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My Ode to HubPages

John is a freelance writer, ghostwriter, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

HubPages History

The HubPages website was launched on August 6, 2006, funded by a US$2 million investment from Hummer Winblad. The three founding members were Paul Edmondson, Paul Deeds, and Jay Reitz, all former employees of Microsoft were also part of the startup MongoMusic.

In 2011, changes to Google's algorithm ("Panda") resulted in the traffic to revenue-sharing sites, like HubPages, to be slashed. In the years that followed, HubPages has made serious efforts to recover from this setback, while most of its competitors gave up and closed their doors. In 2014 HubPages acquired its largest competitor, Squidoo, in a friendly takeover.

Then, in 2016, HubPages announced it was moving from a single-site to a multi-site structure with the introduction of separate "niche" sites for specialist subjects. There are currently 25 of these niche sites.(source: Wikipedia)

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My Ode to Hub Pages

HubPages is our writing hub,

A place where writers meet.

Somewhere to perfect the written word,

Which really can't be beat.


Many genres are on show,

All subjects can be found.

New niche sites created too,

Here, writing knows no bounds.

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If you need a helping hand

The forums can be useful,

Though sensitive souls stay away!

As they sometimes get abusive.


Follow topics that you like,

And hubbers who impress.

Leave a comment if you can,

Reply if you're addressed.

Write about the things you know,

And everything you love.

Research what is in demand,

And fits the Google glove.


Content sites, they come and go,

But HubPages carries on,

Updating rules to suit the times,

And to keep its content strong.

2014 "Best Poet" Hubbie Award

2014 "Best Poet" Hubbie Award

Those who've been here from the start

May not embrace the change.

It's hard to teach old dogs new tricks,

And new ways may seem strange.


Naysayers prophesy the worst,

Always predict demise,

But it seems that with the changes made,

The HubPages staff were wise.

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© 2016 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 08, 2017:

Thank you, John. Stay blessed.

Faith-Hope-Love on January 08, 2017:

The more I read it the more I love it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 16, 2016:

Thank you, Lawrence. I don't know where I'd be without HubPages.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 16, 2016:

Thank you, Vellur. Much appreciated.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on December 15, 2016:

John

A great tribute to the site.

Lawrence

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on December 15, 2016:

A great poem and a wonderful tribute to HubPages.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 11, 2016:

Thank you, John. I appreciate you reading this.

John Ward from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. on December 11, 2016:

Great Tribute, will reread this piece a few more times.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 10, 2016:

Glad you learned something from this Dianna,. Yes, Ai agree with you about the community here, and hope it just gets bigger and better.

Dianna Mendez on December 10, 2016:

Thanks for of the history of HP, I learned something new today about it. I hope it does pick up with new energy in 2017. The community here is wonderful.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 10, 2016:

Yes it certainly is an amusing truth. Thanks for reading.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on December 10, 2016:

John and Shyron E. Shenko, I am all smiling reading this poetic comment. Very amusing and bitter truth. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 09, 2016:

Haha, Shyron. I had to smile at your poetic comment even though what you say is all too true. Glad you liked this poem.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on December 09, 2016:

John, an awesome poem,

I hope that HP appreciates us and everything we've done

When we first heard of the niche sites many wanted to run

Then HP sends out a notice "Your hub could be chosen"

Let us tell you how its done

First it must be neutered

We'll cut it up just for fun

It will be re-written

And will not belong to you when HP is done

That word should not be there

Do you know what it means

We'll replace it with one

That doesn't seem obscene

When we are done we'll let you take credit maybe

But, it no longer will be your baby

It will now be credited to moderator newbie

To help them learn to read and write

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 25, 2016:

Yes it is, Mel. Thank you for the kind comment.

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on November 25, 2016:

It's still the best interface, best prospect for making money, and the best group of people. Fantastic information and poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 25, 2016:

Thank you for that wonderful comment, John. It seems we all start to write for different reasons, but if it is in our heart and something we are meant to do we will expand our writing in different ways. I thank you for your prayers as I need God's blessing at the present time for a number of issues. May he bless you too.

John Ward from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. on November 25, 2016:

I was unaware of sites like hub pages, I began my experiments with writing, won't give my age away, but back when John Paul the 11 was just an altar boy. I began turning out the odd piece on the old style Type writer. I have come a short distance from that time and now in the throws of learning how to use the computer. Writing, was only a hobby and for some periods it had to be just short cryptic messages to jog my memory at a later time. I have always enjoyed putting my thoughts on paper and always have note books planted in various spots. Today I have learned a lot from your short history of Hub Pages and from your well written "Ode to Hub Pages". Thank You my Friend and I pray "GOD BLESS You. John

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 23, 2016:

Glad you learned something interesting Devika. Thanks for reading.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on November 22, 2016:

Informative and interesting to read about how HP got started.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 22, 2016:

I have one hub on the cookery site because they asked me; it's done quite well. However, I've declined that offer on all my other hubs so I'm just keeping it simple.

