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My Love Affair with HubPages - My Hub with Logo Included
Sit down a spell and let me tell you a story. This is the story of how I found HubPages and started writing for this phenomenal group. It was three years ago this past November. I stumbled upon the site while surfing the Internet for work opportunities. I’ve always loved writing so I thought “Hey, I wanna do that too.” I wasn’t even thinking about making money – I just wanted to make pretty hubs filled with my words and my thoughts. Then I learned the term content writing. What? Doesn’t all writing contain content? Ok, so I learned a little more about gaining traffic and writing what other people might want to read. I even had one of my articles chosen as a HubNugget! I was so proud of myself. I was commenting on other people’s hubs, people were reading my work, and I had a creative outlet again. Then my runaway funny car smashed into a brick wall - hard. Someone very close to me didn’t appreciate my HubNugget hub. That person decided he/she didn’t approve of my writing anymore and discouraged it in every imaginable way. To keep the peace I stopped writing and removed the HubPages link from my Favorites list. And though it broke my heart to do so, I even deleted the hub that caused so much trouble. Much to my surprise, without continued writing I still earned money. YES! Peace had been restored, my hubs still existed, my words were still being read, and I was earning something for doing nothing. I think that’s called passive income… Anyways, life was good.
Goal 1 Become a Greeter
Goal 2 Gain 500 Followers
Goal 3 Write 50 Hubs
Then this past summer the checks stopped arriving in my little black mailbox. What gives?! Ok, I broke down and made a cyber-trip back to HubPages to see what the heck was going on. I realized my traffic was pretty much nonexistent! I read and read and read before I finally figured out what had happened. Doh! It was time to revamp the old hubs and make them Google-friendly again. During the course of the reconstruction I started looking up my old favorite hubbers – only to realize many had disappeared! I sent an email to my favorite poet on HubPages and learned that many hubbers had left and started new ventures. This wizard of words helped me reconnect with the old gang and I decided to start writing on HubPages again. I forced my writing because the desire to write had died all those months ago when my evil hub had explosively disrupted my quiet, little life. I forced myself to write some stupid holiday hubs (note to self: go delete those) and published them. They were awful! But they did reignite the fire to create. From there I made myself 3 goals to ensure my continued participation on Hubs.
I became a Greeter after submitting hundreds of comments to elevate my status. I love meeting new writers - there are so many talented people out there! I also got the email telling me I now have 500 followers and this is hub number 50. I know it isn’t a very interesting hub. But my mind is consumed with thoughts of the number 50 so I figure I should just write about it, get it out and hopefully then I can move on.
Since I have accomplished my mini-goals I now need to make myself new goals. I am NOT going to disappear again. The HubPages community better get used to seeing me because I am here for good. Since coming back I have found old friends again and I have made so many more new friends. I love feeling like I finally found where I fit in.