see featured Hubbers, featured topics, and three boxed statements that have no links to anywhere.
HP is missing out on an opportunity to engage new visitors. The entry page to HP is a mystery for those who expect a home page. It doesn't give a new viewer a grounding. What does a new visitor know about Featured Hubbers and Featured Topics? New visitors don't know what a Hub or a Hubber is.
And (((hugs))), 'cause I like you a lot.
Then there's the link to Take a Quick Tour...well, that explains what a Hub is, so to speak, but it still does not give that grounding and orientation to what HP is.
What is HubPages? What is New? Why do you want to be here? What about HP in the news?
Where's the excitement about the site? The excitement is in the Forums, if you know how to get there, and if you know that the Hubbers' Hangout is where you need to be.
But this excitement is not on a *Home* page. Sites in the Internet universe have a *Home* page, why not this one?
Jumping off the train and will be live from the HubPages HQ in about 15 minutes!
See you all soon...
Just me and gamergirl hanging out...anyone else want to join in?
You kids are missing me and Hup and the grand tour of HP HQ!
Check it out here:
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wake-up-w … mp;-a-hour
Great talk with Hup this morning, mostly technical burps on some points, but a good time!
I'll be LIVE from the HubPages HQ in about 30 minutes if anyone wants to hang for a few.
I was going to go over some of the HUbMob Hubs that have been submitted so far this week, but feel free to jump on the video chat and chat about anything that's on your mind.
See you soon!
Wow, me and gamergirl are coming up with some AMAZING ideas for HubPages over in the chat room! If you want to join in, come on over..we're waiting.
You folks should definitely get in on these chats. Not only is Ryan a snappy dresser but he also has some awesome ideas to brainstorm about, you're really missing out on some great times if you miss these chats.
... and it helps if you do not keep losing your internet connection like me.
8am Pacific is about 1am where I live - maybe if you stayed late after work one evening I could chat to you, Ryan ...
See all of you in about 20 minutes...getting off the train here in a few.
Go here to chat with us! http://twurl.nl/g8jziy
Also, me and gamergirl have a fun, new idea to keep all of us busy over the weekend...
Hey guys - another episode of the show soon! Get over there through this link:
Come on over and hang out with us!!!
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/wake-up-w … mp;-a-hour
Come on over and hang out...there's quite a crowd today!
(p.s. gamergirl is handing out free cocktails for her 1 year anniversary)
Thanks for hanging out everyone! I think we had like 10 Hubbers in there chatting at one point....awesome!
See you next Monday!
...and don't worry, I'll remind you...haha.
It was a lot of fun!!! I will try to be on Monday. Have a great weekend, everyone!!
I had a lot of fun chatting, but it will not let me sign up with a profile. Each time I go to type in the captcha letters these are hard to see, and it keeps telling me I am typing in the wrong letters. Oh well, I will try again later.
Crashing for the night, but I will see all of you tomorrow morning on UStream!
Be sure to join us if you can...it's 8:00am West Coast time.
Ok. so I am sitting still on the train right now about 20 minutes from San Francisco because an earlier train hit a truck a few minutes ago! How crazy is that? I hope that they're all OK...I mean, how does that really happen?
I'll try to get to the office as soon as I can, but as of now I definitely won't be there by 8pm.
Updates coming soon...
Well, so far there are no trucks in the train tracks, so I should be good to go at 8am, which is about 30 minutes. I'm going to stop and get me some breakfast really fast, but I should still be there on time.
Come on over and hang out!
Come on over and chat now...I'm officially LIVE from our office.
Everyone jump in, Ryan, Anna Marie Bowman, myself and Yvette are in the room!
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