Made me realise how easy it is to earn online IF you put the groundwork in.
Hubpages has given me a legitimate excuse to not do homework. My roommate can't look down her nose at me for trawling the internet at strange hours of the night.
HubPages has really done a lot for me. Prior to joining, I did freelance work, but it was mostly local stuff. After I had quite a few hubs up, I started getting more print media jobs from other sources, which allowed me to do freelance full time.
About a year ago, I began writing a book about the history of a town in Oklahoma. Currently, I'm at slightly over 82,000 words, which is already a fairly substantial sized book. I have two chapters left, which will bring me right around 100,000 words. If it wasn't for HubPages, I would have never dreamed of taking on this kind of project.
I made loads of friends here I will value for life, and some passed away whilst I knew them. Without Hubpages I would never have known those people.
On top of this I have earned a good amount of money in my 3 years here, (especially since Oct 2011,) and right now I can't complain. The income I have gained overall is into the thousands of dollars, although still not in the same league as other Hubbers I know.
My writing skills have been improved by my ongoing experience here, and I hope that my writing continues to improve.
I do not regret coming here, even if some of the time I have had extreme frustrations with Hubpages, especially post Panda. Right now I have no real complaints.
I have met some wonderful people. I enjoy the learning, the growing the sharing.
I am striving to be like WryLilt and learn how to make this a profitable adventure. I haven't made money yet but I must say I have received some checks which is more than my other part-time jobs have done for me lately.
Meanwhile, the journey is the reward. HubPages is my own virtual world, a combination of the Encyclopedia, National Geographic and school recess with friends.
Its a game of research, what topics and writing styles grab peoples attention? How do people really feel about things? Technically I have no way of knowing what others think outside of my home. Right now I am all over the place. I tried activism, faith, some gender equated humour and now I am trying the dark aspects of life its self. Personally I do not think that anything goes any where on here but I know it takes a long time to find out. No telling what I might try next.
I have made some much-needed money each month for the past two years, I have got a few outside jobs or publicity from people who found me by reading my hubs, and I have made some wonderful friends here.
I was going to do a silly self promotional funny, but for once I'll just give an honest answer.
In a year or so on HubPages I believe I have made significant progress towards being a proper writer. I have learnt how to put an article together, something that on occasion might be good enough for a fairly low quality magazine or perhaps a newspaper on it's last legs and unable to afford quality journalism.
In addition, I have learnt an unbelievable amount of stuff about the internet and marketing and sales pages, none of which have I put into practice.
And although I have little else to compare it with, HubPages and the people within it really are a great bunch. From timidly submitting a few pages and dreading the feedback, I mostly am fairly confident about me, my writing skills and the likely reception.
So yeah. Thanks HubPages for giving this person a chance to enjoy a great hobby.
HP has given me the motivation to express myself as a writer and stop suppressing my writing talent. I feel more confident now than a year ago when I first joined HP.
Hubpages has made a great difference for me! Without HP I would never had the opportunity to meet all the wonderful people here. I feel more relaxed and confident about publishing my writing and I constantly learn more and improve my writing. It is an awesome place and I wouldnt want to be without this fantastic experience!
My daughter tlpoague encouraged me to start writing on hubpages. If it hadn't been for her encouragement I would have never have had the courage to press that publish button. Since then it has been a very encouraging experience as I receive page views and comments on my ramblings put in those capsules.
It's brought back the joy of writing.
20+ years of grant writing and scientific paper writing got really old and brought me to the point where the thought of sitting down to write was so depressing. I was very hesitant to write that first hub.
The other thing I enjoy are cool and gifted people here - I love learning from other hubbers and reading on topics that I normally wouldn't read.
I have learned a lot about myself, others, and about topics I might never have thought of before. Hubpages has given me a purpose I do not think I had before and I am grateful for that. The extra money is nice too.
While I've been making a living online for over a decade; solely by writing since 2005, the Hubpage platform does give me opportunties to try out all sorts of things before possibly using them at some of my major blogs or websites.
Hubpages brought me a lot, the fact i could make real money working online and it introduced me to "real" writers who i consider friends. Before Hubpages i hadn't met any writers. It also showed me that i really can write.
It's only been a couple weeks for me, and I'm loving it! So many interesting and wonderful people, I look forward to learning, exploring and enjoying!
Made some good friends. Learnt a lot from some people who were than generous with their knowledge and expertise. Learnt some lessons about trolls and spiteful people. Improve in my ability to write articles a lot more speedily than I used to. Actually earned some money.
by iceangel 10 years ago
Am on hubpages to improve my writings,what of you guys?
by Linda Crist 8 years ago
If you have been writing for HP for one year, how satisfied are you with the total experience?Today I celebrate my 1 year anniversary here on HP. I have made some amazing friends and improved my writing skill set. The money I've made is the stuff jokes are made of and the views I've...
by sam24354 5 years ago
I have just started, so I dont expect it in the near future, but how many hubs, or how many months before you start making money? How much traffic is considered to be good traffic? Right now I am getting about an average of 75 hits per day on 4 hubs. Is that good? What...
by Jack 8 years ago
What's the apprenticeship program like?I've just applied for it, and am now waiting for the approval process that apparently takes 4-6 weeks.
by Don Bobbitt 2 years ago
It looks like a fourth of my feed lately is comprised of new people wanting the rest of us to tell them how to write. All day I get request after request for help on passing the Quality Assessment. I mean Really? Many of your requests are just one step above being a jumble of mis-spelled words...
by LarasMama 11 years ago
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...
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