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Hitting the Big One-Hundred Mark: I'm Strangely Disinterested

I love HubPages, but the senior members in the forums make me feel unwelcome.

The big 100! How... numerical?

The big 100! How... numerical?

Going with the flow here, I figured I'd do a, "one-hundredth article," piece to celebrate, or at least acknowledge, my incessant need to hear my own opinions on a plethora of different topics. If it weren't for HubPages, well, I don't think I'd have much to do in my day other than exercise profusely and play with my son. So this is also a thanks, I suppose, to the staff and owners of HubPages for giving me a place to fluff my own ego! May there be many more pieces to come, and even more income that is allegedly getting slashed continuously on our end!

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Progress Report

I've written about my family, their abuse perpetrated against me, my subsequent mental problems, and oh so much more. If you have been following me then I needn't expand, and if you haven't then you don't care anyways and I respect that so I'm not going to expand. Nonetheless, I figured since I write about such things, some of you may appreciate an update on my overall progress in life.

Well, not much to talk about other than I will most likely be moving to a new place in the next three weeks. Currently posted up with my girlfriend and son in an abusive household where we must avoid the other occupants, but we have swiftly reestablished our assets and are ready to make a daring escape!

I've also been getting into really great shape, sticking to my healthy diet and losing lots of fat while gaining muscle and endurance, and my permanent, degenerating spinal injury has only been acting up on the days where I can't leave the house.

My girlfriend and I have developed our business plan, and all we need now is to get an investor or a loan, and we'll be on the tracks to riches and fame! Things are looking up! Still no progress on finding a dedicated illustrator, nor a group of illustrators who want to work on a graphic novel series, but I'm sure that will come in time.

Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Condescending thumbs-up, yeah!

Condescending thumbs-up, yeah!

The Community Positives

The HubPages community is, generally and as a majority, one of the nicest communities I have ever been a part of. From the good times to the bad, these past almost three months have been made that much more splendid by many of the community members here who have gone out of their way to make it an inclusive and accepting experience. I could not ask for a better place to share my thoughts, experiences, opinions, and beliefs.

To be able to produce an income from my writings, a meaningful one at that, is a privilege that I consider to be invaluable. HubPages has allowed me to be a stay-at-home parent with an income, and for that I am eternally grateful. As a male it is often expected of me to be a bread winner, the business man, the provider, and HubPages has offered me the generous opportunity to uphold my normative gender roles.

HubPages has given me a new facet of my life, and my undying gratitude is not enough to express just how much that means to me.

Heartfelt thumbs-down, boo!

Heartfelt thumbs-down, boo!

The Community Negatives

I'll start this section off by saying not once, not a single time even by chance, had I ever stumbled upon a HubPages article, nor any from its niche sites. That is to say, until the day I typed into Google, "self-publishing sites for articles," and found this site listed at somewhere around number four or five on an article about publishing sites. Why HubPages is so unpopular continues to be an enigma to me, and asking around doesn't seem to glean much knowledge on the topic.

Which leads me to my next gripe, the experience of asking questions, generally interacting, or browsing within the forums. Condescension, unjust criticism, performative cruelty, and overall what I'd describe as regression is ever-present in the forums. Granted, I could be perceived as part of the problem, and I'd agree with certain fair assessments that conclude as such; but I still think more could be done in the way of turning the forums into a welcome and accepting place. A place where new writers of all skill levels can go to immerse in this mostly-wonderful community.

To close this out I'd like to add my recent discovery of being able to ask yourself questions anonymously, on your own articles, without any real moderation. This led me to browsing the questions on "popular" Hubbers' articles and I found many of the questions written in the same writing style as the author themselves. Perhaps it is a way to take a poorly worded question and rewrite it yourself to have more clarity, but it doesn't appear to be utilized that way often. Of course I only surmise this because people who have never used this site don't seem to use the "question section," rather they, logically, head straight to the comments section to ask questions. I'm afraid to ask about this in the forums, lest I get hassled by one of the regulars as is so often the case when I request information.

Not a lot of real complaints from me, other than the lack of organic attention brought to HubPages. This is almost the perfect place to self-publish.

So many options!

So many options!

What the Future Holds

Looking onward at my future, whether it be writing and all that entails or just general life choices, I'd say that my future is quite bright. When I find some investors for my girlfriend's business, or illustrators for my graphic novel series, I will really get to branch off into the greater facets of life and bring all my friends and acquaintances with me. It is exciting to know that real progress is one proper step away from coming to me at a rapid pace. I would hope that all my friends and acquaintances would want to come along with me for the ride as well.

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If you have any advice for my future plans, capital that needs investing for the sake of diversifying your portfolio, or just generally want to take a more active approach to our interactions then go ahead and hit my inbox. I'm always looking to network and expand my horizons, and adaptable individuals are always more than welcome to get in on the success my life continues to pour out for me!


Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 21, 2020:

Shauna, I've felt like I could trust you and have enjoyed our conversations since our very first exchange and I'm always happy to welcome lovely people such as you into my life as friends. You are the most dedicated to keeping up with me for sure, and that alone wins my admiration and affection.

Hopefully our interactions and other doings will last for many years to come!