The floods are abating but it's still raining!

Yes, the community is brilliant here.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 22, 2016:

Thank you for reading this Ann. I have really only written one hub with the purpose of having it selected for a niche site. Surprisingly I now have around 10 on niche sites. I hope the floods let up in your part of the world. We are having somewhat of a dry period at the moment. The weather is certainly changing throughout the world. The community here is my number one priority in writing at HubPages.

Ann Carr from SW England on November 21, 2016:

Great poem, John! Thanks, too, for the information regarding how HP got going and its progress; interesting.

Some of the changes are ok but I'm not going into the niche pages; I'm just content to write and see what my friends think. I enjoy this community so much!

Hope your summer is coming on a treat; our winter is just starting and it's very, very wet - floods all around today! I travelled through rivers of water today, to get to my daughter's house. Never before have I met such floods whilst driving; a sign of the times I suppose.

Have a great week, John!

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 21, 2016:

Hi Shauna, if nothing else writing this made me research the history of HubPages so that was interesting. Yes, it is a great platform, and the friends are the best part.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 21, 2016:

I agree those sentiments, Flourish. Thanks for your comment.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 21, 2016:

Very cool, John. I didn't know the history of HubPages, although I've been a member for five years. HP has gone through some changes, but I have no desire to leave. I like the platform and I love the friends I've made.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 21, 2016:

I'm happy to have stuck it out here. I haven't liked all the changes but overall I'm good with the site and not going anywhere. I really like the niche sites.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 20, 2016:

Thanks Clive, yes "three cheers".

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 20, 2016:

Thanks Nell. No, I didn't know how they started either, until I researched it.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on November 20, 2016:

cool, very cool hub ....three cheers to hubpages. HIP HIP HOORAY!

HIP HIP HOORAY!

HIP HIP HOORAY!

Nell Rose from England on November 20, 2016:

A great tribute John, and its interesting to see how they started as I didn't know. Love your poems!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 20, 2016:

Thanks Mike. Fancy us having identical coffee mugs :) yes, it is the community that holds on to you, I agree. It is hard to accept change but it is inevitable.

The Creative Exiles is doing well and our first book turned out great..the paper back version anyway. Problems with the files for the Kindle copy have resulted in me having to unpublished that for now.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on November 20, 2016:

Hi John - I happen to have a coffee mug just like that, same color and everything - coincidence? I think not. haha

Your Ode to HP is right on the mark. I grumble about the changes. But also realize the other side of the screen is a business.

The community is the only thing that keeps me here. I do what I can to visit the web pages of those that left, but that is a big chore.

I hope your Creative Exiles are doing well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 20, 2016:

Thanks Genna. I agree it is the wonderful community her that makes HP so special. I doubt I would still be writing here if it wasn't for that.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on November 20, 2016:

What a clever poem, John, and one that gives us pause and something to think about in retrospect. I enjoyed this. It is the community of writers that makes HP so special. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 20, 2016:

I am glad you approve of this tribute, Venkatachari. Yes, it is like a family here.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on November 19, 2016:

A nice tribute to HubPages. Thanks, John, for coming up with this nice treat. I love HP team and community, whatever they are. They are my good friends and I am a part of their company (family).

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

I am glad you support my views on the importance of HubPages, Ms Dora. Thank you for the kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Thank you manatita. Much appreciated.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 19, 2016:

Second both the motion and emotion of gratitude to HP and its staff! HP has been my window to the outside world; without which I would have felt shut in at times. Thanks to you Jodah, and the many other friendly writers who interact with me.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Yes, it is a great writing platform, Chris. I for one am very grateful.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Thanks Larry. Yes, I can certainly relate to that. I have expressed my disappointment at a number of the changes here, but I do appreciate the teams efforts to keep the site afloat.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Well said, Tim. Thank you for sharing a little of your own positive HP experience. We do have a lot to be thankful for.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Same here Lori. I can't imagine life without HubPages...thanks for the comment on the photo.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Audrey, writing is one of the best forms of therapy I know, and I am sure HubPages was exactly what you needed after your son's sad passing. I have also had some difficult times recently but HubPages has helped me concentrate on other things. We must have been here around the same number of years. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Ruby, as writers I don't think we ever stop learning and like you I have found many great teachers here at HubPages. You are certainly among my favourites here and it's good to know you are also here to stay.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Thank you for reading Linda. Yes, we all have to try new things and expand our writing, and I am doing that myself. HubPages still remains my favourite home base for the majority of my work though. Glad you enjoyed this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Yes, Bill. I think HubPages is "home" for many of us, and though we may wander off from time to time we never stray far and keep coming home.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

