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My First Year At Hubpages

Sharilee has been writing online for four years, starting with Hubpages. She now has several blogs and websites.

The Hubpages Sign Up Page

One year ago, yesterday, on October 30, 2010, I was seeking a way to make extra money online when an interesting site popped up in the search engine listing. "Make Money Online" brought up a page called "Hubpages." I liked the simple interface. In fact, it sounded so simple that I wondered if it was a scam. Make money just from sharing a few of my own ideas? It sounds too too good to be true!

So, quite skeptical, I googled "Is Hubpages A Scam?" into the search engine and came across a website created by Mark Knowles. He gave glowing praise to Hubpages and included what I now know was an affiliate link to Hubpages. I clicked on it, and the same simple interface came up. I couldn't resist! I had to try. After all, what did I have to lose?

I signed up, and I was hooked! My first hub was one that I don't really care to talk about: more like a diary form that I subsequently unpublished. And the second one was one that I still like: How to Love A Husband. I knew the old adage, "write what you know," so I immediately thought of writing about my marriage.

My First Few Hubs

My second hub was about how to make spaghetti.

My second hub was about how to make spaghetti.

My third hub was about my cats. It was actually nominated for an award!

My third hub was about my cats. It was actually nominated for an award!

HubNuggets Were A Thrill

After those first two, the hubs were fast in coming. It was exhilarating! Then, I tried a recipe-like hub: making spaghetti, and another on my cats. I was even more thrilled, and a little bit scared when I received my first comment from a lovely fellow Canadian named Powerful Pierre. Scared because it meant people were actually reading this stuff and I was accountable for what I was writing! Thrilled because it meant people were reading this stuff!

The biggest thrill of was an interesting comment I received on my hub, Cat Love: Do Cats Really Love?, from someone named Ripplemaker, who informed that I had won something called a HubNugget. I was even more surprised when another hub I had written, "How to Get Along With Teenagers" was also nominated in the same week. I did not win these competitions and it was a huge honour when my hub "Hang The Onions: Five Old-Fashioned Remedies To Cure The Common Cold" was nominated and won, just by a thread, the HubNuggets contest in the health category.

It's hard to convey how much being noticed with these HubNugget awards meant to me. It was confirmation that I was doing the right thing by continuing to write. It gave me exposure that i could not have gained in any other way. And it made me feel that I was writing things that people could relate to!


If you would like to become a Hubpages writer, too, you can sign up right here. It's easy, and a fun way to share your thoughts and ideas.


From My Early Days on HP

I love reading about Stephanie Henkel's RV life!

I love reading about Stephanie Henkel's RV life!

Panda wasn't that nice to Hubpages!

Panda wasn't that nice to Hubpages!

Hubpages Has An Amazing Community

One of the things that I absolutely loved about Hubpages, and still do, was the community. From the very beginning, such great hubbers as HappyBoomerNurse, tlpoague, Tammy L. CookingDiva, kashmir56 and KoffeeKlatch Gals followed my hubs and gave great comments. (There have been many more but these are some that have been there from the very start.)

A few of my early favourites were Quill, who seemed to have lived in all the same places I had, Denise Handlon for her creative project and activity ideas, onegoodwoman for her poetic masterpieces, and Stephanie Henkel for her fascinating accounts of life lived from a R.V. There are many other hubbers whose work I adore; these are just a small selection.

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It's hard to believe it's been one year since I've started! Since coming on board, there have been many changes at Hubpages. Most noticeably, a few months after my sign-up, there was huge upset in the way that the world's biggest search engine, Google, did its search algorhythms.

This was upsetting and many well-known hubbers either left Hubpages or removed many of their hubs. Many predicted that Hubpages was finished and I myself wondered if I should remove myself from Hubpages, as well, but I, like many others chose to stick it out and the community is now stronger than ever.

What Will Happen To Hubpages?

People were abuzz about the future of Hubpages.

People were abuzz about the future of Hubpages.

There were many changes at Hubpages This Year

Hubpages endured many changes during my first year. The huge Panda slap, where Google came in and changed the algorithms of search forever caused tremendous panic both on and off Hubpages. Many well-known veteran hubbers either left or took many hubs off. The forums became a daily watch as writers questioned each other frantically with questions such as these:

"What will happen now? What will become of us? What is Hubpages going to do about this?"