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 21, 2020:

Kyler, first I'd like to congratulate you on making a payout in such a short time. I didn't see my first payout until a year or so after joining HP eight years ago. So kudos to you!

Also congrats on getting out of another abusive situation. The three of you need to create your own haven where you can control who enters your home (and your psyche!). With a business plan in place, it sounds like you're headed in the right direction and making good choices.

As for the forums, many of my favorite writers/friends here on HP avoid them like the plague for the very reasons you stated above.

I'm so glad your Google search landed you here, Kyler. It's been a pleasure getting to know you and I now feel I can call you "friend".

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 20, 2020:

Ruby, your kind words are much appreciated. It is always nice to hear from my peers that I am a good writer, as I always seem to be my harshest critic! Sometimes, I look at all the kind words you all share to me, and I realize that I'm hating myself and my work for no reason!

You all mean so much to me and I hope you all continue to immerse in my writings, also commenting so I can remember to come and immerse in yours too!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 20, 2020:

Kyler, I truly wish the very best for you and your family. It was interesting to get to know you. You are a good writer with many good ideas. I've been oh HP for 10 years, when I first started writing I visited the Forums, I soon found out if you disagree with anyone you're not welcome, esp. if you write poems. Whatever you decide to do, you'll make it. Congrats on 100 hubs.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 20, 2020:

Thank you, Vidya, I hope to see you coming along with me for the ride!

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 20, 2020:

Congratulations Kyler. It is indeed a great achievement. Keep going, you will reach the next milestone soon too, with your talent and dedication. Wish you the very best.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 20, 2020:

Thank you, Linda, and hopefully you keep up with my journey into the future! Always happy to see you in my comments section!

Linda Courtney from Bloomsburg, PA on April 20, 2020:

Congratulations on your milestone. Hope everything works out for you and your family. Never stop looking ahead and going for your dreams!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 20, 2020:

Thank you, Titi, your compliment is much appreciated and I hope to see you around more often!

Titi Helis from mason city on April 20, 2020:


You have done well

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 20, 2020:

@Anne: A strange question for a guest to be asking! If by "made payout" you mean I have made an income, then yes I have made payout. However, I have seen that phrase used in the forums and I do not know what the colloquial definition of that means.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 20, 2020:

@Zulma, Fran: Thank you so much for reading! I look forward to writing more, and seeing you guys around in the future!

Anne on April 20, 2020:

Have you already made payout?

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on April 20, 2020:

Congratulations! And, you hit the nail on the head!

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on April 20, 2020:

Well done on reaching 100 hubs in such a short time. That is quite the accomplishment and you definitely deserve a pat on the back.

I understand what you mean about the forums and I avoid them like the plague. No one needs that kind of negativity in their life.

Here's to another 100.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 19, 2020:

Thanks, MG, been a while since I've seen you around my articles. Always a pleasure to get a compliment from you!

MG Singh emge from Singapore on April 19, 2020:

It's a great effort to have got to 100. Your articles are stimulating and interesting including this one. Good show.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 19, 2020:

@Mitara: I look forward to seeing you in my comments section, as usual! You continue to be one of the loyal commenters who keep up with my drivel, and it means a lot more to me than you could ever know.

I hope to see more pieces coming from you in the future as well, thanks for sticking around!

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 19, 2020:

@AL: If I had to make something up as to what keeps me going in my writings, cranking them out almost every day, I'd say it is my ego. I know, not very poetic and inspiring, but I'm not one to be dishonest just to fluff my ego even more. I love to know what I am thinking, and when I write it is like speaking to a whole new person. Without hearing my own opinions, I get bored, especially when most of the opinions from others are meant to hurt me.

I suppose, putting it concisely, writing is the friend I wish I had in a human.

Kyler J Falk (author) from California on April 19, 2020:

@Shannon, Pamela, Umesh: I'd like to thank you for taking the time to skim/read and offer comments on my articles! It is always appreciated!

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on April 19, 2020:

Nice recap. Interesting reading. Keep going to the 200 milestone. All the best.

Mitara N from South Africa on April 19, 2020:

Wow time flies when you have a rush of brain inspiration... 100 already, fantastic achievement in such a short span, and all excellent articles.

Cheers to the many more increments of 100 at a time that we shall see in the future ....

Looking forward to reading them all!

AL on April 19, 2020:

Congratulations on your landmark. A Hundred articles in 3 months is no easy feat. Always curious about what keeps you going. I'm already worn out and struggling to reach my 25 articles target.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 19, 2020:

Kylrer, you have written many good article that I have read. Hubpages does not pay as well as it did at one time. I stick in here because I like the people. you cannot make enough here unless you are also commenting on the articles of others. I have written hundreds of article through the years and deleted many as the information becomes out of date.

There are also several place where you might write articles that pay more but they will give you a topic and a deadline. I did that for quite a while and got tired of it, but it did pay better. I like Hubpages as I am communicating with people I like from all over the world. That is my choice. You might try one of the other sites and still write on Hubpages, just not everyday. I like your articles Kyler, but I do not have time to read an article every single day from everyone I follow on this site. I wish you the best success for the future.

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 19, 2020:

So I suppose just one word covers it all - congratulations!

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