I am glad that you too (like myself) Missy, found Hubapages when you really needed it. You said it all in your comment and the niche sites have opened up a host of new writing opportunities. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on November 19, 2016:

Bravo it's so nice to still have a platform like this for newbies and all writers alike.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on November 19, 2016:

Folks can complain about Hubpages, and sometimes I'm one of them, but they have tried so hard to keep things upright. I really appreciate that.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on November 19, 2016:

Well written and in its own way very emotional Jodah! Thank you for writing! Before writing this I reflected, even though quickly, on my life journey, and the impact of HP over 5+ years now. Most certainly the opportunity of a journey as a writer posting, a member of its social enterprise, and learning the business of writing at HP has brought me growth in many ways. Too much to go into . . . So, in essence I am thankful for the blessings received . . . thank you all too!

manatita44 from london on November 19, 2016:

Well, they needed some good things being said about them. Frankly, as a business, they have to try and they seem to be doing just that.

My Spiritual Mentor always liked America and so do I. They may be a young Nation, but they move with speed. Speed and endurance is necessary to stay in the race and America stumbles, but gets up and keeps moving.

So Hub Pages are at least moving. Movement ... newness ... vibrancy ... growth ... are always good. Not victory or defeat, not success or failure bur progress is the key.

Your prose was interesting, informative and the poetry is a very useful piece. Kudos to you and Hub pages, Bro.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on November 19, 2016:

Hubpages is very dear to me. The opportunities have been amazing.nice to see your photo.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 19, 2016:

Well done John! I must have been on HP pretty much from the start. Approaching year 7. This site took me in on the heels of losing my son to cancer. If not for my writing (as weak as it was) and the support from my HP friends I'm not sure how or if I would have survived.

Love your tribute to HP. God bless our community here in hubland.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 19, 2016:

It's nice to learn more about HP. I've been here almost seven years. When I retired from nursing I didn't know what I was going to do to occupy my time, a friend suggested writing on HP. I laughed and told her that I was no writer, but I gave it a try, and boy did I find that I needed to learn much to become a writer. I studied and learned with the help of Hubber friends and HP. I truly enjoy my time writing poetry and fiction stories. I'm here to stay.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 19, 2016:

John, this is just precious! Thank you for the history lesson; that was good enough, but then you treated us to a poem as well. I am starting to spin off in other directions, but will always continue to write here on Hubs.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 19, 2016:

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home for this writer. :) Thanks for sharing, John! I love the HP community and always will.

Missy Smith from Florida on November 19, 2016:

Hubpages has changed leaps and bounds since I have been here, and that has only been three years. I love when they make changes like adding the niche sites. I get so excited when they pick me for one. I am very versatile in my thoughts, and I have never been able to stick to just one interest. I like to read different things, I like to write about different things; although poetry is my favorite, I like to listen to different music, I love to cook and try different recipes and write about those types of topics too. Hubpages has all niches now to expand my thoughts upon any subject that pops into my head.

I am so pleased to have found this outlet to write from. It is hard when you are a person like me, to find a place that is diverse in not only subject matter, but culture too. It's a connection to the whole world! Hubpages is just wonderful!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Thank you, whonu

whonunuwho from United States on November 19, 2016:

Nice tribute my friend. whonu

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Chitrangada, I appreciate your continued support and this great comment is just one example. If it wasn't for HubPages I probably wouldn't be writing at all. It is great to know you also, my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Yes, Eric, you are right that we can choose the clique we hang out with. That is great. I haven't agreed with everything the HP team has done, but I do applaud them for at least trying new things moving forward.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Thank you for reading this Sally. We are often too quick to criticise any changes without really giving them a chance to work. I too hope HubPages continues to thrive with the introduction of the niche sites, and the staff should be applauded for their efforts.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on November 19, 2016:

Well said and an inspirational and lovely tribute to HubPages!

You have also covered it's brief history for those who may not be aware about it.

I have been here for four years and I have always enjoyed my time here, made wonderful friends and learnt so much from them not only with regard to writing but about life.

Thanks John for this excellent hub and it's my pleasure to know you !

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 19, 2016:

Well done. In that I do not write publicly for money I actually have no bones to pick with HP. To me it is more like "Cheers" or a congregation. And we can pick the clique we want to hang out with. This is a nice way to pay our respect.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on November 19, 2016:

Nice one Jodah! I am so grateful that HubPages have stuck the course and I hope that they thrive in the future. It is so nice to give credit where credit is due, they have certainly done more than their share to ensure that this happens.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 19, 2016:

Thank you, Sanjay. Much appreciated.

Sanjay Sharma from Mandi (HP) India on November 19, 2016:

A beautiful Tribute hub-pages.