You Won’t Believe how Brownie83 Is Paying for the Birth of Her First Child

…She earned $5,000 from one Hub in just 7 days!

Kelly’s Story:

Just a few days ago, Hubber Kelly Brown (Brownie83) took Facebook by storm with her viral Hub, 10 Things Nurses Don’t Want You to Know, breaking the HubPages record for the most viral Facebook Hub ever! Starting on December 12th, her Hub began to pick up steam, ultimately receiving  over 2 million views in the last 7 days. Though her Hub achieved most of its success through Facebook shares, she additionally received over 2,000 Pinterest views this week. From her week-long whirlwind of popularity, Kelly has earned over $5,000 and counting from just this one Hub! Here are her thoughts:

How does it feel to have one of your Hubs go viral?

I’m still in a state of shock in finding out that one of my hubs went viral. I started my amateur Hub writing last fall after completing graduate school, when I found myself with extensive free time due to my unwanted unemployment. I simply started Hub writing as an emotional outlet and a way to productively spend my time while searching for career opportunities. I never shared my Hubs on social media or even with my husband as I really didn’t think of it as a “big deal.” However, I have to say I’m kind of impressed at how much of a stir I’ve made so far with my viral Hub. I may have to consider refocusing my interests back to paper (HubPages) once again!

Were you aiming to go viral when you wrote this Hub, or did it take you by surprise?

Absolutely surprised! I wrote this Hub over a year ago and didn’t think much of it until I got your email that mentioned my Hub has become “quite a success.” Shortly after starting HubPages last year, I began my career as a Nurse Practitioner and have been so busy I haven’t had the free time to write further Hubs or even take notice when they’ve become popular.

What aspects of your Hub do you think had the most influence on its popularity?

I think everyone has been affected by the Healthcare industry in one way or another and that in itself stirs a lot of emotions. Life, death and life-changing events happen on a daily basis in the hospital and each person can tell you a different story, a different experience and a different opinion based on their point-of-view. I myself have been the patient, a nurse’s aid, a floor nurse, and now a Nurse Practitioner over the years. I understand the hierarchy that works within the hospital and I’ve seen when “the system” fails the patient. I feel strongly about patient advocacy and it was a large reason why I wrote the article in the first place; to give a quick look into nursing behind the white walls and piles of papers (or now electronic medical records).

I feel that my topic about pain control was also a big stir as I feel many people believe nursing care is black and white with defined rules and universal care from one nurse to the next. When in fact, it’s quite personalized and varies from one nurse to another and is a part of what makes nursing unique and even controversial at times.

Reading back on my Hub from last year, I notice things that I could add or maybe a different way of wording my thoughts to make it a better article. But overall, it’s the context that stirs the emotions, opinions, praises and criticism. It’s almost as if the reader’s comments alone have made their own Hub below mine, which I find the most interesting.

What do you plan to do with your viral earnings? Do you have anything special in mind?

I am currently 7 1/2 months pregnant with my first child, so my husband and I will be saving that money for our future hospital bill. Hopefully, we have some left over to put towards a trust fund for our daughter.

A Bit About Viral Content:

Creating a viral hit is incredibly challenging, and there’s a huge amount of luck involved, but Kelly’s story shows us that it’s possible. There’s no set formula that will guarantee a Hub to go viral. However, there are a few characteristics shared by most viral content, including Kelly’s. Here are a few reasons we think her Hub was such a huge success:

  • Kelly’s title intrigues you. It piques your curiosity. Admit it. You want to know what nurses are hiding from you. I sure did, so I read her Hub!

  • Kelly’s image is clickable. Her Hub’s first image (the one that shows up on Facebook Shares) is interesting and attention-grabbing. It makes you look twice and entices you to learn about the context.

  • Kelly’s Hub offers exclusive, insider knowledge. Most of us have depended on a nurse for care during some point in our lives, but Kelly offers us an insider’s look at the world of being a nurse, from her own experience. She gives us information most people would not have access to without reading her Hub.