And Hubpages did take action. Things were changing quickly. We had once been told by the experts to put RSS Newsfeeds on all our hubs. Then, it seemed as soon as I got around to placing them on all my hubs, we were told to take them down. And after I had just finally figured out how to to put "latest hubs" RSS Feeds on all my hubs, we were told that these were no longer considered acceptable. It was hard to keep track of all the changes and people got discouraged. The most drastic change was going to subdomains and this move, too, was met with a great deal of cynicism and doubt.

As a newcomer to Hubpages, it was even harder to keep up with what was acceptable and what wasn't. I was just learning and then I had to unlearn. As many seemed to question the very future of Hubpages, so did I question if it was worthwhile to stay. But through it all, like so many of us, I decided to stick it out and have now made it to one year.


My Husband Encouraged Me to Write

Was I still a writer, I wondered?

Was I still a writer, I wondered?

Lots of Changes For Me, Too

Not only did Hubpages change greatly over the year but so did I. I came to Hubpages a year ago today with no experience in online writing except a weight loss blog that I had not used for months. I knew nothing about how to make money online, had never heard of SEO and had no idea how Google stayed in business!

I had written a lot in my younger years and during university but wasn't sure if I had any writing left in me. I was burnt out from teaching and not sure of what my future held. One night my husband said, "why don't you follow your dream of writing" and him saying that, bless his heart, caused a tiny sprout of hope to grow taller and taller, and start to flourish within my life.

Unique Dividers

I created these customized dividers, taught by Green Lotus.

I created these customized dividers, taught by Green Lotus.

It's Been A Learning Curve

For the first four months, learning at Hubpages was non-stop. I devoured everything I could get my hands on in the Hubpages Learning Centre. I tweaked constantly, and read incessantly. Besides the Learning Centre, I devoured hubs by Hubpages pros ryankett, Rebecca E., Edweirdo, and Marisa Wright.

I even "learned" some very advanced techniques that I still need to work on, to remember how to do, like creating customized dividers by Hubpages genius, Green Lotus and which I tried out for my hub on plus size tops. I still need a lot of practice on this skill!


I Published A Hub About Hub-Making

During my first two months at Hubpages, I wrote 47% of my present hubs. When I first started, I was almost frantic to get my hubs done. It took me a long time to create just one hub but on a few days, I was able to crank two, even three hubs in one day. I was hungry to do more, and pushed myself to the point where I found it hard to leave the computer for a while.

After the Panda fiasco, I slowed down quite a bit and only published hubs sporadocially. As I mentioned earlier, I thought of pulling out altogether but it was so hard to leave. During my time at Hubpages, I have published 70 hubs so far (with a few deleted or unpublished for further editing.) I was very surprised when I was able to even publish a hub about some of the techniques I had learned a long the way. Me! The most untechnical person I know!

Fun Poll: Do You Love Hubpages?

Do I Love Hubpages? Yes, I Have To Say I Do.

Do I love Hubpages? Yes, I have to say I do! I love the community, the interaction, the creativity and the flexibility . It is one very special place that has brought a lot of joy to my life. I learn from Hubpages and it is usually the first place I check when I want to research a topic. I have met many Christians that share their faith with me. I have taken to my heart so many stories and I have fed my mind with so much useful and interesting information.

Do I expect to earn a living from it? I am still working on it. I did receive my first Hubpages Ad payment for about $56.00 last week. It showed me that it is possible to earn from Hubpages. Google Adsense sits around $60.00 for me and I have about $30.00 sitting in my Amazon affliates account.


You Can Sign Up, Too!

If you would like to become a Hubpages writer, too, you can sign up right here. It's easy, and a fun way to share your thoughts and ideas.

Hubpages Is Writing

More importantly, perhaps, I have had the confidence to pursue other forms of writing. I have a few blogs, a couple of free websites and have even started to apply for some freelance writing opportunities. I would not have known even where to start, without Hubpages.

I have read, immersed myself in the writing culture and have emerged more confident and excited about writing as a career. I went from writing in my own personal journal once in a while to my own writing website and the knowledge that a writing career is not only possible but has the possibility of being lucrative. I may or may not go back to teaching in the future, but I will always be writing. I have discovered that I am indeed a writer, a fact that I forgot for a long while.

Writing is more than just a personal passion: it is something that benefits others and feeds the mind and the heart. Hubpages is writing and hubbers are writers. And I am glad to know them! Happy hubbing and thanks for reading. It's been an amazing year and I hope for many more.


Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 12, 2014:

Hey Michele, I am so glad you decided to stick it out, too. Thanks so much for your kind comment. Take care!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on June 14, 2014:

@Laurie, thank you for your comment. Please excuse the timing. I have been away from HP for quite some time, and am now trying to catch up on comments!

Yes, we have had quite a number of struggles as a site, and as individual writers, but we are still here. And it is good! Thanks for such encouraging words, and I wish you all the best in your writing.

Michele Kelsey from Edmond, Oklahoma on November 11, 2013:

It really sounds like you learned a lot in your first year. I'm glad you decided to stick around. Like you, at times I have felt compelled to stay glued to my computer doing what I consider to be "hubivity" or just writing new hubs or tweaking my old ones. I also have almost given up at times, but I have found people who have inspired me to stay aboard - such as you. I really enjoyed this hub. Keep writing! Great stuff. :) Michele

LaurieNunley517 from Deep South on August 10, 2013:

Thanks for sharing your journey on HubPages. Your Hub tells me that HP and Hubbers like you have made it through all the difficult changes and here you still are...strong Hubs and strong HP venue! It's good to know, thank you.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on August 02, 2012:

@Ariseandshines, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I am glad that my experiences helped you. Have a wonderful day!

ariseandshinesl on July 31, 2012:

I am so inspired and strengthened by your experience with the hub pages. Thanks

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 30, 2012:

Diane, rich and prolific both! Wow! Congratulations. If you can make .24, you can make $24 ... and so on! Slow but eventually!

Take care.

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on July 30, 2012:

Prairieprincess, I just noticed that I have made .24! I'm rich!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 30, 2012:

@Felrend, thanks for the comment. I am so glad you are liking it here already. Welcome!

@DRG, thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words.

@Diane, wow, you are prolific! Good job and welcome to Hubpages.

G. Diane Nelson Trotter from Fontana on July 28, 2012:

This is very encouraging. I wrote my first hub about 3 weeks ago. So far I've published 14.

Felix J Hernandez from All over the USA on July 28, 2012:

An ovation from DRG. Perfectly scripted into character and honest. I appreciate the sincerity, thank you for your insight.

Chris Riddick from Collierville, Tennessee on July 28, 2012:

I hope my experience with Hubpages is just as great :) I just started yesterday, and am already loving the community.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 28, 2012:

@Gofor, that is so great that you appreciate Hubpages, too. I wish you all the best in your writing here. Have a wonderful day!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 28, 2012:

@Rajan, I appreciate you reading. I wonder, are the RSS feeds just general, or are they specific to your topic? From what I have seen, specific topic RSS Feeds are okay but general RSS feeds can work against you, because they introduce random topics into your hub, making it less focused and less search-worthy.

Thanks so much for the comment, votes and shares! Have a wonderful day.

Joshua Patrick from Texas on July 28, 2012:

Thanks for sharing your experiences. I love this place, too, and I look forward to being here for years to come - voted up!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 27, 2012:

Wonderful and inspiring information. I've been having a drop in traffic since a couple of months ; Could inclusion of RSS feeds be a reason Prairie? Just wondering!

Voted up all the way. Shared this.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on July 02, 2012:

Virginia, nice to "meet" you! That is a lot of writing in one year! Yes, there is something about the Hubpages format that just makes it so easy to put titles together. Thanks for coming by!

Virginia Kearney from United States on June 28, 2012:

I agree that Hubpages is a great way to get started in a writing career which may span other areas. I can not believe the amount of writing I've done this last year when I put my Hubpages and my copywriting together. It is over 100,000 pages. If someone had told me I would have to write that much (or that I could write that much!) a year ago, I would have thought they are crazy. The format of Hubpages makes it motivating to write!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on May 10, 2012:

Billy, thank you so much! I feel the same way about you. Have a wonderful weekend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 10, 2012:

You are a great addition to HubPages, well-respected and an excellent writer, and I'm proud to call you a friend in this community. Well done Sharilee!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on February 24, 2012:

Perspycacious, yes, it is a journey! Thanks for your comment and for reading. Take care.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on February 23, 2012:

It is a journey! The outlet is great the income, well it's been said before.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on January 03, 2012:

James, thank you so much! It's been fun and I think the creativity is my favourite part of hubbing, for sure. I am glad I was able to share something new with you. Take care!

James A Watkins from Chicago on January 03, 2012:

A belated congratulations on your one year anniversary on HubPages. I can see why you've done so well in that even on this Hub about Hubbing you exhibit wonderful writing skills and outstanding creativity.

