HubPages Success Story: DavePrice finds a community of serious writers worth more than money

DavePrice on HubPages

DavePrice on HubPages

Serious writers often come to HubPages looking for money- but stay for the community.  DavePrice has experienced something of the sort- and a bit of a paradigm shift as well!  Check out our interview below to learn more about his HubPages experience:

HubPages: Why did you join Hubpages?

I recently took a 6 week sabbatical from work to search for an opportunity to become a full-time writer. I stumbled across Hubpages in my search, and it seemed to fit what I was looking for. Anyone can see at first glance that Hubpages is an incredibly unique opportunity for a writer.

What did you expect from the site?

I admit that my first desire was “lust” (as I have so often had to admit to my wife). I thought it might be a place where I could make a little money on the side writing articles while I continued my search. It took me a couple weeks to realize that Hubpages was exactly what I was searching for; it was the proverbial “I didn’t know what I really wanted until I found it”.

How did it work out?

(Laugh) It did… and it didn’t. It only took me a few days to realize that, while I could strive to be a “profitable” writer on Hubpages, it was no longer my primary desire. The response I received from Hubbers made me quickly realize that it was the interaction that I craved far more than the profit. Every writer knows as soon as he publishes he may be misunderstood, ridiculed, reviled, and run out of town tarred and feathered; yet we are a sadistic lot, for we crave the response more than we fear the rejection. I have never received a negative reaction from a Hubber, even from those whose views are diametrically opposed to my own. On the contrary, the responses I received have encouraged me (that’s right, it’s your fault Hubbers), and most importantly, refined my writing ability more than college, or life experience, ever did.

Where do you hope to go with your writing on Hubpages in the future?

I’m no different than most in that I want to be published in the traditional way. I know that Hubpages provides a legitimate opportunity for me to accomplish that goal. I want to be a competent writer whose words impact the lives of others in a positive way. My writing has already improved exponentially, which hopefully gets me closer to that goal. I’ve started as all newbies do, with subjects that I know best. But I am eager to explore ideas in my writing that force me to become a better writer.

One surprising result of my time on Hubpages is that my thinking about my career has undergone a paradigm shift. I have gone from being totally focused on being published to investing all my energies on becoming the best writer I can be on Hubpages. If I am published one day, great! But if all that ever comes of it is that I am allowed to enjoy becoming an accomplished and respected Hubber, I promise you I’ll be a very happy man. This is what I have come so quickly to love about Hubpages. I am inspired and encouraged by Hubbers whose talents far exceed my own. I have the opportunity to share in the wisdom and experience of talented writers from around the world. I am educated by writers whose work I admire and respect. I have been embraced by a community of people who care about my craft and my content. Sometimes a man needs to know when he already has everything he wished for.

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Are you looking to do some serious writing on HubPages? Check out our Learning Center to find resources on how to drive traffic to your hubs and be found in search results.  Even if you’re more interested in getting “found” as an author, poet, or activist than earning money, these methods are helpful as they’ll help you gain readership and stand apart from the din.

HubPages Ideas on the Go

In case you hadn’t heard, the San Francisco Giants won the World Series on Monday.  This is a pretty big deal in San Francisco – so much so that there was a ticker-tape-style parade earlier today.  Some of us went down to check out the action.  It was a massive crowd that stretched out over a dozen blocks—it was remarkable to see so many people holding their camera phones up to take pictures.

Seeing all these folks snapping pictures with their phones made me think about how many Hubbers there are out there that carry their camera phones or small point-and-shoot cameras around, ready to capture images of neat things to write Hubs about.  I really enjoy reading Hubs that have original and interesting images in them, and with the quality of cameras on cell phones being so good these days and with point-and-shoot cameras being so portable, there are a lot of Hubbers out there snapping high quality pictures on the go.

So, next time you are out and about town and see an interesting scene to write a Hub about or to augment an existing Hub with, be sure to snap a picture with your camera phone or point-and-shoot camera.

HubPages Success Story: lisa.bom improves her writing on HubPages

lisa.bom on HubPages

lisa.bom on HubPages

Many of us discover HubPages by mistake – we stumble across a hub when searching for something online and start poking around the site from there.  lisa.bom on HubPages is one of those hubbers – Having joined HubPages three months ago, lisa.bom has since used the site to help improve her writing.  In the future, she hopes to begin making money on the site.  We had a short chat with lisa.bom about her experience; you can read it below:

HubPages – What brought you to HubPages?

lisa.bom – I had just started a new medication. While I was searching for information a hub came up. After reading what I wanted, I saw many other hubs that interested me, some of which were personal. So, I decided to write something to see if others were interested in what I had to say.

What did you expect to get from HubPages?

At first, I just wanted to read all the different subjects. Now, after reading about how to make a little money, I would like to see if I can make a little by writing something that other people like to read.

How have your expectations changed over time?

I have been writing for only a short while. I have learned that I have to go back on some of my hubs and rework some of them to get a higher number [HubScore]. I have as yet to make even a penny. Luckily, that is not the main reason I am here. To make money I would have to write the same types of hubs as everyone else. That’s not me.

How has HubPages changed your writing?

Because I try and write a hub a day, I am getting much better and putting the subject in order that make sense.  Writing daily has also raised my spelling knowledge, which is one of my weakest subjects.

What do you hope to do with HubPages in the future?

For the future, I would like to have others and get something out of what I am writing about. I would be lying if I said I wouldn’t like a little money as well.

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lisa.bom exemplifies many fellow hubbers who first utilize the site for knowledge, then to develop better writing skills, and eventually to make money.  It’s important to note, though, that one can find success at every level on HubPages – from finding information one is seeking to simply improving one’s writing or discovering the work of likeminded authors.

It is fun to make money on HubPages though! 😀 For more advice on how to begin earning significant money on HubPages, visit our Learning Center.

Thanks, lisa.bom!