It’s a Thanksgiving tradition to share the things for which we’re thankful. Tomorrow, among family and friends, I’ll do so on a personal level, but sitting here in the office today, I’m struck by how much HubPages has to say thanks for, as a company.
HubPages is so blessed to have an amazing user base, and we’re thankful for them for so many reasons. As Community Manager, much of my work has to do with finding and removing the “bad stuff,” but in reality most of it is created by a very small percentage of our users. It’s easy to get frustrated by a spammer creating multiple accounts, or a troublemaker in the forums, but looking at the big picture, I truly believe that most Hubbers are kind, genuine, helpful human beings, sincerely invested in the HubPages community. If I didn’t think so, I’d be much less able to handle the more negative aspects of the job.
I’m grateful to all of you on a daily basis, for your encouragement (such as when we broke the Quantcast Top 100, your enthusiasm (as evidenced by your perseverence in voting daily for HubPages in the Open Web Awards… which you can still do!), your senses of humor (which run rampant in the Sandpit), your valuable feedback (yes, we do take it into account!), and your fascinating content (the driving force behind the site).
There’s another thing we’re especially grateful for today, particularly because we’re losing it. In just a few minutes, those of us who haven’t already headed off for the holiday will be taking our beloved Communicator of Awesomeness, Ryan “Hup” Hupfer out for his last lunch as a HubPages employee. Hup’s contributed so much to HubPages over the last year and a half, both visibly on the site, and here in the office. He’s promised to check in on us every once in a while, but we’ll miss his hard work, his exuberance, his laughter, and, of course, his dog. 😉 We wish him good luck and success in all his endeavors.
So thank you Hup, thank you Hubbers, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you all.