  • Kelly’s Hub is positive and empowering. While giving us an insider look at nursing, Kelly stays positive. She doesn’t vilify or put down either patients or nurses. She makes it clear that quality of care is very important to most nurses while providing useful information to help patients get the most out of their health care experience.

  • Kelly’s Hub is sharable. Kelly does more than just make you curious enough to read her Hub with a clever title and interesting photo. She delivers with her content too. Her Hub provides new and interesting information that people want to be the first to share with their friends.

HubPages Inspires a Novel: Interview with Hubber Alexander Van Dorph


HubPages was delighted to hear that our own Hubber, Alexander Van Dorph (Resolver2009 on HubPages), has published his first novel just days ago on December 5th. Since many other Hubbers also aspire to publishing, we wanted to share his story, as well as a bit of advice for authors-to-be. He’s kindly agreed to do an interview:

Your first novel has just come out. Could you tell us a little bit about it?
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Yes, sure thing. These are exciting times (for me at least) as only mere days ago, my first novel was published. It is entitled Cognitive Disturbance, which gives the reader a vague hint of what to expect, without giving too much away.  The plot takes place in Los Mirra, a fictional dystopian metropolis run by nefarious criminal gangs and corrupt politicians. Amidst the ironclad skyscrapers of the city we find Leopold Von Tiller, a man who has grown successful despite the ruthless conditions. His fortune takes a turn for the worse as he encounters brutality with a deadly outcome.

It is this deadly outcome – happening within his inner circles – that causes some disturbances in Leopold’s cognitive apparature, as we can see him slowly deviate from the norm as the story progresses.

The story contains its fair amount of intrigues, action, unreciprocrated love and betrayal. It is also worth mentioning that a couple of the characters have some unique baggage from their military service in Afghanistan – which may play a factor throughout the storyline.

I understand that your book had its beginnings on HubPages, and that you were inspired to publish by the supportive comments you received. Could you tell us the whole story?

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I was, yes. I was on the lookout for an arena to receive constructive feedback from other writers, and seeing that I had already fallen in love with HubPages at the time, I decided to post excerpts/episodes of the rough ideas that would later be polished into chapters, or parts thereof, in the finished product.

After 3-4 episodes posted on HubPages, I suddenly noticed that certain Hubbers were pushing me on, wanting to read the next episode and so on. This happened at a time when I was insecure about my writing, and in many ways the positive comments from Hubbers helped me see this project through. My sincere thanks goes out to all the Hubbers that supported me through the writing process, and helped ‘Cognitive Disturbance’ get as far as it has today.

 Do you have any insights to share about the novel-writing and publishing process, as an author?

Well first and foremost, make a rough plan, which you add twists and events to until you have a pretty good layout for what the book will be like. Then it is all about routine. Put aside 1-2 hours each day for writing (one hour is great, two is excellent), and you will feel a natural flow and connection to the characters in your story like you’ve never done before. It is quite an exciting process. Novel-writing is all about routine and having fun.

Stay positive throughout the process, embrace the construcive feedback you get (don’t take it personally, it isn’t) and work hard towards the goals you have set along the way.

What advice do you have for your fellow Hubbers who dream of publishing a novel one day?

At the risk of sounding cheesy; believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid to get your feet wet. Throw yourself into the creative pool head first. Before you know it you’ll be having a whale of a time with your creation process. If I had to formulate it in list-form, I would place emphasis on the following:cognitive disturbance - physical copies

  1. Stay positive.
  2. Embrace constructive feedback.
  3. Indulge in the creative process, don’t be afraid to let your mind go. Then, all you have to do is follow.


People who want to find out more about my book, Cognitive Disturbance, can do so at Amazon or via my website: where I also have a list of distributors. I sincerely relish feedback from fellow Hubbers, so if you choose to read my novel, please be sure to leave a comment, one Hubber to another.

All photos courtesy of  Nicole Lisa Photography, used here with permission.