I did not know about the customized dividers or the table of contents possibilities. Thank you for the education! :-)

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on December 26, 2011:

Nif, thank you so much for the congrats! And welcome to Hubpages. It's so nice to "meet" you!

Kymberly Fergusson from Germany on December 19, 2011:

Happy belated anniversary! An inspiring, reflective and useful post - a good one for newbies to read. Thank you!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 20, 2011:

Earthy Mother, I definitely agree. I think we have a lot of writers here at Hubpages that definitely seem like natural writers that write for writing's sake!

Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by!

Nicole Forman from South East England on November 18, 2011:

This is very inspiring - I think some people are natural writers and in a sense putting pen to paper can actually be a cathartic process in dealing with things. I enjoyed this article very much!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 18, 2011:

Hey SS, nice to see you around! Yes, I remember when you started and it's hard to believe it's already been eight months. I love reading your stuff, so hope to see something soon. And thanks so much for reading about my story here. Take care!

Sharon Smith from Northeast Ohio USA on November 16, 2011:

Hello PP,

Congratulations on one year. I loved this piece and all the information you included. I have 4 months to go to get to a year. Been away for a while but am craving publishing something soon.


Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 08, 2011:

Uban, thank you! I am very blessed to have met so many great people on here. Take care!

@Just, so nice to meet you and welcome to HP! I am so glad this answered some questions that you had. It is so intimidating when you first start and there is so much to learn but you'll get it! Take care.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 08, 2011:

@Style-of-life, that's a great word for it: harmonizing! Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment. Take care!

@Laura, nice to meet you! That is so good that you have tenacity because you definitely have to be willing to stick with it for a while before you see results but in time, you probably will! Thank you again.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 08, 2011:

Wanderlust, thanks for coming by! First of all, I am glad I could point you to the very useful hub for doing a Table of Contents. It's hard, though, unless you're a HTML person, which I am definitely not!

Secondly, yes, I agree with you that HP articles do very well when they are quality. It really does seem to be a good platform for gaining traffic and readers. Thanks for stopping by and here's to more good writing at HP for both of us! Thanks again!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 08, 2011:

@Hi Julz, thanks for stopping by! If anything, I think my traffic has now improved from before Panda. Of course, I have more hubs, so it's hard to measure but overall I think the quality traffic has improved, especially since the subdomain switch.

@Zana, thank you so much for your kind words! It's nice to hear that you've had a similar exciting experience here!

justificationjenn from Georgia on November 07, 2011:

What a wonderful, inspiring hub. Today is my second day on hubpages -- this answers so many questions I had. Thanks!

Alexander Thandi Ubani from Lagos on November 07, 2011:

Wow! You re one lucky lady. You ve shared a great experience. It is really touching and awesome!

Loquacious Laura on November 07, 2011:

Thanks for your inspirational ideas. I am very new to this and the learning curve is steep! One thing I have for me is tenacity so I will no doubt stick with it. Your ideas of dividers and such are making me curious about what more I can do to beef up my hubs. Thanks for sharing.

style-of-life from Netherlands on November 07, 2011:

Good on you! It is indeed a very harmonizing community!

wanderlust9 on November 06, 2011:

Wow! This is eerily similar to what my experience has been in the world of "Online business." Though I am a newbie at Hubpagaes, I too had to go through a very steep learning curve and just like you I used to struggle with writing. Now, I can crank out a couple of good articles a day if the need arises. But again, I can do that only on topics that I know about.

As for the Panda update. Hubapages has done extremely well to weather the storm.I know that if you write a GOOD hub it will rank well in the SERPs. Also Hubpages, Hub Score system keeps out the spammers. Again, something that will benefit the site and its members in the long term. Will there me another day when hubpages will find itself in a soup? No doubt, the internet is still in its infancy and it will continue to evolve and only those sites that continually adapt will be the ones that will exist and profit in the long run.

Thanks for sharing this, now I will learn how to create a table of contents because it is something that will definitely add for usability to my hub. :)

SA Shameel from Bangalore on November 06, 2011:

It is wonder summing up of one year of hubbing... And I wish, I had similar exhaling experience...

I wish you many more good exp. @ Hubpages

Julz09 on November 06, 2011:

hi @prairieprincess, do you find your still getting good traffic from google after the panda update??

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 06, 2011:

PDX, that's good to hear you're still learning, and thanks for the kind words! I hope you're right about being diverse because it's hard to concentrate on only one thing! Thanks for the comment.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on November 06, 2011:

I agree. Though, I've made it a priority to read and comment on other hubs, since I appreciate it when the same is done for me!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 06, 2011:

Yt, nice to meet you! That is one thing that is really good about HP: you usually can get feedback fairly quickly and that is very motivating! It's hard to find time, especially if you are doing a lot of other things. Thanks for the great comment and take care!

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on November 05, 2011:

Prarties, absolutely. I'm learning too. Diversification seems to be key, both in topics and in locations. Keep up the good work!

Cathy from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri on November 05, 2011:

I really enjoyed your hub. I'm here to discipline myself to write everyday and receiving feedback is important to me. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 04, 2011:

Hey Mark, thanks for the comment! Yes, I remember when we were both newbies on here and noticing a few of your hubs back then! Doesn't it seem like a long time ago? :) But as two that started at the same time, we have gone through many of the same experiences here on Hubpages!

I know what you mean about becoming better as a writer. I find it has gotten a lot easier, too. And you have done so well, even winning an award! So, yes, here's to us and all the others, fellow one-year hubber!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 04, 2011:

PDX, thanks so much for dropping by and for your kind words. Yes, I have made a bit, which is exciting! I also have learned enough to realize how little I know about making money online but that it is possible. Thanks again for reading and take care.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 04, 2011:

@Geogeek, I am so glad it was encouraging. I remember reading these stories when I first started and learning, so it was a thrill to now be able to write mine. I look forward to seeing your hubs and to your journey on Hubpages, too. Thanks so much for coming by and commenting!

@Beth, thank you so much! It's nice to meet someone who's just starting out and I am glad if I can encourage you in some way. Hubpages really is a cool place and I think you will like it. Thanks again for stopping by!

Mark Ewbie from UK on November 04, 2011:

Nice article about your first year PP. I think we must have started within a few days of each other. What a ride! I agree about all the learning, and then unlearning thanks to Panda. I too, had only just put RSS feeds on all my pages.

As regards writing, HP has made me stronger and better as a writer. Although I am nowhere near a novel or anything that grand, I find that expressing myself clearly in work documents and emails is so much easier than a year ago.

On the money side I am similar to you - still learning, and not much earning - but that 'sprout' of hope is still there a year on.

And finally, and sorry to go on, I have enjoyed every minute (more or less, apart from Panda) of being on HP. A fabulous experience and introduction to the world of article writing.

Cheers PP! To both of us, and all those others...

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on November 03, 2011:

excellent hub. Glad to hear you've made a little bit of money, too.

Beth Pipe from Cumbria, UK on November 03, 2011:

Thanks for this hub. As a newby it's really inspiring to read a success story. I've been posting hubs as quickly as I can and have ideas for more - I'm going to see what works and what doesn't! Good luck for year 2!

mtngeogeek from Sw co on November 03, 2011:

As a newbie, it is encouraging to read your story. Great Hub.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on November 01, 2011:

@GHW, thanks for stopping by and congratulations on also reaching your one-mile anniversary! I am so happy to hear my story is motivating because I have been motivated many times by other hubbers. So thanks for the words and I look forward to reading more of your stuff. Congratulations on the wedding!

@Sun, that's great! I look forward to reading it, and thanks for the votes. Take care.

Sun Pen 50 from Srilanka on October 31, 2011:

Congratulation & Thanks for the inspiration. I couldn't write any hub for the last six months. Will write one today. up/beautiful

Aimee on October 31, 2011:

Congrats on one year of Hubpages! I just passed this mile marker too. I haven't reached the level you are at due to devoting most of the past year to wedding planning, but I'm hoping to pick up the pace and catch up! You're story is very motivating! Voted up!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on October 31, 2011:

@Stephanie, I am so glad you could relate to this. That's what's cool about sharing our stories -- we find we're not the only ones who have gone through something. HP really is an amazing community! Thanks for commenting!

@RH, thanks so much for your kind words. It is a really fun place isn't it? Take care!

@GL, wow! That is a strong endorsement from someone who's been a long time. I think I forget sometimes how unfriendly it can be out there in the rest of the world because HP is a safe little haven. Thanks for coming by and I am happy to mention your amazing work. Take care.

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on October 31, 2011:

@Ktrapp, thanks so much for reading and for your kind words. It's been great getting to know you these last few months.

@Jimmie, that is great news! I'm glad it's been an improvement for you. I've found it a lot better since the switch, too. Thanks for your comment!

@Redelf, thanks! You've been here for so long and I have always looked up to you as a writer here on Hubpages. Thanks for your kind words!

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on October 31, 2011:

@Movie Master, thanks for dropping by and reading my story. Take care!

@HBNurse, it has been quite a year, hasn't it? A year of change! I was so glad to include you because your comments have always been so encouraging and uplifting. I also enjoy reading your hubs. Thanks again! Take care.

Hillary from Atlanta, GA on October 31, 2011:

Happy first year prairieprincess. I loved your hub and thanks for the very kind mention too. After two years I know my commitment to this SN community is worth more than all the others combined as it is rewarding in so many ways. I've not done well financially here, but I've been known to be highly positive :) Cheers.

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on October 31, 2011:

Wow! Happy Anniversary Princess! I'm so excited bout how well hub worked out for you and I'm glad to see that you still love it. I do too! It really is great and the fact that they even pay us a little money - is over the top:) excellent hub and congratulations!!

Stephanie Das from Miami, US on October 31, 2011:

One year, wow, congrats! I liked this hub, because I could relate to many parts of it. Hubpages is a great community, and the people who really appreciate make themselves heard. Voted up!

RedElf from Canada on October 31, 2011:

...and look how far you've come from those first steps! As far as I'm concerned, you have been a wonderful addition to HubPages as a writer and as a community member! Here's to many more years of following your writing dream!

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN USA on October 31, 2011:

I enjoyed reading your Hubpages journey. I've seen an uptick in earnings since the domain changes, and I'm very pleased.

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on October 31, 2011:

Congratulations. Thanks for sharing your story. It is always interesting to hear another hubber's journey, especially for new hubbers like myself. I look forward to reading more over your work during year #2.

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on October 31, 2011:

Happy Anniversary! This hub is awesome. I love the way you wrote about your own experience but also wrote about all the changes at Hub Pages during the past year. It was a great synopsis of how far the whole community has come.

Thanks for mentioning me and it's been such a pleasure and an honor learning and growing along with you during our first year together on Hub Pages. I'm glad you plan to keep on writing and reading and I always enjoy your insightful and encouraging comments.

I'm bookmarking this hub to come back and read some of the hubs that I missed and also follow the link to your websites and blogs. Plus I will be checking out some of the other hubbers you mentioned here.

Voted up across the board except for funny.

Movie Master from United Kingdom on October 31, 2011:

Happy Anniversary to you!

70 hubs and nearly 500 followers is quite an achivement, well done!

I've enjoyed reading your story of the last year and will look forward to your future hubs, happy writing!

Best wishes MM

Sharilee Swaity (author) from Canada on October 31, 2011:

@Thought Sandwiches, thank you so much! It's been such a cool ride! Take care.

@Deborah, thanks for the congrats and for reading my story. Take care!

@Don, thank you so much for reading and for the encouraging words! Take care.

@Cyndi, thank you so much for your kind words! Take care.

@Arlene, thank you very much for reading! Take care.

@Listener, I agree, I have some great friends on here, too. It's funny how our writing and sharing our stories draws us together in such a unique way. Thanks for stopping by!

Enlydia Listener from trailer in the country on October 31, 2011:

I really enjoyed reading this. Like you, I have really benefitted from finding is a community, and I have really enjoyed reading other people's thoughts and sharing my own. It is a place to grow. I didn't realize just how many nice people there are "out there", and Hubpages made it possible to meet them. Even though I have few "best friends" on here, I have met people who have affirmed me at times when I needed it.

Great Hub!

Arlene V. Poma on October 31, 2011:

Congratulations to you, prairieprincess, and thank you for sharing your HubPages journey.

Cynthia B Turner from Georgia on October 31, 2011:

Happy Anniversary! I like your synopsis of your first year. Glad you stuck with something you obviously love to do.

Don Bobbitt from Ruskin Florida on October 31, 2011:

Congratulations, P.... A great milestone to put behind you and a very good Hub defining your progress as a Hubber. I look forward to even more great writing;>)

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on October 31, 2011:

Happy anniversary, prairieprincess! It was interesting to read about how you got here and your first year. Wishing you many more. Happy writing!


ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on October 31, 2011:

Hi Prairie...

Happy Anniversary!! I believe that the community as a whole is glad that you chose to Google 'making money online' and ended up here. Thanks for sharing your experiences!


PS...crazy cute cat btw

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